Modern motorhomes are very much all-weather leisure vehicles – they are heated and well-insulated, making them a perfect home from home even in the dead of winter.

But the motorhome is also designed to be driven and, in winter, conditions on the roads may prove challenging enough for any driver – the more so if you are driving a motorhome or auto-sleeper.

So here are a few tips and suggestions for safe winter driving in your treasured motorhome:

Be prepared

  • probably the single most important precaution to take before driving in winter is to be prepared;
  • weather conditions may change at a moment’s notice and you don’t want to be caught off-guard by the sudden appearance of ice, snow or sleet;
  • indeed, if snow or other severe weather warnings have been issued – the Met Office sends them free through their email alert service – then it might be sensible to postpone your outing altogether;

Winter tyres and chains

  • if you know we are in for a prolonged cold snap or heavy snowfalls are predicted – you might even be driving your motorhome to one of Europe’s winter sports destinations – you might want to consider investing in winter tyres as a very minimum;
  • in many countries, advises Out and About Live, snow chains or snow socks – textile liners that wrap around the wheels of your motorhome – may be a legal requirement;

Keep a safe distance

  • keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you is ever-green advice – but becomes even more critical in winter time;
  • as conditions on the roads deteriorate – and especially if there is ice or snow – you may need to triple or even quadruple your distance behind the vehicle in front;
  • that extra gap might make all the difference you need if the vehicle stops suddenly and your braking and final stopping distance is put to the test;

Demisting

  • winter driving also relies on your having an even more familiar knowledge of your motorhome’s controls – especially the demister;
  • the last thing you want to be doing when trying to concentrate on the road ahead is to be fiddling with unfamiliar controls to get the correct flow of air from the demister;

De-icing

  • clearly, any accumulated ice on the windscreen needs to be removed before setting off but never try to do so by pouring hot water over it – you are likely to crack your windscreen – so, instead use a patent de-icing spray or liquid
  • to help prevent the accumulation of ice in the first place, invest in a purpose-designed windscreen cover or even use cardboard or an old sheet;
  • be similarly careful when using hot water to heat keys to turn in frozen locks – modern locks are likely to incorporate plastic components which may melt if the key is too hot;

The windscreen washer

  • you’re likely to be needing the windscreen washer to maintain good visibility whilst on the move, so remember to keep the water reserve topped up with an appropriately strong de-icing fluid;

Antifreeze

  • if you have forgotten to do so, or do not know whether the vehicle’s radiator is topped up with antifreeze, have the concentration checked and add more to bring it up to the required level.

Your motorhome is probably designed for all-weather enjoyment, so don’t hesitate to use it for just that. Just remember that extra care, preparation and precautions may be needed for the challenge of winter driving conditions.

If Father Christmas didn’t bring you one, there’s still time to become the proud owner of a motorhome and enjoy the warmer, balmy days of springtime that are (hopefully!) just around the corner.

There are any number of benefits attractions in motorhoming, of course, but here are just some of those that appeal to our customers here at Derby Motorhomes:

The freedom to explore

  • Britain is a nation of explorers and every one of us is likely to have some inner yearning for the freedom of the open road and the sense of adventure to follow it wherever it leads;
  • motorhomes provide just that release – with a vehicle that may be nimble enough to manoeuvre even the most winding or narrow roads;

Home from home

  • but for all that adventure and exploration, you don’t need to sacrifice the creature comforts of home;
  • modern motorhomes are built to such a high standard that you have everything you need – the fridge, oven, flushing toilet, running water, and every manner of home comfort – including the kitchen sink;

Everything to hand

  • in a motorhome, everything is to hand;
  • there are no hotel bookings to be made and no restaurant tables to be reserved – still less the need to find a family-friendly eating place if you have the kids in tow;

The great outdoors

  • whenever you are holidaying in a motorhome, the great outdoors is ever-present;
  • all the fresh air you could need, all the natural wonders of the world, are right on your doorstep – providing a welcome and healthy getaway from the city-centred hotels you might otherwise be staying in;

Encounters with the unexpected

  • motorhomes give you the chance to ditch any rigorously planned itinerary and the freedom to explore whatever you encounter along the way;
  • free of the constraints to meet hotel booking-in and checking-out times, feel free to expect the unexpected and awaken once again that sense of exploration, adventure and wonder;

