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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Vacation in a mobile home? These are the gadgets that cannot be missing


In the picture a camper place in the city of Bétera (Valencia) in 2020.Monica Torres

The pandemic, the uncertain future and the restrictions that still exist in many destinations have led to record sales of motorhomes. This type of home vehicle offers great autonomy and the advantage of being able to choose the destination practically on the fly. They are practically houses on wheels and, for your pleasure and safety, technology once again comes to the rescue with numerous solutions that will make life easier for you on a very special holiday.

Power bank to charge all devices

“Basically, on a technological level, there’s nothing you can travel in a van,” he explains calmly. Inigo Mendia, a Basque who decided four years ago to leave home and work to pursue his lifelong dream: to travel in a van. “I would recommend one though power bank‘ (a portable battery pack used to charge mobile devices). These devices take up little space and can be charged while driving using the cigarette lighter.

light under all circumstances

One of the big differences with living – even temporarily – in an RV is that you don’t always have access to an outlet, so most devices have a small battery that gives them life. Alex Huesa, creator of the portal my house bikesexplains that one of the products that will sell the most this summer is a LED folding lamp which also eliminates mosquitoes. This small device combines the essence of living in a van: a variety of functions, little space and energy efficiency. It is charged via USB.

Portable fan

Air conditioning a van or motorhome without resorting to air conditioning is easier than you might first think: good air circulation can lower the internal temperature, but those who travel encourage us to resort to additional help. And this is where the fan comes into play. As you might expect, there is a wide variety of models on the market that meet the two main requirements of the so-called van life (life in the van): Battery that can be charged via USB and potability.

One charging station for all devices

A power bank It can solve a mobile device battery problem, but what if you’re looking for a global charging solution for everything you take with you in the van? Charging Stations (aka power plant), allow you to stay unplugged for days and venture into forests or secluded beaches with peace of mind. Anker introduced the mammoth 747 power bank, with dizzying numbers: a capacity of 25,600 mAh, it is fully charged in less than three hours, it has USB ports but also traditional plugs that can be used to power portable devices. This type of stations also allows multiple devices to be charged at the same time.

CO₂ and other gas detectors

The most seasoned RV travelers have learned a lesson: when there is a combustion element inside, it is imperative to fit a CO₂ detector. Mendia assures that it is an element that has always accompanied him because he recognizes that “a couple of kitchens” have been set on fire. Not only can this gas be produced during cooking, but it is also present in portable refrigerators and heaters, which can be deadly while you sleep. This security measure coincides with Arantxa and Víctor, two old acquaintances from the camper world with their popular YouTube channel”to the sound of my van“; This Andalusian couple has upgraded their home truck with a sensor, which is also included narcotic gasesused by thieves in their sleep.

Built-in vacuum cleaner to keep the “house” always clean

“This is the novelty of this summer,” explains Alex Huesa to EL PAÍS and refers to it a built-in vacuum cleaner adapted to vans and motorhomes. Cleaning in such a tight space is a double-edged sword: it’s relatively quick given that there’s only a few feet of space, but with constantly going in and out of sand and dirt areas, it’s not easy to always maintain the floor . You can solve the task with a broom and a dustpan; However, this device does it more efficiently and takes up less space (it hides under some furniture) and makes cleaning a lot easier.

Rechargeable flashlight

Every camper is very aware that some elements are essential and also cost very little. We mean a flashlight, useful for waking up in the middle of the night or just looking outside when you hear a strange noise. The market is full of references that, in addition to USB charging, also include one magnetized surfacewhich allows them to be attached to the wall or any metal surface indoors and always to hand.

Outdoor lights with motion sensor

Safety is one of the areas where technology can go a long way in the motorhome world, and an easy way to steer friends away from something that doesn’t belong to them is with good lighting. Again, for very little money, you can add LED light modules that activate at night when a movement is detected around the vehicle.

Can more devices be added? It seems like this: “We once met an English traveler who had outdoor night vision cameras,” explains Arantxa, “a Wi-Fi booster to have more coverage, bars, a peephole and a portable air conditioner to keep the heat on your.” Travel better to fight for Spain”. However, those in the know suggest that it’s better if the security technology inside a van or RV isn’t very obvious, as “it seems like you’re telling the thief you have things of great value inside,” Mendia concludes.

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