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WiFi Internet Access Caravans Motorhomes & Camping

How to get WiFi internet access in caravans motorhomes & camping 2021

It’s more important than ever to have a good reliable internet connection and most people want internet access in caravans, motorhomes or while camping. Many caravan parks and campsites have installed dedicated WiFi networks for guests but if WiFi is not available there are other options for you to consider if you want to connect to the internet.

How to get internet in a Caravan, Motorhome or Tent

  1. Check if the campsite or holiday park has WiFi internet available

    Check what average speeds can be expected and if there is a charge for access, for many people connecting to a guest network is the best option, however speed can vary greatly from one camp site to the next.

  2. Use your mobile phone connection, and mobile data if you can pick up a good 4G/5G

    A quick coverage check online enables you to find out which mobile networks are available at the caravan sites you are going to and whether there is reasonable 4G or 5G coverage.

  3. Buy a MiFi internet device or dongle if you want your own dedicated portable internet hotspot

    Buy a portable MiFi box or dongle to connect via mobile networks.

  4. Satellite internet is also a possibility if you do a lot of camping & wild camping off the beaten track

    Satellite internet services are generally quite expensive and you will need to buy some specialist kit including a satellite receiver, a satellite router and pay a monthly subscriber connection. Most satellite internet providers will have a minimum contract period of 12 months and prices start around £29.99 a month.  In theory you could sign up for a home connection and buy extra kit to take with you when camping/caravanning if your provider allows this via a single account.

Campsites with WiFi guest networks

If the campsite or holiday park has guest Wifi, it’s usually fairly straight forward to sign up, you just need to connect to the ‘guest’ or ‘campsite’ network and follow the instructions. Most campsite WiFi is via a shared internet connection and most sites still charge for access due to the cost of running guest WiFi networks. Access can become slow at busy times as speeds may be capped or shared out across users on the network.

Mobile phone internet, how to make your mobile phone a hotspot

If you have inclusive or unlimited data on your mobile phone, providing you are in a location where you can pick up a 4G or 5G mobile data signal, it is often viable to connect using your mobile phone. Most mobile phones have a ‘make phone a hotspot’ feature in the settings. This allows you to turn your mobile phone into a router to share you phones mobile internet connection with other devices. By making your phone a hotspot you can connect multiple devices including laptops & tablets, all using your mobile phone in a similar way to how you connect to your wireless router at home. Connecting to the internet this way is convenient but you will be using your mobile data, if you only have a limited data plan it could run out quickly and you could incur extra data charges, especially if people are playing online games or streaming content like video or music.

What is MiFi internet and how do I get it?

MiFi is similar to mobile phone internet connectivity, you basically access the mobile data network via a MiFi router box. A MiFi router is a small portable router which provides a portable wifi connection via the mobile phone network. A MiFi box requires its own data sim card, plus a good local 4G or 5G signal. Again you will need to check the 4G/5G coverage of the locations you will be staying at to make sure there is reception. You will also need a data plan or PAYG data on the SIM card.

Once purchased you can take your MiFi box with you when you travel (even abroad if you have roaming data). MiFi boxes allow you to connect multiple devices via a single data plan and to share a wireless connection with devices like laptops, tablets and phones

Where can I buy a 'MiFi' mobile internet router?

Amazon has loads of MiFi 4G & 5G mobile internet routers and dongles. We have selected some of our favourites below, all feature rechargeable batteries so they are fully portable. Prices start at under £40 so a MiFi box is affordable, even if you  only buy one as a backup plan. 

NOTE: MiFi boxes require a mobile data plan or PAYG data sim card. A MiFi box or dongle will only provide good internet speeds if you are able to connect to the 4G/5G mobile network – so good local mobile network coverage is essential at each location you visit.

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Buyers guide buying a touring caravan

Buying A Touring Caravan

Our guide to buying a touring caravan

We take a look at the best new and used touring caravans in the UK. Touring caravans offer the ultimate mobile family holiday, just hitch up your caravan and take your holiday accommodation with you, wherever you choose to travel in the UK. Touring caravans and caravanning holidays have always been popular, with the Coronavirus pandemic more and more people are looking at taking staycations, so we think touring caravan sales will sky rocket! 

The market for touring caravans is long established and there are numerous national and local dealerships selling new and second hand touring caravans. A caravan dealership is a good place to start if you want to physically view some touring caravans and see what you can get for your budget. 

New entry level touring caravans start from £15,000 – £20,000 for a 2 or 4 berth model 
New mid range touring caravans start from £20,000 to £25,000 
New luxury touring caravans start from £30,000 to £40,000 but can go right up to over £70,000, especially for luxury high end models like those made for the UK & EU markets by the iconic American Airstream brand.

