Caravan Accessories: The Essentials You Need

The best way to prepare for your caravan trip is to ensure that you have all the right caravan accessories. Some of these help you create a home away from home, while others ensure you stay safe wherever you travel.

Find out which caravan accessories you need:

Towing Electric Brake Controller

Stay safe when towing with an electric brake controller. The brake controller is mounted to your tow vehicle and sends an electric current to the electric brakes in the caravan to make them operate.

Designed to suit most trailer braking applications, the Tow Pro Elite by Redarc is super simple to install and operate and doesn’t need much dash space.

You can choose from Automatic or User Controlled trailer braking modes depending on the terrain or road conditions, vehicle type, or your own preference. This is one of our favourite caravan accessories!

What is a REDARC Tow-Pro Elite and What Does It Do?

Reversing Cameras

Reversing a caravan is hard! There, we said it. But when you have a reversing video system like the Dometic PerfectView Reversing Video System, you can be confident in your backing skills.

No more worrying about blind spots or 20 attempts to park your beast. This reversing system comes with a 7” monitor with super-bright, energy-saving LED backlighting for excellent image quality. This kit comes with a small colour camera with closed housing and you can connect up to three cameras in total. It will only set you back around $459. 

Towing Mirrors

Towing mirrors are not an option – they are essential for safe caravan driving. Let’s face it, driving on main roads is really risky when you’re towing a large vehicle. Towing mirrors let you see the entire length of the caravan and help with blind spots.

They won’t set you back much either – the world’s best-selling Milenco Aero 3 Extra Wide mirror is only $129 a pair and the Milenco Grand version comes in at $149. A small price to pay for safety. 

Jump Starter

The last thing you want is to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery. That’s why a jump starter is not just an essential caravan accessory – it’s one of the most important bits of emergency equipment you can carry.

Our top picks are the Baintech 800A Jump Starter and Power Bank 18Ah and the Projecta 950a Lithium Start 12V Emergency Lithium Jump Starter. Both are pretty much guaranteed to get you out of a fix.

Baintech BT18 Jump Starter and Power Bank

Trailer Dolly

Hitch your caravan up to your car and reverse into tight spots with a trailer dolly. We can’t go past the Camec Trailer Valet Mover XL, the toughest, most compact trailer dolly on the market. The XL moves most trailers up to 4,500kg and features positraction technology for tight turns.

How To Use the Trailer Valet XL

Levelling Ramps

Every caravan needs a levelling ramp sooner or later. Trust us. You might think the ground is flat, but when you get in your van, the sink won’t drain properly and the fridge door swings open.

The Milenco Quattro Levelling Ramps keep your caravan level when you’re parked on a sloping ground, providing additional safety. It’s the world’s only four-step polymer level with a high-grip upper tread surface for extra safety!

Steps

Got a larger RV? Pack your own step and get in and out with ease. There are heaps of options to choose from, like the Milenco heavy-duty double step or a folding step by Dometic. Both can be easily stowed away when you’re on the move.

Caravan Cover

Protect your caravan between trips with a caravan cover. Even if your caravan is stored in perfect conditions, a cover is a worthwhile investment.

Look for one with a water-resistant roof panel, UV protection and breathable panels to prevent rot and mildew. Camec provides a wide range of covers for almost every size van.

Gas Cylinder Level Check

Ever run out of gas in the middle of a camp BBQ? With the Truma Gas Cylinder Level Checker, you will never be caught short again. This handy device uses ultrasound to detect how much gas is left in the LPG cylinder then shows you with an LED light. Genius!

How the Truma Level Check Works

Antenna

There’s no point having a TV without an antenna! Leisure Tec is at the top of its game with the new Milenco Power 900L Antenna which uses omnidirectional antenna technology to help you receive any channel on your digital TV. No need to adjust the antenna every time you set up camp in a new place!

Another type of antenna you need is the Thunder 5W Mini Compact UHF and Antenna, which helps you stay in touch with travel companions and emergency services even outside of mobile phone coverage.

TV

If you’re travelling for a few months, there comes a time when you just want to chill out in your van and catch up on your favourite shows. That’s why we reckon a TV is an essential caravan accessory, like the NCE 28″ Smart LED LCD TV/DVD Combo.

What we love about this unit is that it has Wifi and Bluetooth Connectivity and you can access popular apps, like Facebook, Netflix, YouTube and more. It can also run off 12V DC or 240V.

Wifi

Every seasoned camper knows you should never rely on campground wifi. If your plan is to travel for a while, you’ll want a more reliable connection, especially if you want to stream videos and message your family and friends. That’s where a wifi router kit comes in handy.

Both the RV Wifi Portable Caravan Wifi+4GX and NCE Travel Wifi Modem Kit operate like a true modem, not a dongle. The RV Wifi is password protected and boasts up to a 40 metre range from your vehicle. With both products, you can choose your favourite Australian Data provider, such as Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Virgin and others.

Anderson to Anderson Cable

Connect your 12v appliances to power with an Anderson to Anderson cable. These cables are a great option for high draw appliances and 12-volt caravan accessories, such as fridges and air compressors. They are also a safe connection to charge an auxiliary battery.

Baintech offers a 10 metre Anderson to Anderson Cable, which will extend the length from your vehicle to your solar panels.

Extension Lead

Don’t leave home without a extension lead to connect your van up on site. Here’s the important part – standard extension leads are only rated to 10-amp, but caravan parks use 15-amp power outlets. So, you need to ensure you have a heavy-duty 15-amp extension lead, like this one from Camec for only $32.

Wash Down Pump Kit

If you’ve just pulled up covered in mud, make sure your caravan shines like new with a wash down pump kit.The Seaflo Wash Down Pump Kit boastsa 70 PSI pump and comes with fittings, hose and nozzle. Powering the unit is as easy as plugging it into a 12V socket.

Final Word

These caravan accessories are a sure-fire way to make sure your trip is safe and comfortable. What would you add to the list?

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