RV Extras – more great products for your motorhome or campervan

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We’ve called this section of our shop ‘RV Extras’ and it’s a bit like an auto-jumble: you never quite know what you’re going to find.

From bike racks to traction mats, security devices to road trip journals, this section might throw up some pleasant surprises for you.

And we’ve even got a few things to keep the kids amused.

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RV Extras #1: bike racks for motorhomes

In 2017 when we bought our VW Cree it had an old bike rack on the back that, according to a good friend of ours, could have fallen off at any minute! Not what you want when hurtling down a motorway (or anywhere really).

He fitted this new Fiamma bike rack for us. It’s been good ever since and we’ve carted our bikes all over the UK. Even though it’s only rated 3.5 stars on Amazon, we’d score it higher. It’s very strong, has good clasps to secure the bikes and after years of regular use we’ve had no issues with it.

We’d say that if you’re not sure about fitting it yourself get someone who knows what they’re doing to fit it for you. These must be fitted properly otherwise you might cause damage to the back of your van (and worst case scenario, the whole thing falls off when you’re travelling, bikes and all!)

Fiamma motorhome bike rack

For added security we also use bungee cords around the bikes. (The bike rack on its own is sufficient to hold the bikes but the added security of a bungee is always reassuring). Bungees are also great for securing just about anything; we even use them to make our over-cab bed ladder safer to clamber up and down.

RV Extras #2: thermal blinds for campervans and motorhomes

Most campervans and motorhomes already have fitted blinds or curtains for the habitation area. But what about the cab? When the weather gets chilly thermal blinds fitted to the cab windows help keep the cold at bay. And on really hot days they will deflect the heat back outside. That’s pretty clever isn’t it?

We were a little dubious about buying a set of these but they really do make a difference. We bought the Maypole MP6609 Thermal Blinds that fit our VW T4 just right.

Take a look at these other motorhome thermal blinds to help you choose the right set for your van. Most seem pretty universal.

what are the best thermal blinds for motorhomes?

RV Extras #3: black out material

Want to make your van more private and stealth-like? If you go wild camping this black out material can stop prying eyes looking inside your van. For sure, you can roll the blinds down but it looks so obvious from the outside that someone is sleeping in the van.

We rigged up a curtain that separates the cab from the hab area so we can leave our cab curtains open, making it look less obvious that we’re in the van. Not only that, but the thickness of the material stops any light in the van showing outside and, because this black out material is thermal, it keeps a little heat in too.

RELATED CONTENT: How to wild camp in your motorhome without getting into trouble with locals or the police

how to go wild camping in a motorhome

RV Extras #4: motorhome security

With motorhome thefts on the increase it pays to make your vehicle as secure as possible. A security device such as a wheel clamp or steering wheel lock will make any would-be thief stop and pause.

We always clamp one of the wheels (and use a steering lock) even when parked at our storage yard. Better safe than sorry. There was a time when we had to leave the van parked in the street. Gav would disconnect one of the battery terminals for added security! Perhaps this is being overcautious but we love our van and don’t want anyone taking off with her. You’re probably the same.

We recommend you use at least 2 of the following to keep your van safe…

  • Wheel clamp
  • Steering wheel lock
  • Clutch claw
  • Tracker
  • Dummy stickers for the windows (that state ‘this van is fitted with an alarm and is immobilised’)

Take a look at these motorhome security devices to help keep your van safe – and give you peace of mind.

motorhome steering wheel lock: stoplock

RV Extras #5: a quick fix for your motorhome exhaust

When your beloved motorhome is acting up and letting the whole world know of her whereabouts fix her holey exhaust with Holt’s Gun Gum.

Up and down the Scottish Highlands we went – and everyone knew about it! We sounded like a Chieftain tank!

Suitable for small and medium sized holes, this stuff saved our van from MOT failure one year, as well as saving us loads of money on a whole new exhaust system.

Seriously though, Gun Gum is a handy product and is one of the quickest fixes for a hole in the exhaust.

RELATED CONTENT: Read more about our holey exhaust during our road trip through Glencoe

RV Extra #6: traction mats to get you off slippery ground

In a rain-soaked Peak District we had a problem on a campsite. Our pitch was wet to the point of being waterlogged and when attempting to leave, our van was sliding all over the soggy grass.

Gav then remembered we had some ‘non-slip traction mats‘. They worked like magic. (We were lucky enough to find this exact set at a car boot sale for £2 and they are good for supporting anything up to 3.5 tonnes. Bargain!)

We had the same problem on a sodden site in Suffolk. We’d misplaced the traction mats and resorted to using old towels. They worked just as well!

