Must have accessories for your new motorhome

Are you new to the Motorhome world but don’t know where to begin when it comes to the best accessories to get you on the move?

We thought putting together a top 10 would be the best way to tackle accessories, but once I started there was no stopping me!



Electrical Accessories

TV & Satellite Dish, Sometimes watching a bit of TV can just help you unwind or help distract children so you can finally get a glass of wine after a day of travelling.
Electrical Hook-Up Leads
UK 3 Pin Adaptor
Continental Adaptor
Additional Leisure Battery

Exterior Accessories

Levelling Blocks, not all pitches are the same and can make your motorhome feel a little uneven. With leveling blocks you’ll be on an even playing field again.
Camping Chairs

DriveAway awnings are perfect if you are looking for more space to sleep or just relax.
Awning Tie down Kit, don’t let the wind carry away the awning you’ve spent ages putting up.
Solar Panels

Kitchen Accessories

The must have for most UK households is a Kettle! With a few variations to choose from, find your perfect on on our website.

Plates, Cups & Silverware. We recommend Melamineware as it’s very lightweight and less like to affect your motorhome travelling weight.
We stock a wide range of Kampa accessories that can be folded down to make the most of your storage.

A not so new product we recommend are the double bars for your fridge and cupboards. These help keep all your fride and cupboard items upright and causes less noise when travelling.

Health & Safety

Being out on the road means you have to be a bit more prepared for any unexpected occurrences.
We suggest the following items as a great start to helping you be prepared.

Fire Extinguisher – don’t worry we aren’t saying you’re a bad cook, this is just in case your fry-up turns into a fry-out!
Smoke Alarms
Carbon Monoxide Alarm
First Aid Kit

The Loo

A big question The Shop get asked is what products do you recommend for the loo.

Shop Assistant Dave says ‘The Thetford Aqua Kem Green Sachets are the best. Not only do they come in individual sachets so you are guaranteed the correct dose everytime, there is no measuring or any messy clean up.’

Don’t forget your tank fresheners.  The freshener reduces and prevents deposits and the accumulation of grease in the tank and pipes, making the waste water tank fresh and clean.

And finally, to keep your loo in tip top shape, make sure you use Rapid Disolving Toilet roll. It helps prevent clogging and damage damage whilst protecting moving parts.


Travelling Abroad

Now some of you may know the do’s and don’t for travelling in European cities. But you don’t want to run into any issues without the Ring European Travel Kit.  This contains almost everything to legally required to drive in Europe.


To get some more accessory inspiration, have a look at our Shop and Accessories website here.

But if you have any must-have’s that we haven’t listed, let us know in the comments!

Burstner 2018



It’s that time of the year again when our Directors got their 1st sneak peek at the new models for 2018 and they were not disappointed!

For the month of June, our Directors Russell and Andrew, along with Sales Manager Ben, traveled throughout Europe to get the low down on the newest models.

Some interesting news out of Burstner for 2018 is they are now working with Citroen who will produce some of their chassis for their 2018 models.  However, Fiat are still working with Burstner on several of their popular models such as Argos, Elegance and Ixeo.

To get your sneak peek at the new 2018 models from Burstner and our other manufacturers, direct from the show, have a look at our Facebook page and find some inspiration for your next motorhome!

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Carado launches van conversion Vlow


Carado are pleased to announce their own range of Van Conversions for 2018, called VLOW.

Simple, stylish and available with extra’s, Carado’s motto for the VLOW is

‘No matter what reason you need the VLOW: the main thing is, you have it.’

They are releasing 4 models throughout 2018, the V540, V600, V601 & the V640. Which includes 3x breadthwise sleepers and 1 x lengthwise sleeper.

Built on the Fiat Ducato Chassis with a 2300cc 115ps engine, which can be upgraded to 130, 150 or 180 depending on your travel needs.

The basics will all be included such as daytime running lights,driver airbag, ESP incl. ASR & Hillholder, electric operated cab windows and a new perk for 2018 a Tablet holder with USB port.  And so much more!

They’ve also released a new fabric specifically for the VLOW’s. **insert image of dark fabric**

The Explorer is a darker material that comes as standard on all models.  However, they’ve also had huge demand for the Arctica upholstery that really adds some depth and warmness to the living space.

We can’t wait to get them in our Portsmouth showroom so stay tuned for more information.

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Southdowns wins Malibu Van Dealer of the Year 2016/2017

It’s with great pleasure to announce that Carthago GmbH have chosen Southdowns Motorhome Centre as their Malibu Van Dealer of the year for 2016 – 2017.

While visiting the Carthago factory in July for the annual dealer meeting, director Andrew was awarded the honour.


