Tag: Motorhomes

Burstner Gallery Motorhomes

The Burstner Gallery Motorhome offers award-winning design, dual living levels, and innovative features for ultimate comfort. It’s a contemporary mobile experience, blending luxury and functionality for unparalleled travel adventures

Introducing the Burstner Gallery Motorhome: The Future of Comfortable Travelling

Step into the future of mobile homes with the Burstner Gallery Motorhome – a marvel of design, comfort, and functionality. Having won multiple awards for its unique design and cutting-edge features, the Burstner Gallery Motorhome is more than just a vehicle; it’s a travelling experience unlike any other.

Burstner Gallery Motorhome

Interior Benefits:

  • Two Living Levels: With Bürstner’s gallery roof construction, experience a second living level complete with a workspace, sleeping berth, and the comfort to lounge.
  • Integrated Storage Solutions: Whether within the fixed stairs or in ergonomically designed compartments, find the perfect space for every belonging.
  • Exclusive Lighting Concept: The Light Pack, battery-operated Home Lights, and the hinged sunroof ensure optimal lighting, complemented by illuminated stairs leading to the second level.
  • Comfort at Every Step: Thanks to the insulated sandwich construction floor, feel at home even when on the move.
  • Additional Features:
  • Second living level with a dedicated workspace
  • Stylish bar element with Home Light and docking station
  • Spacious rear washroom designs tailored to specific layouts
  • Curved rear lounge with optional drop-down bed
  • Exclusive Harmony Line upholstery details
  • Elevated sun-roof with fly protection

A Unique Over-cab Experience:
The Burstner Gallery Motorhome offers an unmatched over-cab bed motorhome design. Rising to a height of 3.7 metres, the alcove can be elevated in a mere 90 seconds, providing a vertical extension rather than an angled pop-top. This revolutionary design grants travellers a genuine second living space – a home away from home sensation.

Layout Choices:

  1. Lyseo Gallery TD 649 G: Perfect for families or groups, this layout offers:
  • Sleeping berths: 4 – 6
  • Dimensions: Length – 699cm | Height – 299cm | Width – 230cm
  1. Lyseo Gallery TD 689 G: Optimised for comfort, this layout features:
  • Sleeping berths: 3
  • Dimensions: Length – 690cm | Height – 299cm | Width – 230cm

Exterior Benefits:

  • Modern Aesthetics: Harmony Line graphics, hybrid rear lights, and a redesigned T-hood exude sophistication.
  • Premium Features: Experience the convenience of a Premium XL cabin door, Thermo-double floor, and electrically adjustable exterior mirrors.
  • Safety and Comfort: 16″ alloy wheels, service unit, and heated mirrors ensure every journey is smooth and secure.

Designed for All Weathers:
The Burstner Gallery Motorhome is tested rigorously to withstand varying climatic conditions. From scorching heat to heavy snowfall, this vehicle stands resilient. Every mechanism, from the elevating system to the locking mechanism, functions flawlessly regardless of the environment, proving its durability and reliability.

In Conclusion:
The Burstner Gallery Motorhome isn’t just a mode of transportation; it’s an embodiment of luxury, comfort, and technological innovation. Whether you’re travelling on a balmy summer day or navigating through snowy terrains, this motorhome promises an unparalleled travel experience. It’s not just about the destination, but the journey – and what better way to journey than in the lap of luxury?

Embark on an unparalleled adventure. Discover the Burstner Gallery Motorhome by calling us on 01564 758060 or submitting your enquiry here.

Burstner Elegance Motorhomes

Burstner Elegance i 920 g: A luxurious motorhome combining opulence, practicality, and advanced features, offering travellers unparalleled comfort and self-sufficiency for the ultimate road journey experience

Discover the Burstner Elegance Motorhome Range

Imagine a journey where every mile feels like a stroll through a five-star suite, where the world’s grandeur meets exquisite design, and where the road itself envies your elegance. Welcome aboard the Burstner Elegance Motorhome – where luxury isn’t an option, it’s the standard. Prepare for an odyssey where comfort meets sophistication, redefining travel for the modern adventurer.

Exceptional Engineering Meets Art

The Burstner Elegance Motorhome is more than a blend of fine engineering; it’s a masterpiece crafted for the road. The chassis of this vehicle, fortified by Mercedes’ legendary craftsmanship, ensures stability, durability, and efficient performance, allowing you to traverse the terrains with confidence.

