Tips for driving a rental motorhome for the first time

March 5, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Travel and Leisure

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The option of traveling with a motorhome is one of the most that provides more freedom. There are no schedules to respect or pre-established routes: you go where you want and when you want.

If you are considering renting a motorhome for your holidays or have already rented one, here are some tips when driving your house with wheels to enjoy your journey safely.

Tips for driving a rental motorhome

Tips for driving a rental motorhome

Take into account the dimensions

Driving a motorhome is like driving a car, but with some more knowledge. Anyway, it’s very simple and you will not get used to the new vehicle soon.

The first thing is to take the dimensions into account. When a high-end car can reach 1.90 m in width, the motorhomes can measure between 2 and 2.35 m wide, depending on the model. The same thing happens with the length. A high-end sedan is 5 meters long (on average), while a motorhome measures 5.5 to 9 meters (depending on the model).


A motorhome is wider, longer and heavier than a car, although it is within the legal limit of 3.5 tons (MMA less than 3.5 t) so that they can drive with a car license. It is something to take into account when maneuvering, taking sharp turns, driving in towns or cities and changing lanes (always gently).

However, in matters of dimensions, height is the most important of all. The highest SUVs are almost 2 meters high and, although they may have some difficulty in entering certain parking lots, going under a bridge is not a problem for them. With a motorhome, it could be. They can measure from 2.20 m to 3 m high. It may be a good idea to put a reminder of the height of the motorhome on the dashboard.

Before starting

Before starting the engine and starting, remember to check a series of elements, which may seem obvious, but the first times we can forget.

First of all, check that all the cabinets and the refrigerator are closed and with the security settings. In the same way, do not leave anything loose. And is that, as in a boat with waves, what is not subject will fall and break. In case of emergency braking, it is also not a good idea for the bowl of cereal to be fired at the driver or one of the passengers.

Another important element to check – and that more than one we have forgotten at some time: verify that the steps are stored and the door closed. It is also important to ensure that the gas cylinders are closed if they do not have a security system type TRUMA.

Very important, too, is to spread the load. Manufacturers already do it when designing their models. For example, gas cylinders are not all on the same side, you have to find a balance in the distribution of weight, which will then help us in driving with a balanced vehicle.

On highway and highway

Driving a motorhome (as long as it is less than 3.5 tons) is almost like driving a car. There are some aspects and advice to the motorhomes themselves.

The maximum speed is the same as for cars, but keep in mind that you have a bigger and heavier vehicle than a passenger car, so the inertia you accumulate can make maneuvers difficult: you will not take the curves in the same way and you need more distance to brake. For this reason, it is always advisable not to go over 100-110 km / h on the motorway or motorway.

On the highway we will drive at a somewhat slower speed than with a passenger car so that our concentration level can go down, it will be preferable to use the speed limiter (which indicates that we have reached the pre-set limit) and not the cruise control, that favors the loss of concentration.

On the motorway, as on roads, it respects safety distances more than ever, the motorhome does not break as short as a car. Speaking of brakes, on mountain roads going down a port, it is advisable to use a gear shorter than normal to take advantage of the engine brake and not overheat the brakes. And remember, on narrower roads, vehicles less than two meters wide have priority if they come from the front.

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