Driver of overweight caravan charged after accident

It seems more often than not, we talk about vehicle and towing weights along with the dangers, and indeed the laws surrounding them, in our magazines. Prosecution is now pending against the driver of an overweight caravan, who has been charged after the death of two passengers in the vehicle.

Our sister publication RV Daily, has just published a story in their most recent issue detailing the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of a 72-year-old woman, Lynette Russell, and her son, Stephen Russell, who were killed when a Toyota Prado they were travelling in was involved in a single motor vehicle accident. We can’t go into detail about the circumstances surrounding the accident due to the ongoing case, however, we hope it will serve as an important reminder that the times of complacency when it comes to vehicle weights are gone.

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The driver of the vehicle was a former driver in the Royal Australian Army, and once he left the defence force continued the career driving trucks, so there was no lack of training or experience at play. After the accident, in which only he and his son’s girlfriend survived, NSW Police have charged him with multiple offences, including doing an act intending to pervert the course of justice; two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death; dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm; and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

Where this accident becomes of particular interest, is that NSW Police investigating the crash had arranged for the remains of the caravan and its contents to be collected from the accident scene and weighed. As a result, the driver has been further charged, with towed vehicle weight exceeding the capacity of the towing attachment; and towed vehicle weight exceeding the maximum laden weight.

Despite the continuous warnings throughout the media, most folks assume the worst that can happen when they are over the weight limit is they may crash, have the car repaired by the insurer, and walk away with a few bumps and scrapes. This case serves as a timely and tragic reminder that there is so much more at risk.


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  • I totally agree more training is needed but there will always be one problem.
    You can’t teach stupid !
    Unfortunately Stupid people will continue to do stupid things no matter what training course they’ve done.
    There are a lot of these on the roads.

  • Looking at the pictures you can see the road is reasonably straight and it looks like accident has started on brow of incline there’s damage to barriers both sides of the road. As this was a single car accident then I assume the car and van has been out of control. I have personally witnessed a sedan and caravan literally disintegrate in front of me when it got the wobbles up when hit by a cross wind on a crest of a hill driver couldn’t control it. Car ended up facing on coming traffic and van and contents completely blocking Rd. The car and van hit both sides of Armco barrier too before stopping. In that incident all 4 occupants were in shock with only minor injuries. When speaking to driver he said he had foot hard on brake but it wouldn’t stop. So better education on towing and braking properly may also help.

  • I was trying to teach my son how to tow our trailer.on his p plates.I had injured myself and felt that it was better that he do it as he displayed he could.We were pulled over he was booked.I didn’t know that you could only tow a unloaded trailer not weighing more than 250kgs.
    What a stupid law.Then on his green p he can tow anything unsupervised.why are there accidents.No common sense thats why

  • Most are missing the Point, it’s the Weight.
    The tow tug has kerb weight as well as pay load. Add on all the extras(bull bars,tow bars etc) ,fuel and passengers.
    There wouldn’t be much left for caravan ball weight let along all the belongings.
    Caravan Stamped Weight is tare weight usually minimalist to bring weight down, so when you add battery, solar panel, realistic mattress etc.
    The stamp payload is all but gone realistically.
    Most vehicles sold to tow the 2.5 to 3.5 ton can’t do both, that is full pay load and tow these weights.
    The amount of Crap hanging of Most Vehicles you would have to be Blind, not to realise How Dangerous they are.
    No need to drive at High Speeds the dynamics are already compromised.
    Driving ability and training would be a challenge for any over weight vehicle even if it was evenly loaded.

    • Written like a true eco-car enthusiast. Most of these vehicles with ‘crap’ hanging off them have better drivers in them than you. I bet this particular accident involved reckless driving of some manner (relatively obvious based on the charges he’s facing), and nothing to do with the tojo that he was driving.

  • I think you’re all missing possibly the most important point in this conversation. It comes under the umbrella of education which includes your vehicle weights, but simply and most importantly is “ how to load your van or heavy trailer” . Given that the load can be placed anywhere in a van it’s important that the total load is carried just forward of centre.
    Many people wouldn’t even be aware of where their water tanks are situated in their van. Although the fill point on my van is at the front both tanks are behind the axles, 180kg added behind the axles!
    Many have either to much weight at the front or worse to much weight at the rear, ( I have encountered more than one person towing heavy trailers who have explained to me how they have gone to great lengths to get the trailer to balance perfectly?) not good!

