SELECTION OF EXPERT TIPS FOR MOTORHOME ROOKIES THAT MIGHT COME IN HANDY FOR YOU
- In winter connect the motorhome to the electrical network some days before the journey, because the batteries require time before they are fully charged.
- When renting a motorhome, always ask about the number of installed batteries. Good motorhomes, like Sun Living, usually have two accumulators in the living space and one in the engine compartment, therefore, total of three.
- During winter, make sure to only use propane, as this gas does not freeze at temperatures below 0°. On average, gas consumption varies between three and four kilograms per day, which means that it will be necessary to replace an 11kg cylinder every 3 or 4 days, of course depending on outside temperatures, interior space and motorhome isolation (top class in a Sun Living).
- Different countries have different standards for gas cylinders. Make sure you will be able to refill along your journey.
- Experienced motorhomers use a trick to fill up the toilet cassette slower: they use an alcoholic cleaner for refrigerators - disperse it inside the toilet and then wipe with paper towel.
- What's nicer than warm and dry ski boots in the morning? In a Sun Living the garage box is heated, so you can enjoy just that. Toastie.
- Never use a motorhome without the Truma MonoControl safety valve, which allows the heating system to use gas also during driving (well, in Sun Living this is standard, so no worries.
- Unwritten rule says that an almost empty gas cylinder will become empty during the night! Believe me and don’t try replacing it in the middle of a cold night – better take care of it sooner!
- Additional battery for living space is a great idea and necessary for comfort. Especially in winter when days are shorter, the lights lit sooner and heating is on a lot of the time. But also in other seasons if we keep inside for longer periods. We have a neat hidden place for it in every Sun Living.
- Sun Living offers a heated floor as an option but let me give you secret advice if you are without it. Two carpets. Yes, really. Just put one on top of the other, thus preventing the flow of cold through the ground, and your feet will be happy jumping around just in socks.
- Maximum loss of heat in a motorhome happens through glass surfaces. An effective solution to this is an outer thermal cover (can be a blanket), which at the same time takes care of the proper dimming.
- When you get home from the winter holiday or just a weekend, make sure that you empty out the water before you leave your motorhome. Otherwise it will froze and damage the system. Open all valves (water system, fresh water tank, waste water tank and Truma heater) and at the end switch on the water pump for a few moments to push out even the last decilitre from the system.
- When we say that the garage loading capacity is 150 kg, we really mean that. Be careful not to overload it and consider that bike rack also has to be included in this calculation.
- Adding a solar panel or air-conditioning on top of the vehicle will add significantly to the whole experience but they also affect the weight, so keep that in mind.
- There are some things you probably won’t remember to take with you the first time, but it would be wise to. I suggest some screwdrivers, some silicon spray, spare light bulbs, duct tape and similar. Our vehicles are very robust, but you could lose your key, somebody might break something ...
- There is a simple and pretty accurate equation regarding weight: 80kg per person should cover all clothes, dishes, pots, pans, table, chairs and similar equipment. This is a simple way to know your weight without weighing everything independently.
- Bikes. You can fit them on a bike rack or put inside the garage box - especially in some Sun Livings with huge garages. First option is faster and easier, leaves space in the garage and also keeps the dirt outside the vehicle. The second one, on the other hand, keeps the vehicle length intact, bikes are safer from theft and it also brings no extra costs (for bike rack).
- Packing the kitchen is important and there are some practical rules. Heavier equipment goes to lower drawers and cabinets and the lighter stuff to overhead bins. Glass and other fragile pieces that can open and scatter around have to be properly stocked to minimise this risk. Sun Living vehicles offer a lot of space in kitchen - to keep the total weight lower, you should choose plastic, lighter dish – also less likely to break.
- Even experienced motorhomers face the dilemma of driving with an empty or full fresh water tank. Full tank means more weight (1L = 1kg) and half full results in bad driving dynamics due to water flow in corners. Of course, optimal decision - if we are sure we’ll be able to refill at the destination – is to start with an empty tank. If not, then go with a full one, but keep in mind it will affect your weight and braking time.
- If you are wondering what to take with you besides safety equipment, hygiene necessities, spare tire and jumper cables, I’d suggest some basic tools, long water pipe, battery flash light, umbrella/rain coat, ground mat, silver tape, plastic ties, a hammer, rope, WD-40, etc. In summer I’d also recommend window shades and in winter foldable shovel, a broom, ice scraper, empty water bucket, snow tire chains and thermo coating for cabin windows.
- Most of us, especially those with lighter sleep, need to have our motorhomes perfectly level when camping. That’s what levelling blocks – available in every camping specialized store – are for. To have your front and back of the motorhome on the same height, use a bubble level. Truma offers one of the best digital levels in their app.
- One for parents. If your kids tend to get bored on the road, singing, quizzes and other games can help- I like to tell made-up stories about places we go by. In the end mobile games and movies always work.
Last update: march 2019
Matevž Korošec is the Sun Living product manager at Adria Mobil and an experienced motorhomer.