Although caravan width is not as widely talked about as the caravan length and weight, it’s still important to know how wide your caravan is for logistical reasons.
The legal caravan width in Australia must not exceed 2.5m, including the rear bumper bar, wheel guards and awning. The average width of Australian caravans is 2.38m and can range from 2.05m, right up to 2.56m.
For a good cross-section of how wide caravans are on average, check out the comparison table below, which includes many of the well-known caravan manufacturers in Australia.
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How to Measure Caravan Width
The easiest way to measure the width of your caravan is with a measuring tape.
To work out the width of a caravan, measure right across the body of the back of the van from the furtherest point on the left-hand-side, to the furtherest point on the right-hand side of the caravan.
Don’t forget to include the awning, rear bumper bar and wheel guards in this measurement – you might need a ladder and a second person to help!
Legal Caravan Width Australia
The maximum legal caravan width in Australia must not exceed 2.5m (2,500mm), which is the measurement across the body and includes the wheel guards, rear bumper bar and awning.
If you need to take into consideration any of the ‘does not include’ items below, the caravan width cannot exceed 2.55m with those items.
|✔️ Wheel guards
✔️ Rear bumper bar
|Does Not Include:
|❌ Rear vision mirrors
❌ Indicators, signalling lights, reflectors
❌ Anti-skid devices
❌ Curtain-side devices
Why it’s Important to Know the Width of Your Caravan
Just like knowing your caravan’s length and weight, you should also be familiar with the width of your caravan for a few important reasons.
- Storage – how much space you will need to allocate for storing your caravan at home (or elsewhere)
- Parking – how much width you require as a minimum when parking the caravan at roadside stops and car parks
- Manoeuvring – helps to judge distances and spaces while driving and manoeuvring (particularly through narrow gates etc.)
Australian Caravan Width Comparisons
I’ve gone through over 100 caravan manufacturers websites and found 40 brands who share the width of their caravan models. All information has been compiled into the comparison chart below.
|CARAVAN TRAVEL WIDTH
including awning (mm)
|Eagle Camper Trailers
|La Vista Caravans
|Little Gem Caravans
|Mountain Trail RV
|New Age Caravans
|Snowy River Caravans
Average Caravan Width Australia
Based on the 40 caravan manufacturers above, the average caravan width in Australia is 2.38m, with the widths ranging from 2.05m right up to 2.56m.
Goldstream RV are the brand who came in at 2.56m, just a smidge wider than the absolute maximum legal limit of 2.55m (at a stretch). Their website specs state that their caravans are 2,410mm wide + 150mm for the awning.
Caravan Width FAQs
Not all caravans are the same width, they can vary from 2.05m to 2.5m wide. Generally, each manufacturer will have a set width for their entire range of models.
The narrowest caravans in Australia are made by Euro Caravans, coming in at just 2.05m wide.
The maximum legal width of a trailer in Australia is 2.5m (or 2,500mm).
The average width of a 20ft caravan is 2.45m (or 2,450mm), which has been taken from comparing a range of 21 caravan manufacturers in Australia.
The average width of a 22ft caravan is 2.46m (or 2,458mm), which has been taken from comparing a range of 21 caravan manufacturers in Australia.
The travel width of a Jayco caravan is 2.47m wide, including the awning.
The travel width of a Jayco Swan is 2.24m wide, including the awning.
The travel width of a Jayco Eagle is 2.24m wide, including the awning.
The travel width of a Jayco Expanda is 2.47m wide, including the awning.
The travel width of a Jayco J-Pod is 1.86m wide, including the awning.
Next, head on over and find out the correct way to measure a caravan’s length.
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