What's the cheapest new 2 berth touring caravan?

The cheapest new entry level 2 berth touring caravans include: 
Elddis Explore 302 on offer under £15,000 at some dealers 
Lunar Venus 2 berth £17,000 to £18,000
Sprite Alpine 2 berth £17,000 to £18,000 while coming in a touch over £19,000 you have the Swift Basecamp.

What's the cheapest new 4 berth touring caravan?

Elddis Explore 304 caravanOne of the lowest priced family caravans is the 4 berth Elddis Xplore 304 available in a number of specifications, some UK dealers are offering the new 2021 Xplore 304 model at amazing offers around £15,000 check out details here >>

Should I buy a UK made touring caravan or a European touring caravan?

The choice is yours most people believe touring caravans were invented in the UK and whilst there is ongoing debate as to where caravans were actually invented it is clear the UK has many touring caravan manufacturers and lots of choice. You can be sure to find a touring caravan for most tastes and budgets.

European manufactured touring caravans often have their own unique style but they all feature similar functionality to UK built caravans. Brexit could esult in additional costs being applied to an imported caravan although most European caravan models are now available to buy somewhere in the UK from affiliated dealers or resellers. 

We have listed many of the UKs’ touring caravan manufacturers and European caravan manufacturers here so you can check out some of the online caravan brochures and other helpful information. 

Bailey Caravans Ltd (Discovery, Pageant, Ranger and Senator Brands)

16 – 30 South Liberty Lane, Bristol, BS3 2SS
W: www.baileyofbristol.co.uk
T: 0117 966 5967 | E customerservices@baileyofbristol.co.uk

Coachman Caravans  Ltd (Amara, Laser, Pastiche and VIP models)
Amsterdam Road, Sutton Fields Industrial Estate, Hull, HU7 0XF
W: www.coachman.co.uk
T: 01482839737 | E: info@coachman.co.uk

Explorer Group ( Buccaneer Caravans, Compass Caravans, Elddis Caravans)
Delves Lane, Consett, Co. Durham, DH8 7PE
W: www.elddis.co.uk
T: 03719642113 | E: info@elddis.co.uk

Fleetwood Caravans Ltd (Heritage, Meridien and Sonata), Hall Street, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9JP
W: COMING SOON
T: 01787888980 | E: fleetwoodcaravans@dial.pipex.com

Lunar Caravans Ltd (Ariva, Clubman, Delta, Lexon,Quasar, Stellar, Solaris and Zenith models)
Sherdley Road, Lostock Hall, Preston, PR5 5JF
W: www.lunarcaravansales.co.uk
T: 01772337628 | E: sales@lunarcaravansales.co.uk

Swift Caravans – Sub-brands Sterling Caravans, Sprite Caravans
(Swift: Charisma, Challenger and Conqueror models)
(Sterling – Eccles, Eccles Elite and Europa models)
Dunswell Road, Cottingham, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU16 4JX
W: www.swiftleisure.co.uk
T: 01482847332 | E: enquiry@swiftleisure.co.uk”

Vanmaster Caravans (Accolade, Applause, Fanfare, Occasion and Ovation
Unit S32 Standish Court, Bradley Hall, Bradley Lane, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0XQ
W: www.vanmastercaravans.co.uk
T: 01257424999 | E:info@vanmastercaravans.co.uk

ADRIA Caravans (Slovenia)(Astella, Alpina, Adora, Action, Altea, Aviva)
ADRIA Mobil d.o.o., Straška cesta 50, 8000 Novo Mesto
W: www.adria-mobil.com
T: +38673937100 E: info@adria-mobil.si

FENDT Caravans (Sweden)(Bianco, Opal, Saphir, Tendenza models)
European Caravans Kettering, 1 The old A43, Northants, NN14 1SD
W: www.fendt-caravan.com
T: 01536791523 | E info@fendt-caravan.de

KABE Caravans (Sweden)(Classic, Ädelsten, Royal models)
BOX 14, 56027 TenhultSchweden, SWEDEN
W: www.kabe.se
T: +4636393700 | E kabe@kabe.se

KANUS Caravans (Germany)(Deseo, Sport, Sudwind, Starclass, Traveleno models)
W: www.knaus.com
T: | E info@kanus.com

RAPIDO Caravans (France) (Classic, Ädelsten, Royal models)
BOX 14, 56027 TenhultSchweden, SWEDEN
W: www.rapido.fr
T: +4636393700 | E kabe@kabe.se

How can I get caravan finance or a loan to buy a touring caravan or motorhome?

Many touring caravan & motorhome dealerships work with established finance companies like Black Horse. If you need finance check with the dealer to see what your options are. Generally caravan & motorhome finance is secured in a similar way to taking out finance on a new car: 

  • You put down an agreed deposit. 
  • Your finance company pays the balance. 
  • You pay off the loan in agreed monthly repayments (until the loan is repaid along with the interest applied). 

