campervan tips

This post deals with the frustrating issues that your vehicle can give you on and road and is a continuation of the previous campervan maintenance post. I will detail the 2 techniques you need from the 2 most common problems – punctured tyres, and flat batteries.

Changing a Wheel

changing wheel

This image is actually quite good

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This post is not just appropriate for camper vans, but any vehicle you intend to do a long distance road trip with. With things like the Mongol rally becoming popular and modern cars being reliable with just an annual service, many people are venturing off on adventures without preparation and becoming disappointed, frustrated and out of pocket when a mechanical failure stops everything. A bit of preparation will stop you claiming on your travel insurance and help you maximise your trip enjoyment.

Previously before I got into travelling, I was heavily into cars, they were my main hobby. Although that doesn’t mean much if you don’t get your head under a bonnet and just like the pretty bits. Fortunately (?) I did, and spent an entire year converting my blown engine (thanks to an ex-girlfriend) into a supercharged uprated machine capable of much more. This was on a 24 year old Toyota too, not a modern car. So now you know my credentials on the subject, I’m going to break it down into simple steps to preventing problems and covering the basics to get you over 80% of issues you’ll likely experience.

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Previously I wrote about washing yourself whilst living out a campervan, of course we also need to wash our clothing too. I’m an advocate of minimalistic travelling, so don’t have much clothing, and those which I do are usually quick dry stuff. It’s easier to carry layers than a thick item, not only is this more efficient for warmth and cooling, but it’s also easier and quicker to clean. Read the rest! \(^u^)/ →


Many people ask how to wash when living out of a campervan, some might assume that anyone who does is just part of the great unwashed. Which of course may be true in some cases. But personally I washed almost daily when living out of my campervan in Australia. The shear hot temperatures made it an essential daily task anyway, let alone spending 6-18 hours in a hot metal box without air conditioning. So I:m going to dispell the myth and explain just how I maintained my hygiene in such conditions.

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People assume that those living out of a campervan have bad diets. I mean, what can you do with a small gas stove anyway?

Well pretty much anything which doesn’t involve an oven – and that’s a lot of options. If you are desperate for a pizza you can always stop by at Dominos or something similar anyway.

Here I’m going to show you some of the things I made in the back of my campervan with a dual gas stove (powered by portable gas bottle), and I also brought my bbq accessories.

portable camping stove

Campervan stove

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