Guide for first time motorhomers

Touring Caravan

If you’re new to motorhoming or campervanning, here you’ll find our handy guides, videos and expert tips to help you stay safe and secure and have lots of fun on your motorhome travels.

Buying Essentials Driving Pitching Up Maintenance Gear guides Useful guides


Buying a motorhome or campervan

Here we look at the key things to consider when buying your first motorhome or campervan. From buying a new or used motorhome, to where you’re going to store it.

Buying new

Our guide to buying a brand new motorhome

Buying used

Our checklist when buying a second-hand motorhome

Motorhome glossary

Get to know the lingo with our glossary of common motorhome terms

Motorhome types

Here are the different motorhome body types

Motorhome layouts

Choosing the best motorhome layout for you

Motorhome handover

Our top motorhome handover tips to make sure you get the most from your buying experience

Secure storage sites

What to look for in a motorhome storage site

Storing at home

Ways to upgrade your motorhome storage security at home

Great value motorhome insurance: No experience necessary
Want to protect your new motorhome with extensive, award-winning insurance cover, against accidental damage, theft, storm and flooding? It needn’t cost the earth as a new owner with our many discounts which include a potential introductory no claim discount? See our insurance page for more details or get a quote now.

Buying the motorhome essentials

Don’t leave it too late to buy the accessories you’ll need when starting to use your motorhome or campervan. The last thing you want is to get off to a bad start on your first trip.

Motorhome essentials

Check out our list of essential motorhoming kit

Motorhome security

A look at locks and devices to prevent motorhome theft

Motorhome tracking devices

Be reassured that your motorhome can be recovered if it does fall into the wrong hands by installing a tracking system.

Motorhome alarms

Our top tips on what to look for when selecting a motorhome alarm

Solar panels

Get power from the sun with our guide to solar panels.

Sat-navs, Apps and maps

We look at the various accessories to help you get to your holiday destination.

Motorhome reversing gadgets

Products that will help you when reversing your motorhome.

Drive-away awnings

Some top tips on choosing a drive-away awning for your motorhome

Motorhome bedding

Duvets or sleeping bags. We take a look at the pros and cons of each.

Getting ready for your first motorhome tripe

Go motorhoming with confidence! As you embark on your first motorhome trip see our handy guides for a safe and enjoyable journey. From checking your motorhome is ready for travel, to loading and expert reversing tips.

Loading your motorhome

How to correctly load your motorhome

Know your weights

How to calculate the effect of adding weight to your motorhome on the front and rear axle

Tyre checks

Our essential guide to checking your motorhome tyres

Pre-departure checks

Our step-by-step guide to check you’re ready for your motorhome travels

First motorhome trip

Our top tips for your first trip away in your pride and joy

Pre-departure checklist

Download our checklist before you hit the road

Pitching up on site

Want to be the envy of your campsite neighbours? Here’s our guides to get the perfect setup and make you look like a pro from the start and throughout your stay.

Reversing your motorhome

Learn how to reverse your motorhome like a pro

Chemical toilets

How to use and look after your motorhome toilet

Gas

Everything you need to know about gas in your motorhome

Off grid camping

Here some top tips for taking your motorhome off grid or “wild camping”.

Tackling muddy ground

Our top tips to avoid getting your motorhome stuck in the mud!

Motorhome maintenance

Want to make sure your motorhome is in tip top shape for every trip? Check out these top tips.

Cleaning your motorhome

See our tips for keeping your motorhome clean

Cleaning your motorhome roof

Our guide to cleaning your motorhome roof and the equipment you’ll need

Water system

How to sterilise the water system

Motorhome servicing

The importance of a yearly motorhome service and habitation check

Winterising

Step-by-step guide to getting your motorhome ready for winter, including draining it down

Leisure battery care

Here’s our guide to looking after your motorhome’s leisure battery.

Winterproofing your motorhome

Twenty things to consider before you lay up your motorhome in the colder months.

Controlling damp

Some pointers for controlling damp and water ingress in your motorhome

Gear guides: More great motorhome kit

There’s lots of kit to make your motorhoming life easier and more secure. Here we take a look at devices which are popular with the modern motorhomer.