Andrew Ayling, General Director accepts 2016/2017 Deal of the year award for Carthago Malibu

Join us at UK’s largest Motorhome & Caravan Show

The NCC Motorhome & Caravan  Show

The NEC Birmingham, 17th – 22nd October 2017


It’s that time of the year again when the NCC put on the biggest motorhome show of the year.  Once again being held at the NEC in Birmingham.

The show is set to be great with manufacturers’ new-for-2018 LIVE product launches that will showcase all the latest models and layouts.

As expected there will be over 400 exhibitor stands with exclusive offers at the show on many products and accessories.

Southdowns will of course be in attendance showcasing many of our most popular brands such as Burstner, Laika and Knaus.  We will also be showing off our new Concorde for the 2018 season!

With hundreds of models on display it’s the best place to see and compare all the latest layouts, finishes and innovations. Place an order at the Show and take delivery ready for the start of the new season.

With cookery demonstrations that you can sample and kids enter free, its a great day out for all!

Get your tickets here

Stop by and see us for some great show offers on our motorhomes.

Is your motorhome winter ready?

With the winter months looming now is the time to start planning ahead to get your motorhome safe and secure for the winter months.

We list out some do’s for getting your motorhome prepped for winter ready for the next travel season.

Do drain down all your water. If you don’t, the water will become stagnant and make for a not so nice experience once you return and want to top it up for the next season.

Do start and drive your van every 3-4 weeks.  Doing this allows you to check the heating is still working properly and helps keep your brakes clean and rust free, which means they are less likely to seize up.

Do Spend a bit of time giving the interior a good clean. Give the fridge a good scrub and empty it, leaving the door on the ajar catch will help air flow and help prevent any odd smells. Follow the manufacturers guide for cleaning the oven, hob and grill.

I spoke with our Service Manager, Andy Bottle, to get the best advice on how to prep your motorhome.

Andy says the most important servicing item is the water ingress check.  The sooner you catch any leaks the sooner they can be repaired and prevents larger and more costly issues such as damp. Which keeps you off the road longer and makes your pockets a lot lighter.

Keep to your regular habitation and damp test schedule to avoid these issues.

Do Operate your blinds, make sure they slide open easily or pull up and down easily.

Do Open the exterior lockers make sure the hinges haven’t seized up and are still operating correctly.

Do Empty out all your cupboards, you wouldn’t want a shock when you find that a mouse has been living rent free in your motorhome and has made their way through your favourite pack of biscuits that you’ve left behind. 

Do Check under the bonnet for mice as well, they have a tendency to nest in the close confines of your engine compartment and given the opportunity will chew through some of the wiring.

Do you have any tips or tricks you would like to share? Let us know in the comments.



Southdowns Shop Product of the Week

This week in our accessory shop, our manager Trevor has chosen the Cadac Carri Chef 2 BBQ as his product of the week.

When asked why this was his chosen Product of the Week, Trevor said;

 It is one of the best selling BBQ’s for motorhomers to use. You can use it to cook anything from a full English breakfast to your Sunday roast dinner. And who doesn’t want something with such versatility while on the road?

We wholeheartedly agree.  When you travel for such long periods of time, it’s nice to know you can stop for a while and make a bit of home comfort food.

The Carri Chef 2 BBQ on it’s own is a great cooking system to have, and comes with the pot stand and a BBQ grid.  Other tops can be purchased in store as optional extras.

Its simple to sue, easy to build and a breeze to clean! With its stainless steel burners and piezo ignition, you can get the perfect temperature for whatever you are cooking, all the time. Simply take the lid off to grill and pop it back on for oven type cooking.  Plus with the built in dome thermometer you can roast, smoke, steam or bake in a cinch.

Because this is the must have BBQ of the year, we are including a 47cm BBQ cover and a Master Baster basting mop free!

Stop by our Portsmouth accessory shop and get yours today!


Knaus confirms 2018 Warranty news

Knaus Tabbert, who manufactures both the Knaus and Weinsberg motorhomes and caravans has officially announced they will offer a 10-year warranty on your water ingress across both ranges for the 2018 season.

Knaus has actively focused on building its UK presence.  With the construction of their new manufacturing plant in Hungary, its aim is to increase their current output of motorhomes and Caravans, or CUV’s (Caravanning Utility Vehicles, as they are now calling them.

At present they are manufacturing 9,900 motorhomes and 5,550 caravans with the expectation of further growth for their 2018-2019 season.

Francis Venten, who is responsible for Knaus Motorhomes in the UK has said that UK prices should only increase by 1.5% this season, which is below average for most other motorhome manufacturers.

Knaus will be at the Dusseldorf Caravan Salon in Germany and will be showcasing their final new model.