Category Archives: Help and Advice

How to fit a Hartal door lock……

It may sound silly but you’d be surprised at how tricky it can sometimes be to fit the 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!

Simple Water System

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!

6kg Calor Lite Propane Propane Gas bottle.

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.

Our local campsite start dates…..

It seems like only yesterday when the campsite owners were saying good bye to their last customers of 2016 yet here we are announcing their opening dates for what will hopefully be a busy season to come!

We have put together a list of some of the most popular sites local to us and in opening date order, simply click on the links for further information:

1st March
Sandy Gulls, Mundesley
Woodhill Holiday Park, East Runton
15th March
Forest Park, Northrepps
17th March
Incleboro Fields, West Runton
Sea Croft, Cromer
24th March
Beeston Regis, Sherringham
30th March
Breck Farm, Weybourne
31st March
Manor Farm, East Runton
1st April
Links Camping & Caravan Park, Mundesley
5th April
Laburnum Carvana Park, West Runton

Well we hope that’s given you a few ideas of where to stay this season, remember to pop into our shop in West Runton for any of those last minute essentials or alternatively get prepared and order on line before you come!

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Get prepared for Winter!

Here is our quick guide to our top 6 caravan winterising products. Essential items for protecting your investment over the winter months.

1: Covers:  To protect your caravan 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 an exposed area it is a good idea to cover your vents with winter covers – otherwise leave open to allow for air circulation.

3. Leisure Batteries: Disconnect your leisure battery during the winter months and keep it topped up with a trickle charger or Smart Charger.

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: Protect your investment this winter – at Caravan Accessory Shop we have everything you need to secure your caravan. Wheel clamps, hitch locks and security devices. A Sold Secure lock on your caravan can lower insurance premiums and provide piece of mind whilst you are away from your caravan. We also stock caravan alarm systems and a range of caravan security door locks.

For further information on how to get prepared for winter see the Winterisation section on our website.

Camping Essentials List

I was recently asked by a customer in our shop, “what are the most essential things to take camping with you?”.

I refrained from advising that the customer needed one of everything in our shop (as their car was not large enough!) and instead came up with this list:

1. A good sleeping bag

A good night’s sleep is essential to enjoying your camping trip. We have a great range of sleeping bags on display in our shop -we have something to match all budgets. In addition a reliable airbed (we only sell brands we can trust), airmat or camp bed is also essential.

2. A good torch

We have a great range of LED camping lights, lanterns and torches – essential for finding the correct tent in the middle of the night.

3. Good tent pegs, a mallet and a peg puller (optional)

Strong metal tents pegs – that do not bend the moment they hit a stone – and also some pegs with a bit more grip if the ground is very soft.

4. Extra guy lines

It may look calm when you first pitch your tent, but the wind can get up very quickly – especially when camping on the North Norfolk coast.

5. Some repair tape

Be prepared for the worst things that can happen whilst camping and then, they won’t ruin your holiday if they do occur!

6. Cooking equipment (and plenty of gas)

Don’t be left with half-cooked sausages by running out of gas.

We tend to advise that if you are going to be camping rarely then you should buy a stove that operates from disposable gas cannisters. If you will be camping regularly, it will be more economical to use larger, refillable cylinders.

Camping on a real budget? Then just take a couple of disposable BBQs.

7. A windbreak (or wind shield)

Makes cooking outdoors easier and can also provide your tent with some privacy.

I think we have the largest range of windbreaks available anywhere! Everything from £7.99 to £244 – and lots of options everywhere in between!

8. A camping toilet

Especially useful if camping with little ones. You don’t want to have to be traipsing all the way to the toilet block when they wake in the night.

Cadac Safari Chef HP or LP?

A common question we get asked is: “what is the difference between the High Pressure and Low Pressure versions of the ever-so-popular Cadac Safari Chef?”

The difference is the type of gas cylinders that the Safari Chef can be operated on.

Choose the High Pressure (HP) version if you only intend to operate the BBQ from disposable gas cannisters.

However, you should choose the Low Pressure (LP) version if you wish to operate the BBQ from larger, refillable gas cylinders or from the BBQ point on the side of your caravan or motorhome.

By purchasing the low pressure (LP) version you also have the choice of operating from high pressure (disposable) gas cannisters by purchasing a Cadac Power Pak or similar regulator.

