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I see these lists all the time on the internet. Why just a quick google search now of top 10s gives me :

  • Top 10 most dangerous world records
  • Top 10 most dangerous internet challenges

You get the idea I’m sure and if you haven’t left this page to find out exactly what the top 10 most dangerous whatever is, I’ll continue with our, seemingly dull in comparison top ten….

The top ten accessories that you simply must get when first owning a caravan. I’m speaking from personal experience here, your top ten might be different and possibly better. Leave comments if you have a mind to 🙂

Top Ten Caravan Accessories

In no particular order..

Electricity cable

Who wants to sit around in the dark? Modern day caravans have a lot of home comforts and we love home comforts. Everything from fridges to microwaves, we cramp more in than out European counterparts. I actually think this is because of our weather and we tend to probably spend more time in the caravan than someone from a country with a better climate – that’ll be just about everyone then.. Oh and be sure to get a 25 metre one like the ones listed below.

25m Caravan Hook Up Extension Cable 230V 3pin Mains Transformer Electric Lead MarkUK*
  • 25m orange lead 3 cores , 1.5mm thick max current: 16A, Voltage: 240V, Ce, ROHS
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Semloh ML25 Mains Extension Lead, 25 m*
  • Brand New 25 metre heavy duty orange hook up cable
  • Suitable for your caravan, camper or motorhome
  • 240v 16Amp plug and coupler connectors
  • High visibility Orange colour as approved by Caravan Sites
  • 2.5mm² thick 100% Copper 3 Core Cable

Fresh Water Carrier

I’m assuming you’ll want to make a cup of tea at some point! Failing that you’ll at least want a wash? You’ll need some sort of water container. You can just use a Jerry Can, but most use something like an Aquaroll, or a WaterHog. These are plastic drum like water containers designed to be rolled (as when full they’re quite heavy.) Simply connect it up to your caravan, using a connector supplied. Here’s a selection from Amazon, to enable you to check the prices.

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Hitchman 40AQ Aquaroll, 40 Liter, Beige*
  • Hitchman 40 litre Aquaroll
  • Best selling portable water carrier that rolls across the ground
  • Comes with filler hose and tap connector
  • Features collapsible, removable handles
  • Can be used with the mains adaptor to provide a continuous fresh water supply
Qinghu 5 Litre /10 Litre /15 Litre Collapsible Water Container, Portable Water Carriers for Caravans Camping Climbing Travel Hiking Hunting, Outdoor Activities Water Bucket*
  • Material: high quality PE plastic, safe and Non-toxic, transparent, you can put potable water into it.
  • Weight: 130g (5L) / 220g (10L) / 280g (15L) (unfolded without water), lightweight handle design, easy to carry.
  • Features: collapsible, space saver, you can folds flat when not in use. Wide bottle lip, easy to fill and pour out, ON/OFF tap can adjust the water.
  • Temperature: -20 degree ~ 80 degree, durable, reusable.
  • Usage: perfect for camping climbing travel hiking hunting, outdoor activities.
Water Hog Fresh & Waste 51 & 46 Litre Container Combo Caravan/motorhome*
  • Water Hog Fresh & Waste 51 & 46 Litre Container Combo Caravan/motorhome
  • Waterhog 51 Litre capacity
  • Wastehog 46 litre capacity
  • strong, durable design and is manufactured from recycled material
UNIVERSAL MAINS ADAPTOR FOR CARAVAN*
  • 7.5m Of food grade hose.
  • Snap on stop connections to the ball valve.
  • Fits the water hog & aqua rolls.
  • Includes full colour instructions

Waste Container

Once you’re done using that water, where is it going to go? A caravan isn’t plumped into the mains drainage, everything that comes out has to be directed somewhere. The great solution caravan designs have come up with is a plastic container that catches all the waste. You then drag it along to a special drain point and pour it away. You’ll be pleased to know that human waste is dealt with in a much more controlled manner. Sort of. A pipe connects to the caravan, actually 2, one for the bathroom and one for the kitchen waste. The other end on the pipe goes to the waste container. Boom. Waste out of site, but not quite out of mind. All you need can be found on Amazon, and other places of course. Listed here as a handy reminder. I’m not sure of the name of the waste container we use but it’s black with red caps, we also have a double drain-away, which attaches to both sink and bathroom waste pipes, meaning you only have one pipe going into your waste, not two. Very good indeed..

