A Guide for Auto-Trail Owners

You’ve Collected Your Motorhome or Campervan, Now What?

Where to start with your new motorhome or campervan

Congratulations on collecting your brand-new Auto-Trail motorhome or campervan! The open road awaits, and you’re about to embark on incredible adventures and unforgettable experiences. Before you hit the road, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with a few key steps to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through some important tasks, tips, and tools specifically tailored to Auto-Trail owners.

Calculate Weight Capacity

Understanding the weight capacity of your motorhome or campervan is crucial for both safety and performance. Auto-Trail offers a convenient online tool, the Auto-Trail Weight Calculator, which helps you determine the payload and ensure you don’t overload your vehicle. By inputting various items and equipment you plan to carry, the calculator provides an accurate estimate of your motorhome’s weight distribution.

Proper Storage

When your motorhome or campervan is not in use, storing it correctly ensures its longevity and minimizes the risk of damage. Find a secure and suitable location that protects it from the elements. If possible, keep it covered to shield it from dust, debris, and UV rays. Make sure to follow any specific guidelines outlined in your Auto-Trail owner’s manual for optimal storage conditions.

Read the Handbook

Before embarking on your first journey, take the time to thoroughly read the Auto-Trail owner’s handbook. This comprehensive resource contains valuable information about the features, functions, and maintenance of your specific model. Familiarize yourself with essential systems, such as electrical, plumbing, heating, and waste management, to ensure you can troubleshoot any potential issues during your travels.

Essential Packing

Careful planning and packing can significantly enhance your motorhome or campervan experience. Consider the duration of your trip, the number of passengers, and the destinations you plan to visit. Pack essential items such as bedding, toiletries, kitchenware, clothing, and food provisions. Don’t forget to include safety equipment like a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, and emergency tools. It’s also a good idea to bring entertainment options, such as books, games, or outdoor equipment, to make the most of your downtime.

Check out the Auto-Trail packing list to give you some ideas of items you might need on your travels.

Loading the Habitation Area

To ensure a safe and stable journey, it’s important to load the habitation area of your motorhome or campervan correctly. Distribute the weight evenly and place heavier items lower down and closer to the vehicle’s centre of gravity. Secure loose objects to prevent them from shifting during transit. Be mindful of weight restrictions and never exceed the recommended payload limits.

Top Tips and Things Not to Forget:

  • Carry out regular maintenance checks on your Auto-Trail motorhome, including tire pressure, fluid levels, and engine health.
  • Familiarise yourself with the specific driving characteristics of your vehicle, as motorhomes and campervans may handle differently than regular cars.
  • Plan your travel routes in advance, considering factors like road restrictions, height limits, and narrow passages that may not be suitable for larger vehicles.
  • Keep a checklist of important items to bring, including passports, travel documents, insurance details, and roadside assistance contacts.
  • Consider investing in a motorhome-specific navigation system or mobile apps that provide information on campsite locations, amenities, and local attractions.

Owning an Auto-Trail motorhome or campervan opens up a world of freedom and adventure. By taking the time to understand your vehicle’s weight capacity, storing it correctly, reading the handbook, packing essential items, loading the habitation area safely, and remembering a few valuable tips, you’ll be well-prepared for a smooth and enjoyable journey. Embrace the freedom of the open road and create lifelong memories as you explore the world in your Auto-Trail motorhome or campervan. Happy travels!