Just Bought a New Caravan? Equip It Properly!

By: Gabriel Chavez


A caravan is one of the best investments you can make into your camping lifestyle. It's a convenient, practical thing to have, and can offer many benefits for any camping trip that you're making. Of course, it's a bit costly, but as long as you know how to do your shopping – compare prices and bargain for a good deal, etc – you should come out just fine. Keep in mind that when you're buying a caravan, you're rarely getting the full deal with just that purchase – you'll also have to buy a few good accessories to improve the usefulness of your new caravan, at least if you're interested in getting the best possible performance out of it.

How is the lighting in your new caravan? Power efficiency is going to be a major concern, so you should do your best to minimize the unnecessary power "expenses." If the caravan uses traditional light bulbs and other lighting items, you should replace as many of them as possible with LED lights to save on power. This can be especially useful when you're out in nature and you want to make the most out of your battery life, or your generator.

Do you have anywhere to store your food? A good refrigerator is indispensable when you're going on a longer camping trip and want to have fresh food with you all throughout, without having to take a trip to a nearby town. Keep in mind what we said above though, and consider the power efficiency of the fridges you're buying above everything else.

Hygiene is also important, so if the water installation in your new caravan isn't a very good one, this is going to have to change. Especially if the hot water system is concerned! Look for some new heaters, change the pipes if necessary (although you shouldn't if the caravan was bought new), and make sure that if you're using a boiler it's properly insulated.

Don't forget safety – be prepared for most types of accidents that can happen. From a flat tire to something more dangerous, you should have various accessories stowed away in your caravan that can be used to remedy those situations. This is one of the things you don't want to skimp on either, so be responsible and invest in quality supplies. You never know when you might need them, and while it's certainly best that the need doesn't come up at all, you have to be prepared for every dangerous situation that can occur while you're out and away from civilization.

Last but not least, the basic interior items of your caravan should be considered just as well. If the place doesn't have a good-looking interior (or a properly functioning one, for that matter – think broken cupboards and such), then this is going to have a big impact on your mood during your camping trips. Do your best to decorate the interior of the caravan properly, and this can really surprise you positively once you go on your first trip.

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