Now located in Church Point, NSW, the author was originally trained as ground radar engineer the(UK) Royal Air Force. He then work briefly at de Havilland (UK) on guided missile development, then as a Research Engineer at Vauxhall Bedford's Research Chaul End Laboratory (UK). Associated with that he drove a big Bedford mobile testing vehicle twice across the full length and breadth of Africa - including two full Sahara crossings. He migrated to Australia in 1964 initially designing engineering testing equipment. In 1970, he changed careers to found Electronics Today International magazine over 10 years established separate editions in the UK, Canada, Holland, Germany, Indonesia and India. By 1976 it was the world's largest. He then ran that, plus all of the then (Kerry Packer's) ACP technical books and magazines worldwide. He set up his own technical publishing company in 1982 - and was technical editor of The Bulletin until 1990. He then wrote the Federal Govt's Guide to Information Technology plus writing and publishing five (still current) books in the RV and solar area. He also edited the Caravan Buyers Guide. His (Finnish) wife - Maarit Rivers is a child psychologist.
Without doubt, this is the best book we have ever read . . . it will be treasured, and read on a regular basis.The Wanderer (Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia Ltd) Collyn Rivers has put his encyclopaedic knowledge into print . . . there is virtually no issue he hasn't covered. Certainly his engineering background is a superb credential but best of all Collyn has done it all himself.Caravan World