Car accessories for camping trailer-free

Car accessories for camping trailer free range from the necessary to the nice to have. Car roof accessories, such as roof rails and racks, are covered earlier this cars section, but what else should you consider. Before you leave the car yard, think about the following accessories:

Cargo barriers

Car cargo barrierCargo barriers can be fitted to create a barrier between the rear cargo and passenger areas to restrain your camping and other gear, and to prevent it from causing injury or worse in the event of a sudden stop.  The barrier will also allow the safe loading of your cargo to a height higher than the top of the rear seats.

They would not, however, be permitted to be installed behind the second row of seats in vehicles with a third row of seats for the obvious safety of the passengers in the third row.

Cargo barriers will take up some of your weight allowance and the particularly heavy ones should be avoided. Depending on how they are fitted, they may not fit neatly behind the rear passenger seats and could also eat into your cargo space.

Due to the positioning of car air bags and other safety and protection systems, cargo barriers should be professionally fitted.

Tinted windows in car

Tinted windows

The visual image of a car boot loaded up with valuable camping and other items draws unwanted attention to your car. Window tinting has numerous safety and practical advantages but the main reason for our recommendation is to shield the contents of your car from opportunists, thieves and vandals.

Tow bar

Tow bar If you don’t have roof rails on your car or if you prefer to store other items on your roof racks, such as canoes, surfboards and bikes, a storage box or bag hitched to your tow bar is a good alternative. You will need to familiarise yourself with the load limits of your tow bar, and ensure that whatever tow bar storage option you choose will physically and weight wise hold your intended items, as some tents are particularly long in their packed up size. This includes the weight of the storage box / bag as well.

A combination of both the roof rack and tow bar might also suite your particular requirements.

Rear vision camera

Separate rear vision camera kits can be purchased to allow you to see out of the rear of your car when your rear vision mirror is blocked by your gear.

Side steps

Car side steps

Steps can be fitted down the side or rear of some cars to allow for easier access to your car roof to load and secure items.