Social occasions

  • neither is motorhoming a solitary affair;
  • motorhomes make ideal family getaways in which you can enjoy some quality time;
  • membership of a club also links you to an even wider social network of like-minded souls – the Caravan Club, which claims more than a million members, changed its name just a couple of years ago to the still more inclusive Caravan and Motorhome Club;

Pet-friendly

  • how many holidays have meant the anxiety and pain of separation from your pets;
  • motorhoming relieves you of any such pain, since your pets can come along on your holiday too;
  • an increasing number of campsites are dog-friendly these days – and recognise that your four-legged companions are as likely to enjoy a holiday just as much as you do;

Economise

  • your bank balance is likely to be one of the major constraints on your taking more holidays and weekend breaks – hotel rooms and dining out every day make many such trips prohibitively expensive;
  • once you’ve made that initial investment in buying a motorhome, on the other hand, your holidays and breaks in the future are likely to prove a fraction of the cost.

These are just a few of the benefits our customers have told us about. Set about purchasing – or upgrading – your motorhome now, and you’re almost certain to discover a lot more.

 

 

For the most part, finding out where motorhome shows are and getting to them is easy.

However, getting the most out of a motorhome show is a very different challenge!

Here are some of Derby Motorhomes top tips to help you to do so.

Plan your children

If you have younger children with you, that’s great but you probably don’t need us to tell you that those youngsters might have very limited attention spans.

Certainly, they’ll enjoy getting close up to the motorhomes but they are likely to be a lot less interested if you’re discussing, for example, engine option specifications with an expert on a stand.

If you can, it might be best to leave your kids with a family member so that you can concentrate on the event itself. If that’s not possible or you don’t like the idea in principle, then taking along some distraction in the form of games or toys might be a smart idea.

Research your interests in advance – and plan

Many of the bigger motorhome shows can be quite intimidating in terms of size and scale. It’s perfectly possible to wander around aimlessly trying to look at everything, only to end up exhausted and without any firm conclusions at the end of the day!

So, have some key things you want to see and check out noted in advance. Go to those stands or exhibitors as a priority and ignore everything else until you have put a tick against each of your priority interests.

Consider taking some food

There is almost always plenty of catering at these events and it can be of good quality but it can also sometimes become extremely crowded.

If you don’t mind queuing up for food and losing time while you are doing so, that’s great. However, if you’d prefer to spend your time looking at motorhomes, rather than the stranger in front of you in the food queue, consider taking a picnic.

Set realistic targets

Many people admit to reaching the end of a motorhome show in a state of almost total exhaustion. It’s great fun but walking endlessly around trying to do everything can drain even the fittest of us.

So, building on that prioritised list of objectives mentioned above, make sure that the things you note as “must do” are realistically achievable within the time you are allocating.

Wear sensible footwear

If the venue is inside, make sure you wear very comfortable shoes rather than those designer specials that look great but which are going to cause you grief after you’ve been walking around in them for a few hours.

If things are outside, make sure your shoes are equally sensible but also waterproof and with decent soles. It doesn’t matter what the weather forecast said, if a field turns into a quagmire and you have beach shoes on, you’ll regret it.

Try to avoid arriving or leaving at peak times

Broadly speaking, peak arrival and departure times are normally somewhere around 8-10AM and around 5-7.00PM.

That may vary, of course, depending upon the hours of the specific show.

Depending upon the venue, these peak times can put incredible pressure on the local road systems meaning queuing to get in or out can take place. Sitting in a queue is unlikely to be an ideal start or end to such a day, so try and avoid the peaks and travel at other times if at all possible.

Here are some ideas from Derby Motorhomes relating to a top 10 motorhome short breaks list.

  1. Warwickshire and the northern Cotswolds

One big attraction with this area is the simple geographical fact that it sits in the very centre of England. So, it’s easy to reach from just about anywhere, with the possible exception of Scotland!

The countryside is pleasant, with rolling green hills and there are some fantastic tourist centres such as Stratford upon Avon, Kenilworth, Warwick, Leamington Spa and Coventry.

  1. The Peak District

This area of rugged and wild Derbyshire country has some of the most impressive scenery in central/southern England.

It also has some really interesting towns that are well worth exploring, such as Matlock Baths and you can take in some of the industrial heritage exhibitions that are close by in southern Yorkshire.

  1. The Lake District

The scenery around the lakes is rightly world-famous. Many of the small villages and towns are also well worth visiting, including places such as Kendle.

