Motorhome holidays are a tremendously popular choice in the UK with the volume of new and used motorhomes, campervans and van conversions growing every year. The choice of vehicle types and specifications is mind blowing - but there's always room for improvement it would seem. The popularity of van customisation or modification has also seen a massive growth over the past few years. There is a vast quantity of add-ons and gadgets which can be added to your vehicle to enhance your holiday experience of simply to add a touch of 'Bling' to your motorhome.
With the 2015 camping season charging over the horizon, we take a closer look at the full caravan awning range available from Dorema.
Dorema, one of the best European manufacturers of top quality caravan awnings, have once again updated their extensive awning range with no less than twelve models to choose from in 2015. Caravanner's have different needs when it comes to deciding which awning is best for them. To some it's flexibility, to others an all weather product is essential. Dorema have an extensive range to accommodate almost every requirement, but know which is right for you is a personal choice.
Could the wait finally be over? VW have just announced the introduction of the long awaited new VW T6 - the next evolution to the world renowned Transporter range. Used as the base for many of the most respected campervans, the VW Transporter series have long been held in very high regard and often as an aspirational motor camper. Announced by Volkeswagon Commercial Vehicles CEO Dr Eckhard Scholz "In 2015, we are renewing our most important model – the T-series. We can already announce today that we are proud to present the T6 within the foreseeable future."
Without giving a confirmed launch date Dr Scholz continued "It will incorporate the excellent characteristics of the T5 and it will also feature a whole load of new technology innovations. The result will again be an outstanding, reliable, technically refined, mobile companion for our customers.”
Many campers will almost certainly show an interest in any new VW innovation and we all look forward to seeing some seek peeks - more on this soon, I hope.
Media outlets are reporting an looming crisis within the British power generation industry, with the National Grid implementing additional measure to prevent homes from experiencing power black outs this winter. The BBC reported " National Grid has warned that its capacity to supply electricity this winter will be at a seven-year low due to generator closures and breakdowns.
Spare electricity capacity, which ran at about 5% over the winter months last year, would be nearer 4% this year, National Grid said.
Available from early 2015 the all new Kampa All Season awning range is probably the most radical awning designs to come out of the Kampa UK design team. The idea being to produce an all season porch which can be erected in spring and remain pitched throughout the year. This means the awning and all it's materials have to experience some harsh weather conditions including heavy rain, gusty wind and probably the most damaging UV sunlight.
The all new Kampa All Season awning has been designed around the classic Kampa Rally lightweight range but with a whole range of massive improvement. Every element of this product has been looked at and modified even down to the clips which hold the awning to the frame. Many of the parts you would normally expect to be made from plastic or nylon have been replaced with stainless steel or aluminium to cope with the demands of an all season product. The awning features a brand new storm strap system and even includes marquee style super tough pegs.
Replacing a broken fibreglass tent or awning pole section is a simple and quick repair almost anybody can do. Follow these simple instructions and you'll so be an expert in repairing your broken tent poles.
Outdoor Revolution have a fantastic reputation for producing innovative awnings packed full of well thought out features design to offer useful benefits to their customers without compromising on quality. With a pedigree of manufacturing some of the best selling motorhome drive away awnings, their range of caravan awnings has quickly establishing a reputation of excellence.
The new range of inflatable caravan awnings from Outdoor Revolution includes one of my favourites – the Outdoor Revolution Porchlite. The Porchlite offers some of the most practical features in a really neat 260 x 250cm awning footprint. Constructed from the newly developed Acrylix Fabric, this material offers a silky smooth with huge versatile strength, built in double ripstop for extreme performance, flexibility and endurance to the elements and the suns ultra-violet rays. Exclusive to Outdoor Revolution, they claim this will outperform all of their competitors equivalent fabrics in terms of durability and lifespan.
With many of our online customers at www.a2zcamping.co.uk now asking about awnings for mini van conversion like the Nissan NV200, Peugeot blah blah, Citroen Berlingo and Ford Transit Connect to name but a few, we thought it would be useful to road test a couple of our best selling awnings which although not technically designed for these smaller vehicles could make an ideal solution for those needing a little extra sleeping or storage space for their day vans.
Camping & Caravan petrol generators have increasingly become popular with caravan and camping enthusiasts alike, providing freedom and flexibility as well as offering a saving over alternative power supplied. However there still remains a stigma with regards to using a petrol generator and they can easily be dismissed without proper investigation.
Whilst the rain continues to fall and the wind blows a gale, the new camping season seems a million miles away. But there’s a saying in these parts "If you don’t like the weather, wait around a while" - spring will soon be here with summer hot on her heels. With the thought of the warm sun on our shoulders and the taste of a cold beer on our lips, we thought it about time we reviewed the latest awnings on offer from Quest Leisure Products.
Quest Leisure have, over the last twenty years, established a class leading range of products which deliver value for money in the whole package including initial cost, product performance and after sales service. A British company based in the midlands Quest continue to be innovative in their design direction and dedicated in pushing the boundaries, with some really clever features packed into their proud range of products.
Sunncamp Caravan awnings, one of the UK's best selling touring caravan awning suppliers, have certainly been really busy bringing out a new 2014 range of inflatable awnings, lightweight porch awnings and motorhome awnings designed for every budget. There range now includes four inflatable porch awnings, two inflatable motorhome awnings (both inflatable, drive away and free standing) nine porch awnings and four motor awnings.
Sunncamp continue with their philosophy of including as much product within the initial purchase as possible, making their caravan awnings packed full of features as well as offering outstanding value for money. Sunncamp awnings include rear caravan bump pads sewn into the awning (where applicable) to protect your caravan and provide a draught proof seal between the vehicle and your living space.
The entire 2014 awning range now boast a hydrostatic head of 5000mm and all but the acrylic models are made from high grade 150D Oxford Polyester or the new super strong 150D Oxford Ripstop Polyester material - this new Ripstop material really is the best lightweight awning fabric we have seen for a very long time. Several models have had a facelift whilst we also see the introduction of a couple of new models. So let’s dig in and have a closer look.