If you're going on a road trip with your caravan or motorhome, it's important to be prepared. Once you have a route planned, avoid pitfalls like traffic, unsuitable RV roads, or simply getting lost. We've put together some handy tips for planning the perfect route to make your road trip as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.
Online route planner
One of the best route planners available online for RV owners is provided by Michelin, which allows you to select the 'Caravan' option when planning your trip to avoid routes unsuitable for RVs. breakdown protection providers like aa and RAC also have their own free online route planners. All three planners also display a wealth of useful information such as: For example, where to expect traffic delays, nearby restaurants, and even points of interest such as National Trust Sites.
Caravan and Motorhome Club
The Caravan and Motorhome Club offers a variety of excellent resources for caravan owners, including a handy list of overnight rest stops , which is perfect for planning the overnight stays of your trip. You can also find details of caravan sites across the UK, with local driving directions, including which roads have specific weight, width or height restrictions. Their website also has its own dedicated route planner, which non-members can use for free, and you can download GPS coordinates for all club websites and points of interest.
Sat navs are another way to plan the route of your trip that allows you to plan the quickest possible route and avoid toll roads or heavily congested areas. Snooper Ventura is the perfect choice - designed specifically for caravans and motorhomes and engineered by Snooper using award-winning Ventura navigation. Remember to make sure your sat nav is updated with the latest maps before heading out.
Plan your stops
Knowing when and where to stop will help you break the trip into manageable chunks and avoid the stress of trying to find something to eat when everyone is hungry. Want to stop and refuel with the perfect pub lunch? visit goodpubgrub.com to find the best pub grub around. tripadvisor and foursquare are still two of the most popular ways to find great restaurants in places you want to stop at.
Justgo.uk.com has some great suggestions for 3 week road trips in the UK specifically geared towards caravan or motorhome owners. With a variety of interesting sights and places to visit, check out their 21-day family road trip here or their adult road trip here on . If you fancy going to the sea, The Telegraph has a list to share 20 of the best campsites on the UK coast compiled from the Isles of Scilly to Penzance. For road trips visit ins Abroad Acsi.eu , Europe's leading campsite specialist. In addition to camping tours and discount cards, they also have their own range of apps to find the best campsites across the continent.
Plan your documentation
Before leaving for a new country, be sure to find out about all the documents required for the trip, such as visas and environmental stickers. In France, for example, you need an environmental sticker before entering Paris, Lyon and Grenoble. In our blog you can find out more about the environmental badge.