Now, it is planning time for destination Europe! Best see Europe before the Brexit exit, so to speak! So, pop down the storage depot or jump aboard on your motorhome on the driveway. Therefore, take to the wheel of your motorhome and plan that destination European trip. Before departure day, to drive your motorhome in Europe there are a few things to do;
So, if you want that trip to run smoothly, then we better remind you about planning such an away day excursion. Servicing your motorhome, this is going to be key to ensuring that the trip runs smoothly. In fact, having confidence in your motorhome and is good to go is essential. In addition, you are going to rely on your motorhomes reliability. Ensuring, that both the mechanical and habitation functions are in tip top order is the priority.
Early Birds Catching Ferries!
Make that booking early, as many other motorhome owners will be out as well! Book that service now! Because this must take place and will reduce the risk of any breakdowns. Also, you need your motorhome properly maintained and within the legal requirements of any European countries that you may visit. So, there is no doubt, that a full mechanical and habitation service are an essential part of your preparations. Also, that MOT test needs to at least cover your trip if applicable. So, check when it runs out, as that is not going to help if you’re in Spain!
Keeping in touch with the right media pack is worth looking into. Communications and Internet access have made life much easier. Having that Satellite navigation is one thing, a solid good wifi signal is another. Being able to connect via iphone, mobiles and a tablet can add to your security and safety. So, remember key issues;
- Book Ferries Early.
- Book Online With Registration Number (saves time at Eurotunnel).
- Book Motorhome Servicing ( ASAP).
- Check MOT Expiry Dates (if applicable).
- See What Media Packs Fit Your Motorhome.
So, what are the rules of the road in Europe? Are they all the same throughout the EU? In fact, when it comes to local traffic regulations, there are some differences in each European country. To remember them all, may well become clearer as you travel through the countries. Therefore, before you set off it is important to research the rules of the road. Especially, when it comes down to emergencies! The boy scout’s motto “be prepared” springs to mine.
For example, reviewing the list of tips published by the AA (Driving in Europe) will be of help. May be, worth having AA membership that has European cover as well! Ensure, that you have some understanding of each country that you visit. For example, reference to Spain, some one-way streets allow parking on the side of the street, so what? Only, where houses have odd numbers, that will keep you busy checking that one out. Things to remember;
- Take Hard Copy AA guide to driving in Europe.
- Bookmark the link of AA page.
- Join the AA with European Cover.
- Ferry Booking Details.
- Take Credit Card That Booking Relates.
How Fast Can You Go?
In fact, be prepared to encounter speed limits in different European countries. Staying within those limits is not a bad idea, if you know what they are.? On board equipment, also needs to be understood as there are limits to weights. In a previous article, we touched on motorhome weights. All worth checking out what you need to keep on board, so, do you really need ten pairs of shoes for your trip? May be, worth having your motorhome weighed before you go away;
- Don’t Overload Your Motorhome.
- Get it Weighed Before You Go.
- Check Habitation Equipment Weights.
Safety, will always be a part of your trip not to overlook. In fact, far from it! So, practically every country requires that you carry a warning triangle. Let’s face it that is a good idea, did you know that it Spain and Croatia the requirement is that you have two! First aid kits, are always worth having a good well stocked one on board. In fact, Greece, Germany, France, Croatia and Austria, first aid kits are a requirement.
Reflective jackets as the saying goes “don’t leave home without one”! Again, they need to be worn at the scene of any roadside breakdown or emergency. In fact, in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Croatia, Belgium and Austria they are a requirement. Fire extinguishers, again may add weight to your motorhome. However, when that chip pan catches fire, you will be glad that you added a fire blanket as well. Fire prevention, just like in your home, a smoke detector is a sound idea. In fact, any sort of fire is a nasty experience. Also, remember to have them checked and that the extinguishers are fit for purpose! In Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands the requirement is a fire extinguisher must be on board. So,check into;
- Adding a Fire Blanket.
- Check Extinguishers are OK.
- Test Smoke Alarms.
- Take High Vis Jackets for Passengers.
Other requirements will no doubt spring up. There is a lot to be gained when driving your motorhome in Europe. In fact, this will expand your knowledge and provide you with real experience. In addition, before you set off double-check you have all the right documentation. Producing your documents in an efficient way does make life easier. Also, this gives you peace of mind that you are legal and ready to rock and roll!
- Driving License and Paper Copy.
- Vehicle Documents.
- MOT Test (where applicable).
- Insurance Policy and Cover Note if Needed.
Destination Enjoyment and Peace of Mind.
No doubt, having a well serviced and a safe motorhome is an essential part of any journey. However, do not overlook that motorhome insurance policy! Why you may ask? Well many insurance covers do not extend certain periods of use in Europe. Check how long you have for cover to be in place. Breakdown cover and roadside assistance, again “do not leave home without a policy in place”. Ever tried pushing a motorhome? Ever tried changing a motorhome tyre? Many motorhomes only have a fix and go – no spare wheel! All these covers, as well as any travel insurance in place will give you peace of mind!
- Fix and Go Equipment OK.
- Breakdown Cover.
- Travel Insurance Documents.
- Contact Numbers For Emergencies.
PS They Drive on the Right!
Yes, sometimes overlooked is the fact that they drive on the right hand side! So, that takes a bit of getting used to! Also, we have a link to the youtube video that is one of the best you will find. In fact, it takes you right through the process of crossing by Channel Tunnel, thanks to Keith it is a great intro to our destination Europe article.