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Motorhome Hire Tips

MOTORHOME HIRE TIPS

Motorhomes can be long and have a large rear overhang over the back axle, anticipate overtaking by manoeuvring much earlier than in a car, and use the mirrors to keep an eye on the rear of the vehicle.

Some motorhome hire companies have reversing aids such as cameras. However when reversing, always get the passenger to step out of the motorhome and watch the rear of the vehicle.

 

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Try to avoid tight country lanes, were passing is impossible.

There are height barriers in many car parks – supermarket car parks are a good option in towns for parking as there are not height barriers and there is plenty of space for a longer vehicle.

Be aware of the dimensions of the motorhomes for hire and make sure these are somewhere visible that the driver can see.

Using a navigation aid such as a Sat Nav is a great way to get from A to B. They do however have a tendency to cut corners and lead you down minor ‘B’ roads or routes with low bridges.

Use a conventional map for planning your route using motorways and ‘A’ roads, and then when you are close to your destination use your Sat Nav to guide you to the exact location. Most of tour operators provide them for hire.

Some motorhome hire companies fit  tow bars and these have a maximum weight limit for towing. If you are thinking of towing another vehicle it’s important to know the combined weight of the trailer and load.

Always check with the operator that this does not exceed the tow bars maximum capacity and note that the towed item will not be covered by the self hire drive insurance in the event of an accident.

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Electrical items are a necessary evil of modern life. Before setting off on your journey make sure all your electrical equipment is fully charged. Electrical equipment can be charged while on the move using the 12v cigarette lighter, however laptops, i pads etc need a 240v power supply to charge. Make sure when choosing a campsite a hook up is available as this will allow charging of this equipment.

All motorhomes have a fresh water tank, used for showering, washing up etc. Avoid overfilling the fresh water tank when starting your tour – the tank is extremely heavy when full and can have an impact on the MPG.

Local byelaws forbid overnight parking in many areas so campsites will be a necessity, although Scotland has different rules.

Plan your route in advance and pre book campsites during peak periods as many will be fully booked over the school holidays and Bank Holidays.

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Your motorhome hire fee will include self hire drive insurance but you should consider taking out holiday insurance to cover those unexpected events.

Motorhoming is not only for the countryside, there are great campsites in the centre of London for example that provide a great low cost option for staying in the capital.

With children on board, break long journeys into segments. Plan stops that have some interesting places.

Switch the fridge to the leisure battery when travelling.

For safety, turn off the gas at the bottle when travelling.

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Motorhome Wild Camping

Unwritten Rules to adhere to when Motorhome wild Camping

Think Security- Don’t park in an area that might be frequented by low-life, conversely a remote location brings it’s own problems.  See Top Tips for Security when Wild Camping

Do not damage anything. Most land belongs to someone, do not remove branches or damage crops.  Don’t use BBQs with a risk of fire etc.

When Motorhome wild Camping ..Don’t make a camp of it. Deck-chairs, awnings and windbreaks should not be used unless you are extremely remote and not overlooked.

No Litter – Not even in bags.  Store your litter inside.  The practice of putting it under the motorhome in a black sack looks awful, chances are a animal opens the sack and spreads litter everywhere.

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Motorhome wild camping

Motorhome wild camping Always try to avoid camp in-sight of a houses, its not always possible but where it is, it’s best done.  These home owners are normally the first to call the police.

Never let waste drip onto the ground.  We all know that a little grey water won’t harm the environment, but if the public see liquid coming out of your motorhome they often assume the worst.

Dispose of sewer waste responsibly.  Never assume that a manhole is for black waste it might not be. An extra cassette to double your black waste is always a good idea.  You can buy storage solutions for these so they fit under the motorhome.

Resources when wild

While you might get a free pitch, peace and quiet with a view to die for, when wild camping that is about it. The other basics for life we need to have with us.  We need to cope without an electric hookup, fresh water or sewer.

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Motorhome Wild camping

Americans call this “dry camping” when camped on a site you are just yards away from copious amounts of fresh water and somewhere to dump waste and as access to as much electricity as you need. when camping in the wild we are pretty self-sufficient but have to think things through a little,  or we can quickly run short of an essential and have to cut short our camping.

If you are wild camping more than a couple of days, then you’ll need to use your resources sparingly.

You will know from experience how long you can be away from a hookup; if you use a generator and. or solar panels this might be indefinite. but black and grey tanks fill and need to be emptied.  if you have a two gallon  toilet cassette, then you’ll need to give more frequent, responsible, disposal some thought. the trick is to arrive somewhere completely full with fresh water with all your waste empty.  Wild campers need to manage fresh and waste water responsibly.

Fresh water

Wild campers should fit a water filter, that way if they are ever not sure about the quality of the water they fill up with.  the less water you use, the slower your grey tank will fill so use fresh water sparingly. if you really want to eek out the last of your water, there are lots of water saving tips.

When Motorhome wild Camping, Don’t waste that 4 pints of water while your waiting for your shower water to get to temperature, catch it in a bucket, and you can put it back in your tank, or use it to rinse dishes etc.

Before washing up, clean plates and cutlery thoroughly with tissues, this will ensure you use much less water.

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Motorhome Wild Camping

Learn how to shower using the minimum of water, wet yourself, turn off the tap, soap up, then a quick rinse and repeat.

Wet wipes add to your dry waste but can save a lot of water, when washing face and hands etc.

Depending where you are it can be difficult getting your water tanks refilled.  Many wild campers just book onto a campsite 1 day in five and replenish, some fulltime wild campers refuse to pay for sites and they track down there water at grave yards, garages and service stations etc. As water meters become more widespread then finding free water will become harder.

Grey Waste Disposal (dish water, shower water)

When wild camping grey water (washing and washing up water) is the easiest waste to get rid of, you’ll know your full when the shower won’t drain or has dishwater in it. You are probably aware that at times grey water can smell worse than black!  So its best to dump it well away from where you are camping.   Ideally this will be at a designated area at an aire or campsite, but sometimes it’s necessary to lose some in the wilderness. If this is your plan then ensure that you use environmentally friendly soaps and detergents.

When Motorhome wild Camping If you must lose some grey water; getting rid of into a hedge line or in some scrub or field is not going to do any harm, especially if it’s a one off.  However too much grey in one place will harm vegetation and get very smelly, so do spread it around. Don’t just let it drain through a dump hose, it looks terrible and the public will complain.  Letting a small amount of grey out as you drive along should not do any harm and will evaporate soon enough

via A Beginners Guide to Motorhome Wild Camping

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