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When we go to Caravan Salon, naturally, we spend a lot of time looking at RVs. But that’s always a little bittersweet for me. Yes, we can see some cool floor plans, but they’re mostly unavailable in North America. Since most of our viewers could never hope to have one (us included), we don’t spend a lot of time doing detailed RV reviews from the world’s largest RV show.
But besides RVs, there are an awful lot of RV accessories available at the show. (Well, it’s not exactly a retail show where you can buy things, but the accessories are there in force.) Some of these are the same as the accessories you can find in North America, but some of them are new to us, but cool enough that we think they *should* be available here in North America. So that’s what this video is about.
I hope one of a few things happens from this video.
- Perhaps someone with better Google skills than I have will see this, and let us all know “Yes! You can get this in the US! Just go to XYZ products and they’ve got it on their website.”
- If that doesn’t happen, perhaps the manufacturers themselves will see this and decide “You know what, Hans? Maybe we should sell this in North America.”
- And if that doesn’t happen, perhaps enough folks here will see the video and want the product and we can start a massive email and phone campaign to bug these accessory manufacturers – at the conclusion of which they decide “You know what, Hans? Maybe we should sell this in North America.”
And if none of those happens, we may just have to go back to Europe to pick some of these up.
Anyway, without further ado, here are the products in the video. If someone finds a link, or if we get contacted by the manufacturer, I’ll update these sections with the relevant info so you can purchase these yourself.
HEO Solution – Better Locks For Your RV
Besides the one or two locks I show in the video, they also have other locks for the sliding and cargo doors on vans. I found their website here: https://www.heosolution.de/en/, but you can’t place an order from it, so no dice there.
I am aware that Expedition Upfitter has them listed for sale in the US, but they don’t seem to have the whole product line. Maybe Expedtion Upfitter just travels to Europe occasionally to get stock? I don’t know. But they didn’t have model 1958 with black faces available, and that’s what we’d need for our own RV.
Flamefield – Classy Camping Dishes
Melamine camping dishware that doesn’t break and doesn’t look like camping dishware. Nice.
I found their website here https://flamefield.com/ but you can’t order from it, unfortunately.
I’ve been looking on Amazon for them, but haven’t found them yet. We may have to wait until the end of October as we were told. When the Amazon store is up, I’ll post a link.
Daewoo Mini Washer
I’ve been hunting this washer for a couple of years now. They supposedly even make a washer/dryer version that would be just perfect for our RV. But alas… I can’t get them.
You can find them on eBay and other sites, and you can find them rebranded as other names, but the one thing they all have in common is that they require 250 volts… which we just don’t do over here. I suppose I could try to do something with a step-up transformer to get it working, but that will have to wait until I really run out of RV mod projects. (So you’ll know when I’m officially out of mod ideas if I tackle that one.)
Anyway, good luck finding links for this one. They don’t make it easy!
Twusch for Thetford Cassette Toilets
Swapping out a plastic toilet for a china one is a common RV upgrade. But it’s been one that’s unavailable to cassette toilet owners until now. This isn’t a replacement, but rather a ceramic bowl liner.
I was able to find a website (but I haven’t tried to order one yet) here: Twusch Toilet Bowl Liners. That website seems to be based in Alberta, so perhaps there’s hope there.
We did speak with a representative from Thetford, who told us they plan to make the bowl liners available here “at some point in the future.” I’m not holding my breath though…
Electric Bike Lift from BR-Systems
Riders of heavy e-bikes rejoice! If this lift delivers, it promises to make it much easier to load your bike onto a bike rack for transport.
I did find the web site for BR systems here: https://www.br-systems.com/en/store/producs/electricbikelift
And they do seem to have one dealer in Canada. Getting products from Canada isn’t too tough, so if anyone tries this out, please let me know!
Cinderella Incinerating Toilet – Diesel Edition
With more torque than gasoline powered toilets, this one really takes the lead in managing heavy loads…
Just kidding. But Cinderella does (if you look at their website) seem to be actively recruiting US dealers. So getting a Cinderella incinerating toilet in the states may be about to get easier.
Good luck getting the diesel version though. We were told that is in the prototype stage for now.
Arwinger Cassette Toilet Conversion Kit
If you’ve wanted to replace your cassette toilet with a composting one, but couldn’t due to space or design constraints – this may be the ticket for you.
To be completely clear though, I wouldn’t call this a proper composting toilet. It’s a separating toilet, yes, but there’s no agitating or drying of the solid wastes. Most likely, you’d cover them up with sawdust or kitty litter or something, and just dispose of bagged waste every 3 to 5 days.
Still – they’ve got a website up in English, and Sven said he has no problem shipping here if he gets orders. Curious to know if anyone tries this out.
CATO-R Cassette Toilet Dumping Splash Guard
Quite literally the ABSOLUTE WORST thing about dumping your cassette in a home toilet is the possibility of splashing. Nobody wants that. It’s just gross.
These folks had an incredibly simple idea, and they made it happen.
Unfortuantely, I’ve been unable to find a website for them at all. The web site on the card we got from them is www.reisdch-tech.de. But I can’t find this product on their site.
They told us in person they would ship to the US, so if we can find them, I have high hopes.
If you can find these for sale, let me know and I’ll post the link for everyone to get one.