Campervan and motorhome warned of weight restrictions when heading on staycation trips

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Dirk Fehse, CEO of Paul Camper said drivers should have a range of information on them at all times to avoid being caught out on trips. This included details on the weight of their vehicle and which routes road users should take.

Motorhomes and campervans are vehicles in their own right making them very different from ordinary caravans which are towed behind.

One of the most vital rules is whether drivers are under the maximum weight restrictions of 3.5 tonnes.

He told “Drivers should follow the driving regulations for the roads they will be travelling on.

“It is important for them to know the weight of their particular vehicle, due to the different road speeds for motorhomes above 3.5 tonnes.

“For long journeys, I would also recommend doing some research beforehand so you are aware of any restrictions on a route, such as a low bridge.

“There are always alternative routes, it just might take you a little longer to reach your destination.

“As with any long trip with a vehicle, I would always recommend to check all the usual things before setting off.

“[These include] tyre pressures; windscreen wipers and screenwash; oil levels; lights etc.”

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Experts at Climbing Van said it was the owners “worst nightmare” to find out their motorhome was above the legal limit.

Going over the legal weight limit means owners will need to upgrade their driving licence to a category C/C1.

Owners will also need to upgrade their vehicle’s Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) rates to drive safely.

Experts warn these can be quite expensive meaning staying under the limits are the preferred option.

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