The motorhome and caravanning community has always had a turbulent relationship with BBC’s infamous Top Gear but Sunday night’s first of a two-part special showed the presenters getting properly acquainted with motorhome life. Their challenge, set on the banks of the river Nile, was to purchase three ordinary estate cars for less than the allotted £1,500 and to convert them into fully functioning motorhomes that they were to camp in for the duration of the challenge.
Inevitably, Hammond, Clarkson and May found themselves in a number of unpredictable situations and put themselves at the mercy of weather and wildlife in vehicles that were not even close to suited for the task! The episode continues and concludes next week with the presenters hoping to find the illusive source of the river itself.
Of course, there won’t be many of us who would dare to take our motorhomes to the depths of the Sahara, but it does go to demonstrate the versatility of a motorhome. There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t use a motorhome to travel extremely long distances and even in challenging conditions a good motorhome can be incredibly rewarding.
It does also go to show the possibilities that exist for motorhome conversions. Though it would be tough to get a reasonable motorhome insurance quote for a converted Subaru Impreza, it does prove that you can create something resembling a motorhome from a good chassis on a budget. Many motorhome owners are immensely proud of what they’re able to do from their own garage and if the Top Gear team can do it, there’s no reason you can’t!
It’s good to see motorhomes (or at least something close to motorhomes) getting some prime time exposure and whether you’re planning on finding the source of the Nile or just after a few quiet weeks in the Lake District it shows you the kind of freedom you can really enjoy in a motorhome.