Don’t forget to try the superb mint cake while you’re up there!

  1. Bamburgh castle and surrounding districts

A fantastic and often overlooked part of the northeast of England, the coastline around here is magnificent and the surrounding countryside is mercifully free of crowds for much of the year.

Don’t forget to visit Lindisfarne and Newcastle upon Tyne too.

  1. The Scottish Borders

All too often bypassed by people coming up from the south in their rush to reach Edinburgh and on into the Highlands, the countryside around here is stunningly beautiful and some of the towns such as Jedburgh and Kelso are quaint and unspoiled.

  1. Conway (Conwy) and North Wales

The Snowdonia National Park is right on the doorstep of the charming town of Conway/Conwy. There are so many sights in this area including places such as the Blaenau-Ffestiniog railway and Anglesey, that you’ll struggle to get them done in any short break.

  1. Albans

Ancient Roman Verulamium is an attractive smaller city and one which is surrounded by stately homes and other places of interest. No top 10 motorhome short breaks guide would be complete without mentioning London – and there are regular fast train services direct from St. Albans into the capital.

  1. Portsmouth

The historic Royal Naval Dockyards and many other nautical attractions make this a must area to visit for those interested in a combination of ships and the military.

There are plenty of famous ships to see. If you get bored with that, you can always take a short ferry hop over to the Isle of Wight to explore there also.

  1. The Scottish Highlands

Now it’s true that if you’re based anywhere in England, you might struggle to do a short break into the Highlands due to the distances involved   Even so if you are in Scotland or have a few more days to spare when setting out from England, the Highlands are a must for a visit.

You can go right up the middle towards Loch Ness or for a slightly different view of the Western Highlands, try the area around Inveraray which is incredibly beautiful.

  1. Dorset

This is one of England’s less known counties and many people simply travel through it on their way to Devon and Cornwall.

That’s a pity because it has some beautiful coastal stretches and some exceptionally pretty inland towns and villages like Cerne Abbas.

Wherever you are off to, remember to enjoy yourself!

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At Derby Motorhomes we have many years’ experience of counselling first-time motorhome buyers. Here we have condensed some of our top tips into a brief motorhome buying guide.

Think carefully about why you are buying one

There is no suggestion here that you should start to question your decision! This is more about being sure you understand what you expect to get out of your motorhome because that will tell you how you are going to use it.

That, in turn, will feed into your deliberations about the type of motorhome that is likely to be suitable for your needs. If you plan to use your motorhome regularly for long-distance trips around Europe and with a number of passengers aboard, it may incline you towards certain types of vehicle. By contrast, if you are planning to just use it occasionally in the UK over the summer months that might suggest a different approach.

Prepare your finances

Once you have a type of vehicle in mind, whether that is brand new or pre-used, you should start to get a reasonable understanding of the sort of price you may be paying.

It’s always advisable to be sure in advance just how you plan to finance your purchase. Apart from providing you with peace of mind, it also means you’ll be able to focus on driving a hard deal with the seller.

Don’t emotionally commit based on photos alone

All manufacturers understandably show their product in the very best light in their publicity material. Try to avoid losing your heart to a given motorhome based on that input alone.

There is absolutely no substitute for hard research on the models you are thinking about and at the same time, getting your hands on them for a test drive etc.

A motorhome that looks fantastic in an online photograph and presentation might feel completely different to you if you were inspecting it inside and driving in for an hour or two. So, keep an open mind at the outset.

Take expert advice

Buying a motorhome is not like buying a car. It is a specialist area and any motorhome buying guide should make the point clearly that, unless you have prior in-depth knowledge, you should take expert advice and guidance before deciding on a given vehicle.

Think about parking and storage when not in use

Remember that local laws and your insurance policy might prohibit you from permanently parking your motorhome on the public street when it is not in use.

Similarly, parking on your driveway or in your back garden might be an issue with neighbours.

There are often easy solutions to this type of challenge but be sure you have thought this one through in advance.

Don’t over-compromise on quality

Economy is always going to be a big issue for any buyer but cutting back on space or facilities in order to save perhaps a modest amount of money, might be something you’ll regret later on. Compromises may, of course, be necessary but go with your instinct where things such as fittings, furnishings and little luxuries are concerned.

Check your licence

The good news is that many motorhomes can be driven on a standard driving licence.

