You might be on the open road, but you still need access to all the modcons, even if it's just the kettle. For this, you are going to need power, and you'll need plenty of it if you want to keep powering your essential electrical items throughout your journey. There are many powered caravan sites across Australia that allow you to hook up your caravan to the mains and enjoy all the electricity your caravan can eat for a fee. You could also look into alternative means of power such as solar power or a generator. In this article, we'll take a look at powered caravan sites and other ways to get the juice flowing to your van.
Powered Caravan Sites
Most of the paid sites across the country offer a mains power supply for customers to use. Whether you have a state of the art caravan complete with washing machines and dishwashers, or you have a smaller caravan with basic appliances, you can use as much electricity as you want and also give your caravan's batteries a good charge. There are a few things to be aware of if you choose to rely on powered caravan sites. For example, electricity at night may be more expensive than during the day. If this is the case, try to power up rechargeable devices such as mobile phones, tablets etc. during the day.
Solar power lends itself perfectly to caravans, especially if you choose to travel during the summer months. You can choose from portable panels that you carry inside your van until you pitch up, or panels that are fitted to your roof that catch the sun throughout the day, even when you are driving. After the initial outlay, all of your solar power is free making them a very worthwhile investment for caravan enthusiasts that travel several times a year.
Carrying an additional deep-cycle battery can often provide enough electricity for a number of days. If you stay at any powered caravan sites you can take the opportunity to power your onboard battery and your spare to ensure you have enough power on the road and beyond.
No matter where your journey takes you, having enough power is crucial if you plan to use appliances or devices during your travels. Of course, you could also go down the road of having no power at all, but you will have to make a few sacrifices to make this choice sustainable.