The specialists at Xtend Outdoors, your one-stop solution for all the caravan accessories, have sorted ten of our favorite caravan and camping accessories to be equipped with on your next adventure.
These are the must-have practical caravan accessories that turn camping into glamping, for 2021.
These days, many of the items claim to make life easier while camping and caravanning, but in the end, increase unnecessary weight. But BBQ Arm is not one of those items, and it will certainly simplify your gear and reduce your set up a time for better.
Xtend Outdoor BBQ Arm is an arm with a tray that swings off your caravan or camper and is powder coated with galvanized steel. A caravan is our home, but we do not like to cook out in the elements, so adding this BBQ Arm in the awning is advantageous. It is a multipurpose element you can add while holidaying.
2.Australia Wide Inflatable Annexe
Attaching an additional room to the caravan is time-consuming, and you may struggle to attach traditional large metal awnings, but now you can count on these airframes.
Xtend Outdoors Wide Inflatable Annexes are quite convenient and easy to set up the poles as each one is linked together. Once you start inflating the single-pole, the air will automatically inflate the entire annexes. It allows natural sunlight to enter and can be inflated with a manual hand pump.
3.Electric Roll out Awning Annexe
To have a fully enclosed canvas area, you need an extra option for sleeping or waterproof storage or shade area. Xtend Outdoor Electrical Rollout Awning Annexe is perfect for it as it adds strength to your awning as it comes with curved roof rafters and anti flap kit.
It provides the convenience to extend and retract the awning with the push of a button as the task of rolling out the awning is an effortless and one-man job that can be done from inside the awning itself.
4.Art Shade Walls
We do not want our surroundings to be boring and dull while we are out, but we can add some fun and pop colors in practical accessories to use in the caravan. And if you do not have time to create on your own, attaching Xtend Outdoors Art Shade Walls is a fantastic option for ultra-fast set up for short trips.
Art shade walls are a fun way to add protection and privacy while making a statement when holidaying in your van! It provides 92% protection from the sun and offers superb privacy and ventilation.
5.Rollout Awning Clothesline
Flooded up with washed clothes and do not have an ideal area to dry them out while traveling? The innovative Xtend Outdoors Rollout Awning Clothesline cleverly attaches to your awning and involves no complicated installation as it installs either inside or outside of your awning.
6. Australia Wide Camper Awning
To have fun with your wind up camper in a home-like comfort, Xtend Outdoors Australia Wide Camper Awning is an innovation for the wind-up campers. To equip your wind up camper with best quality awnings and annexes, anti flap kit to prevent awnings from flapping.
It is the most convenient option for all the wind-up campers as you can drop the canvas down to fully cover the room or roll it up to let the cool breeze come in.
7.Fiamma Awning - F45S
Whether you have set up camp in the middle of nowhere or you have settled in a caravan park, if you want to extend your living space to enjoy spacious outdoor dining, Xtend Outdoors Fiamma Awning - F45S provides shade and shelter to you and your family.
It is easy to handle and simple to install. After attaching, you just have to hook the Fiamma brackets and fasten the awning to the brackets. These are the best options for a caravan holiday!
8.Australia Wide Rollout Awning Walls
When it is beautiful breezy weather, you like to enjoy, sit outside and have fun. But what if it is raining or it is hot outside? You do not have to give up, simply install these Xtend Outdoors Australia Wide Rollout Awning Walls for some privacy, ventilation, and storage.
It has layers that allow you to see whether it is raining cold or windy, or roll all the layers up to have the annex completely open. It is built to withstand wind using a full awning support system and provides a complete waterproofing seal.
9.New Aussie Traveller Anti-Flap Kit
Weather is not predictable when you are out camping with your family and friends. You may often experience heavy rain and wind, and the awning you installed keeps on flapping and creating noise.
Prevent the awning from flapping with Xtend Outdoors Anti Flap Kit, which is made from high strength aluminum and has six clamps to secure your rollout awning vinyl from flapping, also coated powder-white for visual appeal.
This is our new standard product with a provision for LED lighting and contains an additional external sail track for easy addition of patio awning extension.
10.Inflatable Extension Room
While camping, often a caravan is not spacious enough to fit them all. You need extra space or room for children or a storage tent to park your bike and excess gear or a place to set up a shower or toilet.
Xtend Outdoors Inflatable Extension Room is a great affordable adoption for extra space and privacy while on the road, involving no interference of other caravanners around you.
For making life on the road easy, practical, and comfortable, invest in the right caravan accessories. Caravans that are appropriately equipped are safer, more secure, and enable a better living while holidaying in your van!
