Classic Motorhome Accessories – Resource Archive

Following our previous post on our Website Navigation Improvements we realised that, with a small amount of effort on our part, we could do quite a lot to help people who have older “classic” motorhomes, campervans and – as they were once more commonly called – motor-caravans.

Motorhome Campervan Caravan Accessories Withdrawn

How?

We’ve been back through our archives and put online some of the more common accessories that were fitted to motorhomes and caravans a few years ago. In every case they are no longer available to purchase, because they have been discontinued. However, this information can help you in two ways:

  1. If you have one of the older accessories fitted to your campervan then, in many cases, the old product description will contain both technical information and fitting instructions (often in a link to a scanned copy of the manufacturer’s original document). This is very helpful if you’re trying to repair or restore something, and you’re not quite sure what it was supposed to look like in the first place.
  2. If you really need to buy a replacement (for example your extending step has been damaged beyond repair) then you can look up the part number that is stamped on the obsolete product, and where possible it will contain a link to the part number of the current replacement product. It takes some of the guess-work, and error potential, out of getting your pride and joy back on the road.

We’ve broken everything down into categories for your convenience:

Hopefully the above will come in useful to you, and (if you share it with them) to your friends as well.

Because it’s Easter Sunday, we have a second gift for you. If you buy anything online between now and the end of Easter Monday and quote code EGGS-OFF during the checkout we’ll give you 5% off your entire order.

If you know of any more archive resources that could help other owners of classic caravans or motorhomes, please help others by sharing them as a comment below.

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Website Navigation Improvements

It’s been a long time coming but we have listened to you.

celebrating changes to our website navigationApart from constant praise about the speed and friendliness of our customer service, we’ve also received numerous telephone calls from people who found our website hard to navigate. We know it happens, and while we’re always happy to chat with you, we’re also sorry to put you to the trouble of calling.

What we have done then is create a number of new categories on the website, to group things together more logically for you. In brief, we have created the following new categories:

We realise this probably isn’t the most exciting blog post that most readers will ever have seen, but we’re hoping that you’ll forgive us because we have made these changes to help you. By way of a thank you for reading this far, we’d like to give you back something: If you order anything from any of the above categories online before the end of March, we’ll give you 5% off your entire order. To claim your discount simply quote NEW-NAV-NEWS at checkout, it couldn’t be simpler.

If you think there are any more changes we need to make, please leave a comment below and we’ll look into it right away.

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Vango Attar 380 & Vango Attar 440 Review

Brand new for this 2015 season are Vango Attar 380 & Vango Attar 440 inflatable driveaway awnings, both released to build upon the understandably huge popularity of Vango Kela and Vango Sapera over the last two years.

Attar 380 Standard External View left

Attar 380 Standard External View

Attar takes Vango’s range of quick-pitch air-inflatable driveaway awnings further up-market, and bigger, with enclosed footprints ranging from 16.7 to 19.3 square metres, plus a shade that can project still further out for sun (or rain!) cover if needed. Sleeping space is available for 0 or 2 people as standard, depending on whether or not you clip in the standard inner tent, and an optional extra second inner tent (which is identical to the standard first one) can provide sleeping space for up to 4 people. The flexible awning design allows for vehicle mounting heights from 205cm right up to 295cm, meaning most vehicles from the lowest campervan to the tallest coachbuilt motorhome are catered for.

Vango Attar Rear View With Internal Doors Open

Attar With Internal Doors Open

Crucially, addressing one of the main criticisms levelled at Vango Sapera (despite its impressive 15.8 square metres of floor space) Attar runs more alongside your van (either 380cm or 440cm compared with Sapera’s 310cm), and projects out less from your van (440cm compared with Sapera’s 510cm). This 70cm difference in projection can be useful if you’re on a campsite with restricted (or carefully controlled) pitch sizes.

Vango Attar Rear View With Internal Doors Closed

Attar With Internal Doors Closed

So, as new new Vango Attar will fit most vehicles, let’s look at them in more detail.

