Your most frequently asked motorhome ownership questions answered
Whether you’re new to the world of owning a motorhome or are considering buying a brand-new model, you may have a couple of questions that need answers.
Below we share some of the most common questions we asked, to help you find the guidance you need.
1) What type of motorhome should I buy?
The wide variety of models on the market can make it tricky to know which one is the best fit for you. Taking your time to research options and consider what you need can help narrow down your choice.
First, decide if you want a brand-new vehicle or a second-hand van. The classic coach-built motorhome is one of the most popular on the market, with different varieties that each brings something different to the table. A-Class motorhomes provide more space and added comfort. They are perfect for long-distance holidays. Over-cab style campervans are equipped with the latest modern facilities and plenty of extra living space.
For those looking to purchase second-hand, make sure you thoroughly check the vehicle before agreeing to a purchase. Examine the moisture meter for any issues, ask for the latest electrical inspection certificate and inspect the sink and mattresses for any signs of damp.
2) How long do motorhomes last?
The vast majority of modern motorhomes will last anywhere from 10 to 30 years, dependent on the quality of maintenance received.
Keeping your eye on the vulnerable areas of your motorhome is essential – bear in mind that not every vehicle suffers the same difficulties. Tyre blowout is a relatively common issue that may lead to serious consequences, and can often occur due to rapid decreases in air pressure. This usually happens when travelling at high speeds with a lot of weight on the tyres. To prevent an accident, it’s best to replace old tyres frequently and monitor their pressure.
Roof leaks and burst water pipes can lead to extensive water damage, which drastically reduces the lifespan of your motorhome. Water left in tanks and pipes during the winter months will freeze and expand, so it’s vital to drain your entire vehicle before putting it into storage.
3) How difficult is it for beginners to drive a motorhome?
Once you gain confidence driving a larger vehicle, it’s often no different to driving a car – most motorhomes are equipped with large door mirrors to improve side and rearwards visibility. It may take some time to adjust to the size difference, but driving slowly to start with will allow you to familiarise yourself with the handling.
If you’re concerned about getting behind the wheel of a motorhome, there are several driving courses that can take you through the basics and build your confidence. Instructors can offer you advice and give feedback to make you more comfortable.
4) How can I protect my motorhome from theft?
To prevent thieves from taking off with your pride and joy, it’s essential to make sure that your security is excellent. Some motorhomes already come equipped with alarm systems and immobilisers, but you can also have them installed. A wheel clamp, steering wheel lock and other mechanical security products, alongside electric measures, can be incredibly effective.
5) Do I need a special driving licence for a motorhome?
There are some limits placed on driving motorhomes above a certain weight – you need a C1 category licence to drive a motorhome above 3500kg. If you passed your test after 1997 then you will not have a C1 licence, so it’s a good idea to check the category of your licence beforehand so that you know exactly which vehicle weight you can drive. Once you reach the age of 70, you lose the C1 categorisation that you may have had previously.
If you’re looking to permanently import a motorhome from abroad, you will need to register it on the government website. The size of motorhomes is also restricted in the UK. If it’s more than 12 meters long and 2.55 meters wide then you won’t be able to register it. More information can be found at gov.uk.