Whilst many motorhome owners will be putting their vehicles away in storage for the winter, there are still plenty of enthusiasts who will be making full use of their motorhome over the winter months and Christmas period.
After 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.
We have featured many luxury motorhomes from all over world in the past, but none come bigger than Der Bus.
Weighing an incredible 28 tonnes and measuring 18m long, the German behemoth is one of the biggest man-made coaches ever and officially registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest motorhome.
With 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.
This time of year is always tough on motorhome owners; the days are short, the roads are in poor condition and, worst of all, it’s cold outside. However, it’s not just that it’s hard to get up in the mornings that makes difficult, it’s the added risk of things like damp and mould that can make winters challenging. As temperatures stay low, motorhome owners are being warned to keep an eye on their vehicles and ensure their doing their utmost to prevent damp and mould.
Damp arises when latent moisture in the motorhome is not allowed to escape. This becomes particularly prevalent around this time of year because many motorhome owners keep their vehicles in storage. Equally, the cold air doesn’t allow moisture to evaporate and water that has accumulated over the summer, perhaps from wet washing or a leaking fridge, stays around and can cause real damage to upholstery.
Of course, when things start getting a little warmer, that’s when mould is able to kick in. Damp and warm conditions are perfect for mould to start spreading and you’ll see it in areas like showers and above sinks first. Mould can be harmful not only to your motorhome, but also poses a danger to respiratory systems and can be particularly inflammatory to asthma sufferers.
Unfortunately, damp and mould are latent conditions that can be quite difficult to track over time and, thus, it’s often tough for motorhome owners to make a reasonable motorhome insurance claims for the associated damages. The only sure fire way to ensure your motorhome will be safe from damp or mould is to keep it well aired and to avoid taking on any more moisture than absolutely necessary.
Motorhome maintenance isn’t always easy to keep on top of during this time of year but the recent snap of cold weather is a good reason for motorhome owners to check that all is running well. Damp can be a lasting and expensive problem and not one to take lightly.
The amount of money councils make from parking fines has come under controversy in recent weeks and a couple of stories detailing exactly how much fines are being paid have shed light on what is a difficult issue. This is especially pertinent for the motorhome community, many of whom find themselves on the wrong side of parking regulations from time to time.
Parking in the UK has always been a tricky issue and it’s even more so at the moment for motorhomes. Many councils are keen to stop overnight parking which leaves motorhome owners parking on the roadside and, occasionally, in breach of regulations. In major cities where permit laws are in force it’s even tricker to find a spot and many motorhome owners are reliant on public parking. For many this is a real problem when in transit and it’s the cause of a good deal of tension in the motorhome community.
It raises the question as to whether too many fines are being issued and whether parking regulations are becoming prohibitive to people trying to go about their daily lives. It’s certainly the case that parking is a real consideration for motorhome owners and many will forego visiting, and spending money in, a city if they feel they will be unable to park.
It is possible, however, to appeal parking fines in the UK and you can do so without even needing to make a claim on your motorhome insurance. The appeals process can be quite simple and is often successful. Often tickets are awarded by mistake in areas where signage is not clear or, perhaps, where the laws themselves are difficult to decipher.
Unfortunately parking in the UK is a problem that’s here to stay. We have limited space in our towns and cities and the price for the places will always be high. However, the most motorhome owners can do in the meantime is stick to the rules as best as possible and remember that if you are unfairly ticketed, there is usually a way to make your voice heard.