The moral of the story is: don’t drive on soggy ground in a motorhome (you’ll very likely become stuck) and always carry some old towels in the back of the van. (Or use the proper traction mats). Otherwise you could be there for some time!

non-slip traction mats for campervans and motorhomes

RV Extras #7: blind spot mirrors

Here’s a great aid for motorhome driving, whether pootling around town or on the motorway…

These little blind spot mirrors are simple to apply – just stick them onto your mirrors – and you’ll be able to see what’s coming up beside you.

We’ve had ours a couple of years now and, at less than a fiver, they’ve really helped us feel safer when over-taking on motorways (which doesn’t happen very often in our old van, we’ll hasten to add!)

Joking aside, these little mirrors will help you see your blind spots and prevent nasty accidents.

blind spot mirrors for motorhomes

RV Extras #8: wide angle parking and reversing lens

When our van’s rear suspension was raised by a couple of inches we faced an unexpected problem: we could no longer see the road from the rear view mirror! Trucks and vans were okay – they’re high enough to see – but all cars and motorbikes were hidden from view.

So, we bought one of these wide angle ‘fresnal lenses’ and now we can see everything.

Simply stick onto the inside of the back window (with water) and suddenly driving becomes safer again. This really is an excellent product to help improve your rear view.

wide angle rear view lens for motorhomes: fresnal lens

RV Extras #9: campervan porta potty

Not every motorhome comes with a toilet (especially some of the older ones). And most campervans, such as the classic VWs and T4 Eurovans have to rely on a ‘porta potty’. Better than nothing at all!

Luckily our van does have a loo but if it didn’t we’d have to use something like this. We just couldn’t be without a toilet these days!

This Thetford Porta Potty is lightweight and scores 4.7 stars from over 15,000 ratings.

Thetford porta potty for campervans

RV Extras #10: motorhome decals and stickers

Adding some stickers and decals can make your motorhome stand out from the crowd. But it’s more than just aesthetics. The more unique your van looks, the less likely it’ll be stolen because it’s easily recognised (otherwise your RV will look just like every other RV on the road).

Of course, having a GPS tracking device can help if the worst does happen. But we reckon some decals make nice finishing touches to your home on wheels.

See this selection of large motorhome decals to make your van unique

Or this selection of smaller stickers.

large decals for motorhomes

RV Extra #11: campervan canopy awning

If we stay on a campsite for a few days we rig up a simple polyester canopy on the side of the van that provides both shelter from the rain and shade from the sun.

Not only that but a canopy or awning doubles your living space. It’s ideal for campervans such as the VW T5s and T6s, as shown in the picture below.

(To note, to fix it properly to your van you’ll also need the awning rail to go with it).

campervan canopy for VW T5 and T6

RV Extra #12: motorhome cover (for winter storage)

If you store your RV away over winter it might be an idea to keep it covered to protect it from the weather. (Obviously, if you rely on solar power to keep the battery charged, you won’t want to cover the roof!)

However, if your van doesn’t have solar panels on the roof, this Maypole 9423 Motorhome Cover will keep your RV snug all winter. It fits vans up to 6.5 metres in length and has 4.5 stars on Amazon.

motorhome cover for winter storage

RELATED CONTENT: How to properly winterize your motorhome (for use or storage)

RV Extra #13: motorhome gifts for kids

What better way to get your kids into van life than buy giving them toy campervans and lego kits!

Hobo Gav’s son, Isaac, still has this diecast toy motorhome we gave him several years ago. And Trudi’s sister bought her this neat motorhome lego kit for her 60th birthday…

lego city campervan/motorhome kit

And what about the fab VW campervan lego kits you can get these days that will keep kids (and adults) amused for hours, if not days. These make ideal gifts to get kids off screens.

And for those long, ‘are we there yet’ road trips, how about this brill book based on the classic game I Spy?

Or if you’re more artistic, what about a motorhome colouring book to while away the time?

See the range of RV colouring books for adults

And RV colouring books for kids

RV Extras #14: beautiful road trip journals

And finally in this section, what better way to record your epic road trips than to write about all the places you’ve seen in a beautiful journal?

Keep a record of where you’ve been, the routes you’ve taken and the amazing drives you’ve done in these lovely notebooks.

The thing is that unless you keep a written record you won’t remember everything, no matter how many pictures you take. Getting the details of your adventures down on paper means you’ll safeguard your memories and have stories to share with your loved ones long into the future.

motorhome road trip log book journal

We hope you’ve enjoyed checking out our RV Extras! There are some lovely little gifts in there.

Please remember to view our road trip essentials to make sure you’re ready for anything on your travels!

And for more great gifts, head to our main Motorhome Gifts and Accessories page for gadgets, van life clothing, kitchenware and more.

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