Top Tips!

Top Tips:

Packing the motorhome:

  1. Packing for an holiday can be a chore – the motorhome has good storage but our advice is to travel light.

  2. Make a list of everything you’ll need in advance and use it for reference as you pack up the motorhome – and indeed when you unpack again at the end!

  3. Think about the essential documents you will need to take and get these out ready.

  4. The motorhome comes with airconditioning and central heating so don’t worry about packing too many blankets in the cold weather nor plug in fans for the hot weather!

  5. The motorhome does not come with bedding, towels and hand towels.

  6. Decide if you want use sleeping bags or sheets and duvets – both have their own advantages but a made up bed always has more of a ‘home from home’ feeling. However sleeping bags may be the better option where beds need to be packed away during the day as they take up less storage space. All the beds are double and therefore you will need double fitted or loose sheets. We will supply you with a mattress protection for the beds incase of accidents.

  7. When packing your clothes make the best use of the wardrobe. Some motorhomes do not have a lot of space for clothes so the hanging wardrobe which is always present should be optimised. Hang as much as you can and make sure there are enough coat hangers for everything you want to put in there.

  8. Avoid rigid suitcases; space is at a premium in a motorhome so having rigid suitcases can really get in the way! Better to pack clothes in large soft bags which can be stowed away while not in use.

  9. Where possible pack straight into the motorhome – rather than pack up bags boxes and then move these into the vehicle, empty them out and take them back to your house or leave them in your car – you’ll be glad of the extra space.

  10. Check the motorhome inventory in advance – there may be a ‘must have’ specialist utensil you rely on that’s missing and you will want to take – it may be the case you can’t live without your pizza cutter for example!

  11. A few Tupperware boxes and plastic bags are useful for storing the contents of open cans and packages in the fridge and cupboards.

  12. If you have children with you, you’ll probably need to wash a few items of clothing out – remember some laundry liquid and pegs.

  13. Motorhome kitchens will come fully equipped but don’t forget those obvious additional things you will need such as washing up liquid, kitchen towel, scourers, cleaning cloths, hand towel and tea towels.

  14. Think about days where the weather may not be so good and if there will be dark evenings. Do you want a motorhome with a TV / DVD player? Consider taking a pack of cards, some family games or other forms of entertainment.

  15. Before travelling abroad, take a copy of all your important documents and hide these in a different place in the motorhome from the original documents, in case the motorhome gets broken in to.

  16. Don’t forget the camera!

Travelling in the motorhome:

  1. Motorhomes can be long and have a large rear overhang over the back axle, anticipate overtaking by manoeuvring much earlier than in a car, and use the mirrors to keep an eye on the rear of the vehicle.

  2. Some motorhomes have reversing aids such as cameras. However when reversing, always get the passenger to step out of the motorhome and watch the rear of the vehicle.

  3. Try to avoid tight country lanes, were passing is impossible.

  4. There are height barriers in many car parks – supermarket car parks are a good option in towns for parking as there are not height barriers and there is plenty of space for a longer vehicle.

  5. Be aware of the dimensions of the motorhomes for hire and make sure these are somewhere visible that the driver can see.

  6. Using a navigation aid such as a Sat Nav is a great way to get from A to B. They do however have a tendency to cut corners and lead you down minor ‘B’ roads or routes with low bridges. Use a conventional map for planning your route using motorways and ‘A’ roads, and then when you are close to your destination use your Sat Nav to guide you to the exact location. Most of our operators provide them for hire.

  7. Some motorhomes come with tow bars and these have a maximum weight limit for towing. If you are thinking of towing another vehicle it’s important to know the combined weight of the trailer and load. Always check with the operator that this does not exceed the tow bars maximum capacity and note that the towed item will not be covered by the self hire drive insurance in the event of an accident.

  8. Electrical items are a necessary evil of modern life. Before setting off on your journey make sure all your electrical equipment is fully charged. Electrical equipment can be charged while on the move using the 12v cigarette lighter, however laptops, i pads etc need a 240v power supply to charge. Make sure when choosing a campsite a hook up is available as this will allow charging of this equipment.

  9. All motorhomes have a fresh water tank, used for showering, washing up etc. Avoid overfilling the fresh water tank when starting your tour – the tank is extremely heavy when full and can have an impact on the MPG.

  10. Local byelaws forbid overnight parking in many areas so campsites will be a necessity, although Scotland has different rules.

  11. Plan your route in advance and pre book campsites during peak periods as many will be fully booked over the school holidays and Bank Holidays.

  12. Your hire fee will include self hire drive insurance but you should consider taking out holiday insurance to cover those unexpected events.

  13. Motorhoming is not only for the countryside – there are great campsites in the centre of London for example that provide a great low cost option for staying in the capital.

  14. With children on board, break long journeys into segments. Plan stops that have some interesting places.

  15. Switch the fridge to the leisure battery when travelling.

  16. For safety, turn off the gas at the bottle when travelling.

 Campsite pitches:

  1. To find a campsite we recommend browsing ukcampsites

  2. Avoid parking on soft wet grass or mud. Most motorhomes are front wheel drive and the weight of the rear living accommodation makes them vulnerable to wheel spin and getting stuck. A top tip if you find yourself in this situation is to place pieces of carpet under the driving wheels, as this will normally do the trick of getting the motorhome free.

  3. Try to choose a level spot when parking for the night; parking the motorhome on a steep slope can not only affect your sleeping it can also affect the function of the fridge.

  4. Where there is a slight slope that you can’t rectify, sleep with your head at the top of the slope – this will help avoid a headache.