There are numerous leisure finance/loan calculators online that allow you to see what sort of finance you can raise and how much it will cost you over the repayment period. 

If you are not satisfied with an offer of finance you can explore taking a personal loan with your bank. Most banks & building societies can issue loans and it is often easier to secure a loan with your bank as you already have an ongoing relationship with them…

A new touring caravan is too expensive what are my options?

If a new touring caravan is out of your budget the second hand caravan market is a great to find a bargain. 

New caravans reduce in price or depreciate a lot in the first couple of years so buying a nearly new caravan can save you £1000s. Many dealers have a good selection of resale caravans and also provide the added security of a limited warranty on newer resale stock. 

The private caravan sales market is also great for bargains, local newspapers and regional news websites often have caravan free ad sections. A quick search online will also bring up various specialist private sale websites like Preloved or FridayAds & Caravansforsale.com 

eBay is also a good place to search for second hand touring caravans. eBay usually has 1000’s of private caravans for sale and if you find an auction sale with no reserve you could pick up a real bargain.

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Top 5 Caravan Security Products

The Best Devices To Protect Your Touring Caravan

Every year 100s of touring caravans are stolen from driveways or caravan storage facilities, touring caravans are attractive to thieves due to their high resale value. With this in mind it’s important to take some simple precautions to secure your caravan. It is advisable to use a number of caravan security devices to deter criminals, caravan security experts suggest at least two security measures or devices should be installed. Caravan security products can provide a visual deterrent, they also make it much harder for thieves to steal a caravan. Many caravan insurance providers will ask for one or more security devices to be fitted as a requirement of insurance cover.

Hitch Locks

Hitch locks are designed to cover the tow ball hitch at the front of your caravan or trailer, there are numerous designs of tow hitch so hitch lock manufacturers produce various designs to either cover the whole tow hitch or prevent access to the coupler. The best hitch locks are made of tough metal, designed to cover the whole hitch and coupler with a barrel lock rather than a padlock. Look for a hitch lock with the ‘Sold Secure’ mark, this provides an independently assessed quality guarantee. Hitch locks can be used when you caravan is stored and when you are on staying on your pitch.

Bulldog Hitchlocks

Bulldog hitch locks fit over the whole tow hitch and handle. They are easy to fit and protect your caravan or trailer whilst it is uncoupled from the tow vehicle. 

Bulldog hitch locks start from around £80  
Buying tip make sure you know the correct make of your hitch/coupler (e.g. ALKO, Bradley etc) as well as the model number, designs are very specific

Wheel Clamps

Caravan wheels clamps are also a good visual deterrent, the best wheel clamps are designed to cover the whole wheel and all wheel nuts.  Wheel clamps made of high quality steel are much harder for thieves to break or remove. Look for a wheel clamp with the ‘Sold Secure’ mark, this provides an independently assessed quality guarantee. Wheel clamps like hitch locks can be used when you caravan is stored and on-site when you are pitched up.

Bulldog Titan Wheel Clamps

Bulldog Titan wheel clamps are highly rated, made of tough steel and designed to fit over the whole wheel and all wheel nuts.

Titan wheel clamps start from around £160
Buying tip make sure you know the correct wheel and tyre size to get the correct clamp size for your wheel. 

Steady Locks

Caravan steady locks are relatively new to the market and are designed fit to the winder nuts that raise and lower a caravans steady/feet. Steady locks basically lock the winding mechanism so the steady/feet cannot be lifted. Whilst steady locks provide a visual deterrent they might not be recognised as a legitimate security device by some insurance providers, so make sure you check. 

Caravan Alarm Systems

Caravan alarm systems are often fitted as an optional extra in new caravans. A alarm can be a simple audible deterrent but many modern alarm systems provide both an audible alarm and also instant notification via a text message or automated call if a break-in or movement is detected. Make sure any alarm is securely fitted in a concealed location so it cannot be disabled or removed by thieves. 

Caravan Tracker Systems

Caravan tracker devices use modern satellite technology to monitor movement, a tracker could increase the chance of your caravan being located and returned if it is stolen. Like alarms trackers need to be professionally fitted in a concealed location to prevent removal or disabling by thieves. The best caravan GPS tracker systems provide 24 hour monitoring that can be set to trigger when your caravan is moved without prior notification by the owner.  

Quality GPS Caravan Trackers usually start around £200 (fitted) and will have a monthly or annual service/monitoring plan usually around £10 – £15 per month, until cancelled.
INeedATracker.com stock a Thatcham S7 rated GPS tracker at £229 plus monthly/annual or lifetime monitoring plans.

