Useful Gadgets for Off-Grid Caravanning

Modern caravanners are most likely to be found on large sites with comfortable facilities and smooth tarmac pitches. But if you're keen to try off-grid caravanning, it's worth equipping yourself with a few useful gadgets.

The origins of caravanning go back well before World War Two when caravanners could pitch up wherever they liked and explore the countryside. While many campers today enjoy the luxuries of amenity-rich campsites, some campers prefer to keep the traditional spirit of adventure alive by going wild caravanning or 'real caravanning', as they often call it. This involves finding the smallest, most obscure caravan sites, many of which have room for just five touring caravans.

These sites are sometimes referred to as Certificated Locations (CLs) or Certificated Sites (CSs), depending on whether they are affiliated to the Caravan Club or the Camping and Caravanning Club.

The opportunity to see a part of the country that few others have seen is certainly appealing, but before you set off on your first wild caravanning holiday, it may be worth investing in some extra kit.

Useful gadgets for off-grid caravanning 

Power

Smaller caravan sites often lack electric hook-ups to supply mains electricity, so you will need to rely on your caravan's leisure battery. 

  • With this in mind, it may be worth investing in a larger battery. Caravan batteries range from 60AH to 100AH (ampere-hours), with larger ones lasting longer between charges, and upgrading your battery will cost upwards of £60.

  • Solar panels are another way to make your battery last even longer, and there are plenty of options, from small 4W panels to enormous 150W devices.

    Fitting a simple 20W roof-mounted panel to your roof can keep the battery topped up during daylight hours and prices start at around £150. Many new caravan models come fitted with a solar panel as standard.

  • If you really want to go completely off-grid and need more than 12V power, then you can buy your own generator to run your own 230V electrics. Various versions are out there, from diesel powered to petrol powered, and you can buy one for roughly £500.

Water

Beyond the electrics there are a few other items that can prove invaluable if your site doesn't have plentiful water facilities.

The ubiquitous Aquaroll is a quick and easy way to expand your water tank's capacity from 30 litres to 70 litres at a cost of around £90, although these can easily freeze over if left outside during the colder winter months.

 

 

Finally, if you want to go even further afield during your wild caravanning adventures, then don't forget to arrange overseas caravan cover. Some insurance policies come with this as standard, but it's always worth checking before you tow off into the sunset to push the frontiers of modern caravanning.

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