Travelling on a motorhome is on my plans for the next five years. Nothing is compared to being about to hit the road without having to go through the airport, check-in, flights, taxis, hotels, etc.
I have heard that motorhomes became more and more popular during the COVID-19 pandemic, considering that this was a safe way of travelling.
And there are so many inspiring destinations to visit too. New Zealand, Japan, California, or somewhere inspiring in Eastern Europe.
But it doesn’t matter my itinerary; I am positive I will need to do some research before reaching the road on a motorhome. So, I have started doing some research to find tips and tricks that can make the experience more enjoyable and less complicated.
After all, planning to travel in a motorhome abroad or taking a road trip in your country can be both completely different experiences. Many times, you will be out of your comfort zone, facing unpredictable situations all the time.
The benefits of travelling on a motorhome are numerous. First things first, the main advantage of the mobile home is being free to travel and explore. You can change the itinerary without paying extra for previous bookings.
For these many reasons, I have put together some tips on things to consider when you are a newbie in motorhome travelling. bookings.
Picking the Right Model
Sometimes, simple details can make a lot of difference. One thing that always comes to my mind is the fact that in the UK you drive on the left side of the road. It means that the steering wheel is on the right side of the vehicle.
Something that for some travellers coming from the US and Brazil (where I am from) doesn’t look right. Make sure you check the rules and tips on driving in the UK before hitting the road.
This may vary from model to model, but most of the time motorhome travel offers savings, as ticket prices, car rental, and restaurants, on a conventional trip, can be much more expensive.
The idea is to consider the rental of the vehicle (if it is rented), expenses with fuel, insurance, camping, food, and the necessary utensils (if not included in the package) and compare it with the expenses of the conventional trip.
Picking the right size of a motorhome is a good start. It will influence its driveability. Depending on the size of the vehicle you will be able to know how it will perform on the road, for example.
Plus, it will also depend on if you are a solo traveller, or you are taking your family with you. It also depends on the time of the year you are on the road. In the winter, it is important to know how to winterise static caravan to protect it from harsh weather conditions.
Another factor that influences the motorhome’s driveability is its height and you should always check if it fits the places where you want to stop or park.
If you own a motorhome, of course, you also need to think about the best travel insurance to protect you and your vehicle.
Planning Your Stops
I guess you don’t need to be reminded about it, but planning your stops when travelling is quite helpful. We do have quite good services on British motorways, but it is always possible to organise your stops in a better way.
Just like travelling by car, the motorhome is no different. It is very important that before travelling you already have in mind a minimum of planning of where to stop, visit, park, and (or) spend the night. After all, that will be your home on the road.
On your trip, always look for safe places that are not very isolated. Try to search where are the stop stations and campsites on your route. You will need to make stops to empty the debris box and to sleep, for example.
Another important task to be done on daily basis is always observing the capacity of your motorhome’s water tank.
Most times the water lasts for days, but it is important to frequently check the amount that is in the reservoir at each stop and use it with caution not to miss.
Therefore, it is not recommended to take long (time-consuming) baths and try to use only what is necessary for the bath and meals.
Saving water is already a staple practice for most of us, anyways. In the campsites and in some gas stations it is possible to refill the water tank of your motorhome.
Avoid the Peak Seasons
That’s a lifetime tip for any kind of travel you make. Going anywhere in the peak seasons is synonymous with crowded places and slow traffic. When you are taking a big vehicle that is also your home, it can be a bit more challenging, right?
I always avoid travelling during the school holidays in this country. I understand that is not an option for some of you, but travelling out of the peak season means saving money and avoiding very touristy places.