New season, new treats for your motorhome, caravan or campervan?
New for you
There’s certainly no shortage of new caravan and motorhome products and gear to look out for – some essential, some just pure treats. For starters take a look at the 15 great ideas and accessories that are looking to hit the headlines in 2024.
Star Player #1
Megasat Kompact 3 Sat-Dome
For telly fans out there here’s a satellite TV receiver from German manufacturer Megasat, which benefits from full protection from the elements. It also provides instant updates thanks to the accompanying app.
This is the single LNB (low-noise block downconverter) version. There’s also a twin LNB model, at £1,349.98, if you want to use two TVs.
Both are sold in the UK by RoadPro, which offers installation at its premises in Daventry, Northamptonshire, or they can arrange free delivery.
RoadPro says installation is relatively easy, and there’s just one cable, carrying the 12V supply and TV signal.
It operates in the Astra 2 reception area, the one with the most UK channels, and can also access up to nine more satellites.
Key features 40cm high dish, remote control, up to 10 pre-programmed satellites (depending on your receiver).
Expect to pay £1,199.98
Star Player #2
Maxview 5G Roam Combo System
Do you want wi-fi for your caravan or motorhome, as well as full TV functionality? At the same time? This two-in-one piece of kit from specialist supplier Maxview provides all the answers – and, vitally, also saves space on your leisure vehicle’s roof. That can be critical if you already have, or are planning, solar panels etc up there.
This top-of-the-range model is also 5G-ready. Designed specifically for motorhomes and caravans, it’s faster and more powerful than previous models, maximum speed is 3.3Gbps.
It’s omni-directional too, so, once fitted, no further manual adjustment is necessary. The router has an aluminium casing and is supplied with an anti-vibration mounting bracket.
You also get ethernet and 12V power supply cables, plus SMA connectors.
Key features Includes 5G SIM card (you’ll need to pay for a sim plan with your preferred mobile network to access internet connectivity), 4×4 Mimo antenna, five-days a week technical support, two SIM slots in the router, CAT 20 LTE chip with download speeds up to 3.1Gbps, works throughout the UK and Europe, extension cables available
Expect to pay £899.99
Star Player #3
Warmyard Outdoor Waterproof Portable Stowable String Light
Even longer than its name, you’ll have endless lighting-up fun with this, a 10m strip of LED lights that stows in its own cassette – reeling in and out manually using the folding crank handle, like a tape measure. It also has a magnetic back, so you can attach it to a suitable surface.
Reeled in, it can also be hung and used like a downlighter unit.
It comes with a built-in, rechargeable 200mAh battery that lasts anything between five and 12 hours between charges.
Key features Hook for attaching, USB port and charging cable, IP44 waterproof rating, five lighting modes
Expect to pay £33.99
Star Player #4
Outwell Delight and Gala tableware
Outwell always brings a bit of Scandinavian style, practicality and quality with its products, and its new-for-2024 tableware products are no exception. Delight and Gala are part of whole mini portfolio of tableware products that are new for 2024 (look out also for the Java Coffee Press, various knife sets and more).
Gala Dinner Sets are stackable and come in a range of colours, while there’s a more retro look and feel to the Delight line-up of plates, bowls and mugs. The four person dinner sets include four dinner plates, four dessert plates, four tumblers and four bowls.
They’re also suitable for use in the microwave or a dishwasher.
Key features Break-resistant polypropylene, two-year warranty
Expect to pay £10.99 (Delight Mugs)/£24.49 (Delight 2 Person Dinner and Gala 2 Person Dinner Sets)/£13.49 (Gala 4 Person Mug Set)/£36.99 (Gala 4 Person Dinner Set)
Star Player #5
OlPro Modern Shade Canopy
Made from recycled PET bottles, with a coating to protect the material from the weather and UV rays, this canopy from OlPro could be just the thing if you want some extra shelter.
It comes with dual 4mm/6mm beading for attaching to your leisure vehicle. You can adjust the height to suit.
Key features Telescopic poles with twist lock, storm straps included, PVC windows, guylines/storm straps, two-year warranty, no-quibble returns policy
Expect to pay £219 (pre-order for £125*)
Star Player #6
Goal Zero Skylight
Light up your whole pitch with this. Described as an “easy set up, portable area light”, it has six fully adjustable LED “petals” with nearly 170 individual lights on a tripod that can go up to 3.66m in height, offering up to 5,900 lumens and illumination up to 200ft, via four different settings.
It’s powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery capable of operating for up to eight hours on the lowest brightness setting.
Folded down, it goes to 1.14m with a 15cm diameter and comes with its own hard plastic carry case.
Key features Steel and silicone construction, IPX4 waterproof rating, 7.5kg total weight, two-year warranty
Expect to pay £349.99
Star Player #7
BioLite AlpenGlow Mini Lantern
Light up your New Year with this new, smaller version of the AlpenGlow lantern from BioLite. It’s a rechargeable unit you can hold in the palm of your hand, and also comes with an integrated bungee strap which means you can connect it to awning plies, tree branches and more. It only weights 98g.
Running time can be up to 30 hours on its lowest setting. Brightness is as high as 150 lumens or it can be taken down as low as 5 lumens.
