This is how it works for the first time in a mobile home
If you're a beginner in a motorhome, you can do a lot wrong. With our tips the start in the motorhome succeeds safely and without major disruptions!
How to avoid RV beginners mistakes:
1. Wrong loading
Pay attention to the maximum load: bicycles, clothing, camping table and chairs, there is a lot together. Light things like towels and clothes belong in the upper compartments, heavy luggage down. Plastic utensils, tupper cans for food and plastic crates for clothes save weight. Please carefully open the cabinets in the interior after every ride. Objects slipped off during the ride could fall out.
A camper drives differently than a car, especially loaded. Train at a traffic training area before traveling and familiarize yourself with weight, driving and braking behavior, and the exterior dimensions of the RV before you travel. Practice parking and maneuvering, also because of overhanging parts such as bike carriers or the awning. Be briefed on the maneuvering and parking of fellow passengers or other RV owners. Attention! In a tunnel you should avoid overtaking. Especially next to trucks creates a dangerous negative pressure, which can pull the two vehicles to each other.
For RVs: Travel instead of racing. A travel speed between 90 and 110 km / h is ideal, spares the nerves and keeps the consumption within limits.
Sleeping where you want, dream of many RV drivers. But not everywhere it is allowed. In Germany campers are allowed to stay overnight where it is not expressly prohibited. Wildcamps are banned and severely punished in the UK, as well as in Italy. Inform yourself in advance about camping or camping sites (see below).
Also applies to the RV: Tire pressure and oil level check. Refrigerator and heating should be converted to driving. Before leaving in the morning, check that the vehicle is disconnected from the power supply, that the windows and all cabinets are closed inside and that the side entry steps are retracted.
6. Planless on the way
Reserve pitches along the route in the main season. Also, ferry tickets and vignettes, such as for Austria or Brenner, you should book well in advance of the trip.
7. Unsecured while driving
Sleeping in the camper or walking around is prohibited while driving. Children must sit in child seats or booster seats, just like in a car.
That fits – or not. If you ignore the signs, you are stuck fast under a bridge or do not fit through a narrow street. Pay attention to lane width, bridge height and maximum permitted weight on bridges and overpasses, as well as traffic signs to environmental zones, speed limits, parking restrictions and tolls.
Tips: How to drive safely
Conclusion of editor Stefan Szych: Do not be afraid of big boxes! A motorhome drives after a short practice easy and convenient. Anyone traveling with pitch guides such as “Brit Stops” and others also gets to know country and people first hand.
The most important landlords at a glance
Internet addresses with mobile of private and professional renters:
Camper Days: www.camperdays.de
DRM Rental: www.drm.de
Indie Campers: www.indiecampers.com/de
rent easy: www.rent-easy.de
Rent and Travel: www.rentandtravel.de
TUI campers: www.tuicamper.com
road surfer: www.roadsurfer.com
Camp Anda: www.campanda.de *
Paul Camper: www.paulcamper.de *
Yescapa: www.yescapa.de *
* Prices: as of 15.07.2019