Parking a motorhome can be very difficult even for the most experienced motorhome driver. So Prior Rentals have brought you some motorhome driving tips to be able to aid you park your motorhome properly and in turn avoid any damage to your surroundings or your motorhome. Take a look for yourself.

Bay Parking

Bay Parking

Bay parking in a motorhome may seem like the easiest manoeuvre and in fairness, it probably is, but even being the easiest manoeuvre there are still a few things to consider before you try it.

Size – Ensure you can fit within the bay you are trying to get into, a wide variety of motorhomes are going to be far too wide to fit into a bay and in turn you may need to be able to find a bigger bay to park the motorhome. On the other hand, the majority of motorhomes are longer than a single bay so you may need to find two bays to be able to park over and a car park which will allow this.

Cost – When you park in a bay at a supermarket or in a car park, you may be taking more than one space and if you do this, you may need to pay the parking for more than two spaces. It is important to check how many spaces you are taking up and pay those spaces to ensure you can avoid fines or any payments when you are leaving the car park.

Parallel Parking

Parallel parking is also a very difficult method of parking and is only available in certain scenarios.

Visibility – The best method of parallel parking involves as much visibility as possible. This is quickly achieved by simply opening and securing all of the blinds and curtains within the motorhome to be able to allow you to see through the windows while you reverse.

Technique – you should firstly park up 2 metres out from the curb on a 45 degree angle  before reversing in, then once you are around 20-40 cm away from the curb quickly swing your wheel back around. Once this is done the 45 degree angle should have set you up with enough room to be able to swing the front nose of your motorhome into the bay and you will be perfect.

Speed – ensure that you take the whole manoeuvre very slow to be able to ensure you do not make a mistake or hit anything on your way in. Unlike a normal car, the handling on a motorhome can be a little unusual and the worst thing you can do is simply think you will be fine, use haste and crash.

Reverse Parking

Reverse Parking

Reverse parking is also a very difficult task, even more so in a motorhome. Therefore, here are a few ways you can make the whole job a little easier.

Widen the Turn – reversing a motorhome into a tight spot can be difficult, so if possible widen your turn to be able to take the space on from further away which will allow you more room to be able to straighten up before reaching the space. It may take you a little longer but it is a lot faster than attempting and failing with the same spot multiple times.

Check The gap – If it’s a very tight gap then you might want to get out of the motorhome and assess the gap for yourself before continuing with a manoeuvre that may damage the vehicle or even worse somebody else’s property. If you are with somebody else who can drive, why not ask him or her to get out of the motorhome and spot you so that you know how much room you have on both sides and you can reverse into the spot a lot easier.

Visibility – ensure all curtains and blinds have been opened and secured so that you can see out of the windows of the motorhome when you’re making the manoeuvre’s this enables you to be able to ensure you can correctly pull of the manoeuvre and see any obstacles before you strike them.

If you’re considering buying a motorhome and want to hire one for a few days to get the feel of it, or considering a short break in a motorhome; why not hire a motorhome from Priory Rentals motorhome hire?