Top 10 Motorhome Accessories

(updated for June 2022)

After buying a new motorhome, there are a few items that still need to be purchased to get the most from your new vehicle, but with an endless list of accessories and must-haves what items should you buy? To help, we have listed our essential motorhome accessories:

  • Solar Panel – for extra power and to keep battery charged
  • Avtex TV – with extra ports and wi-fi capability
  • Swivel back chair – sit upright or be laid back
  • Steering wheel lock – fits over the steering wheel
  • Filling hose – keep fresh water topped up
  • Power bank – for keeping your devices charged
  • Cadac BBQ – lightweight and great for camping
  • Torch – with 250 lumens
  • Waterless wash – spray on, wipe off
  • Windbreak – lightweight but really sturdy

 

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 vehicle’s 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 Soundbars 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 freshwater 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 are our top 10 essential 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.

Pre-order a 2022 caravan for the same price as a 2021 model.

 

It is well documented that the ‘staycation’ remains the holiday of choice for 2021 and caravans have seen a surge in demand.  The Swindon Caravans Group’s stock levels are running low across all manufacturers and respective model ranges, unprecedented at this time of the season.

As a result, we are offering the chance to pre-order a 2022 caravan for the same price as a 2021 model.*  This will secure the best possible availability and beat the price increase on 2022 models.

A number of model ranges will remain unchanged for the 2022 season, the only difference will be an expected price increase of between 3-5%.  Where model ranges remain unchanged, each branch will have a 2021 model to view on their forecourts where possible; please check with the respective branch before travelling if you have a specific model in mind to avoid disappointment.

This offer will end on Sunday 20th June. 

Call our sales teams today for more information.

The 2022 model ranges that will remain unchanged from the 2021 season are as follows:

SwiftVogue, Sprite, Sprite Super, Basecamp, Challenger & Challenger X (only change is that Swift Command will not feature in the 2022 models)

BaileyDiscovery, Phoenix & Pegasus

AdriaAltea & Adora

* Swindon Caravans Group will honour the first 5% of any price increase on 2022 pre-orders before Sunday 20th June.  Any additional price increase over 5% will be passed on to the customer.

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 have 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 hard standing 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 blowout 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-around convenience, motorhomes are a great way to tour the country in style. Get in touch if you have any more questions.

Offers & Promotions available during Swift Live

We are delighted to announce that the promotions running in tandem with the Swift Live Event have now been extended until 6pm on Monday 12th April.

Swift have adjusted the offers since 6pm on Friday 12th March, see below for details.  Any new Swift orders between now and the 12th April will qualify but will only apply to customers who have registered and visited the Swift Live Event and completed a “Request a Quote” form.

2021 Basecamp 2 and Basecamp 4

Half-price RVA1 Awning which has an RRP of £925 (please note this awning maybe too
large for certain pitches on Basecamp 4).

2021 Sprite and Sprite Super

Cashback to the value of £300

2021 Challenger and Challenger X

Cashback to the value of £500

2021 Elegance and Elegance Grande

Cashback to the value of £500

Swift Live – 11th Feb until 12th April

Experience a completely new online event, bringing you unique access to expert advice, inspiration and a virtual showroom, all from the comfort of your sofa.  Register today!  The event will begin on Thursday 11th February and ends on Monday 12th April (hours are 10am – 5pm).  View more information about the offers and promotions available on Swift caravans during the event.

Whether you’re completely new to touring or a seasoned pro, you’ll find a world of ideas, tips and exclusives at Swift Live, where Swift’s specialist team will be waiting to share what makes the Swift life so special. Explore their 2021 ranges with new 360° vehicle tours, ask questions and receive tailored support. Go behind the scenes with their designers to discover the latest leisure vehicle interiors trends, watch craftspeople at work, enjoy helpful demonstrations and so much more…

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With so much to see, from product first looks to demonstrations, live talks and Q&A sessions, get ready for the industry’s most innovative event yet!  The full agenda for Swift Live will be released soon and we’ll keep you updated.

The event is entirely free, and it’s so easy to visit. All you need to do is register your place and join on the day from your computer, smart phone or tablet.  If you’re looking to make a purchase then the team at Swift will direct you to your nearest dealer (hopefully us) and we’ll take you through the buying process.

What to expect from us if you are new to caravanning?

Since reopening on 1st June, we’ve certainly seen a large influx of people who are entering the caravan market for the first time.  This is fantastic news for the industry and for tourism in the UK as people look to holiday here and not abroad.

We’ve put together a check sheet to help you through the entire process; from choosing the right caravan to suit your requirements and placing a deposit through to what you might expect on the day of collection & our Aftersales service thereafter.  Please note that whilst most of these processes remain the same, some have been adapted due to Coronavirus.  We have social distancing measures in place across all 3 branches for your protection.

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!

    • Save over £3,000 on a new 2020 caravan or motorhome
    • Save up to £5,229 on our last remaining 2019 caravans!

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

Buy your next caravan or motorhome with confidence

Here at the Swindon Caravans Group, we take pride in the products we sell and the customer service we offer.  We’ve received nearly 800 reviews online at an average of 4.5/5 stars and 90% of customers would recommend Swindon Caravans Group to their friends & family.

Customer reviews are important to build trust with anyone looking to purchase.  Our ratings are something that we are proud of.  If you are looking to buy your next caravan or motorhome or indeed you first, then hopefully you will visit our branches in Swindon, Oxford or Reading with confidence; to find the right caravan or motorhome to suit your budget & requirements and receive a comprehensive aftersales service thereafter.

 

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4.6/5 stars for Swindon Caravans Group.

90% of customers would recommend Swindon Caravans Group to their friends & family.

 

 

 

4.9/5 stars for Reading Caravan & Motorhome Centre

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2019 gold and silver owner satisfaction award for new and used caravans

 

 

2019 Gold & Silver awards at the Practical Caravans Owner Satisfaction Awards.

 

Motorhomes now for sale at Reading Caravan & Motorhome Centre

New for this season you can now view both new & used motorhomes at our Reading Branch.  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.

Award Winners at the 2019 Caravan Owner Satisfaction Awards

2019 gold and silver owner satisfaction award for new and used caravans

We are delighted to announced that the Swindon Caravans Group have been awarded gold and silver awards at the 2019 Owner Satisfaction Awards for supplying dealer of pre-owned & new touring caravans respectively in the UK.

These awards are voted for by our customers so they really mean a lot.  It is a fantastic achievement and backs up the awards won in 2016 & 2017 when we won the categories for best supplying dealer of new & used caravans respectively in the UK.

2019 gold and silver owner satisfaction award for new and used caravans

Thank You for Voting for Us!

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our customers who have used and enjoy the service we provide.  And a special thank you to all those who voted in these awards, it really is appreciated.

Full results of the Owner Satisfaction Survey 2019 can be found in the March Issue of Practical Caravan Magazine or on the Camping & Caravanning Club website at https://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/helpandadvice/tent-survey/caravan-owner-satisfaction-awards/