Innovative Driving Experience

Embrace the open road with advanced driving technology at your fingertips. Equipped with state-of-the-art navigation and adaptive cruise control, manoeuvring the Burstner Elegance becomes second nature. Whether it’s a tight parking spot in a bustling city or a narrow country lane, driving challenges become effortless encounters.

Entertainment Unleashed

When the sun sets and you’re parked amidst nature’s beauty, the Burstner Elegance ensures you’re never short of entertainment. A cutting-edge entertainment system boasts surround sound speakers, seamless Bluetooth connectivity, and satellite TV compatibility, bringing cinematic experiences to the heart of wilderness.

Eco-Conscious Travel

For those with an eye on the environment, the Burstner Elegance doesn’t disappoint. Its advanced insulation ensures minimal energy usage for heating, while the solar panels atop the motorhome efficiently harness the sun’s power, reducing your carbon footprint. Travel green, without compromising on luxury.

Holistic Wellness On-The-Go

Understanding the importance of well-being, the Burstner Elegance introduces an on-board mini spa. Experience rejuvenating showers with multi-jet settings, coupled with a built-in aromatherapy diffuser in the lounge area, ensuring relaxation and tranquillity permeate your travels.

The Burstner Elegance Motorhome continues to pioneer the fine balance between extravagant luxury and indispensable practicality. With each feature thoughtfully added, it offers an unparalleled nomadic experience, setting benchmarks for motorhome travel. Your journeys deserve nothing less than the best, and with the Elegance, they get precisely that.

Key Features & Benefits:

  • Generous Spaciousness: Revel in the ample space, tailor-made for the discerning traveller. The Elegance ensures relaxation at its finest.
  • Meticulous Design: Attention to detail is evident in every nook and cranny. From the swivel TV bracket to the ergonomically designed furniture, every aspect has been carefully thought through.
  • Sleeping Comfort: Experience the luxury of the electric mechanism of the front drop-down bed. Ample room, uncompromised comfort.
  • Elegant Lighting: Calm and cosy ambience with unobtrusive lighting, showcasing the harmonious blend of colours, shapes, and materials.
  • State-of-the-Art Kitchen: Complete with a large hob, 177-litre refrigerator, pull out storage compartment, and soft-close drawers, your culinary needs are well catered for.
  • Smart Vehicle Management with My Bürstner App: Effortlessly monitor vehicle data and control habitation elements via your smartphone.
  • Maximised Storage: Conveniently store your travel essentials and memorable souvenirs with the motorhome’s smart storage solutions.
  • Revolutionary iNDUS Toilet System: Winner of the Red Dot design award, this resource-saving system is luxury redefined, offering complete independence for up to a week.

Unmatched Luxury on Wheels: The Burstner Elegance i 920 g

Comfort Every Mile: With the Mercedes 170 PS engine and an automatic gearbox, your travels will be smooth and uncompromised.

Adaptable Energy Efficiency: The self-sufficiency package offers freedom without bounds, ensuring your adventures are limitless.

Mercedes iNDUS Smart Sanitation System: Combine grace, precision, and convenience for an unmatched driving experience.

A Lavatory Fit for Royalty: No compromises. Only the most luxurious experiences in the bathroom, thanks to the iNDUS toilet system.

Tailored for the Discerning Traveller

The Burstner Elegance Motorhome is an exquisite choice for those with a refined taste, who seek the perfect amalgamation of luxury, technology, and convenience. Whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter yearning for unparalleled comfort during your escapades, a family wanting to indulge in opulent road trips without the hassle of hotel bookings, or a professional seeking the freedom to work from anywhere amidst the lap of luxury, this motorhome becomes an extension of one’s elite lifestyle. Elegance isn’t just about looking good; it’s about feeling exceptional. For those who view travel not just as movement, but as an enriching experience, the Burstner Elegance is more than a motorhome – it’s a statement of one’s passion for the finer things in life.

In Summary

The Burstner Elegance turns every journey into a deluxe adventure. It stands as an epitome of opulent travel on four wheels, captivating with its array of unmatched features. Luxury of this magnitude is rare, and viewing is essential to fully grasp its grandeur. Stocks are limited, so secure your viewing today and elevate your travel experiences to unprecedented levels of elegance.

Book your Burstner Elegance experience now and set forth on journeys like no other. Call us on 01564 758060 or submit an enquiry here.

