Last month saw the Birmingham NEC play host to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show, where over 350 exhibitors showed off their wares. With over a million caravans and motorhomes in the UK, these events always attract thousands of interested visitors.
Recently, the Caravan Club re-branded after 110 years to become the Caravan and Motorhome Club. The club seems keen to do all it can to make caravanning even more accessible to the modern family, with up-to-date facilities and that all-important WiFi connection.
One consequence of Brexit and the current financial climate (particularly with regard to the value of Sterling) is that some families will find their money won’t stretch as far whilst abroad this year, further increasing the attraction of UK holidays in caravans and motorhomes.
With all of this in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to produce a list of five great caravan and motorhome products to get you prepared for your next trip around the UK.
1. One for the dedicated caravan enthusiast
Anyone experienced in owning a caravan will know that there are plenty of times when you’ll want to move it without towing it with a vehicle. A caravan mover is the answer, and an essential purchase for any regular caravan user.
This caravan mover from Ego is state of the art and has been designed to save as much weight as possible. However, it doesn’t make any compromises when it comes to strength, longevity or simplicity. It’s also better value than many other similar options. Ground clearance is great, giving you flexibility at all the sites you visit.
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- Five year parts and labour guarantee
- Easy to use
- Weighs only 23kg
- Nothing of note
2. Extra space for the family
Those with smaller caravans can soon find things getting a little cramped, especially with the whole family on board. An awning is the obvious answer, but there are vast numbers to choose from.
This Trigano inflatable awning is a great solution for those seeking more space. The product has a raft of great reviews on Amazon and is a quick and easy way to add an extra room to a caravan.
The awning works using a simple air pump system. Compared to many others on the market it is simplicity itself to erect. Setup takes just minutes, meaning you can bypass the stress and get straight into enjoying your holiday as quickly as possible.
- Quick to put up
- Good value for money compared to others on the market
- Not available for all caravan specifications
3. One for true freedom and wild camping!
This portable generator gives you the freedom to go wherever you want on holiday, without being chained to campsite hook-ups!
This generator is a market leader and very well regarded in caravan circles. Practical Caravan, in particular, give it a glowing review.
The generator runs on petrol and benefits from low noise levels and a lack of the fumes that you may associate with a typical generator. Honda claims that this generator will allow you to run a microwave and several other household appliances simultaneously, giving you more than enough to power through a holiday.
Cost is one drawback with this product – it is more expensive than others on the market. However, in terms of generators, it seems the phrase “you get what you pay for” is very relevant.
- Five-year warranty
- High quality
- Market leader
- Requires an annual service
4. Keeping a stock of food
This Russell Hobbs freezer is great value for money and sure to help on hot summer days, or when you wish to carry plenty of supplies. If your motorhome or caravan doesn’t have a freezer of its own, there’s no need to go without. This could be a perfect alternative.
Features include a 32l capacity, the industry average for this type of product. The well-known brand is reassuring in terms of quality and longevity. The freezer has an A+ energy rating that means it won’t use up as much energy as others on the market – something very important if you’re using battery or generator power.
It’s worth noting that this freezer could also be great for extra space at home, and consequently seems like an even more worthwhile investment.
- Reputable brand
- Great value for money
- Fairly small capacity
5. Time to relax
A sun chair is an essential caravan accessory for the warmer months, but you don’t want something that’s going to take up too much space in the caravan.
As well as being superb value for money, this particular lounger also has an adjustable head pillow feature, making it a lot more comfortable than others we’ve seen. If you’re worried about storage, as mentioned above, then that isn’t an issue here because the product folds up so it’s compact and easy to carry.
This particular product is available in single or double packs, with black and brown colour options both available.
- Good quality
- Glowing reviews
- Nothing of note