Electricity, Gas and Water
Hints & Tips
Most new modern touring caravans have the option to plug in on-site to mains electricity, alongside the old traditional 12 volt battery. Most electrical appliances can be run from the mains electricity source; however it may be wise to carry a 12v battery as a source of back up power. After purchasing your caravan it is wise to familiarise with all the fuses and their locations. If you have an older caravan and if you would like to fit mains electricity to this, it would be wise to employ a qualified technician.
There are two main types of gas supply in use, butane (which are in blue cylinders) and propane (which are in red cylinders). If temperatures fall below zero then butane is likely to freeze, so if travelling in the winter it would be advisable to use propane. A different regulator will be needed if using different types of gas.
It is advisable to carry two cylinders with you in case your supply runs out at an inconvenient time. A regulator or tap will need to be purchased for your chosen cylinder, each size of cylinder requires a different one. It is extremely important to get your gas supply checked on an annual basis by a qualified technician.
New tourers now come installed with hot water systems and often fitted showers. The hot water system can be powered by gas or electricity. Touring caravans will need external water bottles and to avoid mix up it would be wise to have a clear container for water and a coloured container for waste. All pipes should be cleaned at least once a year and the whole system should be drained for winter, if the caravan is not in use, to avoid any frost damage.
The water container may freeze if you are away in your caravan during the winter months, it would be wise to have a secondary container inside the caravan. Dependent upon the size of the caravan you may be able to install an onboard water tank which should protect against freezing.