Everything You Need to Know About Motorhomes

By  //  August 27, 2021

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If this is your first time buying a motorhome, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed before your first trip. It can be uncomfortable suddenly driving a much bigger vehicle than what you’re accustomed to. Once you know the basics though, a getaway in your motorhome will feel like second nature. Read on for everything you need to know about your motorhome.

GPS Navigator

Use a GPS navigator when you travel. We recommend pre-loading your device with the places you intend to visit. Make sure it’s up to date as it won’t help if the roads are no longer in use. It’s good to do some research beforehand to see if roads can fit your motorhome as well.

Important documents

Have important documents to hand. This includes getting your insurance papers for your motorhome and then keeping them in a safe place. Beyond this it’s crucial to pack some emergency contact details, your driver’s license, passport and even the motorhome manual. It can feel like clutter, but in an emergency these items will come in handy.

Energy usage

You’ll need to ensure that you conserve energy in your motorhome. Domestic electrical equipment can often use up too much energy for your hook-up system. Be aware of energy use and aim for low powered gadgets for the motorhome. Electronics like hairdryers, microwave, and fan heaters can consume a lot of energy. Look for alternatives to your kettles etc

Toilet emptying 

You’ll also need to acquaint yourself with maintaining the toilet in your motorhome. Depending on the size of your loo they will need emptying every two to three days for liquids. Familiarise yourself with how to empty it and clean it before reuse. Ideally, you’ll be using campsite toilets more often than not, but it’s still worth being prepared. 

Driving practice

Most importantly, know that you can drive the motorhome. Especially if you are not used to driving such a large vehicle. While it can feel intimidating driving a vehicle like this, there are a number of gadgets and add-ons to the vehicle which can help you.

From power steering to cruise control; automatic gearboxes to parking sensors and reversing cameras, it’s fair to say that no modern motorhomes are really tricky to drive. Also do your research on where you can park it when it is not in use.

Buying – and more importantly, using – your motorhome can be a truly exciting experience. But you don’t want to be worried when you first take it on the road. By following the above advice though, you should be suitably prepared to keep it safe and have a great time.