Are you planning a maiden motorhome holiday?
It’s thrilling and exciting, like no other road trip. But, to make sure you don’t face any hurdles, it better to know about our vehicle and understand the prerequisites of a motorhome lifestyle.
There are no guarantees that everything will go according to your plan. Even if anything goes wrong, you can easily manage if you have researched properly.
But, vehicles can be tricky, especially motorhomes. So, we suggest that you choose a campsite that’s nearby your living area.
How to Take Your First Motorhome Trip?
You need a driving license to start a motorhome trip. Make sure you have the authority to drive the total weight of the vehicle. If the RV is more than three years old, it needs an MOT, insurance and road tax.
Choose a Campsite
You might already know a camping site. If you want to explore, try clubs like The Caravan and Motorhome or The Camping and Caravanning. These clubs have multiple motorhome sites around the UK. You can also try apps like Park4Night to search for the best holiday site in your region.
You can try EHY (electric hookups) because most of the campsites will not allow generators. Batteries could be helpful, but they offer a limited backup.
Most of the sites have a point for fresh and wastewater. So, you don’t have to worry about it. Apart from that, contact the place to check if they have available space for your campervan, especially if you own a significant model.
How to Pack a Motorhome?
Do not pack everything on the motorhome as if you are going to the forest for a year. You might end up taking more than you need, which will also add to the weight and occupy open space in the vehicle.
Be smart and choose the items and luggage carefully.
We don’t recommend that you order many motorhome extras, instead of knowing what you need. However, there are few products that you will always need on a campervan trip.
For instance, take a first aid kit and loo roll. All the campsites do not have a toilet. Plus, you can choose between the motorhome washroom or site one if you have the roll.
If you have some quick-drying towels, then do not forget them. Also, take a washing line to dry towels and other clothes. Pack a sleeping bag as well—no need to spend extra on a unique motorhome bedding.
Talking about low wattage microwave for motorhome, cooking utensils, pack your kitchen pots, pan and plates. Choose only the small ones. Apart from these items, it will help if you take an extension lead, whistling kettle levelling ramps, collapsible bucket, awning straps, food-grade hose, water carrier, some tableware and unbreakable wine glasses.
Apart from these items, it will help if you take an extension lead, whistling kettle levelling ramps, collapsible bucket, awning straps, food-grade hose, water carrier, some tableware and unbreakable wine glasses.
Points to think & do before you leave the house
- If you have a Facebook account, then join the manufacturer page of your motorhome. These pages might provide you with a lot of answers and help diagnose problems on the go.
- Download some motorhome apps to get some help in the research, planning and things to do when travelling in a motorhome. You can try Park4Night, Campercontact, searchforsites, Camperstop or ACSI.
- Check the home insurance before you leave, even for a night. Most of us forget this step.
- Take the motorhome user’s manual. If it’s a second-hand purchase, then you might not have the booklet. But, you can still download it online. You can also consult the manufacturer in case of any problem.
- Plugin and power on the fridge at least 24 hours before you are planning to leave.
- If you want to use gas to heat the water, make sure the gas bottles are filled.
- Make sure all the house lights are off, and doors are locked.
- Ensure all the things are secure and all the doors are correctly locked.
- Lock the garage
- Put the toilet lid down.
- If you are carrying bikes, make sure their rack is installed correctly, and the bicycles are adequately loaded.
- Half fill the tank of fresh water and add a sterilizing tablet
- Check the tire pressure at the first service station you encounter.
- Fill the fuel tank
- Weight your motorhome if there is a vehicle weigh scale nearby.
After Arriving at The Campsite
Pitching up for the first time might be challenging, especially if you are a newcomer. Motorhome, caravan and campervan owners can be pretty nosy. However, if you need any help, they will be the first to serve. Plus, expect a good look from everyone when you will arrive.
Do not hesitate to ask your neighbour if you are confused about something. Fellow motorhome owners are the best source of help and advice that you can find on the move.
You will get all the details upon arrival. Fill your freshwater tank once you enter the campsite. Plan your pitch according to your preferences. Some of the users prefer sunrise, while others love the sunset.
Parking a large motorhome might be a problem, especially if you have to reverse in a confined space. A reverse camera could be handy in such situations. Be patient while parking the vehicle and ask for help if you need it.
Make sure your motorhome is level. Some of the users check this using a spirit level, others by an app. Experienced users can know this with the look and feel.
So, choose whatever seems to be suitable. Otherwise, you might not be able to sleep properly. Almost all the campsites are built with hard grounds, which is the best option because you are new.
Do you use chocks? If yes, then it’s the best time to deploy them. You can also use a medium-sized stone or wooden piece, which is lying around the parking space. But, you might not find them on all the sites. So, asses where you can use the chocks and park the vehicle accordingly.
Etiquettes to follow
- Stick to the site rules, especially during the silent durations. Be a good individual and respect all the other motorhome owners.
- Maintain a friendly nature. Campers enjoy good conversations. Please share what you know and take something from their experiences. It’s the best way to learn about motorhome adventures.
- Dispose of your waste carefully.
- Never leave the engine or generator running.
- Instruct your pets and kids not to disturb others
- Park your vehicle in such a way that gives complete privacy to your neighbour
- Do not play music at high output, especially early in the morning or late at night
What to do if something goes wrong?
Like all other vehicles, a motorhome can go wrong sometimes. So, it will help if you are mentally prepared for the worst when you are on an exploration trip. If something is haywire, do not panic. Instead, follow the given points.
- Check the manual and make sure everything is correct.
- Restarting any electrical or mechanical machines and devices can do wonders. Check the fuse if you believe it’s an electrical error.
- Google and Facebook are some of the best online tools to reach many forums and user’s pages. Try to explain your problem in an active and high ranked forum.
- Take the help of fellow motorhome owners.
- If your motorhome is new, then contact the showroom and ask for assistance.
- You can quickly sort any of the problems, be it anywhere. Keep this in your mind and think about the solution, not the problem.
Final talk – after the trip ends.
Now you know how to take your first motorhome trip. Once the adventure ends, pause for a moment and think about what you have leant about the trip, caravan and campsite.
Driving and living in an RV or motorhome is not something adamant. But you have to be thoughtful. Happy journey.