Important Information for correct vehicle set up.
All of our Vans have electric braking systems. This means that your tow vehicle needs to have the appropriate wiring to enable the brakes to operate.
If you don’t already have this wiring in your vehicle you have a couple of options.
- Have the wiring installed permanently by an Auto Electrician or Tow Bar manufacturer and use my controller. With a permanent wiring installation, we can lend you a Brake Controlling unit, which will sit in your car and control the brakes. If you are unfamiliar with this system, you can Google ‘Tekonsha’ and get a better idea of how it works.
- Use one of my temporary systems. This just requires a working 12v power source in the front console. I will then run a temporary cable to the rear of the car to connect to the van. This system is charged at $110 per hire.
- Have a full system installed. This can either be an Australian made REDARC system or the Tekonsha wiring and controller and can be installed by your local Auto Electrician or a specialized Tow Bar manufacturer such as Allin Tow Bars. Depending on the system this would be in the $500 to $650 range.
Your tow vehicle and tow bar need to be rated to be able to tow the van. The Eagle Outback has an ATM of 1505kg and a max tow bar weight of 179kg. The Tourer model is 1300kg/ 142kg. The Expanda 14.44-4 1670kg/ 169kg. The Journey (4 berth) is 1637kg/ 190kg, Journey (2 berth) 1800kg/ 230kg, Starcraft #1 is 1957kg/ 183kg and Starcraft #2 1976kg/ 155kg. It’s important to make sure the tow vehicle and tow bar are suitable.
The caravans all have a 12-pin plug. We will provide an adaptor to attach to your car if you have a standard 7 pin round or flat. If you would like to have the fridge running while you are towing you will require power at the rear of your car in the form of an Anderson Plug. If you have a 12v plug in the rear of your car you may wish to purchase a Narva extension lead which can then hook into a caravan adaptor to provide power. Alternatively, you can change to a 12-pin plug and have pins 9 and 10 wired up. Contact Graham if you wanted to discuss this further.