Whether you have been traveling in a motorhome all your life or you are a first timer, it is always an exciting journey and will give you the freedom you want and need! Obviously, the great thing about a motorhome is that you can go anywhere you want, whenever you want. From short weekend breaks to Yorkshire or long holidays to France, there will always be a new adventure.
Before deciding on your motorhome experience, the most important thing to do is plan. Firstly, planning where you want to go; the exciting part! When deciding where you want to go, you must research the routes and where you would like to stop over-night. You must also plan your trips using detailed road maps and allow extra time for your journeys. When choosing your route, it may be an idea to try and avoid any big cities at rush hour.
Driving your motorhome safely
When driving for long periods of time, you need to be aware that it can affect you and the way you are driving. Be sure to take a break every couple of hours, even if it’s just to walk around your vehicle. Aim to drive in the morning so that your head is fresh and you will miss any strong heat or wind of the day. It is also better for the engine and transmission in the morning conditions.
Before starting your motorhome journey, you need to make sure you research any roads with height or length restrictions. Otherwise you may get stuck in a sticky situation! Motorhomes drive very differently to cars, they are a lot longer and heavier so there are a few things you need to be aware of. Motorhomes do not drive as fast, they take longer to get up a hill and primarily, take longer to break than a car so make sure to leave a longer distance between the vehicles in front. When driving a motorhome there is also a legal requirement you need. The last thing you would want is to ruin your travels by any damage, loss or theft, so ensure you have motorhome insurance!
Make the most of your trip!
When travelling in a motorhome you want to take your time to see all the sights and visit everywhere you want to go. Motor homing should be a relaxing break so make sure to take regular stops and drive at a steady speed. Seasoned motorhome travellers would say that travelling between four and six hours a day is comfortable. Use your lunch as a long, relaxing break to refuel and reset your head before any more driving. Go on day trips to break up the long driving hours and take part in activities to get your mind clear and to get your blood pumping.
Don’t run low!
Be prepared! Making sure that you have spare essentials on the motorhome with you is very important. Most importantly, you must have a spare petrol can on board. You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere, in a foreign country, with no petrol. Carrying a torch is also important. Campsites sometimes don’t provide outside lighting so you may find searching for the bathroom in the middle of the night a bit difficult. Ensuring you black out all the windows at night is also important if you are in a cold country! Most of the heat is lost through the windows so it will use up more fuel.
Last but not least. Have Fun! Don’t think about all the boring parts of the motor home too much! If you are prepared before you set off on your adventure you will have a great time!