A World of Motorhomes.

Get started with the beginner's guide to touring.

Driving Big...

Preparing to buy your first motorhome is an exciting endeavour, but if you are new to the leisure industry you may ask yourself: Where do I start? Well, there are plenty of learning tools and courses as well as knowledgeable dealerships and pro tourers who can help navigate you through the “need to know.”

You can start learning today with Broadlane, and understand everything from courses, layouts, accessories, busting that jargon and more…

With careful preparation, you'll be ready to hit the road and embark on unforgettable adventures in your very own motorhome.

If you would like to discuss your requirements with Broadlane, please pop into our dealership, alternatively use the contact form below.

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The Layout of the Land...

Motorhomes come with a huge array of layouts, and it is important to research and understand the layout that will suit your comfort and travel needs the best... So, let's dive into some examples of layouts, the jargon you are likely to hear as well as the pros and cons.
Examples of:

  • Transverse
  • Converse (In-line)
  • French Bed (Corner Bed)
  • Bunk Beds
  • Fold-out Bed (Sofa Bed)

Motorhomes with a standard bed will be referenced as “fixed” which means essentially a real bed.

Motorhomes will also refer to the "Cabin" referring to the driving seat and controls.

(Various models will have a range of positions regarding the Washroom, Kitchen and Lounge depending on the size of your caravan and personal preferences.

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See some examples of various layout options common within the industry...
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Converse (In-line) Fixed Bed
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Transverse Fixed Bed
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French Bed (Corner Bed)
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Fold-out Bed (Sofa-Bed)
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Single Beds (Twin Beds)

Many Manufactures...

Like the car industry, there are plenty of manufacturers you can choose from when considering purchasing a motorhome, as well as even more dealerships. It’s important to understand that not all dealerships stock all ranges and models, especially brand-new models. Dealers tend to have a select few preferred manufacturers they work closely with. For example, at Broadlane we proudly stock Swift motorhomes.

You may find other brands within a dealership, but these tend to be used (pre-loved) vehicles, where a customer has either part-exchanged or sold their vehicle to the dealership.

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Accessories & Essentials...

A motorhome provides some great amenities and just like a home, you will need some essential equipment and tools as well as helpful and homely accessories for your convenience and comfort with some camping gear, especially if you’re planning on some adventures on your travels.

Broadlane on-site shop offers a range of camping, safety, and homely accessories to turn your leisure vehicle into a home on wheels. It’s a good idea when choosing a dealership to check if they have accessories and equipment available for purchase when you need it.

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Knowledge will Keep you Moving...

Your motorhome will need to be maintained and cared for to ensure it remains in top shape as you travel, this also includes when you’re not using your leisure vehicle mainly during the colder months. It’s important to learn and understand the regular checks and maintenance undertaken as an owner. The information boxes below broken into three topics cover the general prep and care before, during and after travelling in your caravan.

  1. Before you set off.
  2. When you arrive.
  3. After you have returned.
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Comfortable Manoeuvring.

Before travelling you will need to ensure you are comfortable and can safely manoeuver your motorhome including on the road and when parking. There are manoeuvring courses available from The Camping & Caravanning Club for newcomers or those wanting a refresher.

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Tire Care.

Before each journey or after a period of storage you will need to properly check your tires for any damage, bulges and dents. Don't forget to also check the tire pressure to set the correct (PSI) or BAR pressure for your caravan before travelling. Driving/towing with deflated or damaged tires could cause a danger to you and others.

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Hitching.

Hitching for motorhomes would only be required should you wish to tow a small vehicle attached to a tow ball or hitch at the rear of the motorhome. As with any hitching please ensure the hitch is completed correctly and you have all the required equipment.

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Everything is Secure.

Inside and Out... Have you checked everything is locked and secure before travelling, pack everything away that could be damaged during travel. Also check all windows and outside compartments are locked.

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Parking Up.

When you arrive you will be advised where your pitch is located, you will manoeuvre your motorhome into position. If you will be manually reversing your motorhome into position be sure to take care and ask for help if you need it.

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Hook-Up.

Once you have positioned your motorhome onto the pitch, you will be able to hook up, using your hook-up cable this allows you to connect to gain access to the power supply and running water for the duration of your break. If you are unsure of anything ask for help from the pitch site staff.

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Set-Up.

Now your motorhome is parked up and powered you can unpack any items inside your motorhome as well as any camping gear including awnings, tables, chairs etc. If your campsite has an on-site shop may be worth checking if you need any essentials! You are now all set to enjoy your holiday!

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Travels.

Should you wish to travel anywhere during your holiday which requires you to drive, you will need to un-hook and pack up your motorhome unless you have towed a small vehicle with you, alternatively you could wander around on foot or use public transport!

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Deep Clean.

Once you have returned, it is a good idea to have a good clean of the inside of the motorhome, especially cleaning away any food or rubbish. Good practice to empty the fridge and give it a clean, as well as the oven and hob and any other appliances, floors and worktops, keeping your motor in tip-top shape!

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Toilets.

It's important to empty your waste tanks and is advisable to rinse the cassette clean both outside and inside. There are also special products, which you can buy in camping shops most commonly a red and blue liquid, which can be placed in the cassette afterwards to reduce odours.

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Water System.

As your motorhome may have a washroom as well as a sink in the kitchen area this means a water system (pipework), as with pipework at home you want to avoid any blockages or damage. You need to clean your pipework to maintain your pipes and keep everything running smoothly. See our Water System Cleaning Advice.

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Store & Secure.

There may be times when you do not use your motorhome, generally during the colder season, so ensure your motorhome is stored and secure. Ask your local dealership for any storage options if you don't have a large drive or garage, also protect your motorhome from the elements using protective covers and locking everything up.

Pets On The Road...

With a vast majority of us loving taking our pets away with us, and plenty of camping sites with a pet friendly environment, it’s the perfect option avoid the expenses of animal kennels and keep your furry friend by your side. Best place for them!

Just as you would anyone, when taking a pet with you, ensure they can travel safely and have any equipment you need to care for your furry friend while you are away.

Consider a secure seat or carrier while travelling, walk your dog before you leave and for long journeys ensure regular breaks. When packing remember you’ll need additional space for your dogs’ things, toys, bed, food, treats, lead, bowls…

Remember your surrounding on holiday maybe widely different to at home. All dogs are different, and you’ll know your dog, consider most campsites will surround by wilderness or farmland which could excite your dog! You may need a kennel, basket, or harness when outside or for sleeping habits, depending on your dog personality and how they are around other animals and people.

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