Motorhome awnings

Our top tips for buying an awning for your motorhome

Awning alternatives

Here we look at alternatives to extend your ‘van’s living space

Steering wheel locks

Optimise your motorhome security with a steering wheel lock

Vacuum cleaners

Keep your ‘motorhome clean as we take a look at four compact cleaners.

Space savers

Here’s some gear and tips to help enhance your motorhome’s storage capabilities.

Collapsible kit

Save space and weight with our guide to collapsible camping gear

Wi-Fi

Here’s our guide to Wi-Fi on the go

Other useful guides

We realise not everyone motorhome in the same way. Here are a few other guides you might find useful.

European travel

If you’re planning a holiday to Europe in your motorhome check what you need to know before your travel

Guide to towing

Add a tow bar to your motorhome and you might give your life other dimensions. Here’s our guide to towing with your motorhome.

Modernise your motorhome

Our 10 top tips on modernising your motorhome

Tips for motorhoming with pets

We bring you some tips for taking your pets on holiday

Winter motorhoming

Our guide to taking your motorhome on tour in the winter months

Removing window scratches

Here we go through how to get rid of scratches on your motorhome’s acrylic windows

Motorhome accidents

What to do if you find yourself in a motorhome accident


Don't miss out
Sign up for our Freedom e-magazine, packed with competitions, reviews of the latest caravans, tips to stay safe and advice to help you make the most of it.
Up to 10% for customers over 30 years old ×

We reward mature caravan owners with up to 10% discount.

No claim discount ×

No claim discount for insured and claim free years:

  • 1 year = 10%
  • 2 years = 15%
  • 3 years = 20%
  • 4 years = 22%
  • 5 years = 24%
  • 6+ years = 25%

It is possible to protect a 3 year no claim discount.

Don't miss out! An introductory discount may be available if you have previous experience of towing or driving a larger vehicle (even if it wasn't insured in your name).

Discount for caravan tracking devices ×

Such devices can help locate your stolen caravan by guiding police to its position using GPS, GSM or VHF technology. Not all tracking devices qualify for our discount. Please see our list of approved touring caravan tracking devices.

Learn more
Axle wheel lock discount ×

An axle wheel lock attaches to the caravan chassis. Once the wheel is jacked up and lined up with the chassis receiver, a locking plate is fitted through the wheel to lock it in place. Examples of axle wheel locks include the AL-KO Secure or BPW/SAS/Winterhoff Diamond Wheel Lock. We accept these devices in place of a traditional wheel clamp and you will also qualify for an additional discount.

If you are unsure whether your device qualifies please click here

Discount for a caravan alarm ×

If your caravan already has an alarm or you plan to fit an alarm you can claim another insurance discount. There are many alarm systems available for caravans. The best types of alarm monitor movement inside the caravan using Passive Infra-Red (PIR) sensors and/or will trigger via tilt sensors if a thief attempts to tow your caravan away.

Learn more
Discount for secure caravan storage ×

The security in place at the location where your caravan will be stored could reduce the price you pay for your insurance. Having gates that you keep locked at all times or a security drive post at your home storage location will generally mean you will receive a cheaper insurance quote. Or if you plan to store you caravan in a secure storage facility look for sites which have security features such as 24 hour access control, perimeter fencing, CCTV, and onsite wardens in place for a possible discount.

Learn more
Discount for CaSSOA Silver/Gold Award storage ×

We reward owners that keep their caravans in a CaSSOA Gold or Silver approved secure storage site.

CaSSOA awards storage sites a Gold, Silver or Bronze security rating dependent on the number of security features they have in place. These could include perimeter fencing, access control, alarm systems or CCTV. To check if your storage site has a Gold or Silver Award, click here to visit their website

Electronic anti-snaking devices ×

Electronic trailer control systems such as 'Al-Ko ATC' or 'BPW iDC' work in a similar way to ESP in cars by braking the caravan's wheels if it senses loss of control. This helps to prevent snaking and keep the caravan under control during extreme driving conditions, such as hard braking or swerving to avoid an accident.

