The freedom to explore can be achieved by simply throwing the tent on the roof racks, a few snacks and some beer in the fridge, some firewood in the trunk and heading for the wilderness. Every now and then though, a bigger adventure beckons.
To truly relax in a faraway paradise means preparing more than just the basics. Setting up a camper trailer or truck to be a home base at a spectacular location of your choosing means a little more preparation is required. Though when the payoff is long-term self sufficiency and the comforts of home, it’s worth it.
True self-sufficient remote travel
Self-sufficiency requires an awareness of a range of vitals beyond how many cold beers are left in the fridge. Power and water are probably the most critical and worrying about these can soon put a dent in the ambience you’ve been dreaming of.
Most camper trailers or even 4WD’s have no shortage of features and as far as creature comforts go, can be well kitted out as a home away from home. But there is one additional feature that ties everything together to make the ultimate overlanding vehicle, the RedVision Total Vehicle Management System from REDARC.
Setting off from home is one of the most exciting parts of any trip but there is a lot to remember. Have you got everything? Did you lock the house properly? Did you leave anything in the fridge that will spoil before you return? You check, double-check, and then finally hit the road! But what about your camper trailer? Have you left anything in there that could cause an issue on the drive? Now, you don’t even need to think about it.
With RedVision, it knows when you have started the car and automatically turns off everything in the camper trailer for you, except the fridge of course. This means that you won’t arrive at your campsite with no water left because you left the pump on and had a tap vibrate open or a pressure hose burst. Nor will you have burn marks on your camper trailer canvas because you forgot to turn the lights off before winding the top down.
Keep a closer eye while you travel
On the journey, passengers can see on their phone that the charging system is working and that the batteries will be full when you arrive at the end of the day. It also lets you know that the stretch of ruts you crossed on the track didn’t cause your Anderson plug to lose connection, all without having to even get out of the car and check.
When rolling into camp as it’s getting dark, you can use your phone to turn the camper trailer’s outside lights on before even opening the door up, lighting up the area for a good view so you can park up in the perfect spot to set-up. Without hunting around in the dark trailer for the light switch you can also use your phone to turn interior lights on as you set the canvas up.
Relaxed, you’re free to just climb into bed and turn the lights off, the fan on, and a quick glance assures you that you have plenty of power left for the night, all from your phone.
First thing in the morning it’s time to turn the inverter on to run the coffee machine and see how much current your solar blankets are putting into the battery from the display mounted in the kitchen.
After breakfast, having moved to the waters edge with the awning out on your truck, the day starts to heat up so you check on the fridge and ambient temperatures, seeing that you have accidently left the inverter on earlier this morning. The tap of a button means you can turn it off without walking back up the beach to the van.
Total vehicle management made easy
After the sun sets, not wanting to leave the water’s edge just yet, you can turn the outside lights on and fire up the hot water in readiness to retire back to the van for a hot shower. Which means it’s also a good time to see how much water is on tap, again, all from your phone.
After dinner it’s a quick glance at the mounted display as you sit down to watch a movie with a glass of wine, giving you peace of mind that you have ample power for the night once again.
Installing the RedVision system means you don’t have to worry about running around checking gauges and meters, or finding switches. It brings everything together, to automate functions and give control and information all in the palm of your hand. Meaning you can easily take all the comforts of home to your favorite spot for the ultimate freedom.
And when combined with REDARC’s Manager30, you now have the complete battery management solution. You can’t buy piece of mind, but this combination definitely comes close.
Not only will you know that your auxiliary batteries are being charged to 100%, but you can also view this information conveniently on your smartphone.
Freedom to focus on what’s important
Some say that this takes away the true essence of camping, but there is nothing worse than waking up the next morning to realise you have left camp lights on or the fridge open and drained your batteries.
The great thing about RedVision and the Manager30 is that they can be tailored to everyone’s individual build, whether it’s a canopy fit out, camper trailer, or motorhome retro-fit, it can be configured to do whatever you need to suit any time of travel.
If you’re looking to start your next overlanding or trailer upgrade but aren’t sure what products fulfil your power management needs, take the REDARC virtual product tour to learn more.