Campervan trips are a fantastic way to bring the whole family together. That expensive vehicle you’ve splashed the cash on deserves to be used, and used well. No matter where you’re headed, you’re bound to be in for an incredible treat!
But it’s not just a case of getting up and going, however. Before you leave, you’ve got much to plan and prepare for. From packing everything you’ll need to checking the vehicle itself, there’s a lot to be getting on with.
And speaking of the vehicle, it’s important to ensure it’s prepared for every eventuality. You can do this by applying a number of upgrades to your campervan, which will make your trip a lot more worry-free. Here are some of the biggest!
It’s not just the inside that counts, and you’ve got much work to do on the outside too! This is especially true if it’s summertime, and you’ll be spending a lot of time outside.
I’d start by adding some LED lights to the exterior of the campervan, as well as a pull-out shelter. If the nights are warm and fine, you’re going to want to make the most of the outdoors. Additionally, a ladder could prove useful if you want to climb on top of the van for a spot of sunbathing!
If you’re towing a caravan, boat or trailer
Sometimes, a campervan just won’t provide you enough room. In these cases, if you’re towing a caravan, boat or trailer, you’ll need to make certain tweaks to ensure safety.
One such tweak you can consider is a dual battery for a caravan or trailer. This can ensure that your electrical appliances don’t run your main battery down! With no main battery, you’d be stranded, potentially in the middle of nowhere. Ouch.
Additionally, if you are towing a trailer, you’ll want to invest in a tarpaulin to cover the trailer up. If he top of it remains open, any materials or objects you’re storing in the trailer could be flung out. Tarpaulins are cheap, and easy to attach, so you’ll have no issues.
Additionally, you could look into trailer sway controls. Sway controls help lessen the effects of wind, which can blow your trailer or caravan out of alignment. Sway controls help to support the connection between the vehicle and what’s being towed. So if you change direction suddenly, the trailer/caravan will not sway.
And lastly, look into implementing some electric trailer brake controls. If your trailer or caravan has electric brakes, these are incredibly useful. They allow you to control the speed of the trailer or caravan with ease.
Depending on the size of your campervan, you’ll have little or no room to play with. If your trip is going to be lengthy, you’ll need to make sure that everyone can stay comfortable in the back. The best way to do this is to add foldout beds. Now, you’ve saved space as opposed to having them both separately.
A dining room table would also be wise, so you all have somewhere to eat. Don’t neglect interior lighting, either. You’ll be outdoors and it’ll get very dark, so take plenty of torches and backup batteries.