As you’d expect, they all share a lot of common features as standard including:

  • Made from ProTex 420D ripstop polyester with 6,000mm head for durability and water resistance;
  • Fire Retardant to European Standard EN5912 for your safety;
  • Large zip-detachable sun canopy for both shade and rain protection (see detail photo below);
  • Vango Vista Front giving huge windows for lots of natural light;
  • Unique reversible inner tent allowing you to position it on either left side or right side as you prefer;
  • All windows are made from Diamond Clear for great views;
  • New AirSpeed valve for quicker inflation and deflation, mounted higher to save you bending;
  • Vango TBS Tension Band System for maximum stability in windy weather;
  • Fully taped seams to prevent water ingress through joints;
  • Vango AirZone high and low vents to keep you cool on a hot day;
  • Integrated Lantern Hanging Points so you can keep enjoying your awning after dark;
  • Interconnecting doors between the various areas of the awning for maximum flexibility in use;
  • Built-in groundsheet made from Rubberised 420D Ripstop Polyester for maximum comfort and convenience, and minimum damp penetration;
  • Rock pegs, detachable storm straps, a double-action stirrup pump and all bracing beams for front and roof are included in the box as standard so there’s nothing more to buy;
  • Standard fixing options include a 6mm kador strip to conveniently attach the awning to your vehicle or wind-out awning (see photo below), plus two robust and reliable storm straps to secure the awning against wind;
  • A wide-mouthed carry bag is provided to make striking camp as easy as possible.

Vango Attar Kador Strip mounting detailVango Attar Sun Canopy attachment detailThat’s a lot of features, and they bring a great many benefits to your enjoyment of camping with them. But if that’s not enough for you, there are some Optional Extras available to help you personalise your Attar too:

  • Fitted Footprint to more easily mark your pitching spot before inflation and to protect and reduce wear to the underside of your awning;
  • Fitted Carpet to improve your comfort underfoot;
  • 2 person inner tent to provide you with additional sleeping space under your awning (one inner tent is standard, a second is optional);
  • Spare AirSpeed replacement tube “just in case” of an accident involving an over-excited dog or similar;
  • Additional 8m Storm Strap for maximum security in strong winds;
  • Pole & Clamp for additional mounting flexibility;
Vango Attar - Looking Out through Diamond Clear windows of Vista Front

Looking Out through Diamond Clear windows of Vista Front

Comparing the sizes of the four different models in the Vango Attar range we find the following (please forgive the browser’s formatting if it appears off on your PC):

Vango Attar 380 & Vango Attar 440 Comparison
Attar 380 Standard Attar 380 Tall Attar 440 Standard Attar 440 Tall
Length Beside Van 380 cm / 12′ 6″ 380 cm / 12′ 6″ 440 cm / 14′ 5″ 440 cm / 14′ 5″
Projection From Van 440 cm / 14′ 5″ 440 cm / 14′ 5″ 440 cm / 14′ 5″ 440 cm / 14′ 5″
Enclosed Floor Area 16.7 m2

180 sq ft

16.7 m2

180 sq ft

19.3 m2

208 sq ft

19.3 m2

208 sq ft

Mounting Height 205 – 235 cm

6′ 8″ – 7′ 9″

230 – 295 cm

7′ 6″ – 9′ 8″

205 – 235 cm

6′ 8″ – 7′ 9″

230 – 295 cm

7′ 6″ – 9′ 8″

Packed Size 78 x 43 x 38 cm 78 x 42 x 39 cm 78 x 46 x 39 cm 78 x 46 x 42 kg
Weight 25.30 kg 25.40 kg 26.30 kg 26.55 kg
Pitching Time 10 mins 10 mins 10 mins 10 mins
RRP £750.00 £780.00 £800.00 £830.00

These floorplans show the range of sizes available, from smallest to largest:

Vango Attar 380 Standard DimensionsVango Attar 440 Tall Dimensions

In conclusion the new Vango Attar offers a lot of very flexible space for your money (as is very clear in the table above), is quick to both pitch and strike, and is sure to add a lot to your holiday if it involves a campervan, motor-caravan or motor-home regardless of size. Whether you have children and want some grown-up space “indoors” after they have gone to bed, or you simply want somewhere spacious to sit out and entertain regardless of weather, the Vango Attar has it all in spades.

Vango Attar 380 Standard Setup and Attached to Motorhome

Vango Attar 380 Standard Setup

We predict that Attar will be a very popular product this year, and will most likely sell out fast just like Kela and Sapera did when first introduced 2 years ago, so if you want to secure yours before your holiday we advise placing your order sooner rather than later.

