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Staycation tips: Driving ambition to get your hols back on the road

Though with larger motorhomes, you need to get used to the size as well as rearwards visibility by making more use of the door mirrors.

A standard driving licence allows you to drive most sizes of motorhome, including up to 7,500kg.

But a limit of 3,500kg applies to drivers aged over 70, or to a driver licensed after 1 January 1997, unless a medical test or additional test respectively is passed.

So unless you need the driving licence upgrade, you don’t have to have any training to drive a motorhome.

However, Harvey does advise that for your first trip it’s probably best not to venture too far, just in case you forget something vital, or there are any issues that require fixing.

And before setting off, Harvey suggests getting in a little practice with low speed manoeuvring, and, if you have one, a trial run at putting up the awning.

Here’s our motorhome checklist to getting to the campsite with no auto agony…

 Check the tyre pressures on your motorhome and don’t forget the spare tyre.

• Switch off the LPG gas cylinder and make sure it’s strapped securely in an upright position.

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• Empty the water tanks if you can – full tanks can seriously limit your capacity and you may be at risk of overloading.

• Disconnect the mains cable and stow it away. Secure any loose items in your motorhome and fasten all the travel catches for the fridge and cupboards.

 Make sure the exterior locks are both latched and locked.

• Save yourself a headache and pad areas that are prone to rattling with tea towels.

• Set your 12V control panel on your dashboard to ‘Car’ or ‘Off’ – do the same for your fridge.

• Raise your corner steadies and stow away the step. Check all your road lights are working.

• See that your mirrors and rear vision camera are in the correct position.

• Draw up a checklist of ‘essentials’ to pack, such as corkscrew, bottle opener, sun hat, umbrella etc.

THE KNOWLEDGE

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The Caravan and Motorhome Club offers a technical advice service – you don’t need to be a Club member to use it. Email technical@camc.com

It has resumed its motorhome manoeuvring course (£185 for 6 hours) at locations around the UK. camc.com/training

Motorhome hire starts at £300 for three nights with more than 2,700 campsites in the UK and overseas (when they reopen). camc.com

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