DOUBLE DRAIN-AWAY CARAVAN WASTE PIPE ADAPTER*
  • caravan waste pipe adaptor motorhome
6 Metres Caravan / Motorhome convoluted grey waste water pipe - 28.5mm ID*
  • Caravan / Motorhome convoluted waste pipe for use on a serviced pitch or internal plumbing - 6 metres
  • 28.5mm internal diameter - Outside Diameter 34mm
  • Genuine Caravan Waste Pipe as used by UK Caravan Manufacturers
  • Colour: Grey
23 Litre Caravan Motorhome Water Waste Carrier*
  • 23 litre caravan/motorhome water or waste carrier
  • Can lie upright or on its side under your vehicle
  • Aperture has 50mm opening for quick filling or emptying
  • Weighs in at just under 1 kg
  • (L)380 x (W)330 x (H)420 mm
Hitchman WM 039 Waste MasterHitchman 40AQ Aquaroll, 40 Liter*
  • Hitchman Wastemaster with luggage elastics
  • Designed to allow easy transportation of non toilet waste from your caravan
  • Fits easily under your caravan
  • Hitchman 40 litre Aquaroll
  • Best selling portable water carrier that rolls across the ground
Hitchman WM 039 Waste Master, Beige*
  • Hitchman Wastemaster with luggage elastics
  • Designed to allow easy transportation of non toilet waste from your caravan
  • Fits easily under your caravan
  • The ledge is designed for a caravan toilet which can be fastened to the Wastemaster using luggage elastics supplied with the product
  • 039 Wastemaster
Caravan Wastemaster Hog Buggy & Water Carrier Storage Bag MP6622 & MP6621 Set Aquaroll*
  • PLEASE SEE OTHER LISTING WHICH ADDITIONALLY INCLUDES 25 METRE SITE LEAD BAG DROP B07K59TTZY INTO SEARCH BAR
  • MP6621 STORAGE BAG AQUAROLL/WATERHOG WITH PULL CORD FASTENING AND SPRING TOGGLE LARGE ENOUGH FOR WATER HOG BLUE 700MM X 415MM DIAMETRE
  • MP6622 STORAGE BAG WASTEMASTER/WATERHOG WILL HOLD WASTEMASTER/WASTEHOG CONTAINERS PULL CORD FASTENING WITH SPRING TOGGLE BLUE 1000MM X 255MM DIAMETRE
  • KEEP YOUR ESSENTIALS CLEAN AND TIDY
  • BRITISH MAYPOLE QUALITY

Towing Mirrors

A legal requirement, these attach to your existing car wing mirrors and give you the width you need to see down the sides of the caravan. We use Milenco Aero 3 mirrors.

Leisurewize LWACC299 Twin Towing Mirrors – Stick-on Side Mirrors - Flat + Convex | Exterior Clip-on Mirror for Caravan, Trailer, Campervan, RV, Motorhome*
  • STICK-ON VISION MIRRORS: Streetwize brings you the Extended Side View Mirrors that ensure expanded view as you drive on the road. The automotive accessories have durable and aerodynamic design that stays stable and ensure low vibration.
  • WIDER RANGE VISION: This twin towing mirror pack contains x1 Flat Mirror and x1 Convex Mirror. The exterior mirrors provide wider range of vision to the driver. The pack contains 12 side-view mirrors. The side mirrors provide a broader view of traffic for safe towing.
  • EASY ADJUSTING & MOUNTING: You can easily fit these dual vision mirrors on top of the existing side view mirrors using the attached strong synthetic fastenings. The extended view mirrors come complete with safety cord for peace of mind.
  • PERFECT FIT FOR ALL: Be it a caravan, mini bus, sedan, coupe, or sports car, these twin mirrors will be a perfect fit for most vehicles out there. The safety towing mirrors are ideal to be used with both offside and nearside car wing mirrors of the vehicles.
  • SMART AUTO ACCESSORY: The extended view mirrors conform to E11 regulations that are acceptable across the UK. The clip-on mirrors are easy to adjust even when you are seated inside the vehicle and provide visibility across blind spots.
Streetwize SWTT84 Pair Extending Caravan/Towing Mirrors, Universal E Approval*
  • A reliable towing mirror kit that bolts to almost any vehicle?s existing mirror.
  • Fits in seconds, with an adjustable angle for easy viewing.
  • Mounting attached for future use, and heavy adjustable bracket.
  • Strong synthetic fastening ensures secure fit to driver?s mirror.
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Maypole Mp8323 Convex Caravan Mirrors*
  • Fits most vehicles
  • Please note: In order to secure the towing mirror fixings, a lip on the upper and lower edge of the mirror casing is required
  • Convex glass for a wider field of vision
  • Easily adjustable Dimensions (L x W x H): 36 cm x 8 x 22;Weight: 1.33 kg.
  • EU approved Measure the mirror housing from point A to point B The straps will go to mirrors 205 mm minimum 275 mm maximum

