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 driving. 

#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 Motorhome’s Limitations 

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. 

New Motorhome 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. 

New Motorhome 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 run. 

New Motorhome 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.