Campervans for sale in Tasmania

Looking for a campervan for sale in Tasmania? We don’t currently know of any companies that have campervans for sale in Tasmania 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 (Hobart to Avalon airport) and only a 20 minute drive from Avalon airport (we would organise airport pickup/drop off).

We have many clients from Tasmania 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 Tasmania 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/

HELP! I’VE GOT A MASSIVE RED WINE STAIN ON MY ROCK AND ROLL BED

Relax. It’s going to be ok. Sit down and have a glass of wine. RELAX!

There’s only one thing you have to do: Head to the closest Bunnings or Officeworks and buy a spray bottle of De-solv-it. It’s a clear plastic bottle with a blue navy and a picture of an orange on it.

Next, either spray a cloth and then blot/rub stain until it has disappeared OR (not recommended on the De-solv-it bottle instructions but often works for us) spray directly onto the upholstery itself and blot/rub with a wet cloth until it has disappeared.

For more information on removing stains from upholstery using this product visit:

http://www.de-solv-it.com/orange-solvent-removes-blood-stain-from-upholstery/

De-Solv-It spray

CAMPERVAN SOLAR – WHEN DO YOU NEED IT AND HOW DO YOU USE IT?

ALL ABOUT SOLAR

Firstly, if you are only planning on camping in caravan parks and paying for a powered site you will not need solar power for your trip.  (if you have access to 240 volt to plug into you do not need solar power). 

If you love National Park and free camping (like us) you can stand with your van parked for between 1 and 3 days without using solar power or starting your van (and with no access to 240 volt power).  The factors that will decide how long you can stand are as follows: 

  • The outside temperature: the hotter it is, the harder the fridge has to work and the shorter the time frame you will be able to run your fridge and lights without a connection to power or solar. 
  • How full your fridge is, how it is stacked and how often you open it: if your fridge is full it will stay cooler longer. 
  • How often you charge your appliances ie laptop and phone: charging these items sucks a lot of juice and will quickly run down your leisure battery. 

When using solar it must obviously be placed in the sun.  How quickly it will recharge your leisure battery will depend on the weather (how sunny it is) and how flat your battery is.  If you wake up in the morning and your leisure battery is completely flat we’d recommend idling your van for 20-30 minutes to get the battery up to a good charge.  You can then plug in your solar and let it do the rest. 

I think I need solar, which one should I get?  

The 180 watt slimline solar panel fitted permanently to the pop top roof is super handy as it will recharge your battery while you are parked in the sun or going on short trips to explore an area (lots of driving and parking in different spots).  To give you an idea of the charging time using this solar; it charges the leisure battery about 10% in 1.5 hours on a cloudy day. 

BUT… 

  • If you are a surfer and will be carrying your boards on roof racks this will mean your solar will be covered.  You can always take the boards down and put them somewhere else (ie underneath the van).  
  • If you want to park in the shade and keep the van cool the solar on the roof won’t work. 

The 150 watt solar blanket is great as it is portable so you can always place it in the sun if you want to park in the shade and keep your van cool.   

BUT 

  • You have to get it out, lay it out and plug it in (not a lot of time but still another job to do as opposed to doing nothing if the solar is on the roof). 
  • You might be worried about someone stealing it (although we’ve never heard of this happening). 
  • You have to make sure you move it often as the sun changes so that it stays in sunlight.   

Do I need that Battery Management System thing? 

Your van comes as standard with a Bluetooth battery monitor which connects to a smartphone and will tell you your battery/charge history and the amount of power left in your battery (in % and volts but not measured in time). This is handy.   

What about the other battery management product you sell? 

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.   

For more information on the leisure battery and 240 volt in your van see the following blog: 

http://achtungcamper.com.au/blog/leisure-battery-campervan-electrics/ 

WHAT FOOD DO WE PACK FOR A CAMPING TRIP?

 

People are often asking, what do WE pack when we go on a campervanning trip? We’ve done it so many times that the food we take camping is pretty much always the same, and allows for easy (and healthy!) meals without having to visit a supermarket for at least 4 days after leaving home. It’s also easy to add fresh meat or seafood to any of these meals if you do happen to stop at some shops on the way (although the meals below are just as yummy as they are).

Dinner Menu:

  • Pasta with tomatoes sauce, garlic, onion and olives + any vegies you have on hand (if any).
  • Pasta with pesto and sun dried tomatoes + any vegies you have on hand (if any).
  • Rice, curry sauce with chickpeas, onion, saltanas + any vegies you have on hand (if any).

HEALTHY-ISH NACHOS (Yes I can justify eating these for dinner with a few beers!)

camping food

Tin of black beans

Tin of refried beans

Corn Chips

Grated cheese

Jar of salsa

Avocado

We’d also set off with the freezer full of proteins of your choice ie diced chicken, prawns, sausages.

