Buying a caravan or motorhome is just the beginning – after that you have to equip it properly. There is a dizzying array of caravan accessories, some more convenient than others. The items we’ve selected below are items we consider must-haves for most caravan and motorhome holidays – and once you’ve ticked these items off, you can start thinking about using your remaining budget for the luxury.
Some of these basics include purchasing touring-specific products, but at other times — for certain tools, for example — it isn’t required. The popularity of touring means there is an abundance of choice when it comes to gear and where to buy it. There are many online options, plus countless brick-and-mortar stores, making it easy to shop around to get the most for your money.
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It is a legal requirement to see 20 meters behind and four meters on either side of what you are towing, so for caravan users, transom extensions are vital. Mounting options include clamps, suction cups and cords. Numerous shapes and sizes are available for different types of vehicles.
Milenco Aero Mirror 4
By: £61.61Contact: milenco.com
Electrical connection cable
Your caravan or motorhome should already have one, but if it doesn’t – or if the existing unit needs to be replaced – you’ll need a long cable with the large, blue, three-prong adapters on either end. In some locations you may need an extension, which is best connected via a weatherproof coupling safe.
Crusader 25 meter electrical connection cable
By: £32.95Contact: towsure.com
Collect all the usual staples in the toolbox such as a set of screwdrivers, adjustable wrench, small socket wrench set, hammer and mallet. It’s also helpful to have some cable ties and disposable gloves on hand – and a cordless drill to unwind corner steadies.
Draper Ratchet Screwdriver, Socket Wrench and Bit Set
By: £31.55Contact: drapertools.com
We extend the term ‘essential’ for this one, but as some types of awnings can double the living space of your caravan or motorhome, we think they’re a good idea. Awnings have come a long way over the years, with lightweight fabrics and frames that are easy to use and store. There are even versions with inflatable constructions for an almost hassle-free assembly.
Outdoor Revolution Eden Air 390
By: £599Contact: outdoor-revolution.com
It is important to be prepared for the possibility that your camping trip will go south. Your motorhome or caravan should have a well-stocked and up-to-date first aid kit with essentials such as plasters, bandages and antiseptics. A fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are also absolute must-haves.
Lifesystems Camping First Aid Kit
By: £34.99Contact: lifesystems.co.uk
When it comes to items such as bedding, common household items may be appropriate when you’re on the go, but there are also caravan-specific products that can come in handy for more compact berths. Also choose plastic cutlery and melamine crockery to avoid the risk of breakage both en route and after arrival.
Lakeland Hazy Days melamine dining set
By: £3.49Contact: lakeland.co.uk
Other useful accessories…
Ramps, blocks and blocks
Once parked, your RV or RV should be securely in place. This is where wheel chocks come in, because they prevent any movement. Blocks and ramps, on the other hand, can be used under the corner steadies and wheels respectively to keep your caravan level when the pitch is not.
By: £29.98Contact: thule.com
A carrier to collect fresh water is attached to the inlet of the van via a hose and pump. To collect ‘grey’ water from the sink drains, you also need a waste water carrier.
Hitchman Aquaroll and Wastemaster Bundle
By: £94.20Contact: aquaroll.com
‘Blue’ toilet chemicals are in the septic tank and
help break down biological waste and kill germs. ‘Green’ chemicals do the same job, but are kinder to the environment, without harsh chemicals like formaldehyde. ‘Pink’ chemicals contain a perfumed additive that coats the bowl during the rinse cycle.
Thetford Aqua Kem Blue concentrated
By: £16.99Contact: thetford-europe.com
To keep the heating, oven and so on, you need some gas – butane or propane. The correct size will depend on your set-up, but 6kg is generally accepted as being about the right size for most touring bikes. You often pay a refundable cylinder charge and exchange the cylinder for a full one when it is empty.
Flogas 6kg propane gas bottle
By: £25.75 (plus £38.50 non-refundable
cylinder charge)Contact: flogas.co.uk