If you are an avid motorhomer then it’s likely you have already taken your motorhome out during the Easter holidays, however there are still many motorhome owners across the UK who are waiting for the weather to improve just that little bit more. Even though we are currently still experiencing some April showers, the weather is definitely getting warmer and we are starting to see more sun, so here Victor Millwell shows you how to prepare your motorhome for spring: Continue reading
Seasoned 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
It’s been a long time coming but with the UK currently in the midst of mini heat-wave now is the perfect time for motorhomes to emerge from storage. But with many of Britain’s most dedicated caravanners having already planned their trips, time is running out to book your summer holiday.
We’ve outlined a selection of the best motorhome spots in the UK for anyone still looking to book a trip a summer.
It may have been an extremely long winter, but finally the weather is starting to get warmer and more people are beginning to plan their next motorhome trip. However, since the winter has been so long most people are having to give their motorhomes a bit of TLC or are planning on buying a new model, which is good for both motorhome manufacturers and mechanics alike. Here we look at the hot topics for April and how owners are getting geared up for the motorhome season: Continue reading
Most motorhome owners are extremely good at maintaining most of their motorhome, but when it comes to tyres things get a little bit lax. We get a lot of motorhome insurance claims where tyres have blown-out or worn through at speed and, often, this is because the tyre was improperly maintained in the first place. After the winter we’ve had, the UK’s roads are looking worse than they have done for a long time, and this is going to be a serious problem for motorhome tyres when the spring holidaymakers start to arrive.
Potholes are going to be one of the main problems for motorhome owners. The extra weight of motorhomes means that if they hit a pothole the impact is particularly hard on both suspension and tyres. If tyres are under-inflated this impact usually hits the suspension first, but properly inflated tyres should be able to take the impact.
Equally, loose chippings and debris from the decaying road surfaces are going to accelerate tyre wear. This is going to lead to reduced grip, particularly in the wet, and some motorhome owners may even find their tyres disintegrating below the legal 1mm tread limit. It is not only an offence to drive with tyres in poor condition, it’s incredibly dangerous and could easily lead to a collision.
Good tyre maintenance is an essential part of winter driving and motorhome owners are advised to take steps to ensure that their tyres are properly inflated to just below the maximum limit displayed on the tyre and that their tread is adequate for the conditions.
While we’re starting to see repairs being undertaken it looks like it’s going to be some time before the UK’s roads are back in good condition. For now the advice for motorhome owners has to be to stick to the main roads wherever possible and to avoid any narrow country lanes.
Motorhome owners have always been attracted to the ideas of wild camping and self-sufficiency and this particular type of camping is very attractive to a lot of those who purchase motorhomes. The freedom to travel where you like and spend time as you please is really something that only a motorhome or campervan enables you to do and it’s quite probably one of the top reasons people buy motorhomes at all.
In popular motorhome areas such as the UK, mainland Europe and places like Australia and New Zealand, however, motorhomes camping in the wild are becoming a problem. The sheer volume of motorhome traffic that these areas attract is becoming problematic and can be a danger to local residents or the environment, particularly in places like national parks or nature reserves.
As such, local authorities are starting to bring in rules about where and how campers are allowed to camp, particularly in busy motorhome areas. The rules, however, are often inconsistently applied and can be incredibly confusing to follow, particularly if you’re travelling between different countries. Such disputes have been the cause of motorhome insurance claims and motorhome owners have also been issued heavy fines for contravening the regulations.
However, a part of the problem does come from motorhome owners themselves. In New Zealand in particular, many motorhome tourists fail to respect the local environment and often leave litter or waste where they shouldn’t. This is something seen all over the world by a very small minority of motorhome owners, but it has causes issues amongst tourists and local residents.
At the moment we’re seeing motorhome travel increasing in popularity and motorhomes, at the same time, are getting bigger and more sophisticated. This is putting the pressure on councils and authorities to act and regulate and we’re in a difficult period where the practical concerns of motorhome owners haven’t yet been ironed out. However, if authorities and the motorhome communities work together to come to amiable solutions, we should see things improving in the near future.