Caravan Accessories: Ideas for Making Your Caravan Adventures More Enjoyable

Australia has over 800000 registered caravans and campervans as of 2022. Sales have been soaring for both categories and don’t seem to let down any time soon. In fact, the global pandemic spurred buyer interest with international borders closed and the rise in local tourism. 40 thousand combined units were sold last year alone, but the majority on Aussie streets and campsites are generally older, with an average age of 17 years. Owners of these will have leftover cash for adding some goodies that will definitely add a little more comfort, convenience and safety, at least to the levels of what’s currently sold.

Buying a campervan or caravan is just the prelude to unforgettable memories, but decking your rig out with a few basics will make travelling and camping all the more pleasurable. You’ll want ample light and air at all times, some essential luxuries powered from an electric outlet, and a few comfortable additions outside to better indulge in spectacular Aussie sunsets. Safety additions also should be high on your agenda, as you wouldn’t want any nasty surprises while you’re out holidaying.

Here are some of the goodies that will douse your camper or caravan with a some needed fresh air, added coziness and peace of mind:

Roof Vents 

Vents fitted atop the roofs of motorhomes, campervans or caravans are simple additions worth their weight in gold. They let you ventilate the vehicle to get rid of nasty smells and built-up humidity and cool things down. A camper roof vent also lets in a lot of light, for times when the weather isn’t suitable for outside fun. Vents can be simple pop-up events with some elbow grease thrown in the mix, or electrically or solar-powered vents with built-in fans with variable speeds. Unlike air-conditioners, electrically powered fans won’t drain batteries and you can use them far from a mains supply. Maybe not the last word in luxury, but some electrical vents have included remotes to change speeds while lingering in bed. 

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The benefits vents bring in have all to do with fresh air. Fans can draw hot air out, good for hot and humid days and relaxing living conditions inside. Vents also play a part in maintaining healthy temperatures throughout the day.  They prevent the build-up of mould in the vehicle. so no mustiness or damaged walls, and they get rid of smells from the kitchen, toilets or bedroom quickly and efficiently. 

If you’re considering putting a vent in, pay heed to the sizes as this will be what you need to cut out of the roof. Standard sizes are 400 by 400mm, but you’ll also find smaller variants, and rectangular vents that can accommodate any area you seem fit. Solar vents may take up more space, so also take this into account. 

As for materials, most are built of reinforced plastics, with rubber seals that won’t let water in. Steel or aluminium hinges feature in pop-out vents and most can be positioned at different angles. Mozzie nets and screens are standard on almost all roof vents, so you can enjoy clean air without the nuisance of insects. 

Lastly, consider how you’ll be installing one. Instructions and manuals are mandatory, but for a cleaner and sealed fit you may need to help of a pro. Prices relate to overall sizes, the type of vent, included features, materials and build. 

Annexes, matting and accessories 

Besides spending time inside, you’ll want to make the best of the great outdoors. Annexes extend the available space, but also add shade and air. This essentially functions as an additional room (or rooms depending on size and designs) and is good for meals, family fun, or some time to unwind. Matting can be used with the annex, or as is more often the case, on its own to increase foot space. There’s a range of eco-friendly materials that are also non-slip and feel comfortable underfoot. Designs vary too and are inviting conversation starters with neighbouring campers. 

Screens, nets and zappers

To keep mozzies, flies, spiders and other crawlies out and fresh air in, line doors and windows with inexpensive screens and nets. More durable variants are made of double-layered panels and can handle stronger gusts. You may want a zapper or two if you plan longer nights outside under the stars. 

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 To power basic items like lights, the fan in the camper roof vent or more demanding appliances like electric ovens and fridges you’ll need a stable electrical supply. Larger motor homes will have both 240V AC and 12V DC installations able to power most larger or power-hungry appliances like microwaves and air conditioners. Look for electrical inlet sockets to hook up to the mains supply in campsites, and have a solar-powered system, complete with panels, deep-cycle batteries, monitors and cabling to get power to smaller necessities. Safety equipment like surge protectors and circuit breakers will keep you out of harm’s way in the event of electrical faults. 

Safety Additions

When reaching the campsite, it’s recommended to place chocks under the wheels of the caravan or camper to prevent sudden movement and keep the vehicle stabilised, especially on uneven or loose surfaces. These are durable, can handle the weight and level the vehicle. For safer maneuvers when towing, install a pair of larger towing mirrors that reduce blind spots in corners, and keep you and the caravan free from harm and damage. The same applies to electric brake controllers that increase safety and prevent the caravan from detaching from the hitch in abrupt and aggressive braking. And last but not least, a GPS tracker will always keep you informed of the caravan’s whereabouts and track irregular movement

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.