How Camping Has Changed Since the Turn of the Century

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Aussies love sleeping under the stars and have done so since the first settlers arrived back in the 18th century; this huge landmass had to be explored and without tents, that would have been impossible. Back in those days, camping meant a basic tent and pretty much nothing else!

Not so today, and in this short article, we take a look at some of the latest tech developments to hit the market since the turn of the century.

The Motorhome

Known Down Under as a ‘campervan’ or simply RV, the motorhome was under constant development, especially in terms of digital features. CCTV cameras can give you a 360°, which is great for reversing and negotiating narrow roads. GPS technology is enabled, allowing the driver to use Google Maps for navigation, while a home theatre can be added to the vehicle.

Solar Energy

In the past 10 years, solar panels morphed into roll-up blankets that can easily be rolled out on the roof when the vehicle is stationary. Lithium batteries store energy better than a car battery, which is designed to provide a burst of power to turn the engine and with an inverter and an interface, you can enjoy energy independence when camping, which is a game-changer. It doesn’t matter what kind of camping set up you have, it is possible to build a solar energy system that gives you all the energy you need; consult with an expert and find out the cost of a system for your camping rig.

Sleeping Bags

Today you can buy a sleeping bag with a temperature rating, such as:

  • -6° to -10°C
  • -1° to -5°C
  • 0° to 4°C
  • 5° to 15°C

Composite materials with high thermal insulation manage the interior temperature; retaining the person’s body heat where necessary. It is important to buy good quality sleeping bags, which should last for many years. Most are fully washable and some can be reversed for a cooler sleeping experience.

Trailer Tents

Perhaps the best camping invention ever! A trailer that turns into a tent; hook it up to your 4WD and you’re good to go. The level of tech that is in these trailer tents is awesome and they have units to suit every budget. It takes less than 3 minutes to erect the structure; unhook your vehicle, put down the stabiliser legs and your tent is ready for occupation. Put a towbar on your ute and you can invest in the latest generation of trailer tents.

Foldaway Awnings

Awnings have been evolving since the 1980s and with lightweight aluminium frames, the units fold away and can be stored safely when not in use. If you own an RV or campervan, the chances are there is an awning that is designed specifically for your rig; failing that, a local signage company can construct an awning that can be folded and stored.

BBQ Units

Weber are the people to go to when you want a state-of-the-art BBQ; over the years, this company has continued to push the bar when it comes to outdoor kitchen equipment and their products continue to outsell any other brand. If you would like to view their latest products, there are leading Australian suppliers that offer the best models at affordable prices.

LED Spotlights

Whether stand-alone or on a rack, the latest generation of LED spotlights use less energy and the range is wide. If you drive a ute, you can fix a rack of LED spots on the rollbar and they can be used to illuminate your camp in the evenings.

Camping Storage

Storage boxes come in all shapes and sizes, allowing you to use small spaces in your vehicle; they come in racks or stand-alone units and with sealed tops, your gear will always be in tip-top condition.

Roof Racks

A decent roof rack is a game-changer, enabling you to store many items; start with an online search and browse the many units; there are rear door racks for SUVs that let you take a couple of mountain bikes. If you are not using a roof rack on your vehicle and you need some extra storage space, it has to be a roof rack.

Regular Tents

The tent market has exploded and there are various versions:

  • Roof tent
  • Dome tent
  • Hiking tent
  • Family tent
  • Shower & bathroom tent

Tents are very easy to erect and they pack away to a small size; made from cutting-edge fabric and strong alloy frames; whether you are looking for a single person tent or one that sleeps 6, an online search will take you to a leading Australian camping supplies store and you can view their extensive range of tents, all of which are affordable.

The camping world has changed a lot in the past decade, with new and innovative technology that improves the outdoor living experience.

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