OUR ESSENTIAL LIST OF SET-UP ITEMS
When setting off on your caravan travels, there are a few things we suggest to set yourself up for touring. This WILL MAKE LIFE ON THE ROAD THAT LITTLE BIT EASIER.
This is one item you don't want to skimp on!! Having a quality floor mat might cost you a bit, but they are worth their weight in gold! They keep the rest of your van heaps cleaner by allowing all the sand and dirt to fall through the mat before it makes it's way into your home on wheels.
2. A few 240volt leads to reach every power box & a 10-15amp adaptor.
So not every powered site you pull up to will be the same. And sometimes the power box might be a long way from your van which can be quite a drama if your leads aren't long enough. So you can either carry one really long lead(thats super annoying to roll up) Or you can carry 2 leads and only pull out the extra one when needed. We also carry an Amphibian power adaptor that allows us to plug into a 10amp power source like your friends or relatives place.
3. A few water hoses and a waste hose for the van as well as a flexible one for an outdoor shower.
You need these for the same reason as above with the power leads. Very annoying if you cant plug in mains water.. A good waste/sullage hose to run all your shower and kitchen sink water away from your campsite.
4. A range of different hose fittings and hose bags to store the above!
If your like us, you will probably leave a few hose fittings attached to different taps around the country and not realise it until you pull up at your next site and go to plug your hose in. We carry a ziplock bag full of different hose fittings and joiners to cover any hose drama we come across along the way.
Depending on where your travels take you, there is a good chance tat you will come across bore water. We use an inline filter housing to filter our water either before we fill our tanks or before it plugs into our water mains on the van. The filter takes a lot of sediment and smell out of the water and you can also get filters that help remove bacteria.
These little beauties are like gold!! Nobody likes sleeping on a random tilt and constantly rolling towards your Mrs or the edge of the bed. An extra minute of Setup time to throw these under you caravan wheels, can make a whole lot of difference to your comfort.
Some may say this isn't essential, and they maybe right.... But i tell ya what, if you travel full-time, you will want one!! We use ours to extend and retract our stabiliser legs most times we setup. yes, you can wind them up and down by hand, but far our it gets old quick!! We carry an impact gun, but you can also use a cordless drill with a socket.
Short pegs, long pegs & Hex pegs. You need a few different choices for the different types of ground you'll come across around the country. We invested in some HEX PEGS for securing our awning into tough ground. They are installed using the impact gun or drill and they are perfect for securing your awning on windy days.
If someone really wants to steal your van, they probably will! But at least if you have a hitch lock fitted it will be a good deterrent for those would be thieves looking for an easy target. There is some flash models around, and you generally get what you pay for. We now have a cruise master offroad hitch on our van and they run a cool bi-lock pin for security.
10. A whole heap of patience with your other half. Setup & Packup can be a stressful time, just remember you're on holidays and who cares if it takes a few minutes longer. It just means the beer will be colder when you're ready!!
This just might be the most important thing of all. Because lets face it, if your always having a barny about who's doing what wrong, then you should probably just go home.(Although it is pretty funny for the rest of us watching your setup domestics, haha)