How to equip a caravan or motorhome?

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Although we make the most important decisions regarding the equipment at the stage of purchasing the right caravan or car, there is nothing to prevent us from taking care of the appropriate equipment later.

The list of devices that we can equip our house on wheels with is so long that the main limitation will be our financial capabilities or, possibly, the capacity of our vehicle. And since space is always limited, it's worth analyzing what you really need while camping before shopping. Let us take into account the conditions in which we travel most often, because something else will be useful for people who use a caravan on hot days on a campsite, and something else for motorhome users, visiting countries in different climatic zones and spending most of their time on the move.

Serious investments

The elements related to heating and cooling should be considered the most important. Nobody would like to get cold or get tired due to too high temperature during the desired rest. Heating systems can solve the heat issue.

The most popular solutions used in motorhomes are Truma products. Many products of this brand have a modular structure, so they can be combined like blocks. The advantage of this solution is the possibility of adding more elements in the future, without jeopardizing the home budget at one time.

The basis is a stove - usually powered by a gas cylinder. Stoves can have different power. The larger the motorhome, the more powerful the stove should be. Devices that can be alternately powered by gas or electricity are a very good solution.

A boiler that will heat the water is also a great solution. Among the solutions used, systems combined with cabin heating are particularly worth recommending. Thanks to this, the stove that provides heat in the caravan or motorhome will also ensure the right temperature of the water for bathing.

What if it gets too hot? Then it's good to have air conditioning. The most popular models are Elektrolux and Truma. Most air conditioners are mounted to the ceiling, but there are also some that can be installed in the floor. Thanks to this, the roof is not loaded with heavy equipment.

One of the big investments is the installation of solar panels that can convert the sun's rays into electricity. However, those who intend to spend a lot of time without access to electricity from the socket may consider installing them on the roof.

Practical extras

Since most camping equipment is powered by gas from cylinders, it is worth considering purchasing a set of special reducers, which will make sure that when one cylinder is empty, it will automatically start taking gas from the other (without interrupting the operation of any equipment).

Another important issue is awnings, blinds or awnings, which will provide protection from the sun on the campsite, and sometimes also separate the private space around the vehicle.

A simpler and cheaper solution will be awnings and roller shutters, usually mounted on the side of the caravan or motorhome, attached to the roof. They can be in the form of a permanently installed cassette, from which, if necessary, a fabric is pulled out to act as a roof. There are also versions removable from the cover. Then the blind is temporarily attached to the vestibule. The most expensive, but also the best solution for long-term stay on one campsite will be entire vestibules, which, apart from a large roof, also have fabric walls.

People traveling with bicycles should not forget about a bicycle carrier, most often mounted on the rear wall of the vehicle.

When driving a trailer, additional side mirrors will be a very useful element, which will allow you to accurately observe how the trailer behaves.


Sometimes it is better to get lost than to ask for directions too much. Aldous Huxley

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