Vehicle Equipment (Technical)

This page contains equipment which we assume is not generally known, but which we believe should be present in every vehicle.

(Under Construction / Growing in Completion)

Breakdown & Emergency Gear

Element Fire Extinguishers

Our camper is equiped with 3 of these Element E100 Fire Extinguishers. We have them strategically placed:

  • on the back of the front passenger seat (reachable both from the kitchen as from the cockpit).
  • near the bed.
  • in the rear garage.

How the Element E100 Fire Extinguisher works.

The Element fire extinguisher works by your activating a process that chemically disrupts the oxygen that a flame needs. Because of the way the process works, it doesn’t create a mess and can work on all types of fires. A chemical reaction and resulting Potassium Nitrate vaporization create a gas that is heavier than air and smothers a fire. A direct line of sight to a fire is not required to extinguish it. For example, an under-dash or underhood fire could be put out by fogging under the dash or through grill vents, with the heavy gas acting as sort of a blanket, and putting out the fire. Element extinguishers can get wet with no ill effects, but should not be submerged for an extended period.

The best way to show why these are the very best fire extinguishers for this purpose is by comparison :

Element E100 Fire Extinguisher‘Conventional’ Fire Extinguisher (2 liter)
100 second discharge9-10 seconds discharge
360 gramsmore than 4 kg
33cm tall, 4cm diameter45cm tall x 13cm diameter
Non-toxic, Often toxic (some of them can cause cancer)
Non-corrosive, environmentally friendlyOften corrosive & polluting
Leaves No mess• Dry chemical fire extinguishers leave behind a corrosive powder that needs to be cleaned quickly.
• Wet chemical extinguishers discharges a fine mist leaving a residue that needs to be cleaned.
• Foam fire extinguishers leave a residue that can cause cancer and should be cleaned wearing protection.
Zero thrust discharge: Will not spread oil & liquid firesStrong thrust discharge: Will spread oil & liquid fires
Maintenance freeRequires maintenance
No expiration dateExpires after 5 years
No moving partsMoving and vulnerable parts
Fights all major fire classes: A,B,C, F/K and Electrical.
(wood, coal, paper, flammable liquids & gases, electrical, and cooking oil/grease)

There are eight different types of fire extinguishers to choose from, like specialist dry powder, standard dry powder, foam, water spray, water mist, water spray, wet chemical and carbon dioxide.
A direct line of sight to a fire is not required.A direct line of sight to a fire is required.
Very easy to operate.Complexer to operate
One hand operation possibleTwo hand operation required
It will work.It might not work! (read below)

Why your conventional fire distinguisher might not work. Your fire extinguisher might not work, even if the dial on the extinguisher is in the green. The shaking of a camper can compress the material in the fire extinguisher. There may be pressure still in the extinguisher, but it can’t distribute the now-hardened material. Condensation can occur inside the fire extinguisher which turns the powder into something like concrete. Again: There may be pressure still in the extinguisher, but it can’t distribute the now-hardened material.

Left: 6kg distinguisher, 50 sec. discharge, weighs 9,5 kg.
Right: Element, 100 sec. discharge, weighs 0,35 kg.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) shows the current air pressure in all tires, on a display, while driving. So we can monitor deviations and will be warned immediately in the event of a pressure loss.

We use the TireMoni tpms TM-240 eco package: The package contains a display, 4 sensors, four short metal valves series ASC-31 and 4 spare batteries CR1632: Ready to be installed. ‘Installation’ meaning: mounting the 4 sensors on the tire valves and setting the parameters you prefer on the display. The sensor batteries will last 1-2 years (@ 4h driving time/day).

From July 2024 many new vehicles are obliged to have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System by European law. The legislation is driven primarily by safety and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Incorrectly inflated tyres wear faster and waste fuel, as well as being at risk of unexpected failure.
But, this law shouldn’t be the reason to care about tire pressure, because this is important for several reasons:

  • Safety
    A partially- or entirely deflated tire has big consequences for the handling, steering and breaking of the vehicle. It might also be an early warning for a blow-out.
  • Reduced emissions
    Incorrectly inflated tyres run inefficiently and thus enhance greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Less fuel consumption
    Correctly inflated tires have less fuel consumption and thus cost less to drive..
  • Tire wear
    Incorrectly inflated tyres increase tire wear and thus decrease the lifespan of tires, thus resulting in higher cost.
  • Ease of use
    The use of a TPMS is, by far, the easiest (and least dirty way) to monitor tire pressure.
Display on bottom-right.

