Useful Caravanning Devices

May 23, 2005
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What device would make your life as a caravanner easier? We are looking for your ideas for inventions or devices that would help you on your caravanning holidays. The whackier ideas the better, although sensible suggestions will also be considered. If you suggest an invention that already exists, we will let you know.
 
May 20, 2005
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1)A tool that cleans and polishes the inside of the awning rail

2) A cassett toilet waste tank with wheels.

The list continues but not for free.
 
Aug 4, 2004
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Self erecting awning! On the more serious side, better instructions on erecting awnings. Also instructions that comply with the English language for many of the gadgets you buy for caravans.
 
Mar 14, 2005
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Matt

I'd like a self erecting bed. Press a button and the front seats automatically flip around and make up into a double bed, complete with pillows and sleeping bags in place. Nothing worse than nodding off in the evening after a few drinks, and then have the prospect of having to fumble around with a rubix bed while trying not to wake the kids up.

Also, a built in anti-noise system as standard, like the headphones that you can get for noisy areas or airline travel. This can then cancel out the wind and rain, and the rude awakening during the dawn chorus.
 
Mar 14, 2005
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And another thing. A self leveling 'van. Unhitch and press a button. A powered jack can then raise the lowest main wheel and adjust the nose wheel up or down as required. Then once level, the four steadies wind themselves down. The kettle can then be on within seconds of arriving. A deluxe version would include a remote control that did all of the above and automatically lower the jockey wheel and release the hitch lock so that it could all be done without leaving the car if it was raining. It would give an audible bleep when the hitchlock was released so that you could park up the car and dive in the caravan when it was ready.

Mains and TV cables would be on a self retracting reels and in a universal position on all 'vans and pitches, so that they could be pulled out and connected easily within seconds.

Mains and waste water would have a similar facility and plug into connectors on the ground.
 
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Matt

I'd like a self erecting bed. Press a button and the front seats automatically flip around and make up into a double bed, complete with pillows and sleeping bags in place. Nothing worse than nodding off in the evening after a few drinks, and then have the prospect of having to fumble around with a rubix bed while trying not to wake the kids up.

Also, a built in anti-noise system as standard, like the headphones that you can get for noisy areas or airline travel. This can then cancel out the wind and rain, and the rude awakening during the dawn chorus.
Glad to know somebody else finds the wind, rain etc. a nuisance. I love the dawn chorus, but wish they would wake a bit later and whoever invented the pigeon made a big mistake!!
 
Mar 14, 2005
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How about a quick release mechanism for the corner steadies. Instead of 100 revolutions to get them down to ground level, flick a lever and they drop down to touch the ground. Then use the winder to make the final adjustment. Similarly to wind the legs up again, use the winder to take the weight off, then flick the lever so that they can be lifted to the 'up' position.

The lever could have a locking mechanism as well, which would be an additional security device.
 
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How about a quick release mechanism for the corner steadies. Instead of 100 revolutions to get them down to ground level, flick a lever and they drop down to touch the ground. Then use the winder to make the final adjustment. Similarly to wind the legs up again, use the winder to take the weight off, then flick the lever so that they can be lifted to the 'up' position.

The lever could have a locking mechanism as well, which would be an additional security device.
Now that's a good idea!
 
Mar 14, 2005
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I always buy different coloured electrical tape to colour code my awning poles. Simple and effective, I have often wondered why awning manufacturers don't do something similar. I would also like to see non fadable curtains and furnishings, and blinds that never need re tensioning.
 
Mar 14, 2005
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Matt - a "caravan friendly" Satellite Navigation programme would be handy. Most of them offer shortest/fastest/motorway routes, but some of these involvevery steep narrow lanes/hairpin bends, especially abroad. An additional programme for caravanners/towers would be very helpful.
 
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By getting all of the above are'nt you getting rid of the very essence of caravanning,isn't it fun getting soaked wet and cold unhitching the car and wandering off to get water and lowering the steadies, I find it hilarious watching my fella do it, it would be no fun anymore !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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I'd like some messaging (texting?) system which could identify the status of the shower/toilet block from my pitch - so that I can avoid long queues for a shower or periods when the blocks are closed for cleaning!
 
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How about a quick release mechanism for the corner steadies. Instead of 100 revolutions to get them down to ground level, flick a lever and they drop down to touch the ground. Then use the winder to make the final adjustment. Similarly to wind the legs up again, use the winder to take the weight off, then flick the lever so that they can be lifted to the 'up' position.

The lever could have a locking mechanism as well, which would be an additional security device.
You can already get an attachment for a battery drill to wind up the corner steadies
 
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How about a quick release mechanism for the corner steadies. Instead of 100 revolutions to get them down to ground level, flick a lever and they drop down to touch the ground. Then use the winder to make the final adjustment. Similarly to wind the legs up again, use the winder to take the weight off, then flick the lever so that they can be lifted to the 'up' position.

The lever could have a locking mechanism as well, which would be an additional security device.
Matthew - it is surprising the comments that you can get using a drill along the lines 'that you aren't really caravanning' from the types that do not like electrical hookups, TVs etc
 
Mar 14, 2005
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I'm not technically minded, but my car heater can blow out hot or, with the aircon, blows out chilled air.

I don't want a big unit to sit on the top of my 'van but it would be great to have chilled air blowing through the vents on the 2 weeks of hot weather we get each year!
 
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Self erecting awning! On the more serious side, better instructions on erecting awnings. Also instructions that comply with the English language for many of the gadgets you buy for caravans.
Sombody else on another thread has put forward the Idea of an inflatable Ie frame, Self erecting awning!
 
Mar 14, 2005
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I'm not technically minded, but my car heater can blow out hot or, with the aircon, blows out chilled air.

I don't want a big unit to sit on the top of my 'van but it would be great to have chilled air blowing through the vents on the 2 weeks of hot weather we get each year!
Hi Ken,

You can purchase small portable units from DIY places (about
 

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