Have you always dreamed of taking to the open road in a motorhome? At Easicampers Blackburn we have some great tips to make your journey easy and fuss free. If you are a beginner these tips will make your trip much easier and will allow you to enjoy your time on the road without the fuss of trying to work things out by yourself.
- Give yourself time when you collect your vehicle to go over how all the systems work. We have staff on hand to show you around the vehicle & explain the systems, our staff are also happy to let you video the show round so that you can refer back to it if you need to.
- Find out how to turn the lights on in the dark! This may seem like a funny thing to say, but if you are on the road and need to get out of bed during the night, or arrive back at your van in the dark, its always handy to know where all the switches are. The main control for the lights will be on the panel above the habitation door.
- Understand how the electrical system works. You cant get the 230v or use 3 pin plug sockets unless you are hooked up to electric mains. If this is an essential thing you want to do on your trip, you will need to make sure that any campsites you book have the electric stand at your pitch. If you want to wild camp you need to be aware that anything you want to use that has a plug will not work as you dont have the facility to do so.
- Gas bottles- The gas will power the heating, hot water, fridge and cooking facilities if you dont have the electric hook up, so its important to decide if you want 1 or 2 bottles of gas. I personally would recommend if you plan to wild camp & you are hiring the vehicle for more than 5 days, ask for 2 bottles. You really don’t want to be enjoying your holiday in the highlands and run out of gas. It’s always better to have too much than not enough.
- Pack light- Don’t overpack for your first trip, you need to remember you don’t have full wardrobes in the motorhome, and some of the motorhomes we have are smaller than others, so storing lots of clothes or other items is not always an option. If you are unsure of how much space you have, ask the question when booking or ask to look at the vehicle you want to book so that you know what storage space you have in the vehicle.
- Switch your fridge on at home if you plan to travel the day after you collect your vehicle. If you have the option to plug the vehicle in at home, you can leave your fridge switched on over night so that it is at a good temperature before you travel, this will also not use the gas in the vehicle. You could then pack the fridge the morning you plan to leave.
- Make sure you know where the fuel tank & water tank is. It can be a very costly mistake to make if you accidentally put fuel in the water tank. The fuel will damage the water pump and the water tank. If you do put fuel in the water tank, stop as soon as you realise and inform us, we can advise you on the best course of action. Your water tank can usually be found about half way down the side of the vehicle, where as the fuel tank is usually on the front part of the vehicle near the passenger door. If you are unsure, please ask before you leave.
- Check the height of the vehicle. This can be found on our website and we will usually give you a print off of the height, weight & length of your vehicle, however, make sure you check before you leave as it’s your responsibility to ensure that you don’t hit any low bridges or barriers in your vehicle as we do not cover this on our insurance.
Its always good to know the vehicle you are travelling in and the tips above are just a few. At Easicampers in Blackburn we have lots of ideas and tips to help you enjoy your trip. Please get in touch with us on 01254 495999 and we will be happy to help with your trip and get a quote together.