    • Chris Pollack you have hit the nail on the head, weight distribution is the cause of most caravan accidents.

  • I think if people are to take a caravan out it should be made mandatory that they take it over a weigh bridge first then they obtain a certificate with all details such as rego of the tug vehicle, the rego of towed vehicle weights of combined and separated (this would be done loaded ready for the trip) The cert would last 14 days and then you would have to obtain a new certificate.
    So if you are pulled over by police or transport authority you could produce the current certificate and they could also put your vehicles on the scales
    Most towns do have a weigh bridge and governments could assist in these being used
    It only a thought. As l also drive trucks for a living and I have to know my weights, drive to a log book, drive defensively and the list goes on. I also tow a caravan

    • Yeah, right, sure that all the little towns out in the back of beyond would have weigh bridges etc. and as for getting a cert every 14 days is a joke. Education of drivers and responsibility is a better way to go, yes get the ready van weighed before departure is a good idea, that is a responsible driver. A big problem is selecting the right vehicle for the weight of the van.

    • That sounds like the response of a Politician. Imagine the revenue they are going to be collecting. Only a matter of time & the Mermaids will be having a field day, raping the Grey Nomads, AGAIN.

  • Just letting you know there is no such thing as the Royal Australian Army. The Army has corps that are Royal, but the Army itself does not have a Royal title. This particular gentleman was more than likely a member of the Royal Australian Corp of Transport (RACT).

    • John, All told, more “Army drivers” exist outside RACT than in. All corps have drivers and RACT is just one of the many.

  • I towed caravans since 1981 and have been saying for years that if there are separate licences for heavy vehicles and articulated vehicles and motor cycles. Etc. Why is there no separate licence required to tow a braked trailer. Separate licences require training and testing and would (at the very least) increase the number of more responsible caravan towers on the road.

  • this is a big issue

    And with toyota looking at dropping the v8’s this or next year I wouldn’t use a toyota with a v6 turbo it would not have the stopping power to slow a GVM of 4.5 ton, 2.5 ton in towing vehicle and a 2 ton 23 foot caravan..

    you should likely be looking between 5-7.5 ton gvm, to the vehicle before trying to tow 3.5 ton caravan because you would have a combined GVM weight of 6 tons on road

  • Dealers selling new vehicles which claim to have a 3500kg towing which in reality is not feasible. Sure you can tow 3500kg if the tow vehicle is near empty. So they have a lot to answer for as well.

  • I live and work at Yulara and see everyday examples of caravans unevenly loaded, vehicles struggling towing, drivers doing erratic maneuvers, cutting off road trains, traveling at low speeds in convoy making it near impossible for road trains to pass. Training and towing licences are a must. One last thing fill up before you hitch up especially where there is only one fuel station in a town otherwise you form a line up a mile long.

    • As we all do when travelling 😩😩 we agree it should be mandatory to have tests before taking on these types of vehicles.
      As a past manufacturer of slide-on campers we have been told by many “my Toyota Landcruiser can carry any weight I want “. This statement sadly sums up the ignorance of many people who carry Campers or tow caravans/trailers!

  • It’s not proven yet that the accident was due to the van being overweight. Could have been caused by any number of things so bit early to give it such a headline. Being overweight is just another charge they have tacked on and will give them room to plea bargain once it goes to court.

    • You miss the point- every overweight rig on our roads endangers everyone else on the road regardless of whether involved in an accident or not.
      Most people who do this do not know they are illegal and this is the reason why a licence reflecting the responsibility they have should be introduced in ALL States.

    • Well there you go, as a retired long time member of Victoria Police Hwy Patrol “Rick” dare I say it, you are an arm chair critic. Until the court hears all the evidence you all should refrain from making rash statements. All of the over weight evidence adds to any other evidence to prove the most serious Criminal Charges, should the driver be convicted of the Criminal aspect of the case, then the lesser charges may be withdrawn, However if the Criminal Charges are Not Substantiated then he will be convicted on the lesser charges. I doubt very much Police will do any plea bargaining here. Let’s just wait and see. Graeme L

      • Yes, everyone should readily blame the driver (whose wife and son are dead) for driving an overweight setup without any evidence, but saying that hasn’t been proven as a cause yet is being an ‘armchair critic’. (No contradiction there at all.)

