These days there are apps for almost everything, and motorhome apps are no exception. A recent poll revealed the favourite apps used by motorhome enthusiasts and caravanners to make trips away easier. The best apps according to the voters included Campsites and Caravan Parks, Tom Tom Western Europe, Tom Tom UK & Ireland, Skype and Park4Night. Other popular apps included National Trust, AA Caravan and Camping Guide, Find My Car and AA Route Planner. The Antenna Aligner app was also suggested in the “other” category by some voters.Campsites and Caravan Parks
In first place was this app polling 14% of the votes. With more than 6,700 sites included, it is useful for easily locating campsites and caravan parks both in the UK and across Europe. You can search for suitable sites either by using the GPS-enabled map or going to the A to Z list and filtering by different categories. This is useful even when there is no internet connection because the site names, postcodes, phone numbers and website addresses are all stored in the app. Other useful features include reviews, star ratings and the fact that you can launch G [...]
Choosing which new or pre-owned motorhome to buy is an important decision, and one that you should research carefully before committing yourself. Whether you are looking for motorhomes in Hampshire or other parts of southern England, it is a good idea to visit a well-established dealer to get an idea of what is available. Advice is also available through online forums, and you may like to obtain a motorhomes buyers guide that will help you complete the process of buying a motorhome.Questions to Ask YourselfThe first question to ask is why you want a motorhome. You may have a clear idea of what you want to use it for, or you may just think it would give you the freedom to go where you want, when you want. Some people have very specific plans such as travelling around the UK for weeks at a time or just using their motorhome for weekends at festivals. This obviously has an impact on the facilities you need and the size of motorhome you would choose.
If you already have a motorhome, you may want to upgrade in some way, perhaps to a newer model or to accommodate the needs of a growing family. The number of beds and the layout are very important, so think about these before reaching your final decision. Some motorhome owners have spe
Deciding on the layout that will suit you best is one of the first things to do when you are choosing a new motorhome. There are many different types of motorhome layouts, and the one you choose will depend on your individual circumstances.
Bunk Bed Layouts
These are always popular with children and allow them to go to bed in the rear of the van whilst you relax.Drop-Down Bed Layouts
Some motorhome layouts have a drop-down double bed situated over the cab. These are convenient because they do not need to be made up at night, but they do have some drawbacks and headroom can be limited.End Kitchen Layouts
End kitchen layouts are ideal for people who like a separate dedicated cooking area.End Washroom Layouts
Although this layout may seem like a waste of space to some people, the luxury afforded by a lovely washroom with separate shower can persuade some owners to choose a model with an end washroom.Fixed Double Bed Layouts
Having a fixed double bed is very convenient because it means there is no need to assemble the bed each night.Fixed Single Bed Layouts
This layout also has the advantage of ready made-up beds, but in this case singles instead of a double.French Bed Layouts
A French bed layout saves space because a corner o
There are many different types of motorhome available, and the one you choose will depend on your own individual requirements for number of berths, space and facilities as well as your budget. Some models are quite expensive, but if you are prepared to consider used motorhomes, there are many more affordable options.
A-class motorhomes are possibly the most sought after, with many at the luxury end of the market, and there are also larger American-style RV motorhomes on the market. Although these appear even more luxurious than A-class motorhomes, there are drawbacks with these massive vehicles because they are unsuitable for travelling on some of the smaller UK roads.
Fixed roof camper vans are often just converted vans with very little external modification and basic on-board facilities. They are often competitively priced and ideal for people looking for small used motorhomes.High top campervan conversions are more convenient but can still be quite compact and simple to drive. Another alternative is a campervan with a rising roof for increased vertical space.Low-profile coach-built motorhomes are now more frequently available with drop-down beds a [...]
Motorhome holidays have become an increasingly popular choice for families, and the number of sites offering facilities for all the family has also increased. Here are five of the best destinations to try with your family.
Lower Micklin Touring Park is situated half a mile from the village of Alton and just two miles from Alton Towers. Staying on this site with your family is ideal if you are planning to visit the theme park and can be very economical too. There is a bus service between the site and Alton Towers, costing only £1 return, so using this can not only mean you avoid the traffic, but you also save the parking fee and avoid the walk or monorail journey from the car park at the other end. The small site has everything you need, including a children’s play area, a family bathroom, electric hook-ups and a designated ball field, but because it only has 15 pitches and is one of the most popular motorhome destinations, you need to book in advance.
