Avoid beginners' mistakes on your motorhome vacation
We were newcomers to motorhomes on our first motorhome holiday in Franconia. This did not lead us to RV countries like the USA or Canada with their wide and dead straight streets and their infrastructure for camping travelers. No, we were traveling in Germany with its country roads, the villages from the Middle Ages and the big cities full of hustle and bustle. We collected these tips for a motorhome holiday on the trip.
Tips for a motorhome holiday
Our motorhome tour took us through the Franconian wine country between Schweinfurt, Würzburg and Karlstadt, always along the Main. Since this was our first time traveling with a motorhome, a lot was new and strange to us. We first had to learn how to use the equipment in our motorhome on the way. A mistake we made. It would have been better if we had familiarized ourselves with the vehicle before leaving. But afterwards you're always smarter, right?
Our entry into the motorhome vacation
At temperatures only a few degrees above zero, it is not a pleasure not to start the heating because the controls via displays do not correspond to the description in the operating instructions. Our first night we went to bed with the chickens and got up at sunrise. In general, at the beginning of our trip we spent more thinking about being a camper than thinking about the travel destinations. It shouldn't be like that. That is why we are presenting our tips for a motorhome holiday here.
We had planned the trip as we were used to as car travelers who usually stay in hotels. A mistake! We had planned far too little time to deal with our vehicle and to provide it with everything that is necessary for a motorhome holiday. So that this doesn't happen to you in the same way, we have put together an introduction for motorhome newbies to help you plan such a trip.
What you should consider as a motorhome beginners
Familiarize yourself with the vehicle before your motorhome vacation
As a camper newbie you should definitely familiarize with the control of electricity, gas, heating and water before departureOtherwise you'll be like us on our first day. The description in the operating instructions did not match the control displays in the vehicle and it took a day or two to figure out all the intricacies of the control displays. Only then could we make ourselves comfortable in our mobile home in the evening. One of our tips for a motorhome holiday when you go on a trip in spring.
Plan short driving routes for your RV vacation
Drive short distances until you are familiar with the vehicle. Switching from a car to a mobile home means that you have to get used to the dimensions of the vehicle. For safety's sake, you should always ask someone for instruction when reversing. We did have a reversing camera in the SUN TI 650 MEG from Knaus. But the distances looked very different from what they actually were. When turning, the driver often cannot see whether a vehicle is coming from behind at sharp junctions. This requires caution and the assistance of the passenger.
Before you go on a motorhome holiday, find out where there are campsites or parking spaces
Before you travel, you should find out how the Availability of campsites is. We spent our motorhome holiday in the Franconian wine country and always have one during the Whitsun holidays Pitch for a night found. You can rarely reserve a motorhome parking space for one night. Those who stay longer can pre-order.
Not every pitch has electricity
As a travel blogger we need Electricity to charge our devices. The camera, cell phone and laptop only work for a while without power. Not every motorhome parking space offers the possibility of charging. Therefore, after a night without electricity on the pitch in Veitshöchheim, we were happy for the ADAC camping and parking space guidewith which we changed our overnight plans for the next day and found a campsite with all facilities nearby. The same applies to the possibilities of supplying fresh water, the possibilities of getting rid of its wastewater, emptying its toilet tank or the supply of toilets and showers.
Are there sanitary facilities at your campsite / pitch?
As practical as showers and toilets are in the mobile home, you don't have as much space there as in conventional sanitary facilities. On our trip, we used both the bathroom in our motorhome and the facilities at the campsites - depending on how clean and inviting they were. The cleanliness of the equipment and the presence of all facilities ranged from excellent in the city campsite in Schweinfurt (Gretel-Baumbach-Straße, 97424 Schweinfurt Tel. 09721 499 80 60 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.stadtcamping-sw.de) up to not present on the RV park on the Main bank in Veitshöchheim (Am Güßgraben). The same applies to the availability of electricity, fresh water, waste water tanks, gullies and toilets or showers
Where can you park your motorhome in towns?
It's not always easy for campers Parking in the villages to find space for larger vehicles. Most parking spaces are built for cars, and when there are RV parking spaces, it is not uncommon for cars to use them. In cities like Würzburg we parked our vehicle in bus parking lots, where we arrived early in the morning before the onslaught of weekenders. So we could park our mobile home without any problems in an almost empty parking lot. When parking, we always made sure to park the motorhome in such a way that we did not have to maneuver when leaving and that no other cars could park us.
