Campervan Alarm Systems

Worried about security on the road? These alarm systems mean you can travel confidently to remote areas, go for long hikes and spend hours on the beach without the stress that your home on the road will be compromised.

WiTi Anti-Theft Alarm

Features

Specifically designed for campervans.

Detects movement from outside the van by its sensitive gyroscope (a device used for measuring movement).

There’re two types of movement it detects, firstly acceleration as if someone has hitched up and is trying to move the van and secondly, sharp knocks or bumps as trying to hitch up or break into the van.

After 30 seconds of movement or forced entry the alarm of 105db will go off and will repeat until the movement stops.

The system also triggers your vehicle lights to flash and applies brakes for over 30 seconds to ensure your campervan does not move. This continues as long as movement is detected.

Entry through doors or windows will also set off alarm/security system.

The only anti-theft system that immobilises your campervan! Once parked, you can turn on the system by pressing the button on the key fob again. The brakes will only activate if the alarm is triggered and movement is detected.

Price

The WiTi Anti-Theft costs $499 (this includes WiTi Anti-Theft unit with two remote controls and horn).


Installation

The unit must be installed vertically and facing either the front or rear of the campervan.

WiTi uses gravity to initialise the Gyroscope and detects acceleration in the direction of travel.

It’s recommended the WiTi is installed onto an exterior body panel and towards the front of the campervan as it will make the system more sensitive.

You can screw the WiTi onto a panel through the mounting.

The horn must be installed at least 1 metre away from the WiTi unit and on a different surface to prevent interference (the horn is waterproof so can be installed externally).

To turn on the Anti-Theft, press the hold button on the remote control for one second, the front indicators will flash after and then double flash to indicate the system is armed.

For more details visit: https://www.witi.com.au/site_files/2120/upload_files/WiTiAntiTheftInstallationInstructions7Apr2019ver1.pdf?dl=1

Australian Security Systems

Features

Comes with a 12v cable so you don’t need to use your other power supply (although you can have this option if you like).

Uses the new Supports Smart Power Socket which remotely turns lights on and off, by sending the panel an SMS.

Has a new temperature reading and display on alarm panel LCD screen and a touch screen making it easy to use.

Easy to program with user manual. Technical support available 24/7.

SMS or calls you when has been violated (if you choose to use the additional SMS feature). The system can have up to 5 phone numbers and directly notify a contact or business.

Can arm or disarm from your phone by sending an SMS.

Internal siren in alarm panel (can be on or off as required).

Runs off AC power supply.

Uses high quality ABS fire-proof materials.

Price

The system costs $461.

It includes one 3G Alarm panel (with internal siren), one PIR sensor, one door/Window sensor, two remotes, one 12v DC car charger adapter, one 240v AC adapter and mounts for accessories.

Installation

All you have to do is plug the main alarm panel into a power point in your van.

You then program your sensors and accessories and personalise the alarm to suit your needs such as setting it up for monitoring.

Mount the system it somewhere in your camper and plug the external strobe siren into a power point.

Australian Security System also have free assistance seven days a week.

For more details visit: https://www.australiansecuritysystems.com.au

Nomads Caravan Alarm System

Features

Loud 100 decibel siren.

Arms only the door sensors at night (Stay Arm Feature).

Alarms can be texted straight to your phone. (Note: the SIM Card Monitoring Service is paid monthly under a subscription basis and can be cancelled at any time by logging into your account.

Is easily controlled from your phone (On/Off/Check Status).

Will notify your phone when it’s on low battery.

Price

Standard Caravan Alarm System is $380.

This includes campervan alarm system main panel, one door sensors, one motion sensors and two remote controls.

Installation

The alarm is very easy to set up and can be done in 5 mins by following the manual provided when you receive the alarm system.

It’s pre-programmed before it’s sent off so all you really have to do is set the app up on your phone (If you wish to use the SIM card monitoring service). The app is called Nomads Alarm which allows you to make the alarm sound on your phone when you get a text from your Nomad Alarm Systems.

24/7 contact support also available if you need any help along the way!

For more details visit: https://www.nomadalarms.com.au/caravan-alarm-system/

We hope you find this blog useful in your discovery in finding the perfect alarm system for your campervan!

NEW Volkswagen T6.1 Transporter coming in 2020!

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed the new T6.1 Transporter is coming to Australia in March-April 2020!  

Volkswagen has given the van a new look with a fresh grille, sportier bumper design, squarer headlights and a new side badge.  

We’re very excited to work with the new T6.1 as they have been highly rated and have lots of amazing new features. Keep reading to find out what these new features are! 

New Features 

Exterior  

The T6.1 is similar to the Multivan although has many improved features such as concealed rear side windows and reduced chrome trim for the grille and front bumper. 

