Have motorhome, will travel. And once your motorhome drives into continental Europe the open road really does have no end in sight.

Whether you are planning a late-season trip to Europe or thinking ahead to next year, however, a little advance planning and attention to what you need to take with you may save heartache – not to mention disaster – further down the road.

So, here are some motorhome ideas to prepare for your European adventure.

Documents

It’s important to have all the paperwork you need to take with you. Since some of the documents might take a while to arrange, it is worth getting them together in good time:

Driving licence

  • whatever happens regarding Brexit – and, at the time of writing, the possibility of a no-deal exit – you need to have your up to date UK driving licence with you at all times (one that qualifies you to drive the motorhome you are driving, of course);

International Driving Permit

  • currently, you do not need an International Driving Permit within the EU – but it is an open question whether it might be needed post-Brexit;
  • probably the easiest place to get one is the Post Office, where you will need to show your driving licence (and a passport, if your licence is the older, paper type), a current passport-standard photograph, and the pay the £5.50 fee;

Insurance

  • as an article in Caravan Talk points out, a minimum of third party insurance is obligatory throughout Europe, so you need to keep your insurance certificate with you at all times – having checked with your insurer that your policy covers you while driving in Europe;
  • also, ask your insurer for a “green card” showing proof that you meet the insurance standards required in the countries through which you will be driving;

Passports

  • although you currently enjoy freedom of movement within Europe, the best means of identification for you and each of your passengers is a passport – post-Brexit, of course, passports are going to be essential and you may even need a visa to visit countries within Europe;
  • follow the news about any changes to the requirements – and remember that passports and visas invariably take quite a time to arrange.

Preparing your motorhome

Different European countries have different rules about the equipment that must be carried within your motorhome – so check carefully what is required in the countries through which you will be driving.

Throughout Europe, for example, you must carry a warning triangle for use in roadside emergencies – and in Spain and Croatia, you need two.

For similar purposes, you must also have on board a reflective jacket while driving in Spain, Austria, France, Belgium, Portugal and Croatia.

A first aid kit must also be carried when you are in France, Germany, Austria, Greece and Croatia – although it is clearly a sensible precaution to have one onboard anyway.

A similarly wise precaution is to carry a fire extinguisher within your motorhome – and it is specifically recommended (although not obligatory) in Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

In France, you must also carry a breathalyser kit – although it remains a moot point whether the law is rigorously applied.

Visit The RAC for more information.

Just when you thought it was all over, with summer long gone and the nights drawing in, a spell of fine weather tempts you behind the wheel of your motorhome again for a final outing or two before winter sets in.

Just where to go for one of those quick motorhome trips fairly close to home depends, of course, in which part of the country you live. But one of the great things about the diversity of Britain is that, wherever you live, there are certain to be spots worth visiting for a long weekend or so.

Let’s consider just a few of them.

The South of England

If you live in southern England, the New Forest National Park is a relatively short drive away from most places.

In all its autumn glory, the New Forest is awash with every hue of green, amber russet as the leaves begin to fall. An overnight stop at one of the many campsites within the National Park, lets you begin your walk at the best time of day – the early morning, as the mist begins to clear above wooded glades and open heathland. Kick softly through the fallen leaves lest you disturb a grazing deer.

From Longmeadow Campsite you may take a delightful 20-minute stroll through the forest to the village of Brockenhurst, which is at the very heart of the National Park.

The Midlands

Midlanders have one of the biggest publicly accessible forests on their very doorsteps at Sherwood Pines Forest Park – and the newly-opened Camping and Caravanning Club’s motorhome site of the same name within its boundaries.

It’s in the East Midlands part of Nottinghamshire, of course, near the village of Edwinstowe, between Ollerton and Clipstone.

This is the place where you might also want the kids to let off steam before the quieter days of winter by letting them take to the activity trails, hire a bike, swing through the play areas – or just run wild.

South Wales

The Gower Peninsula and the impressive sweep of Rhossili Bay are more than worth a visit at any time of the year. But autumn brings with it a certain sense of rugged urgency as the first of the winter’s squalls darken the endless skies and add a thrilling drama to the scene.

So, if you live within a day’s drive of the Gower, why not head your motorhome in the direction of Nicholaston Farm Campsite – a family-friendly working farm, with immediate access to the Gower’s marvellous coastline.

