Must-Have Caravan Gadgets & Accessories

Owning a caravan or motor home can bring you plenty of holiday happiness, but kitting yourself out with all the best gadgets can be quite a costly business. We list the most useful caravan gadgets you can get.

Awnings add extra space to your pitched caravan

Awnings

A large, well-made awning is an excellent investment and can easily double your available living space. It's often worth chatting to other enthusiasts on caravan forums about the best type of awning before shopping around. At the time of writing this article we found up to 29% off Kampa's award-winning full sized Carnival awnings at Camping World, plus a price match guarantee.

Caravan movers

Electric caravan movers aren't cheap but they're invaluable if you need power assistance when pitching your caravan or leaving a site after your stay. They allow easier levelling, which is ideal if you're using sinks and fridges indoors. This entry-level Enduro remote control caravan mover gets good reviews on caravan forums and is available as an internet-only special offer at Halfords.

Jacks and other lifting gear

If you don't want to go as far as installing an electric caravan mover, you might still want to lighten the load when positioning your van by using hydraulic jacks such as this Kojack Lite jack.

Power cables for appliances

Whether you're running electricity from a car battery, caravan battery or an external power source, it's important to keep your power cables in perfect condition and think safety first. If it's time for an update, this Pyramid mains power extension unit might fit the bill.

Tow bar electrics by AL-KO

Tow bar electrics

Along with towing gear, tow bar electrics are another important purchase to research carefully, both for price and for safety. They're either specific to your make of car or 'universal' kits like this Right Connection universal tow bar wiring kit. Check electrics comply with UK law and the terms of your insurance.

Satellite equipment

For keeping up with your favourite sporting events and TV shows while you're away, you'll need a travel satellite kit to get the best reception. For example, this Vision Plus 'suitcase' satellite kit packs away neatly, including the dish.

Portable televisions

To go with your satellite dish or aerial, find a new portable television that's ready for the coming digital switchover. The best ones pack flat or fit into their own case, like this Vision Plus portable television.

Refrigeration units

Upgrade to one of the latest camping fridges for efficiently chilled drinks and fresh food. Many are now designed to run off a range of power supplies, making them extra versatile. This Royal 42L three-way camping fridge can run off 12V or mains electricity or gas.

Camping stoves are compact

Camping cookers

When the weathers good there's nothing quite like cooking a slap up meal in the great outdoors. Now's the perfect time to track down a decent-sized outdoor cooker for a bargain price, whether you prefer electric, gas or charcoal.

Sinks and showers

Installing or upgrading caravan bathroom fixtures means fewer trips outdoors at night or in the early morning, which makes for a more relaxing trip. Some of the most versatile fixtures such as this tip-up basin also fold away to save precious space.

Water pumps

Nobody likes a slow trickle of water in the shower, and to get the most out of your caravan bathroom or kitchen plumbing you can install a new water pump to keep that H2O flowing just how you like it.

Water heaters

You could boil a kettle every time you wanted to do the washing up or wash your face, but if you prefer your creature comforts then a compact, energy-efficient water heater means you don't have to feel like you're roughing it.

Chemical toilets

Now to mention the unmentionables - a well-designed portable toilet is always worth the money, saving you hassle when transporting and emptying. It also gives you the option of avoiding public loos that aren't as nice or as nearby as you'd like them to be.

Wheel clamps are great for caravan security (Bulldog)

Security clamps

While it doesn't come cheap, quality security equipment is definitely worth every penny as caravan crime seems to be on the rise in some areas. Deter potential thieves with a visible wheel clamp or similar device so they don't see your 'van as an easy target.

Caravan alarms

You may also wish to protect your property with an electric alarm system that goes off when there's an attempt to move your caravan or open the door while you're out. Simple models make a loud warning noise, and more complex ones can send a message to your mobile phone to alert you.

Sat-nav systems

If you're towing a trailer or driving a motor home down busy motorways or narrow country roads then referring to a printed road atlas isn't always the safest way to check your directions. The latest sat-nav on your dashboard will help guide you smoothly to your destination. This Garmin nuvi has European maps for continental journeys.

Comfortable seating

After summer ends you can also find excellent offers on good quality folding chairs to help you take it easy and relax in style - look out for big price reductions and two-for-one deals. These Riviera Alu-Tech relaxer chairs look great, store easily and come with a two year guarantee.

Folding tables are great for when you pitch up your caravan

Folding tables

It's hard to beat a well-designed camping table for extra preparation space and sociable mealtimes. This Royal aluminium fold out picnic table with benches is light but strong, provides lots of seating, and stows away effortlessly.

Heaters

An effective, safe caravan heater is a must-have for colder days, especially with the unpredictable British climate. Track down a suitable fan heater for your space or try a wall-mounted device such as a Tot-Lec electrical panel caravan heater to keep you warm.

Caravan covers

When it's not in use, keep the exterior of your caravan free from dirt and dust with a smart cover that won't encourage the build up of condensation and mould. The Wilderness Trail breathable caravan cover is available in a range of sizes to suit most trailers.

Roof vents

Roof vents are an ideal addition to help keep fresh air circulating indoors during warm weather, and will allow you to safely ventilate your caravan while you're sleeping too. This popular Fiamma roof vent doubles up as a skylight to brighten interiors, and is easy to fit.

Storage

When you're in transit, sturdy storage boxes prevent your possessions from moving around and getting damaged. Once you've arrived they're also handy for keeping everything tidy, and hiding more valuable items from prying eyes. This Fiamma Ultra top storage box keeps everything safe.

Travel beds

Get a good night's sleep without losing any precious living space by fitting a comfortable purpose-designed sofa bed. This Som'Toile folding bed pulls out to reveal a double mattress and can be fitted to most caravan and motor home interiors.

Bike racks mean easy storage for bikes when you tow

Sleep accessories

Bunk beds are an ideal space-saving solution for kids' bedtimes. Make sure they're safe and snug by adding a bunk bed net and no-slip ladder to the top bunk. This bunk bed ladder hooks firmly into place and is easy to climb.

Bike racks

Bring your bikes along with you for a more active break. Make sure they're firmly fixed to your vehicle for safe transit and theft prevention by fitting a bike stand to an A-frame or the back of your caravan or motor home. Something like a Fiamma Carry-Bike caravan bike rack is ideal.

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