    • i’d almost think the suspension or a dip in the road or blowout caused the damage looking at the damage caused to the road a bottom out either on the vehicle or what was being towed…

  • My wife and I both attended a Tow Ed course prior to collecting our first ever caravan. The best investment we made. Gave us knowledge and skills to practice the art of towing a 2600kg dual axle caravan. These courses should be compulsory, but if not then insurers should offer a meaningful discount for those of us who have, and premiums should then be reflected for those who think they don’t need to. I have met a lot of experienced caravanners who think the tow Ed course is beneath them!

    • These course are not readily available in country areas.
      this is the same as advance driving and rider courses.

    • Hi Steve, where did you do the course and the cost please? In Qld they are around $600, but not available in my home town. Just curious if you did it somewhere n Qld that I could possibly attend. Thankyou

  • The whole system needs to be radically improved and advertising as to what is legal and practical put into place. Send out the details with the registration renewal form so then no one can claim ignorance. Most mechanics don’t know what they have to inspect to start with. Mine only checks lights are working.As well as weights, axle ratings, tyre load rating, safety chains, electric brakes, tow bar and tow ball down weights are all factors that should be checked. caravan owners are not the only ones disregarding the laws, boat owners and tradesmen are habitual offenders as well.

  • In good old WA, many years ago, licences were introduced to skipper a boat. I recall i did a nights tuition over 6 weeks to obtain a skippers ticket at TAFE which i believe put me in good stead to operate my 21 footer. I believe seriously it is now time that a course covering towing caravans be compulsory, Australia wide, towards obtaining a licence to tow a van. Caravan salespeople , including second hand salespeople should also be accredited. Half would not know what a GCM let alone all the other measurements.

    • Couldn’t agree more, this is such a good idea, something really needs to be done to stop people taking their entire house and crap with them. If you strickly abide by the limits 50% of the caravans on display at 4WD shows these days cannot be toed by even a Landcruiser, you need some crazy American import truck.

    • I also obtained my skippers ticket and at the time believed the introduction of the ticket would lead to improved behaviors on the water. Sadly, it appears we now have more irresponsible boat owners than ever before and the introduction of the skippers ticket has missed the mark. Having said that I still believe education is the key and whilst I don’t think introducing a license will solve the problem it will certainly go a long way to help in educating people. I would have no issue with having to be licensed to tow a caravan, particularly now I have a couple of trips under my belt and better understand the points being made.

  • Most areas in Australia have a weigh bridge some cost nothing some are only a small charge. Humans just become complacent and choose not to look for information on their particular rig and capacities in order to comply with the regulations. There are also many courses people can attend to gain more information and training on driving a larger rig. But humans assume they are all experts. Everything is fine until someone gets hurt..more than enough information but not enough action.

    • As a retired trucker of 43years experience I visit our local weighbridge each trip away with full tanks in Ftruck and 19′ van. Individual and group weights always come in under. Experience can be learnt if only people would show some willingness to admit ignorance.

  • Weigh stations here in Victoria have the weigh bridge on even when they are closed, and its free,
    The red lights at the end of the weigh station are actually your weight when your on the weigh bridge,
    I weighed my little boat twice on the way home from Bairnsdale to Melb, As I didnt think the first weight was right, 200 KGs,
    Second weigh bridge result was the same as the first weigh bridge, 200 KGs

    I found this out by accident one night when I stopped at the Yarragon weigh bridge for a smoke on my bike,
    I wondered what the red lights were, I pushed my bike back onto the weigh bridge and weighed my Bike,
    I also weighed me and the weight for me was correct too,
    Now to put my 12 ton RV on the scales again so I now how much weight I have taken out of it,
    6.5 KVA generator and a 150 gallon LPG Gas tank, That should take a ton and a half off my previously weighed 12 ton,
    Im not sure and I dont know how to check it, But it will increase my GVM by 1.5 Tons,

    • It will decrease your Tare weight, the GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass= Maximum allowable vehicle weight) will still be the same you’ll just have more load capacity until you get to it.