However, the position isn’t always entirely straightforward, as the weight of a motorhome plus the date you passed your test, might both have an effect on the type of vehicle you can drive on that standard licence.

It’s worth checking this in advance on the government’s website above.

https://www.gov.uk/driving-motorhome

There’s no need to assume that your motorhome is only suitable for trips heading towards wild countryside.

In fact, many people love using them as a base for exploring some of the beautiful cities in the UK and Europe.

Here are a few ideas from the team here at Derby Motorhomes about motorhome city breaks in the UK you might wish to think about.

Edinburgh

The historic capital of Scotland, this usually appears in any consideration of the top three most beautiful cities of the UK.

It is simply packed with things to do and see as well as having the additional benefit of being surrounded by some beautiful countryside to the south and north. Some of the coastal towns around the Firth of Forth are also well worth exploring if, though it’s unlikely, you tire of Edinburgh’s attractions.

True, you may struggle to find a site for your motorhome in the city centre itself but there are plenty in surrounding areas that are serviced by good public transport links.

Do note that like many cities, Edinburgh now has major traffic restriction measures in place.

York

This is an ancient city with still visible Roman, Viking, Anglo-Saxon and medieval sites.

The cathedral is the focal point of the town but there are simply stacks of other attractions including the medieval Shambles, the Viking centre of Yorvik and the city walls themselves.

You can also take in the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire coastline for some stunning scenery while you’re there.

Stratford upon Avon

True, in the peak holiday season of July and August this charming small town can become a little packed with tourists. However, at other times of the year, it is much more manageable and it’s great to see its historic buildings including those associated with Shakespeare.

In the surrounding countryside, you’ll also find other towns that are more than worth a visit including Warwick, Leamington Spa, Kenilworth and plenty of others.

Manchester

Now it’s perfectly true that Manchester doesn’t often score highly in terms of the picturesque quality of its city centre but that shouldn’t detract from its many attractions.

There are some great major galleries, museums and above all a very trendy commercial life on display in the centre of the city.

It’s also well positioned to explore some of the industrial museums and heritage of towns in Lancashire to the north and Cheshire to the south.

Top tips for exploring city centres

Don’t forget that, particularly in holiday seasons, good sites close to city centres can be snapped up very quickly by eager motorhome owners. So, make sure that you book in advance where motorhome city breaks are concerned.

If you can, take some personal transport with you like cycles. It’ll make it much easier for you to get around and you’ll be less likely to run into some of the traffic congestion that, however much you try to avoid it, can be a fact of life with areas surrounding major conurbations.

It might also be highly advisable to seek sites that are located within very easy reach of good public transport services into the city. Not all cities are necessarily equally well equipped in terms of the transport infrastructure, so a little internet research will be essential.

As was mentioned to be specifically the case in Edinburgh, it’s always a good idea to avoid, if possible, taking your motorhome into a city centre. You might get lucky but you won’t want to lose a lot of your precious exploring time simply driving around one way systems while trying to find a car park that will accept motorhomes.

Above all, remember to have fun!

One of the services we provide is that of part exchange.

Here we’d like to run through how Derby Motorhomes operates the system and some of the basic principles behind it.

What we exchange

It may surprise you to know that we don’t just accept motorhomes as part of a part exchange deal.

We will happily consider things such as motorcycles and motor cars as well.

The basic approach

In order to give you an initial part exchange estimate, we will need to have certain key information relating to the vehicle you are considering putting forward. Those details might include:

  • a precise description of what it is, including things such as its make, model and year;
  • an accurate indication of its current mileage;
  • how many previous owners it might have had;
  • a fairly objective review of its condition. Any major problems or damage should be highlighted at this stage to avoid wasting time later on;
  • a statement of any enhancements you might have made to it, such as anything that might affect its registration details and insurance;
  • a statement relating to whether or not there is any outstanding finance on it.

Once we have those details we will contact our trusted associates in whatever the vehicle field concerned is, to seek the best possible trade-in price we can on your behalf.

Assuming the figure we indicate is acceptable, we will then proceed with you to the next stage.

Confirmation and engagement

Almost inevitably, part exchange allowances will be dependent on the person offering the figure (or their intermediaries) getting to see the vehicle in person before agreeing an absolutely final sum.

There is absolutely no suggestion here that the part exchange specialist believes you might have misrepresented the vehicle. It is simply a question of them trying to make sure that there is nothing associated with it that you might have failed to spot.

