How To: Fold the OLPRO Utility / Toilet / Shower Tent
We know that folding a utility pop up tent is not always the easiest thing to do, therefore we have put together this video and blog post to help you along the way.
Here's Gareth to explain things:
"OK so to fold the OLPRO pop up utility tent up, all you have to do is fold it in half length ways (from the base to the roof), and it's one trick and one trick only from here, you're not twisting it or anything like that, you're just trying to get the bottom part to the middle (over and under, like a wave). To make it easier, it's quite good to twist your right hand (on the right hand side of the tent) so it makes a U shape horizontally with your chest, as at this point the tent will start to twist itself. So as the base goes over and under, it will start to make one loop, two loops, three loops and then you're done."
We also have an unnarrated video below so you can see this in action.
We hope this helps you on your adventures!
How to: Pick The Perfect Awning
When you're looking to buy a new awning, there are a few things you should think about first.
How To: Maintain Your Campervan
As we approach the colder Autumn and Winter months, we've compiled a short list of easy steps to ensure your campervan and motorhome stays in tiptop shape, at a time when you might not be using it quite as much.
If you’re going to park the campervan up for a while, it's best to do a drain-down on your water. You can either do this manually or use the automatic drain-down feature your campervan conversion may have, on the main fresh water and boiler system that activates at a preset temperature.
Start by opening all your water taps. Switch off your water pump. Open the valve on your waste water tank and drain the tank down. Similarly, drain any remaining water out of your fresh water tank.
If there are any other systems on the vehicle that hold fresh water, then these should be drained down, too.
Clean your Campervan
Before you leave your campervan parked up, take the time to give it a thorough clean inside and make sure that all kitchen surfaces, including the fridge, are washed down with a mild bleach-based product.
Mould can form on the moisture of any drink or food residue, so it’s best to get everything spotless. The same goes for the bathroom, of course.
Keep batteries on charge
Batteries have a natural drain and, if left connected to modern campervans, they will only provide energy for a few weeks at best.
Either keep your campervan plugged into the mains hook-up or you can remove the batteries entirely and hook them up to a smart charger.
If you have no access to mains charging and the vehicle is outside, then it’s a good idea to add a solar panel. These don’t have to be permanently fitted and you can buy free-standing units, complete with a regulator, that can be simply bulldog-clipped onto battery terminals.
Covers and dehumidifiers
Many motorhome storage facilities are not covered and it can be helpful to use a cover to protect the bodywork and tyres from UV degradation, bird mess and general grime. Check out our covers here.
If your campervan is stored outside, it might be worth using a dehumidifier. These free-standing units work by removing the moisture from the air inside the campervan. They can be left running for long periods of time, but you do need to make sure that you empty their on-board water tanks.
If your campervan is not parked on level ground, park it so that no water can stand on any parts of the roof (use levelling blocks if you need to).
Fill the fuel tank
Diesel and petrol degrades with time and diesel, in particular, absorbs water over time. This water comes from condensation in the air and, while it won’t cause corrosion in the tank or the fuel lines (which are plastic), it can cause bacteria and algae to grow in the tank. The best way to reduce the diesel’s exposure to air is to have a full tank of fuel.
Fuel is generally fine if left for a few months but, if you’re planning to leave a campervan parked up for six months or longer, then add a stabiliser to the fuel. Various brands are available and they’re designed to reduce the growth of bacteria and prevent sludge forming.
Go through your checklist
It is also worth writing a note on the dashboard to remind you to reset your tyre pressures, reconnect any battery isolators and unplug external chargers, solar panels and dehumidifiers before driving off.
If you’ve removed cushions, bedding or removable water tanks, it’s also worth noting this down. Some people keep a complete touring checklist, and there are all kinds of useful apps available, too.
Geocaching: Our Tips For Your Adventure
In case you haven't heard of it before, geocaching is a craze that was first founded by Matt Stum in May 2000. Since then it has increasingly gained in popularity worldwide.
So, what is Geocaching? In a nutshell, it is a more sophisticated version of treasure hunting tailored for today’s technology savvy world. It is a virtual community of treasure hunters that share particular details of caches (the treasure) on various websites across the world. All a geocacher needs to do is choose a cache, navigate there, find it and then log it.
Caches come in all shapes and sizes, however, the most common is in the form of a small plastic box.
You can also get them in varying levels of difficulty, they span right from just a simple find on the GPS system, through to a multi-cache where you get a series of clues leading to the final destination, and then finally all the way to puzzle caches, where you will need to solve a puzzle to find out the coordinates.
You can search online to reveal all different kinds of geocaching websites, including regional, national and international kinds. The one that the professionals recommend is GeoCaching.com as it is the most comprehensive. All you have to do to be a part is sign up, log on and enter a place name or postcode to start a search.
Geocaching is a brilliant way of falling in love with the countryside you know so well again. It encourages you to look strongly into the wildlife, and has the added bonus of being relatively cheap, with no outlay if you use your smartphone.
This appeals to all ages, and is perfect for children as it will teach them about navigation and maps as well as getting them into the great outdoors.
You can easily combine geocaching with camping, as a fun dimension for a typically daytime activity. Why not take our Stamford 20L backpack with some snacks in, and our kids Dinosaur Wellingtons, for an authentic geocaching experience?
Here is a quick guide to getting started with geocaching:
Log on to a geocaching website and either download a geocache to your GPS or write down the co-ordinates and clues
Set up your GPS and off you go
Find the location and use the clues to find the exact spot where the geocache is hidden
Open the geocache and see what is inside. Fill in the logbook if there is one
Put it back exactly where you find it, but do not let anyone who is not with you see what you are doing
Log the details of your find online when you get home if you want to, and then do it all again!
Some Geocaching rules:
If you take a ‘treasure’, replace it with something of equal value
Always put the cache back exactly where you found it
Report a missing or damaged cache as soon as you can
Do not spoil the cache for others, and do not give away too many clues to other geocachers to ruin the hunt
Always observe the countryside code and respect your surroundings, and do not cause any damage or alarm the general public.
And finally, some top tips:
Have a practice run close to home so you can get a feel for it somewhere you know well
Carry a pen to sign the log book – some caches are not big enough to store one, or they may not work
Do not forget to log your find (or not) online when you get back
If you are struggling to find a cache (even with the clues), step back and try to look at the area objectively. Where are good places to hide a cache? Where would you hide it?
Make a day of it- take a picnic! We have a huge range of picnic attire including a range made out of rice husk!