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Internal Storage Ideas for your Van

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It would be an understatement to suggest that autumn 2020 is not looking remotely like any of us could have predicted. Those much-anticipated trips away in your caravan have been placed on the backburner. But as they say, “every cloud has a silver lining” – and right now, stuck at home as we may all be, this is a great time to spend rearranging your van so that it is set up better than ever before, ready for the time in future when you can once again hit the open road.

Internal Storage and Your Caravan

Let’s face it: your caravan has limited internal storage space, which means there are restrictions on how much you can carry. You also need to consider how the contents of your caravan impact its total weight and comply with your vehicle’s towing capacity.

The secret is to cleverly utilize the available space in your van. You also need to pack the contents of your van in such a way to ensure they don’t move around while you’re in transit.

Organization and accessibility are the keys to stress-free caravanning; part of this is strictly complying with the motto: “A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place”.

Yes, your van does have drawers and cupboard space. But you will need to purchase or otherwise source the right storage solutions as well – from stackable organizer baskets for the kitchen cupboards to strong adhesive “magic” wall hooks; from a collapsible dish rack to holders for under-shelf storage; from vacuum-seal Spacebags to under-bed roller tubs; from portable foldup clothes dryers to DampRid products to ensure the integrity of your clothing and linens – having the right storage solutions is the key to simplifying and maximizing your available storage space.

Tips for Organising your Van

  • Be conservative – pack (and take) only what you really need.
  • Pack clothing based on the season you’re travelling into, the expected weather conditions, your planned activities, and your comfort. Anticipate how often you’ll be able to do laundry and pack accordingly.
  • In terms of food, stock up on non-perishable pantry essentials like salt, pepper, oils, spices, herbs, and anything unusual you need or want that you don’t expect to be able to easily buy along the way. Only take a minimal amount of tinned, packet, and fresh foods, as you will be able to grocery shop in most places as needed (unless you are heading way off the beaten track for an extended period).
  • Organise your van with the following:
    1. Shelved foldable wardrobe organisers
    2. Utensil trays
    3. Drawer dividers
    4. Stackable or nested cookware
    5. Collapsible colander
    6. Stackable storage tubs
    7. Screw-top, sealable food containers for pantry staples like flour, cereal, etc
    8. Under-bed storage tubs
    9. Consider towable storage boxes for maximising storage space on a larger scale and for longer trips.

The very best caravan internal storage outcomes will depend on you being very savvy about what to leave at home versus what to take. Pack only what you will use, and use everything you pack  – and know where everything is! This minimalist approach to travelling in a caravan or camper trailer will stand you in good stead!

Mention Caravan World for a Discount!

To help you make the most of your available space and set up your van’s interior storage, the very generous owners of Howard’s Storage World in Maroochydore, Michael and Julie Keegan, are offering Caravan World’s customers a 10% discount.

Simply visit Maroochydore Howard’s Storage World online or in-person (they are currently open under reduced trading hours) at Dalton Drive, Maroochydore and mention Caravan World at the checkout to benefit from this fantastic offer.

Caravan World is taking COVID-19 very seriously. While we remain open and trading as usual at this time, please be assured that we are adhering to all necessary health and safety recommendations to keep you safe. We are conducting video tours of all vans and motorhomes to help customers to view vans without visiting the dealership via any Video conferencing platform.

Call us today on (07) 5445 2215 to view our current stock!

 

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Choosing the right car for towing your caravan

Choosing the Right Car for Towing a Van

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Are you planning to start exploring everything Australia has to offer with a new caravan? Do you have the right vehicle for the job?

A lot of people don’t initially realise that, when you purchase a caravan, the vehicle you currently drive may not be suitable (or even able) to tow the van you desire. You must do some research and become fully informed so that you understand what you can and can’t tow with your car before you even begin looking for your caravan.

Can My Car Tow My Van?

If you are in a position to upgrade your vehicle, you will ideally base your decision on the type of van you wish to purchase, so that your car can tow the van you desire.

Most people, however, are not in this enviable position, so instead, you’ll need to understand the towing capacity of your existing vehicle and base your caravan or camper trailer purchase on that.

So, the question begs to be asked: how much can my car tow?

You need to know your car’s towing capacity. This is a requirement for both safety and legally.

Your vehicle towing capacity is the maximum weight that can be towed as per manufacturer recommendations. The manufacturer will provide two figures on their website, in your user manual, and the vehicle specification sheets:

  1. Unbraked towing – when the caravan or trailer has no brakes fitted; the tow vehicle’s brakes take on the entire load.
  2. Braked towing – the caravan or trailer has a braking system which is mechanically linked to the tow vehicle braking system via the tow bar.

Towing capacities can vary greatly – from 1200kg braked in a compact AWD SUV to almost 7000kg braked in a large pick-up truck.

You also need to understand that the towing capacity of your vehicle is reduced when a larger load is carried – including passengers, equipment, aftermarket modifications, etc.