Adria Matrix Supreme

The Adria Matrix Supreme Motorhome offers unmatched luxury and innovation, blending stylish design with modern amenities. It promises comfort, functionality, and a top-tier travel experience, making every journey feel like home

Introducing the Adria Matrix Supreme Motorhome

Discover the pinnacle of motorhome luxury with the Adria Matrix Supreme – a masterpiece of style, innovation, and comfort. When contemporary living meets unmatched practicality, every journey becomes an adventure, and every destination feels like home.

Unparalleled Features:

  • FIAT Inspired Design: Experience the perfect blend of functionality and aesthetic, crafted meticulously for your every adventure.
  • Signature Exclusivity: The Matrix’s distinctive features showcase automotive luxury that truly stands out.
  • Modern Living Spaces: Dive into a world of comfortable home environments complemented by state-of-the-art amenities and designs.
  • Utility Integrated Double Floor: Enjoy the convenience of a single-level floor with ample underfloor space, ensuring your utilities, insulation, and storage needs are seamlessly addressed.
  • Panoramic Window: Illuminate your travels with a vast panoramic window, complete with integrated blinds and an innovative ventilation system.
  • Automotive Excellence: Embellished with exclusive Hella LED multifunctional rear lights and stylish exterior graphics, the Matrix Supreme is in a class of its own.

Interior Masterclass:

  • Contemporary Ambience: Revel in a spacious, single-level living area, complete with a panoramic window, controllable ambience lighting, and a state-of-the-art sound system.
  • Culinary Delights: The Matrix’s kitchen boasts three burners, an oven, grill, large fridge, ample storage, and a robust FENIX NTM® worktop.
  • Luxurious Bathroom: Indulge in a generously sized bathroom equipped with a mirror spotlight, elegant shower wall, and ventilation.
  • Restful Nights: Choose from various rear bedroom designs, ensuring you enjoy the best night’s sleep with quality mattresses and abundant storage options.
  • Entertainment Hub: The open-plan living room pairs with a multimedia wall to keep you entertained and connected on the go.
  • Elevated Comfort: The front liftable bed, designed for comfort and convenience, promises restful slumbers and maximised space.

Exterior Highlights:

  • Sleek Profile: The Adria Matrix boasts a chic exterior with airflow diffusers, bumper, and full LED lights.
  • Practical Design: Ease into your journey with the spacious garage, habitation door with storage, and a central service area for effortless utility connections.

The Foundation: Fiat Ducato

When discussing the Adria Matrix Supreme Motorhome, it’s crucial to highlight its base vehicle – the Fiat Ducato. Widely recognised for its cutting-edge features, the Ducato doesn’t just set the standard; it continually redefines it. Under the hood, you’ll find the formidable 2.2l Multijet 3 engines, compliant with the Euro 6.d Final standards, offered in 140 HP and Power 180 HP variants. This ensures a drive that’s both robust and eco-friendly.

Beyond its mechanical prowess, the Fiat Ducato is a masterclass in modern design and functionality. The latest exterior facelift boasts a refreshed front grille, an option for a striking black trim skid-plate, and even fog-lights enhanced with a cornering function. Step inside, and the new cabin welcomes you with its redesigned dashboard, state-of-the-art infotainment systems, and an array of driver and safety aids. Whether you prefer the tactile experience of a manual 6-speed or the smooth transition of an automatic 9-speed gearbox, the Ducato has you covered.

Safety and convenience go hand in hand, with features ranging from airbags for both driver and passenger, ABS, and ESP to manual air conditioning, electrical mirrors, and the captain’s chair for supreme driving comfort. Moreover, various fuel tank capacities cater to specific models, ensuring that you always have the perfect balance of space and efficiency. The addition of a phone/tablet holder, cruise control, speed limiter, and the ‘Fix & Go’ kit accentuates the focus on the driver’s experience. Finished off with wheel covers and composite leaf springs, the Fiat Ducato base ensures that the Adria Matrix Supreme Motorhome offers both luxury and reliability from the ground up.

Body & Cabin Colour: Both in Sophisticated Silver
Additional Features: Inclined rear wall, panoramic window, furniture styled in elegant cashmere, and much more!

Immerse yourself in an unparalleled motorhome experience. The Adria Matrix Supreme isn’t just a vehicle; it’s a lifestyle statement. Choose the best, choose the Matrix.

Set out on a luxurious adventure. Discover the Adria Matrix Supreme Motorhome. Contact us on 01564 758060 or send your enquiry here.

