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50 Essential Accessories, Gadgets and Equipment for Your Motorhome

It can be challenging to know what accessories, equipment and gadgets you should pack when you’re heading out in your motorhome. Space is limited, so you need to select your essential motorhome accessories wisely.

We thought we’d help out by sharing a list of must-haves, so you don’t need to waste too much time stressing about the motorhome accessories you can take.

Awning – Drive-Away/ Canopy

You can use an awning to increase your living space. There are two types. A drive-away awning supports itself. You can detach it and leave it standing while you go off and explore in your motorhome. A canopy, on the other hand, rolls out on an awning rail, much like a blind, and includes poles that are for stability. A canopy awning is generally cheaper.

  • Price range: From £90

Fire Safety Equipment

Fire Safety Equipment

If your motorhome uses gas, you’ll need two fire extinguishers and a fire blanket, as well as a carbon monoxide detector. Mount your fire extinguishers on the wall near your bed and the cooker. Store your fire blanket anywhere you can grab it quickly. A carbon monoxide alarm is also an essential for your motorhome travels.

  • Price range: From £8 for a fire blanket and £15 for an extinguisher. Carbon monoxide alarms cost around £20

Portable Lighting

An LED lantern is one of the best motorhome accessories because you won’t have to worry about the batteries running out. A head torch will also come in handy if you need to find your way around after dark.

  • Price range: From £20

Compact Oil-Filled Radiator

If your campervan doesn’t have any heating fitted or you’re planning on spending the winter in your motorhome, an oil-filled radiator won’t kill the campsite electricity.

  • Price range: From £30

Electric Fan Heater

This is an option if you’re looking for a backup heat source. An electric fan heater will require 230V power, but it can be a welcome source of heat if you’re touring in the depths of winter.

  • Price range: From £30

Refillable LPG Bottles

A refillable LPG bottle is slightly more expensive but they are an essential accessory if you regularly enjoy off-grid wild camping or tour around Europe.

  • Price range: From £50

Hosepipe

This is useful to have because you can use it for filling up the water tank and washing muddy feet, for example. A food-grade one is best and it should measure at least 15 metres in length.

  • Price range: From £10

Portable Water Container

A collapsible water container is a great idea if you can’t easily access a water point, or if the connection doesn’t fit, or you’ve forgotten your water hose.

  • Price range: From £35

Funnel

Use a funnel when you want to get water from your portable water container and you won’t end up wasting all your water over the floor.

  • Price range: From £2

Collapsible Bucket

These are definitely multi-functional and because they’re collapsible, they won’t take up too much space.

  • Price range: From £10

Portable Outdoor Shower

Portable Outdoor Shower

If your motorhome has showering facilities you can skip this one. However, if you need one, a portable shower can be low-cost, take up little space, and be lightweight. If you need some privacy, consider purchasing a pop-up shower tent as well.

  • Price range: From £36

Mud Mats

If you’re planning a spot of wild camping, mud mats will come in very handy when you find yourself stuck in a muddy field.

  • Price range: From £30

Tow Rope

A tow rope is one of those things that you hope you’ll never need, but it’s better to have one and not need it than to need one and not have it. Check your vehicle’s weight because you don’t want the rope to snap.

  • Price range: From £25

Portable Toilet

Portable Toilet

Many larger motorhomes will already have one of these. But if yours hasn’t got a toilet, this is a recommended accessory. They come in a variety of sizes. Small ones are easy to tuck away. For a larger one, you’ll need to think about where you put it.

  • Price range: From £50

Folding Shovel

When you go wild camping, a toilet cassette will only last so long. If you get caught short, it’s good practice to do your business in a hole and cover it up. It will degrade in time so don’t worry.

  • Price range: From £10

Fold-out Furniture for Outdoors

If you’ve got some outdoor furniture you won’t be confined to your motorhome. Whether you choose something basic or more luxurious all depends on available space, your budget, and what you need.

When space is a premium, perhaps a picnic blanket, rug, or mat might be more suitable. You can peg it out to stop it blowing away and have somewhere you can sit and eat without worrying about dirt and sand in your sandwiches.

