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  • Champion Power Equipment now in stock!


    champion generators

    At Sail and Trail we are proud of the wide range of good quality products we sell at good quality prices, especially our range of generators.


    And while it’s important we keep our customers happy by ensuring our leading generator line is stocked with old favourites from Typhoon, Hyundai and Kipor, it is also important we keep our brand fresh and innovative by  introducing new lines from time to time.


    So we are delighted to announce we are now stocking seven of Champion Power Equipment’s bestselling generator models.


    Champion is a market leader in generators for both recreational and professional use and with prices ranging from £334.99 to £2820.00 we are sure that there is something for everyone.


    One of the reasons for Champion’s popularity is their innovative approach to power solutions they apply to their engineering including Dual Fuel technology which provides the portable generators with remote starting functions.


    They also have a delay stop feature ensuring equipment stops running or powers down before a power surge can occur. On top of that, the products are also always being enhanced to keep up with customer needs.


    Check out Champion's state-of-the-art range HERE.


    For our full range of generators click HERE.

  • Get Your Narrowboat Ready for Winter


    narrowboat boat winterIt may only just be autumn, but with the threat of one of the coldest winters on record coming up, it can never be too soon to start getting your narrowboat ready for dropping temperatures.

    If you are planning on staying on your boat over winter, it is still worthwhile reading through the below tips, as certain wintery activities (like trying to move your boat in a frozen canal!) can cause serious damage.

    Let us help you avoid making some expensive repairs come spring with the following tips:



    1) Keep an eye on it

    Be sure also to regularly check up your boat (or arrange for someone else to do it) even if you’re keeping it in a super-secure yard.  This is especially important if you are planning on leaving expensive bits of kit on board (like your generator) which might be a target for thieves.

    On top of that, ensure your insurance is up to date and you have a decent lock and / or other security measures in place.

    It’s also recommended that once a month you visit your boat to run the engine for half an hour or so to reduce rust and boost the battery life.



    2) Avoid mould

    As well as removing expensive items from your narrowboat such as the generator and electrical goods (if practical) – it is also a good idea to take out all soft furnishings.

    If left over winter these can get damp and start to get mouldy, making for an unpleasant return in the spring. Instead, give a good wash and keep in a warm, dry place until you need them again.

    On top of that, it’s a good idea to give the whole interior a good clean, just in case there are any nasties waiting to grow in your absence. We recommend our Campermate Cleaning range.


    narrowboat boats canal

    3) Lag your pipes

    Burst water pipes are a nightmare at the best of times, even worse if not dealt with for a long period of time so make sure you lag all your pipes and ensure you have at least 30% of anti-freeze in your water and heating systems.

    If you know for sure you won’t be back in the boat for a while it can be worth it to drain all water out of the boat and disconnect all pumps.

    Leave the taps turned on and the shower head removed.


    4) Store your generator safely

    You must store your generator in a gas-tight locker, whether it’s LPG or petrol.

    To get the best out of your generator, also read our Essential Generator Maintenance Guide.


    5) Service the engine

    The best thing to do here is read the manufacturer’s instructions and follow accordingly, as service instructions may vary.

    In most cases the oil should be changed, engine antifreeze topped up and WD-40 sprayed liberally to keep the damp away.

    As mentioned above, be sure to give the engine a quick run once a month to limit problems in the spring.

  • The Ultimate Generator Guide: How to buy the best generator for your leisure needs

    There are many makes and models of generator out there (at Sail and Trail, we stock more than 100!) so it isn’t always easy knowing which generator is the best fit for you and your needs.

    Essentially you should be basing your purchase on four things; its portability, power, noise and fuel requirements:


    Kipor Suitcase Generator for Caravan Camping

    First things first, if you’re after a generator for leisure use (camping, boating etc) you want it to be quiet and portable – avoid back up or standby generators as these are designed for blackouts or hefty models that are meant to aid construction work.

    Suitcase generators are the lightest and most portable. The Kipor IG1000 pictured here is an incredibly popular model.



    Work out how much power you’ll want or need. If it’s for your motorhome or caravan you’ll need to think about your air con / heating unit (if you have one) as well as adding up all the electrical devices you may need or want to run at one time.

