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Reasons to Choose a Motorhome Holiday this Summer

More and more people are ditching their holiday abroad this summer in favour of a trip in the UK for a variety of reasons:-

  1. Expense - holidaying abroad has become more expensive because of the current financial situation in the UK. The value of the pound is at an all-time low against the Euro and US dollar.
  2. Travel- journeys through UK airports are becoming more stressful and tedious due to increased luggage restrictions and tight security checks.

But what about the weather - well this year we have already had one prolonged heatwave and more good weather is expected.

So what are the advantages of holidaying in this country:-

  • Fabulous beaches and spectacular scenery. The UK has a very diverse range of landscapes. There are stunning mountains and lakes, wild moors, tranquil wet lands, wide expanses of unspoilt beaches and many picturesque villages.
  • Wonderfully fresh home grown food and produce
  • The family pet can join you for  a holiday too
  • Opportunities to discover new areas in the UK. We live in a beautiful country with many places of historical and cultural interest.

A motorhome or campervan is the perfect way to explore the UK.

Amber Motorhomes are specialists in providing a 1st Class motorhome hire service to our customers. We're completely dedicated to our clients from the initial enquiry, right through to when the vehicle is returned at the end of your holiday.

We offer free parking for one vehicle per hire, which means you can bring your luggage with you to avoid delaying your holiday longer than necessary and include as standard many extras that other campervan hire companies make an additional charge for.

All our vehicles are less than 2 years old and our fleet includes a wide range of campervan and motorhomes with 2, 4 and 6 berths.

We will help you choose the correct layout to suit your needs to ensure you have a fantastic holiday!

Call Amber Motorhomes today on 01582 393 480

Top Tips for Your First Motorhome Adventure

Many more people are getting into motorhome caravanning to enjoy the freedom of the great outdoor life. If you are considering hiring a motorhome this summer or have just bought your own motorhome and planning your first trip away, Amber Motorhomes have put together some tips, so you can relax and enjoy your time away in your motorhome.

  • Do the research - make sure the vehicle you are hiring or buying is suited to your needs. Also check that the campsites you want to use have all the facilities you require. It is a good idea to use the campsite loos, showers and washing up facilities to save on collecting water and emptying waste from the van.
  • Know your vehicle -it is important to know the height of the motorhome, to avoid problems with low bridges or when entering car parks and petrol stations which have height restrictions. Also when driving down narrow country lanes it is useful to know the width of your vehicle. Knowing the maximum payload of your vehicle will also help you avoid overloading the vehicle. An overloaded vehicle is dangerous, as it will handle very differently.
  • Be organised- space is at a premium so don't take unnecessary items but do ensure you have clothes to cover all types of weather and a few small games like jigsaws, cards and board games to play when it is wet.
  • Before setting off- check the tyre pressure, as tyre blow outs are a major cause of traffic accidents involving motorhome.
  • When driving your vehicle - take your time, stick to the speed limit and use your mirrors frequently. You will be driving a vehicle that is most probably bigger than you are used to.  If your motorhome is heavier than 3500kg and you passed your driving test after 1st January 1997 you must take a C1 test to legally drive your motorhome. Ensure everyone is using their seatbelt at all times.
  • Insurance and security-  as with any vehicle, check you have appropriate insurance cover for your motorhome and when you go off for the day ensure all windows and doors are locked.

If you are holidaying in motorhome for the first time and have any tips why not share them via the Amber Motorhomes Facebook page

New Laws on Using Mobile Phone When Driving

There have been a number of high profile stories in the papers in recent years where drivers using mobile phones have caused serious road traffic accidents that have resulted in the deaths of other road users. According to the AA, a driver is twice as likely to crash texting and driving, than drinking and driving. It is fourteen years ago since it became illegal to use a hand held mobile phone whilst driving but recent changes to the law were put in place with tougher penalties for those drivers who flout the law.

Mobile phones have become a part of everyday life and with all the APPS that are available they are very useful when on touring holidays in your motor home or caravan for:

  • built in maps
  • staying in contact with friends and family
  • booking campsites

We have put together an outline of the new rules and what is and isn’t allowed for motorhome drivers and those towing a caravan.

 The law states that if a driver uses a hand-held phone, they can now get 6 penalty points and a £200 fine and a new driver, who passed their driving test within the last 2 years, will lose their licence. Picking up so many penalty points could also result in higher insurance costs.

  • It’s illegal to use your phone while driving a car or motorhome unless you have hands-free access, such as: a Bluetooth headset, voice command, or a dashboard holder.
  • The law still applies to you if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
  • If you use your phone hands-free, you must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times.
  • The police can stop you if they think you’re not in control because you’re distracted and you can be prosecuted.
  • If you use your phone hands-free keep calls brief and then follow it up when you can safely stop.   
  • It’s illegal to read a text message, check your social media or stream and watch videos when you’re behind the wheel of your motorhome or car.
  • If you’re using your phone as a sat-nav then it must be mounted in a hands-free holder. It’s illegal to hold your phone and use it as a map for directions.
  • You can only use a hand-held phone if you are safely parked with the engine off.
  • You can use a hand held phone to make an emergency call to 999 or 112 but only if it’s unsafe or impractical to stop.
Weekend Getaways in Your Motorhome

The Bank Holiday is a great time for a family holiday. The weather is beginning to improve and the children are usually off school for a fortnight. However, as it is a very popular holiday period, it is a good idea to plan ahead. Get booking your campsites or caravan parks and planning your trip.

In last month’s blog we listed some great places to visit in the UK for a weekend break. Here are some more suggestions for a family holiday:-

  1. Blackpool and Fylde Coast.

For a great fun filled weekend with the family you will enjoy the golden mile with its shops, amusements and restaurants. The Pleasure beach and the Sea Life centre will provide excellent entertainment for the kids!

  1.  Devon and Cornwall.

The family friendly beaches are the main attraction in Devon and Cornwall, whether they are long sweeping bays or tiny little coves. The south west also offers beautiful coastal walks, rugged wild moors, colourful seaside villages, clean beaches and excellent seafood. What more could you want for a family break.

  1. The New Forest  Dorset

New Forest pony hacking is undoubtedly the most interesting way to see the forest but cyclists and walkers will also enjoy the beauty of this ancient forest. For those families that like water sports activities, the Dorset coast is only a few miles away and offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities.

  1. Northumberland.

If your kids are into Harry Potter, then a trip to Alnwick castle where Harry Potter was filmed is a ‘must’. There are also long sweeping beaches for playing games and beautiful windswept countryside for walks. Any trip to Northumberland should also include visiting the amazing Cragside country house and gardens and sampling the famous Craster kippers.

  1. LLyn peninsula and North Wales

This area has a lot to offer for a family holiday. Walkers, water sports fans and wildlife enthusiasts are well catered for in this area. There are also many beautiful beaches, like Whistling Sands and pretty seaside towns, like Criccieth to visit and medieval castles to explore.

 

If you are thinking about hiring a motorhome for a holiday this spring it is really straight forward with Amber Motorhome and it is a fabulous way to have a fun filled family break without it breaking the bank.

For more information on hiring a motorhome contact Amber Motorhome