Defender plug-in TV
This clever little device plugs into a mains socket to emit LED lights that look like the TV is on in your motorhome when you are out. Priced £17.99 from Red Line Security
Truma Gas Level Control Monitor
Receive instant & accurate gas level results directly to your mobile or tablet without having to go near your gas bottles. The Control Monitor shows gas level in either percentage or kilograms and you can uses it as a standalone device or connect it to the Truma iNet system if your motorhome is fitted with one.No screws required; it attaches magnetically. Priced £130.00 from Prima Leisure
Mini wind screen
The new three-sided Mini wind screen from Isabella is designed to enclose the area in front of your awning, while leaving you an unobstructed view to watch the world go by. If you have a small dog or child, the Mini will let you relax, safe in the knowledge they can’t go far. It’s like a kind of fence for your awning,” explains Aga Gadkowska, Development Manager at Isabella. Priced £189 from Isabella.
Perfect for map lovers and adventurers
Maps are more than just for navigating. They are for finding adventures, creating stories, fuelling memories and inspiring trips to some of the most incredible places in Great Britain. Spark that next “let’s go there” feeling with these fun, themed, ST&G map range. Packed with knowledge, trivia, hidden spots and inspiration, you’ll be spoilt for choice for where to visit next.There are nine themed maps to choose from. Priced £14.99 from Ordnance Survey.
Increase the comfort of your corner fixed or French bed with this comfortable mattress topper from Duvalay. Priced £249.95 from Towsure.
Milenco BC Lock
The BC lock, which encases and locks the brake and clutch pedals, rendering them inoperative, is the only pedal locking device on the market that is both Sold Secure Gold approved (the highest security rating) and recommended by the Police. Those endorsements are not surprising given the excellent performance of this innovative piece of kit. Priced £79.99 from Milenco.
Keep warm while seated
Love those seated seats in your ‘van cab? Now you can keep toasty warm while sat out on a chilly evening with the Radiate Embrace Chair, with its built-in heating element. Priced £105 from Vango.
St John Ambulance Large Motor Vehicle First Aid Kit
Suitable for larger minibuses or seasonal motorcaravanners this comprehensive first aid kit has all you need for most minor emergencies including heat retaining foil blankets, dressing pads, sterile cleansing wipes, a variety of dressings and plasters. Priced £30.60 at St John’s Ambulance.
Maypole Caravan Cover Premium 4-ply Breathable
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High UV protection helps to improve the product life of this heavy duty cover. The 4-ply material allows moisture to evaporate, cutting the chance of mould or mildew forming. Coming in six sizes, the cover has an elasticated hem to provide a tailored fit.
Reflectors on the cover improve the visibility of your caravan, while the rounded pattern helps to make your caravan less prone to typical wear and tear. Three zip locations will also make it simple to access your caravan’s door at any point too. Priced around £129.99 at Maypole
Keep your toilet smelling fresh
From the 2022 season, Thetford will launch the PowerPods® Blue and Bio. Van Noesel: “Compared to our sachets and other currently available single dose products, the PowerPods™ look much more attractive and modern. Due to innovative perfume lock technology, the fragrance is kept in the pods until it is needed, so hardly any smell in your bathroom and in your hands. The PowerPods® represent the power of Thetford additives in a pod, offering outstanding performance!” These are so new, you can’t even buy them yet! Keep a look out from your nearest Thetford dealer.
A member of our team, Caroline Mills has been writing for Practical Caravan for more than a decade.Here she picks out some of the very best motorhome and caravan sites available across the UK – covering everything from relaxing breaks to adventure holidays. Priced £10.22 from Amazon.
Caravan Cartoon Calendar 2022
Keep track of your trips away and planning exciting weekends with this cartoon calendar, ideal for caravan owners and enthusiasts. The 2022 calendar features fun and amusing artwork exclusively from renowned artist, Armand Foster. Printed in the UK on high quality white card. Priced £10.50 from Stag Gallery.
Brita Water Filter Bottle
Brita’s selling-point is its high-quality filtration system and this robust flask is no exception. It can help to reduce impurities with a neat filter micro disc, which should be replaced after 60 litres. Replacement filters cost around £10 for a pack of three. Priced £10.86 from Amazon.
Dometic Safe 361C
This mechanical safe has a capacity of 24 litres and is suitable for storing a 15-inch laptop – ideal security for your vehicle valuables. The safe has an LED 4-digit guest code and two 18mm solid steel bolts provide excellent security for your valuables. Priced £225 at Dometic
TomTom GO Camper
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Navigating just became a whole lot easier thanks to the TomTom GO Camper. Free world map updates and a built-in SIM that provides live traffic and speed camera services are great features, while we like the Advanced Lane Guidance, which takes the stress out of knowing the lane to take at junctions or highway exits. Priced £379.99 from TomTom.
Care-avan Caravan Shampoo
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Tested and endorsed by Bailey, Care-avan Caravan Shampoo will let you quickly and easily wash your caravan as you wave goodbye to all of those stubborn stains that have been catching your eye. Priced £9.99 for one litre from Care-avan.
Retro caravan lights
Brighten up your caravan this winter and customise your camping space with these retro string lights. Ideal for draping in your caravan windows, they will add a homey feel and personal touch to your holiday haven. Simply pop in the batteries and set to the 6 hour timer, tucking the battery box out of sight using the 50cm lead wire. You can expect up to 60 hours of illumination time for the 12 lights before the batteries will need refreshing. Priced £14.99 from Lights4Fun.
Happy Campers Caravan Door Mat
Keep those caravan carpets clean by wiping your feet on this door mat that’s perfect for caravan lovers. It’s machine washable and wipe clean, with a non-slip black rubber base. Priced £19.99 from Artylicious.
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Take three – our pick of the best portable grills
Bodum Fyrkat Grill – Great for couples
Bodum products have a slightly premium price, but you certainly get what you pay for. These well-engineered, compact charcoal grills simply ooze quality and are lightweight, portable and easy to use and clean. There’s plenty of room on the grill to cook for two, more at a push, and you can do all of the ‘hard work’ while sitting down. The silicone handle stays cool, while silicone clips lock the lid in place for transport. The leg design has been tweaked for the newest model. Priced £120 from Bodum.
Grill-2-Go – Ideal for the beach
A clever idea from Calor – a single burner and hotplate, which clips onto a Calor 5kg Patio Gas bottle. It’s ideal for picnics and beach fun, and lets you boil. grill and fry quickly and cleanly. The reversible porcelain enamel, cast-iron cooking griddle is quite heavy, but it’s nothing like lugging a full barbecue set around with you, and you get more control and quicker cooking than you would with a disposable. The Grill-2-Go comes with a five-year limited warranty. A 5kg Patio Gas cylinder costs £20.50. Priced £39.23 from Amazon.
Lotus Grill – When space is tight
This neat unit features a battery-powered fan that blows air across burning charcoal briquettes to speed up the process and reach cooking temperatures more quickly (three to five minutes). It’s a compact (3.7kg), very ‘designer’ device, in cool colours. A metal cowl prevents dripping fat from flaring up and burning your food, and for big eaters, there are XXL models with more cooking surface. Priced from £130 from lotusgrill.co.uk