Coolado Air Pumps

top: ePump
bottom: tPumpX, tPumpP & tPumpXL

On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) Tool

Most cars and thus campers as well, have an OBD diagnostic connector, underneath the dashboard, within approximately 60cm grom the steering wheel. These connectors facilitate the use of hand-held and/or mobile device-based scan tools. These tools make use of vehicle’s self-diagnostic and reporting capability. OBD systems give access to the status of the various vehicle sub-systems. This means you can check what a possible warning light on your dash really means and you can run pre-departure checks.

Front left: Bluetooth connector
Back right: Handheld device

Hand-held scan tools and Mobile device-based scan tools, basically can have the same functionality
Hand-held device plug directly into the OBD connector, whilst Mobile divice based tools rely on a bluetooth connector that connects with your personal mobile device.


Multimeters can be used to test for voltage drop at various circuits, blown fuses, current draws, heating elements, and to verify bad cable connections.
The most common task is checking pedestal voltage (the powersupply on the camping.
Battery and charging system testing is another popular use for the multimeter.
Another use for multimeters is to test for current draw. If your RV loses battery power while parked, you may have a current draw some place that needs to be dealt with. Battery cables and wiring sometimes suffer from bad connections. A terminal connector may have a bad crimp, a wire may have pulled out of the connector, or corrosion may be affecting the ability of the wire to transfer current. By placing one meter probe on one end of the wire and the other probe on the far end of the wire, you will be able to determine the voltage drop or loss as the current passes through the wire.
Fuses are another common test. You can use the DC voltmeter setting if the fuse is in the holder and the circuit is powered. You should have power at the input side of the fuse. If the fuse is good, you will have power at the output side, as well, but you will only have power on the input side if the fuse has blown.

The tPump XL is the ultimate double ‘pressure pump’. An air compressor capable of pressures up to 6.9 BAR / 100 PSI, at up to 40 liters per minute. In depth information on all my pumps can be found on the Multifarious page.

Other Breakdown & Emergency Gear

  • Air pressure gauge for tyres
  • Repair spray for tyres
  • Wheel wrench
  • Car jack
  • Snow chains
  • Jump Starter
  • Jump leads
  • Tow rope
  • Warning triangle
  • Emergency Flair
  • High-vis vests
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Work gloves
  • Tool Kit

Adapter Sets

Euro Power Supply adapters

On campings throughout Europe CEE sockets (CEE 230v 16A Sockets) are the standard. Occasionally only standard (domestic) earthed wall sockets are available. We carry a set of adapters covering all possible combinations, so this includes all European domestic Chuco plugs.

Schuko Adapter Set Europe

CEE Extension cable

The connected extension cable needs to comply with the following requirements:

  • The heavy rubber hose line is H07RN-F compliant.
  • It may not exceed a length of 25 meters.
  • The right wire diameter is at least 2.5 mm² for a rated current of 16 A.
  • Cables in signal colours, ensure more safety and prevent people from overlooking tripping hazards.

Gas Filling and Tank Adapter Sets

We used to carry a myriad of the most obscure adapters and even gas tanks. We are strictly propane users, because we do a fair bit of winter camping as well. Recently we have been informed about loW8 gas tanks. These ultra lightweight composite cylinders are the best available. They can be filled throughout Europe, so we will pack a Europe filling adapterset, to fill gas tanks with shell/din connection.
Our better-safe-than-sorry set contains:

  • A set of reducers/adapters to be able to use bottles from various European countries in our camper.
  • 30 and 50 bar pressure regulators
  • Spare hoses, connectors and hose clamps.
Top: Adapter set for other EU bottles.
Bottom: Europe Filling Adapter set.


  • Waste Water Hoses
  • Clean Water Hoses
  • Connectors and Clamps
  • Filling/Garden Hose
  • A Gardena quick connect adapter set suitable for taps with 26,5mm (G 3/4″) taps and 13 mm (1/2″) and 15 mm (5/8”) hoses.


  • Replacement bulbs
  • Replacement fuses
  • Replacement water pump
  • Gas hose ad clamps

Security Gear

  • Anti-theft devices
  • Intruder alarm system
  • Smoke/fire alarm
  • Camera system
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit