What better way to enhance both the performance and appearance of your van simultaneously, than to add van accessories? They are perfect to purchase for any sort van, such as the VW Kombi!
What are accessories?
Accessories for your van are literally just things that you can purchase and then add to your van. However, it is not as simple as just clicking on random things and then buying them. When it comes to van accessories, you really need to think through everything. This could include things such as asking yourself why you want the accessories, how will the accessories benefit you, or do you have a budget. The range of van accessories that are available on the market for you to buy, is amazing! There are multiple things available to you, ranging from roof bars to sportline bumpers. But, it does not stop there! You will also be able to select the colour and the style, making it a lot more personal to you.
Let’s get straight to it, shall we?
First on our list of good examples we have alloy wheels. Now, you have probably heard and seen these multiple times. However, not everyone knows why these provide you with a practical benefit. Alloy wheels are an extremely popular accessory that a majority of people tend to add to their van. They are great at allowing your van to have a quicker acceleration, and also the ability to stop a lot faster. However, that isn’t the end. You will be glad to know that alloy wheels provide a beautiful cosmetic benefit for your van!
Next up, we have side bars. You will be very happy to know that side bars also provide both cosmetic and practical benefits too. Not only do they provide a very easy and helpful access into your van, but they also provide a very comfortable one too. This is extremely useful when you may be travelling with those who may find it quite difficult to get themselves in and out of the van, such as children or elderly people. You are also more than welcome to add non-slip pads to your side bars, just to make sure that if you are going to be entering and leaving your van in bad weather conditions, that you will be safe. Side bars also act as a sort of barrier to the exterior of your van as they help prevent any debris from the road that may hit and scratch the surface. When it comes to the appearance side of things, side bars really do boost and improve the appearance of your van majorly by giving your van a very contemporary look.
What about the cost?
Now, we know how important cost is to a lot of you. Sometimes, the price of something can really put you off making the purchase. However, when it comes to van accessories the cost can sometimes be slightly strange for some. With van accessories, there is no specific cost of something. This is down to multiple different reasons such as the colour, style, where you purchase the van accessory from, the brand, and also even the quantity. We also highly recommend that you set aside some sort of budget when it comes to purchasing van accessories, as it can be really useful and beneficial. However, if you are someone who is on a tight budget and want to spend the least amount of money possible, you may think that buying second hand accessories is a good solution. This is not the case. We strongly suggest that you do not buy second hand van accessories as you may put yourself in a position where your safety and others are compromised.
Best examples of van accessories
Now that we have done good examples, it is time to move onto some of the best!
The first van accessory that has made its way onto the list, are roof bars. Roof bars are literally just a collection of bars that are attached to the roof of your van, and are a great way of transporting large items such as canoes. So, if it is that action-packed adventure you will be going on in your campervan, we highly recommend investing in some roof bars for your van. They are also a great way to free up some space inside your van, if that is something that you will find beneficial. You can also add a wind deflector to enhance your roof bars even more, as it will reduce wind noise majorly so that you will no longer have to worry about any annoying noise when you are travelling. When you have actually got a roof bar attached, it is so important that you make sure you do not exceed the weight limit as you may potentially damage the roof bar, and that is something that you will definitely want to avoid.
Next up on our list of best examples of van accessories, are pop top roofs. Pop top roofs are a brilliant choice of accessory for those of you with campervans. They are both majorly popular, and also perfect for those of you who want that extra height in your campervan for many different reasons such as cooking or sleeping. Pop top roofs come in multiple different colours, and can also be colour coded so that they match the colour of your van. When it comes to purchasing pop top roofs, we highly recommend that you only look at ones that have gone through very meticulous and reliable crash testing. Once again, you really do not want to be in a position where your safety is compromised.
Our third accessory that we think will be perfect for your van, is a van racking system. Van racking systems are a great way for those of you who really want a very organised cargo space. They provide so many different benefits such as ensuring that none of your items will become damaged, or lost. Van racking systems can also help reduce any unneeded stress that may occur, as everything that you will need will easily be able to be found in literally just a matter of seconds. When it comes to van racking systems, please make sure that the specific type of system has gone through safety testing which proves that the system meets all standard safety requirements. You will find with van racking systems that most manufacturers conduct crash tests to ensure that their product is safe for customers.
Try Doing It Yourself!
If you are more than comfortable to install van accessories yourself, then you should totally go for it! Just make sure that you know exactly what you are doing and that you will do it properly and successfully. You will tend to find that quite a few people like to install van accessories themselves as it saves them a fair amount of money. However, if you are someone who knows that installing van accessories yourself isn’t something for you, then do not attempt to do it. If you are unsure about anything, you should always ask a professional company to fit the accessories for you instead. Even if it does cost a little extra, you will definitely want to be safe and not sorry!
When it comes to actually beginning the process, we always recommend that you do as much planning as you can beforehand. This could include things such as researching, measuring, and making sure that you have all of the correct equipment. If you are missing any of these things, it will definitely be a good idea to make a start there. We also strongly suggest that if you have purchased an accessory that would take more than one person to install, do not attempt to do this alone. The suggestion that you complete it with another individual is there for a reason. Again, if this is something that is a problem then you should definitely consider asking a professional company to fit it for you instead.
Safety should always be something that you put above anything else. It is something that is so vital in any circumstance. When you come to purchase any type of van accessory, please make sure that the product has gone through tests to ensure that it meets all standard safety requirements. You will also want to check that it has gone through a series of tests to make sure that it is a reliable van accessory, and that you are not wasting any of your money.
Mistakes people make with accessories
When it comes to van accessories, there are definitely a few common mistakes that you will definitely want to avoid making.
The first mistake is all to do with what you are going to do with the interior of your van. It is so easy to just get lost in all the countless different options that are available to you. This includes things such as sizes, brands, the different types of equipment, and so much more. Instead of just rushing into it and buying things that you think are cool, you should think it through. Ask yourself, “what are the benefits?”, “will this accessory fit?”, or “do I really need this van accessory?”. You really do not want to be in a position where you no longer have enough room inside your van, as you have bought too many different accessories. Just don’t overcomplicate the process.
In addition to this, you will want to avoid looking around at different accessories before you know exactly what you need. Yes, you may find a few new things that you think will be brilliant for your van, but sometimes it can go wrong. You really do not want to create more problems by buying things that you do not need. Instead, you should create a plan. List the problems that need solving, and then use that list to help guide you when you are looking at what accessories you need to buy. If you like something, but it isn’t necessary for you, then just save it for later. Then, if you do have enough room or money left, then you can purchase it.
The last mistake is probably one of the most common. Stop focusing on the cost over quality. Yes, it may seem like a good idea to save as much money as possible if you are on a budget, but you may create an ever bigger problem. If you buy something cheap and of a low quality, all you will do is cost yourself even more money in the long run. Instead, buy van accessories that are of a good quality and reasonably priced. Even though it may cost slightly extra now, it will definitely benefit you more in the future.