9 Essential Tips For The Newbie Caravanner

1.     Make a checklist Let’s face it; lists make everything easier. First-time caravanners are always surprised at the amount of ‘stuff’ you need to buy and bring. Consider the following categories when creating your caravanning checklist: Food (basics) General Safety (fire extinguisher, spare tyre, wheel jack, brake-controller etc.) Medicinal (first-aid kit, medications, mosquito repellent etc.) Mechanical (coolant, oil, fan belt, duct tape, tools, tyre pressure etc.) Clothing (swimwear, formalwear, casualwear, nightwear etc.) Resources (gas bottles, batteries, water etc.) Cookware (cups, plates, pots, pans, kitchen, cutlery etc.) Entertainment (books, games,…

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Top 20 Must Have Tools for RVing Fulltime

1) Torque Wrench Used for pre-trip setting proper lug torque on my trailer wheels and from time to time on the truck lug nuts. Also every month or two I check the torque on the fifth wheel pin box, hitch and suspension bolts. 2) Socket Set I guess it could be classed as many tools, but for this list, I’ll count it as one. I feel a basic metric/SAE socket set is a must have for performing many simple repairs to the RV or tow vehicle. 3) Tire Gauge Another tool…

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Handy Caravan Hire Checklist for Your Next Camping Holiday

Caravan holidays are exciting, relaxing and fun experiences, but to get the most out of them you have to do some preparation and planning. Our checklist below will ensure you have as few hiccups along the way as possible, so that you can have an enjoyable experience. Find the printable pdf version at the bottom of the this article. What You’ll Need To Bring   Gas– make sure the gas tanks are full and refill if necessary Gas Cooker– so you can cook up breakfast, lunch and dinners Folding camp…

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10 Reasons Why You Should Go Camping in Winter

Winter may not seem like the time to be camping but here in Australia where the temperatures do not reach unbarable lows (like Canada is -30 degrees celcius), in most places you can enjoy camping during the cooler months. There’s many advantages to camping in winter, escape the crowds and receive off-peak rates therefore saving you money and sanity! Our top 10 reasons to go camping in winter: 1. Starry, Starry Nights Look up at the winter sky on a clear night. The brilliance of the stars is breathtaking. There…

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Camping by the Numbers: How Much Does it Cost to Camp?

The best part about camping is going back to the basics and spending time outside with friends and family. But for beginners, the cost of collecting essential camping gear can be daunting, especially because there are so many options these days. We ran the numbers on three different camping scenarios to help new campers get a sense of what it really costs to camp in 2018. Keep in mind, though, pricing further varies by the campground region you select, the time of year you travel and the number of people you bring along.…

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4 Tips For Staying Dry While Camping – Yes, It Will Rain

When you think of camping, beautiful weather and an escape from reality come to mind. The true reality of camping is that if you do it enough you will get rained on. Instead of having a miserable experience you can be prepared, and camping in the rain can be very enjoyable! Just last weekend I experienced one of the more dramatic rain camping experiences I have ever had. As we pulled into our campsite the skies looked gray. We decided to get the tent up before the rain started. As we quickly…

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The Weirdest Sleeping Bag We’ve Seen Yet

Finally! A two-person sleeping bag that is shaped like a giant pair of jeans! What a time to be alive! The actual name for this bizarre sleeping contraption is “The Super Big Wrapped in Warmth Happy Furry Jeans Sleeping Bag.” Good luck remembering that after a few beers around the campfire. It’s made by a Japanese company called Felissimo and retails for $696. Believe it or not, there are actually a few things we like about this Paul Bunyan sleeping bag. First, the bottoms zip open if you get too hot. If you’re…

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