Driving a campsite can seem complicated, especially when it’s your first time. However, even though this vehicle behaves much like a conventional car, it is still important to observe certain rules.
Here is some tips for driving a motorhome easily.
To drive a motorhome well, the first thing to do is to stay calm, whatever the situation. In addition, driving this type of vehicle is carried out in the same way as that of a traditional car.
Whether it is for a car or for a 3.5 ton motorhome without a trailer, only one license is necessary. This is obviously the B permit.
In addition, there is no specific rule in the Highway Code for motorhomes. However, if you use a model longer than 7 meters or classified as heavy goods vehicles, certain rules must be observed. You are only allowed to use the two lanes to the right of roads that have more than two lanes.
Also, when you are faced with a difficult crossing, you never have the right of way.
Keep the height in mind
It is important that you remember the overall height of your vehicle when you want to go to the campsite. If you have trouble remembering it, you can write it on a sticky note and stick it on your dashboard.
Pay attention to the signs indicating tunnels, height bars or bridges. Also pay attention to the various obstacles (balconies, tree branches, etc.) which could damage your vehicle.
Use caution when maneuvering around bends
With the somewhat imposing size of the motorhome, it can be difficult for some people to reverse. Especially since this vehicle does not have a central mirror. If you are driving with passengers, it is best if one of them comes out and guides you through your maneuver.
It is also possible to use a reversing camera. Also, you must perform the reverse gear taking into account the width of the motorhome and paying attention to his cantilevered.
Drive according to the engine of the vehicle
It is important that your driving is based on certain elements. It’s about template your motorhome, the engine power with which it is equipped and the route taken. For example, you might be driving a 3.5 ton motorhome that is packed full with a 130 hp engine.
On a mountain road, it will obviously be necessary mount the tachometer and downshift downhill. This saves the brakes of your motorhome.
Don’t worry about followers
When you are driving in a motorhome, you may feel that you are disturbing other motorists. This is obvious since the latter do not particularly appreciate vehicles of this size.
For good reason, you do not drive at the same speed as them and you obstruct their visibility. Even if it does, it should in no way influence your conduct. Do not try to go faster and always take care of respect the distances between vehicles. Also be sure to brake at the right time.