Safety technology: The new caravan must-haves

Australia’s caravanning culture has come a long way in recent years, with modern caravans and trailers adopting the latest technologies to ensure a safe, secure and enjoyable experience. So what are some of the best caravan technologies on the market right now?

Beyond the appliances

Australians love getting out on the road and exploring the countryside, and caravanning is one of the most popular ways to do just that. With more than half a million total registered caravans across Australia, and around 11 million overnight caravan and camping trips taken every year, there’s a big market for creature comforts.

So, it’s not surprising that many modern caravans now come with fixtures such as dishwashers and washing machines as standard. And these amenities aren’t basic – one dishwasher in a top-of-the-range Jayco motorhome can “clean a six-place dinner setting in around 105 minutes”, has flood protection and only uses 6.5 litres of water per wash.

But it’s not just domestic appliances that make life on the road that little bit easier. In fact, caravan lovers are enjoying all sorts of luxurious amenities on their travels with:

  • built-in ironing boards
  • vacuum systems
  • under-floor wine cellars
  • rear spa baths.

The choices are seemingly endless – and only restricted by your imagination and budget.

Safety devices make for a better caravan experience

Creature comforts are only one part of the equation. Safety is always paramount to a caravan experience, especially when you’re visiting unexplored areas of the country.

One safety technology that many experts believe is long overdue in Australia is electronic stability control (ESC). While we’re starting to see it enter the market in newer models, it’s still not mandatory. However, many caravanners are taking up the option to retrofit ESC in their vehicles, as it has proven to be an essential element in on-road caravan safety.

Beyond ESC, powered disc brakes are said to provide much greater stopping power compared to traditional drum brakes, while suspensions made from stronger, more lightweight materials provide safer and smoother travels, especially on Australia’s harsh, remote roads.

Overall, expect to see safety technology transform the next generation of caravans into more self-sufficient machines that reduce power consumption while providing a more comfortable experience.

Keep your caravan secure with these technologies

Safety isn’t restricted to the materials used to build a caravan. Instead, plenty of Australian travellers are investing in innovative security technologies to protect what’s most important to them.

Sunliner’s multi-terrain Habitat caravan, for example, boasts an intricate security system. The star of the show is undoubtedly its 360-degree external security lights, which can be controlled from inside your caravan. Additionally there’s a ‘quick evacuation’ system that is hopefully only there for your peace of mind as you drive off the beaten track.

There’s a whole swathe of high-tech gear you can now install in your caravan, including:

  • Keyless entry: No more fumbling around in the dark for the security-screen key then the caravan-door key – keyless entry systems mean you only need one handy key fob.
  • Biometric security: Make sure you and your loved ones are the only people who can enter your caravan with a fingerprint-activated security system.
  • GPS tracker: Anti-theft GPS trackers connect to your smartphone via a purpose-built App. They can set off alarms once your caravan moves beyond a pre-set ‘geofence’ and, best of all, you can see exactly where your stolen vehicle is with precision tracking.
  • Fast-charge replacement battery: Gone are the days of jump packs – the OzCharge Rescue Mate is a ‘battery’ without an in-built battery, meaning it uses super-capacitors to create a charge in 90 seconds and get you back on the road.

The future of caravanning – where to next?

and security at the core. But this is only a taste of the technologies on offer. Head to your local caravan expo and you’ll be stunned by the futuristic systems being installed as standard in many caravans.

So what does the future hold? According to the experts, automation is being taken very seriously. However, we likely won’t see self-driving RVs for at least another decade. In the meantime, you can take advantage of all that modern technology has to offer for a safer, more secure and ultimately more comfortable journey in your caravan.

 

Home is where the heart is – and plenty of Australians treat their caravan as their home. In order to protect what’s most important to you, whether you’re on the road or preparing for your next big trip, the right caravan and trailer insurance can help protect you against loss or damage to your caravan and its contents.