• In frosty weather protect your water container with an old anorak. Feed the pipe from the pump through the sleeve

  • Restore scratched plastic windows and sinks by careful use of toothpaste as a polishing agent. Hose off for a sparkling finish

  • Use olive oil to lubricate your loo blade

  • Keep photographs of your van, including any modifications,  to assist in identification if stolen

  • Lubricate sticking awning zips with soap

  • Lubricate your awning rail with spray furniture polish (works a treat on curtain rails too)

  • Prevent your filler hose from blowing out of your water container by attaching 3 or 4 tie wraps near the delivery end. Leave the tails in place to stop the hose from blowing out

  •  Keep a pair of cut-off shirt sleeves in your car. If you have to tinker with the engine you can keep your clothes clean

  • Buy a spare pair of curtains for your awning and use them as tablecloths

  • To reverse in a straight line look in the door mirrors and pull the wheel down on whichever side a rear corner of the caravan is visible. If neither corner is visible you're pretty straight. Drive slowly!

  • Paint a white strip on the edges of your step to help you see it in the dark

  • Spray the walls of your shower with canvas damp proofing liquid – just watch the water roll off – no cleaning to do! (Try a small area first to check that plastic surfaces are not softened

  • Line your grill pan with foil to improve grilling efficiency and save cleaning

  • Use old strips of carpet of carpet to put under car wheels in muddy conditions. In the meantime use them to protect your awning groundsheet

  • Get your charcoal barbie going using a catering size tin can with the top and bottom removed. Pile the charcoal inside, add lighting fuel and apply a light (to the bottom if possible). Punch holes in the bottom to aid ventilation

  • To assist in the draining of your water system remove the shower head and blow down the shower hose selecting the hot and cold alternatively until all the water has been expelled

  • Fit an indicator light inside your van to remind you that your awning light is on. If you use an onboard water tank then fit a warning light to show when your external pump is running

  • Use non-slip matting to stop things sliding around in cupboards and draws when you travel

  • Peg clothes to hangars so they don't fall off in transit and put the hangers on the rail from alternate directions i.e. front/back/front etc.

  • If doubtful about the operation of your fridge place an ice cube in a plastic cup inside the freezer compartment. If it retains its shape for a few days then all is well. If it melts or melts and refreezes you know there is a problem

  • Apples, bananas & tomatoes will keep out of the fridge for up to 16 days if individually wrapped in newspaper

  • Store cottage cheese upside-down. It will keep fresh for many months

  • Don't wash potatoes until just before you use them as this will shorten storage life

  • An apple placed in a bag of potatoes will keep them from budding longer

  • To clean foods that have burnt on a barbecue grill, enclose them in a large plastic garbage bag. Mix 1 cup baking soda with 1/2 cup ammonia, pour over the grills, close the bag and let sit overnight. By morning the burnt on pieces will have loosened making the grills easy to clean

  • Remove stubborn cooked on food from dishes by sprinkling pan with a half cup or so of baking soda and an equal amount of white vinegar -- let soak for a few hours before cleaning

  • To clean messy BBQ grills, use 1/2 onion to scrape off grease and burnt on food pieces. You use the 1/2 onion like you would a scouring pad

  • Put a few grains of rice in your salt shaker. It keeps the salt from clumping together