Van Conversion…..first things first!

July 17th, 2018

So after considerable research, deliberation and discussion we came up with a pretty good idea of what we wanted to get from our campervan.
Essentially we need it to fit a family of 4 ( 2 adults and 2 growing boys) and we wanted the least amount of ‘set up’ when we arrive at a campsite. Other ‘essentials’ include a loo, a small cooking area and plenty of storage. We don’t ever plan to wild camp so we’re not particularly worried about generating our own power etc.
With our wish list in place we set about planning the lay out. We realise at this stage that it will be a plan that continues to evolve as the build goes along but the basic layout will be:
Fixed bed at the rear with a double fixed bed above for the boys.
2 fixed seats with belts behind the drivers seat with a view to fitting swivel bases on the drivers seat and replacing the twin cab seat with a single and a swivel. This will the create then ‘dining area’.
Behind the boys seat will be a small bathroom and immediately behind that will be a floor to ceiling cupboard depending on space between the loo and the bed.
On the nearside of the van will be the kitchen area. Appliance essentials are a small fridge (for the beers) an oven and 2 hob gas burner.
We plan to fit as many overhead lockers as possible but these will come at a later stage in the build.

With the wish list and plan in place we set about stripping the van back to it’s bare metal. This was no quick job in itself as it was already fitted out with a high double bed, some electrics and carpet lining. At this stage it was very tempting to keep some parts thinking they would come in useful but in the end we decided to just go from scratch.

 

As you can see, there was quite a lot to strip out, but it was worth it, as we now have a blank canvas to work with.

Next step….insulation and windows!

How to fit a Hartal door lock……

July 16th, 2018

It may sound silly but you’d be surprised at how tricky it can sometimes be to fit theĀ Hartal Door Lock when in fact it is quite straightforward (but only when you know how).

It’s simply a case of aligning the lock barrel to match the shape inside the handle; this is the part you’ll see once you remove the yellow button cap as detailed in the image below:

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And voila! This method can be applied when replacing all Hartal door locks.

Another little ‘titbit’ of information for you – When trying to establish if you need a ‘LH’ or ‘RH’ lock you will need to look at the caravan door whilst standing outside. If the hinges are located on the left side of the door you will require a ‘LH’ door lock and vice versa.
That’s all for today folks!

A Solution for Levelling Twin Axle Caravans

July 5th, 2018

We are regularly asked, in our shop, for the best way to level a twin-axle caravan. We currently offer the Kojack twin-axle levelling jack and also large levelling blocks, but now there is a very simple solution from Milenco.

If you already have a set of Milenco Quattro (or Triple) levelling blocks, you can now purchase a “Bridge“. Simply place the levellers back to back and the bridge will allow you to drive up and over the top to achieve desired lift.

Van Conversions…the way forward for affordable holidays?

June 21st, 2018

It seems there is a new emerging market on the caravan and camping scene….home built van conversions; providing you with the freedom to explore at an affordable price!

Over the years there have been more and more companies appearing on the internet who can provide a bespoke van conversion service. However, with all things, they don’t come cheap….

For those looking for a (usually) smaller motorhome, as opposed to the coachbuilt style, at an affordable price, then a van conversion might just be for you! One of our colleagues has recently decided to take the plunge and embark on their own conversion. They will write a blog of their self build van conversion journey, offering detailed information of the products used (which will be added to our website, if not already on there), the realistic costs and everything else you might want to know when thinking of embarking upon your own conversion. This will hopefully result in a purpose built van to suit your needs, all shiny new inside with considerable savings based on a factory or specialist converted van.

We’re led to believe (from reading on line) that anyone can do it if you are partial to a bit of DIY, happy to do lots of research (watch lots of youtube clips) and have the free time to spend on it. However, don’t feel that you have to stick to any particular style or layout; go as crazy as you like, or stick to a sensible family layout. The choice is yours…..

Check back on our blog for regular updates.

Below Pic.: The starting point, Max the Fiat Ducato, L4 H3 (In English, that’s extra long and extra high!).

Simple Water System

May 15th, 2018

We’ve recently had lots of people inquiring about setting up a water system in their trailer or camper conversion. We thought it might be a good idea to put together a list of parts needed to put together a very simple system providing cold water to one sink.

The simplest water system consists of a Water Container for both fresh and waste water, a submersible pump, a length of hose, a couple of jubilee clips, a microswitched tap and a leisure battery.

The submersible pump is capable of sucking water from the container and sending it direct to the tap – the closer the tank is to the tap will ensure a higher flow rate. Consideration should also be taken when choosing the location of the water tank taking care to think about conveniently refilling.

Please note this is just a simple system; there are many variations and more complex systems that can be used but all working on the same principle.

Happy converting!

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.