    At the lower end of the scale a 700w generator is mainly for charging, small TVs and mobiles/laptops. But the most popular models are the 2000w models as this will run just about everything you could throw at it in a motorhome/caravan apart from some household kettles which can be above 3000w and any air conditioning or electric heating units

    If all you are looking for is to be able to charge or power small items then a 1000w generator will be fine, but it won't cover items like a microwave or a hairdryer. This is because even though an 800w microwave in theory should run under 1000w, most items with a heating element start at double or even triple their rated wattage, so an 800w microwave will roughly start at 1600w. This is why you will see a peak power and then a constant power on the descriptions for generators.

    If you’re boating or camping then you’re likely to be fine with 1,000-2,000 watts. If you want to work out the exact figure, add up the power of everything you are likely to want to be running at the same time (If it is given in amps, multiply the amps by volts to get the watt value).

    However it is important to remember that the power requirements are balanced, and while many people in a motorhome might add up all of their appliances and get 4kw, not all are turned on at once; so if you use the microwave for a few minutes, you might not be able to boil the kettle until it is finished.



    SDMO quiet generator for camping and caravanning SDMO quiet generator for camping and caravanning

    All generators make noise but now there are some models out there that are actually quieter than a normal conversation.

    EU regulations mean a generator's sound has to be measured from a certain point, rather than in standard decibels which can be a little confusing.


    To get a better idea of how decibels work, regular conversation is about 60 decibels and painful noise about 140!

    The SDMO Inverter PRO models are some of the best when it comes to keeping the noise down. In fact, the 3000 model pictured above is so quiet we say it’s ‘whisper quiet' at only 51dB(A) @ 7m.

    Fuel requirements

    LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) generators are the most popular generators for leisure use as they are more efficient and cheaper to run than petrol or diesel generators.

    In fact LPG is about half the price of petrol, and because it produces cleaner emissions you’ll be able to use it in many public spaces unlike with a diesel or petrol generator.

    However, they do have a higher initial cost than a petrol generator, so provide the best value when they are used regularly.

    Petrol generators can be converted to LPG generators with conversion kits like these ones.


    We have lots of technical guidance at Sail and Trail, first of all check out our handy guide https://www.sailandtrail.co.uk/generatorfaq.

    If you have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch with one of our experts by phone or email.


  • Portable Petrol Generators Vs Portable Gas LPG Generators

    Liquid Petroleum Gas, or LPG for short, is commonly found in the red bottles by Calor and used for BBQ’s, Caravans and Motorhomes. Almost all gas conversions in the UK use LPG as oppose to Butane (which is the blue bottles). It is possible to use Butane although different jets are required.

    There has been a recent development in LPG conversion kits for generators as people look to move away from petrol and diesel as fuel sources. Some camping and caravan sites are starting to ban any petrol on sites for safety reasons. Some UK councils have stated that catering vans or exhibitors at events must only use LPG.

    The conversion is achieved by using an aluminium collar that sits between the air filter and the carburettor. This allows the carburettor to remain unchanged so it is still capable of running petrol if it is ever needed. Due to the added thickness of the collar longer carburettor mounting studs are used.

    Benefits of LPG:

    The biggest attraction of LPG is the lower running costs (bottled gas is about 30% - 50% cheaper to run currently than petrol, the larger the cylinder the cheaper the gas becomes). As fuel becomes more expensive this becomes and attractive offer.

    You have greater flexibility in regards to extending the running time, just use a bigger cylinder if you need a longer running time; you are no longer limited by the internal fuel tank.

    Cleaner emissions allows for use in situations where petrol is not appropriate such as around food or on those sites that do not allow petrol for fire risk precautions. There are also no petrol storage problems, eg. Smells.

    Minimal risk of fuel spillage, as the fuel is not “loose” also there is less chance of the fuel source being stolen.

    Lower maintenance costs due to cleaner running; petrol decays over time and can block the carburettor or hinder its operation. LPG does not have this problem as the LPG is sealed there is no chance of degradation. This leads to extended life of the spark plug and generator components.

    A lot easier to refuel just connect up a new bottle. With more and more councils and campsites taking a disliking to petrol and diesel we feel that the demand of LPG generators will only increase in the future.

    Sail and Trail offer LPG generators for just about every situation and requirement

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