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Which Hitch Lock?

Recent statistics show that over 5,000 caravans are stolen every year with very few ever being recovered. Here at the Caravan Accessory Shop we offer a wide range of Security products to suit all of your needs and budgets, however we are aware that when it comes to choosing which security to go for things can become a little bit of a mindfield: “What is the difference between a £30 lock and a £70 lock?”. This is a question we are regularly asked.

When choosing a Hitch Lock there are four main considerations:

1. Will it fit my hitch?
2. How secure is it?
3. How long does it take to fit?
4. How much does it cost?

Hitch Lock What will it fit? Security Rating Speed to fit? Price
Saracen AL-KO AK130, AK160, AKS1300, AKS2004 & AKS3004 stabiliser hitches Insurance Approved Quick £55.00
Saracen Gullwing AL-KO AKS2004 & AKS3004 stabiliser hitches Thatcham category 3 Quickest £79.95
Milenco Super Heavy Duty 3004 AL-KO, AKS1300, AKS2004, AKS3004 & AK10 stabiliser hitches Sold Secure Gold Quick £69.99
Saracen Winterhoff Winterhoff WS2000 stabiliser hitches Insurance Approved Quick £69.99
Saracen Avonride Knott Avonride trailer hitches Insurance Approved Quick £79.99

The recognizable names in Caravan security are Sold Secure and Thatcham Quality Assurance, so when looking for your caravan security if the box has their seal of approval then rest assured they have undergone rigorous tests to ensure they are able to withstand a variety of theft attempts.

Sold secure approves locking systems by testing the locks using the tools that a typical thief would carry. There are 3 levels of security:
Silver – The Silver level offers basic security, a cost effective product for the occasions when a caravan is stored in a good location.

Gold – Ideal when a higher level of security is needed.

Diamond – The highest of all and offers maximum protection

The Fullstop Saracen Gullwing Hitch Lock is Thatcham approved and has therefore undergone rigorous tests:
• Capable of withstanding a 120 second attack using power tools
• Capable of withstanding a 300 second attack using hand tools
• Minimum of 1000 lock code combinations
• Resistant to advanced cutting and torque tests

Morco Water Heater Spares

Here at Caravan Accessory Shop we are the UK’s No.1 supplier of the Morco D61E/B LPG water heater. They are always in stock and due to massive buying power we have been able to knock nearly £40 off of the RRP!

As with all things in winter; water heaters are prone to wear and tear especially this time of year when the cold has set in and everything has to work that much harder to keep up!

We stock a comprehensive range of Spare parts for the Morco D61E and D61B to help with your repairs this winter.

Consult our new Morco Troubleshooting Guide to see what could be wrong first!

Do remember to always consult a gas safe engineer before making any repairs or your Warranty will be invalidated and more importantly, it could be dangerous.

Top Tips for Caravan Winter Storage

1. Covers: To protect your investment against the elements, UV, dust and bird lime use a caravan cover. We offer three types: traditional full size caravan covers, lightweight caravan covers and also covers for just the top of the caravan.

2. Vent Covers: if storing your caravan in exposed area it is a good idea to cover your vents with winter covers – otherwise leave open to allow for air circulation.

3. Leisure Battery: disconnect your leisure battery during the winter months and keep it topped up with a trickle charger or smart charger.

4. Caravan Wheels: ideally caravans should be jacked up and supported on axle stands during the winter months or, even better, use our winter wheels for high-security storage. Our wheel savers will prevent flat spots on your tyres. If leaving your wheels on during the winter, caravan wheel covers are available.

5. Moisture Absorbers: position a moisture absorber in the centre of your caravan, or ideally one in each room, to
protect against condensation, damp and mildew during the winter months. The large damp buster is ideal for the main room and can be left for months before it needs emptying. Mini moisture traps are ideal for the bathroom or wardrobes.

6. Security: a good security set is essential when storing your caravan for the winter. We sell a range of insurance approved wheel clamps and hitch locks – we have some great deals available if you buy a set.

Which gas regulator do I need for my gas cylinder?

Most gas cylinders require a different regulator. The subject can be quite a minefield with so many diffenent sizes and makes of gas bottle available. Here is a quick guide to help ensure you order the correct gas regulator for your bbq:

Which type of gas cannister/cartridge do I require?

