As time goes by and we learn new things we’ll be adding those tips and tricks for the caravanning world on this page. If you have any good tips to share feel free to add to the comments and we can add them to the page .
Please note : A lot of these tips and tricks may relate more to someone who aims to free camp more so than caravan parks on power sites with endless water.
Use your microwave as a breadbox, good way to not take up space in your fridge with loafs of bread and also seems to make them last longer.
Wrap meat, You’ll gain so much more space in the freezer if you un package meat bought from the store and wrap it into sizeable portions with Glad wrap.
Weigh your van, Don’t just load your van and drive. Get it weighed and do it properly not only does it make you legal and safe but also reduces the strain you put on vehicle components.
Low power fans – Even though they are pricey ( around $140) Caframo Sirroco fans are very good. They have three speed settings, very quiet , have a timer functions and best of all they draw something tiny like 0.2amps
Jayco spares. By yourself a extra carefree awning black knob (you’ll know the one i mean when you put your awning up next) as your bound to forget to do it up one day and lose it like we did. Also a spare brake away brake cable and pin in case someone decides to steal it one day ( if you remove it the relay in the caravan constantly cycles so your best to leave it in and have a spare in case it goes walking.
Place TV under the sheets on the bed surrounded by pillows when travelling. If you don’t one day the wall bracket will fall off the wall and take the TV with it.
Start a expenses spreadsheet when travelling it’s interesting to see how quickly we spend money on junk. I have a auto calculating spreadsheet i’ve made up but not yet finished, will publish it once i’m happy.
When showering in your van get wet, turn off shower , soap up, turn water on and wash off. once you’ve done it a few times you’ll notice how much water we waste in daily life by having it running for 5 or 10 minutes when we are just standing there.
Get a inverter (unless you plan to only be in caravan parks), A inverter is a unit that draws 12volts DC from your batteries and turns it into 240volt AC. So basically makes your 12volt batteries act like a household wall socket for running normal 3 pin appliances like laptop chargers and toasters and hair dryers. DO some research on what size will suit you but as a tip… a 300watt inverter is usually adequate to charge phones and laptops and run a 240v TV if that’s what you choose to do. To run toasters and coffee machines and microwaves i’d suggest a 2000watt inverter.
Beer, Buy cans instead of bottles. Saves on space when disposing and you can squeeze more cans into some random storage spaces.
Grease your balls – OK that probably come out wrong but…. put a little bit of grease on your towball before hooking up, reduces wear on the ball and helps it pivot and reduces squeaking.
WikiCamps – The best $7 or $8 you’ll ever spend is getting the wikicamps app from google play store. It marks out all the paid and free camp sites around Oz with user reviews and pricing and hints and tips. Well worth it.
Levelling blocks – DO get yourself some levelling blocks and a level spirit. Most places you stay aren’t perfectly level and the idea is to make your van sit level so your three way fridge works properly if you have one and also so that sinks drain properly and when doing dishes the run off water doesn’t head off down the back of the bench top. Our Drawbar is hard to find a consistent smooth place for the spirit level (bubble gauge) to read properly so we base it on how level the sink top is.
Gas fitting – If you have a option to get a gas bayonet fitted to your van before purchase then do so, it’s a convenient option for plugging in the BBQ for the snags and steak.
Tissue box – Use a empty tissue box to store rolled up grocery bags. It’s tidy and compact and easily stored.
Mirror bag – If you buy a set of Milenco extended mirrors ( which incidentally i recommend as they have a good strong mounting system, easy to look through and don’t shake like a naked eskimo) then use it to carry your 15amp, 20 metre long power cord in as it fits nicely 🙂
140C = 275F = Gas Mark 1
150C = 300F = Gas Mark 2
160C = 325F = Gas Mark 3
180C = 350F = Gas Mark 4
190C = 375F = Gas Mark 5
200C = 400F = Gas Mark 6
210C = 425F = Gas Mark 7
220C = 450F = Gas Mark 8
240C = 475F = Gas Mark 9