Motorhome Away from Home: Why Staycations are the UK’s Favourite in 2018

We may only be a couple of months into the year, but many are already thinking of their first holiday. Although warmer climes are…

We may only be a couple of months into the year, but many are already thinking of their first holiday. Although warmer climes are often on the cards, the expense and stress of overseas travel is often a point of contention for many holidaymakers.

This, among other reasons, is why UK natives’ most popular choice of holiday destination this year is likely to be… the UK! Research conducted by ABTA supports the idea of staycations, with 66% of those questioned saying they will stay in the UK for their 2018 trips.

Research conducted by ABTA is showing the British families are turning to trusty motorhome holidays to help them explore the length and breadth of Great Britain in a fun and cost-effective way.

Motorhomes: the perfect partner for your staycation

Motorhomes afford couples and families with the opportunity to adventure and explore whilst taking their accommodation along for the ride. The costs of hotels can often be the most expensive part of going away, along with the flight if you go abroad. Of course, a motorhome negates the need for both of these.

For a lot of people, holidays mean escaping from the pressures of day-to-day life, whether it be your job, the school run, various technology, or even just the same old sights. With a motorhome or campervan holiday, you and your family can enjoy changing surroundings, fresh air and time together. For seasoned motorhome owners this is a given, but for some families it is the kitsch nature of this seemingly more traditional mode of leisure transport that makes it a popular choice. We have well and truly moved on from the stereotype of dank rainy trips with your grandparents in Bognor Regis. Modern motorhomes offer all possible amenities but with the charm you remember from your childhood, making it a healthy mix of the nostalgic and the contemporary.

It is not just us who say so either – the figures show that much of the UK is feeling the same way. Motorhome sales were already increasing last year, and in 2018 alone there has been a 14.9% increase in motorhome registrations and the Camping and Caravanning Club has seen a 10% rise in bookings compared with last year.

What kind of motorhome is right for you?

A motorhome is classed as a “self-propelled recreational vehicle which offers living accommodation combined with a vehicle engine”. It will usually sleep between two and eight people depending on its size and will come with standard amenities like a shower room and toilet, kitchenette, and living area (which may also double up as an extra sleeping space).

There are three main types of motorhome to look at when planning your staycation. These are:

  • Class A Motorhomes (Integrated)
    Class A is the king of motorhomes and are highly expensive and luxurious. They will have a large front window that showcases the surrounding landscape and the driving area will usually be integrated into the living/dining area, which itself will convert into further sleeping sections (known as berths)
  • Class B Motorhomes (Semi-integrated)
    This class is also referred to as a low-profile motorhome. It is often built on top of van chassis, and does not have berths above the cab/driving area. The will also often has a purpose-built double bed towards the rear.
  • Class C Motorhomes (Alcove)
    Also called ‘coach-built’, this type of motorhome has a caravan style body which is built atop a truck or van chassis. Alcove motorhomes will most likely have a double berth sleeping area over the driving cab.

Whether you are hiring or buying, you need to choose the right motorhome for your lifestyle and choice of holiday destination. If you plan on taking a couple of weeks to go from the South of England to Scotland, you will probably want something spacious that can be comfortable for an extended period of time. In this instance, Class A would probably be the best choice as you will have room for living and sleeping.

However, if you are planning just a couple of days by the seaside, with plans to stop at your favourite camping ground, a more compact motorhome will be easier to drive and park. You should also consider bathroom and kitchen space – are you likely to use on-site facilities? If so, then a smaller motorhome is ideal.

Top tips for a stress-free staycation

Once you’re set up and ready to get on the road, you can plan your staycation! Travelling long distances with small children can be stressful, but the excitement of this home on wheels can often keep the kids entertained for longer than in the back seat of a car.

Or, you may be taking a romantic jaunt with your other half and love the romantic cosiness of a motorhome for the journey. Regardless of who you are travelling with, these are some great tips for making your staycation that much easier:

  • Let the satnav do the work!
    All you need is a basic idea of direction when setting off in your motorhome. Modern satnavs come with a plethora of places of interest, museums, beauty spots and camping grounds, so any direction you decide to go will bring you somewhere interesting. Letting your satnav help you decide where to go gives you more freedom to enjoy the journey
  • Keep things tidy
    However big your motorhome may be, as soon as it gets a bit messy it can look ten times worse! Keep things tidy by getting everyone involved in cleaning and tidying – it will take much less time and give the kids a sense of pride in keeping things spic and span
  • Take toys and tech for the long stretches
    However beautiful the scenery may be for you, small children will get bored easily. Don’t underestimate the power of some movies on the tablet, or colouring pencils to help them draw the surroundings
  • Be flexible because things can change quickly!
    You may have a detailed itinerary for each day with grand ideas of how every minute should be spent, but don’t worry if things don’t go to plan. Part of the fun of motorhome holidays is the spontaneity of it all. If you’re having a great time at a campsite, why not say another night? Or if the drive has taken it out of you, take a few extra hours at the beach.

Looking after your motorhome

Caring for your motorhome while you are away is very important. Motorhomes are expensive, and as such if you do not look after it properly you can lose money on this significant investment. Servicing and maintenance is integral, and your motorhome MOT will usually be covered by your normal car MOT. You will also need to have a habitation service which is a check on your motorhome’s living area (gas, electrics, water, and any major appliances).

Another element of motorhome ownership to consider is the time your vehicle stays off-road. Motorhomes run the risk of mould and mildew, so it is imperative you make regular checks and thoroughly clean areas where mildew is likely to form.

Motorhome insurance is another very important element of RV ownership. With so many policies out there to choose from, it is best to work with a specialist broker who understands the various unique aspects of owning and using a motorhome. Visit our dedicated page to discover all you need to know about motorhome insurance and to get in touch with one of our panel of motorhome insurance companies.