Kampa Awning Comparison

There are SO many types of Kampa Awning – which one is for you?!

 

We’ll start with the Poled Awnings.

 

Kampa Rally Porch Awnings

Available in 260, 330 and 390 cm widths. (See our Kampa Q&A for more information on Awning sizes)

The Kampa Rally Porch Awnings are quick and easy to put up with spacious interior size extending 250cm from the caravan.

Features:

150D Weathershield, UV Resistant and Flame Retardant Heavy Duty Canvas.
4000mm Hydrostatic Head.
Steel and Dyanflex Poles.
All Seams are Fully Taped.
Three Cystal Clear Front Windows.
Two Crystal Clear Side Windows.
Two Zipped Side Doors with additional Meshed inner doors.
Three Separate Roll up Front panels.
Adjustable Front Legs and Adjustable Pegging Points.
Rear Sealing Bumper Pads.
Mud flap features additional pegging eyelets.
Dimensions: L390 X D250.
Fits Caravan Heights between: 235 – 250cm.

 

Kampa Rally Pro Awning

Available in 330 and 390 cm widths.

These Awnings have consistently been the top-selling Kampa poled awnings, renowned for ease of use, functional design, good looks and great quality. They boast spacious interior size extending 250cm from the caravan.

The awning is produced in extra high quality 300D Weathershield material and to maximise the weatherproofing, the seams have been hot-air taped.

The Rally Pro remains exceptionally easy to set up using steel poles throughout for extra strength and retains the unique adjustable front legs to ensure a perfect pitch every time. Improvements to the latest models ensure that the Rally Pro remains the best lightweight awning available.

Features:

Feel the difference high quality extra heavy duty 300D Weathershield material
Awning front upright poles can be adjusted for uneven ground
Crystal clear windows with curtains
No-see-um mesh flyscreen – keeps out even the smallest bugs
Roll to the side front panels
Roll up centre panel (390 only)
Ventilation in eaves
150D Weathershield mud flap with eyelets
Sealing bumper pads
Draught skirt
AccessoryTrack Fitted

 

 

Air Awnings

 

Kampa Rally Air

Available in 260 or 390 cm widths.

The Rally AIR can be completely set up in less than four minutes and pumps up, using the manual pump supplied, in less than sixty seconds.

With it’s impressive interior space the Rally AIR 390 is ideal for longer holidays, but because it only takes a few minutes to set up, it is no problem using it for weekend or even overnight stays.

As well as being the easiest awning to set-up, these are also the easiest to take down. Kampa AIR awnings are lighter than those with conventional poles and therefore have a reduced payload and with no metal or fibreglass poles there’s nothing to damage the caravan.

The Rally Air utilises an industry leading ‘Feel the difference’ high quality extra heavy duty 150D Weathershield® material, a material that is far superior to other lightweight awnings that often use material less than half the quality. A thicker and stronger material prolongs the lifespan of the awning to ensure the best value for money.

A steep front allows for class leading headroom, this is also complimented by a front wall panel arrangement that allows the two outer front panels to be rolled to the side or the top part of each outer panel to be dropped down to create a veranda style. This veranda feature is great for allowing fresh air in whilst keeping children or pets safely inside. Doors can be found on each side of the awning and feature a No-see-um mesh panel which helps keep out even the smallest of bugs whilst still allowing for added ventilation on hot days.

Additional ventilation has been added to the apex of the awning to help with condensation. Blinds can be conveniently stowed away in pockets underneath the panels rather than dealing with the hassle of rolling up blinds and tying them in place. Tailored carpets and other accessories are also available for the Rally AIR including the new Kampa Hanging Rail and Organiser that fit onto the Kampa AccessoryTrack®.

A unique feature to the Kampa range, the AccessoryTrack® adds an extra line of beading running on the inside, parallel with the awning beading that connects the awning to the caravan. This allows for accessories, such as an organiser and hanging rail, to be attached to the awning through the use of a specially designed connection by Kampa. There is also the availability for an inner tent to be fitted to the awning.

