Which caravan gadgets?

Whether you absolutely, desperately need them or not, there seems to be something endlessly fascinating about gadgets. They might be clever, imaginative, resourceful – or a complete waste of time – but the gadget stall always seems to grab its fair share of attention at any caravan show or rally.

So, what are some of the gadgets currently on offer as the caravanning season is now in full swing?

Motor movers

  • one of the last things you might want after a long drive, the family waiting impatiently to get settled into the caravan, and the sun blazing down on your back, is the heavy labour of manoeuvring your caravan – just so – into a tight space;
  • the motor or powered mover is designed to take away the back-breaking work out of that fine positioning;
  • the latest breed – from Rhyno Movers, say – of this perennial favourite feature remote control, so that you can stand in the very best position to get everything just right, without so much as breaking into a sweat;

Safety first

  • some gadgets need to be treated with far more respect than any passing gimmick;
  • included in these are the many familiar devices which make your caravanning experience an altogether safer state of affairs;
  • included under this heading are likely to be smoke and CO2 detectors, fire extinguishers, fire blankets and even intruder alarms;
  • it is worth bearing in mind that the more you do to keep your caravan safe and secure, the better your chances of finding competitively priced caravan insurance – from us here at Cover4Caravans, for example;

Hanging larders

  • beloved of boy scouts, caravanners and anyone with a yen for the outdoor life, hanging larders have been around for such a long time they might hardly qualify as a gadget;
  • yet every season reveals new variations on the old theme – and 2017 seems to be no exception;

Scrubba Wash Bag

  • so much for the potentially useful and onto the gadgets that may be no more than gimmicks;
  • the Scrubba Wash Bag probably qualifies because it is no more than a plastic bag which you fill with water, put in some dirty clothes, and pummel in the hope of getting them clean;
  • of course, a sink in your caravan site’s wash block are likely to serve just as well – and if they house coin-operated washing machines, so much the better;

Solar panel

  • of similarly dubious use – given the overcast skies that often accompany any caravan holiday in the British Isles – is your own, portable 100W solar panel, as featured on the How2Caravan website;

No-spill dog bowl

  • you’d need to have your own boisterous dog, of course, to even begin to appreciate the value of this portable water bowl, which claims to be impervious to spills;
  • even more enticingly, distributors Road Refresher, also claim that it β€œreduces slobber by up to 90%” – how’s that for an advertising tag line.

Love them or loathe them, it’s difficult to avoid a sneaking interest in the latest gadgets to come onto the market and you may be sure that at least some of the novelties may be appearing in a caravan next to yours sooner or later.