The North of England

If you live in the North of England, you are well and truly spoilt for choice when it comes to a quick motorhome trip to beat the oncoming winter.

What will it be? A drive into the rugged splendour of Snowdonia in North Wales? A weekend enjoying Wordsworth’s Lake District? Or bracing walks along the wide-open spaces of the beaches – generally deserted at this time of year – of the northeast coast?

If it’s Wales that won out, head off to Llyn Gwynant Campsite in the heart of Snowdonia – and take in a late autumn walk or hike.

Perhaps it was the Lake District? Lake Windermere may be bustling in the height of summer, but by autumn the crowds have thinned out appreciably and from Park Cliffe Motorhome & Touring Caravan Park, you can enjoy your own wide-open vistas of the Lake itself.

Springfield Farm offers one of the most scenic sites you might hope to find along the glorious coastline of Northumberland. Gaze out across open fields towards the North Sea’s Farne Islands, or drive the short distance north to Bamburgh Castle, or west into the Cheviot Hills to enjoy the best of a British autumn.

Owning a motorhome gives you the freedom of the open road. And if that open road begins with the short hop across the Channel to France, the open road has practically no end.

Though it might be just a short cross-Channel journey away, however, remember that France is a foreign country, with rules of the road, laws and customs that may differ substantially to those you are used to at home.

With those differences in mind, the following advice is offered about taking your motorhome to France.

At the ferry port

Getting to France is easy enough, thanks to the streamlined boarding procedures now in operation at the ferry ports and Eurotunnel.

The Caravan and Motorhome Club recommends that you keep your booking reference to hand and simply follow the signs for the operator with whom you have booked.

Eurotunnel operates a self-check-in lane if you have booked directly with the company, so all you need do is enter your booking reference on the entry screen and follow the instructions.

The driving

One of the main dangers may be the lure of the open road itself. Especially if you are chasing the sun, you might be tempted to drive much further in your motorhome in France than you are used to at home.

As an article in Caravan Talk warns, it is essential to avoid driving fatigue, so plan your route well, and take regular breaks.

Documents

You need to remember your UK driving licence, but at the time of writing (September 2019), you do not need an international driving permit for France. Do note that this could change due to Brexit, so check with the Government website for clarification.

You must also have evidence of insurance for your motorhome since a minimum of third party cover is obligatory in France – as it is throughout the rest of Europe. Check that your insurance covers driving in Europe and ask your insurer for a “green card” that confirms you are adequately insured for driving in France.

Kit

When driving in France, you must have onboard a warning triangle and a reflective jacket to wear in case of roadside emergencies together with a first-aid kit.

While it is no longer a legal requirement, it has been in the past and is, therefore, a good idea to continue to carry a breathalyser device.

Speed limits

Speed limits may vary, especially in rural areas, are likely to catch out the unwary and are frequently policed – with on the spot fines which vary according to the degree to which you have exceeded the limit.

That means up to €68 for a minor infraction (less than 12mph) but up to €3750 and three months in prison if you are caught for the second time speeding by more than 31mph.

Emissions

The RAC warns that in some French cities you also need to display a “clean air sicker” – a Crit’Air.

This costs £3.60 and you may face an on the spot fine of nearly £120 if you fail to do so.

None of us like to spend more than we have to, so if you are travelling in your motorhome, you’ll not want any unnecessary expense. Here are a few tips and suggestions for making your money go further – so you can spend it on those things that make a holiday so truly memorable …

Go off-peak

If you are able to travel outside of the holiday periods, you’ll typically find that the roads will be quieter, but pitches, ferries and the Eurotunnel may also be cheaper.

Motorhome breakdown cover

  • a nightmare for any driver on a touring holiday is having the vehicle breakdown;
  • if you are driving a motorhome, of course, it is not just the vehicle but your overnight accommodation, cooking and storage facilities that might also suffer;
  • breakdown cover insurance is likely to prove more important than ever when travelling in your motorhome, therefore, and something that any reputable supplier is more than likely to recommend;
  • without it, you could be facing considerable expense – in recovery and repairs – or taxing to the bitter utmost your roadside DIY mechanical skills;

Planning

  • being prepared for roadside mishaps, of course, is all about the forethought and planning to give to outings in your motorhome;
  • but that planning doesn’t have to stop with the vehicle itself – give some thought to where you intend to stay and choose those sites where you’re unlikely to be paying an arm and a leg;
  • the beauty of a motorhome, of course, is that you already have all the facilities you need on board – so you do not have to seek out the more expensive 5-star sites with luxury amenities;
  • a story in the Mirror newspaper on the 2nd of May 2019, for instance, listed some of the sites where you can still enjoy a perfectly comfortable night’s stay without a huge expense for your pitch;

Find cheap fuel

Using an app such as PetrolPrices.com will help you find the cheapest petrol in your area. And when filling up, make sure you take advantage of any loyalty card schemes too.

