Finding the right route
When you start travelling with a motorhome – especially if it’s significantly larger than a normal car - it can be a challenge to find the best route to your campsite.
Satnav systems have their place, but they can give a false sense of security if you’re in a large vehicle. Always check whether your chosen campsite suggests a particular route to site and stick to it, even if it doesn’t match your satnav’s advice.
Be wary of relying on a satnav’s postcode facility to direct you to site. Postcodes can cover large areas in rural districts and you could find yourself on the wrong side of a valley – or even a river – with no way of getting across to the site.
Many campsite guides include ‘large-vehicle-friendly’ directions. For Camping and Caravanning Club Sites, for example, you will find maps in the members’ publication Your Place in the Country and on the site’s page in SiteSeeker.
Choosing a pitch
Once you’ve arrived on site you may be shown to your pitch, but if you have a choice it’s worth taking time to decide where you’d like to stay.
1. Near the loos or far away?
Do you want to be near the amenity block or other facilities? It could be convenient for night-time trips to the loo and speedy washing up, but can also lead to more people walking around or across your pitch.
2. Play areas are great fun
If your children are small you may want to be close to the children’s play area so you can keep an eye on them from your motorhome. However, remember that other youngsters may still be playing enthusiastically when your little ones should be asleep. Or when you should be...
3. Find shelter
Hedges and other units can form great windbreaks on an exposed site.
4. Beware of trees
It can look appealing to pitch in the shade of a tree, but the grass is often poor because it’s protected from the rain, trees can drip sap and birds have a habit of roosting and leaving little presents on your lovely motorhome beneath. Rain will also drip from trees long after a storm has passed.
5. Choose flat ground
… if at all possible. It will mean you don’t need to use a ramp under your wheels to level your motorhome.
6. Check surrounding water
Rainwater has to go somewhere, so try to make sure it won’t travel under the path out of your motorhome on its way. This is particularly important if you are using an awning, because you don’t want water flowing through or under it.