Adria Compact Supreme

The Adria Compact Supreme Motorhome combines luxury with agility. Its slim-fit design, exclusive SunRoof, and high-end specifications make it a top choice for discerning travellers seeking style and functionality on the road

Introducing the Adria Compact Supreme Motorhome

Discover the epitome of luxury on wheels with the Adria Compact Supreme Motorhome. Designed for the discerning traveller, this motorhome offers a seamless blend of functionality, style, and comfort. Its slim-fit design ensures agility on the road, allowing you to venture into places other motorhomes can’t reach. With its contemporary interiors, high specifications, and the exclusive SunRoof, every journey promises to be an experience in itself.

Key Benefits:

  • Slim-Fit Design: With a body width of just 2.12m, the Compact Supreme is agile and versatile, perfect for both city streets and narrow country lanes.
  • Exclusive SunRoof: Revel in the beauty of the world outside with the panoramic SunRoof, a feature exclusive to the Adria Compact Supreme.
  • State-of-the-Art Kitchen: Equipped with a 3-burner hob, sink, slim tower fridge, and an oven and grill in selected models, the kitchen is both smart and functional.
  • Easy Access Garage: Storage woes are a thing of the past with the spacious garage, complete with power and storage solutions.
  • Duplex Bathroom: Experience luxury with the swivel-shower wall in the duplex bathroom.
  • Functional Wall: Stay connected and entertained with the functional wall, featuring a TV holder, USB ports, and power sockets.
  • Stylish Interiors: The Sandy White furniture style, complemented by a choice of soft furnishings, ensures a plush experience inside.
  • Aerodynamic Cap: The sleek aerodynamic cap with an integrated panoramic window adds to the motorhome’s aesthetic appeal.
  • Dynamic Rear Wall Design: The LED lights on the dynamic rear wall ensure safety and style.


  • Exterior Finish: Silver Metallic
  • Interior: Sandy White
  • Textile: Mabel
  • Optional Leathers: Leather Charles, Leather Edward
  • Decorative Cushions: Choose from a range of designs including SOPHISTICATED CLASSIC, VIOLET CHIC, AUTUMN CALMNESS, OCEAN SERENITY, CHERRY PUNCH, and SPRING GARDEN.
ModelLengthWidthNumber of SeatsNumber of Berths
Compact DL6990mm2120mm43
Compact SC6990mm2120mm42
Compact SL6790mm2120mm43
Compact SP5999mm2120mm43

Whether you opt for the Compact DL, SC, SL, or SP, each model promises a unique blend of luxury and practicality. Powered by the robust FIAT 6D ENGINE, the Adria Compact Supreme Motorhome is not just a vehicle, but a statement.

Embark on a journey like no other. Experience the Adria Compact Supreme Motorhome. Give us a call on 01564 758060 or submit an enquiry here.

Adria Supersonic Range

The Adria Supersonic Motorhome Range, powered by Mercedes-Benz, offers luxury, design, and performance across five tailored layouts. Europe’s leading RV brand combines innovation, comfort, and aesthetics for the ultimate travel experience

Introducing the Adria Supersonic Motorhome Range

Welcome to the future of motorhome luxury. Adria, Europe’s leading recreational vehicle brand, proudly presents the Supersonic range, a harmonious blend of design, performance, innovation, and experience. Crafted for those with an appetite for the extraordinary, this is where refinement meets capability.

Exterior Brilliance
The Supersonic’s sleek, dynamic exterior, inspired by the latest in yacht and automotive design, boasts clean lines and a striking presence. With its silver-coloured body, panoramic window, and a new front grille adorned with Hella LED lights, it’s a sight to behold. The Mercedes-Benz base vehicle and AL-KO chassis ensure strength, durability, and fuel efficiency, while the ultra-panoramic windscreen offers an unparalleled view of the world.

Interior Excellence
Step inside, and you’re greeted by an interior driven by a vision of uncompromised comfort. The heart of the Supersonic is its open-plan living room, seamlessly connected to a high-specification kitchen. Refresh in the spa-like bathroom and retire to the sumptuous master suite bedroom. With state-of-the-art entertainment and control solutions, including the Adria MACH smart app, luxury is at your fingertips.

Performance and Safety
Powered by Mercedes-Benz, the Supersonic is designed to perform on the road and in everyday use. With technologically advanced, low emission Euro6 2.0l diesel engines and a modern 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, driving is a dream. The range of driver assistance systems ensures safety, performance, and comfort.

