If you are importing an American caravan, the vehicle will need to conform to New Zealand regulations. For the WOF or COF, for the gas, and for the electrical system.
Most American caravans come into the country without a handbrake, because a handbrake is not a requirement in the USA, so in order to get a WOF or COF in NZ you will need to convert the existing electrical brakes so they have mechanical brakes on the drums when parked up.
We convert US caravans regularly and supply everything you need in a kit to do the whole conversion.
You will have to remove the wheels, drums, and existing drum plate assembly, which will be replaced with a new drumplate assembly with handbrake levers. The levers are attached to cables that will run to the tow hitch where the handbrake ratchet arm is attached to the tow hitch. This assembly has everything you will need to make your own conversion, including instructions.
Contains 2 electric Hub plates left and right, with lever arms, cables, turnbuckles, pullies, and a sturdy handbrake ratchet designed to fit on the front hitch of most American Caravans