Like any holiday, you need to prepare for your motorhome rental to make sure you get the most from the experience.
If you have never taken a holiday in a motorhome before, then these tips should help smooth the way.
1. Be prepared.
Before departure, make sure that your motorhome has water, fuel, and gas. We recommend only filling your water tank half full when on the road to ensure optimum handling and fuel efficiency. You can always top the water up when you arrive at the campsite. You can also take a 10l bottle of water to use for making tea etc, especially if you are wild camping.
Make sure food and drink is stored away and the beds made up, so that you can relax as soon as you arrive at your destination.
Allow plenty of time to reach your first stop. Rushing or getting held up in traffic is not a relaxing start to any holiday.
Check what time your campsite shuts for the night. Many campsites close around 8.00 pm. If you do not make it in time, you will often find an “overnight parking area” outside the site, some with electric hook-up.
If you are using a Sat-Nav, make sure you have the co-ordinates to your campsite ready. Take a map as back-up, just in case.
If travelling on the Continent, be sure to have plenty of spare Euros to pay for toll roads. These can be surprisingly expensive! You also need to have the headlights adjusted to avoid “dazzle”.
If travelling with pets, ensure you have packed for them too! Make sure any campsites you are booked into are “pet friendly”.
If travelling with babies, it makes sense to keep a good supply of baby food, just in case you can’t find the brand your baby likes.
Take plenty of books, games, and music to keep the family entertained if the weather is inclement.
2. Everything in its place ….
Modern motorhomes have a surprising amount of storage and it’s good practice to store everything away before you leave.
Ensure that everyone sharing the motorhome understands that the motorhome must be kept tidy at all times, otherwise it can soon get very untidy and difficult to live in.
Rather than hanging clothes up, you can get some plastic crates and store your clothes in them, stacking the crates on top of one another in the wardrobe, and rotating them round as you use your clothes.
You can also try using “space bags” to store bulkier items such as bed linen, towels etc. There is a new type of bag that does not require a vacuum cleaner to suck out the air, and these are perfect for motorhomes.
3. Washing facilities
All our motorhomes come with hot water and central heating, but it’s best practice to conserve water where possible.
Wet yourself down in the shower, then switch off the tap, and lather yourself with your body wash.
Then switch on the shower again to rinse. It used to be called a “cat lick” wash!
It’s also a good idea to take some “wet wipes” as these are great for a quick once-over if you don’t want to take a full shower.
Keep the bathroom clean at all times, and empty the toilet when the indicator shows that it is full.
I like to put some nice handwash into the bathroom for a touch of luxury. Some airfreshener and Fabreze are also useful to keep handy!
If you are staying on a campsite, they will of course have facilities. Take a dressing gown or spa robe to walk around the site in, as this is completely acceptable on camp sites.
4. Stay friends
Motorhomes can feel quite small if you are not getting on with someone, or you have had a row! Try and respect other people’s privacy, tidy up after you, take some books and music to entertain yourself, and try not to whinge!
Looking after the motorhome is part of the fun of the holiday, so keep it nice and clean and fresh as you go along, and that should ensure happy holidays for all.
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