Our top tips for a first motorhome trip

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  1. Marcus says:

    A great article.

    We also hired last year from Peter Roberts Motorhomes in Huddersfield. Wonderful experience.

    If you are using the on-site shower facilities as you you suggested, I would recommend you use the motorhome shower for extra space. We did and it proved to be helpful.

  2. Bernard says:

    What a great read. Currently on our first trip in our motor home and can’t believe how many of these points have raised their heads..particularly about disconnecting the electrics..we’ve put a small note on the dash. .electrics, roof lights, gas, 12v fridge and don’t leave the step behind! Got caught today..no change for car park! Lots to learn, but lots of fun too..like you say…relax!

  3. Sue says:

    Great article, we take delivery of our van in a few weeks. A check list like this is very useful. Thank you. 🙂

  4. Ann Francis says:

    In the beginning as a novice I would not place too much reliance on a reversing camera as the view is incomplete and distorted.
    For reversing there is nothing like a pair of eyes and good communication. We find if the passenger goes to the rear of the vehicle and looks out of the window they can communicate with the driver clearly, without ambiguous hand signals or shouting.
    Apparently the military train the reversing assistant to stand in front of the vehicle -which does stress the importance of good communication.

  5. Terry Royle says:

    I think this should read 3500kg!

    ‘ If you passed your driving test after January 1st, 1997 then you must take a C1 test to drive a motorhome heavier than 3.5kg.’

    good article though.

  6. Shane says:

    For me the most important thing to note when driving is the overhang from the rear wheels backwards. It’s very long and if you attempt a sharpish turn either way it will swing wider than you would be used to in a car. So give yourself plenty of room at the rear side for a sharp turn or move forward more than you would normally before turning to avoid smacking the back end on something at the side. I learned that the hard way!

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks Shane. That’s good advice and sorry to hear you learned the hard way.

  7. Richard Laughton says:

    If purchased from a dealer, have the first night(s) midweek near the dealer so that it can be taken back if something does’t work.

  8. Mary says:

    Stay on your drive for a night, just as if you were on site. Find out what you’ve forgotten before you set off. ~Check everything works, and decide if anything needs to be moved to another cupboard.
    Caravanners set up on site, then go of and return each day. Motorhomers stay overnight and move on every day or so, in our experience.

  9. Julian says:

    Take a hose pipe with you, and all the tap adapters you can find, to fill the water tank : you might find a tap with no hose.
    Also a collapsible water carrier is a good idea for a temporary water supply when you don’t want to have to move the van to the tap right away.

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