Key features White and colour modes, 1,000mAh lithium-ion battery, IPX4 weatherproof rating, supplied with USB-A to USB-C charging cable, one-year warranty
Expect to pay £39.99
Star Player #8
Cadac 2 Cook 3 Pro Deluxe QR
A handy-sized double gas burner that’s perfect if you like to cook outdoors or on an alternative to your on-board caravan or motorhome cooker.
The Cadac 2 Cook 3 Pro Delux QR It comes with two burners and plates – a ceramic flat surface and a ribbed design, as well as a coffee pot stand.
Plus, the two removable windshields should keep the breezes at bay.
Key features Thermoplastic base, stainless steel top, grill plate handle, piezo ignition, storage bag
Expect to pay £160
Star Player #9
Peggy Peg Fix&Go Peg&Stop Awning Set
A full set of fixings to reduce the chances that your motorhome or caravan awning becomes the victim of bad weather and result in a potentially costly caravan insurance claim.
This full kit starts with two Fix&Go Anchor plates, large enough to make sure the awning legs won’t sink into soft ground, with a Peg&Stop system with adjustable locknuts which hold the plate in place. There are also a selection of screw-in pegs for different ground conditions, including gravel.
It’s suitable for Thule, Fiamma and Dometic wind-out awnings. Total weight is just under 1.2kg.
Key features Includes bag, storm hooks and combination tool,
Expect to pay £68.86
Star Player #10
Kenwood DNR992RVS multi-media system
The ultimate infotainment unit for motorhomes? How about this range-topper from Kenwood? It has a motorhome-friendly 10.1in screen and full range of facilities, right up to leisure vehicle satellite navigation, including campsites, from specialist Garmin.
And if you want more, there’s even an HDMI input for games, firesticks etc.
It’s a standard-size double-DIN head unit featuring a “floating panel” design that can be set at three different heights, after which you can adjust the viewing angle. There are also inputs for an HD reversing camera, blind spot cameras or a dashcam (four in total).
Key features 4 x 50Watt amplifier, 13-band graphic equalizer, DAB+ radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, USB portal, Bluetooth, three-year warranty
Expect to pay £1,450
Star Player #11
Opulence Gel 2000
From Made 2 Measure Mattress, the family-owned company that says it can make mattresses to any shape or size for the leisure vehicle market, based on 25 years’ experience in this sector.
Its Opulence Gel 2000 includes gel infused foam and some 2,000 pocket springs, designed to react independently to different body types and temperatures. It’s breathable, also including air vents.
Overall depth is 27cm-30cm and it comes with a knitted fabric along with protective layers.
Key features Free delivery throughout the UK, five-year guarantee
Expect to pay £549.99
Star Player #12
Harbour Hounds dog drying robe
You might have your own drying/changing robe but why should we have all the fun? Available in Sea Blue/Sea Salt, Rock Pink/Sea Salt Blue Wave, Sea Shells or the Orange/Sea Salt shown here, and in a choice of eight different sizes, these robes will get and keep your dog dry after exercise.
The cotton fabric will also wick away excess moisture as well as trapping in air and body heat.
They’re made in an Oeko-tex certified factory, meaning hazardous substances, such as heavy metals, toxic dyes, and carcinogens are not used in the manufacturing process.
Use a product like this to help reduce muscle stress and tension, as well as lessening the chance of injury.
Key features 100% cotton, stud fastenings, machine washable, can be tumble dried
Expect to pay From £29.99
Star Player #13
Avtex SB195BT mini sound bar
Transform your motorhome or caravan TV with this mini soundbar, from Avtex. It houses four speakers and can also be used on its own as a Bluetooth speaker.
Dimensions are 43.6cm long x 4.6cm high x 6.8cm deep and it weighs 1.2kg.
Key features Operates from 12V DC/230V AC, Bluetooth wireless streaming, 2 x 10Watt output, EQ settings
Expect to pay £149.99
Star Player #14
Solar Technology 110W MHD Flexi Solar Panel
A starter model in a new range of flexible solar panels from Solar Technology, with power ratings going all the way up to 290Watts, all available with a choice of top or rear cable exit. They can be fitted to any leisure vehicle roof that’s flat or with a slight curve.
This model can deliver up to 660wh a day. It’s just 2mm thick and 108cm long x 54cm wide.
Choose also from arrange of charge controllers from Solar Technology.
Key features crystalline cells with in-built diodes, supplied with 4m cable, fuse and holder, four-year warranty
Expect to pay £390
Star Player #15
Lifesystems Intensity 300 LED Head Torch
Head torches like this are an absolute boon when you want to keep both hands free and need the best possible illumination – for example when you have to change a gas cylinder in the night, or for any intricate repair work.
The Intensity 300 is the newest model from Lifesystems and – as its name suggests – it can provide up to 300 lumens of brightness.
Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which – even on its highest setting – can provide up to two hours of lighting before needing a charge, it has six lighting modes, including SOS flashing.
All this and it weighs just 95g.
Key features CREE LEDs, white and red light modes, beam distance up to 65m, IPX6 water resistance level, supplied with USB charger
Expect to pay £29.99
Over to you…?
Do you have any new 2024 product news you’d like to pass on to fellow Caravan Guard policyholders? Or have you recently bought a new caravan or motorhome accessory or gadget that you simply can’t live without? We’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to add a comment below.
*Prices correct at the time of publication in January 2024