Top 10 Motorhome Accessories

After buying a new motorhome, there are a few items that still need to be purchased to get the most from your new leisure vehicle, but with an endless list of accessories and “must haves” what items should you buy? To help, we have listed our top 10 motorhome accessories that you may not have considered:

Solar Panel

 

Having uninterrupted power away from any electrical hook up is great for any off-grid holidays or day trips. A solar panel can trickle charge a vehicles leisure battery even in moderately cloudy weather. If the motorhome is stored at a secure storage compound, the charged leisure battery will keep any alarm or tracker active and fully operational. Solar panels can come as standard equipment or added on as an optional extra.

 

Avtex TV

A 12v Avtex TV is perfect for viewing TV even when not connected to mains hook up. With an in-built DVD player and with comprehensive connectivity, you can plug further accessories such as Sound bars and USB drives. Different models also have inbuilt Satellite receivers so, you can watch FreeSat with no additional set-top box. And if you subscribe to streaming services, such as Netflix and have WiFi, you can add Smart TV sticks via an HDMI socket, that work directly with the TV. Screen sizes from 18” to 24” mean you can have the perfect TV set up without dominating the interior space.

 

Quest Lakeland Grassmere Swivel back chair

 

This lightweight portable chair adds extra comfort due to its unique swivel back design, allowing you to sit up comfortably or laze back when required. The chair folds down and is stored in a carry bag which can be easily stowed away under a seat or in a locker.

 

 

Steering wheel lock.

 

Visible security items are always a useful deterrent, and in some cases can offer a discount on motorhome insurances, if declared on your policy. This Milenco steering wheel lock fits over the steering wheel and prevents the wheel from moving by blocking the driver’s legs or by resting against the windscreen.

 

 

Filling hose

Once on a campsite, perhaps the first thing to do is fill your motorhome with fresh water. Many service points do come with a short hose, but it’s always recommended to carry your own hose for times there is no dedicated motorhome service point available. This food-grade hose and attachment folds flat when not in use and comes with a variety of attachments to allow easy connection to any fresh water tap.

 

 

Maypole Lithium – Ion Power bank

This universal power bank can recharge any USB powered device including phones and tablets, but also can provide a boost if the vehicle battery has become flat. This power bank is small, lightweight and very useful around the motorhome.

 

 

Cadac BBQ

Outdoor eating couldn’t be easier with the Cadac range of grills and accessories. Cadac has a selection of grills that are gas-powered and in a variety of sizes to suit your own needs. For large families, the Carry Chef 2 will provide a large surface, whereas the Safari Chef can easily accommodate 2 people. The grills are easily broken down, easy to clean and can be run from an onboard gas outlet or individual gas canisters.

 

 

Torches

 

Having a torch to hand is always very useful. This Lil Larry torch with 250 lumens provides a bright white beam to light up your path or item that requires more light. This is a perfect addition to any motorhome for attending to services at night or looking in locker or cupboard corners.

 

 

Waterless wash & wax

 

Removing traffic dirt, mud or other organic deposits can be easily done using Greased Lightening waterless wash and wax. This product does not require running water instead, can be sprayed on and wiped off leaving a clean waxy surface that will repeal any further contaminants.
Use this with a microfibre cloth, to keep the motorhome looking fresh and clean.

 

Wind break

Providing a break from any light breeze can be easily achieved by erecting one of these Kampa Air windbreaks. Being an air windbreak means this can be erected quickly and easily, without the need for hammering stakes in the ground and they can be stored in a small space when not required. The Kampa Air Windbreak comes complete with pegs, guylines and a pump.

 

So, here’s our top 10 motorhome accessories. Other notable mentions include toilet chemicals, a pair of levelling ramps and a stovetop kettle. As I’m sure you can agree there is a wide variety of accessories available for anyone who owns a motorhome or caravan and for further inspiration or to purchase any of the items above, why not pop into our accessories shops at either Swindon, Oxford or Reading Caravan & Motorhome centre.

What do you need to know before buying a motorhome?

range of motorhomes parked together

What do you need to know before buying a motorhome?  Here’s our 10 point guide.

1. What type of motorhome should I buy?

To keep things simple we’ll try and group motorhomes into 3 subcategories.  Compact campervans or larger van conversions are usually adapted from small or larger panel vans, such as our Adria Twins.  Their versatility makes them great for supporting active hobbies, holidays & attending festivals.  They are also easy to park and potentially store on the drive at home.  Coachbuilt motorhomes have a caravan-like body built onto a chassis cab, such as our Bailey motorhomes.  They tend to be bigger, have more space and better insulation for all year round use.  Finally, there are the top of range class A motorhomes which have a fully coach-built body and therefore no separate cab.  These vehicles are designed for long trips away and come with the highest level of specification.  If you’re still unsure which type of motorhome would suit you best, pop into our dealerships or perhaps consider hiring a vehicle before buying.