BREAKFAST THINGS

Cereal

Milk

Jam

Bread

Coffee

Fresh eggs

Tea

Cocoa

LUNCH THINGS

Boiled eggs

Block of cheese

Tins of tuna

A few tomatoes

Carrotts

Peanut butter

Tins of baked beans

DINNER THINGS

Packets of pasta

Quinoa or rice

Tins of crushed tomatoes

Coconut milk

A few onions

Garlic

Tin of chick peas

Jar of sun dried tomatoes

Jar of pesto

Small jars of olives

Vegies that last a while in the fridge in/out of the fridge such as zucchini, sweet potatoe, capsicum.

SNACK/OTHER THINGS

Salt and pepper

Curry powder

Mayonaise

Mustard

Olive oil

A packet of sultanas

Nuts

Parmesan Cheese

Packet of marshmallows

Chocolate/biscuits/chips!

Beer and Wine

Comment below with any other items of food to take camping that should be on this list or any good camping recipes!

For more camping related blogs visit http://achtungcamper.com.au/blog/

 

CAMPERVANS FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE

Looking for a campervan for sale in Melbourne? We don’t currently know of any companies that have campervans for sale in Melbourne so if you are not up for a campervan conversion 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 only a short drive away in Geelong, or a 1 hour train trip from Southern Cross Station (and situated 80 meters from the Geelong Train Station).

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.

To view Achtung Camper’s campervans for sale visit http://achtungcamper.com.au/for-sale/

 

 

HELP I want to go camping over a long weekend or school holiday period

Not to worry, there are still PLENTY of amazing spots you can park your campervan and camp during a long weekend, but you’ll have to think more free camping than paid Caravan Parks and be OK with camping without facilities other than what you BYO.

Here are some ideas on how to find a good camping spot at the last minute or during busy holiday times:

Download the Wiki camps app (it’s worth 10 times what you will pay for it).

If you have Facebook join up to our group ‘The Best Free Camping Spots in Victoria’. You can ask questions, share spots or just get some good ideas from others.

Check out the website www.home-camp.com which which is an airbnb style website but for campers.

A good option is always a beach/coast/riverside carpark or clearing (which may also be near public toilets/shower/picnic tables/public BBQ facilities if you don’t have your own).   We explore an area before arriving there and pick out a few potential spots by looking on Google Earth and zooming in to check out areas that are beach or river side and look quite isolated.

Please share your tips on how to camp over a long weekend with us below.

For more camping related blogs visit http://achtungcamper.com.au/blog/

 

CAMPERVANS FOR SALE IN ADELAIDE

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/

 

 

All about awnings

Awnings – do you need one, when do we use our awning and what options are there?

Let’s first discuss the wind out awnings permanently attached to your van such as the Fiamma or Dometic awnings we fit to our campervans.

These are handy to have however their use is more limited than most people first think.   Without two privacy walls (which are purchased as additional accessories) the awning will offer little protection from rain or sun. The walls can be purchased online from CaravanandRVworld quite cheaply:

http://www.caravanandrvworld.com.au/coast-v2-sunscreen-w2805mmxh1800mm-t-s-10-cf-awnin

Set up time for the awning alone would be about 3-5 minutes for one person (if tying it down). Add about 10 minutes to set up the two privacy walls.

The downside is that once it is set up you cannot then drive away without packing up the awning and walls. Having said that, this type of awning is an extremely common industry standard and you would be lost without it if there is no other sun shelter nearby.

 

There are also cheaper ‘drive away’ style shelters available at BCF for 4WD camping which offer their own type of weather protection at a cheaper price.

We personally find the Dometic awning useful.  Having said that, we spent years campervanning without any type of awning at all and could always find a nice shady tree to sit under!

VW Campervan for sale

The Dometic awning.

 

 

 

CAMPERVANS FOR SALE IN NSW

Looking for a campervan for sale in NSW?   The two main players in Sydney: Frontline and Trakka both sell VW campervans. Your other option if you don’t plan on travelling out of the state 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 (Sydney 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 $600.

We have many clients from NSW (maybe it’s the better weather!) 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 NSW 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/

 

The New VW T6 Campervan (and how it differs to the T5)

Thinking of getting a new VW T6 Campervan (or buying a VW T6 for a campervan conversion) but want to know the differences between the VW T6 and older model the VW T5? We’ve gone direct to the source and interviewed our local VW salesman to find out, in simple, non-technical language.

– Cosmetically the VW T6 has had a facelift with a new design for the front and tailgate.

– For your driving comfort; the dash and storage compartments in the front have been redesigned and now utilise improved non-scratch materials and leather bound steering wheel with controls. Other adjustments for driver comfort include improved lumbar support and height edjustment. You’ll also now get a touchscreen radio with Bluetooth and media streaming capability.

– New features for improved drivability include rear parking sensors as standard, side airbags as standard, fatigue detection, multi-collision braking system and improved fuel efficiency thanks to BlueMotion technologies (stop/start system, coasting function).

For more information on purchasing your new VW T6 campervan through Achtung Camper visit www.achtungcamper.com.au/

VW T6 campervan conversion