Packing the right accessories can make a huge difference when you’re away on tour, improving your experience and comfort. So how do you actually separate the best motorhome accessory from the optional extras?
The Practical Motorhome Awards 2023 are on hand to reveal the best motorhome accessories on the market, to make the 2023 touring season your best to date! Our judging panel have used our decades of combined industry experience to pick out the products that we think will truly enhance your trips.
If you’re after more ideas for what to take on tour, be sure to take a look at our best camping chair guide too, where we share our top picks on the market.
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The best motorhome accessory is:
All The Aires guides
Our winner of the best motorhome accessory category this year is something that we’re certain will enhance the touring experience of anyone who loves to take their ‘van abroad.
We always like to carry a copy of the All the Aires France guides when we cross the Channel, and the latest, fourth editions are more comprehensive than ever.
Between them, the two volumes list thousands of aires to stay at across the country, with photos, directions, facility information, local amenities, GPS coordinates and much more, helping you find the perfect stopover wherever you’re travelling. They’re handily listed by region, and a fold-out map is also included.
You have the option of buying both individually for £20 each, but you’ll save money by buying both of them together, for £29.99.
You can also buy a copy that covers Spain and Portugal, with an updated sixth edition providing plenty of information for tours of the two countries.
Available from: Vicarious Media
Also on the shortlist for the best motorhome accessory are:
Omnia Stovetop Oven
With some motorhomes only having small ovens – or in the case of some ‘vans, no oven at all – a product that will allow you to rustle up an on-tour feast will come into its own. Enter the Omnia Stovetop Oven.
As the name implies, this portable product sits on the stove (or another heat source, although it doesn’t work on an induction hob) and allows you to rustle up plenty of on tour feasts.
Easy to use – there’s no installation required – it’s a hassle-free way of being able to cook. You can also buy a range of accompanying accessories, including silicon moulds and muffin rings.
Campingaz 360 Grill
This Campingaz 360 Grill offers you a great way of having a barbecue on tour.
The compact gas-powered grill is placed on an outside table and then lets everyone who is seated enjoy an al fresco feast.
The 360 ring burner will give you even heat diffusion across the whole cooking area. It comes with a ribbed grill and flat-plate surfaces that provide varied cooking – you even get the option of pan support. An easy-to-clean grill is the perfect finishing touch; post tour, you can pop it in the dishwasher. You even get the option to pick the colour that suits your interior scheme the best, with Copper, Iron Grey and Anthracite all available options.
Aerative heated hanger
Getting caught in an unexpected shower is always a risk when you’re on tour, and returning to your motorhome with damp clothes that need drying is never a cheery prospect.
That’s where this useful motorhome accessory comes in. It’s essentially a portable heated clothes hanger, which you can hang your wet jacket on to get it dried. Plug it into a mains socket (it has a power rating of 230W) and then let the hanger work its magic. It pumps heated air out of numerous ducts, allowing your clothing to dry quicker.
We like that you can also use it on your shoes too; the handy product comes with integrated UV sterilisation technology, which claims to be able to protect against bacteria.
Yet there’s more – it even has a useful timer which you can set to turn off, even when you’re not around.
Price: £69 at www.aerative.com
Transcool Air Cooling Unit
Make sure any summer adventures on the road stay at a pleasant temperature with this useful product. Compact in size and only taking up 1.5kg of your payload, this portable motorhome accessory is ideal for beating the heat.
For added ease, it’s 12v/24v or mains power operated, and has four adjustable air vents so you can get the temperature you want in your motorhome. To operate, just fill it with 1.8 litres of tap water and sit back to enjoy the cool air. Its three metre power lead is also incredibly handy, allowing you to move it around to find the optimum position.
Price: £340 at iiequii
Dometic CFX3 35
This 24V portable refrigerator and freezer is ideal for keeping products cool. Providing 32 litres of storage, it will let you continue to enjoy cold drinks and fresh produce when you’re on tour.
What we love about this product is that it lets you take more of your favourite items with you, helping to create that home from home experience that can make all the difference when you’re tour.
For added ease, you can even control it via the CVX3 App, and it’s also AC or DC power compatible. The only thing to be watchful of with this is the weight; it comes in at nearly 17kg, so you’ll have to make sure you have the necessary payload to take it with you.
Quest Rocket 1-litre kettle
While many camping or travel kettles provide functionality over style, it’s certainly not the case with this stylish Quest model. In fact, we think it offers enough appeal that it wouldn’t look out of place in a household kitchen. It’s easy to store, thanks to its compact size, while it also has a low wattage of only 1000W.
Allowing a couple of drinks to be made at a time, the motorhome accessory also comes with boil-dry protection, as well as a water-level indicator. It’s even cordless, allowing you to leave it safely in place while filling it up at a tap.
Made from stainless steel, we also think it should prove hardwearing and last you for years of touring. Take a look at our best motorhome kettle guide for more ideas.
Price: around £33.95
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