Top 10 Must Have Caravan Accessories

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Before we get onto caravan accessories, do these “top ten lists” annoy you as well? 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
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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, some of the must have caravan accessories – according to me…

Electricity cable

Electric hook up 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

AKA Aquaroll. 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 Caravanning Camping Aqua Roll, 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.
Leisurewize 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

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..

Big White Box 6 Metre – Caravan Waste Water Pipe – 28.5mm Inside Diameter*
  • Convoluted waste pipe for caravans and motorhomes
  • 28.5mm Inside Diameter
  • Length: 6 Metre
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
BITS4REASONS Maypole New Model 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*
  • TWIN PACK: This twin towing mirror includes one flat and one convex mirror. Ideal for towing caravans and trailers.
  • EASY INSTALLATION: This towing mirror installs onto your vehicle’s wing mirror in a matter of seconds. Just use the unique suction mount to mount it to the wing mirror for improved visibility.
  • AERODYNAMICALLY DESIGNED: This towing mirror has been rigorously tested to windstand speeds of up to 120mph.
  • FULLY COMPLIANT: This towing mirror conforms to E11 regulations.
  • A must for caravan & trailer towing!
Pack of 2 Heavy Duty Extending Caravan Motorhome Towing Blind Spot Mirrors [E Approved] Convex Mirrors With Fixings*
  • ✅Rear-View Mirror: Making life easier when driving, this towing mirror kit allows you to be road legal and cover all your blind spots whilst driving.
  • ✅Convex Mirrors: Designed to withstand the toughest conditions. Our mirror kit enables you too safely withstand poor weather conditions and the convex glass being heavy duty and highly durable.
  • ✅Strong Synthetic Fastenings: This vehicle towing mirror kit comes with all the additional brackets, fasteners and clips to be able to safely secure the mirror.
  • ✅E Approved: Tested to the required standards, this extending mirror kit has passed the photometric laboratory. Which means your safety comes first.
  • ✅Still Use Your Car Mirrors: This Kit is essentially an attachment onto your vehicles side mirrors. This can be extended and fasted safely in place. You can increase your field of vision to increase safety whilst on the road.
Maypole MP8323 Convex Caravan Mirrors, Set of 2*
  • 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*
  • ecure 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.

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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.

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.
Signature S101 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
  • 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
  • Comes with 1 year guarantee, get extended 1 year warranty upon registration

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

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.

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Milenco 3728 Stacka Corner Feet Pack Of 4, 7.0 cm*31.0 cm*18.0 cm*
  • Milenco Sprung Steady Caravan Feet
  • Item Package Length: 31.6cm
  • Item Package Width: 17.8cm
  • Item Package Height: 6.0cm
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Maypole Caravan Jack Pad Pack of 4 Black Universal Fit For Caravan Legs and Corner Steadies*
  • Set of 4 caravan jack pads. Universal fit for all caravan legs and corner steadies
  • Helps stabilise the caravan when on soft ground
  • Strong, durable and easy to fit
  • Permanent attachment to help save time from towing to being onsite
  • Weighted design for when the caravan is being towed
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 – Pack of 4 Grey Pro-Paw+ Caravan Jack Pad Stable Level Support | Caravan Corner Steadies | Quick & Simple To Attach, No Tools Required | Metal Locking Pins Included | LWACC497*
  • HEAVY DUTY CARAVAN FEET: These caravan feet from Streetwize Leisure can provide a stable, secure and reliable base for your caravan’s corner steadies. These feet are made from durable polypropylene, which can withstand heavy weight and provide stability for your caravan.
  • A MUST-HAVE CARAVAN ACCESSORY: Whether you’re an occasional caravanner or seasoned caravanner, these pads are a must-have as they ensure your caravan is stable and secure for the duration of your caravan break.
  • EASY INSTALLATION: These caravan feet are really easy to install. No tools are required. Just thread the fastening pin on the feet onto the base of the corner steady and secure in place with the R clips.
  • SUITABLE FOR MOST CARAVANS: These caravan feet are made to fit onto corner steadies on most caravan models on the market.
  • PREVENTS SINKAGE: Not only are these caravan feet perfect for hard ground surfaces, they are suitable for use on soft ground too. These caravan feets help to widen the base of the corner steady, which helps to evenly distribute the weight of the caravan, preventing the corner steady from sinking.
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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    You can add satellite dish on those accessories. They are versatile. Can be used for entertainment and communication. Very nice to have for an RV.

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