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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 Elecbrakes Brake Controller is super simple to install and operate and can be controlled wirelessly through the in-car remote and your smartphone!

This is one of our favourite caravan accessories! It is also an essential as it will protect your family and others on the road!

Brake Controller Plug & Play Installation With The Team From Elecbrakes

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. 

BBQArm:

We are always looking to save space in our caravan and on our tables, which is why we recommend adding a BBQArm to your setup. This must have caravan accessory creates an out-of-the-way place for your BBQ.

Simply mount the tray & arm to your Tow-Hitch or Drawbar, place your BBQ on top and then you can swing the BBQArm away when not in use!

What Is BBQArm?

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 Dometic PJS118 900A Portable Jump Starter and the Projecta 950a Lithium Start 12V Emergency Lithium Jump Starter. Both are pretty much guaranteed to get you out of a fix.

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 Properly Install the Trailer Valet XL

Caravan Jack:

To level your caravan and be able to change your caravan tyre’s it is important you have a caravan jack in your setup. We even stock electric models like the Black Jack Electric Trailer Jack with Clamp & Harness Kit to make the process simple and easy!

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!

Another gas level check model we highly recommend is the Dometic GC 100 Gas Level Indicator for Gas Bottles which also uses an LED light to indicate gas levels.

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.

Battery Monitor:

There is nothing worse than waking up to a dead battery – that’s why having a battery monitor in your caravan is an essential accessory!

The Victron Battery Monitor BMV-712 Smart features in-built bluetooth meaning you can wirelessly monitor your batteries performance off your smart phone! You’ll be able to easily monitor your battery voltage, current, power, Ah consumed and state-of-charge from the comfort of your vehicle or even bed!

For advanced monitoring, including monitoring individual appliance/electronic loads (such as your refrigerator) and tank monitoring check out the Simarine by Enerdrive, Digital Battery Monitor Pack.

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 RV Media Evolution 32″ LED Full HD LED Smart TV with Bluetooth, 12V / 24V / 240V.

What we love about this unit is that it has Bluetooth Connectivity and you can access popular apps on the internet, like Facebook, Netflix, YouTube and more. It can also run off 12V, 24V 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 Sphere Mobile Wi-Fi Router with Int Antenna, ZT-4G 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. If you’re looking for a weatherpoof model we highly recommend the Ampfibian S1000DX 15A Weatherproof Surge Protector Pack with Circuit Tester.

Stand At Ease Water Tank Filler:

Trip In A Van has called this tool one of their caravan essentials!

The Stand At Ease Water Tank Tiller is the easiest way to fill your caravan/RV water tanks. Simply connect the nearest hose to the tool, slide it into your water tank and turn the hose on!

This tool prevents air locks in the filler pipe and you no longer have to remove the hose fitting to slide the hose into your tank!

Check out the awesome product review done by Trip In A Van below:

The Easy Way To Fill Your Caravan & RV Water Tanks

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 boasts a 70 PSI pump and comes with fittings, hose and nozzle. Powering the unit is as easy as plugging it into a 12V socket.

First Aid Kit:

You never know when an accident can happen on your adventures so make sure you always leave home with a first aid kit in hand. Whether you need to remove a splinter after collecting wood for your fire or need an ice pack ASAP after the kids got bitten by a pesky green ant the FastAid Delux vehicle first aid kit has got you covered.

Fire Extinguisher:

It’s always better to be on the safe side on your caravan or camping trip, especially when camp fires are involved! Make sure you always have a fire extinguisher on hand in case of an emergency.

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?


DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.

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