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New Year Resolutions – More Free Camping in UK for Motorhome Owners

It’s that time of year again when, if we have any sense, we look back and recap over the year just gone. We think about what went well for us, what we enjoyed, and what we’d like to do more of. We also think about what didn’t go so well, and what we’d like to do better in future. For the personal development gurus it’s called “re-evaluating and resetting goals,” for everyone else it’s called Setting New Year Resolutions.

As a proud family man and motorhomer (is that a word?) my personal resolution for next year is simple: To use our motorhome more often, and enjoy more good-quality family time through short breaks. I suspect I’m not alone in this desire, regardless of whether you the reader would prefer to travel as a couple, with children, or with grand-children.

Motorhome Stopover Near South Coast England

A BritStop near the South Coast of England where we overnighted earlier this year. The location was great, although by the time we'd finished in the shop a campsite would have been far cheaper...

Entry to attractions and staying at campsites can both be expensive though, and if you have a motorhome then campsites at least are almost entirely unnecessary (I’ll cover free attractions in a later blog post) because you really are doing nothing more than parking overnight and sleeping in your vehicle. We tend to take our main summer holiday in EU partially because the vast number of free motorhome stopovers there make it cheaper than UK!

What follows below are some of the various sources of information we use that show where you can “park overnight and sleep in your vehicle” in UK, without needing to go anywhere near a campsite:

Map of ScotlandScotland – Pretty much anywhere you can park safely in Scotland they’re happy for you to sleep too. What a refreshing attitude it is and while parts of Wales are that way, most of England definitely isn’t (unless you’re tramping in a 44 tonne artic then it seems to be OK). The enlightened and friendly Scots are even happy for you to use a tent: http://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/activities/walking/wild-camping

BritStops LogoBritstops – Probably now the best known book for UK it lists businesses that are happy to have motorhome owners stop in their car park for the night. The book is updated regularly during the year, with both additions and removals, so by the end of the year you’ll have a small book and a great wad of paper. Despite the publisher’s claims though BritStops are generally not free because the business owners will generally expect you to visit their outlet and buy something, it’s also not hugely convenient as a large number of places are restricted to certain days of the week and require that you arrive before a certain time (some as early as 4pm). Very few Britstops suit us, but they may suit you: http://www.britstops.com [UPDATE 01/01/2015: I attempted to share this post with the BritStops community on Facebook and it was deleted by their admin on the basis that it contains links to non-BritStop stuff. I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions on this action!]

Club Motorhome LogoClub Motorhome – Offers similar sites (i.e. businesses) to Britstops but with the addition of a forum where you can chat with other motorhome owners (something you can also do on Facebook of course) and a considerable number of useful and interesting articles. There’s no book though so you’ll either need to do all your research on their website (an option not available with Britstops) of print off a downloadable PDF list of sites. Unfortunately when I tried this it wasn’t well formatted, came with a whole bunch of extraneous information that wasted paper, and much of the printing was in light blue so poor contrast and not easy to read under a cab light. I had the some problem when trying to use the list on my phone while travelling. [UPDATE 01/01/2015: Neil McLeland who runs Club Motorhome has just emailed me the latest PDF and, while still not perfect, it is considerably better than the review version I saw before.] However, unless you really want a printed book, I’d say that Club Motorhome has the advantage over BritStops because of all the other valuable content on the website. You can browse for free: http://www.clubmotorhome.co.uk

Wild Camping Forum LogoWild Camping Forum – As someone who does a lot of wild camping myself, I did ask to get a look in the Members’ Area of this forum so I could briefly review it here for you. However, despite my polite request, I was refused entry. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions: http://www.wildcamping.co.uk

UKMotorhomes.Net LogoUKMotorhomes.net – A useful resource that costs precisely nothing, as does everything listed from here on. You simply drill down into the map and look for a pin near where you want to stop; if you click the pin you’ll get more detail on the location: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zheLI7o5GIPc.kkEkhhDZroMo&usp=sharing There’s a more conventional list available too, in a handy format for printing: http://www.ukmotorhomes.net/uk-motorhome-stopovers.shtml

