The successes of British cyclists in the last few months has already seen a 6% increase in the number of people taking up cycling. This number is expected to increase over the next few months as cycling takes over the country. And mobile home owners will be in the vanguard of the new crusade.
A motorhome is a great compliment to cycling and it allows people to explore new terrain and travel to different places with bikes in tow. There are three different ways of getting a bike either on or in a motorhome. Bike racks which attach to the rear door are the most effective and are easy to fix which probably explains why 46% of motorhome owners choose them. Many motorhomes are fitted with cycle racks for a minimum of 2 bikes and can usually be increased to hold 4 bikes with a little extra outlay. Other owners (33%) prefer to keep their bikes on the roof of the motorhome to avoid blocking the door. The 21% who keep the bikes inside the motorhome need to make sure they are properly secured on mounts that are not likely to come loose in the event of an accident.
The biggest thing to watch out for when transporting bikes is height restrictions. You’d be amazed at how many motorhome drivers forget that they have bikes on the roof, with 4% making claims on their motorhome insurance policy due to accidental damage when they pulled the racks clean off their roof, damaging both the bikes and the motorhome. Even if laid flat a bike is likely to add a foot or so to the height clearance.
Thefts of bikes from motorhomes have also increased by 22% over the last 5 years with police sources suspecting that a large number of the stolen goods end up on online auction sites. It is also vital to check that the motorhome insurance policy covers bikes because recent research found that many purchasers of motorhome policies (28%) believed that bikes were automatically covered. Don’t be a cheapskate on the insurance either because cheapest is not always best. It is easy to shop around for a cheap motorhome insurance quote but experts say purchasing the right cover for what you’re planning to do is the most important part of any policy. Bad insurance policies won’t save you any money in the long run so make sure the insurer gives you everything you need and if in doubt ask an insurance broker to find a competitive insurance policy.