We bring you some of the latest products available for campers and caravanners.
Need to put your ironing, laundry and dry cleaning in the right bag? Then this bag is perfect for you.
This is ideal for storing towels and bedding until you get to camp and is equally useful for keeping dirty laundry in until you do a wash or get home.
It comes in pretty aquablue colouring and has a distinctive design. Features include soft-feel handles and a wipe-clean water-resistant surface.
The laundry bag folds away when not in use for minimal storage.
Made from recycled plastic and soft woven cotton mix handles. Width 28 cm, length 55 cm, height 48 cm, weight 0.24 kg. Capacity 14 kg.
Also in the range is the Camping and Caravanning Bag, Saddle up Bag and the latest addition the Dog and Bone Bag, ideal for carrying all your doggy paraphernalia - see September's magazine for more details.
If you fancy winning either a Laundry Bag, Camping and Caravanning Bag or a Saddle up Bag we have ten of each to give away. Enter here to be in with a chance of winning.
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Those of us who camp on Certificated or Temporary Holiday Sites don’t always have the option of an electric hook up.
That doesn’t stop us wanting to view our favourite TV programmes and we certainly need light and all the other benefits of electrical power.
Solar panels are an obvious and green way to supply your electrical needs, but there is always the question as to how big a solar panel you buy. The Club produces an excellent data sheet about solar power but nothing can give you a definitive answer for your particular needs. There are so many variables, including the weather.
Vision Plus has made your choice easier with their modular system – you can start with as little as a 40 watt master panel. Need more power? No problem, the master panel comes with a charge controller unit that can handle another three add on panels to give a system totalling 160 watts if required.
You may prefer to have the installation of the initial master panel undertaken professionally to deal with making the electrical connections to your battery system through the roof. However, the add-on panel installation does not require any drilling or special tools as they are designed to be bonded to the roof while the electrical connection is made via a sealed screw connector from the last installed panel. If in doubt do consult your local caravan or motorhome dealer and do remember not to overload your unit (each panel weighs 3.8kg).
The other advantage of this modular system is that if you have a cluttered roof with little clear space for a large panel these panels can be sited in between roof lights and other obstructions as required.
Vision Plus guarantees the cell output from the panels for 20 years and the charge controller can be connected up so when your leisure battery is fully charged, power will automatically be diverted to an auxiliary battery, which is especially useful for motorhomers to keep the vehicle battery topped up.
The master panel with charge controller, roof cable sealing gland and cables costs £179.99 and the add-on panels £119.99 each.
A rainy visit to the Club's Eskdale Site for Dubfest gave Leda Reynolds the perfect opportunity to road test some Bogs.
Attending Club meets and visiting Club Sites in all weathers, waterproof footwear is an essential part of my working wardrobe - even in the summer.
The need to keep dry while still looking good drew me to these Herringbone Bogs. They looked smart and their stylish herringbone design meant I could comfortably wear them on site or around town.
I found the Bogs ideal for our changeable weather. Their capabilities were severely tested at Eskdale where the heavens opened and the ground conditions were very wet and slippy. The boot's slip resistant outsole ensured I remained upright and rubber/neoprene boot keep my feet snug and dry.
The handles on either side of the boot means you can easily pull them on. The down side is they are a little difficult to remove but I found using a step as a lever the best option. That said, I’m so attached to them, I may as well just leave them on all the time.
The Bogs are available in a range of colours, you could even get one to match your raincoat.
Cost: From £49.99
They’re bold, they’re bright, they’re fun. Claire Stevens puts a pair of Rockfish Wellingtons to the test.
Wellington boots – the camper’s friend and more than ever a must-have fashion accessory for everyone from festival-goers to city slickers and parents on the school run.
Wellies are a staple of my wardrobe. I use them when camping, walking my two dogs or on those days when it just pours.
With this in mind my wellies need to be hard wearing and most of all they need to be comfortable and as I like to look good, they need to look good too.
For me Rockfish wellies tick all the boxes. Available in range of rainbow colours, there’s
a boot to suit every mood not to mention outfit that you may want to wear them with.
Rockfish Wellingtons are handmade from natural rubber and have a moulded deep-ridged sole for extra grip so that even in the muddiest conditions you still feel safe underfoot. The adjustable waterproof gusset strap and buckle allows a little extra room when tucking in trousers. The lining of the boot is contrasting, durable and soft to touch.
Overall, I found Rockfish to be a great fitting boot, great looking and I liked the fact they're available in a wide choice of colours with a matt or gloss finish. And you can choose from a full or half leg style.
Craghoppers Stefan trousers combine waterproof protection with stretch fabric that will appeal to outdoor enthusiasts.
Features include three zipped pockets, a Velcro hem adjuster and part elasticated waist. The trousers mix the waterproof and breathable AquaDry membrane with Pro Stretch technology, which our tester said resulted in a comfy and reliable pair of trousers during a recent hillwalking trip.
He added: “I’ve previously had a similar pair of Craghoppers trousers featuring SolarDry that were really good at keeping out the wet and meant I didn’t need to wear overtrousers. Over time and a lot of use the trousers lost their ability to keep my legs dry - the Stefan trousers have so far been a good replacement.”