Nomad GB LogoNomad GB – Similar to the above (although non-printable) but with an awful lot more pins on the map, and describing itself as “a points of interest map for motorhome owners”, with the ability to more easily refine your search (it optionally includes some campsites too but you can easily exclude those from results if you wish). Well worth a look: http://www.nomadgb.co.uk

SearchForSites.Co.Uk LogoSearch For Sites – Sits somewhere between UKMotorhomes.Net and Nomad GB in terms of search capability, but goes beyond UK and covers EU too. EU is out of scope for this post, but the website is still well worth visiting as it covers UK too: http://www.searchforsites.co.uk [UPDATE 01/01/2015: Ian Curtis who runs this site has been in touch to tell me of a whole load of functionality that I haven't reported. I have invited him to leave a comment below, so please check there for further information.]

MotorhomeParking.Co.Uk LogoParking Information on Local Authority (& Other) Websites – Believe it or not some local authorities actually welcome motorhomes into their borough, possibly because of the tourist income it can bring to their rate-payers. Unfortunately though most local authority (LA) websites weren’t designed with the convenience of those looking for free camping in mind, so drilling down to find it can be tedious at best. Fortunately a kind gentleman called Graham Hadfield has compiled a free directory which will take you straight to the information you need on approaching 200 LA websites. We can all benefit here: http://www.motorhomeparking.co.uk

Facebook LogoFacebook – There are thousands of groups on Facebook (FB), and a great many of them are designed to cater for owners of campervans, motor-caravans and motorhomes. Not many of them are specifically focused on wild camping though, and quite a few appear to be populated with people who find the idea of staying on a campsite adventurous! To save you some time hunting, here are a few that may help you out a little:

You’ll obviously need to be registered with Facebook to use any of the above. As a matter of good etiquette I would advise that, if you join a group on FB, you start by contributing a couple of locations (perhaps quiet spots you know of near home that will help others visiting your area) before asking for advice and help in finding places yourself.

What’s very clear from the above is that no one source lists everything – there is no central point of knowledge – and that you’ll probably be wise to travel with a few resources up your sleeve to increase your chances of finding somewhere that you like near where you want to be.

Free Wild Camping Top TipAndrew’s personal Top Tip – one that has never failed him yet – is nothing more complicated than pulling up outside a pub with a large but empty(ish) car park towards closing time, popping in and buying a pint, and simultaneously asking the landlord if it’s OK to sleep in the car park overnight.

That’s our personal set of UK free wild camping resources now shared with you, and you’re welcome to use Facebook, Twitter or whatever you fancy to share it all with others. If you’d like to add and share a resource we missed, so others can benefit, please leave a comment below and it will be published following a quick moderator check.

Happy New Year everybody,

Andrew and Kira

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Payment By Phone – Open SSL Worries – Heartbleed Bug

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If you don't trust OpenSSL at present, simply phone us to make your payment: 01753 41 51 45

If you’ve heard about the problems with Open SSL, also referred to as the Heartbleed Bug, and feel nervous about ordering online as a result then we would like to reassure you both that our website is safe and secure, and that we offer you a choice of different payment methods:

  • PayPal
  • SagePay (for credit & debit cards, includes 3D Secure)
  • BACS (you instruct your bank to send money)

All 3 of these payment methods guarantee your safety when making an online transaction.

If you’re still nervous though, just phone us on 01753 41 51 45 and we’ll be happy to take your payment over the phone instead.

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An honest unbiased review of Duvalay Memory foam sleeping bags

When camping, or simply sleeping in your motor home or campervan, it’s safe to say that the sleeping arrangements can often leave quite a lot to be desired. A poor night’s sleep can sometimes ruin holidays, vacations, or simply just overnight trips for some people, and unfortunately, campervans and motor homes are not renowned for their luxurious, comfortable beds. Often, people simply have to make do with a cold, restricting, uncomfortable sleeping bag, that offers little freedom, and even less warmth and comfort. The good news however, is that thanks to the Raskelf Duvalay memory foam sleeping bags, every single night you spend out of your real bed, will now be just as comfortable, if not more so, than sleeping in your own luxurious, warm, comfortable bed.

Duvalay Memory Foam Mattress Sleeping Bag

Duvalay Memory Foam Mattress Sleeping Bag

What is the Duvalay sleeping bag?