It can all be a bit complicated!

So, how do you know how much weight you’re dealing with? The best method to determine this is to go to your nearest weighbridge to get a clear picture of the weight of your vehicle plus van or trailer. From here, you will need to add your cargo weight, including expected passenger weights.

Towing – Australian Regulations

While it does vary state by state, there are laws relating to towing. You need to be sure that you are not exceeding the maximum allowed trailer weight of your vehicle, otherwise, you may incur a fine. There are also maximum towing speed regulations; in QLD, you can drive at the speed limit as for non-towing cars, however in NSW, if your vehicle weight plus van weight exceed 4.5 tonnes combined, you are limited to 100km/h. In WA, the maximum speed for any towing combination is 100km/h.

Caravan World for all your Caravan Needs

Caravan World is one of Queensland’s longest-established Caravan Dealerships. We offer a diverse range of fantastic caravan products with unmatched service and advice. Our prices are extremely competitive.

We are also renowned for our extensive, in-depth “handover” process. This covers everything you need to know, from hitching up to setting up your van on-site, so that you can enjoy exploring with your new caravan with confidence in no time.

We can help you understand the towing capacity of your vehicle (or at least guide you in the right direction to find out) and also the weight of the van or trailer you’re interested in purchasing.

Call us today on (07) 5445 2215 to view our current stock!

What Electrics do I Need to Tow a Van?

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If you’ve only ever towed a box trailer, you might not realise that anything heavier than this requires you to have electric brakes. In fact, having an electric brake controller is among the most important aspects of towing a caravan.

National regulations were implemented in Australia in 1998 to limit the mass a vehicle can legally tow. Additionally, all trailers that weigh 750kg or over (gross trailer mass) must legally be fitted with brakes, and electric brakes are the most common type of brakes used.

Electrics Needed to Tow a Van

Electric brakes require a brake controller to be fitted to the tow vehicle. This, in turn, requires appropriate connections to the trailer or van. Exactly what you need will be noted in your vehicle’s manual, and you can also check the regulations with your relevant state body.

You also legally must have lights on the rear of your vehicle, and these will often be covered by your towing apparatus. As such, you need to have electrics installed to power a lightboard that is unobscured by anything from a trailer to a simple cycle carrier.

It can be confusing to select the right electrics for your towbar and to understand how to install your towbar wiring. There are different types of plug styles or pin styles available. Which type is right for you will depend upon what you are towing.

Towing Electrics – Plug Types

In Australia, there are three main types of trailer plugs available for caravan towing. Which pin connects which wiring will differ between types of plug.

Every manufacturer of caravans and trailers wires their plugs slightly differently; your manufacturer should provide a wiring diagram to facilitate this.

  • 7 Pin Trailer Plug – available in flat or round design, with round available in large or small. The large is suitable for heavy machinery and trucks. More power is fed through this plug, and the flat plug tends to be sturdier. The flat 7 Pin plug can be plugged into a flat 12 pin plug on your caravan or car.

The 7 pin plug is used to connect:

    1. Earth return/Ground
    2. Left-hand indicator
    3. Right-hand indicator
    4. Brake lights
    5. Taillights (plus sidelights and clearance lights)
    6. Reverse lights
    7. Electronic brake controller
  • 12 Pin Trailer Plug – this plug enables all connections for the 7 Pin, plus the ability to wire accessories.
    1. Left-hand indicator
    2. Right-hand indicator
    3. Earth return/Ground
    4. Brake lights
    5. Taillights (plus sidelights and clearance lights)
    6. Reverse lights
    7. Electronic brake controller
    8. Breakaway battery motor
    9. Electronic stability control
    10. Heavy Earth return
  • Anderson Plug – this plug is used to charge batteries within your caravan or trailer while you are driving. While the 12 Pin Plug can do this, it’s recommended that you use an Anderson plug, as the power fed to the plug for battery charging often exceeds the capability of the 12 pin plug. The result is a melted 12 pin plug, as it is not designed to hold a charge feed.

Anderson plugs are available in red, grey or blue, and only connect to like colours.

If you intend towing a camper or caravan, it’s strongly recommended that you install an Anderson plug, particularly to charge any battery or fridge while you travel.

Caravan World – Your Local Experts!

Here at Caravan World, we are your local southeast Queensland caravan expert. We offer a diverse range of vans and campers, and we have the experience and know-how to get you out on the road and enjoying life on the move.

Call us today on (07) 5445 2215

Sunshine Coast Caravan + RV Hub Extravaganza Expo

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19th to the 22nd March, 2020.

Green RV Yard Forest Glen and Caravan World Yard Chevallum.

We are combining forces with Green RV to bring you a huge RV Expo.  We will have Exhibitors including RV parts, Auto Electrician, RV Electronics, Camper Trailers, Automotive and Marine Products, Camp Cooking products, Food and Coffee Vans.  Caravans will be discounted throughout the 4 day event.