  • Price range: From £50 up to £500 or more

Citronella

Mosquitoes can be a bit of a nightmare when you’re camping. Citronella will help to keep them away and add a tiny bit of ambiance to the evenings. You have the option of Citronella incense, candles or tea lights, or smoke coils.

  • Price range: From £2

Mosquito Wristband

If you’d rather not use Citronella, consider using a mosquito wristband to keep the critters at bay. They contain a tiny pellet that contains seven natural essential oils. The oils diffuse over the course of two weeks, providing 24/7 protection.

  • Price range: From £10

Ear Plugs

Things can get a little noisy if you’re parked up in a motorhome park. Use ear plugs and you’ll be totally undisturbed by any noises going on outside. The best ones can be expensive, but what price is a good night’s sleep?

  • Price range: From £9.99

Levelling Ramps

You’ll find that most campsites have fairly level ground for their visitors to camp on, however, if you’re straying a little off-field, you can use levelling ramps to ensure you’re on a level. Before you make a purchase, check they are suitable for the weight and size of your vehicle.

  • Price range: From 30

Collapsible Kitchen Equipment

Kitchen equipment is something you need to think about carefully. If you’re going to be doing a lot of cooking, pans, pots, colanders, graters, and a kettle are vital kitchen equipment. However, they can take up huge amounts of space, so see what’s available in terms of foldable or collapsible kitchen equipment.

Here are a few ideas: collapsible colander, collapsible bowl for washing up, collapsible pans.

  • Price range: From £10 up to £100 or more

Portable Laundry System Wash Bag

Who needs a washing machine or laundry facilities when you can use something like this. It folds down into the smallest of parcels and you can use it to clean your clothes in just a few minutes. Even better is that it uses the tiniest amount of water and effort.

  • Price range: From £42

Portable Washing Line

When you’ve washed all your dirty socks and smalls you’ll need somewhere to hang them at the camping site. A piece of thin rope should work but there are better options. You want something that’s compact and can be attached to a tree, post, or bush.

  • Price range: From £10

Portable Vacuum Cleaner

As you spend more time on the road in your motorhome, you’ll find it gets dirtier and dirtier. A portable vacuum cleaner is one of the best ways to keep the inside clean and free of all those crumbs, dirt, and dust that can quickly accumulate. Other cleaning essentials include bio-degrading toilet chemicals.

  • Price range: From £30

Thermal Blinds

If your motorhome has thermal blinds on the windows, you’ll be able to control the internal temperature better. They reduce condensation and ultimately humidity. In the winter, they are another insulating layer to keep you warm. Some larger, more luxurious RVs may already have them.

  • Price range: From £60

Mattress Topper

If you find your motorhome stuffy at night, a mattress topper will keep you cool in bed and at the same time provide excellent comfort. You can buy them for double, single, and bunk beds.

  • Price range: From £20

Hammock

Hammock

You can attach a hammock to almost anything and they can be very comfortable on all those chilled and lazy afternoons. They take up the smallest amount of space.

  • Price range: From £10

Umbrella Parasol

You can clamp these onto your outdoor furniture when you need to take a rest from the sun, but don’t want to go to the trouble of getting your awning out. As well as providing protection from the sun, they are also water repellent. With a flexible arm, you’ll be able to position it to provide optimum shade.

  • Price range: From £30

Air Lounger

These are a fun accessory for your campervan rather than campervan essentials. You don’t have to worry about blowing them up. All you do is hold it open, spin around and fill it with air before you seal it. They are surprisingly comfortable and take up the smallest amount of space.

  • Price range: From £20

Sweat Towel

If you don’t have air conditioning, this accessory is worth its weight in gold. The structure only needs a few drops of water that the structure turns into ice. Keep it in its container and it’ll be icy cold and ready when you need something to cool you down.

  • Price range: From £10

Portable BBQ

If you’re travelling when the weather is right, you’ve got to take a portable BBQ along with you. A fold-away one would be ideal. Alternatively, you could always buy one of those disposable ones from the local supermarket.

  • Price range: From £50

Bike Racks

Bike Racks

For those times when you want to explore but don’t want to drive the motorhome, bicycles can be a great way to get around. However, you will need somewhere to store them and a bike rack is an obvious choice.

