Category Archives: Motorhome Safety

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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Essential Motorhome Accessories

Motorhome tripAn increasing number of people in the UK are choosing to purchase a motorhome for family holidays. Whether it’s the facility of being able to travel at your own pace, or the opportunity to explore the great outdoors in comfort, the motorhome industry has seen a steady rise in sales over the past few years.

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The World’s Most Expensive Mobile Home

DubaiMotorhomes are not the first modes of transport you would associate with the lifestyles of rich and famous, however the last couple of years have seen a number of high-end luxury models appear on the market that would only ever be affordable to select few.

Earlier this month though, a motorhome that went on sale in the Gulf of Dubai truly took things to a whole new level.

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The Wider Danger of Motorhome Fires

RV on fireOver the last few weeks there have been a considerable number of stories in the news and on the blogs that have covered serious motorhome fires. All motorhome owners are well aware of the risks of fire in their motorhomes, but often the proper preventative measures fail or, on occasion, weren’t implemented properly in the first place.

If a motorhome fire causes damage to a vehicle then, usually, it’s a reasonably simple procedure to repair the motorhome and to claim damages on a motorhome insurance policy. Of course, motorhome fires do often cause serious and irreplaceable damage to personal affects, but in most circumstances the damage tends to be manageable.

However, there are incidents where fires have caused not just damage to motorhomes, but to third parties. These sorts of incidents can be massively expensive and incredibly dangerous and the wider danger of motorhome fires is not often appreciated.

Motorhome engines are very prone to causing serious damage to their surroundings. Petrol is, of course, extremely flammable and is a fire prolonged the engine is highly likely to explode. The flames from this can often spread to other vehicles or, worse, to the natural surroundings. Fires from motorhomes can and do very easily cause forest fires.

The sort of situations we’ve been seeing recently really highlight the importance of acting calmly and quickly with fire. When safe to do so, using small, personal fire extinguishers can really help to control the blaze and will prevent flames spreading. Equally, motorhome owners should not delay in calling the emergency services; the faster the call, the faster the response and the less likely it will be that external damage will be caused.

Fires in motorhomes are not as rare as you may think and all motorhome owners need to know how to deal with emergency response. Factoring in that risk is all a part of safe travel as a motorhome owner so make sure you’re prepared.

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!