Other improved features on the T6.1 include: H7 headlights, power-adjustable side mirrors with heating, central locking, Bluetooth connectivity, power windows, LED lighting and a 230V power outlet near the driver’s seat.  

 These new features will make travelling on the road easier and safer for you. 


Interior 

We asked our friend at VW for his thoughts and his summary of the obvious improvements and some are the standard driver assistance systems and the updated interior and dash (and better standard media units).  

 The dashboard has been upgraded with a modern design with new controls angled towards the driver. Further the touchscreen has be updated to the new German MIB3 infotainment system that comes with an integrated SIM card for connectivity.  

Volkswagen have changed the current van’s hydraulic power steering system for an electro-mechanical setup. This allows the car to have lane keep assist, steering assist, motoring of blind-spots, automated parking, traffic sign recognition, hill-start assist, post-collision braking and cross-wind assist.  

Cross-wind assist is a new component of the stability control system that help counter gusts of wind that may blow the van sideways a little. It detects the movement/force and makes small corrections using individual brakes to make sure the van keeps travelling straight. 

Another big interior feature is the new lockable storage space under the passenger side of the front bench seat. This will come in handy when travelling in busy places as it ensures personal belongings are kept safe. These compartments are 2450mm to 2800mm in length for short-wheelbase variants and 2900mm to 3300mm for long-wheelbase vans.   

 More information coming soon! 

Volkswagen Group Australia will announce pricing and specifications closer to the Transporter’s launch. We’re unsure if the new T6.1 van in Australian will be the Europe versions or not but we know they won’t be the electric vans. 

 We hope this overview is helpful and that you’re now as excited as we are to see this new T6.1 van hit Australia! 

 

 

 

‘Bowl’ recipes for cooking in your campervan! 

Being on the road we always find it a challenge to eat healthy so were super excited to discover ‘bowl’ recipes.  The beauty of a ‘bowl’ is minimal cooking/prep and the ability to throw in whatever you have in the cupboard or fridge.  Anything works!  Here are a few of our favourite but check out Natural Harry https://naturalharry.com.au/rainbow-whole-foods-nourish-bowl-recipe-video/?v=3a52f3c22ed6 or Jamie Oliver for more bowl recipes then you could ever get through! https://www.jamieoliver.com/galleries/delicious-and-healthy-one-bowl-recipes

 

Tangy Rainbow Bowl

Tangy Rainbow BowlServes: 2 people

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Tempeh:

  • 300g Tempeh, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Bowl:

  • ½ cup brown rice
  • 150g carrot or sweet potato, peeled and sliced
  • 100g broccoli florets
  • ½ large ripe avocado, mashed
  • ½ cup spinach
  • 1 tablespoon purple sauerkraut
  • 100g red capsicum, sliced
  • ½ large ripe avocado, mashed
  • Roasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds

Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons hulled tahini
  • 2 tablespoons purple sauerkraut
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ¼ cup water

Method:

  1. Add 1 cup of water and the rice to a small saucepan, bring to boil and cook until water is absorbed
  2. Steam veggies and blend sauce ingredients until smooth
  3. Cook the marinated tempeh in the oven for 10 minutes
  4. Walaa! Put together and serve

The perfect nutritious bowl for the road.  Check out this video with the details on how to make it: https://youtu.be/2T9D-7AmY_s

 

Healthy Green Bowl

 Healthy Green Bowl

 

Serves: 4 people

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 70 minutes

Bowl:

  • ½ a small head of broccoli
  • 1 handful of baby spinach
  • ½ a small bunch of fresh mint
  • 80 g couscous
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 handful of mixed seeds
  • 1 good pinch of ground cumin
  • olive oil
  • 50 g feta cheese

Method:

  1. Cut broccoli and cook in boiling water until bright green and soft
  2. Place broccoli on a chopping board with spinach and mint then add a pinch of salt and pepper. Next chop them up until fine
  3. Add the uncooked couscous on top of greens in a bowl and sit a lemon half in it
  4. Toast seeds and mix into bowl
  5. Add the juice from the remaining lemon half, a good amount of olive oil, the harissa, few mint leaves and feta and mix
  6. When ready to eat, take the lemon and seeds and pour in boiling water to just cover the couscous
  7. Cover bowl for 10 minutes till water is absorbed and the spinach is wilted. Add lemon juice, pour over the dressing and mix with a fork and sprinkle with seeds to finish it off!

 

There you have it, two easy and healthy bowls you can make on the road! Let us know how it goes!

 

CAMPERVANNING WITH A PRE-SCHOOLER

Another year of vanning with our little one and all of a sudden she’s now a little girl.  Although even more enjoyable we feel that she almost needs more entertaining and communication than the 2 year old toddler of last year!

Although many of the tips suggested in our ‘Toddler’ blog are still relevant this year, we’ve got a few new tips and tricks we now use to make our campervanning trips more bearable, more enjoyable and more magical for everyone.

