Guide on the best VW Campervan Accessories you need for your van
I love to travel and I'm always on the lookout for the best gear to make my trips that much more enjoyable. There's one piece of gear that I can't live without, and that's my campervan.
I would much rather be staying in my van than in some stuffy hotel. But let’s face it, sometimes you need a few extra comforts to make life on the road that bit easier and more enjoyable.
A campervan is ideal for those who don't want to stay in hotels, but want some sense of comfort while they're exploring a new place. We’ll cover some of the essentials you need for your perfect campervan setup.
Pimping out your VW Campervan is one of the best parts of becoming a van owner. Once you have your van, here are our top 5 must have VW Campervan Accessories for your van.
- Awning rail
- Solar Panels
- Diesel Heater
- Camper Fridge
- Transporter Bike Rack
Awning rails are a must-have for those who want to enjoy the outdoors, no matter where they go. They can be installed on the side of your camper, without ruining the look of your van.
You can install the awning rail in just minutes without any tools or special skills. All you need is an adjustable wrench and some basic DIY knowledge. It takes most people less than 30 minutes. There are loads of fantastic videos out there to help you with the installation process.
The Vamoose Awning Rail is designed to fit any campervan and is made of stainless steel with a powder-coated finish. The kit includes all of the necessary hardware, so you don't have to worry about purchasing anything else.
Once you have your awning rail, you can now easily attach any awning to your van and enjoy the shade on your outdoor adventures. My personal favourite is the Vango awning collection.
Solar panels are a great way to power your campervan. They provide power for lights and the fridge. You can also charge your phone with them. As well as 240v electronics like your laptop or camera.
Solar panels are an important part of a renewable energy system. They’ve been around for over 50 years, but it’s only in the last five years that they have become more affordable and efficient. A solar panel can be a great addition to your campervan conversion. It can help you save on electric hook-up costs at campsites, as well as reduce your carbon footprint.
The solar panel is mounted to the roof of the campervan, it needs a fair bit of sun in order to work properly. In the UK we always suggest having an alternative battery source to enable you to have a reliable power supply.
There are many benefits to using solar panels in your campervan conversion. They provide clean energy, they do not produce any emissions, they last for a long time, they don't require any maintenance or fuel and they are easy to install.
We suggest installing a minimum of a 180 watt solar panel to your campervan. This means you can power things like laptops and cameras. Make sure you fit a MPPT controller to your set up to connect to your existing leisure battery system.
Diesel Heating System
As someone who hates being cold but loves camping…this is a total must have. A Diesel Heater is a heater that is mounted underneath your van and uses your diesel fuel tank for power. It can heat the inside of your campervan to a temperature of up to 50°C and it can do this within 10 minutes. Nice and toasty!
Campervan diesel heaters are a great way to keep your camper warm during cold winter nights. They provide a cost-effective and reliable alternative to gas and electric heaters. They are also much safer. It really worries me when I hear of people using plug in radiators in their campervans. A big no from me.
One thing to watch out for is the huge rise in so-called “chinese diesel heaters” flooding the market. These imported heaters are much cheaper than the traditional brands like Eberschper and Webasto. However they are not tested and can be really volatile.
We installed one in a vehicle a few years ago. It malfunctioned after a few months' use and started flooding the van with thick white smoke. Luckily it happened in the yard and we were able to remove the heater and replace it with a more reputable brand.
Your campervan heater will be pretty cheap to run. Tapping into your existing fuel tank, it uses very little diesel at a time. Around 0.1 and 0.6 litres an hour.
As a very rough guide, this translates to about 10p per hour.
Installation for a DIY converter should be fairly easy if you know your way around tools, and have a good understanding of your vehicle. If that doesn’t sound like you, get in touch. We offer Diesel Heating System installation from our workshop in Alcester, Warwickshire.
A campervan fridge is an essential part of your campervan conversion. You want it to be able to store food and drinks while also keeping them cool.
There are two main types of fridges available: the traditional compressor fridge or a 12V electric one. The compressor fridge is permanently installed in your camper and is more powerful. While the 12V electric fridge is less powerful, takes up less space and can be much cheaper. These are usually just fancy cool-boxes!
The most important thing to consider is what you’re going to be using your camper for. If you plan on day trips to the beach, and not cooking big meals. Then you might want something portable, a cool-box could be a good option for you. They take up less space and can be cheaper than an internal fridge.
If you plan on cooking lots of meals or have kids in tow, then a permanent internal fridge is the way to go.
There are a few other things to consider when purchasing a campervan fridge such as size, insulation, power consumption and price.
You want to make sure that the fridge does not use too much energy and leave you with a drained leisure battery system. If you start looking into the off-grid lifestyle, you’ll notice how a tiny change in fridge capacity can impact your leisure battery systems. However for most campervan enthusiasts, the Dometic Fridge Freezer will fit for their needs.
I always look for a fridge that has both a freezer compartment and refrigerator compartment. This means you can take the all important ice-creams away with you!
If you are looking for a campervan fridge, then we are here to help. We have a wide range of campervan fridges that will fit any kind of van conversion.
VW Transporter Bike Rack is a great way to save space in your campervan. It’s designed to carry up to four bikes on the back of your van. It has a lock so that it can be securely fastened to the vehicle.
There are loads of different brands of bike racks to choose from. We always recommend the genuine Volkswagen bike rack. I’ve used loads of different types over the years, but I think this one is the easiest to use. The other brands can be difficult to open and close, as well as being very heavy.
The genuine VW Bike rack is super easy to open and close, light-weight, and can hold up to four bikes. It also has a great release button on it which makes moving the bike quick and easy. There’s no need to worry about the bikes falling off either, because they have a really secure system!
The VW Bike Rack is made from steel and powder coated with a chrome finish. It’s made of durable steel and has a weight limit of 100kg. It can be installed on the back door (tailgate or barndoor) of your camper.
VW Campervan Accessories
If you're a van enthusiast then you might well have already decked your camper out with all of the above ideas. Here are a few more ideas to really make sure your getting the most out of your campervan experience.
- Add-ons: Comfortable seats, mattress, Campervan Table and chairs
- Lighting: Solar panel, LED lights
- Kitchen: BBQ, cooler box, stove accessories
- Garage: Toolbox, spare tyre
- Safety: First aid kit
VW Campervan Accessories are a great way to customise your VW Campervan. There are many options available to choose from and they come in a wide variety of prices. Whether you want to add some style or just make the van more comfortable, there is an accessory that will fit your needs.
Have questions? Get in touch with our team.