Month: March 2019

Caravan Heaters – Diesel vs Gas?

If you are planning on taking your caravan to cold locations such as the snow or Tasmania, fitment of a floor mounted heating unit is a great idea.

A standard caravan air conditioner will not

But what is best – Diesel or Gas powered heaters

There are benefits of both systems.

Gas powered heating like the Truma Vario Eco below is very quiet and features a carbon-monoxide monitor for your safety.

This features improved room temperature control, requires minimal maintenance and you can set to an actual temperature. This fan motor in the heater is stronger than previous models for serious off-road caravanning.

Diesel heaters such as above are thought to be more robust and slightly cheaper to run . They do make slightly more noise, from the air intake and exhaust (outside, underneath the van) when initially heating the van. The noise inside the van from a diesel heater is quieter than a 240volt electric fan heater and is certainly quieter than a reverse cycle air-conditioner.

Those that have a preference for a Diesel heater like the fact that it is running off it’s own power source. Bare in mind, Diesel fuel can go off in tropical climates so it is something to keep in mind.

For pricing on heater fitment have a look here

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Clever Caravan Storage Ideas

While caravanning and camping remains a quintessential Australian holiday, one of the biggest issues for holiday makers is organisation and utilising their limited space to its maximum capacity.

To tackle the problem head on, Howards Expert Organiser, Cathy Player, does a storage case study in a new New Age caravan (New Age Manta Ray 18), with a range of Howards organising essentials.

This is the New Age Manta Ray 18; it’s one of New Age’s biggest sellers, a perfect touring van for couples. It is ideal for the couple going off on a big trip and has all the luxuries the holiday makers expect.

“When it comes to what needs to be considered in a caravan, the most important thing is to prevent movement for items like glasses, eggs, plates; you need a place for everything and everything in its place. Organisation and accessibility is also really important; when you haven’t got endless storage you need to be able to use and access everything you’ve got.”

Cathy explains, “From a storage point of view, I always recommend putting your things in well organised, labelled groups. The strategy in a small space is to make the most of every single space opportunity.”

The Kitchen

Cathy continues, “When you’re dealing with deep drawers it’s easy to lose things at the back of them, so I had to look for solutions that were very contained, that wouldn’t rattle around when you’re travelling and that could be easily pulled out so you can get to items at the back, that way you’re using all your available space. I placed glasses in one of the drawers and to prevent them from knocking over easily my solution was a Non Slip Mat and Fifi Drawer Dividers.”

“Some of the other key organisers used within the kitchen are the Mimi Separators Wide and Narrow because they’re very high, light and narrow. The Aamina Organisers are also excellent because they’ve got lids; they’re food safe and stackable. By using clever organisers, we’ve used every square centimeter.”

Using the full depth of the shelf can be an even greater challenge on lower shelves. Cathy found a great quality solution usually specified in higher end kitchens – but also ideal for the caravan. It’s the  simplehuman Pull Out Organiser  and it’s available in 3 different sizes. They are constructed from stainless steel and have ball bearing runners that can be fixed to the shelf. Cathy says “These are a joy to use and remarkably space efficient. They are also very simple to install with the supplied screws”.

The Fridge

“Marie Fridge Baskets were the perfect choice for the fridge, keeping everything nicely contained. We also used a selection of VacSeal food containers that will keep food fresh longer.”

The Pantry

The cupboards above the fridge are nice and deep, so I chose to make that the pantry and used good quality Oxo Pop Containers. They have a square design so they stack, are made of acrylic so they’re not going to break like glass, have really good capacity and are an efficient container for using your space well.”

i-hooks

“One range of products I was really impressed with when we were doing this makeover in the caravan were the i-hooks,” says Cathy.

“They’re a new generation of suction storage and have a unique patented nano-suction system that binds to any smooth sealed surface. They are heat, water, sun and cold resistant and can be re-positioned hundreds of times.”

“There are lots of variations in the range so there’s lots of choice; and it’s the whole idea of being able to move it around so you’re not fixed with a solution. Throughout the van we’ve used the i-hooks in various places; in the bathroom, over the sink.  I created a charger station and used an i-hook rack in the living room for things you use most like insect repellent and sunscreen; there’s also a broom hook at the front door to keep things nice and tidy.”

“i-hooks are perfect for caravans as you don’t need to drill through the walls of your van so they won’t compromise the finish or void your caravan warranty.”

The Bedroom

“In the bedroom area to maximise storage under the bed by including some stacking under-bed boxes. Plus I’ve even been able to fit a Tabletop Ironing Board in there as it folds flat. We’ve used Flocked Hangers in the wardrobe for storing clothes because they’re space saving and non-slip.”

The Tunnel Boot

One last area within the caravan that’s essential for happy travels is somewhere to put all the boxes, ropes, fishing gear, your laundry needs and your poles.

We used the Capri Airer because it is lightweight and narrow. The Jaclyn Collapsible Box is really handy together with the Cesto Basket which can be used for laundry, shopping or the beach. Other essentials for a relaxing holiday is the Pop Up Hamper which folds flat, and the Portable Clothes Dryer which is perfect for hanging over the arm of your awning to dry small items!

How to Solve your Caravan Storage Dilemma

To get these results, the fastest way is to take some photos and dimensions of your space. Have a look online or visit our instore experts (with measurements in hand!). Once you know roughly the space you’re dealing with you’re on your way to creating a really great solution.