Layouts Tailored to You
Choose from five meticulously designed layouts, each catering to a unique travel experience:

  • 780 SL: Perfect for a family of four with a generous kitchen and separated shower and bathroom.
  • 780 DC: A queen bed, generous kitchen, and separated shower make this ideal for couples.
  • 890 LL: A spa-like bathroom, large beds, and a spacious lounge make this perfect for those who love space.
  • 890 LC: A central bed and home concept living room make this a cosy choice for families.
  • 780 DL: Ideal for couples, with large beds and a generous kitchen.

Customise Your Experience
Personalise your Supersonic with a range of fabric choices, from the elegance of Leather Carter and Leather Harry to the eco-friendly Vegan Leather Sverre.

Discover the Supersonic range today and elevate your motorhome experience to new heights. Because with Adria, the journey is as extraordinary as the destination.

Quick Model Comparison:

ModelChassisEngineWheel Base (mm)SeatsSleeping PositionsKey Features
780 SLMercedes Benz 414 CDI (417 CDI optional)2.0 150 HP (170 HP optional)4,30044+1L Lounge, Large kitchen, Separated shower and bathroom, Large rear beds
780 DCMercedes Benz 414 CDI (417 CDI optional)2.0 150 HP (170 HP optional)4,30044Face-to-face seating lounge, Queen bed, Generous kitchen, Wardrobe under rear bed
890 LLMercedes Benz 417 CDI2.0 170 HP4,80044+1Lounge + Long beds, Large kitchen, Spa-like bathroom, Main bed over 2m
890 LCMercedes Benz 417 CDI2.0 170 HP4,80044Lounge + Central bed, Generous kitchen, Spa-like bathroom, Large central bed
780 DLMercedes Benz 414 CDI (417 CDI optional)2.0 150 HP (170 HP optional)4,30044Face-to-face seating lounge, Generous kitchen, Separated shower and bathroom, Main bed over 2m

This table provides a quick overview of each model’s specifications, making it easier for potential buyers to compare and choose the best fit for their needs.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the Adria Supersonic range of motorhomes, give us a call on 01564 758060 or submit an enquiry here.

Buying your first motorhome or replacing your existing one

In this article, our aim is to help you decide which type of motorhome or campervan will be perfect for you, and also give guidance on how to avoid some of the latest scams that prevail in this industry.

Buying your first motorhome or replacing your existing one is a big decision in terms of cost and choosing the right one for your needs.

Buying your first motorhome or replacing your existing one is a big decision in terms of cost and choosing the right one for your needs. There are also scams that prevail in this industry which you will want to avoid at all costs.

The first steps may seem obvious, but we will cover them anyway. How many seatbelts do you require? And how many berths? 

The number of seatbelts determines how many people you can safely carry in the vehicle whilst it’s being driven. It’s pretty obvious, but the number of berths indicates how many people can comfortably sleep in the motorhome or campervan. 

Some four or even six-berth motorhomes only have two-belted travelling seats. 

So, if there are usually going to be more than two of you travelling, you will need to make sure you have the required number of belted seats. 

For vehicles manufactured up to 1988, there is no requirement for rear passengers to have seat belts. 

If your vehicle was manufactured after 2006, you must identify which seats are designated travelling seats and it must have seat belts for all designated passenger seats. Side-facing seats cannot be designated as travel seats. 

Motorhome weight 

If you passed your UK driving test on or after the 1st of January 1997, and you haven’t taken an additional test to get the full entitlement, then you will only legally be allowed to drive a vehicle with a maximum weight (“MAM” or ‘Maximum Authorised Mass’) of 3,500kg. 

If you wish to purchase a motorhome over this weight and do not hold the required licence, you will need to take a C1 test before you can drive it. This would then enable you to drive vehicles up to 7,500kg MAM.

If you passed your driving test before the 1st of January 1997, then you should automatically have this C1 category entitlement. Just check the back of your licence to make sure. 

Many motorhomes are rated at over 3,500kg and so to be certain, you should check the logbook and/or the chassis plate fitted by the conversion manufacturer. 

Decide on a budget and set a price that you are willing to go up to. 

Once the basics have been covered, the next step should be to spend as much time as necessary doing research on the web and visiting dealers’ forecourts looking at the various layouts and getting a feel for which one suits your needs. 

There are also shows across the country that many motorhome dealers will attend with a range of motorhomes. 

The Caravan camping and motorhome show held at the NEC is the largest of these shows, but is more specifically aimed at new motorhomes and campervans. 

