If you intend to do any free-camping for
longer than a few days, you are going to have
to use your ensuite toilet for more than just a
night-time pee. Without wanting to be too
gross, a decent ‘sits and thinks’ can render
your caravan uninhabitable for 20 minutes.
The SOG system puts an end to that in a
simple and effective way. It uses a small 12V
fan that is activated when you open the flap
in your toilet. The fan sucks air from the bowl,
through the cartridge and to the outside air,
preventing any smells from permeating the
You needn’t worry about making life
uncomfortable for your neighbours as the
expelled air is passed through a charcoal filter,
neutralising any odours.
We’ve done a lot of free-camping for
extended periods and we can guarantee the
SOG system works. It’s a very easy and
relatively affordable DIY project.
VAST SATELLITE TV
Camping away from civilisation means you
will likely be out of range of regular free-to-air
television. You may even be out of mobile
This may appeal to many travellers but, if you
can’t bear to miss your favourite shows, a
satellite TV system is the most reliable and
accessible entertainment and information
source in regional and remote areas.
Installation is relatively easy, with many
commercially available kits on the market.
Best of all, access to satellite TV is free. You
just need to register as a traveller to gain
access to the system.
We never thought we would ever need a
satellite TV system but, after two years on the
road, we’ve used it more often than we
thought. Even in places where you would
expect to pick up normal TV, the signal hasn’t
been strong enough for our caravan antenna
and we’ve had to resort to the satellite system.