Useful Items For Your Motorhome

Useful Items For Your Motorhome

We have been living in our motorhome pretty much full time for the last 3 years.  We spent the Autumn/Winter exploring Europe and the rest of the time working as campsite wardens.  Our motorhome was our first and neither of us had much previous camping experience so knowing what we would need was a bit of a minefield.  There is so much to choose from and some things especially tables and chairs we have bought several different types before we have found the best ones for our needs.

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Bathroom

Hair straighteners – 12V Not as good as GHDs, but do a reasonable job Rechargeable straighteners
Hair towel Great for removing excess water especially when a hairdryer isn’t to hand Hair towel wrap
Hairdryer – folding 1200 w I use with invertor on low heat setting Travel hairdryer
Micro towels Quick drying and easy to store XL microfibre towel
Shower head Good for reducing water usage – on/off button is a useful addition Water saving shower head
Turkish towels Quick drying also great as beach towel or wrap – various colours we have red and blue. Turkish Towel

 

Bedroom

Cup Holder We have fixed single beds which convert to a kingsize bed we therefore don’t have any space for bedside shelves – these cup holders fit in the gap in the side of the mattress and are great for storing our phones, drinks 3 in 1 cup holder
Folding Boxes Great for storing clothes and items in overhead cupboards Ikea folding boxes
Mattress Topper 3” memory foam single topper – can be cut to shape Mattress topper
Packing Cubes Great for storing clothes – we each have our own colour for easy identification Packing Cubes

 

Kitchen

Coffee Machine Sometimes instant just won’t cut it.  LOL  You will need EHU  or an inverter at at least 1200 watts. Nespresso Mini Coffee Maker
Collapsible washing up bowl Good for easy storage Collapsible washing up bowl
Digital spoon scale Compact weighing scale Digital Spoon Scale
Dinner Set 16 piece melamine dinner set.  We choose this make because they lightweight, hardwearing and look a little less like a picnic set than some other brands. Dinner set
Drying mat Good for putting on worktop for extra drying space Drying Mat
George Foreman Grill (small) The grill in our van isn’t the best so we find this really handy for grilling meat and vegetables and also doing toasties.  It will also run off our invertor. George Foreman Grill
Hand Blender Good for soups, sauces and smoothies – use with inverter 350 w hand blender
Ingeniou Saucepans Removable handle for easy stacking.  Can be used on hob and in oven so double up as cake tins and casseroles – various sets and sizes available Ingeniou pan set
Plastic bowl Great for baking 4 litre plastic bowl
Plastic storage boxes Use in fridge to contain items when travelling
Rubber tray Multi purpose – use in top drawer for extra work surface, cutting bread on to contain the crumbs, use as a draining area etc, etc Anti-slip tray
Slow Cooker Light weight stainless steel insert which can be used on stove to sear meat before slow cooking 3.5l slow cooker
Spice Rack Great for those must have spices 3 tier spice rack
Storage rack Good for making better use of cupboard space Extendable cupboard rack
Washing Up Bowl with handles Great for trips to the washing up sinks Square bowl with handles

 

Electrical

Electrical hook up lead (EHU) 25m 2.5 EHU lead
High efficiency 430W 12V Dual Battery MPPT solar charge controller/regulator for up to 50V solar input A vital component in any solar system. Dual Battery Solar Charge Controller
Polarity Checker For testing the correct wiring of electrical hook up points. Polarity Checker
Satellite – Auto dome Really nice low profile auto seeks twin LNB sat system. Maxview VU Qube Auto II Satellite System
Satellite roof mount For above permanent roof fixing. Maxview Cube Roof Mounting
TV – 12v A great telly. Good picture. does what it says on the tin. 12v 20″ TV
USB clip light We bought a pair of these and have found them very handy to conserve power when not on hook up USB Clip Light with Flexible Neck, Touch Sensitive Control
USB rechargeable strip lights Perfect for adding lighting to cupboards. Attached by magnetic strip. USB rechargeable motion sensor strip lights
USB sockets (12v) Our motorhome only came with a one USB socket in the habitation area – that certainly was not enough for all our tech equipment, so we have added 4 extra sockets which makes life much easier. 12 V USB sockets

 

 

 

Security/Safety

Disc lock Motorcycle disc lock.  An extra security measure that we have added to lock the driver’s seat in its rear facing position thus making almost impossible to drive (will require you to drill a hole in you swivel seat plate) – any questions please feel free to ask. Disc lock
Door locks (external) We have added these to hab and garage doors for extra security Fiamma Door locks (3 pack)
Fire Extinguisher We currently have one of these however they do need replacing every 5 years.