Sometimes those things can be very technical and not immediately apparent to anyone other than a skilled mechanic and one who is an expert in the type of vehicle concerned.

However, in many cases, this is simply routine and the final figures are confirmed. In some cases, it may be necessary for you to take steps to settle any outstanding finance on the vehicle prior to offering it as part of the deal or it can be settled as part of the overall transaction.

Do please keep in mind that if you are purchasing a vehicle under hire purchase terms, it is an offence to offer it for sale or part exchange unless your HP funds provider has agreed to it in advance, with any outstanding sums being settled as part of the final transaction.

Summary

As we have said on our website, part exchange can sometimes be a little complicated even though it is an excellent way to offset some of the costs associated with purchasing a new motorhome.

We and our partners can be extremely inventive in finding ways to make your part exchange happen and in a cost-effective way for you. This can all be explained in much more detail and far more easily if you contact us for an initial discussion.

That will be entirely non-committal on your part but it will give you an excellent idea of how the process works and some of the financial advantages that it might offer you.

Sooner or later, most of us need to get to grips with the idea of selling a motorhome however much we may love it!

There might be many driving reasons for doing so, including the need to get a better one.

Typically, the demand for good used motorhomes is high and trying to sell your motorhome might not be a particularly major challenge. However, there are a few things to think about if you would like to sell yours sooner rather than later.

Visual appearance

If you are planning to sell your motorhome yourself through a website or classified ad, remember that your photographs will be of paramount importance.

Motorhomes that look tired, that show exterior damage, or are simply dirty are likely to put off many potential buyers on a first photographic inspection. It’s particularly important that everything looks spick and span, internally and externally, before you invite people round for a viewing.

If you are taking it to a professional dealer for trade-in or sale, first appearances may be slightly less important but they’re still a factor. Even the most hardened of dealers can be influenced, positively or negatively, by the initial impression of the outside of your motorhome and again when they take their first glance inside.

So be prepared to invest a little time, effort and perhaps money in making sure that your motorhome looks attractive at the outset.

Be sure to correct faults

It’s always poor sales psychology to be showing someone around your vehicle whilst at the same time going through a catalogue of things that are wrong with it. Even if problems are relatively minor, buyers who spot them or who you describe them to can start to have doubts.

There is a balance to be struck here of course. At Derby Motorhomes, we wouldn’t necessarily advocate spending a fortune trying to restore your motorhome to factory-delivery condition. However, it might be a very smart move to fix as many of those little niggles as is economically sensible.

Think about where you advertise

Assuming you are not trading-in or selling to a dealership, make sure your advertisements are in a sensible place with respect to your target marketplace.

For example, if you are upgrading from a campervan to a full-sized motorhome, you may find more customers online or in publications aimed at a slightly younger audience than in publications aimed at high net worth individuals.

It’s a simplistic example but there are plenty of helpful articles on the internet about how to identify the right sorts of publications and websites based upon the thing you are trying to sell.

Make sure it has been serviced and is running well

Unless you are selling your vehicle under the category of “requiring repair”, keep in mind that buyers will expect to see it running and riding reasonably well.

If your servicing isn’t up to date, it might be worth investing a modest sum in a mechanical service before taking people for a test drive. Make sure there are no embarrassing rattles or shakes coming out of the engine that you have to somehow explain!

This advice may be less important in situations where you are offering it to a dealership as part of a trade-in or cash purchase. Typically they will normally attend to their own post-purchase full servicing and mechanical checks.

Once again, we would be more than happy to discuss any of these things in more detail with you. Why not contact us for an entirely non-committal discussion?

When you look around our showrooms, you are likely to be stunned at the choice available to you.

That’s why at Derby Motorhomes, we are very familiar with potential new buyers asking for our advice and guidance in terms of how to select one!

Let’s start with some of the basics.

Budget

As with just about everything else in life, the amount you have available to spend will play a role in your final decision on a motorhome.

Picking the right motorhome for you will depend upon how much you wish to put into the purchase and just what you will be able to secure for your available finances.

We can offer some excellent advice and guidance on that one and possibly assist with the financing options too.

Your patterns of usage

This is just a rather fancy way of saying that just how you plan to use your vehicle will be instrumental in you picking the right motorhome for you.