When it comes to the “do’s and dont’s” of caravanning  “Don’t over fill your van and be conscious of your weight limit and payload. People often look at what they’ve got at home and think they’ve got to take it all. You need to be quite vigilant when you’re looking at something to take; ask yourself: “am I definitely going to use it,” and if you’re not 100% sure, don’t take it because the chances are you won’t need it. Don’t over complicate things with taking too much stuff would be the biggest “don’t”. He continues, “DO remember that you’re there to have fun and enjoy yourself; and being well organised can really help.”

So when you’re ready to go on your big trip, what essential items are required on any caravanning adventure? “I’m tempted to say a corkscrew but wine is mostly screw top these days! Don’t forget to have everything safely contained and organised and you’ll be set for a great holiday.

Gecko CLEARANCE SALE

The Gecko Range is a compact solution to caravanning, equipped with a toilet and shower. We have these small caravans ready to run-out on Clearance Sale at the Gold Coast today. See the clearance models below:

Luxury Caravan CLEARANCE SALE

The stylish Big Red Range incorporates many new and exciting features. From the smooth and sleek exterior and led strip lighting through to internal features including full en-suite, (with shower and toilet) fully functional family style kitchen including large 2 door fridge, mini front loaders and various layout options that offer family bedding, club lounges, solar panels and external speakers depending on the model. Winner of Australia’s Best Family Caravan, the popular Luxury caravans on sale range from 19 to 22 feet, which means you are sure to find one that’s perfect for your travel needs, whether it’s a couples getaway or a caravanning trip for the whole family.

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Caravanning with an AES fridge

AES (Automatic Energy Selection) fridges are the most popular fridge choice for New Age Caravan Owners. These fridges are available in single and 2-door options.

AES fridges require your 12-pin wiring for the car, in particular the 12th pin to be wired correctly. You can check further auto-electrical instruction on this here.

In normal operation (when fridge is on Auto mode) an AES fridge will select the most preferred option of power. When towing your caravan, the fridge will run through the power of the car until you turn the ignition off.

Upon turning off the ignition, the fridge will look for 240V power in the caravan (EG when you are plugged in to power at a caravan park). If 240V power is not detected, the fridge will click and ignite from the gas in your caravan’s gas bottles.

If you currently own a Thetford fridge in your New Age Caravan and need to understand it further click here

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5 Things to Look for when Buying a Used Caravan

With the high price tag of new caravans, customers within a strict budget look for quality used caravans for sale instead. And while investing in a used caravan may seem like a sensible option, buyers still need to be smart in their choices.

Used caravans that are sold with hidden damage such as that from hail may become costly problems for the unsuspecting buyer. Here is a checklist from New Age Caravans of 5 ways to help check the condition and value before buying a used caravan.

Here are some steps to take when inspecting a used caravan for issues:

  • Look carefully at the caravan exterior and interior.
  • Look underneath the chassis for any existence of rust, plumbing and electrical work
  • Check if the used caravan’s hitch and wiring is compatible with your tow vehicle
  • Perform a leak test (use a hose if necessary)
  • Have an engineer inspect the preloved caravan.

    Look Carefully at the Caravans Exterior and Interior

    Both the inside and outside condition of the used caravan may play a large role in its value. Make sure to check the interior upholstery carefully, along with any repairs to the exterior of the caravan. That’s not to say you shouldn’t purchase a caravan that has minor dents and scratches but you’ll want to make sure the exterior was repaired professionally and that the results are barely visible to the eye. Always open the toolboxes and tunnel boots and take a good look at the suspension and wheels. Overly rusted chassis or gas plumbing damage can be a strong indication that there may be trouble down the road. Infact the caravan may not pass a roadworthy test or gas compliance if these exist.

Check the Hitch and Caravan Wiring

You are responsible for the compatibility of your tow vehicle to the used caravan. Is your car’s hitch receiver tongue compatible for the hitch of the caravan? Do you require a ball mount hitch or is the hitch self-articulating? Most caravans have caravan wiring including a 12-pin plug, Anderson plug for power and sometimes a plug for a reverse camera and ESC sway control. The best person to check that the wiring is compatible and safe is an authorised auto-electrician. The caravan must have operational wiring to ensure a Roadworthy test is passed.

Perform a Leak Test

Any caravan that is leaking through the roof is needed repair. While you are inspecting the used caravan, request a hose to water the caravan on the roof and see how it fairs. If possible, use a ladder to see how the silicon seal conditions to hatches and airconditioning are. Mould, bubbling, flaking and mustiness in the used caravan’s interior is an indication of leaking.

Have an Engineer Inspect Your Caravan

Some people don’t want to pay for an Engineer inspect their used caravan before purchase. This may lead to unforeseen issues down the road. The cost to have a caravan inspected by a professional can be well worth the price. A mechanic is also a professional who can help you discover hidden problems and also assist with determining the caravans value.

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Free Tickets & Breakfast – Brisbane Supershow

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We would like to invite you to breakfast our Major Show – Brisbane Caravan & Camping Supershow – see all of the latest 2019 models on display including the Walkinshaw designed Toyhauler XU22. Register Now for free entry but hurry because spots are limited!

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