Road Safety

Wheels and tyres are fundamental to road safety so carry out a visual check for any cuts, cracking, bulges or nails over the whole tread area and sidewalls. Read More >

New Tyre Labelling

Since November 2012 tyre information labels have been compulsory in the EU. The labels are to be visible to the consumer at the point of sale. Read More >

Safety First

Safety must be the priority and we recommend an annual service carried out by a workshop in the Approved Workshop Scheme (AWS). Read More >

General Checking

There are always things ready to go wrong so it is best to finish off with a general check throughout your unit. Read More >

Seat Belts

For many years cars have been fitted with seat belts to all passenger seats and now all modern motorhomes are to have seat belts. Read More >

Speed Limits

A motorhome with an unladen weight not exceeding 3,050kg is subject to the same national speed restrictions as a car. Read More >

Driving Licences

Motorhomes with MAM over 3,500kg can sometimes be down-rated to permit them to be driven by a category B licence holder. Read More >

Payload and Loading

Payload is a general term to indicate the weight that may be carried in a motorhome or a component part fitted to it before it reaches its maximum permitted weight on the road. Read More >

Towing a Car Using an A-Frame

The law when towing a traditional trailer is reasonably clear whether in the UK or Europe. But tow a car behind a motorhome on an A-frame and the situation is not so clear. Read More >

Basic Towing Law Issues

When towing you are automatically restricted to a maximum speed of 50mph on single carriageways and 60mph on dual carriageways and motorways. Read More >

Noseweight and Towbars

Noseweight is a significant factor in towing stability and the National Caravan Council recommends a noseweight of about five to seven per cent. Read More >

Services

There is always the danger of corrosion or spiders and insects seeking out winter shelter in a burner, so switch on each of your gas appliances in turn and check they work. Read More >

Travelling Abroad

Motorhome travel abroad can be a real joy, especially during the winter months with the opportunity to tour on uncrowded roads and soaking up some winter sun. Read More >

Towing

Most motorhomes have the capacity to tow a trailer but there are legal restraints involving the motorhome manufacturer’s towing limits and the type of driving licence you hold. Read More >

Weighty Matters

As can be seen in the chart, many cylinders have a significant weight and this must be considered when loading a caravan or motorhome. Read More >

Safety

LPG properly handled should be safe. It is non-toxic and only burns when sufficient air is present, but then it is highly flammable. Read More >

Which Gas?

Which gas best suits you will depend on how many appliances you have, their gas requirements and the temperature. Read More >

European Travel

You cannot exchange Calor or most other UK cylinders in most of Europe. If you are going in the summer and not using the heating… Read More >

How Much Gas Do You Need?

The amount of gas you need depends on the ambient temperature, the number of gas appliances in use, the power they are using and how long they are in use at that rate. Read More >

Refillable Cylinders

Refilling an existing cylinder rather than replacing it seems a good idea, but there are many practical, safety and legal issues involved. Read More >

Hoses

Gas supply hoses deteriorate over time and in use, so they should be replaced at least every five years and more frequently in intensive use conditions. Read More >

Barbecues

Some motorhomes have an external gas port for using a barbecue. While this is convenient, it is important to observe some extra precautions when using such a device. Read More >

Maintenance

All LPG appliances and fittings need regular checking and maintenance if they are to remain safe and reliable. Read More >

Safety Bands

Modern wheels have safety features designed to retain the tyre in its inflated position on the rim, but never the less a significant pressure loss can dislodge the tyre. Read More >

Staying Legal

It is illegal to have a tread depth of less than 1.6mm around the entire circumference of the tyre for trailers and vehicles under 3,500kg gross weight. Read More >

Tyre Age Identification

Since the year 2000 tyre age has been easy to read as it is given in a 4-figure digit – the first two numbers are the week of manufacture and the second are the year. Read More >

Tyre Care

You really cant check your tyres too often. Always check them before each long journey and give the tyres a visual inspection and check their pressures at least once a month. Read More >

Tyre Pressures

It is the air pressure inside the tyre that supports the load and therefore inflation pressures are dictated by the load upon the tyre. Read More >

Load and Speed

All tyres are marked with a series of codes to tell you the maximum load they can carry and their maximum speed rating. Read More >

Securing Your Motorhome

Most of us accept the need to maintain our motorhome to obtain the maximum benefit from it but sometimes security is neglected as being unessential, until it’s too late. Read More >