At Caravan Accessory Shop, we have a comprehensive range of gas cannisters and cartridges for camping use.

The type of gas cartridge you need is often determined by the appliance you are using with it. Here is our quick guide:

  • For our portable gas cookers – and any other similar stove – you will require a 227g resealable butane gas cannister. There are a huge amount of different brands available on the market. We sell Kampa’s – great value at £5.99 for a pack of 4 – but there are also SunnGas, Gelert, Highlander and Campingaz CP250 to name just a few. All work in the same way. Our portable gas heaters also use the same cartridge.
  • Our small Campingaz appliances require a Campingaz cartridge which have a unique Easy Clic Plus connection. They are very quick and simple to fit and provide a secure connection each time.We stock CV 300 and CV 470 cartridges. The CV 270 has been discontinued.
  • Our larger Campingaz appliances – e.g the Party Grill or the Parabolic Heater – require a Campingaz refillable cylinder. At Caravan Accessory Shop we stock the R901, R904 and R907. If you do not already own a cylinder, we can sell you a complete one. Once you own a cylinder you then just pay for the refills each time it runs out.
  • Our gas lanterns require a universal resealable gas cartridge. These have an EN417 screw thread, unlike the Campingaz ones. We stock Cadac and SunnGas gas cannisters in 220g and 500g sizes. There are 100’s of other brands on the market, all work in the same way.
  • For our larger range of camping equipment – e.g our range of double gas burners – you will require a larger refillable gas cylinder. Providing you purchase the correct regulator and gas hose you can use any size gas bottle. Most popular for camping use – due to the size – are the Calor Gas Butane 4.5kg bottles or the Campingaz 907. At Caravan Accessory Shop, we always have a full gas cage if you are need of a refill. If you do not have a cylinder already you can take out a Calor Gas rental agreement at our shop (please note: these are now subject to 20% vat).

Please note: we can not send gas cannisters in the post, therefore come and collect them from our caravan and camping shop in West Runton – just 2 miles from Cromer and Sheringham, 7 miles from North Walsham and around 20 miles from Norwich.

Which Morco Water Heater Do I Require?

Our most common customer query is, “Which water heater do I require?” or “What is the difference between a Morco D61E and a Morco D61B?”. Therefore we have decided to make a comparison chart which will help enusre you choose the correct water heater. As always, unless you are replacing a similar water heater, you should consult a Gas Safe engineer as to the suitability of a particular heater before ordering. All gas appliances must be installed by a Gas Safe engineer.

Feature D61E D61B G11E F11E FEB24
Open Flued Y Y Y N N
Room Sealed N N N Y Y
Requires 220-240V Electricity N N N Y Y
Pilot Light Y Y Y N
Instantaneous Hot Water Y Y Y Y Y
LPG (propane or butane) Y Y Y Y Y
Horizontal Flue Option N N N Y Y
Vertical Flue Option Y Y Y Y Y
Central Heating Boiler N N N N Y
Max Output 6 l/min 6 l/min 11 l/min 11 l/min 11 l/min

Why Your Caravan Deserves a Platinum Leisure Battery

Platinum leisure batteries are specifically designed for the caravanning market.

Whether you own a small caravan or a mobile home, a Platinum leisure battery is what your vehicle deserves!

The unique thick-grid technology increases eletcrical capacity, improving deep cycle capability whilst the glass fibre seperators provide greater resistance to vibration. Both factors improve the service life of the battery.

A state-of charge indicator allows you to easily check the battery ‘s charge and acid levels.

In our shop at West Runton (North Norfolk) we stock 75 amp batteries, 110 amp batteries and also 110 amp low-profile batteries (which enable a 110 amp battery to fit in to a smaller space).

All batteries include a 2 year warranty and we can also recycle your old battery for you.

Hose Pipe Ban? No Problem!

Despite the recent hose ban in many parts of the country (including here in North Norfolk), you can still treat your car, caravan or motorhome to a good wash by using OneDryWash.

The unique, eco friendly way to drywash and polish your vehicle – without the need for water!

OneDryWash kits and refills are available in store and online at Caravan Accessory Shop.