Campervan Conversions – Fitting swivel bases.

March 20th, 2018

Ever had visions of owning your own campervan but never quite had enough money to fulfil the dream?
Well maybe those dreams can now become a reality by taking on a self build camper conversion. Scared? No need to be, all you need is a small selection of DIY skills and a bit of enthusiasm!

Over the coming weeks we will be adding different categories to our website for those wishing to embark on a self build campervan.

Products may not be added in the order that you wish to convert but more likely will depend on availability from our supplier, therefore the first category we have added are swivel bases.

If you have 2 front seats in your van (rather than a bench seat) then fitting seats is pretty straight forward. Simply unbolt the seat from the base, bolt the swivel plate onto the base, then bolt the seat and runners back onto the swivel plate. We find YouTube is often a great resource for help with installations.

Note that swivel bases are not universal therefore you will need to order the correct ones for your van and it’s year – we have listed all of the ones available with our supplier here.

It’s amazing the sense of achievement you’ll get from your own conversion….before you know it you’ll have the freedom to go where you want and take whatever you want with whoever you want!

Happy converting!

Campsite opening dates

March 19th, 2018

How can we be at the start of the season 2018 already?! If the weather is anything to go by then it certainly doesn’t fell like it but our busy shop and extremely busy website tells us that, yes we are truly into the new season again!

We’ve taken a quick look at the campsites locally to find out their exact dates of opening:

Seacroft Caravan and Motorhome clucbsite – Open now.
Woodhill Park – Caravan and Camping – Open 19th March.
Incleboro Fields Caravan and Motorhome Club Site – Open now.
Manor Farm Caravan and Camping Site – Opens Easter.
West Runton Camping & Caravanning Club – Open 29th March.
Laburnum Caravan Park – 21st March.
Beeston Regis Holiday Park – Open 19th March.

Fancy venturing a little further along the coast? Why not take a look at the Beautiful caravan site Sandy Hills based in Sea Palling.
It’s the perfect place; a stones throw from the beautiful sandy beach, shops, amusements and pub – what more could you want from a holiday?!

Happy holidays folks!

How to beat the January blues………….

January 16th, 2018

January can often feel like a never ending month of Mondays but it doesn’t have to be that way!

There is nothing better than getting out into the fresh air and blowing off those winter cobwebs, I always say there’s no such thing as bad weather; if you dress for the occasion and if you get it right it can be pretty fun.

So maybe it’s time to turn those January frowns upside down
#newyearnew

Why not commit to a walk in the great outdoors each week – it’s an activity that can be enjoyed by all of the family and costs nothing.
All you need is a good pair of boots and socks, some water proof gear and a back pack.

Get off the beaten track and explore your local area with our wide range of maps.

Before you know it we’ll be springing into the new season.

Happy Walking campers!

Last chance for pre Christmas delivery…….

December 18th, 2017

Christmas is almost upon us and if you’re like me then you probably have everything bought, wrapped and taking pride of place under the tree…yes??!!

No? Well you will be very happy to know that we are still sending out parcels in time for Christmas! Take a look at the gift section on our website. Orders can be placed up to and including Wednesday (before midday) for delivery before the weekend (providing it is showing in stock).

Our shop will close on Thursday 21st December and re-open Tuesday 2nd January 2018. Orders can still be placed online throughout the whole Xmas period and will be dispatched on our first day back (2nd Jan).

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our customers – you have helped to make 2017 a huge success for Caravan Accessory Shop.

We look forward to your custom in 2018 as you prepare for new camping and caravanning adventures.

A one stop shop for winterizing your outdoor gear….

November 13th, 2017

When we talk about winterization we often think Caravan covers, vent covers and moisture absorbers but we shouldn’t forget the outdoor clothing and shoes that probably, over time become the most neglected!

Nikwax products have a very simple colour coding method of identification:
‘Green’ for cleaning and ‘Purple’ for proofing. Stick with this method when shopping and you should have a simple solution to searching the right product for the job!

Outdoor gear should always be cleaned with the appropriate Nikwax product before it is proofed. Household detergents can damage the durable water repellency but Nikwax high performance cleaners will safely remove dirt whilst reviving its water repellency.

Nikwax water proofing products add to the garments durable water repellency and revive its breathability; some Nikwax products also contain UV protection to help protect your gear from harmful rays.

Walking shoes don’t come cheap these days so it’s super important to keep them in tip top condition. We stock a wide range of Nikwax products for doing just the job, like the Nikwax Cleaning Gel which will maintain your waterproofed footwear keeping them clean and revitalized.

For Clothing and equipment look no further than the Nikwax Tech Wash. Simply add to your wash in place of detergent to revitalise breathability and water repellency followed by the Nikwax TD Direct Wash-In

Winterizing your outdoor clothing has never been easier when you shop online at Caravan Accessory Shop.