  • Despite the best efforts of drivers, its not always 100% their fault. Sometimes it can be the road also.
    Case in point is a section of new northbound 4lane highway just north of the Pomona interchange which is a bit south of Gympie.
    Its a long fairly steep downhill off camber gradient with a sweeping off camber left-hand bend at the bottom followed by a long flat right-hand bend. The whole section would be 3ks long and with cross winds common, can catch out even the best drivers.
    Its easy to tell that gravity and physics are taking over, particularly when carrying a load or towing and there’s cross winds.
    Why would the govt build new highway with such bad physics and engineering?

    Many drivers would instinctively want to brake once they felt the change in dynamics of their vehicle and particularly if their trailer began to off-track.
    However it is important to gently speed up to pull the car and trailer out of the wobble. But if you arrived at the top of that decent after travelling on what seemed like only slightly varied country doing the signed speed limit of 110kph, you’d have nowhere to go should gravity take over half way down which is what happens if a cross wind catches the car.
    And by the way, the bottom of that hill and bend is where the radar camera sits in its suedo workers ute. So those who designed the road know there’s a problem but their response is not the one we would expect.

    • Unfortunately it is exactly the response we usually get. We live in the state with the highest registration charges in the country (which went up again on July 1) but still the QLD police are just used for revenuing by the broke state government. Don’t expect any changes to road safety any time soon other than fewer drivers on the road after most of us lose our licences for 2 klms/hr over the limit at the bottom of hills multiple times. Love to know the percentage of fine revenue that actually finishes up in road safety initiatives. My guess would be zero.

    • You should learn the rules yourself 100km/h is the max towing speed for a caravan that’s all states but tasmania is 90 km/h not the posted sign of 110 it means nothing

      • Shane you are incorrect in WA the speed limit whilst towing is 100km/h The rest of Australia is the posted sped limit except in NSW where if your GCM is 4500kg or more then the maximum speed limit it 100km/h.

    • “However it is important to gently speed up to pull the car and trailer out of the wobble.”???
      This is absolutely wrong.
      Manual application of ONLY the trailer brakes is the correct action. DO NOT apply any tow vehicle brakes.
      A trailer wobbles because there is too much energy in the trailer mass, and the energy must be removed from the trailer to bring the combined Mass into energy balance again.

  • With all due respect, it needs to be noted that this driver has at this point only been charged for a number of offences including doing an act intending to pervert the course of justice; two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death; dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, towed vehicle weight exceeding the capacity of the towing attachment; and towed vehicle weight exceeding the maximum laden weight. The full facts of this case are yet to be determined & the full evidence is yet to be heard & defended in a court of law prior to any judgement being handed down as to whether he is found guilty or not of any or all of those charges. The comments made in this article in regard to the driver being guilty as charged is speculative & very poor journalism on the part of the publisher. RV Daily & yourselves should know better!

    • Perhaps you need to sharpen up your reading skills Tony. The article states that the driver has been “charged” with these offences. Nowhere does it state that he has been found guilty as charged as you claim.

    • Seriously Tony, mate I really don’t think the traffic cops go around charging people with that enormous list of offences unless there is overwhelming evidence to support a case against them. A traffic crash investigator would have conducted a fully analysis of all of the physical road evidence prior to recommending charging be laid.

      • If you don’t think government has pre-determined agendas, trolls that push them, and instructs police and the courts to come down hard in order to justify them after they’ve seeded their agenda in our minds, well, I really don’t know what to say.

  • I used to sell cars and it’s amazing when people came in with their Van specs and ask what will tow it and when they their heart set on a vehicle and I have to break their heart and tell them what will tow it always ended in arguments. Sales people just don’t bother now because of all the know it alls out there. I used to get them to sign a waiver so the car yard accepted no responsibility for the actions of the owner for what they were towing. No way in the world was I going to pay fines or worse because of someone else’s arrogance and stupidity

    • Far from an expert, I do agree with you comments but rather than “just don’t bother…” please inform them of the legal situation to towing and then get them to sign a waiver. But does the waiver remove all responsibility if the salesperson knows it is illegal to tow with that vehicle that is too light to do the job? I don’t know the answer and I expect to find out it would be after a situation and then be determined in a court of law.

      • I can’t see how there could be any legal ramifications for the person who sold them the car, unless they said “Yeah it’ll tow it no worries”…

        That would be like charging BigW with accessory to murder because that’s where the killer bought the knife…

  • This is made more complex when the caravan manufacturing industry is not regulated. Many new caravans over the last decade have such low payloads that they are difficult to safely use. Once the water tanks, flush tank and gas bottles are full there’s barely anything left for clothes food cookware etc. Particularly if you are a family.