Caravan technology, just like any other technology, is ever changing. 2016 is expected to bring forth some much-needed tech advancements that will improve the overall experience of travelling in a caravan. It will be more about convenience and sustainability, especially the latter. With rising costs and reducing resources, it has become important to consider sustainability while coming up with better technologies as this will have a less harmful impact on the environment.
The following tech trends for caravan technology will be evident in 2016. Check them out.
Lightweight caravans have several benefits, namely, easier maneuverability, less fuel consumption, relatively lower costs, and compatibility with a wider range of towing vehicles. New caravan models in 2016 should come with fiberglass body panels and aluminum frames on hot-dipped galvanized or Duragal chassis. These materials ensure adequate durability while cutting down on weight.
Leveraging Solar Energy
This will not be a new addition to caravan tech. People have already started installing solar powered systems in their caravans. The difference will be in the weight as well as the effectiveness of the system. The new, thinner panels are about 3mm thick and flexible, and can be mounted directly on the roof of your caravan or vehicle. This implementation will not only reduce drag but also improve fuel economy. Plus, solar energy really works out when you are on the road and access to energy supply is not feasible all the time. Solar devices may be an expensive investment, but it definitely gives a lot of benefits in the long run.
Lithium or lithium-iron phosphate (LFP) batteries are more efficient and lighter than traditional batteries used in caravans. The best thing about the lithium batteries is that they don’t need to be fully charged for delivering optimal performance. Even with a partial recharge, they can deliver 90% efficiency. These batteries may be slightly expensive, but they prove their worth with longer life, light weight and higher efficiency.
This is more of a convenience than an actual necessity. Powered accessories such as powered caravan awnings help in getting the work done faster and without much hassles. In the case of an electric awning, the entire thing gets set up in no time at the flick of a switch. No longer do you need to set up the support arms and roll out the awning to make the connections. There are a few powered caravan awnings in the market. However, the number will definitely increase this year. Keep an eye out for some really interesting powered caravan accessories.
Effective Water Filtration
Water filtration systems for caravans are becoming more adept at filtering water irrespective of its source. Now you can remain stress-free and obtain clean water for various applications, including drinking. This is a much-needed addition to the caravan technology and it will give relief to thousands of avid caravanners who have had to struggle with clean water availability on their trips.
Caravan trends are reflective of the various advancements in caravan technology as well as the growth of the market globally. Over the past few years, there have been major developments which have shaped the caravan industry. Be it new caravans, awnings, accessories or camping gear, every small innovation has paved the path for major growth across the industry.
Check out the top 5 caravan trends that will surface in 2016.
Thanks to the several advancements in technology, we could be looking at smart phone-operable, centralized digital management systems that allow you to run your van’s systems from the comfort of your camp chair. Plus, the Lithium battery is expected to launch in the market later this year. When this is brought out, it could revolutionize travel with better energy management. However, this would require the battery to be paired with appropriate invertors and battery management systems. Wirelessly connected components will also become a commercially viable integration for caravans. This will lead to a cable-less and hassle-free caravanning experience. Plus, there might be major breakthroughs with caravan awnings and annexes with respect to the motorized variant for both products.
Use of Hi-Tech Materials
Hi-tech materials will definitely see more utilization in the caravan industry this year. With more manufacturers shifting their focus from timber and focusing on exotic materials like Kevlar, it won’t be long before we see some really cool caravans in the market with additional features such as improved durability, better temperature management, etc. Exterior personalization should also go up a notch in 2016, as Aussie manufacturers move from stick-on artwork to perhaps more sophisticated options like digitally-printed, aluminum panels.
Technology disruption has become quite common these days where every possible opportunity is being availed and turned into a profitable business venture. With caravan rentals becoming popular as compared to buying a caravan, it won’t be long before see several businesses springing out of thin air and capitalizing on this particular need. When it does come out, it would probably be like the Uber style operation for caravans.
Caravans may be built locally and you might get a good number of choices, but there are still many caravan models that need to be imported. The rising demand for quality caravans and the need for greater number of options means that imports will rise gradually to meet the increased demand. Plus, the rising number of caravan shows indicates that manufacturers will be more than interested in laying out their products during these shows as customers get to understand and check out the product for themselves. This is also an important factor that will give rise to increased imports.
New Motorhomes, Hybrids and Accessories
Although caravans should occupy a greater market share as compared to other RVs, but new motorhomes and hybrids will surely hit the market, especially in the 3rd and 4th quarters of the year. It is the unique appeal and high levels of convenience which will make them a customer-magnet. Plus, new accessories such as caravan awnings will definitely appeal to existing caravan owners who might be looking for an upgrade.