As the name suggests, the Duvalay sleeping bag, is just that, a sleeping bag. However, it is no ordinary sleeping bag, oh no. It has been designed and is marketed as a memory foam sleeping bag, and has been designed with pure comfort in mind. It has been designed with campers, and those who happen to be sleeping in camper vans in mind. Camper vans are not renowned for their comfortable sleeping areas, and often require users to sleep on glorified seats. This is no good for you as you get no real lumbar support, and no comfort. The Duvalay sleeping bags however, will transform any surface into one of the most comfortable sleeping areas you could ever wish for. The base acts as a mattress as it is made solely from luxurious and extremely comfortable memory foam, whilst the top actually acts like a duvet itself. It is not restrictive like other sleeping bags, making it appealing to even the most picky of sleepers.

Duvalay Memory Foam Sleeping Bag for Summer and Winter

Duvalay Memory Foam Sleeping Bag for Summer and Winter

Why choose Duvalay, and their patented sleep system?

If you want a quick and simple answer, then basically, because their sleeping bags are extremely comfortable and supportive, but if you require a longer, more detailed answer, then sit tight, and we’ll get started. The Duvalay sleeping bags are easy to transport, can be washed extremely easily, are available in a whole variety of different colours, and they have not only been featured on the hit UK TV show Dragon’s Den, but one of the former Dragons, Hilary Devet, actually saw the huge potential, and invested in them personally. As if that wasn’t enough, they have also been voted as the Motorhome Monthly Magazine Product of the Year. They’re available in a range of different thicknesses, ranging from 2.5cm – 5cm, and are available from a number of different Duvalay stockists.. This product is made from the finest materials, offers maximum levels of comfort, is extremely affordable to purchase, and will make your long camping and road trips, some of the most pleasant and enjoyable experiences of your life. If you want the best night’s sleep of your life, then purchase one today, and see for yourself.

5 stars.

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Introducing Howard

Howard and dog without caravan

Howard and dog, albeit without caravan

Following his review of the Garmin Camper 760 sat nav last November, we’ve decided to offer Howard a column on our blog doing occasional reviews. This short post is merely to introduce Howard to you.

Howard is married with a wife and a dog. They have two grown-up children, and a number of grandchildren. Howard spent much of his working life in the Police force, often taking family holidays in a VW campervan. Following many years working as a Police officer, Howard recently retired and he and his wife have now purchased a caravan which they have started using for longer and more extended trips, generally taking their much-loved dog along with them. One of their (grown-up) children has a motorhome which they use for family holidays with their children. Occasionally the grandchildren go along with Howard and his wife, and other times both families will pitch up next to each other on the same campsite.

Howard has an interest in technology and, like many of us, enjoys not just the outdoors but also anything that helps make it easier or more comfortable to enjoy. We are therefore very pleased that Howard will not only occasionally be giving us his opinion on camping equipment that he has bought from us before (quite a lot over the last few years), but has also agreed to test other products for us and share his opinion on them too.

We feel sure that Howard and his caravan will be a great asset to our team, and we hope you will join us in welcoming him.

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Vango Sanna & Vango Varkala AirAway Inflatable Caravan Awnings

Vango Sanna 280 AirAwning Inflatable Caravan Awning

Vango Sanna 280 AirAwning Inflatable Caravan Awning

The Vango Sanna & Vango Varkala Inflatable Caravan Awnings are coming soon, and we’re very pleased to say that we’ll be stocking the entire range. Vango will be officially launching their AirAwnings range on 10th February 2014 (so just 3 weeks from today), and we can hardly wait to get our hands on this great new product. What follows here is a short product review of the Vango Sanna and Vango Varkala, at least as far as we can manage until we get our hands on them for a full weekend of tests.

Last year Vango took the market by storm with their brilliant Vango AirAway range comprising Vango Kela and Vango Sapera inflatable AirBeam driveaway awnings in different heights: Standard to suit most campervans, and Tall to suit coachbuilt motorhomes. These awnings were so popular that, despite considerable efforts, we simply could not get enough stock. The result was that we sold out not once but twice, and had to turn customers away. We don’t like doing that, but we can’t sell what we don’t have!

