Five Tips for New Motorhome Owners
If you have recently
purchased a motorhome, you’re probably going to have a few questions. It’s an expensive addition to your household
and there are several things you need to operate it safely. There is also routine maintenance that needs to be
taken care of to keep your motorhome in top-notch condition. Here are some tips for new motorhome
owners or for those interested in making their first motorhome purchase.
#1 Take Care of
All the Paperwork
After the initial
paperwork is completed, you’ll want to make sure you take care of the UK Road Tax and the MOT certificate. Your
insurance company may require this information prior to issuing your new motorhome coverage. Some of the larger RVs
will require a special license endorsement, as well.
#2 Get Some
Driving Practice Under Your Belt
If you have never driven
anything like your new motorhome, then it’s time to get some
driving time in a familiar area before you set off to parts unknown. While many of the compact models are just as
easy to operate as a car, the larger ones are not. It takes practice to be able to park them correctly and
especially if you must drive in reverse. Practice somewhere out of harm’s way and become familiar with your vehicle
and all it’s subtle nuances before setting off with your family inside. There are also several
motorhome-manoeuvring courses available to help those who are still rather leery of
#3 Keep Your
Motorhome Serviced Regularly
It’s important to get your
motorhome serviced on a regular basis. This is not only to keep your warranty from being voided, but also to keep
your motorhome roadworthy. This includes oil changes, transmission fluid changes, new tyres when needed, brake
inspections, and a whole list of other necessities. Don’t overlook the importance of these services, as it can cost
you a lot more on the road than just your vehicle.
#4 Know Your
If you’re not set to carry
six passengers, then don’t. While the law as of May 2009 states that any passengers must be wearing seat belts only
where available is somewhat vague, your insurance company may require that every passenger be securely buckled when
the vehicle is in motion. Police also have the authority to determine that a person in the back of a motorhome is
being carried in a dangerous manner. It’s always recommended that you only carry passengers that can sit in a seat
with a seat belt.
#5 Hire a
Motorhome Before Buying Your First
If you’ve never had the
pleasure of enjoying a trip in a motorhome, it’s time to hire one before you buy one. Not only does this take some
of the guesswork out of what you will like and dislike about these vehicles, you will see if it is a purchase you
definitely want to make. Take a trip (after you are comfortable driving one, of course) and see if you and your
family are ready to make the commitment to this wonderful recreational activity. As a new motorhome
owner, you want to make sure you’ve covered all your bases.
Owner Tip #1
When travelling, it’s best
to stop in rest areas approved for motorhomes instead of stopping along the roadway. You may be asked to move by
the authorities and it’s not the safest way to spend the night.
Owner Tip #2
If you damage your
motorhome, get it fixed immediately. If not, you could end up with a more expensive repair in the long
Owner Tip #3
Do your research before
you leave for your destination. Planning can make a trip go much easier and you’ll have a better estimate of the
costs you are likely to incur.