Monday, 30 March 2020

STAYCATIONS : 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MOTORHOMES*


While it’s always fun to visit new countries and experience different cultures, it’s also great to explore the country you live in. Believe it or not, there are many breathtaking places you’ve never been to that are within driving distance from your home. Britain might be a small nation in a geographical sense, but there are a plethora of hidden gems in the country that you need to check out! Of course, travelling costs can soon add up if you’re staying in hotels, paying for train tickets, and so forth. To that end, it makes sense to invest in a motorhome and have a hotel on wheels!  Image source


Before you go out and buy a motorhome, there are five things about owning such a vehicle that you need to know:

1. You must shop around for the best deal

If you’ve ever looked at the price of motorhomes, you’ll have noticed they aren’t as cheap as cars or vans to buy. Still, it’s possible to get a good deal on one if you know when and where to look. For example, motorhomes cost less to buy during off-peak seasons (i.e., when it’s not the middle of summer). Plus, you may find that better deals are open to you if you’re prepared to travel for one. *This is a partnership post.

2. Buy the biggest one for your budget

If you’re a solo traveller, this tip won’t necessarily apply to you. But, if you’re travelling as a couple or with a family in tow, it makes sense to purchase the biggest one that you can afford. It’s essential that you’ve got plenty of space to relax and sleep in without annoying other members of your family.

3. You need habitation checks carried out each year

Sure, motorhomes are essentially large vans, and from a mechanical perspective, they are identical to panel vans. However, that’s where the similarities end. Each year, you’ll need to ensure that your motorhome’s internal 240v electrics, gas and water supplies and connections are safe and sound. With that in mind, it makes sense to get a company that offers motorhome aftersales servicing to carry out habitation checks on your motorhome.

4. It’s worth investing in a reverse camera

As you can appreciate, motorhomes vary in size and some can be as large as extra-long wheelbase vans. Driving them is something of an experience if you’re not used to getting behind the wheel of a large van. But, parking them can be extremely challenging for the uninitiated! Reverse or ‘backup’ cameras make life easier when reversing your motorhome into a space. Plus, they also help you to check for any hidden hazards such as people or pets walking behind your motorhome as you’re reversing.

5. Buy a battery charger

Lastly, if you’re only going to drive your motorhome a handful of times each year, you should consider investing in a battery charger. Doing so will ensure that your motorhome’s battery won’t go flat due to lack of use, and will also keep your leisure batteries recharged as well.
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