  5. Use levelling blocks to level your motorhome or campervan. Always remember to chock the wheels to stop the motorhome from rolling backwards.

  6. When parking up, decide which side you want the living area door to be on – think about where others are parked / camped and road safety where you have children and / or pets with you.

  7. On hot summer days keep the window blinds shut and the windscreen sunshield on. The blinds in motorhomes have a silver back that reflects the sun keeping the motorhome cool.

  8. When hooking the motorhome up to a 240v hook-up, always attach the plug to the motorhome before attaching to the 240v supply, this can prevent electric shocks from wet cables.

  9. Where a hook up is not available you won’t be able to use the 240v sockets and will rely on the 12v supply and gas.

  10. Where relying on the 12v supply make sure you keep a check on the supply levels on the control display panel – it will re-charge as you drive around or run the engine for half an hour or so if you intend to remain stationary.

  11. Avoid campsite pitches that are under trees as low branches scraping on the roof of the motorhome will affect your sleep.

  12. The over cab bed can sometimes feel claustrophobic; the best tip is to have the over cab window open as this allows air to circulate.

  13. Awnings are fantastic in summer and are designed to shade you from the sun. Avoid putting them out in any wind, but never leave them unattended or out overnight.

  14. Secure the legs of the awning using tent pegs as this will prevent children and animals accidentally knocking the legs away from under the awning.

  15. When using a hook up make sure the fridge is switched to 240v as this will save gas.

  16. Using campsite bathrooms rather than those in the motorhome as much as possible – this cuts down your water use and the need to empty the toilet too frequently – chores you want to avoid when you’re away and enjoying yourself.

  17. Toilets in motorhomes indicate when they are close to full. Empty the toilet straightaway when the indicator light appears as this will avoid overflowing.

  18. Find were the chemical toilet emptying point is before attempting to empty the chemical toilet. If parking the motorhome close to the emptying point is possible then do so, the toilet cassette can be very heavy.

  19. Although emptying a chemical toilet is not too bad an experience, wearing rubber gloves is a good idea.

  20. Make sure the external gas vent is not covered while gas is in use.

  21. When recharging the toilet cassette avoid using the campsites drinking water supply; a dedicated water supply should be located close to the chemical toilet emptying point.

  22. Plan your next campsite before setting off, always ring to check availability and book your next site if possible.

  23. Motorhomes have a onboard container that stores waste water. Whilst on a campsite make sure that the emptying valve is closed. Grey water running from the motorhome to other campers is not desirable. Most campsites have an area to empty the grey water when leaving.

  24. Avoid carrying the grey water from site to site as they can add a considerable amount of weight. Emptying the grey water tank before leaving the campsite is preferable, although emptying the grey water on waste land is acceptable.

  25. Before setting off in a motorhome always do a visual “pre flight check” – check the windows are

 

2.Check your driver’s license before hiring a motorhome as some motorhomes require a C1 category on your license.

12.When travelling with a baby, think about where the baby will sleep as there is rarely space for a travel cot. A smaller pop up travel cot might fit onto the top of a bed but you will want to make sure there is a safety feature to stop it falling off. Alternatively the baby should sleep with an adult in a low bed, or in the over cab bed with the safety netting in place.

15.Wearing a seatbelt in the UK and Europe is a legal requirement. Make sure the motorhome or campervan you choose has the correct amount of seatbelts for the number of travellers in your party.

17.Don’t let the age of the motorhome or campervan put you off. For instance, a seven year old motorhome, manufactured by Burstner, Knaus, Hymer, Bessacarr etc. are high quality motorhomes that are built to last. In some cases these can be far superior to the modern budget equivalent.

Motorhomes and festivals

86.Motorhomes are a great option for festivals, offering a ‘home from home’ at the end of a long day of fun (and for avoiding the rain in bad weather).

87.Check the festival information to see if motorhomes are allowed, whether special tickets are required and if there are motorhome length and height limitations.

88.Some festivals only allow motorhomes on and off the site on particular days, at certain times or via pre defined routes – factor this information into your planning.

89.Pack the vehicle well – you probably won’t be able to leave the site to stock up on essentials mid festival.

90.Electric hook ups will not be provided and you will be reliant on the 12v leisure battery supply and gas. Keep the leisure battery topped up by running the motorhome engine each day – we recommend the most convenient time to do this is over breakfast.

 91.Avoid using items such as the TV, spotlights etc. These consume large amount of energy and will quickly run down the leisure battery.

92.You will have access to fresh water but you may not be able to drive to the tap to fill up – conserve water as much as you can and take a water roller barrel so you collect more water.

93.Water conservation is important; when showering avoid leaving the shower on, instead wet yourself down then switch the shower off, wash yourself down with soap or shower gel then switch the shower on again to rinse off the foam.

94.Keep the motorhome keys in a safe place at all times, losing keys would be a disaster to your stay.

95.Remove your boots before entering the motorhome, mud and grass in the motorhome will affect your comfort.

96.Allow plenty of time in your journey schedule for leaving the festival – events such as Glastonbury have around 30,000 motorhomes and campervans on site and this amount of traffic can take a while to clear.

Returning the motorhome

97.Return the motorhome at the agreed time and at the agreed location; remember the motorhome will most likely have to be prepared to go out again on the same day.

98.When returning the motorhome make sure the toilet cassette and grey water tank is empty and the gas is switched off

99.Check fuel is at the same level as when received.

100.When emptying the motorhome open all the cupboards, check the garage area and any other storage to make sure no personal belongings have been left behind such as i pods, computer leads etc.

101.Remove all litter and give the motorhome a good sweep out.