Top 5 RV Modifications

Top 5 RV Modifications Caravan owners love to tinker and improve their home away from home, ensuring comfort is maximised. Each issue of Roaming RVs will feature four of the most popular and best-value-for-money modifications. Some of them are DIY, for others a professional will be needed to do the work. House Battery Everyone has done it: tripped over a rogue toy on the ground or bumped into that bench corner in the dark. Having light is important on your trip to avoid injury. There are of course several options for lighting up your caravan or campervan when it’s away from mains power, but a great way to produce sufficient light is by using a house battery. While the size of the battery needed will depend on how much power you use and how long you will need to use it before recharging, for most travellers a 100 Amp-hours (Ah) should be sufficient. There are many different types of house batteries ( Maintenance free, GEL and AGM or just a few); however, AGM deep cycle or dual purpose batteries are recommended as they are long-lasting and quick to recharge. Solar Panels MOST RV OWNERS who travel off the beaten track for long periods have a common problem: they need to keep an auxiliary battery (or batteries) charged to power a fridge, lighting, water pump and probably a 12V TV and a laptop. The tow vehicle already has its own charging system with the alternator. And many 4WDs are fitted with deep-cycle (DC) auxiliary batteries that are recharged when the vehicle is driven, and can continue to run a portable fridge for two to three days (depending on the ambient temperature and temperature setting) when the vehicle is idle. Similarly, many motorhomes, caravans and camper trailers are equipped with their own DC auxiliary batteries, which are recharged via the tow vehicle. But even if you run your built-in fridge off gas, which is the most efficient way, the power you need for lights, pumps, and even the spark to light your gas stove, will dwindle unless you can return some power to the RV’s battery. Solar R egulator Unless you want to destroy your battery, a solar regulator is a necessary accompaniment for solar panels. The solar regulator is inserted between the solar cells and the battery. It is best to purchase a solar regulator that uses Maximum Power Point Tracking and has built-in multi-stage battery charging. Of course, it is also important to ensure your regulator is sized appropriately to the house battery. Inverter For many people, spending even a couple of days away from technology can be difficult. For those worried about missing their favourite TV show or not being able to update their Facebook status, a DC/ AC inverter is the perfect solution. With a decent 12V battery, a pure sine wave inverter, which uses very clean power suitable for TVs and computers, can be installed. The technology addict will be tweeting about how much they love it! Water Pump Long […] Read more »

How Caravan Solar Panels Can Help You To Enjoy Your Leisure Time More, And Save Money

By Peter Bloom Imagine that you are going on a camping trip, or going on a road trip. If you are planning on staying in the great outdoors for a significant amount of time, you should think about what you will do for power. It can be quite expensive to use only a generator or hook up to electricity at caravan parks which offer such hook-ups.    Although it is a relatively new concept, solar panels for caravans can provide you with a better option than to make use of camping ground hook-ups or generators. Enjoy traveling around Australia, when you have caravan solar panels fitted out on your campervan, motorhome or caravan. You will be glad that you chose to take this route, when you see the savings that are possible with this option. Expensive camping and road trips will be a thing of the past, and you truly will be able to relax, knowing that your travel costs will be cut drastically.   Read more »