There's nothing quite like loading up your motorhome with all your creature comforts and hitting the open road for a brand new adventure. The freedom and flexibility offered by a motorhome holiday is unrivalled by any other mode of travelling, and it can be a great way to explore places off the beaten track and spend time in stunning natural surroundings without sacrificing comfort. While holidaying by motorhome is a great budget option, the costs can add up, especially if you're away for an extended period. Here are some tips to help you save money on motorhome trips and avoid going over budget while you travel.
Plan Where You'll EatThis is one of the most important motorhome money saving tips. While it can be fun to eat in a new restaurant every meal of your trip, it can be extremely expensive, especially if you're travelling with the whole family. Plan to have a few meals out, then decide to cook up something simple in your motorhome or on a barbecue on other days. Plan to eat in on days you spend in particularly scenic locations - alongside a lake or at the beach, for example. If you plan a few simple me [...]
Motorhome cleaning is one of those jobs you know you should do on a regular basis that is all too easy to put off. However, it’s an essential job that will keep your vehicle in tip-top shape and will help to catch any motorhome maintenance problems before they become a real issue.
Be PreparedBefore you start to get your motorhome preparation under way for the new season, you’ll need to get your cleaning materials together. It’s not recommended to use your pressure washer for this task because you can cause damage to window rubbers and seals, so you’ll need a hosepipe, a cleaning brush that can reach the roof, a cleaning mitt, specialised cleaning products for the exterior and interior, dusters, a chamois, a toothbrush and finally plenty of elbow grease!You can use your pressure washer to give the bodywork a quick sluice all over and loosen the worst of the dirt, but only if you’re extremely careful. It's better to use a hosepipe and a suitable product for your motorhome cleaning.Wait for a Cloudy DayThough you might assume that this is a job for a sunny day, if you want a streak-free finish you’ll opt for overcast [...]
There are few things in life more exciting than motorhome holidays and enjoying the freedom of the open road. Here are some handy motorhome holiday tips to help you get the most of your time away.
1. Planning Your Route
Planning motorhome holiday routes is quite different from going on holiday by car. Where to stay the first night requires careful thought. Be honest with yourselves - if you’re the kind of people who don’t like getting up early, or like to have a proper sit-down lunch, it’s not going to be very relaxing if you plan a 6am start and a 300-mile journey for the first day.
If your destination is right out in the country, down unmarked lanes, plan to arrive while it’s still light. Don’t forget that when you get there, as with all motorhome holidays, you’ve got a bit of setting up to do before you can cook, sleep or shower, and it’s much easier to do any jobs that need doing in daylight.Practical Motorhome and other online magazines have great suggestions for motorhome holidays, including routes, revi [...]
Many people think that motorhomes aren’t ideal for families, but in reality family motorhome trips are a lot of fun! While it is useful to plan in advance - after all, children tend to get bored quickly - the trip will be a great bonding experience for the whole family. If you’re thinking about taking a family trip in the motorhome, here are some motorhome travel tips.
It can be useful to buy specific games and toys for the motorhome, as this will make the toys more special to your children, and they will also feel like brand new toys every time you take a trip. There are lots of motorhome travel tips for you to follow, but this is definitely one of the most useful.Keeping Children Safe and SecureWhen it comes [...]
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 [...]