Other shows that are regional and have a varied range of new and used motorhomes and campervans are Warners shows. The link below will take you to a list of their shows taking place across the country – plus providers of slightly smaller shows. 



There are several different categories of motorhome/campervan for you to choose from:

A Traditional ‘Motorhome’ or ‘Coach Built’

As you can see from the image, the motorhome is based on the chassis of a van, but the body behind the cab has been replaced with the coach-built ‘habitable’ area. These give more living space, but are then generally wider than the original van would have been. This makes them slightly less agile. If you intend to drive mostly around Cornwall, then you’d better get good at judging the width 😉

Campervan or Van Conversion

An example campervan

These are generally a bit smaller and are easier to manoeuvre around tight roads, although they still come with the necessary beds, cooking facilities and a bathroom.

They are basically converted vans – where the external bodywork is kept intact, with the addition of windows and doors etc. But, as you can see – the overall profile is the same as the original van upon which the campervan is based.


The low-profile coach-built is very similar to the over-cab. However, it does not have a bed over the front (above the driving area) and is much closer in width to the original van upon which it is based.

The handling and fuel consumption is slightly better, and an additional bed in the front is still available in these but generally lowers above the front dinette area.


The Over-Cabs are generally larger vehicles, offering extra living space – as their interior extends over the driver area. They can sleep anything from two to six people, and generally provide a double berth in the over-cab area. 

A Class or Integrated

This is the most luxurious option, that can give a real feeling of space inside. However, the external look is not to everyone’s taste – as they have a large front windscreen and a fully integrated body with no separate cab. 

They are built from the chassis up, including the cab. This means that the width is constant from tip to tail, and assists with better insulation of the cab area. 

When you know which type you want…

When inspecting your prospective new motorhome, you should check as much of the paperwork as possible – especially if it isn’t brand new. Ensure it comes with a new habitation certificate showing that it is free from damp and other faults. 

Make sure you are happy with the condition inside and out – and that the items you would expect to come with it are all present, such as tables, awning winders and that all of the appliances are present and complete. 

It is advisable to purchase from a reputable dealer, who will have carried out HPI checks and offer a warranty – as well as the necessary safety checks before you receive your new motorhome. Essentially buying from a dealer eliminates many risks that can be inherent in buying a new motorhome. 

When you buy from a private individual, you don’t benefit from the dealer’s expertise, backup, and consumer protection laws should something go wrong. This is known as the consumer rights act 2015. 

You will also be provided with a comprehensive handover when you collect your motorhome to instruct you on how everything operates. 

Scams to Avoid

Buying privately can offer some savings in terms of price, but there are a lot of scams around, and you should make sure you do thorough due diligence before handing over any money. 

In particular, you need to be aware that fraudsters are currently flooding platforms such as eBay, Gumtree and Autotrader with fake listings copied from genuine adverts. 

They are usually way below market price, and the story is generally that there is an urgency to sell due to health or family issues.

They will want the money transferred to a third party to hold until your inspection. This is usually an elaborate piece of work, including a mock-up email that looks like it came from one of the platforms offering to hold your money until you have inspected the vehicle and confirmed you are happy. 

If in doubt, check with the platform’s customer service or safety centre before handing over your hard-earned cash. 

The savings when buying privately can amount to several thousand pounds, but won’t justify the risk if you end up getting burnt in a scam. You also won’t get the backup, service maintenance checks and warranty – or the other dealer benefits that I mentioned earlier.

Next up…

When you buy a new motorhome or campervan, you’re sure to want to maintain the value of your investment as much as possible. In our ‘How to maintain the highest resale value for your motorhome or camper‘ article, we explain which maintenance is essential throughout the year. We also explain how to ‘winterise’ it – and what makes us pay the most for trade-ins and vehicles that we buy privately!

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How to maintain the highest resale value for your motorhome or camper

Here we explain how you can best look after your motorhome/camper – and we even disclose some trade secrets that make us pay more for trade-ins!

Here we explain how you can best look after your motorhome/camper – and we even disclose some trade secrets that make us pay more for trade-ins!

Regular Maintenance

Maintenance of your motorhome is essential, not only to ensure your holiday isn’t spoilt by annoying faults – but also to help maintain the value of your motorhome or campervan should you come to sell it or trade it in later. 

Regular cleaning of the bodywork – especially the roof – will help to stop the build-up of debris and algae. Otherwise, over time this can get engrained into the bodywork and even damage it, making your pride and joy look dull and unloved. 