  • Price range: From £50

Folding Electric Bike

If you’d rather not include a bike rack, consider taking a folding electric bike with you. Generally, electric bikes have a range of 35 miles and a top speed of 15.5mph. You can fit this small transport option into a motorhome garage or store it in your motorhome under-bed storage.

  • Price range: From £500

Games

If you’ve got some card or board games it can be a great way to while away the evenings and don’t want to bring your tech campervan gadgets. You can purchase travel-sized versions which will save on space.

  • Price range: From £2 for a pack of playing cards up to £30 for a board game

Electricity Cable

An electricity cable is a vital accessory for getting the power from the supply source into your motorhome. Purchase a cable as long as you have space to store because power boxes aren’t always close to your park up.

  • Price range: From £20

GPS

GPS

A sat nav system will give you peace of mind. They don’t take up very much space in the cab of the motorhome and aren’t too expensive.

  • Price range: From £100

A Second Leisure Battery

One leisure battery is usually not enough, especially if you’ve got air conditioning in your motorhome. Take two leisure batteries with you if you’ve got room in your motorhome.

  • Price range: From £50

Breakdown Insurance for Your Motorhome

Breakdown insurance is important because you don’t want to find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere with no way of getting home.

  • Price range: From £50 per month

Tool Kit

You might be able to fix the problem if your list of essential accessories includes a basic toolkit with you.

  • Price range: From £50

Tyre Repair Kit

You probably don’t want to think about a puncture, but it could happen at any time. It’s better to be prepared and it does not happen than for it to happen and you can’t do anything about it. Many motorhomes don’t have a spare tyre so you’ll need a tyre repair kit. Make sure it’s one that’s suitable for large vehicles.

  • Price range: From £50

Dash Cam

A dashboard camera is a must for the motorhome owner out on the rod. They start up automatically as soon as you start the engine and capture every moment of the road ahead. Should you be involved in a road traffic accident, you’ll have first-hand evidence of what actually happened.

  • Price range: From £50

Reversing Camera

Campervans are easy to manoeuvre, but if you’re driving a much longer motorhome, it’s more of an issue as you can’t see behind it. A reversing camera is an answer, ideally, one that’s integrated into the rearview mirror or multimedia dashboard.

  • Price range: From  £150

Extension Lead

There will be no more arguments about whose turn it is to charge their phone. Everyone will be able to charge whatever they need at the same time. Find one with USB ports as well and it will be even more useful.

  • Price range: From £20

Solar Panel Charger

Rather than sapping all the power from your motorhome batteries on your motorhome trip, wouldn’t it be better to harness the power of the sun? A solar panel charger is one of the more essential motorhome gadgets that you need.

  • Price range: From £50

Solar Panel

Solar Panel

As well as for charging your motorhome gadgets, you might also want to consider a solar panel to help keep your leisure batteries fully charged throughout your trip. You’ll need to find some space on the roof for it and it’s better if you find a system that tilts up to face or follow the sun.

  • Price range: From £100

Mini Inverter

Another option if you want to save your motorhome leisure battery is a mini inverter. They are great for charging all those essential tech gadgets when motorhome owners are on the move. You simply plug it into the cigarette lighter hole and it won’t take up very much space.

  • Price range: From £50

Satellite TV

If the idea of a few weeks without your TV fix brings you out in goosebumps, consider installing satellite TV in your motorhome.

  • Price range: From £150

Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

When you’re travelling, music can be a great leveller. One of your motorhome gadgets could be a Bluetooth speaker for when you’re lounging around outside, out hiking, or to help with the hosting of a little get-together with your motorhoming neighbours.

  • Price range: From £20

Mobile WiFi

If you can’t live without your internet connection when you’re taking time out, you can stay connected with a portable WiFi system. It also means you won’t rack up a massive data bill on your mobile devices.

  • Price range: From £50

eReader

eReader

If you love to read a book, bring an eReader along with you and you won’t have to worry about finding space for your books. This is one of the smallest motorhome gadgets you can take with you. It holds several thousand books and takes up almost no space at all.

  • Price range: From £50

Final Thoughts

Bear in mind that the prices of these campervan accessories are just a guideline. They can differ in price tremendously and all of the accessories will take up storage space.

When thinking about what essential campervan accessories to take with you, consider the size of your vehicle, what space is available, and how big your budget is.

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