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10 essential motorhome accessories

Rachel Carlyle / 19 December 2017

Wayne and Angie Parker have escaped the British weather to travel the world in their motorhome. Here's the kit they wouldn't be without while they're on the road

Motorhome and two bicycles parked next to Norwegian fjord

In 2015 Wayne and Angie Parker left the UK to explore the world, in their motorhome, Charlie. They've shared their essential accessories but to find out more about their adventures, take a look at the January issue of Saga magazine

1 Solar panels

We currently have two on Charlie, which provide ample power for the GPS, sound system, Wi-Fi gear, computers and Kindles.

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2 LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) 

This runs the fridge (when parked and off-grid), the outside barbecue, the three-ring cooker and the heating.

3 Ramps

It’s almost impossible to get the van level when parking and I hate it when my feet are higher than my head when trying to sleep.

4 Ear plugs

Motorhome walls are thin – only 75mm of foam and plastic  – so all manner of noises will bother you at night: car alarms, crows, cockerels crowing, dogs barking, teenagers doing handbrake turns in the car park.

5 iBoost antenna

This collects and boosts free Wi-Fi signals. We once parked three miles away from Bled Castle in Slovenia and still received a strong signal.

6 Spare loo cassette

We like to get off the tourist trail, which means you’re sometimes a week away from the nearest loo emptying point, so we keep a spare one inside a small wheelie suitcase in the boot, which is also handy if you want to jump on a plane at any point.

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7 A moped

Ideal for shopping trips or zooming off into the local town sightseeing. Frankie, our scooter, is heavy at 70kg, but we wouldn’t be without it.

8 Bikes

We have one mounted on the rear rack and a foldable electric bike in the boot for Angie, who has knee problems.

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9 Outside barbecue

This which plugs in directly to the LPG point. We do as much cooking on it as possible, so the van doesn’t constantly smell of last night’s dinner.

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10 A stove-top heat diffuser

This was only £3 from a Chinese shop in the UK. We use it to toast bread on the stove and it does a cracking job.

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