2. What is the best motorhome for the money?

It really depends on your requirements and how you intend to use the vehicle.  The larger van conversions have proved very popular in recent years due to their versatility.  They can double as the family’s first or second car and remain parked on the drive so you can use them quickly for a weekend break or support your outdoor pursuits and interests.  The other motorhomes on the market tend to be used for holidays of a week or more and are equipped with more of your home comforts but will usually be kept in storage yards away from your house which adds to the cost (approximately £5-10 per week depending on the security arrangements at the storage yard).  We might be biased but we feel the Adria Twin and our Bailey motorhomes are 2 of the best examples in each category.

3. How much does a brand new motorhome cost in the UK?

The top of the range class A motorhomes can command a fee far in excess of £100,000 but that is at the top end of the market.  New coach-built motorhomes tend to cost between £50,000 and £90,000 on average depending on the size and specification whilst the van conversions range between approximately £45,000 and £65,000.  As you begin to use your vehicle, your RV will depreciate in a similar manner to your car so consider factors such as mileage, service history and the general condition of the vehicle.

4. Do I need a special driving license?

In general the answer is no, most drivers can drive most motorhomes on a standard license including motorhomes of up to 7500kg.  There is however a limit of 3500kg to all drivers over the age of 70 or a driver licensed since 1st January 1997 unless a medical test or additional test is passed.  These rules concerning your driving license apply to towing caravans as well.

5. Is a difficult to drive a motorhome?

It is no harder than driving a car, particularly the smaller compact caravans or van conversions.  You will need to get accustomed to when driving the larger motorhomes due to their size and visibility.  There are motorhome manoeuvring courses available if you wanted to build your confidence which lasts for a day and are ideal for beginners.

6. Do motorhomes require seat belts for their rear seats?

Seat belts must be fitted and worn in the front seats of motorhomes and most manufacturers fit seat belts to forward facing designated travel seats in the rear.  If seat belts have been fitted to the rear seats then they must be worn.  Seat belts can be fitted to sideways facing designated passenger seats.  Although not illegal, travelling in these seats is not recommended.

7. Can I use my motorhome ‘off grid’?

Yes, you can!  In most cases, your RV will run without any issues on a combination of a 12V battery and gas for a couple of days.  Perfect for a festival or weekend away.  If you are off grid then check how much gas is left in your bottle before you depart because heating the vehicle and powering the fridge will use your supply quickly.  The 12V battery will charge when the motorhome is being driven or it can be topped up using a solar panel.

8. What pitch should I choose when I book a campsite?

This will depend on the size of your motorhome so best to check with the campsite before booking.  In general hardstanding pitches are more suitable but if using grass then check the ground before you drive on to it by digging gin your heel.  Inclement weather in the winter months could make it difficult to leave!

9. What additional motorhome accessories should I order?

There are a number of options but it also comes down to your budget.  You don’t know where a puncture or blow out could strike so fitting Tyron band flat tyre protection can be very useful, particularly if you intend to head ‘off grid’.  Another option would be to fit a spare wheel carrier and spare wheel in case of emergencies.  Bike racks are incredibly popular with motorhome users to save space inside the vehicle.  Other popular add-ons include Diamondbrite which protects your motorhome both inside and out, a Tracker Retrieve System to protect against theft or accidental damage and an awning which is an excellent way to increase your living space at a fraction of the cost.

10. Can I finance a motorhome?

There are a number of flexible finance packages on the market to suit your requirements.   You could potentially finance a motorhome over 10 years with a hire purchase agreement.  Another option is to use PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) where monthly payments can be kept lower by deferring a significant proportion of the amount of credit to the final payment at the end of the agreement.  Using PCP, the Guaranteed Future Value of your vehicle can be calculated and when you are approaching the end of the agreement you will have 3 options – part exchange the motorhome, pay the final lump sum payment to own the vehicle or simply return the unit to the finance company.  Call our sales teams if you wish to have your finance options explained.

For staycation ideas and general all-round convenience, a new motorhome is a great way to tour the country in style. Get in touch if you have any more questions.

Book an Appointment with our Sales Teams

Book a private viewing appointment with our sales teams for when we reopen in December.  We are currently quoting and paying more than usual for any part exchanges against 2021 orders in order to increase our used stock.  If you would like to make an appointment to view a caravan or motorhome, please email the sales teams or fill out the short form below and one of our team will be in touch to confirm:

Contact Swindon:  Email sales@swindoncaravans.com

Contact Oxford:  Email sales@oxfordcaravans.com

Contact Reading:  Email sales@readingcaravans.com

Book an Appointment

Receive £500 Vouchers on any New or Used Caravan or Motorhome*

We are currently offering £500 vouchers when you purchase any new or used caravan or motorhome over £7,000 until 31st March 2020.* 

We operate a very competitive dealership and this offer is on top of our already discounted prices!