When we come to replace our current extinguisher, we will consider getting one of these instead – less mess and do not have a lifespan

Small Fire Extinguisher

 

 

Fire Extinguisher A, B, C, F & Electrical

First Aid Kit Great compact kit First Aid Kit -309 Pieces
Gripper mats Can be cut to size to put in cupboards/shelves to stop things moving around when on the road. Gripper mats
Knife Multi use Gerber Bear Grylls Pro Knife
Portable Jump Start Pack Small, portable and convenient as having jumps leads and no one to jump from can be an issue. Guluman Portable Car Jump Starter 16800mAh 800A Peak Ampere  All 12-Volt SUV Truck Car Battery Booster Jumpstarter
Rachet Straps Used to strap front cab doors for increased security Cam Buckle Straps
Roadside Emergency Kit 10 Piece European Travel Kit
Smoke Alarm

CO Detector

First Alert Smoke Alarm

Fire Angel Carbon Monoxide detector

Snow Chains We debated whether we could justify the expense of these and in 3 years we have only had cause to use them once (thankfully) when we caught in an unexpected snow storm in France in April – they were easy to fit and worth every penny Snow Chains
Torch – large Quite heavy so could double up for protection if required Heavy Torch
Tow Rope Heavy-duty, 4 tonne AA Tow Rope is highly visible and 4 metres in length. It comes complete with carry bag for easy storage Heavy Duty Tow Rope
Tyre Inflator Compact and well built – in my opinion an invaluable piece of kit as lots of petrol station’s air supplies won’t go to some of the higher pressures required for motorhome tyres. Ring RAC900 Heavy Duty Tyre Inflator Air Compressor
Vodafone tracker At some point we may decide to get a full blown tracker, but in the mean time this is a great little GPS location tracker, that’s small enough to be tucked away in the motorhome.  It allows you to track anything in real time from your smartphone even when you’re not nearby thanks to a built-in sim, for full functionality a V-Sim subscription is required at £2 per month Vodafone tracker
Wheel Clamp After much thought and research we decided that this make/model would be the best for our use, although not the heaviest of wheel clamps we wanted something that was highly visible, quick and easy to use so we wouldn’t be put off from using even for quick stops ie. Shopping. Lays flat for storage. Milenco Wheel Clamp

 

Outside/Interests

Alexa Alexa
Bike Clamps Great little quick release bracket to keep your bikes fixed down in your garage while travelling. Bike Clamps
Cadac Carri Chef 2 – gas bbq A larger size suitable for families Cada Carri Chef 2 – large
Cadac Safari Chef – gas bbq We have an older model – this size is compact and great for outdoor cooking for 1-2 persons Cadac Safari Chef – small
Chair – folding We also have a couple of basic folding picnic chairs which are ideal for guests or using on the beach Folding camping chair
Chairs – Kampa Comfort With hundreds of different of styles it’s difficult to choose the best one for your needs.  We have tried several ourselves.  Mrs B loves her gravity chair but they can be quite heavy and are good for sitting at a table. Kampa Comfort chair
Colouring Book – My Heart is Like A Singing Bird It’s great to have a selection of things to amuse yourself on wet days.  There’s hundreds of different themes and designs to choose from – this once is based around inspirational quotes – great to lift spirits on a wet day. My Heart is Like A Singing Bird
European Map We mainly rely on tech to plan our routes – but sometimes it’s easier to get a better overview of a route using a good old fashioned paper map.  Although this map is quite large we find it stores nicely under one of our seat cushions. 2020 Philip’s Big Road Atlas Europe: (A3 Spiral binding)
Footrest (Kampa) We use our Kampa reclining chairs the most and have purchased footrest which clip on for extra comfort when chilling. Kampa footrest
Inflatable Kayak We have previously had moulded kayaks and loved them however we realised that from our weight and storage point of view they would not be suitable to take with us on our adventures.  So we put them up for sale and look for a suitable replacement.  As with everything there is a wide choice of inflatable kayaks available, ranging from under £100 to north of £1,000 and beyond.  After a bit of research we decided to go for a 3 man vessel giving us more leg room and to something that felt sturdy and durable – the last think we wanted to do was to get a puncture whilst out on the river or in the middle of the lake.  The Sevylor weighs just under 18kg and comes in a carry case making it more portable.  We have had great fun using our kayak on several rivers and lakes on our travels including Lake Annecy which was an amazing experience and comes highly recommended! Sevylor Hudson 3 Person Kayak
Kindle I have had my Kindle for several years and would not be without it.  They are the perfect solution to have your own personal library at your finger tips whilst travelling. Kindle Paperwhite
Levelling ramps Mr B can’t sleep unless our van is as level as possible – we aren’t fortunate to have an automatic level system so these are the next best thing.

