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We get many questions each week via email, phone and in person at the workshop. We have dedicated this page to some of these questions and will vary the questions and answers provided from time to time.

Remember that we provide no nonsense, jargon free advice to the leisure vehicle owner and user, so if what you read on this page does not answer your question feel free to call us or use the pose a question form below. We will endeavour to answer your question and may even feature it on this page

Do I really need a leisure battery?

I am fairly new to caravanning having just bought my first van, so excuse what may be a silly question. When I was looking around my local dealer in Glossop the salesman kept pushing the fact that I needed a vehicle with a leisure battery. However as I only intend to use sites with mains hook up, why would I need a Leisure battery?

In theory you could survive without a leisure battery, but we would advise against it. For example, many caravan lights and ancillary equipment is designed to run off 12v. Also, while most sites do provide mains hook up, there are still some very good sites out there that don’t offer this luxury, or even charge additional fees for access to mains. Having a leisure battery would give you the freedom to pitch up at non mains sites while still enjoying the comfort of your 12v appliances.

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