Category Archives: Motorhome Drivers

The Issue of Space and Motorhomes

Image of Parked MotorhomesSeasoned motorhome owners will know that space is often an issue when looking for somewhere to park up for the night, especially as many towns and cities have strict rules concerning motorhome parking. In general, space is becoming more and more limited due to the fact that both populations and the amount of vehicles owned in large towns and cities is increasing. So what does this mean for motorhome owners? Here, Victor Millwell investigates: Continue reading

Winter storage for your motorhome

Winter RoadsAfter a potentially busy spring, summer and autumn for motorhome owners, it’s that time of year again when many of us will be putting our motorhomes into storage for the winter. However if your motorhome will be inactive over the winter it’s crucial to plan ahead to ensure that your vehicle is safe and secure from thieves and fully protected from the elements prior to the new season getting underway.

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Motorhomes and Music Festivals

Summer FestivalWith the UK festival season set to get underway shortly, thousands of music lovers will be beginning their preparations, ensuring they have all the essential camping equipment, that their tent is in full working order, and that have the correct gear to shield them from the elements.

However for motorhome owners across the country, the summer festival season represents the perfect opportunity to take their vehicles out for a long weekend and enjoy camping in comfort. For those with a sense of adventure, there truly is nothing better than waking in your motorhome of a summer morning surrounded by fellow festival-goers.

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Motorhome Renters Seek to Broaden Appeal

We all know that if you get a motorhome owner talking about their last trip or their dream getaway, they’ll talk for days! For the motorhome community, the freedom and convenience that a motorhome gives you is really second to none and it’s hard to understand why more people haven’t tacked on to the joy of camping. However, over the last few years we’ve seen motorhome rental companies really trying to broaden the appeal of motorhomes.

One particular market which is looking lucrative is the youth market. University students and school leavers are incredibly international these days and are always keen to travel. A motorhome is a considerably more sociable way of doing so traditional backpacking, and, with the right motorhome insurance policy it can even be more cost effective. Exotic destinations such as Australia, New Zealand and even parts of Asia are much more accessible by motorhome.

Age, of course, does restrict the sort of vehicle you’re able to drive and for the most part young drivers are only allowed to drive campervans or, in some countries, small motorhomes without a license upgrade. These are, however, usually very easy to get hold of and many young people are starting to take the tests to upgrade their license.

Equally, rental companies are starting to think about more family friendly additions to their motorhome packages. Child seats and handy things like cots or high chairs are the sort of additions that turn motorhome travel from a problem into a reality, and we’re seeing more and more motorhome rental companies really getting stuck in when it comes to accommodating for families.

It’s great to see active efforts to broaden the appeal of motorhome holidays being made and it’s even better to see different groups and all sorts of new people who you wouldn’t have expected showing up at campsites and enjoying the motorhome life.

Winnebago Top Performing Motorhome Company

US motorhome and recreational vehicle giant Winnebago has been named as the top performing motorhome company of 2012. Winnebago continues to dominate the US markets in terms of sales and in terms of growing its market share. At current estimates it has approximately 20% of the market share for Class A and Class C motorhomes in the US; that’s one in five motorhomes sold.

Winnebago has always been a well known name over the pond and it brands itself as “the most recognised name in motorhomes” but here in the UK Winnebago has never had quite the same dominance. The large, American-style motorhomes just don’t seem to be as popular here in the UK as on the highways of the US.

It’s quite possible that cost has a big part to play in this. To import a Winnebago, particularly if the British Pound is not performing particularly well, is a very expensive affair and it can be less economical than to buy a UK or European built motorhome. On top of this, motorhome insurance on Winnebagos in the UK can be prohibitive and their extremely high value makes them difficult to store and to insure.

Equally, many Winnebago sized motorhome require a HGV license to get them on the road. This is something that the typical UK motorhome owner doesn’t have any need for and though it’s perfectly possible to pass the test, it is extra cost and expense on top of buying an EU built motorhome.

Having said this, the market for more luxury motorhomes is really starting to take off in the UK and in Europe and it’s likely that brands like Winnebago will really be able to start making inroads overseas if strong demand continues. The roads in the UK don’t make them ideally suited for large Winnebagos, but it’s a small price to pay if you’re after that scale of luxury.

Having said this, the market for more luxury motorhomes is really starting to take off in the UK and in Europe and it’s likely that brands like Winnebago will really be able to start making inroads overseas if strong demand continues. The roads in the UK don’t make them ideally suited for large Winnebagos, but it’s a small price to pay if you’re after that scale of luxury.

Eastern Destinations hit the spot for Motorhome Travellers

A large part of the media that surrounds the motorhome world is concentrated on UK travel and it’s definitely true that many motorhome owners do too. With all the beautiful scenery that surrounds us here in the UK, there really is no need to go any further afield. However, more and more frequently we’re starting to see exotic destinations appealing to motorhome owners who either drive considerable miles from their homes to get there or prefer to rent a motorhome when they arrive.

In particular, destinations in Eastern Europe are very popular. Ten or twenty years ago travelling to somewhere like Romania, Slovakia or Hungary wouldn’t have been a realistic option. Now the political situation has improved and the European Union allows free travel between countries, it’s very easy to get to these spectacular destinations. Not only do places like Bulgaria have beautiful summertime and dramatic winter climates, but they offer historical cities, sprawling coastlines and local culture in abundance. This is all accompanied by good prices and ever easier access, making Eastern Europe seem immensely appealing.

There is still a worry that places east of Berlin are less safe than traditional European destinations, but in general that fear is unfounded. Many Eastern European nations are now extremely well equipped to receive tourists and the overwhelming majority of locals are immensely hospitable. A good motorhome insurance policy is still an absolute necessity though as thefts still occur and can be a real problem if you’re a long way from home.

Motorhome owners have always been happy to explore and travel, and the beauty of Eastern Europe has really started appealing to the masses, rather than just to the mavericks! If you’re thinking about planning your summer holiday, why not look East – you never know what you might find!