Perhaps one of the greatest advantages of owning a motorhome is the number of like minded people you meet and the camaraderie that is evident between the great majority of motor-homers.
Take this weekend for instance. A Christmas break in UK weather is not the ideal place to hold a “Jamboree” but the annual motorhome rally in Hamble near Southampton is fully booked, and for many is a New Year experience they look forward to year after year. It may not be a beach in the South of France but the pitches are taken up every year and although attendees can’t say they have spent Christmas with relations, they certainly can say they have spent it with family. The motorhome fraternity are close knit and welcome newcomers readily. Just glancing at internet forums will show just how tightly bonded the motor caravan community is. For the Hamble event, food and entertainment comes from those attending. Everyone brings a bite to eat that can be shared and the events such as line dancing and folk singing are all organised and executed by the attendees, no-one gets paid.
Listen and Learn
A “meet” such as the one at Hamble really will serve new motorhome enthusiasts well. They will save time and money just listening to experienced travellers talk to each other, and help and advice is always available. The seasoned travellers will spend hours at Hamble planning and exchanging routes for the coming year and tips on where to go and where to avoid will be plentiful. It’s the same with accessories and insurance, motor-homers are only too happy to share the secret of a good buy and will be delighted to tell fellow travellers how they saved a few quid on their motorhome insurance for instance.
Join the Club
The best way for newcomers to find their way into the fold is to join a club. The Caravan Club and the Camping and Caravan Club are well known throughout the UK, but there are dozens of clubs, many aimed at owners of specific motorhome manufacturers, in every region of the country. Ask your motor caravan insurance provider to give you details of clubs in your area (they may offer a discount for club members) or simply carry out a quick internet search. You are guaranteed to find like minded people and in some cases it will result in friendships that last a lifetime.