Ideally, you should be clear in advance about things such as:

  • how many people, on average, will be using it when you go away;
  • how big are they? If that sounds odd, keep in mind that the space and facilities requirements for say a couple of occasional younger grandchildren passengers might be quite different to having two other full-sized adults with you;
  • what sort of distances will you be using your motorhome over? Some owners tend to use their vehicles only within a relatively modest distance of their own home. Others may go from one end of the country to the other or indeed on major expeditions across Europe.

All of these factors and many others like them will influence your views as to the type of vehicle and configurations that you will need in order to meet your requirements.

Your accommodation preferences

This is a surprisingly large field to think about.

We’d welcome the opportunity to talk you through this but as a quick illustration; some people prefer permanent fixed beds whereas others like the additional space-saving that might come with fold-up beds. Another example might be thinking about whether you want a smaller shower area and use the space saved for other purposes or would prefer a larger and more luxurious shower room configuration.

There are pros and cons in all these options and also very similar decisions across other areas of your internal layout and accommodation.

It will be necessary to have some idea of these things in mind when you are starting thinking about various motorhome options and picking the right motorhome for you.

Your driving comfort

This isn’t about the seating and cab layout. Instead, this means just how happy you are driving larger versus smaller vehicles.

In our experience, some people prefer driving smaller motorhomes and don’t feel relaxed when driving larger ones. Other drivers don’t really mind either way.

Summary

It’s possible to learn a great deal from looking at various brochures and also our virtual showroom facility.

However, ultimately picking the right motorhome for you requires a degree of consultation and explanation of a sort that you might struggle to find exclusively online.

Why not contact us at your earliest opportunity for a discussion about the facts you should be thinking about before deciding what is the appropriate vehicle for you? We are standing by waiting to help!

Further reading: Looking for a new motorhome

One of the commonest questions we’re asked at Derby Motorhomes relates to advice on interior layout.

Personal preferences

As you might imagine, there are some things we can’t really say a lot about.

Things relating to your personal preferences for colour schemes and equipment selections are likely to be something that only you can think in detail about.

In terms of what might be called the more fixed components of motorhome layouts though, there are some general points we would like to share with you.

Sizes

Remember that the smaller the motorhome you select, by and large, the more compromises you might have to make on internal living space.

That’s something that might affect aspects of internal motorhome layouts.

For example, some motorhome owners prefer lots of living room and kitchen space but are more than willing to compromise on sleeping area dimensions. That’s fine but in the case of say over-cab sleeping accommodation, keep in mind that headroom will be restricted and also one partner will have to climb over the other if they need to get up in the middle of the night.

If you are inclined towards plenty of living and sleeping space plus a good sized kitchen, then it might be sensible to think about one of the larger motorhomes as opposed to one of the smaller in overall scale terms.

Beds

Although opinions might differ, it’s probably fair to say that many people would suggest that fixed beds are more comfortable than those which fold away.

If you are someone or a couple who really value the ultimate in comfort for a great night’s sleep, then it might be better to opt for fixed beds. On the other hand, if you can sleep on the head of a pin, then folding beds may give you much more legroom during the day.

Kitchens sizes

As touched on above, the size and configuration of kitchen areas may vary considerably between models.

If you are someone who really enjoys cooking, wherever you are, then you may be prepared to sacrifice something like fixed beds or larger sized shower facilities in order to have a substantial kitchen.

Equally, if cooking is something you want to get away from on holiday, then you might prefer to save space on the kitchen and deploy it elsewhere.

WC’s and showers

It’s not unusual to hear people saying they’ll go for the smallest options possible and use the space saved elsewhere. In practice though, that doesn’t necessarily suit everybody in real life.

Some people just don’t like cramped spaces when they are trying to take a shower and very restricted spaces in these areas can be an issue for larger people.

It’s certainly possible to opt for smaller solutions but think it through first and be sure that it’ll result in something you’ll be comfortable with.

Think numbers

The optimal motorhome layouts will depend upon just how many people there will be on your trips.

In situations where there are four adults (or with larger children) regularly aboard, you may really appreciate fold-away beds and much more dining space in the living area.

On the other hand, if you are a couple with perhaps the odd trip involving your grandchildren for example, then your motorhome layout thinking might be very different.

True, you shouldn’t size your motorhome and select configurations based on perhaps one trip every 12 or 18 months with others aboard. Yet if you’re planning to invite other people with you on a regular basis, it should be taken into account in your configuration design and selection.