Campervan Accessories for Beginners  

Campervan Accessories for Beginners  

The staycation vibes are well and truly in the air and motorhome holidays are very much on the agenda. With the right camping equipment, you can save money, enhance your pitch and improve your experience. To help get your camper kitted with the right gear, we’ve highlighted some of the top campervan accessories for beginners. Bike racks, awnings, solar panels, thermal mats… Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Top Campervan Accessories For Beginners

1) Drive away awnings

Drive away awning
Drive away awning's offer one of the most cost-effective ways to extend your campervan or motorhome space. Enjoy additional space for sleeping, storage and shelter on your holiday. Plus, there’s no need to pack and unpack, simply mark your pitch with your tent and detach the tent any time you want to nip away.

Top Picks

Vango Hexaway

New in 2020, the Hexaway has proved to be one of our most popular drive away awning options this year. Based on our experience, and our customer reviews, this maximises perfectly on space & storage. The inflatable AirBeam technology means you can pitch this awning in a matter of minutes, so you’ve got more time to enjoy your holiday.
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Reimo Tour Easy or Tour Compact for Mini Campers

A cheaper alternative to the Vango range means you don’t have to break the bank to get this sorted. The affordable poled drive away awning from Reimo, delivers room for 2 additional inner bedrooms and ample space to really add to your pitch.
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Helpful Reading

Awning buying guide – Read this guide for a breakdown of the entire awning category covering wind out awnings, drive away awnings, tailgate tents and sun canopies.

Vango Drive Away Awning Guide- Vango enjoy an expansive range of awnings and we try to outline the pros and cons of each one.

2) Wind out awnings

Wind out awning
The wind-out awning is a permanent fixture on your camper that you can wind out as and when you need it. After installation, it is one of the easiest awnings to use as there is no pitching and building time. Thule & Fiamma awnings lead the market in this category offering a great way to add space and shelter to your campervan or motorhome.

The Fiamma F45s

A versatile awning for campervans and motorhome, it has been around long enough that is well known and arguably one of the favourites in the market. This will fit a VW with a multivan Gutter van rail or adapter kits are also available to fit this to a range of campers.
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Thule 6200/6300 awning

A universal roof awning in a contemporary design that is perfect for panel van conversions and motorhomes. The Thule brand is a mark of approval that means products are tested, and comes with a range of usability features.
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Reimo Palm Beach Sun Canopy

An elegant design and easy access to your campervan with the benefits of a shaded enclosure perfect for a dining table or outdoor seated area with extra privacy. Add side walls and connect this to a multirail or c channel rail. Perfect for a T4, T5 or T6 VW campervan
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Helpful reading

Awning Buying Guide- As per "helpful reading" section in drive away awnings.

3) Thermal Mats

Thermal Screens

Thermal screens allow you to control light and temperature more precisely. Put simply, these act both as blinds and extra insulation for your camper. Whether you don’t want the camper to over heat in the sun while you’re away or to keep the heat in during winter, these screens one of our must have accessories for any road trip.

Internal Thermal Screens

Internal silver thermal screens attach to the inside of your windows to keep your van warm and reduce the build up on condensation. Use them all year round for extra privacy or team up with external screens in winter for maximum warmth!
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External Blinds

External Thermal Screens keep your campervan or motorhome interior cool by stopping the sun from heating the windscreen. Perfect for hot summer days, external thermal screens are quick and easy to use. Simply attach the screens over the doors of your campervan and motorhome.
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4) Solar Panel (Wild Camping top Pick)

Solar panels are a low maintenance way to power your campervan and save money. Harnessing the sun's power means you’ll reduce the expensive electricity bills. Plus, you’ll have no trouble going off trek and still powering up with your trusty eco-friendly panel.

Rooftop Campervan Solar Panel

Available in a range of sizes, the rooftop panel will help power your camper. Giving you the ability to get further off the beaten track or just the chance to save a bit on electric.
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A reliable and robust Solar Hub to provide illumination and power where no grid power exists. Ideal for charging your phone or Ipad & lighting your pitch.
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Helpful Reading

Motorhome Solar Panel Guide- Read our motorhome solar panel guide for all you need to know about our solar panel range. We explore our products, advantages and installation needs to help you choose the right product for you!

5) Bike Rack

bike racks

Rear mounted bike rack carriers are among the handiest options for bringing your bike on your holiday with you. That's because they offer an easy to store, simple and cost-effective way to bring your bikes on the road. Alternative options include roof racks or trailers, which can be a more costly and a less practical solution.

Fiamma Bike Racks

Fiamma are known for their elegant designs built from over 60 years’ experience in the industry. For that reason, they have been able to add their own innovative ideas for ease of use and style.
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Thule Bike Racks

Thule lead the way on new and innovative motorhome accessory designs. Since taking over the Omnistor brand, they are no strangers to the motorhome bike rack market. Thule rigorously test their range of products in their own testing centre.
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Helpful Reading

Campervan and Motorhome Bike Rack Guide- The bike rack of choice depends largely on what vehicle model you drive. Read our bike rack guide for a more in depth look at what suits or view the range online.

6) Tailgate tent

Thermal Mats

A tailgate tent or awning is a tent like structure that will attach or pull over the tailgate of your vehicle. It is designed to extend the space to your camper and can be used for Privacy Room/Shower, Storage space, Tailgate Awning & Sun Canopy, Dressing Room and Pet Sleeping Area.


One of our most popular models. It is designed to fit a VW T4/T5/T6 and offers weather protection with no frame. So, there's little hassle or packing space required.
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The Update is designed to fit a Mercedes Vito V-Class, Year 2015+ and offers full weather protection.It easily fits over the tailgate and there is room for a camp bed, bike, storage/living area or simply just to get more fresh air in the vehicle.
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Trapez for mini campers

One of our most popluar options for mini campers this will suit:
  • Renault Kangoo (Type W) Model 2008+
  • Mercedes Citan Model 10/2012+
  • Citroen Berlingo II (B9 Type)
  • Peugeot Partner Tepee Model 5/2008+
  • Fiat Doblo II (263 Type) Model 2010+
  • Vauxhall Comb D Model 10/2011+

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Helpful Reading

Read our tailgate tent buying guide as we delve into different models, features & more importantly what is the best fit for your camper.