Blog: Road signs for caravans inadequate

By: Tony Allsop, Photography by: Tony Allsop

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When it comes to signage, Tony Allsop reckons RVers get the short end of the stick...

Blog: Road signs for caravans inadequate
Blog: Road signs for caravans inadequate
HAVE YOU EVER been frustrated by the lack of mileage or suitability for caravans on road signs?

Often, we come to a road sign pointing to a lookout or place of interest, but the sign has no distance guide, and does not tell you if the road is suitable to turn a caravan around, or even whether there is enough room to park it.

Last year a friend of ours went, on our recommendation, to see the old town of Newcastle Waters in the NT. He was towing his van, and I told him there was plenty of room to park and turn around.

What the road sign did not say was that the causeway was flooded and you could not get through. Poor John ended up having to reverse his van a long, long way.

We took a turn down to a beautiful camping area near Gympie in Qld. The sign told us nothing other than pointing out the dirt road. There were two ways to get to this camp. Unfortunately, we were on the 4WD track in. Yes, we managed to make it, but it was a bit stressful when we could not turn around and did not know how much further we had to go.

Another example is the grotto near Wyndham in far north WA. The road sign told us nothing, although we had heard the road was fine for vans. We took our van up but there were a number of vehicles there, so we could not turn around, or in fact leave our van, until some others had left.

A simple sign denoting how RV friendly the area ahead is would suffice. Surely state governments or local tourism bodies could set this up without too much bother.

Share your experiences below.