Emptying A Motorhome Toilet Cassette Blocks Sewers? No Way!

The motorhome toilet cassette is not the most attractive piece of equipment you’ll carry. Barely spoken of in polite circles, it sits quietly doing its job in its accommodating, non-judgemental way. But controversy has surrounded this inoffensive (usually) if indispensable little receptacle! Having attracted the attention of the newspapers, it is now enjoying its moment in The Sun! (pun intended – although it is currently the North Norfolk News and Eastern Daily Press) Just as the van life community thought that the unwelcome spotlight on us was dimming, the humble motorhome toilet cassette is now being blamed for blocking sewers in North Norfolk! We’ll READ THE FULL STORY…

Covid in a Campervan? What should you do?

Covid in your campervan! Can you self-isolate in your motorhome or campervan if you test positive for covid? How does someone who lives in a van manage if they have coronavirus? Coronavirus caught up with us! We thought we had escaped this virus! However, a “head cold” soon morphed into something altogether different. Feeling tired, achey and “dreamy”, we did not feel like doing much, but wondered about taking the motorhome out. We would be in total isolation. We could enjoy some fresh air, park up and enjoy a van-cooked meal, use our own facilities. What harm could we do? Should you drive your READ THE FULL STORY…

When travel plans go wrong – our road trip failed!

Making travel plans warms up the darkest of winter evenings and we motorhome owners look forward to road trips. The open road, the sense of freedom, the world unfolding through the windscreen. But sometimes, no matter how cunning your schedule is, how open you are to adventure, things will go awry. Your travel plans will turn to ashes. We had a road trip booked to Cornwall. Friends from Germany were visiting and they were about to experience the 385 mile journey from our house to Penzance in our old motorhome. Having read The Salt Path by Raynor Winn, like us, they wanted to taste READ THE FULL STORY…

How To Save Money In A Motorhome

Is it possible to save money in a motorhome? This is something we’ve pondered a lot over the last few weeks… Motorhomes are expensive to purchase, maintain and use. Whether you have shelled out £100,000 for a sparkly new one or thrown your savings at something nearer the bargain basement, you will find it difficult to escape the ongoing costs. Our VW T4 Cree is 30 years old and was bordering on a “doer-upper” when we bought her six years ago. She cost all we had and then some. So, we have had to cut down on expenses where we could. In this post READ THE FULL STORY…

Motorhome or Car – which is best for road trips?

The pros and cons of travelling by motorhome versus car. Almost everyone dreams of having a motorhome and setting out on the open road with everything including the kitchen sink, sleeping wherever the engine stops. But a car is faster, easier to park, cheaper to run….! So which would you choose – motorhome or car? We are fortunate enough to have both, a 30-year-old Autotrail Cree and a 14-year-old Skoda Fabia estate. So how do we choose which to take? Fuel economy in a motorhome? Both of our vehicles use diesel which is currently more expensive than petrol. The motorhome manages 25-28 mpg whereas READ THE FULL STORY…

Overweight Motorhome? DANGER! How Much Can You Carry Safely?

An overweight motorhome can cost you more than big fines! Excess weight will burn more fuel, and your tyres will be put under pressure. But, most importantly, an overweight motorhome can cost you your life!! How much can a motorhome carry? A “spring” blog post! It was the realisation that our motorhome was struggling and could potentially become dangerous that made us empty almost everything from it and seek custom springs for the rear suspension. We were within the laws governing Maximum Technically Permissible Laden Mass (MTPLM). But our springs had sagged in just two years and were clearly not going to be up READ THE FULL STORY…

How Do You Overcome Fear of Travelling in a Post Covid World?

Fear of travelling is spreading as fast as coronavirus. Does the thought of leaving the house fill you with dread? Are you afraid to travel further than a few miles? Do you invent excuses to keep you at home? What are you frightened of? Do you know what it is…or is it a vague feeling of unease which builds up to terror? Today’s roads are harder to negotiate with so much traffic. And they are so much faster than they were a decade ago. A level of caution is understandable. But how did that suddenly become a debilitating fear of travelling? Coronavirus and the READ THE FULL STORY…

Motorhome Ownership – The Good, The Bad, and The Expensive.

Motorhome ownership is a privilege. It is something we dreamed of without really expecting our dreams to materialise. But in 2017, we decided to shut our eyes and jump. With a bank loan weighing heavily in our pockets we set off in search of our dream van. Did we find it? We certainly found one – or it found us. But like any relationship, there have been highs and lows. The thrill of the open road Anyone with a motorhome will have felt that exhilaration as they set off on a road trip, leaving worries and stresses behind them. You know the bedding is READ THE FULL STORY…

Is Living in a Motorhome Eco-Friendly?

Is there such a thing as an eco-friendly motorhome? After a Motorhome Hobos blog post discussing a recent upsurge in media and physical attacks on motorhomes in what we termed a “vanlife vendetta”, we have been considering the sustainability and ecological effects of vanlife. Is there such a thing as an eco-friendly motorhome? The media has rounded on the mobile community, both full-timers and holiday makers, accusing us of causing litter and pollution across the countryside. The headlines scream of “gas-guzzlers”! And a “Trail of Litter”! This has led to bad feeling throughout the country. We know that many of these stories have been READ THE FULL STORY…

Where can I park my Motorhome? Van Life Vendetta!

Do you think that there is a van life vendetta? Parking a motorhome is becoming increasingly difficult. Height barriers, unwelcoming parking attendants, withdrawal of roadside permissions and a general air of antipathy towards motorhomes is making van life more of a struggle. Will full-time van life soon be a thing of the past in England? Will it soon be impossible to use a motorhome anywhere in the U.K. other than campsites? Is there a van life vendetta? We are not talking about wild camping – a contentious enough issue. This is about legally parking our motorhome in a town whilst we enjoy, and pay READ THE FULL STORY…