Some new caravans have a system fitted as standard. It can also be retro fitted to some caravan chassis.

Discount for VIN Chip Plus marking ×

We offer a discount for VIN Chip Plus where it is fitted in addition to the basic Vin Chip kit found as standard on all UK caravans from 2016 onwards.

VIN Chip Plus provides an additional electronic RFID chip, microdot solution, UV marker and additional tamper resistant labels all coded with a caravan's unique VIN number. The kit makes it even harder for thieves to hide a caravan's true identity or helps police make contact with its legal owner following theft.

Please Note: This discount is not available in combination with the discount for other security marking products.

Other security marking

Most UK caravans have a CRiS or VIN number displayed in their windows. However, additional marking kits can be bought for extra protection. Marking is often applied using a liquid containing microdots or 'chemical DNA' invisible to the naked eye but revealed using a UV torch. These carry a unique code linking a caravan back to its legal owner therefore improving its chances of being recovered if stolen. We give a discount for the following security marking products:

  • CRiS Extra/Plus*
  • Data Tag
  • DNA+
  • Micro-Tag
  • SelectaDNA
  • Smart Water
  • Stop Theft
  • Thiefbeaters

*CRiS Extra/Plus must be in addition to any standard 17 digit CRiS window and chassis markings found on UK caravans since 1992 and standard CRiS tag / chip found on UK caravans since 1998.

Window stickers are usually provided by the product manufacturers to warn thieves that the caravan is fitted with additional security marking. Please note this discount is not available in combination with the discount for VIN Chip Plus.

Please Note: This discount is not available in combination with the discount for VIN Chip Plus.

Tyre safety devices ×
Tyron bands

Tyron wheel safety bands greatly reduce the risk of accident through loss of control after tyre deflation by helping to keep the tyre in place following punctures, blow-outs and under inflation.

Discount for Tyre pressure monitoring

Incorrectly inflated tyres can affect the way a caravan tows and may lead to a serious accident. That's why we offer a discount for tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) fitted to caravan tyres. TPMS systems work by placing sensors either on the tyre valves or inside the wheels. These sensors continuously measure the pressure and temperature of the tyres and transmit information wirelessly to a monitor inside the tow car and sound an alarm if there's any abnormality. Popular makes include TyrePal or Snooper's Tyre Pilot. We don't give discounts for TPMS systems fitted to the tyres of tow vehicles.

Discount for tyre sealant

We offer a discount for pre-puncture tyre sealant or slime, which is a proactive defence against tyre punctures and can help prevent an accident. It's injected through the tyre valves and coats the inside of the tyres. In the event of a puncture, and when the penetrating object is removed, a small amount of tyre sealant is squeezed through the puncture hole to seal the tyre. We offer this discount for the likes of Phantom Tyre Protector and Ultra Seal. Please note the discount does not apply for post-puncture tyre sealant kits which are only used to temporarily repair tyres following a puncture.

Discount for reversing cameras ×

We offer discounts for caravans fitted with rear view cameras or reversing sensors, as they can help to prevent manoeuvring accidents.

Mounted on the back of the caravan, reversing cameras are designed to give drivers a complete view of what is behind their caravan. The camera transmits images to a monitor secured to the towcar's dashboard or windscreen

Please Note: We do not offer discounts for reversing aid(s) fitted only to the pulling vehicle.

Discount for reversing sensors

We offer discounts for caravans fitted with rear view cameras or reversing sensors, as they can help to prevent manoeuvring accidents.

Reversing sensors (often slightly cheaper than cameras) are usually inserted or stuck onto a caravan's rear panel. They use ultrasonic technology to emit a series of audible beeps inside the towcar, which sound closer together as the caravan moves towards to an object.

Please Note: We do not offer discounts for reversing aid(s) fitted only to the towing vehicle.

Discount for VIN Chip Plus marking ×

We offer a discount for VIN Chip Plus where it is fitted in addition to the basic Vin Chip kit found as standard on all UK caravans from 2016 onwards.