Like any vehicle, you should be performing regular checks of your tyres, windscreen, lights and fluids. Some of these are cosmetic – like keeping your windscreen clean and making sure your lights all work as they should do – but for example, if your oil level runs low, this can lead to severe damage to your engine and would definitely affect the resale value. 

Also, you should make sure your batteries are kept charged when your motorhome is being left unused for a time – as there are lots of different devices that can drain motorhome batteries over time, such as immobilisers and tracking devices. 

Keeping the batteries regularly charged can help extend your leisure and starter battery life by up to three times as much. 

Inside the vehicle, check for any signs of damp ingress from window seals, doors and skylights. The sooner these are found, the easier they can be rectified. 

Thoroughly flush water tanks twice a year, and for fresh water, use a sterilisation tablet. 

Aquatab tablets dissolve into your fresh water tank and guard against illnesses caused by contaminated stored water, such as Legionella, Cholera and Dysentery, among others.

Getting Ready for Winter/Storage

When it’s not in use, leave the fridge on the winter catch, as this will stop it from smelling. It’s harder to remove the smell once it’s appeared, than it is to stop it from happening in the first place.

At the start of Winter, or when you’ve finished using your motorhome for the season, ensure you correctly winterise it by: 

● Opening the outlets to your fresh and grey waste water tanks and water heater. 

● If your toilet system operates via a separate header tank, this will require draining also, along with the cassette-holding tank and the rest of the flushing system. 

● Once all your tanks are drained, open all the taps in your motorhome and turn the pump on for a few seconds to expel any water still in the system. 

● Leave the taps open 

● Leave the shower head and hose lying in the shower tray during the winter period when not in use. 

● Check there are no further drain valves located in your motorhome that may need opening. 

● Check the fridge and the freezer. Remove all foodstuffs as well as ice trays etc, and wipe away any moisture. Leaving the door(s) ajar will encourage air circulation and prevent the build-up of mould. 

Servicing & Habitation Tests

Having your motorhome regularly serviced, having all MOTs carried out in plenty of time (fixing any failures or advisories) and having a habitation test by a professional service centre, is the best way to ensure your motorhome is kept in tip-top condition and holds its value. 

If you have these done just before putting your motorhome to bed for the winter, you can request that your motorhome is winterised at the same time.

What Makes Us Pay the Best Price for Trade-ins!

When we purchase a motorhome, the key points we are looking for are how clean the interior and exterior are. 

We look for damage to external panels, interior worktops and walls – as these are all harder to repair. 

We also consider whether the motorhome appears well looked after, and is the upholstery clean? 

Is all the paperwork available? How about handbooks, manuals and a recent Habitation Test?

Are there any bits missing, such as cooker glass lids, interior trim and tables – amongst others? 

Have there been any modifications that a prospective purchaser would not necessarily find appealing – ie painting parts of the interior, cutting holes in cupboards or panels to add things adding tiles to splashbacks? 

We’ve given you all of the main points we look for when buying used motorhomes and campervans. So, by taking all of this on board and maintaining your vehicle to these guidelines means you can pressure us to give you the best price when you come to sell or trade-in your second home 😉

Next Steps…

If you’ve got a motorhome or campervan that you want to sell, fill in our short enquiry form here. We buy them in any condition, with any age and mileage.

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Taking your motorhome abroad for the first time 

In this article, we explain how you can make the most of your first overseas trip in your motorhome – also covering some of the essentials that you should have with you.

In this article, we explain how you can make the most of your first overseas trip in your motorhome – also covering some of the essentials that you should have with you. 

Many motorhome owners relish the thought of discovering Europe in their motorhome. When it goes well, it allows you to travel at your own pace, absorbing the different cultures and landscapes. 

So, what do we need to consider before we set off and enjoy all of this? Firstly, the essential paperwork. 


In most European countries, you will need to have at least three months remaining on your passport at the date of departure. Since Brexit, it’s much more common for this to be checked when you go through Passport Control, than it was before. 

It is worth checking at this link to ensure your documentation is all in order and meets the requirements of the countries you plan to visit 


Driving Licences

A valid UK driving licence is required for touring Europe, and you will need to carry your photo card driving licence with you at all times whilst you’re driving. 

If you do not have this, you will require an International driving permit available from https://www.gov.uk/driving-abroad/international-driving-permit 

Insurance is required and must be at least 3rd party European cover. There are many specialist motorhome and leisure vehicle insurance companies that can assist with this. Although we don’t specifically recommend any in particular, here are two that we know about:



If you are lucky enough to be travelling to Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia (excluding Kosovo) or the Faroe Islands, you might need to increase your insurance cover to comply with local insurance laws. Also, check with your insurer to see whether you need a Green Card. 

