It is estimated that roughly a quarter of a million motorhomes can be found on Britain’s various roads. And it is not surprising to see why. Purchasing a motorhome opens up a wealth of opportunities for its owners. Before motoring off, there are a few key things to consider when planning your trip.
While the beauty of a motorhome is enjoying the open road, you will need to consider carefully where exactly your destination will be.It is recommended to orientate your planning around appropriate campsites that are both financially viable and within reasonable distances to desired holiday attractions, such as nearby coasts or walking trails.
Planning your routes is also highly recommended before setting off to new destinations to avoid finding yourself travelling in uncomfortable and potentially dangerous situations. For instance, many country roads may be substantially narrow with minimum space for larger vehicles so be sure to do your research beforehand!
Another important aspect to bear in mind is any documentation you will need, particularly if you are travelling outside of the UK. Naturally, you will need your licence and an MOT certificate for the vehicle, but what may require more attention are variable aspects such as any liability cover and insurance for your motorhome – such policies can be influenced by the type and condition of your vehicle, the length of your trip, and who you may be travelling with and you must be sure to carry the documentation of your cover with you at all times.
When travelling abroad, your will also need to ensure that you have your official proof of ID such as a valid passport for all party members, a ‘Crit’air’ sticker if travelling in France, and your V5C certificate.
The most important equipment you will want to keep in mind are items that will secure your safety. Such items include
- Fire and CO2 detector
- Fire extinguisher
- A gas cylinder (preferably 2)
- Essential tool kit for repairs
- Wheel clamp
- Levelling ramps
- Leisure battery
In terms of your own comfort, it is recommended that you buy some basic groceries that you find essential for cooking. Check any lightbulbs and pack spares, include your basic cooking equipment e.g. pots, a kettle, spatulas, etc. and daily essentials such as bedding, clothes rack for laundry, and toiletries.
Brush up your vehicle knowledge
It is highly advised to familiarise yourself with the electrics and working components of your motorhome. While based at a campsite you are likely to be given access to a mains electric supply, however, understanding how the ‘leisure battery’ works will allow you to manage your backup power effectively. Be sure to carry your vehicle handbook for any reference should you need it.
Owning a motorhome can open up plenty of travel opportunities for you. And by following the guide above, you should be all set to make the most of these.