Features:

Depth: 250 cm
Suitable for caravans between the height of 235 – 250 cm.
Flysheet: 150D Weathershield® Heavy Duty 6000 mm F/R UV protected
Taped seams
Crystal clear windows
No-see-um mesh
Poles: None! Airpoles replace traditional metal and fibreglass poles
Comes with manual pump
Inner tent compatible
Kampa AirFrame inflatable pole system with one point inflation
‘Feel the difference’ high quality extra heavy duty 150D Weathershield® material
Roll to the side front panels with veranda feature
Window blinds
150D Weathershield® mud flap with eyelets
Side doors with mesh panels
Quickpitch guying system
Draught skirt included

 

 

 

Kampa Rally Air Pro 2016

The latest and greatest!

Available in 260, 330 and 390 cm widths.

The Rally AIR Pro is quite simply the bestselling inflatable awning in the world. This updated version brings even more features and makes sure that the Rally AIR Pro is market leading. There is a fresh new look for the 2016 model and the front windows now have curtains on easy slide track.

Utilising Kampa’s fantastic Weathershield 300D material, the Rally AIR Pro has excellent weatherproofing and long life, but is still light enough for easy set up and handling. The front panels roll to the side or can be used veranda-style and the 390 also has a roll up front centre panel that can also be used as a canopy by using the optional canopy poles.

Additional ventilation has been added to the apex of the awning to help with condensation and an optional roof liner can be fitted to the awning, creating an air pocket that helps regulate the temperature by keeping it warmer when it is cooler and cooler when it is warmer. As well as an optional roof lining, inner tents are also available as well as many other accessories including the new Kampa Hanging Rail and Organiser that fit onto the Kampa AccessoryTrack.

A steep front allows for class-leading headroom, this is also complimented by a front wall panel arrangement that allows the two outer front panels to be rolled to the side or the top part of each outer panel to be dropped down to create a veranda style. This veranda feature is great for allowing fresh air in whilst keeping children or pets safely inside. Doors can be found on each side of the awning and feature a No-see-um mesh panel which helps keep out even the smallest of bugs whilst still allowing for added ventilation on hot days.

A unique feature to the Kampa range, the AccessoryTrack adds an extra line of beading running on the inside, parallel with the awning beading that connects the awning to the caravan. This allows for accessories, such as an organiser and hanging rail, to be attached to the awning through the use of a specially designed connection by Kampa. There is also the availability for an inner tent to be fitted to the awning.

Features:

Inflatable AirFrame technology
Feel the difference extra high quality extra heavy duty 300D Weathershield material
Adjustable height system
Can be inflated/deflated from one inflation point, all AirPoles are linked together
Inner tent option
Window Curtains on easy slide track
Roll to the side front panels with veranda feature
Ventilation in roof apex
300D Weathershield mud flap with eyelets
Side doors with mesh panels
Quickpitch guying system
Draught skirt included
Complete with hand pump
AccessoryTrack fitted
Depth: 250 cm
Fits: Suitable for caravans between the height of 235 to 250 cm
Poles: None! Airpoles replace tradition metal and fibreglass poles

 

 

All of these and more are available at Caravan Accessory Shop!

 

Q&A on Kampa Awnings

Q: Can I buy directly from Kampa?
A: No. Kampa has been supporting independent dealers since the company began in 2007. These include Caravan Accessory Shop!

 

Q: Where can I buy Kampa products?
A: Kampa products can be purchased through our extensive dealer network. If you would like to find your nearest retailer, please visit our store locator.

 

Q: Will this awning suit my caravan/motorhome?
A: None of our awnings are designed to fit a specific vehicle. As they are universal, it is up to you to figure out whether our awnings will be suitable as we do not have measurements of every vehicle unfortunately.

There are two measurements that you need to check to ensure that an awning fits. (This excludes Classic awnings)

Height – If you look in the awnings specifications you will find a measurement specifying what heights the awning is suitable for. This height does not correlate to the height of your vehicle but the height of attachment.

Example: A Kampa Rally caravan awning is suitable for use between the heights of 235 -250 cm. This measurement is the height to the awning rail in which the awning attaches to. If the height from the ground to your awning rail fits in between this range then the height of the awning is suitable for your caravan.

Width – Whether the awning is too long for your vehicle is not the only factor you should take into account. Although purely for aesthetic reasons, you should also be looking to make sure that the awning will not be half way across a window.