VIN Chip Plus provides an additional electronic RFID chip, microdot solution, UV marker and additional tamper resistant labels all coded with a caravan's unique VIN number. The kit makes it even harder for thieves to hide a caravan's true identity or helps police make contact with its legal owner following theft.

Please Note: This discount is not available in combination with the discount for other security marking products.

Other security marking ×

Most UK caravans have a CRiS or VIN number displayed in their windows. However, additional marking kits can be bought for extra protection. Marking is often applied using a liquid containing microdots or 'chemical DNA' invisible to the naked eye but revealed using a UV torch. These carry a unique code linking a caravan back to its legal owner therefore improving its chances of being recovered if stolen. We give a discount for the following security marking products:

  • CRiS Extra/Plus*
  • Data Tag
  • DNA+
  • Micro-Tag
  • SelectaDNA
  • Smart Water
  • Stop Theft
  • Thiefbeaters

*CRiS Extra/Plus must be in addition to any standard 17 digit CRiS window and chassis markings found on UK caravans since 1992 and standard CRiS tag / chip found on UK caravans since 1998.

Window stickers are usually provided by the product manufacturers to warn thieves that the caravan is fitted with additional security marking. Please note this discount is not available in combination with the discount for VIN Chip Plus.

Please Note: This discount is not available in combination with the discount for VIN Chip Plus.

Tyron bands ×

Tyron wheel safety bands greatly reduce the risk of accident through loss of control after tyre deflation by helping to keep the tyre in place following punctures, blow-outs and under inflation.

Discount for tyre sealant ×

We offer a discount for pre-puncture tyre sealant or slime, which is a proactive defence against tyre punctures and can help prevent an accident when towing. It's injected through the caravan tyre valves and coats the inside of the tyres. In the event of a puncture, and when the penetrating object is removed, a small amount of tyre sealant is squeezed through the puncture hole to seal the tyre. We offer this discount for the likes of Phantom Tyre Protector and Ultra Seal. Please note the discount does not apply for post-puncture tyre sealant kits which are only used to temporarily repair tyres following a puncture.

Discount for Tyre pressure monitoring ×

Incorrectly inflated tyres can affect the way a caravan tows and may lead to a serious accident. That's why we offer a discount for tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) fitted to tyres. TPMS systems work by placing sensors either on the tyre valves or inside the wheels. These sensors continuously measure the pressure and temperature of the tyres and transmit information wirelessly to a monitor inside the tow car and sound an alarm if there's any abnormality. Popular makes include TyrePal or Snooper's Tyre Pilot. We don't give discounts for TPMS systems fitted to the tyres of tow vehicles.

Discount for reversing cameras ×

We offer a discount for caravans fitted with rear view cameras or reversing sensors, as they can help to prevent manoeuvring accidents.

Mounted on the back of the caravan, reversing cameras are designed to give drivers a complete view of what is behind their caravan. The camera transmits images to a monitor secured to the towcar's dashboard or windscreen

Please Note: We do not offer discounts for reversing aid(s) fitted only to the towing vehicle.

Discount for reversing sensors ×

We offer a discount for caravans fitted with rear view cameras or reversing sensors, as they can help to prevent manoeuvring accidents.

Reversing sensors (often slightly cheaper than cameras) are usually inserted or stuck onto a caravan's rear panel. They use ultrasonic technology to emit a series of audible beeps inside the towcar, which sound closer together as the caravan moves towards to an object.

Please Note: We do not offer discounts for reversing aid(s) fitted only to the towing vehicle.

More reasons to choose us
Number 1 on ReviewCentre
Number one for service and value
Royal Sun Alliance rsa Logo
Reassuringly good cover from a leading insurer
Award winning customer service
Award winning company
Web Secure online quotes
Safe and secure online quotes
Trusted family business since 1984
Confidence in a trusted family business
Highly rated claims service
Highly rated claims service
Money back guarantee
Money back guarantee
National Caravan Council NCC Logo
Member of the National Caravan Council
Heart Research Logo
Heart Research donation for every paperless policy
Plain English policy icon
Plain English policy and documents
Great value icon
Great value for money