  • A combined Police and TMS blitz in Central Queensland last year found 89% of the cars towing vans were over weight. When things go wrong, not helped by the areas poor quality roads, all that’s left is a pile of shattered dreams and you get to meet me – the Towie.

    • It also raises the question of how gvm and gcm are determined by the manufacturer in the first place. A Toyota Prado is sold with a totally I inadequate gvm to start with leaving just under 500kgs on some models for load. Fill the 150l fuel tank and put in 7 passengers and you are over already let alone adding any luggage or the ball weight of a decent van. It is no great surprise that it is a Prado involved here. They shouldn’t be allowed to sell a 7 seat car where a full load of passengers and fuel puts you over GVM. The 200 series landcruiser is even worse and sold as heavy duty tow vehicle. I suspect nearly all of them are over GVM when towing a 20+ foot van.

      • The Ford Ranger (3.2 4wd) has a towing capacity of 3.5T. Aside from the total impracticality of being able to tow this (due to GVM/GCM weight restrictions) in my opinion anyone who intends or does tow this sort of weight with this vehicle is crazy (of course, we have both the car manufacturers and the RV sellers communicating that it is possible- doesn’t help)

        • I see plenty of these twin cab utes pulling big caravans, with a canopy, bull bar etc and I often wonder just how heavy the combination is. I think too many people see the 3.5 tonne limit and assume towing a 3 tonne caravan will be perfect. But all the other bits put in and on the car together with full water tanks, fridges etc must surely overload the rig? I’m no expert but just looking at them they look over weight. But unless you get pulled up and weighed nothing happens – until a terrible accident like this can occur. My VW has a tow capacity of 3.5 tonnes but I would not tow a caravan over 2.5 tonnes with it. I don;t want to get anywhere near the limit

        • Exactly Right Mark, the GVM maximum for the Ranger is 3200kg (Thats loaded with everyone, dog ,cat, fuel, bull bar etc etc.) whilst the starting kerb weight is 2278 kg before you add a thing. I would suggest most people are nudging the limit of 3200 kgs before they load on the Van. The GCM is 6000kg, add a Van and your Van load, water and gas at the limit of 3500kgs and you are at 6700kgs. Oooops the GCM is 6000 kgs. Your spot on Mark the RV sellers and Vehicle sellers only ever point out the towing capacity of 3500kgs but a lot has to happen to achieve that. At the Kerb weight of 2278 kg you have a payload of 922 kg, but add people, fuel, dog, food, beer, fridge, winch, bullbar, tow ball download, I think you get my drift that 922kg is disappearing fast.

  • I recently sold my 18-19 foot single axle caravan to pursue other recreational activities. However, I always wanted to know if my van (and Prado) was overweight on the road and would have welcomed a police stop to look over the van and have it parked on a weigh bridge. I strongly believe the time has come to set up check points to pull over caravan owners and their vans for a road safety inspection. It can only get worst for road users. Ah, maybe we should look at an education driving program and licensing regime for van owners (?)

  • Just a reminder that the most popular 4 wheel drive in probably 50% of cases are illegal. Any twin axle van over 19 feet is more than likely illegal if towed by a Prado whose legal limit is 2500 kg.

    • I tow a 2500kg Dual Axle 20′ Caravan (Not an OFF ROAD van) with a 100 series Automatic Petrol V8 Landcruiser. The GVM, GTM and GCM are not the only limiting Factors. It is easy to exceed the rear Axle load capacity of the Landcruiser (1950kG), so when you weigh the vehicle it is necessary to weigh each axle as well.

  • Yes it is so tragic this incident, but you see it all the time on the road and in caravan parks and free campsite over loaded caravans with extra boxes on the rear (not fitted correctly or by a authorised person) vehicles to small for towing a 3 ton caravan, no towing mirrors is another thing you see very often I’ve been following caravans trying to pass and they didn’t no I was there, I’m sure you’ve all seen it on the highway 100kmh zone doing 80kmh with several cars, trucks just waiting to get around but they have know idea what’s behind them because of No towing mirrors to see what’s following, which creates road rage and people taking risks to get around, I have seen so many times senior people trying to back into a spot at the caravan park and doing damage to their vehicles and their vans, I’ve been towing vans and horse floats for over 40 years with no incidents, tests should be mandatory.

