Motorhome Scams – How Not To Get Caught Out!

Motorhome scams appear to be the latest “get rich quick” scheme! Unscrupulous rogues reassure buyers that all is well before disappearing off into the sunset with the deposit, leaving the buyer with no van and no money. Most of us out here are decent people. Genuine sellers have sound vehicles for sale. BUT how do you know that you are dealing with one of the goodies? In this post we’ll share our top tips to help you avoid being scammed when you buy a motorhome. How do you avoid motorhome scams? There are loads of tips in this blog post so please take your READ THE FULL STORY…

What Is A Hobo? How Do Hobos Travel And Work?

What is a Hobo? The word hobo is North American. At its least romantic, hobo describes a drunken homeless and penniless wanderer. Something to scare the kids with. Hobo is often regarded as an offensive term; however calling a hobo a tramp or bum is worse! Original hobos were not tramps, vagrants or bums. Hobos earned their money. They were not habitual thieves or beggars except in dire need; although some would steal and run. To give the distinction, a tramp or vagrant travels on foot but may avoid work- eking out a living by begging. A bum neither travels nor works but begs. READ THE FULL STORY…

Preparing the Van Habitation Area for Winter

Is it worth preparing the van for winter if you use it? Well, how quickly can mice eat into your motorhome food-stocks and soft furnishings? How fast does mildew form on damp bedding? We would rather avoid it than find out! Winterizing a motorhome that is used regularly throughout the colder months seems like a waste of time. But preparing the van for winter is important. It takes very little time for vermin to sniff out your biscuits. And they will nibble – and piddle on – your towels and bedding. As soon as you park your prized van in storage or the drive, 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…

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…

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…

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…

Brit Stops for Motorhomes – is it really free?

We have missed the mountains of Wales over lockdown so decided to head across in our motorhome during September. To make it a real adventure, we were trialling Brit Stops for the first time. We waited for the school summer holidays to end before embarking on our own break. However, it soon became apparent that September is when adults come out to play! Campsites were looking healthily full. But we didn’t care – we had our Brit Stops book! What is Brit Stops? Brit Stops, for the uninitiated, seems perfect for people like us. Those who are enjoying motorhome life on a budget. On READ THE FULL STORY…

Exciting New Vanlife Blog!

This is our new vanlife blog – the introductory Motorhome Hobos’ Vanlife Blog post no less! We have spoken about writing a blog for a while but life has got in the way. And, to be perfectly honest, a lack of clarity on the difference between pages and posts. We are Hobos, not IT experts!! But right here, right now, you are witnessing the beginnings of something extraordinary. Well, interesting anyway. We hope. The blog is going to contain comments and stories from our time with our VW T4 Cree motorhome; where we’ve been, who we’ve seen, and a whole lot more in between!! READ THE FULL STORY…