I think when the time comes to replace them we will look at getting the 4 step version

Milenco Triple Motorhome Levelling Ramp Set

 

 

 

Milenco Quattro Motorhome Levelling Ramp Set

LPG adaptors A must have accessory if you intend to travel abroad and have a refillable gas system LPG adaptors
Paint pens – acrylic Another easily portable hobby I enjoy is rock painting.  When it comes to pain pens there’s hundreds of different makes and colours to choose from.  I have found this set good value especially as the tips are double ended with two difference thicknesses. Premium Acrylic Paint Pens
Step Annoyingly our Adria does not come with an electric doorstep and as far as I am aware it is not possible to retrofit one.  There’s whole range of makes and models available but we have found this one to be sturdy yet not too heavy.  It’s been going strong for almost 3 years – we left our first one a coffee stop in the Alps on our first trip! Fiamma Heavy Duty Motorhome Camping Step
Sun umbrella Great for taking to the beach, on a picnic or outside your van if you don’t want to use wind out awning. SONGMICS 160 cm Parasol, Beach Umbrella, UV50+,
Table – folding Like chairs we have had several different tables over the last few years.  We have found that we have ended up using this one the most.  It is lightweight, height adjustable and has a hole for a sun umbrella should you have one. 4FT 1.2M Folding Camping Table
Wifi Booster A great piece of kit to help you to connect to any Wi-Fi in your area.  It will help with just out of range campsite Wi-Fi and allow you to connect multiple devices – meaning you would need to only pay for one campsite Wi-Fi pass if its not offered for free. Solwise wifi router/booster
Yoga mats I could lie and claim that we spend hours using our mats for yoga and meditation sadly that’s not the case, but we do find these mats great for taking on the beach or a picnic. Yoga Mat

Cleaning/Maintenance

Citric Acid A natural de-scaler – we use it a couple times a year to de-scale the boiler. Citric Acid
Extending washing brush Great for cleaning your pride and joy Extending washing brush
Fenwicks scratch remover Great for buffing out small scratches in plastic windows. Fenwicks Windowize Scratch Remover
Fenwicks waste tank /drain cleaner This helps to remove/eliminate the build up of bad odours in the waste tank. Fenwicks waste tank/ drain cleaner
Double fridge fan In our opinion a must fit for all 3 way fridges, especially if you use your motorhome in temperatures in excess of 25c. Double fridge fan
Puri Clean For cleaning and sterilising the hot and cold freshwater system. We usually do this a couple of times a year or sooner if tank has been filled with non-potable water. Puri Clean
Toilet tablets We find these more convenient than liquid especially when on the road.  One of the best we have found so far. Walex Camper Porta Pak® Fresh Scent

 

Walex Green Camper Bio-Pak Fresh Natural Enzyme toilet additive

Water hose connector cap Makes life easier when filling up your fresh water tank – removes the necessity to dangle a potentially dirty hose into your tank. Fresh water hose connector cap
Windscreen wiper stands Ideal for stopping the wipers sticking to the screen when stationary for long periods thus preventing the build up of dust and dirt on the blades that can cause scratches on initial start up. Windscreen wiper stands