    • Agree with most of Amos Garner comments other than to say I have seen people other than seniors trying to reverse a van and they were under 30 years of age.

    • Would have to agree wholeheartedly, We tow a 16′ caravan with a Toyota Prado and are very conscious of weight carried. We monitor everything we carry, right down to fuel, food, water, clothing etc and where it is located in both vehicle and van. Some people may do this at the start of their journey but neglect to adjust as provisions are used during a trip. We operate in a safe manner, observing and very mindful of other road users and get out of the way when and where possible. We cringe when we see other vans/vehicles so obviously overloaded or loaded incorrectly and oblivious to everyone else on the road. Although, while I agree tests should be mandatory you would think that the lives of everyone, not only those you love and care for, would be paramount on the operator/drivers mind, that includes everyone that operates a vehicle, any vehicle on a public road. Common sense seems to be uncommon these days. It’s way too late after an accident/incident too cry “why me?”. It shouldn’t take a serious accident, either involving death or serious injury or not, to a loved one to make drivers drive/operate in a safer manner. If we all just drove with the mindset that someone we dearly love is in every other vehicle, we’d all load our vehicles and vans and generally drive safer and more courteously. Cheers, rant over.

      • After twelve years on the road with a Holden Colorado 3ltd and 20 foot van, and being an x diesel fitter, i have come to the conclusion that lack of experience leading to not knowing what to do in an emergency, causes problems.

    • 80 kmph is a safe maximum speed for towing a caravan. Most caravan towers keep to the left hand lane of dual carriageways and this should not present any issues with normal motorists. Far better that towing is done at controllable speeds, rather than flat out at 100 kmph, where there is no further margin from the towing vehicle to accelerate to pull the van out of a fishtail for example. I own and tow a very light weight van unlaiden it weighs 500kg. And so 80 kmph is very sensible as it does not sit on the road like a 3 ton one does, and even if I had a rig with a van that heavy, I would not tow at 100 anyway. The idea of a caravan holiday is to enjoy the journey. One should never be in that much of a hurry that speed should be something one needs to do. If I find that traffic is building behind me on a single carriage way, I find the next rest stop and pull over for a break, which allows others to pass and we enjoy the stops to admire the country we are travelling through.

      • My sentiments…. you should see the crazie’s at school holiday time in WA. Driving at speed for a long time over long distances with wife and kids!!!
        Need a bigger police presence on country roads especially up to , during and after holiday periods.
        As retirees we avoid travelling during these periods due to the afore mentioned.

    • Towing mirrors, on their own, do not show traffic behind you except when you negotiate a bend and then depending on how close the other vehicle is. In my limited experience, and I make no apology for that as I’m a newbie caravan owner, the stated use and functionality of towing mirrors is grossly exaggerated. A combination of towing mirrors and rear view camera’s is, to my mind, far superior and provides “real time” vision of the following traffic. Personally, I’d like to see rear view camera’s compulsory on all new caravans.

      • Iain
        You are spot on
        As an ex truckie and long time caravaner I use large stable towing mirrors and a rear facing camera on the back of the van with a sensibly positioned 6 inch screen . I know what is where all the time .
        Should be mandatory
        And yes, it has all been weighed and is well inside limits

    • What you say in your commentry Amos is entirely correct.
      Two things that haven’t been mentioned are, installation of A good quality radio in the tow vehicle with one displayed contact channel on rear of caravan/motorhome so the vehicle following can be communicated too. This is a must now we have so much truck traffic on the highway.

      The second issue, is more important than most others… Drive according to the road conditions. I have just towed a 17 metre rig from Tasmania to Townsville. The bitumen road surfaces in many places are so rough with dippy do’s, my speed was reduced to close to 60 K’s to control the tail wagging the dog, and then other cars towing caravans fly past doing near a hundred K’s.
      It is insane!
      I have witnessed two bad accidents in Qld, & one the road was closed five hours, (luckily not fatal but close).
      When towing heavy combinations, speed & overweight can kill.!

      • Gordon , May I suggest you check your post . You towed a 17 meter rig ? I think not , that is over 55 feet ! A full length trailer for a semi is 40 feet !
        And if you had to slow to 60 kph to stop ‘the tail wagging the dog ‘ on rough surfaces , there are many other things you should have an expert check also !

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