With Christmas just around the corner, now’s the time a number of our clients like to go on holiday. Travelling along the coast to the Apostles, venturing through Victoria’s forests or going out to the desert, Australia sure offers some tremendous RV holidays.
A few of RoadTrek’s clients are going West this year, heading out past Adelaide to spend their Christmas looking over the Great Australian Bight. Two couples we know are taking their caravan conversions North, up through NSW and to QLD. And still others booked in for a motorhome service before heading to the Dandenongs for a nice, quiet break in the mountains.
Wherever they are going, this year, most of our clients asked the same thing: what can I do to my caravan, motorhome, bus or RV to help me sleep in? Maybe we’re getting old, but we didn’t think RV holidays were for sleeping! Still, they asked and we answered. Here are RoadTrek’s Top Tips for Sleeping In.
Awnings, Blinds and Tinted Windows
Let’s start with an obvious one. The sun stops even the most devoted sleepers from spending all day in bed. Covering your face with blankets and pillows only works for so long before you’re struggling for breath. Yes, once the light hits your eye, there’s little you can do to but wake up and start your afternoon.
Fight off the sun a little longer by having awnings, blinds and tinting installed on your windows. External awnings are a great addition to caravans and are a real benefit to those parked for a while. Not only do awnings provide an outdoor space out of the sun, they also shade the side of your van, keeping it cool. Awnings double your space, creating a cool external area to get away from the morning snorer!
Blinds, too, are beneficial for caravans and motorhomes on the move, for rear windows and for extra privacy. Blinds and shutters allow RV holidaymakers to control the amount of light entering their rig, making it darker when watching a movie or trying to sleep, and letting more light in on that afternoon card game or book-reading.
For those who want additional privacy, we recommend combining awnings and blinds with window tinting. Tinting your caravan’s bedside windows will also help with its insulation, keeping the inside cool as well as dark.
Insulate for Sound as well as Heat
A lot of our body repairs and conversions involve installing insulation. Insulation is one of the best ways to control the internal temperature of your rig. That’s why it made it onto both our Tips for Motorhome Heating and our Keeping Your Caravan Cool blogs!
It’s much easier to sleep in when it’s cool, true, but you can also insulate for sound! Double glazed windows and thicker walls not only keep the outside temperature outside, they also help keep outside noise where it belongs. Keep the volume as low as your air-con costs by insulating your caravan, motorhome or bus before your next big adventure.
Ventilation and Cooling
While we’re talking about keeping cool, it’s also a good idea to have your air-con serviced regularly. Having a working air-conditioning and ventilation system is a must, especially during the Summer months.
Adequate ventilation and air conditioning will make everybody more comfortable during your holiday. Whether you are trying to sleep in, snuggle up, plan your day, or when you’re on the road.
Don’t Sacrifice Comfort for Space
Sleeping in is a sign of comfort. If you are uncomfortable, how can you sleep in? If your bed is too small, or mattress lumpy, you’ll have trouble giving over to the pleasure that is a late lie-in. Caravan and campervan conversions offer wonderful bedding arrangements. Collapsible, storable, stowaway and overhead beds are just some of the myriad options now available to the RV sleeper. Talk to us today to see what we can do.
Don’t Park Anywhere too Busy
Choosing the right spot at a camping ground is a difficult sport. It’s more convenient to be closer to the showers, but this convenience can come at a price. The closer you camp to busy areas (bathrooms, kitchens, driveways), the more traffic you’re going to get going by your window. Think about what you’d rather: would it be better to walk a little further to the amenities in return for a later lie-in, or is it worth risking your morning slumber for night-time convenience?
So there you have it! Those are RoadTrek’s top tips for an RV holiday sleep-in. For more information on our bus, motorhome, caravan or campervan conversions, contact us today. For over a decade, we have been a one-stop service shop for all of Victoria’s RV needs, including service, repair, refurbishment and conversion.
While you’re lying in on your RV holiday, why not read some of our other blog posts? Published fortnightly, we have posts discussing all things RV, from the most common types of motorhome repairs to how to host a dinner party in your caravan. For all things RV, RoadTrek is the answer.