How To Keep Motorhome Road Trips Romantic!

The romantic motorhome road trip…picture it! The love of your life beside you in a motorhome and an open road ahead! Miles and miles of stunning scenery with everything you need to live comfortably tagging along behind…perfect! Closeted away from life’s distractions and irritations. No-one else on your minds but each other. Your smiles lighting up the darkening sky as you pull into a parking spot and settle down for the evening in the motorhome – so romantic! Do you open the wine and light the candles? Well, no! The driver must remain sober – you may be asked to move on. And, if 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…

Freedom in a motorhome; what does it mean?

The freedom to travel where we want in our motorhome is important to us. We call it “The Freedom Trail”. That is also what we call our newsletter, but what does The Freedom Trail mean? Firstly, what is freedom? And does the motorhome give us that freedom? When we dreamed of buying our own motorhome, we wove into that dream the idea of the open road, being able to travel where we wished in a self-contained mobile home. No worries about shelter, food and basic amenities, or concerns about being late for breakfast or sleeping in strange beds with mattresses that have had someone READ THE FULL STORY…

Review: #VanChurch,Spiritual Lessons From Life On The Road

#VanChurch …”unusual name for a book” I thought. But when I considered it, our Cree motorhome has so often afforded me the complete sense of calm and serenity that one absorbs from churches. She takes us to awe-inspiring places – scenery where one can only marvel at creation. We see the cathedral that is Planet Earth through her windows. Mountains, seas, rivers, the tangled wilderness – even a muddy puddle in a car park can be beautiful if approached with that sense of wonder. The motorhome is a fellow pilgrimage companion on our spiritual journeys to ancient and sacred places, waiting at base camp READ THE FULL STORY…

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…