Where can i park the motorhome?
If you plan to park your motorhome on wildland in England or Wales then you will need to gain permission from the landowner. The exceptions to this are parts of Dartmoor and the Lake District. In Scotland, there is the Land Reform Act of 2003 that enables you to park your motorhome pretty much anywhere.
Can you park a motorhome in a layby overnight?
It is clear that it is acceptable for a motorhome to be parked on a street overnight – for all of us who do not have drives, motorhomes are parked on the street, and so long as they are legally parked, there is no problem.
How difficult is it to drive a motorhome? Do you have advice on how to drive a motorhome for beginners?
It’s really no harder to drive a motorhome than it is a car. Smaller campervans, as well as other types of campervan, are very similar indeed. With larger motorhomes, you will need to get used to the size and rearwards visibility – you need to use the excellent door mirrors a bit more. If you want to build up your confidence quickly, we recommend booking a session on our motorhome manoeuvring course – these courses are ideal for beginners. It’s a one-day course and includes a one-to-one session on the road, driver exercises with instructor feedback, defensive driving and various manoeuvring exercises.
Do I need a special driving licence?
In general, the answer is no most drivers can drive most sizes of motorhome on a standard car driving licence. This includes motorhomes of up to 7500kg.
However, a limit of 3500kg applies to drivers aged over 70, or a driver licensed since 1 January 1997, unless a medical test or additional test respectively is passed. The vast majority of motorhomes are not over 3500kg, but double check if looking at larger models.
Do motorhomes require seat belts for their rear seats?
Seat belts must be fitted and worn in the front seats of motorhomes. Most motorhome manufacturers also fit restraints to forward-facing seats – designated travelling seats – in the rear. If fitted, seat belts to these seats must be worn. Seat belts fitted to seats that are not properly designated passenger seats (eg sideways facing seats) do not meet the necessary standards. However, it should be stressed that, although not illegal, travelling in these seats is not recommended.
You should also be aware of the following regulations governing the use of child car seats when travelling with children:
Rear-facing baby seats must not be used in a seat protected by a frontal air-bag unless the air-bag has been deactivated manually or automatically.
From May 2008 all child restraints must comply with the UN ECE 44.03 standard (or subsequent versions).
Children under three years must use the child restraint (i.e. child seat or booster) appropriate for their weight in any vehicle (including vans and other goods vehicles).
In vehicles where seat belts are fitted, children three years to 135cm in height (approx 4ft 5in) MUST use the appropriate child restraint.
There are exceptions which allow these children to travel in the rear and use an adult belt, such as:
For an occasional journey over a short distance, if the right child restraint is not available. The Government defines this kind of journey as being for unforeseen circumstances only, not for regular or planned journeys such as the school run;
Where two occupied child seats in the rear prevent the fitment of a third child seat.