FAQs

How easy is it to drive a motorhome?

Motorhomes are very easy to drive. They all have power steering and are very easily manoeuvred once you've adjusted to their size in relation to a saloon car.
What are the rules for seating passengers?
Passengers should only use designated passenger seats, as specified by the motorhome manufacturer. Seatbelts in the rear of a motorhome where fitted, should be worn.
Are motorhomes suitable for disabled people?
Many disabled people who normally use a wheelchair and their carers find that motorhome vehicles can be easily adapted for their needs. Ramps and lifts can be fitted and some other internal modifications can be carried out to adapt the vehicle, which, subject to an individual's eligibility, can be supplied without VAT.
Are motorhomes equipped to deal with cold weather?
Most manufacturers now build to European Standards, making them suitable for year round use in the country of origin.
How many people can I take in a motorhome?
As this varies from vehicle to vehicle, the manufacturers specify the number of designated passenger seats for travelling, all of which will all have seat belts fitted. . Passengers should only use the designated passenger seats, as specified by the motorhome manufacturer, when the vehicle is being driven. Seatbelts in the rear of a motorhome, where fitted, must be worn.
Why is it important to not exceed the MAM (Maximum Allowable Mass)?
Overloading a car or motorhome can invalidate the insurance cover, the vehicle manufacturers terms of warranty and be in breach of the road traffic regulations, so it is important check that you do not overload the vehicle, or exceed the permitted axle weights.
How large a motorhome can I drive in the UK?
The biggest motorhome you can drive in Great Britain is 12m long and 2.55m wide. There is no height limit but if the motorhome is over 3m tall, the height must be on a notice visible to you as the driver. If you need to measure a vehicle, there are some parts that don't need to be included in your measurements. If you want to be sure, look for the NCC Badge of Approval, as that will confirm the vehicle is legal for use on UK roads. See details of the NCC certification scheme. More information about what is legal is also available on the Directgov website
What are the speed limits for motorhomes?
You must not drive faster than the speed limit for the type of road and your type of vehicle. The speed limit is the absolute maximum and it doesn’t mean it’s safe to drive at this speed in all conditions.  Click here for more details
Where can I get advice on the legal requirements for driving motorhomes abroad?
You are very strongly recommended to make enquiries from the tourist offices of the countries you intend to visit.

Can I tow with a motorhome?
Yes (possibly!), but with significant reservations as it is difficult to generalise. You will need to check very carefully the weights your vehicle can tow and you should have sight of the vehicle being towed, which is not possible from many models of motorhome. For driving licence requirements, see the Directgov website. For general advice on towing, read 'The Caravan Towing Guide' published by the National Caravan Council. This offers guidance on correct towing techniques and explains the terminology. N.B. The laws on towed trailers vary significantly across Europe.
Where can I park a motorhome?
There is a huge choice of touring parks throughout the UK where you can stay for a night, a week or more. See our Find a Park section. Some popular tourist areas have dedicated motorhome bays, although the time you can spend in them may be limited. Council car parks may allow parking of motorhomes overnight, but usually prohibit sleeping within the vehicle. Motorway service station parking may also have time restrictions. Watch out for height restrictions, particularly in multi-storey car parks. For more information, visit www.motorhomeparking.co.uk. It is important to note that 'Wild' camping is not permitted in England.
Are motorhomes expensive to run?
Motorhomes offer excellent performance for their size and weight. Diesel power, which is used for the majority of vehicles today, offers good fuel efficiency.
Do we need to connect up to an electricity supply for power?
Most motorhomes have leisure batteries which can service most needs overnight and are recharged when on the move. Your motorhome will also be equipped with a mains connector and the majority of parks now allow for these. The use of an electrical hook-up will facilitate re-charging the on-board battery and allow the use of low current mains powered appliances.
Where can I find electrical hook-ups?
All but the smallest parks will now offer electrical hook up points, though not necessarily on all pitches. You are advised to contact a park in advance of your visit to ensure availability.
Where can I find out about MPTLM, MAM, payloads and other terms?
Either ask your dealer or request a free copy of The Caravan Towing Guide published by the National Caravan Council via the contact form. it contains an explanation of terminology used for caravans and motorhomes.
How do I work out my payload?
Payload is the weight allowed for items you add to the motorhome for personal use and must not be exceeded. This generally covers clothes, food, awning and bicycle rack etc. The allowed payload is the difference between the Maximum Technically Permissible Laden Mass (MTPLM) and the Mass in Running Order (MRO). Your dealer will be able to advise about the payload of a particular vehicle. There is also a useful leaflet explaining about payloads on the NCC website.
Can you offer advice on loading a motorhome?
Correct loading technique is extremely important to ensure that your motorhome is safe and stable on the road. The manufacturer's handbook will advise on how to you should load your motorhome. Keep it light, keep it low and keep it even is always good advice.
What kind of gas and size of cylinder should I use?
The recommended size and type of cylinder you should use will be in the motorhome manufacture's handbook. In most cases, the gas cylinder compartment will have been sized to suit a particular cylinder and you must follow the maker's guidelines. If you are able to carry a bigger (and consequently heavier) cylinder, the additional weight will need to be subtracted from your payload. Ensure that you have a compatible gas connection hose to connect to the regulator inlet. Flammable liquids must not be stored in the gas cylinder locker.
I want to take my motorhome overseas for a holiday, what preparations do I need to make?
It is important to ensure that the motorhome has been thoroughly serviced to avoid risk of breakdown and that all the necessary paperwork, such as insurance documentation and overseas medical cover is up to date and covers all the aspects of your planned holiday. For advice on LEZ throughout Europe see the LEZ FAQ below. You may also wish to arrange overseas breakdown and vehicle repatriation cover in advance of your trip, enabling you to travel with peace of mind.
How do I find out more about driving abroad?
Other countries may have different restrictions on driving motorhomes - you should investigate these thoroughly before travelling. You will need to have the appropriate headlight conversions, warning triangle etc, as required by the country you are visiting. Both the consumer Clubs assist their members with advice on driving abroad - see The Caravan Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club websites. For advice on LEZ in Europe see the LEZ FAQ below.
Does the Congestion Charge apply to motorhomes?
If you are travelling through a town where a congestion charge applies, you will need to pay it beforehand, on the day of travel or the following charging day. For more information visit the Transport for London website.
Does the LEZ apply to motorhomes?
The third phase of the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) regulations came into effect from 10 October 2010. If your motorhome is between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight you will have to pay the daily charge, visit www.tfl.gov.uk for more information. For advice on LEZ if you are travelling in mainland Europe go to www.lowemissionzones.eu
 
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