As an island nation, the UK has many beautiful coastal areas with different characteristics, so there is always somewhere to spend a holiday by the sea in your motorhome. With so many more people now preferring staycations to travelling overseas, here are a few of the best coastal campsites in Britain.
Ayr Holiday Park, St Ives
This Cornish site has panoramic views over St Ives Bay and Porthmeor Beach. Situated just a short walk away from the traditional fishing port of St Ives, this is a family-friendly site with plenty of facilities, including a children’s play area and games room. Surfers will appreciate the free hot showers and the wet room, where they can leave their wetsuits after spending an active day. There are also many attractions close to the site, with many visitors enjoying boat trips or days on one of the nearby beaches, making this one of Cornwall’s top motorhome destinations.
Burnbake Campsite, Dorset
For people based in Hampshire this is ideal for motorhome holidays, as it is not too far to travel, even [...]
If you are considering buying your first motorhome, or perhaps have just bought one, you may wish that you had more knowledge about motorhoming before driving your new vehicle away. Despite an excellent and in-depth handover from their motorhome dealer, an owner can often feel overwhelmed by the unfamiliarity of their new vehicle. With this in mind, a new motorhome training academy has been launched this year.
Outdoor Bits supply and fit accessories for motorhomes and caravans. They have been made aware of the lack of knowledge that many new owners have when they drive their new motorhomes away from the dealership. These can be valuable vehicles and are often larger than anything the owner has driven previously. Although motorhome dealers typically provide a comprehensive handover service, much of the information they provide can fail to “sink in” in the excitement of the moment.
Motorhome Training Workshops
Outdoor Bits have decided to run a series of one-day workshops at their premises in the south of Devon on various dates. These motorhome cour [...]
With the advent of warmer weather and the holiday season approaching, it is important to make sure your motorhome is in tip-top condition before you head off on your first trip of the year. As with any vehicle, you will need to ensure the motorhome is roadworthy, but you also need to check the other things such as gas and water systems that you rely on for your motorhoming holidays.
Important Checks for Roadworthiness
Ensure that all the road lights are in good working order and that the batteries are keeping their charge efficiently. The fluid levels should all be checked and topped up if necessary. The oil obviously needs to be checked regularly, but you should also check the coolant, the power steering fluid and brake fluid. Make sure your washers are full and working properly - there is nothing worse than trying to see where you are going when your windscreen is covered with dirt and dead insects.
Buying your first motorhome can be quite daunting, and carrying out some research before deciding which model to buy is very important. Motorhomes can be expensive, but they do not have to be. You could pick up an older second-hand motorhome from around £5,000, but people have also been known to spend over £1 million for a new top-of-the-range model. Fortunately, a new guide from Motorhome Magazine can help you make your decision and highlight the important aspects to consider.
How the New Guide Can Help YouThere are so many things first time buyers need to consider when purchasing a motorhome. Firstly, you need to ensure that you are legally entitled to drive the model you choose. If you got your driving licence before January 1st 1997, you will be able to drive a vehicle weighing up to 7.5 tonnes. However, drivers who passed their test after this date will need to take a further test to add category C1 to their licence in order to drive a motorhome with a maximum authorized mass of more than 3.5 tonnes. Many new motorhomes come into this category, but it is something you need to be aware of.
The guide can help you by outlining the different types of [...]
As the holiday season grows nearer, many people are beginning to think about getting away for a while, possibly for a short break or for a longer holiday. In recent years staycations have become increasingly popular in the UK, mainly due to financial considerations and the complications associated with travelling abroad. One of the best ways to explore all that this country has to offer is to choose motorhoming. Both couples and families will appreciate the freedom and flexibility offered by motorhoming holidays in the UK.
If you want to explore the UK, a motorhome will allow you to visit both the tourist hotspots and some out-of-the-way places you would not normally find in the brochures. For families with children particularly, motorhoming allows you to move from place to place as you wish. You can head for family-friendly attractions, places of historical interest or lovely beaches depending on the weather and how you feel on the day. You will find that wherever you travel in the country you are never too far from a site to spend a night or two in. With motorhoming, you also have fewer restrictions and can please yourselves about what time to have your meals, settle down for the night or get up in the m