Hot water, what a luxury…do you need this in your campervan? Absolutely not!
Why would you want it?
- Because if you have to wash dishes in your van it’s much easier to do with hot water.
- Because if you want to shower comfortably in your van and not just when the weather’s hot outside, you’d want a hot shower!
How does it work and how much power does it use?
- The hot water boiler holds 6 litres of water at 90 degrees.
- We had 3 hot showers, one after the other, no problem. This took 10% of the water tank’s water supply (when full). It then took 40 minutes for the water to re-heat and this used 7% of the leisure battery (as it automatically re-fills and re-heats as it empties).
- When washing and rinsing dinner dishes for 3 people we used 15% of the water tank’s capacity when full) and this used 10% of the leisure battery. (Also note I love rinsing dishes BEFORE AND AFTER washing them, not the best habit for camping but old habits die hard).
- When refilling your van completely with cold water and wanting to heat the water from scratch it takes about 22 minutes when plugged into 240 volt power, or about 2 hours if it’s heats from your leisure battery. The water stays hot in the tank for at least a day so the best thing to do is heat it up while driving then leave it on.
How much does it cost?
If you are only planning on staying in Caravan Parks then you definitely do not need this as you would use the park’s facilities to shower and wash your dishes.
There are a number of factors that come into play when deciding which size VW Transporter to purchase for your campervan conversion:
- Price: The SWB vans are about $2000 cheaper than the LWB.
- Internal space: 30cm does not seem like a lot, and it isn’t. However in such a small space it does feel like you are in a larger area with this extra 30cm, PLUS you get an additional 30cm wide storage area.
- Your driving ability: Do you live in the inner city and use your campervan as your everyday vehicle? Think twice about a LWB. Yes it’s only 30cm but this small amount of space makes a world of difference when parallel parking on busy city streets or squeezing into the last spot available at the supermarket carpark.
We’d suggest – take a test drive at your local VW dealer of both the SWB and LWB and do some parallel parking of your own to see if you are comfortable in the larger van.
One last thought – having travelled in both many times, we do love the larger feel of a LWB, especially if you are travelling for extended periods of time in colder weather (and spending longer periods of time ‘living’ inside your campervan. HOWEVER, you will not miss the additional 30cm if you get a SWB.
Get your brand new VW T6 campervan now at Achtung Camper. This van has all the features you need – full cabinetry for ample storage, pop top roof, cooking facilities and rock and roll bed and an ultra modern but still retro colour scheme.
A question we get asked very often about campervan pop top roofs: why do you use the ‘European style’ pop top roof and what are the advantages of this type of roof compared to the vertical lifter style roof which is still commonly used in Australia.
There are two main reasons why we believe the European style roof is a much superior product:
- It is not ‘spring loaded’ (like the vertical lifter), but fitted with gas struts. This means we can tailor the difficulty of pulling down and up the roof to each client’s strength by letting in or out some gas to adjust the pressure.
- The gas struts do not make a sound when you are driving, as opposed to the springs on a vertical lifter which clang while driving.
Need more proof? Look around…the leaders in Campervan manufacturing and the big campervan markets are in the United Kingdom and Europe. They stopped using the vertical lifters 20 years ago. Volkswagen and Mercedes also have their own brand of campervan (not yet availbale in Australia but possibly soon!), the ‘California’ and ‘Marco Polo’ respectively, both also use the European style pop top roofs, and are at the forefront of auto innovation.
Getting a new VW T6 and don’t know what all the jargon is about? Hopefully we can help!
Background: the 2.0Litre turbo-diesel engine is available in two ‘output level’s’ (VW calls them ‘output levels’ but from what I can ascertain this relates to the amount of power in the engine).
The TDI340, 103kw, 340Nm
Average fuel consumption from 7.2L/100km.
The Bi-turbo TDI400, 132kw, 400Nm.
Average fuel consumption from 7.6L/100km.
Basically, the TDI400 has an extra turbo giving it more power, which means it also uses a TINY bit more diesel.
Which do you need for your campervan? Either! The TDI340 is perfectly fine. “You would get the TDI400 if you want some extra “oomph””. (straight from the mouth of our VW contact!)
Looking for a campervan for sale in Adelaide? We don’t currently know of any companies that have campervans for sale in Adelaide so if you don’t plan on travelling out of the state your best bet is to visit caravancampingsales.com.au and browse through any local options for new or used campervans for sale. Although it’s ok to purchase from a private seller, it is always safer to purchase from a dealership if you can.
If you are up for the trip, Achtung Camper is a short flight away (Adelaide to Avalon airport) and only a 20 minute drive from Avalon airport (we would organise airport pickup/drop off).
If you do not want to make the trip down its easy to have your van sent on a truck or to have a driver pick it up. The cost is about $700.
We have many clients from Adelaide and ordering is done easily over email and the phone as we are able to post out any samples of material colours you are thinking about in the mail so you can see them in the flesh before deciding on your campervan colour scheme.
We also have many Achtung Campers driving around Adelaide and will try to organise for you to catch up with one of our happy customers to see a van in the flesh and hear about the experience first hand.
To view Achtung Camper’s campervans for sale visit http://achtungcamper.com.au/for-sale/
You’ve got your campervan but now you need the accessories! Where to start?
We’ve put together a list of the best value shops and websites to check out before you start your journey.
This is a UK based VW campervan accessory online shop that has EVERYTHING you need and more. Now with an Australian online shop based in Sydney, they have van hardware to electrical items to the kitchen sink. Literally.
Yes that’s right, Ikea. They have great storage solutions for small spaces plus amazingly cheap bathroom and kitchen accessories, in plastic and other travel safe materials. We’ve picked up amazingly compact clothes racks, magnetic spice rack containers and tiny portable LED alarm clock/temperature gauges just to name a few.
BCF, Rays Outdoors and Aussie Disposals
Although Aussies seem to win on price, they just don’t have the range that you’ll find in the other two stores.
BCF is handy when looking for outdoor shelters/tent style marquees to attach to either the side or back of your van.
Rays has a great selection of camping chairs, kitchen necessities and lighting options.
If you pass a Jaycar pop in and check out their range of camping accessories, most being electric. They have some great lighting options and power solutions and can usually help you with any advice you’ll need on getting the right product for you.