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Car Caravan & Trailer Breakdown Cover

Break down cover for tow vehicles, caravans & trailers

It’s not compulsory to have break down cover or roadside assistance for cars towing caravans or trailers, however it is a wise choice if you do a lot of travelling. Many car and vehicle roadside recovery and breakdown plans now include recovery of a towed caravan or trailer (if the vehicle is towing when it breaks down). This applies to various towed items including touring caravans, trailer tents, trailers & horse box trailers. 

Compare car, caravan & trailer breakdown cover

We have provided details of some the UK’s most popular breakdown and recovery providers that include recovery of a caravan or trailer. Annual roadside assistance and breakdown recovery starts from as little as £20 per year for cheap basic local recovery (to the nearest garage or repair centre). Most breakdown cover quotes allow you to get vehicle specific cover or cover for the driver or drivers (cover for the driver in any vehicle).

All the breakdown & roadside recovery services included in table below offer car breakdown cover with caravan or trailer recovery included as standard or with the option to add caravan or trailer recovery to the quote. We have highlighted cover where caravan breakdown recovery is included as a standard feature of cover.

Breakdown Cover with a towed caravan or trailer

Motoring Assistance UK Breakdown

Flexible policy, chose personal cover or vehicle cover, number of vehicles etc.
Saver Membership / Premium Membership / Premium Plus Membership

Single vehicle from £48 year with roadside assistance and national recovery / Or from £88 for personal cover (cover in any vehicle you are driving).

*Home cover available for a small additional fee.

Caravan Recovery Included
Caravan or trailer attached to tow vehicle
– Caravans & Trailers 7m max length / 2.44m max width

Cover My Breakdown

Vehicle Cover (any driver) / Driver Cover (personal cover in any vehicle up to 4 people) Local Recovery – vehicle £18.86 / driver £33.36 year National Cover – vehicle £19.79 / driver £35.95 year National & Home – vehicle £20.75 / driver £38.34 year European Cover – vehicle £55.78 / driver £41.36 year

*Home cover available for a small additional fee.

Caravan Recovery Included
Caravan or trailer attached to tow vehicle
– Caravans up to 7m in length 
– Trailers up to 3.05m in length

GEM Motoring Assist Breakdown

Recovery Reclaim – from £65.42 year Cover for individual driver / Or cover for the vehicle (any driver).
Recovery Extra – from £80.55 year Cover for individual driver / Or cover for the vehicle (any driver).

Caravan Recovery Included
Caravan or trailer attached to tow vehicle
– Caravans up to 7m in length  
– Trailers up to 3.05m in length
Discounts/Offers
12 months for the price of 10

Car, caravan & trailer roadside assistance & breakdown FAQs

NO – Car breakdown cover will often provide recovery of a towed touring caravan or trailer if it is connected to the tow vehicle that has broken down however caravan or trailer recovery is not always included as a standard feature. When it is not included as standard caravan or trailer recovery can usually be added as an optional extra. 

Typical breakdown assistance and recovery includes:

  • Roadside assistance: Covers call outs when you break down away from home.

  • Caravan/trailer recovery: Covers a towed caravan or trailer providing it was being towed at the time of breakdown. Caravan/trailer recovery will usually drop the caravan or trailer at repair garage with your tow vehicle. In some cases towing to an overnight location nearby if your tow vehicle cannot be fixed same day.

  • Onward travel cover: Covers temporary cost of a hire car, public transport or overnight accommodation so you can continue your journey where possible.

  • Home start: Covers breakdowns that happen at your home. 

Cheaper breakdown cover often only provides local recovery (recovery to the nearest garage or repair centre), each breakdown provider has different terms but usually up to 10 miles from where you broke down. National Recovery provides vehicle recovery to a chosen location, this could be back to your home or on to your final destination if you prefer.

It all depends on the level of cover, each policy is different. Check the full details or T&Cs of your cover, they should specify how many call outs you are allowed to make. Premium break down cover might allow for unlimited call outs, whereas cheaper basic policies might only allow one per month or fewer.

Usually yes, if you have break down cover with caravan/trailer recovery, your recovery service should arrange to take your caravan to the garage with your car. Some policies will allow for a caravan to be towed separately to the nearest campsite if your tow vehicle is unable to be fixed on the same day. This is a good option and allows you to overnight in your caravan while your vehicle is being fixed.

Most companies/ breakdown assistance cover providers offer specific ‘European’ cover, or the ability to add European breakdown cover as an optional extra. It can also be added at a later date, at extra cost, by calling your breakdown recovery provider to request it is added for one-off holidays or trips. 

Even if you think you have European cover it is always best to check with your service provider before you travel to confirm whether your cover will include recovery of your caravan or trailer while you are holidaying in Europe.