Morco Water Heaters…..what’s the alternative?!

October 31st, 2017

You may remember some time ago we shared a blog about the nationwide shortage of Morco Water Heaters…..sadly there is still no availability of these boilers; it’s unlikely that there will be any in circulation for the foreseeable future!

However……it’s not all bad news because here at the caravan accessory shop we are able to offer an alternative to every Morco boiler that was on the market:

The Bosch W1359 is an ideal replacement for the Morco D61e and the D61b. With similar dimensions and same flue size you can replace your old Morco with this model. The great news is that it comes complete with fitting kit so there’s no need for additional purchases (unless you need a new flue which is the same one as you would used for the Morco).

If you’re looking for an alternative to the Morco G11 water heater then we have the Bosch W11. Once again it is a like for like alternative with similar dimensions and same flue diameter and comes complete with fitting kit. If you do require a flue kit you can find it here

Finally……
For those of you that are looking for a room sealed appliance which can be sited in any location including narrow boats, trailers, shepherds huts and horseboxes look no further than the Widney Slimtronic Water Heater, it’s the equivalent to the Morco F11 EL which as you guessed is also out of stock until further notice! With this model there is the option of a horizonatal or vertical flue. Depending on which water heater you are replacing you may also need to use a mounting bracket which simply allows alignment of the water heater with an existing flue opening.

The country may be down on Morco Water Heaters but here at Caravan Accessory Shop we are most definitely not out!

‘Staycations’ are becoming the way forward for holidaying in the UK and Europe!

October 24th, 2017

It’s official…..whether you’re holidaying in your caravan, motorhome or tent, more people are choosing this type of holiday year on year!
A recent report from the National Caravan Council revealed data showing a booming market, with caravan sales up 13.7 percent in the first 6 months of 2017 compared to the same time last year. (quote Camping & caravanning Club magazine)

This is great news for us at the Caravan Accessory shop!
We have seen business go from strength to strength this year with record sales both on line and instore…

We have added 100’s of products to our ever expanding range of accessories and Spares category all available to order online at Caravan Accessory Shop

The shop had a revamp earlier in the year which allowed space for us to display Awnings and Sleeping Bags – perfect for customers to get a real feel for the products!

What’s next?
More products! More staff!
Watch this space…….

6kg Calor Lite Propane Propane Gas bottle.

October 24th, 2017

You may be aware that some time ago Calor announced the phasing out of the Calor Lite Gas bottles.
Following concerns about the longevity of the current model with a higher than expected number failing routine quality inspections they have decided not to invest anymore money into the product. Instead they are coming up with a completely new bottle!

…..So what does that mean for us who have the bottles???

*Caravan Accessory Shop do still have stock of the 6kg lite bottles so no need to worry just yet! (Available in store only).

*If there comes a time that you are unable to swap for a 6kg lite you will be given a normal 6kg propane which can be exchanged back to a 6kg lite when there is availability.

*All existing 6kg lite customers will be able to swap their bottles for the new bottle once it comes to market.

***Original 6 Lite Cylinder Refill Agreement (sometimes known as a 167) is required or alternative receipt or proof of 6kg Lite purchase.

For further information see the Q&A’s on their website.

Morco Water Heater Shortage – We Still Have Stock… for now

August 8th, 2017

There is currently a widespread shortage of water heaters in the static caravan industry.

Morco Products – the mains supplier of industry standard water heaters are currently sold out of most models.

As their factories are on summer shutdown, they will have no more stock until the middle of September.

Morco may have ran out of water heaters but we still have some… for now. They are selling so fast that we are unlikely to have enough to last until September though.

Heading abroad this summer?

May 23rd, 2017

As we head into the main summer season it may be a good idea to get familiar with your camping electrics, especially if you’re going abroad!
Mainland European electricity supply runs at 220V; 10V lower than in Britain thus your appliances will generally not work so efficiently.

With this in mind it is important to plan ahead to ensure you do not overload any site’s electricity supply. Please ensure your requirements do not exceed the amperage reserved for you on your booking.

Site polarity
We recommend that you take a Continental Mains Testing Kit which indicates if reversed polarity is present in your pitch supply. This is quite common, as the electrical switch system in continental units is different to the UK’s; it cuts the power completely from both the live and neutral wires instead of just the live wire.
In the case of reversed polarity the supply enters your UK unit via the neutral instead of the live wire and the appliance remains live when switched off and could give a potentially lethal shock to someone coming in contact with the wiring inside the appliance.

This kit includes the continental hook up but if you would prefer to just buy the continental hook up then this is also available:
Continental Adaptor…..
Now all you need to remember is your passports and sun cream.
Happy days!