Diy campervan ideas
Sleeping in a camper is unpredictable – sometimes it’s blisteringly boiling and then, seemingly in an instant, it can be freezing freezing.
That means you’ll need a selection of diverse blankets, duvets and sheets to hold warm or cool depending on the weather.
It’s probably worth investing in a vacuum storage bag for them too, to cut below on the quantity of space they take up when not in use. Just remember that you’ll need a compact vacuum in your camper too, in order to put the bedding away again once your journey is over.
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Sat Nav – from around £60
Chances are you’re going to be heading somewhere unfamiliar if you’ve bought a camper van – so a sat nav is going to come in extremely handy indeed.
Just bear in mind that it might send you over mountain passes and below narrow lanes not suitable for campers, so use a back-up map to make certain the navigation is sending you in a sensible direction.
There are lots of options, from the free and excellent Waze smartphone app to pricier units with technology love dash cameras, traffic alerts and lane hold assistance built in. Remember to ensure the nav you select has European mapping if you’re planning to travel further afield.
Read about our top 10 sat navs
Scooter rack – depends on scooter size
Setting up on your pitch takes time – so packing everything, unplugging from the mains and turning off the gas just because you need to pop to the supermarket is annoying.
An additional mode of transport – such as a lightweight scooter or moped – is an ideal way to solve the problem.
There are rear carriers for most camper van makes and models that enable little, light motorcycles to be transported easily. Loading and unloading the bike is straightforward with two pairs of hands.
It’s significant to discover a carrier that is suitable for your van – so speak to towbar experts before buying.
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EU travel kit — £24.99
Travelling in Europe is grand. The varied scenery, affordable pitches and silent roads can make for a more enjoyable adventure than touring around Britain.
But you do need to remember the various rules and regulations for diverse countries, including items that must be carried in the vehicle.
There are lots of European travel kits available, most containing high-vis vests, spare bulbs, warning triangles, a first aid kit and breathalysers, along with a GB sticker in case you’re using an old-style number plate. We’ve picked this Ring Automotive example, but there are plenty of other options.
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Thermal blind – from around £100
Thermal windscreen blinds offer the combined advantages of keeping the cabin cool on a boiling day and warm at night.
There are lots of diverse designs which can be fitted internally or externally and are universal or tailored to a specific model of van.
If there is a fitted blind for your van then there’s every chance it’ll be worth the additional, since universal blinds tend not to fit fairly so perfectly. That could spell the difference between a nice endless sleep and sun getting through a crack and waking you up at 5am.
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarm — from £25
Most camper vans come with alarms for detecting carbon monoxide and smoke, but if you own an ancient model there’s a excellent chance you’ll need to get both.
Fortunately, they’re fairly affordable at around £15 and they’re simple to fit – so even if you do own one it might be worth upgrading to a better, more modern model.
The pictured First Alert combination alarm detects both smoke and carbon monoxide and it comes with a five-year guarantee. Obviously if you’re grilling bacon in your van then it’ll start sounding, but there is a hush button to turn off untrue alarms.
Just remember to check it before you travel if you’ve left your camper in storage for a while.
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