Hitch Lock

A lock which attaches to the handle on the Alko A frame. This prevents anyone from towing the van away. Easy to fit, this is the lock I use myself. The seem expensive, but they’re really good product. Use this in conjunction with an axle lock for more peace of mind. We use the one shown below.

Fullstop Saracen Al-Ko Hitchlock*
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • High Security hitchlock exceeds Sold Secure Gold standards
  • Compact design
  • quick and simple to fit
  • Secures the caravan coupling either hitched or unhitched

Gas Bottle

Unless you’re the type of person who likes to either eat out of have takeaways then this is an essential piece of equipment. They do come in various sizes and various makes. Best find out which is compatible with your caravan prior to purchasing. They are usually difficult to buy online.

Caravan Step

Caravans are quote high of the ground and getting in and out is impossible without a step. Not much to say here, they’re just very useful. I prefer the big plastic double steps as pictured below. We use the larger black plastic double step. It’s surprisingly wide and sturdy.

Milenco MGI Double Plastic Caravan / Motorhome Step*
  • Ideal for those who are slightly infirm or who just want a steady platform.
  • Tread Size - 360mm x 220mm (top step), 410mm x 220mm (bottom step)
  • Height 180mm & 380mm approximately
  • Weight: 2.8kg
  • Tested to 200kg
Milenco - Giant Double Step*
  • Step Height: 20cm / 39cm
  • Tread Size: 50cm x 27cm
  • Base size: 72cm x 61cm approx.

Kettle

You can boil the water using a saucepan of the gas hob if you like, but why would you? Kettles are as cheap as chips and you don’t need a specific caravan type. We’ve actually purchased a “Caravan Kettle” from Aldi, one of their specials.

KINGAVON Cordless Kettle, 1 Litre, 900 W, White*
  • Capacity 1 litre
  • Auto switch off
  • Transparent water level gauge
  • built in safety cut out
  • pilot light
Sensio Home JEGJS9904 Plastic Jug Kettle, 1.7 liters*
  • Attractive design, with a grey coloured switch and lid handle
  • A large 1. 7 Litre capacity ensures that you’ll have plenty of water available when it’s time to make a round of teas
  • 2 Year Guarantee.
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Signature Cordless Jug Kettle, Boil Dry and Overheat Protection, Removable and Washable Filter, 1.7 Litre, White*
  • 1.7 Litre capacity boils up to seven cups of water at once
  • 360 degrees swivel base, ideal for left and right-handed users
  • Clear water gauge for accuracy and precision
  • Highly visible light for easy usage making it suitable for all users
  • Overheat and boil dry protection for optimum safety

TV

Ok, maybe not essential, but the very first time we went in our caravan, the next day I went out and bought a cheap TV. We were very disappointed in ourselves, but you simply have to have a TV. There are specific caravan TV’s that can run on 12v. We do have one, but we use a slightly bigger normal TV. Best try and get one that’s as light as possible. No recommendations here, but Avtex position themselves as a specialist TV manufacturer for caravans and motorhomes, just FYI. We’ve just bought a cheap TV from Tesco.