When are on the road and moving around often we find sitting down and clearly explaining every morning the plans for the day really helps.  WHAT’S happening today.   WHY we are leaving, WHERE we are going, HOW GREAT it will be for THEM when we get there (playground visit/beach etc) and WHAT EXCITING ACTIVITIES AND YUMMY SNACKS they can have in the car trip while we drive there.  Lot’s to look forward to!

You’ve probably heard this one before (and it’s also great at home J) but all anybody really wants is to feel useful so giving your pre-schooler the same little tasks to ‘help’ setting up/packing up each day will ensure they are kept busy and don’t get bored.  For us this means drying the dishes (but not the glasses or knifes!), watching us fill up the water tank and saying when it’s full and helping prepare food for meals.

This one’s clearly just our personal opinion but especially in Europe, you often see little kids up later than I’d usually go to bed.  Great until they wake up at ‘normal time’ in the morning and are cranky and tired the whole next day. We try to keep the same routine as much as possible as close as possible to the same one we have at home.  This means the same time eating dinner, same before bed routine at the same time, same morning routine.

When travelling we try to integrate one activity into our day, every day, that our little one loves ie some beach time building a sandcastle or going for a swim, otherwise as per our toddler blog, we usually google ‘Playground’ on google maps and make a trip to the closest one even if it’s just for half an hour.

3.5 years of age and our tried and tested driving activities are as follows:

  • Sticker books.
  • Puzzles (the ones from Ravensburger that you can do the puzzle in the box lid are great for car trips!).
  • Crayola washable textas.
  • The free but invaluable Australian kids apps Kinderling or ABC radio (you’ll also need kids head phones, the JBL ones are great).

 

Some of our must have healthy snacks:

Vegetable juice.  Tinned tuna.  Tinned baked beans.  Tinned corn.  Cheese sticks.  Cucumber.  Tomatoes.  Peanut butter.  Wholegrain healthy crackers.  Avocado.

This last tip is contradictory to our campervanning values and campervan life in general BUUUUT….Bring as many of your little one’s favourite toys on the trip as you possibly can.  This goes against minimalism and packing light and everything we believe in but at the end of the day you want them to feel ‘at home’ in your home on the road and moving from place to place is disconcerting enough for them.  On our most recent 5 week trip we took 3 out of 4 favourite soft toys, with melancholy and sadness for ‘home’ rearing its head after about week 1 because she ‘missed the left behind toy’.  We ended up organising grandma to drive to our house, post the fluffy purple unicorn in the mail to the campground we thought we’d be at in about x weeks time.  Nuff said.  Lesson learnt.  Bring their favourite toys/dress ups/lego/clothes/dinosaurs/everything so they don’t have anything to ‘miss’ back home.  Oh and make sure YOU pack super light!

Campervan Suspension Options

Wanting suspension to help navigate those dirt roads?  Your options are as follows:

 

VW Factory Fitted Options:

1BJ Heavy duty suspension is a reinforced version of the standard springs and dampers for more robust usage (eg semi-regular travel on unsealed roads).  The additional cost for this suspension is $510 and your van will be raised by 20mm.

 

1BB Rough road suspension is an alternate set of springs and dampers (harder) for even more robust requirements (eg regular travel on unsealed roads).  The additional cost for this suspension is $910 and your van will be raised by 20mm.

 

Aftermarket off-road suspension:

This option, organised by Achtung Camper includes top quality front and rear Bilstein shocks and Kings springs.  The additional cost for this suspension is $270-0 and your van will be raised by 30-40mm.

 

Upgraded All-terrain tyres:

How about some off road tyres to match your new suspension?  For an additional charge of $400 we’ll upgrade your standard tyres to Continental Grabber AT3 All terrain.

VW T6 LWB Van Suspenstion

VW T6 LWB Van Suspension

Do I need that Battery Management System thing and what is it?

No. You don’t NEED it. But if you are planning on doing mainly free camping/national park camping without 240 volt power then this system gives you piece of mind as it tells you exactly how much power you have left in hours if you continue doing exactly what you are doing at that point in time.

So if you are running a fridge and have a laptop plugged in it might for example say 4 hours. But then you plug in your solar blanket and it recalculates to 8 hours. Then your laptop battery is full and you unplug the charger and the system recalculates to 12 hours.

There are also other more simple options such as volt readers that you can plug into a 12 volt outlet and will tell you how many volts are left in your leisure battery.

VENTILATION OPTIONS IN YOUR CAMPERVAN

So many options at different price points and for different travelling styles!  The good news is that all options except the pop top roof can be purchased and fitted after your campervan is complete so you can see how you go with one and then add if you feel you need more ventilation after a few trips.