Bikes aboard

  • your motorhome is perfectly equipped for each overnight stay and getting from A to B is as simple as sitting behind the wheel;
  • but why not get further enjoyment from the great outdoors by leaving the motorhome on its pitch for a day or two while you take to the roads, lanes and trails on your bikes – saving the wear and tear on your vehicle and, of course, the cost of fuel;
  • if there is room inside your motorhome to store the bikes, all well and good, but practically any motorhome these days will easily take a safer and more secure exterior cycle-rack;

Getting to know your galley

  • eating out for the duration of your holiday is likely to prove expensive, yet your motorhome comes equipped with a galley – and using it need not be a huge chore;
  • casseroles, grills, oatmeal and cereals take little time to prepare and are unlikely to tax the skills of anyone at the galley for a great length of time;
  • if you are feeling a little more ambitious, the Camping and Caravanning Club has even come up with a few recipes that are especially suited to cooking on the galley of your motorhome;
  • even just hitting the local supermarket for cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks etc. means you can save money you would have spent out at a café;
  • don’t splurge at Starbucks – make your own coffee in your RV and you’ll potentially save a small fortune.   

Saving money while travelling in your motorhome doesn’t mean scrimping and going without, just a little forethought, preparation and planning.

One of the great things about Britain is its sheer diversity. And if you are looking for a touring destination in your motorhome, Scotland has all of those contrasts – in landscape, geography, history and culture – in spades.

If you’ve been in any doubt about that fact, you might want to consider the 12 good reasons offered by none other than National Geographic for visiting Scotland.

But let’s pick our own top five favourite locations for touring in your motorhome.

1. The Western Highlands

There is no other part of the British Isles that offers the rugged majesty of mountains and coastline as the Western Highlands of Scotland.

Start your drive from the lowlands of Glasgow and you’ll soon find yourself skirting iconic Loch Lomond for your first taste of the mountains, deep waters and gentler landscape of the Trossachs National Park.

As you drive north and west, however, the scenery becomes decidedly more rugged and spectacular, to Oban, the gateway to the Western Isles, Fortwilliam and the chilling atmosphere of Glencoe.

Ease yourself into the adventure with a first night’s stop at one of the well-equipped campsites especially for motorhomes at Loch Lomond.

2. The sunshine coast

For an altogether different perspective on the contrasts Scotland has to offer, you might aim for a longer drive and drive along the country’s north-eastern seaboard or “sunshine coast” as it is also known.

The beaches here are sufficiently remote to remain unspoilt, with the town of Moray and the village of Lossiemouth recording some of the driest weather in Scotland.

Right by the sea at Lossiemouth is the Silver Sands Holiday Park where you will find a grassy or hardstanding pitch to spend a night or two before continuing your tour.

The Moray coast is also a spot where you may be able to see one of nature’s great phenomena – the Northern Lights!

3. Edinburgh

No trip to Scotland is likely to be complete without a visit to its capital, Edinburgh – and the centre of all things cultural.

The height of the season, of course, is August, when the city plays host to the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival of established and rising fringe theatre and comedy. Depending on your tastes, therefore, you might want or not want to avoid this time of the year.

The Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Edinburgh campsite is ideally situated for city visits, yet outside the busiest areas, in a more peaceful spot along the Firth of Forth.

4. Ayrshire and Arran

Your tour of Scotland doesn’t need to involve a long drive. Hop just across the border into the tranquil rolling countryside in the southwest of the country and you may enjoy the perfect motorhome tour around Ayrshire and Arran.

You’ll find yourself in the heartland of Robert Burns place of birth, with a host of quaint countryside towns, sandy beaches – and golf courses galore, with some 50 from which to choose. Indeed, you might even venture as far as Turnberry – the golf course owned by a certain President of the United States.

Since you are driving your own home away from home, though, avoid the huge expense of staying at Turnberry’s centrepiece and instead park up for a night or two at Ayr Craigie Gardens Caravan Club Site, which is just a short way up the coast and offers up to 90 pitches for motorhomes and caravans.