Vango Varkala 280 AirAwning Inflatable Caravan Awning - Technical Drawing & Dimensions

Vango Varkala 280 AirAwning Inflatable Caravan Awning - Technical Drawing & Dimensions

So this year it’s fair to assume that when Vango releases the same technology in a caravan awning that inflates from a small single pack, through to ready to sit in and relax, in less time than it takes to boil a kettle of water in your caravan… it’s going to be a very popular product and in great demand again. After all, who doesn’t want to have their caravan awning erected and ready to enjoy before the kettle has boiled, rather than 30+ sweaty minutes later?

It’s easy to do too, thanks to the double-action air-pump that Vango supplies as standard with every awning. It’s a nice tall stirrup pump, so it’s very easy to use. Being double-action it can suck air out of the awning tubes too, making it a breeze to pack away when you want to leave the campsite without struggling with trapped air in the supporting tubes (and we all know how hard it can be to put something back in the pack!). Just like Vango’s driveaway campervan awnings, the needs of the camper have been well thought out.

Vango Varkala 420 AirAwning Inflatable Caravan Awning

Vango Varkala 420 AirAwning Inflatable Caravan Awning

The new Vango AirAwning range comprises four new inflatable caravan awnings:

The number helpfully refers to the length of the caravan awning: 280 means it’s 280cm long and 420 means it’s 415cm long (Vango’s marketers won out over logic I guess?). Regardless of length though, all AirAway awnings: project 250cm from the caravan, are 192cm high at the front, and fit to caravan rails between 236cm-250cm high at the rear (i.e. the vast majority of caravans manufactured and towed in UK and EU).

The 420 awning makes use of the extra 125cm length it enjoys over the 280 (marketer’s maths again…) to house a centre section which can open up and be propped horizontally to create a porch (and in the case of Varkala removed entirely if wished). Most of the other sections can be opened up one way or another for ventilation too, and there are curtains as standard for when you want privacy. Varkala even benefits from reflective guylines to help prevent trips after dark.

Vango Sanna 420 AirAwning Inflatable Caravan Awning - Dimensions & Technical Drawing

Vango Sanna 420 AirAwning Inflatable Caravan Awning - Dimensions & Technical Drawing

All Vango AirAwnings benefit from material that supports a 6,000mm hydrostatic head (that’s like having a 6m tall column of water sitting on your awning fabric that’s unable to get in) meaning that, in conjunction with taped seams and covers over the zips, you’re pretty-much guaranteed to remain dry inside. The names Sanna and Varkala simply differentiate the two different types of material used during the manufacturing process: Sanna uses 150D Polyester on the sides and 300D Polyester on the roof; Varkala uses heavier 420D Ripstop Polyester throughout for the maximum possible tear and UV resistance.

Our conclusion is that these innovative Vango AirAwning inflatable caravan awnings are going to be hugely popular in 2014, and rightly so, so we advise you to get your order in sooner rather than later. If you’re undecided as to exactly which Vango AirAwning is for you, this caravan inflatable awnings comparison table should help you to decide. Whatever you do though, based on our experiences in 2013, place your order soon to avoid disappointment.

If you have found this review helpful please share it with others, and if you’d like to share your own experiences with the product please leave a comment below.

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Christmas & January Sales – Special Offer

Merry Christmas motorhomeRead on, because there’s a Christmas Gift in here for you…

It’s Christmas time and, following a last-minute flurry of sending out (slightly belated!) Christmas Gifts that were ordered last night (I’m serious – even “next day” delivery doesn’t include collection on Christmas Eve to deliver Christmas Day!!!), we’re about to shut up shop and go home to our families for a well deserved break.

Kira and Andrew had hoped to see in the New Year in Scotland, in their new motorhome, but having yet to find one that meets their precise needs they’re staying at home and some friends with a campervan are coming down to visit instead. We’d like to think the weather will be be better down south, but looking out of the window I’m not so sure.

Shame on you if you thought we’d forgotten you though, because we haven’t. Our Christmas Gift to you is a very special

5% OFF EVERYTHING IN THE STORE FROM NOW UNTIL 5 JANUARY

There are no strings attached to this offer, and you’ll get this additional 5% off already discounted prices and still get free carriage where it normally applies too.