Vouchers can be spent on any product or service available across all 3 branches in Swindon, Oxford & Reading.  So if you were looking to add a 3 year service plan, a motor mover or perhaps an awning to your caravan, this would be a great time.

View over 350 new & used caravans & motorhomes for sale across our 3 branches and of course online.  We’re sure to have something to suit your budget & requirement.

We will pay competitive prices for your caravan or motorhome, whether you are selling or looking to part exchange.

Call our sales teams today in Swindon 01793 772096, Oxford 01844 339566 & Reading 01189 888111

 

* £500 voucher offer excludes new 2019 Lunar Caravans.  Offer applies to new sales between 1st March – 31st March

NEC Caravan & Motorhome Show: 18th – 23rd Feb

The NEC Caravan & Motorhome Show starts this Tuesday 18th February.

All the major manufacturers will be there displaying their new caravans & motorhomes for the 2020 season.  And as usual our sales teams will also be there wearing their green shirts.  You won’t miss them!  This is a great time for any prospective buyer to delve into the market and take advantage of the offers available.  Our sales teams will be sharpening their pencils so be sure to contact them if you want a great deal.  And don’t forget, we are able to match any show offers and deals at any of our 3 branches for the duration of the NEC Show:

Finance:

Our NEC show finance rates will be 7.2% APR on advances under £30,000 and 6.9% APR on advances over £30,000.  Available at the show or in branch.  Please note this rate will cease at the close of business on Sunday 23rd February.

Bailey:

  • Bailey are currently offering FREE DELIVERY worth £565 when you order a 2020 Bailey caravan before Sunday 23rd February.
  • Bailey’s caravan range for the 2020 season has been enhanced with the introduction of the must see Alicanto & Discovery ranges.  Their motorhomes are equally popular, with their flagship and top of the range Autograph sure to be the star attraction!
  • We will have 4 of our sales team on Bailey, please call their mobile whilst at the show to make an appointment or else just grab them, they’ll be wearing their green shirts:
      • Alistair Cruickshanks on caravans (Oxford branch, telephone on 07422 666546)
      • Steve Watts on caravans (Swindon branch, telephone on 07421 719883)
      • Simon Barnett-Higgins on caravans (Reading branch, telephone on 07421 041253)
      • Jaydon Welch on motorhomes (Reading branch, telephone tbc)

Swift:

  • We will have 2 of our sales team on Swift, once again please give them a call for an appointment or else find them when you’re at the show:
  • Swift are currently offering the following deals when you order a 2020 Swift caravan before Sunday 23rd February:
    • Cashback to the value of £1250 on all 2020 Elegance & Elegance Grande.
    • Cashback to the value of £1000 on all 2020 Challenger, Challenger X, Eccles & Eccles X.
    • Cashback to the value of £750 on all Vogue, Sprite & Super Sprite.
    • Free Vango Airbeam Awning RRP £925 on all Basecamp.
    • Plus, all caravans will receive a free Yuasa leisure battery worth £310.

We run an extremely competitive dealership and will always try and get you the best possible deal.  It is worth speaking to any of our team, whether at the NEC or in branch, to see what deal we can do for you.  We hope to see you soon.

Motorhomes now for sale at Reading Caravan & Motorhome Centre

New for this season you can now view both new & used motorhomes at the Reading Caravan & Motorhome Centre.  We are very excited by this opportunity and feel it is a natural progression to enhance our product portfolio.

New Motorhomes

We have teamed up with Bailey and for the 2020 season will be displaying their 3 ranges on the forecourt in Reading, please come along and let us know what you think!  The Bailey Autograph is their flagship range, offering a level of unrivalled comfort and sophistication.  The Bailey Alliance offers 7 layouts all on a 3500kg chassis making them available to all full UK license holders.  And finally, the Bailey Advance features 9 layouts and is built on the ever-popular Peugeot Boxer 130hp Euro 6 cab.

Check out our stock online, have a look at our prices and save up to £3,085 on a new motorhome!

Here is our branch manager Simon explaining some of the key benefits of the new Bailey Alliance Silver Edition, focusing on the 76-4T model.  We’ll have more videos to follow!

 

Used Motorhomes

Come and view our used motorhomes on the sales forecourt in Reading.  We only have a limited amount at present but are looking to increase this quickly which is the reason for some excellent savings across our new motorhomes, to attract more part-exchanges!  Please note we accept both caravans and motorhomes in part exchange.