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In order to be able to tow a caravan a driver must hold at least a Category B on your driving licence. If you passed your car test before 1 January 1997 you are generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8.25 tonnes maximum authorised mass (MAM). If you passed your driving test after 1 January 1997 and have an ordinary category B licence, you can:
- Drive a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes or 3,500kg MAM towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM
- Tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as it is no more than the unladen weight of the towing vehicle (with a combined weight of up to 3,500kg in total.
This is not something that is required for your caravan, however all manufacturers recommend an annual caravan service.
Yes, is it probably fine, most family cars are perfectly capable of safely towing an average caravan, all you’ll need is a tow bar and some extra overtaking mirrors.
There are many different types of motorhome on the market, so it’s wise to do your research before you buy to figure out what’s the best motorhome for you.
Compact campervans or larger van conversions are usually adapted from small or larger panel vans. They’re versatile, easy to park or store and great for supporting active hobbies or for holidays and festivals. Coachbuilt motorhomes have a caravan-like body built onto a chassis cab. They tend to have more space and may have better insulation for all-year-round use. Top of the range A-class motorhomes have a fully coachbuilt body (no separate cab) and tend to be equipped to a high specification. They’re ideal for the longest trips when you really do want to travel in style.
It can be hard to know what’s going to be best for you, though. We’d suggest visiting a show, or a larger dealership, and seriously consider hiring before buying.
The majority of motorhomes are stolen from insecure storage compounds, closely followed by the home address. Good secure storage can be hard to find but is well worthwhile. A combination of good quality mechanical security products (wheel clamp, steering wheel lock etc) and electronic products (alarm and perhaps a tracking device) is most effective. We suggest choosing products tested and approved by a reputable independent test agency, e.g. Sold Secure, SCM or Thatcham.
Seat belts have been fitted to the front seats of motorhomes since legislation first required them to be fitted and it is mandatory to wear them.
The ability to just park up anywhere overnight seems like one of the great advantages of motorhome travelling – at least if you’re a sound sleeper and you’ve parked carefully. Designated stopover sites are a feature in many European countries.
However, in the UK, it’s a bit of a grey area. Legally, you need the permission of the landowner, which, for most roads, is the local authority or the Highways Agency. In reality, you’re unlikely to be moved on if you’re parked safely and stay for just one night.
Your motorhome could also be classified as a caravan, and therefore come under legislation around human habitation. Again, it’s unlikely that you’ll attract any unwanted attention from the authorities, but not impossible.
As for car parks – these are often privately owned, and expressly forbid overnight parking. Take heed of notices, otherwise you could find yourself rudely awoken and moved on in the middle of the night.