5. Scottish borders

For a similarly quick hop across the border, but on the eastern side of the country, you might instead make your base in Jedburgh and tour these equally quiet and picturesque roads of the borderlands.

Jedburgh itself is a pretty market town and the distance by road from Newcastle upon Tyne is only 56 miles (91.58 km), which takes around one hour and 10 minutes to drive.

Just four miles south of Jedburgh itself, situated on the quiet banks of the River Jed, you’ll find Jedwater Caravan Park in the heart of perfect walking and horse riding countryside – and even enjoy a 10% discount on parking your motorhome if you are a Senior Citizen.

If you are the proud owner of a motorhome, it may come as especially good news that your leisure vehicle is likely to hold its value pretty well, according to an article last updated by Saga on the 28th of September 2018. If it is a high-end marque, such as an Auto-Sleeper, that is likely to hold even truer.

Since that makes your current motorhome a prime subject for part-exchange when the time comes to renew it, here are some frequently asked questions on just that subject.

How can I be sure of getting a fair price?

A motorhome part-exchange is intended to represent a fair deal for you, for the dealer who accepts it in part exchange, and to any customer looking eventually to buy it.

Although motorhomes typically hold their price well and depreciate at a slower rate than many other vehicles, they do depreciate over time. This needs to be taken into account when managing your expectations for the price you are offered by the dealer.

The more information – and the more accurate information – you can provide the dealer, the fairer the valuation is likely to be. And the fairer the valuation, the better the price you might expect to be offered.

What determines the valuation?

In addition to your contact details and in advance of the dealer’s inspection there are several details on which any valuation is likely to be based, including:

  • the make and model of your motorhome – and as previously mentioned, the more reputable the marque, such as Auto-Sleeper, the more impressed any dealer is likely to be;
  • the registration number, age and mileage of the motorhome;
  • whether it is diesel or petrol, the engine capacity and the type of transmission (manual or automatic);
  • whether you have a full mechanical and habitation service history;
  • the overall condition of the motorhome – some indication of whether it is clean, average or below average;
  • whether smoking has been allowed in the vehicle; and
  • whether your pets have travelled or slept in your motorhome.

Are the extras fitted into my motorhome also taken into account?

Extras, such as onboard entertainment systems or fitted appliances, may enhance the part exchange value of your motorhome.

To help ensure that you are receiving top price in part exchange, therefore, give as full a picture as possible of all the extras fitted, when they were fitted, by whom, and the individual service histories if these are available. Once again, the more detail you offer, the greater the financial consideration is likely to be.

What if I’m dissatisfied with the part exchange price I’m offered?

With the best of will on both sides, there is always the chance that you consider the price for your motorhome to be underrated.

In those circumstances, there is nothing to stop you arranging a private sale – and taking on the potential hassle and inconvenience of arranging viewings, allowing test drives, and negotiating a price.

If you manage to find a buyer, it is entirely possible that that person, too, is also interested in making a part exchange. If you put them in touch with the dealer from whom you are planning to buy your new motorhome, you might find that you have made two new friends – your buyer and the dealer from whom you are planning to buy.

It’s arrived! You spent a long time choosing the motorhome of your dreams – and now it’s sitting in your driveway.

Taking your motorhome on the road for the first time, however, might well bring on a flush of the nerves and there are a few things to do to prepare yourself for that first outing – or, indeed, do once again, if you’ve not driven the vehicle for a while.

Take stock

Before you go anywhere, just sit in the driving seat and familiarise yourself with the controls. You’ll want to know where everything is, especially in an emergency, but it shouldn’t be too long before your reactions become second nature – just as they should be.

Passengers

Although they are likely to be as keen as you are to take that first journey in your new motorhome, it might be less taxing on your nerves if you persuade potential passengers to wait until you’ve driven the vehicle around the block a few times.

When you are ready for passengers, you and your co-pilot, of course, will be in seats facing forward in the cockpit. Eager children, however, may be fighting for seats behind you in the rear of the vehicle – and that’s where a degree of caution and common-sense may need to be exercised.

Advice published by the Department for Transport points out that it is not illegal for passengers to sit anywhere in the seats in the rear of your motorhome, including those that are side-facing – provided, of course, that none of them is in any danger of being hurt.