Example: The Kampa Rally caravan awning is available in four sizes, 200, 260, 330, 390. This number denotes the width of the awning and does not affect the height of the awning. Bill is after the largest Rally awning that can fit on his caravan but finds that the 390 unfortunately slightly covers a window on his caravan, however the 330 fits perfectly. Bill has the choice here of either taking the 390 and having it slightly cross the window, or going for the slightly smaller 330 and having it not cross the window.

If you are still unsure, please get in contact with your preferred Kampa retailer.

 

 

Q: Condensation
A: Condensation is caused by warm, moist air coming into contact with cold surfaces. Condensation can occur inside most awnings, which may sometimes be misinterpreted as the awning leaking.

There is always moisture in the air when you pitch a waterproof fabric above damp ground; however the situation is made worse by adding people who are breathing out warm water vapour. When the warm moist air inside comes into contact with the awning, which is cooled by the outside air, condensation forms.

During rain more condensation can form due to lower outside temperature and drops can form and run down seams or fall on internal poles, giving the appearance of a leak.

Main sources of condensation

  • Ground moisture rising inside your awning.
  • Your breath. When sleeping at night you will exhale approximately 1 litre of water. This water vapour is trapped within your caravan/motorhome; this will escape through opening widows, doors or vents into your awning.
  • Storing damp or wet clothes.
  • Cooking by gas for ½ hour can produce ½ litre of water.

Ventilation

Awning ventilation is more important than is generally realised – particularly in synthetic awnings. Under extreme conditions, condensation within the awning cannot be completely avoided. Condensation nearly always occurs on the roof poles and therefore it is often confused with leaks.

Leave the ventilation panels open as much as possible, especially when the awning is erected for some time as this will minimise condensation. Whenever possible it is recommended that the draught skirt is drawn aside slightly so that extra air circulation can take place. To prevent ground moisture rising inside the awning, a plastic underlay can be placed underneath, but this will cause the grass to die and may contravene some caravan sites rules.

 

 

Q: Spare parts
A: Spare parts are available through your supplying dealer. You may need to wait for these parts to arrive with the dealer as they may not have them in stock.

If you believe that the parts are covered under warranty then please check the warranty section of the FAQ.

 

Q: Warranty
A: All of our products come with a 12 month warranty from date of purchase unless specified otherwise. This does not affect your statutory rights.

All of our warranty procedures are followed out by the supplying dealer. There are certain exclusions.

 

 

Handy Hacks & Top Tips

We’ve been scouring the internet for Handy Hacks and Top Tips and have decided to collate a few of our favourites.

Hopefully these can be of some use to you on your next camping or caravanning trip!

 

1. Toilet Roll Fire Starter

Fill up an empty toilet roll inner tube with crumpled paper, small sticks, lint from your tumble drier, cotton balls or anything else flammable and place it in the centre of a pile of kindling. Light at both ends.

 

2. Anti-Mosquito Herbs

Burning Sage in your campfire can help to keep away the mosquitos. You can also download apps which play mosquito repelling noises onto your smartphone. If they keep coming anyway, sleep under a Mosquito Net to avoid bites. If you still get bitten, rubbing a piece of hard soap onto the bites can help relieve itching.

 

3. Portable Gourmet Kitchen

If tins of beans are not for you, continue your culinary adventures on your camp stove and store small amounts of spices inside empty Tic Tac boxes.

 

4. Hillbilly Washing Machine

Follow these instructions to make your own portable washing machine!

 

5. Avoid Danger

Make sure you know which plants are poisonous to avoid unpleasant painful memories of your trip! Check out the NHS guide HERE.

 

6. Tick remover

If someone has a tick on them, gently hold a cotton ball soaked in liquid soap on it. It should retract it’s teeth and come away in under a minute.

To repel ticks spray water with a little tea tree oil in on your skin and clothes.

 

7. First Aid

Wise up on what you might need here. It could be lifesaving!

 

8. Multi Purpose Cooking Equipment

Mess Kits can be used to boil water, heat soups or sauces and fry. They’re very versatile cooking pans! Continue space saving with a SPORK! An ideal lightweight three-in-one eating tool.

 

9. Super Survival with Tampons

Prepare to be surprised at all these inventive uses for Tampons whilst in the wild! Definitely worth packing a couple in your survival kit.

 

10. Makeshift Spoon

Make a makeshift spoon by cutting up a soft drinks bottle as shown here: