New kit for your tours
We know you love your kit and we're always on the look out for more for you. Whether you like a slow walk or want to indulge your inner Bear Grylls, there's something for every caravanner.
Gerber Center-Drive Black Edition
Maybe it’s its echoes of a Transformer toy or its sheer engineering ingenuity, but there’s no doubting the appeal of the new Gerber Center-Drive multi-tool. It unfurls like magic, with one-hand operation, from a discreet 4.7 inches into a series of genuinely practical tools. The screwdriver, with both Phillips and flathead bits, is full-size for maximum turning torque, the needlenose pliers grip like an angry crocodile, and the 3-inch blade is razor sharp.
MiVue C330 Dash cam
Tow and tour with your own personal eyewitness recording every mile of your journey. MiVue is a specialist manufacturer of forward-facing cameras that constantly film the road ahead. Should the worst happen, the camera automatically saves the relevant video, which can then provide compelling evidence in the case of contested insurance claims and potentially save your no claims bonus. The C330 is also equipped with a GPS to track your route, and record your speed and pinpoint location, giving insurers even more supporting evidence. Looking on the brighter side, the wide-angle lens and HD film are brilliant for recording stunning scenery for any holiday videos you want to post online.
Komperdell Walker Power Lock Compact
Caravanners who have toured Austria, Switzerland and Germany over the last couple of decades can’t fail to have noticed how many local walkers use poles. Whether pounding lakeside tracks or scaling mountains, poles have become an everyday piece of kit for continental walkers, an easy carry-over from skiing. There’s been a slower uptake in the UK, despite the undoubted benefits of using poles. They take weight off your hips, knees and ankles; give you an extra source of power when heading uphill; and improve your balance and footing when descending. These Komperdell poles fold down to just 47cm in length, have a cork grip and padded handle for comfort, and, most importantly, have an ultra-secure locking mechanism for the three sections, all backed by an impressive three-year guarantee. The standard model weighs 275 grams.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a killer – an odourless, colourless gas that can prove fatal in confined spaces, such as a caravan. CO alarms, similar to smoke alarms, can detect dangerous levels of the gas, but how do you know if your alarm sensor is functioning and its batteries are charged? It’s easy with this Detectagas aerosol, which delivers a calibrated CO test to check alarms are still working. Each can has enough CO to deliver 11 tests.
Mifi for wifi
If two or more people (up to 10!) want to access the internet on your caravan trips in the UK or abroad, or if you use multiple devices, you could consider renting a Huawei MiFi.
These nifty little devices use any local 2G, 3G or 4G phone signals and turn them into usable WiFi, often in places where a phone will struggle for reception.
We just tested one in rural North Yorkshire, to create a usable WiFi hotspot for the visitors at our get-together. Likewise, we’ve used them in France and Germany, enabling us to access cost-effective WiFi, rather than having four people all using separate devices and separate data bundles, which can get expensive.
Easy Camp Seattle & Companion
One of the biggest porkie pies we ever tell ourselves is our ability to travel light. Just nipping out for the afternoon? Best pack wallet, keys, sunscreen, water, tissues, phone, camera, hairbrush, lippy, sunhat… before we know it every pocket is filled and both hands are occupied, and we still haven’t worked out how to carry an umbrella or kagoule in case the heavens open. Alternatively, sling it all in a rucksack and free up your hands and pockets. These two daypacks are incredibly good value, with 18 and 25 litres of carrying capacity (Seattle Red and Companion 25 respectively). They have padded straps and backs for comfort, a range of handy pockets, and they’re light. The Companion 25 even has a raincover to keep your kit dry.
£15.99 and £39.99