Seatbelts, for example, are not compulsory in these rear seats but their use is strongly recommended. But even when seatbelts are worn it is not advisable to use side-facing seats at all when travelling, because of the danger of injury in a collision.

Preparing the vehicle

If you’ve taken delivery of a new motorhome, your supplier is almost certain to have performed all the necessary checks to ensure that the vehicle is in perfect working order.

It is your responsibility, however, to ensure that everything is packed and stowed away safely and securely.

That means making sure that you know the maximum authorised laden weight of your motorhome and that you do not exceed it. An overloaded vehicle is unsafe since it is more difficult to control, and you are putting excess pressure on the load-bearing tyres. What is more, you face a stiff fine and penalty points on your driving licence if your vehicle is overloaded and you are stopped by the police.

Be careful in the positioning of the items you pack, putting the heaviest on the floor in the middle of the motorhome, other heavier items evenly spread across the remaining floor area and only lightweight items in overhead lockers and cupboards. Secure everything to make sure none of it shifts while you are on the road.

Tyres

Tyre pressures are even more important on your motorhome than on many other vehicles.

The Camping and Caravanning Club suggests that you might consider using TyrePal which constantly monitors the pressure in the tyres and warns you of any pending problems. The Club also recommends the use of a rear-facing camera – especially when you are a novice at manoeuvring a larger vehicle in reverse.

We hope these four quick tips will help you feel confident when you first hit the road in your motorhome. Enjoy your trip!

If you are thinking of buying an Auto-Sleeper motorhome, you are unlikely to find anything better when it comes to your choice of large or small, luxuriously spacious or nimbly manoeuvrable, or for want of options when it comes to the layout of your ultimate leisure vehicle.

Indeed, you are likely to be so spoiled for choice that making a final decision seems overwhelming. So, what are some of the considerations likely to come into play when buying a motorhome?

Size

Who is likely to be travelling with you on your adventures in an Auto-Sleeper motorhome? Is it just you and your partner or do you have children or maybe an extended family to think of?

The answer governs the number of beds you need in your motorhome and, of course, this determines, in turn, the overall size of the vehicle that may comfortably accommodate your travelling companions.

Weight

Closely related to the question of size, is the overall weight and laden weight of your motorhome.

This may become more critical as you consider the largest of the motorhomes you might have an eye on. For the great majority of motorhomes, your standard driving licence allows you to drive vehicles of up to 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM), explains the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). For motorhomes above this weigh, however, you may need to pass and hold a supplementary Category C1 licence.

To complicate things a little further, your precise driving licence qualifications also depend on whether you took your test before or after the 1st of January 1997.

Where are you going?

Your choice of the size and weight of your motorhome might also be influenced by where it is you are likely to be going and how you intend to use the vehicle:

  • if you are planning to use it mainly for touring, with just overnight stops along the way, a smaller vehicle is likely to be more manoeuvrable along narrow winding lanes or congested city streets;
  • if you have a particular destination in mind and plan to use your Auto-Sleeper as a – somewhat luxurious – home away from home, then the extra spaciousness and higher standard of fittings and furniture of a larger, heavier vehicle may be more appropriate.

Seeing is believing

As you begin to home in on the motorhome of your choice, there is nothing to beat the experience of ditching the brochures and magazines and getting up close and personal to the real thing.

Why not stop by our Auto-Sleeper exhibition centre and view the whole range on offer? Settle down in one of the comfortable seats in the cockpit or lounge area, bounce up and down on a bed or two, and get hands-on with the galley.

Your budget

As with so many things, your final decision may come down to the hard realities of your bank balance.

Once again, though, Auto-Sleepers build motorhomes to suit many a pocket – and reputable dealers such as ourselves at Derby Motorhomes are likely to offer in-house finance specialists who may advise on the ways to finance your purchase – including the Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) similar to the deal with which you might have bought your last motor car.

Are you thinking about buying a motorhome but are worried about the challenge of driving one?