Avtex L168DRS 16-Inch Widescreen Super Slim LED TV with Freeview HD*
  • 16" Widescreen LED HD 12/240 Volt TV - Both Leads Supplied
  • DVBT & DVBT2 digital tuner & DVB-S & DVB-S2 digital satellite tuner
  • Pause/playback live TV/Instant record to USB plus Timer record from programme guide (EPG)
  • Built-In DVD/CD Player/ USB / HDMI / PVR Record
  • 3 Year Manufactures Warranty
Avtex L168DR Ultra-Compact/Lightweight Widescreen Full HD LED TV/DVD/PVR - Black, 16-Inch*
  • 16" widescreen Full HD LED TV with Integrated DVD/CD player and Digital Radio specifically designed for caravans and mobile homes
  • Pause / playback live TV / Instant record to USB plus Timer record to USB or HDD from programme guide (EPG)
  • DVBT & DVBT2 High definition freeview digital tuner
  • 2x HDMI / 2x USB / phono / headphone / audio in / co-axial audio-out
  • Power : Mains battery 240v AC / 12v / 24v DC
MOTORHOME CARAVAN BOAT 12V 22" Inch HDR LED Digital Freeview TV 12 Volt with USB PVR & Media DivX Player*
  • 22 inch Digital LED TV with build in Digital Free To Air (Freeview) receiver for Mpeg-4 Standard and High definition television programs
  • Ideal for Motorhomes, Caravans, Boats, HGV's as can be powered by 12 volt.
  • Possibility of recording TV programs on a USB storage device (USB PVR function)
  • Possibility of watching movies of various video formats (AVI, MKV, VOB), viewing pictures (JPEG, BMP) and listening to music (MP3, WMA) from a USB storage device
  • AC adapter for 220 V mains (UK adapter included for UK buyers); 12 V DC input (lead included)
22" 12 Volt Full HD Digital Ultra slim DVD LED TV Caravan, Boat, Marine, HGV 24 V 12V*
  • Works On 12/ 24 Volt DC And Mains 240 - Both Adaptors Included.
  • Built In DVD Player. Built In Digital Freeview. USB PVR Record. Full HD 1080P
  • HDMI Input, PC/VGA Input, Scart Input, Headphone Socket. Plays DivX.
  • Ultra Low Power Consumption Just 22 Watts 1.9 amp average!
  • Perfect for use in Caravans, Motorhomes, HGVS, Boats or even in the home
Cello C16230F 16 inch HD ready DVD combi LED 12v TV black 12 240 volt*
  • Cello 12 volt 16 C16230F CARAVAN MOTORHOME BOAT TRUCK WAGON
  • 16"
  • Black
20" CELLO C20230F 12v 12 volt LED HD CARAVAN TV FREEVIEW DVD USB MOTORHOME BOAT*
  • 12 volt/ 24 volt TV for caravan, motorhome, truck & boat
  • Comes with both Mains and 12V/24V power supply
  • Built in Freeview and DVD player
  • Low power consumption - ideal for leisure vehicles
  • Usb PVR facility to pause/record TV & View movie files with a USB drive

Camel’s Feet

Camel’s what? There are plastic pads that go onto your stays and make the caravan more stable on grass. They are meant to act like a Camel’s foot does when walking in sand, it redistributes the weight. I don’t know, I do have some though and I leave them on the caravan they do the job. We have Milenco Stacka feet.

Milenco Stacka Corner Feet Pack Of 4*
  • Milenco Sprung Steady Caravan Feet
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Maypole MP4976 Caravan Jack Pad (Pack of 4) - Black*
  • Maypole Caravan Jack Pad (Pack of 4)
  • Universal Fit for all caravan legs
  • Extra Large And Designed To Fit On Your Caravan Corner Steadies
  • Improve Stability, Particularly On Soft Ground
  • Comes Complete With Fixings Making Them Quick and Simple To Fit
Ko-Pads Heavy Duty Caravan Jack Pads with a 5yr guarantee*
  • Purpleline Ko-Pads Heavy Duty Caravan Jack Pads with a 5yr guarantee
  • Ko-Pads attach to your corner steady feet to spread the load when supporting your caravan
  • Designed with durability in mind and made from super-strong composite material which is resistant to cracking and fading
  • please note only come in Black
Leisurewize Grey Pro-Paw+ Caravan Jack Pad Foot Leg Stable Level Support - 4 Pack*
  • When in position they provide a stable base for caravan corner steadies and are permanent attachments.
  • Quick and simple to attach
  • no tools required.
  • Robust and stable design.
  • Strong polypropylene construction.
SET OF 4 CARAVAN JACK PADS - WITH METAL PINS*
  • Stabilises caravans and motorhomes on soft or loose ground
  • Includes four pads and pins
  • Strong, durable material
  • Easy to install
  • Colour: Black

There you are, that will keep you busy and make you poorer I’m sure. But once you have these things you can start looking at the “Caravanning big ticket items” like an awning…

Happy Caravanning….

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