 

Pop top roof

Being in your van with the pop top roof windows open is similar to laying in a tent.

BUT:

  • If there is no breeze/wind it won’t cool down much (same as if you were outside an it was hot and still!).
  • If you have someone sleeping in the roof bed this will cut out a substantial amount of ventilation as it is like having an extra ceiling above your head (when you are down below!).

 

Sliding windows

An option when ordering your new T6 is to have the 2 windows in the front of the back (campervan) area as sliding.  There is an additional cost per window and it is not possible to have the far rear passenger side window as sliding.  This is a great option when adding the security/flysreen covers which might not look the prettiest but mean you can leave your sliding windows open at night but not have to worry about mozzies or safety issues.

Additional cost per window for sliding window (as opposed to fixed): $410

Cost per security/flyscreen cover per window: $190

 

Flyscreen for sliding door

A great option if you want to be able to leave your sliding door open but are worried about mozzies.

BUT:

  • If you are alone at night you might feel unsafe having the sliding door wide open with just a mesh zip up screen between you and the outside world!

Cost: $370

 

Back tailgate flysreen and tailgate latch

Similar to the flyscreen for the sliding door this allows you to have your tailgate open, letting a breeze through (if there is any!).  You can add a ‘tailgate lock’ which means the tailgate is ‘locked’ into place and unable to be accessed or opened by strangers but still leaving a fairly large gap for ventilation.

BUT:

  • If you are using the tailgate lock the gap for ventilation is not super wide but is still better than nothing!

Cost: $285

Rear tailgate latch $49

 

240 volt fan

This smallish fan runs off 12 volt power and doesn’t such much power at that, being a good choice.

BUT:

It’s a bit pricey for such a small fan!

It doesn’t look that pretty when fitted in the van.

Cost: $300

Achtung Campervan Vanning Adventurers – Part 1 Sue Hedley

In May 2016 my life changed forever. I found a beautiful campervan for sale at the right price from Achtung Camper. In the last 3 years I have travelled about 50,000 kms and had a ball. My favourite campsites are at outback stations and of course our amazing beaches.
I love Australia, I love living here and exploring this beautiful and diverse country.
Last year was my biggest trip starting at the Murray with many stops along the way ending in WA at Katherine, and then making my way back home to Point Lonsdale.

New experiences

I had my first ever helicopter ride which was over the Bungle Bungles. Such an amazing experience and I absolutely loved seeing everything from a bird’s eye view.
I have stayed in so many very different places but one of my favourites was Red Bluff Wilderness camp. The drive there was so bumpy I knocked off my water tank valve so had to trade tomatoes for drinking water.
At Port Neill I got a flat tyre… I tried to pump it up with my 12 volt pump but it blew the pump. Just my luck I thought.
My scariest experience? Ggetting chased by a croc at Timber Creek. I highly recommend setting up away from the river and away from the crocs!

Highlights

One of my favourite things was seeing the cliffs at the Southern Ocean. They were mind blowing!
I also went snorkelling at Coral Bay, it was beautiful, I highly recommend doing this if you are ever out this way. The water was so clear and there were so many amazing fish and coral to see.

Overall

I’ve met so many friendly people, I’ve faced mechanical issues, my dog got sick, I got sick, but these were things that also happen when you stay home!   I’ve enjoyed every minute of the long, long drives and have only just started exploring this amazing country.

 

Coffee Drinker? We’ve got the perfect product for you!

It can be hard travelling without your daily coffee or two but not to worry as we’ve found the perfect alternative for you – A Wacaco Portable Espresso Machine.

A Wacaco Nanopresso is a highly functional machine and is ideal for camping as it’s very small and easy to use. There are two models: one that uses ground beans and one that uses capsules.

All you need is ground beans, hot water and the Wacaco Nanopresso machine – it’s that easy!  This portable Wacaco doesn’t require electricity as it’s push powered by hand making it easy to control and use anywhere whether you’re at the beach or in the bush.

It also weighs only 336 grams so can be carried in your bag or taken on hikes for the real coffee addict.

We recommend trying this fantastic product on your next road trip to make your early mornings that little bit more enjoyable.

Why is our water tank gauge so awesome?

We are super excited about this product – the Voltronic Water Guage has a 3 colour display and is so accurate that LED lighting on the display gets slightly dimmer as water is used to show in detail and real time as the capacity diminishes.

But why is it so much better than other water gauges? It utilises one whole electrode that goes the entire length from the top to the bottom of the water tank so is able to tell you exactly how much water you have left.

Traditional water gauges used in campervans and caravans utilise an arm the length of the water tank that is fitted with 5 electrodes along the arm, meaning it is only able to tell you a vague estimate to the quarter as to how much water is remaining in the tank.

For more information on this product check out the website here:
https://www.votronic.de/index.php/en/products/level-measuring/tank-displays