Did you know that at any given time, over 20,000 Australians live on the road in caravans and other recreational vehicles? You don’t hear about it much until you get out on the road. It’s particularly popular with those who’ve retired and are getting away from it all.

One of the great benefits of modern caravans and recreational vehicles is having electricity at your fingertips.

Most work, if not all, requires the specialist skills of an electrician. In most cases, it is a legal requirement. Let’s take a look a safe caravan electrics.

Today, caravans and RVs normally have both a 12-volt DC circuit and a 230-volt AC circuit. These systems have become extremely sophisticated, especially on the 12-volt side.

Work on these electrical systems requires an electrician’s license. Do any work on your electrics without a certificate and you can kiss your insurance goodbye.


Just like at home, there simple ways you can take care to prevent accidents and damage.

• Install a safety or cut-off switch
• Disconnect any appliances that trip the safety switch
• Only use approved power leads to connect to any external electricity supply
• Do not overly use adapters and power boards
• Any changes to the circuitry must be carried out by an auto electrician

Working on electrical systems without the qualifications required and the knowledge needed to handle this type of work safely is simply dangerous. Get the help you need from a professional before you go on holiday.


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Jake Taylor

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.