I also tried to find out where parking spaces were available in the towns before I started my trip. In some places this worked out well and we were able to park exactly where we intended. In other places it worked less or differently than planned: in Marktbreit there were parking spaces, but on Friday they were jam-packed with cars whose owners stocked up on groceries for the weekend. After several attempts to find a parking space, we gave up and drove on to the next town. In Würzburg we could not park our motorhome in the place that I had located - here too all spaces were occupied. Instead we came across - by chance - a bus parking lot, where we found space and were even a comfortable distance from the city center.
Take an e-scooter with you for trips to the city center
It was often the case, however, that the Parking for campers outside the village centers and we had to walk a long way before we reached the points we wanted to see. For more frequent motorhome holidays, we therefore urgently recommend that you bring bicycles or e-scooters with you, which can be stored in the storage room or at the rear of the vehicle and provide helpful services on site. Parking at shopping centers are mostly tailored to cars, especially in the smaller towns. Because of the narrowness, it is difficult for RVs to park there. The same goes for gas stations. Some of the roofs hang so low that we weren't sure whether our motorhome would fit underneath. So we always refueled early and whenever possible. Petrol stations cannot be found on every street corner, especially in rural areas. It is the same with shopping centers with ample parking spaces.
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Make use of all the facilities that a campsite has to offer
There are not always fully equipped campsites on the tourthat offer all the facilities one could need. Therefore, it was important for us to always fill up fresh water at all campsites, empty the waste water and clean the toilet tank, where the opportunity arose. We couldn't spend more than a night on a pitch without facilities without missing something.
Plan time for the supply of the vehicle in your route
The Plan the route so that there is time to supply the vehicle. As newcomers to motorhomes, we planned the route for our motorhome holiday in Franconia as we are used to from our car trips with hotel stays: with travel destinations, sights and - as we thought - a cozy daytime program. However, it turned out to be not as "comfortable" as expected.
With the motorhome you need more time: the vehicle has to be supplied every day. We catered for ourselves and only went to restaurants for a few days to eat. That costs time for cooking and shopping. And - even if the SUN TI 650 MEG is big enough for two people - they cannot both do certain jobs at the same time. Therefore, the time required is even longer. We recommend allowing one to two hours more time for yourself and the vehicle per day and instead shortening the route or extending the schedule for the route. Then you have more time and can enjoy the motorhome holiday.
Does the campsite / pitch offer WiFi?
If you want to stay in touch with your loved ones at home by email or over the Internet, you should take care that at the places of accommodation Wifi is available. Some campsites offer this for free, others charge extra. There are also parking spaces that are so remote that Wi-Fi is not available. We stood in places where not even our USB stick worked. One should inform oneself about this before the overnight stay on the spot.
Secure the equipment in the motorhome for the journey
As car travelers we are used to just packing our bags in the morning and off we go to the next destination. The motorhome vacation is not. There must first Everything is stowed so that nothing is loose around the vehicle. A sharp turn is enough and everything is on the ground. The bottles that we carried in the refrigerator and in the cupboards above the stove turned out to be particularly annoying. These rattled at every pothole we drove and in every curve we passed. Only when we wrapped them with tea towels did the rattle no longer bother us.
The space in the motorhome is limited
Do not take too much luggage! With the exception of the dishes and bedding, we didn't have more luggage with us on our motorhome holiday than we did on our road trips. Even that was still too much. You can always wash at the campsites. Washing machines and dryers are often available, so that you always have fresh laundry. Especially if you allow time for this, you can set up your cabinets on board clearly and find everything you have taken with you on the way. We also had plastic plates and cups with us, which did not damage even the worst potholes.
Prepare for plan changes
Stay flexible! Since you can't plan everything on a motorhome holiday, because things keep proving to be impossible on site - be it because there are no parking spaces, be it because the motorhome requires time that you had not planned or for other reasons - you should take a road trip with the motorhome easily. Fixed plans cannot always be kept. It therefore helps if you react flexibly on such a trip and do not insist on your travel plan. Then a motorhome vacation becomes an experience.
Tips for a motorhome holiday
We gathered these tips through experience during our first motorhome holiday as newcomers to motorhomes. Do you have any other motorhome holiday tips that can help beginners on their first trip with such a vehicle? We - and other motorhome newbies - look forward to advice and tips. Let us know in the comments!
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Source: own research as a mobile home novice We would like to thank the Knaus company, who kindly made the mobile home available to us. As always, our opinion remains our own.
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