It doesn’t matter if you want a Vango Kela driveaway awning, the ingenious Duvalay from Raskelf, a Garmin 760 Camper sat nav, a Waeco Coolmatic fridge, a Thule Omnibike carrier, a Fiamma awning, a Vango Sapera Tall, or just a safety relay for your Omnistep … whatever it is you want we’ll give you 5% off. On some big purchases you could easily save £50 or more.

To claim your 5% discount simply quote this code at checkout

XMAS2013

Caravan in New Year snowYou shouldn’t have any problems but if you do we’ll sort them out when we return in January, which is also when we’ll ship the goods.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Camping Equipment Shop.

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Garmin Camper 760 LMT-D sat nav. – an honest unbiased review

This is a new one on us, but since we launched our special offer for the Garmin Camper 760 sat nav a week or two back we’ve not only sold loads (that was to be expected) but one very happy customer has even written in to us with his own product review.

So, with many thanks to Howard for his unsolicited commentary, here we go…

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With modern technology advancing leaps and bounds over the last 10 years, you’d think that getting from A to B would be as easy as one, two, three. In theory it is, on paper at least, thanks mainly to the invention of the GPS satellite navigation system (sat nav). The truth is that many sat navs, both past and present, can make journeys longer and more stressful than they need to be. They could take you the wrong direction, lead you down one way streets or narrow country lanes, or add unnecessary miles to your journey. This is not good when you’re driving a motorhome, or (like us) towing a caravan. Because of this, it’s important that you choose a sat nav that is as efficient as it can possibly be, one that makes your journey as easy and stress free as is humanly possible.

Now, thanks to our new Garmin Camper 760LMT-D, this is very much a reality.

Here’s a quick look at this fantastic new product.

Product review of the Garmin Camper 760LMT-D sat navBasic overview

The Garmin Camper 760 sat nav has only recently launched, yet already it has received a huge number of very positive reviews and feedback. Marketed as a motorhome sat nav, or campervan sat nav, or a sat nav for towing a caravan it features:

  • Camper specific directories with a built in search filter
  • An easy to read 7” display LCD screen
  • A customised camper routing system for Europe
  • It’s wireless backup camera compatible
  • Features camper trip planning and sharing functions
  • Guaranteed lifetime map and traffic updates to make your journey as easy as possible.

The joy of maps

The free lifetime maps make this product especially unique and beneficial as it is constantly being updated, and clearly displays various camp sites and other points of interest. The up to date maps can be downloaded up to four times a year, so now we know that we won’t be heading down any one way streets or dead ends in a hurry. The super fast full digital network also provides up to date traffic updates, so we can stay one step ahead of annoying traffic jams and road works. Once it informs you of the queues and delays up ahead, it will then quickly and efficiently pick the next quickest route for you, and off you go. I’m already wondering how we ever managed without it, even on routes we know!

[Editor: Unlike with some other sat navs no subscriptions are required, this is a lifetime service provided for FREE! Now back to Howard's review...]

Driving safety guidance to help keep you safe

If you’re ever not sure about which lane you should be in, this sat nav very usefully prepares you to change lane with giving clear and precise voice prompts in plenty of time. As you approach, the screen displays the lane you need to be in, with bright coloured arrows, so you can be sure you’re in the right lane at the right time.

Voice activation

As a retired Police officer I know that a large number of traffic accidents take place because of people taking their hands off the wheel to mess with – amongst other things – their sat navs. With this Garmin model, this needn’t be a concern as it features voice activation technology. Seriously: Simply speak, and the device will respond to your commands. This really is a major contribution to road safety.

You can still make use of the touch screen technology of course, so long as you’re safe.

What’s the verdict?

Overall, the Garmin Camper 760 LMT-D, is a fantastic sat nav, that has heaps and heaps of built in features to help keep you safe, get you to your destination as quickly and hassle free as possible, and to make your driving experience that little bit more pleasurable. All of the features are extremely handy and useful, and truth be told, we just can’t say enough great things about it.

My wife and I are so glad we bought one, and very grateful to the guys at Camping Equipment Shop for the great deal and service too.

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So there you go, order your new Garmin Camper 760 LMT-D sat nav now and see for yourselves. This happy customer highly recommend it, and we give it 10 out of 10 too.

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