6 Questions Answered About Your New Motorhome
A motor home is an excellent way of living on the go. You should know how to drive it and other tips to own one.
Buying a new motorhome is a considerable investment. It is often a once-in-a-lifetime purchase and you want to be sure you are getting the right motorhome for your needs. If you are a first-time buyer, you probably have many questions about driving, owning and maintaining your motorhome. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked motorhome questions.
1. Is It Difficult to Drive a Motorhome?
Many people are nervous about getting behind the wheel of a motorhome. After all, it is considerably larger than the average car. But driving a motorhome is no more difficult than driving a car. The smaller the motorhome or campervan, the more similar it is. When you own a large motorhome, pay attention to the visibility from the back and take some time getting used to the difference in size. Manoeuvring also takes practice but you will soon get the hang of it. If necessary, take a specialist driving course for motorhome owners which covers all the basics as well as more advanced driving techniques.
2. What Type of Motorhome is Best?
The answer depends on your needs. There are many motorhomes available and it is important to research the options before you decide. Compact campervans provide a convenient getaway vehicle for versatile trips and are best for ease of parking and access. A-class motorhomes are larger and equipped with more features for a luxurious and comfortable trip. Look at some of the different motorhomes that Motorhome dealers Scotland provide and consider all your options.
3. Can I drive a motorhome with a standard UK driving License?
You need a regular driving license to drive a motorhome up to 7500kg in weight. However, if you got your driving license after 1 January 1997, you can only drive a motorhome up to 3500kg in weight. Most motorhomes are not over this limit but do check. You can take a special test to drive the larger models.
4. Do I need electricity to hook up my Motorhome?
Most motorhome owners plug their vehicle into a mains hook-up on a camping site so they can use the lights, fridge, and TV. You can camp without power if you need to. The vehicle will run on the 12V battery and gas for cooking. You will need to top up the battery by driving the vehicle or you can use solar panels.
5. How should I store my Motorhome during the winter?
Keep your motorhome under cover during the winter months, ideally. Turn on the engine periodically to maintain the vehicle and move it occasionally to ensure the tyres remain flexible. You can also buy brake disc covers to protect the discs from corrosion if you are not using the vehicle for longer periods.
6. Is my Motorhome safe from theft?
A motorhome is a valuable vehicle and is often targeted by thieves for its value and the value of items inside. Install robust security products for your motorhome including a wheel clamp and steering wheel lock to be used when you are storing the vehicle at home.
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