In fact, you are likely to discover that – with a little practice and growing familiarity – it is probably no more difficult than driving your own car. The following tips may help to explain how you may overcome any initial doubts or worries:

Look and learn

  • when you get behind the wheel of any vehicle you have not driven before, you usually spend a moment or two familiarising your self with the controls, so that you know where everything is and know just how it all works – especially in an emergency;
  • getting behind the wheel of a motorhome is unlikely to be so different and a few minutes just making yourself comfortable, adjusting the seat, and getting familiar with all the controls is likely to pay dividends;

Training

  • you’ve made yourself at home in the cockpit – and the spacious interior, no doubt – so you’re probably looking forward to moving off;
  • if there’s still any trepidation, though, or if you want to play it extra-safe, you might want to enrol on one of the motorhome courses run by the Caravan and Motorhome Cub;
  • these 6-hour manoeuvring courses aim to teach you all about handling a larger vehicle – forwards and in reverse – simple maintenance, routine safety checks, the law, and have a feedback session;

Moving off

  • now that you’ve gained a little confidence, there are just a few things to remember – especially until you’ve become familiar with the length, width and size of your motorhome;
  • the golden rule – as far as the Quirky Camper is concerned – is to relax, slow down and enjoy the journey (likely to be at least half the enjoyment of outings in your motorhome);
  • while you are on the move, you might tend to forget some of the key dimensions – the height and length of your motorhome – so take a look in your owner’s manual and learn them off by heart, so that you are not caught out when encountering low bridges or especially narrow and winding roads along the way;
  • with the extra length of the vehicle, you may need to take corners wider than you are used to, but be careful, of course, of swinging out into oncoming traffic, slow down and look well ahead when cornering;
  • in fact, you might want to kill your speed more generally while getting used to driving your motorhome – it’s not designed to be driven as fast as the car you use for work or trips to the shops and, besides, slowing down may help you to enjoy the journey better;
  • if your motorhome is less than 3,500 kg unladen weight (as most are), then the rules of the road, including speed limits are the same as for the car you normally drive – but if it is above 3,500 kg then remember that lower speed restrictions apply;

Park and Ride

  • even though you may have become familiar with the handling of your motorhome, it is rarely a good idea to take it into already congested and sometimes narrow inner city streets;
  • Park and Ride schemes are therefore a boon to motorhome owners since they let you park easily away from all the congestion, with your vehicle waiting safely for you at the end of your visit to the city.

By following just a few simple tips and suggestions, therefore, you are likely to find that driving a motorhome presents no great challenge – and you soon take to it like a duck to water.

When you part exchange your motorhome, you get two important benefits for the price of one – you avoid the time, hassle and general inconvenience of having to sell your current motorhome and are also likely to gain more than enough of a deposit on your new one.

So, let’s take a closer look at part exchanging your motorhome.

Choose your dealer

Naturally, you want the best possible price for any motorhome you trade in, based on a fair and realistic valuation of its current market value.

Specialist, reputable dealers are likely to be in the best position to make just such an offer. They know about motorhomes, they know who is in the market to buy a used one, and they are at the cutting edge of the business.

Most dealers specialise in a particular make of motorhome and, if you are lucky enough to already own one of the top-rated brands such as an Auto-Sleeper, you may be likely to be offered an especially attractive deal in part exchange.

Indeed, some dealers are so interested in buying such desirable brands as Auto-Sleeper, that, if you have yet to make up your mind about buying a new motorhome, you may be offered an immediate cash price on the one you want to sell.

Some dealers may even agree to take your motorhome on a sale or return basis.

Showing off your part-exchanged motorhome

Whether the dealer has offered you an attractive part exchange or cash, you may want to know that your motorhome is being sold in its best possible light – the higher the price for the dealer that it commands, of course, the more you too are likely to be offered.

A further reason for choosing a main, specialist dealer, therefore, is that the motorhome you part-exchanged or sold for cash is likely to be well cared for and presented in the dealer’s showrooms – possibly in a weather-tight and heated environment, all the better to attract potential customers, well protected from the elements.

Preparing your motorhome for part exchange

You might be tempted into thinking that a vehicle you offer in part exchange does not need much in the way of special presentation – if it is dirty or needs minor exterior or interior blemishes ironing out, then the dealer is well able to provide the necessary service.

But dealers are people, too, and just like any other buyer, first impressions count.

In other words, if you are looking to part exchange, it is worth spending some of your own time cleaning the outside of the vehicle, attending to any scrapes and dings and giving the interior a thorough spring clean. It is all likely to put any dealer in the right frame of mind for offering you a better deal on a motorhome which has obviously been looked after by a responsible and careful owner.

For similar reasons, it is also important to gather together, ready to hand over to the dealer, the documents and owner’s manual you received when you bought your motorhome, together with its maintenance records and service history.