Health and Travel Insurance

You should ensure that you have adequate cover in case one of your party becomes ill or, god-forbid, you are involved in an accident. 

Your EHIC or GHIC card provides emergency medical treatment both at the roadside and in hospital. 

The older European Health Insurance cards (EHIC) continue to be valid in an EU country until their expiry date – but if you’ve replaced once recently, you’ll have noticed that they are now called the ‘UK Global Health Insurance Card’. 

They are available free of charge to UK citizens here (UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). 

Both EHICs and the new GHIC provide the same access to emergency and necessary healthcare coverage for travel to the EU. 

Should you require more than emergency medical treatment, then that is where your travel insurance would normally kick in. 

As well as providing a range of other benefits, travel insurance will likely cover the costs of medical expenses and getting you home if you’re injured or fall seriously ill abroad. 

Again, we are not specifically recommending them – but you may wish to take a look at the offering by The Caravan Club 


UK Stickers

A UK sticker must be displayed on the rear of your motorhome – replacing the old GB stickers (which are no longer legal/acceptable).

Instead of a UK sticker, you can often get away with just having numberplates which display the letters UK (and possibly the Union Jack flag) on the left-hand side. 

However, these are not strictly legal in some EU countries. If you want to stay on the safe side, just go with a ‘proper’ UK sticker – or both. 

European Breakdown Cover

European breakdown cover is essential to avoid any unwanted costly surprises – and being stranded in a non-English speaking country when you break down out of office hours and ‘in the middle of nowhere’. 

One such provider is MB & G Insurance.

Documentation checklist

  • Passport (for each traveller)
  • Photo card driving license (for each driver)
  • Motorhome Insurance certificate
  • Travel insurance certificate and cover details
  • V5 log book
  • European accident statement

Where will you be staying in Europe

Once you have all your documents in order, you can then plan where you will travel to, and where you will be staying. 

European campsites are no different to UK sites, with the same options depending upon what you have booked.  As with some hotels in Europe, you may need to provide ID on arrival or allow your passport to be kept during your stay.

If you are planning to travel around and only stay one or two days in any particular location, ‘Aires’ are very popular in France or ‘Stellplatz’ in Germany. 

These are booked on a first-come, first-served basis – with pre-booking unavailable – and are approved motorhome/cmapervan parking spaces. 

Information about Aires in Europe can be found at 

Euro Tunnel – The Best Aires in France

Vicarious Media – Motorhome Aires Stopovers

Park4night – lots of countries listed

They often have electric hook-up, waste disposal and chemical toilet points. 

Wild Camping

Wild camping is another option. However, it is essential to do your homework on the area you may be wild camping in first. 

Wild camping is tolerated in most European countries. However, there are different rules for each country – especially Portugal, where it is not straightforward to wild camp. 

When wild camping, the basic rules are to turn up late afternoon and leave by mid-morning. Do not light BBQ’s or have table and chairs out – and try to stay away from residential areas and, most importantly, leave the area tidy.

Park4night.com and searchforsites.co.uk are both great sources of information to help with this. 

Once you have decided where you want to stay and what type of travelling timeframe you have, it’s important to plan your route carefully – especially if it’s your first time abroad in your motorhome. 

Ensure your Sat nav has European maps. 

Be aware of toll roads. The Michelin website is a good source of information on this, among other things. 

More Essential Items to Take With You

Other items to consider carrying are 

  • A First aid kit
  • Warning triangle (two in some countries such as Spain)
  • A Hi-Vis jacket for each occupant of the vehicle
  • Headlight/Beam deflectors

Headlights of vehicles which are built for driving on the left (as in the UK) require beam deflectors or adjusting, so that they don’t dazzle oncoming traffic when being driven on the right-hand side of the road. On some vehicles, you may have a switch to change your headlights for European driving. Check your owner’s manual for details on this. 

Taking your pet with you

You must ensure that you have covered all the relevant steps before travelling to Europe with your pet. 

Your dog or cat will need to be microchipped and all vaccinations must be up to date. 

You will require an animal health certificate signed by a vet, and in some countries, your pet will need to be tapeworm-treated. 

When you arrive in Europe, you will be required to go through a designated traveller’s point of entry. Visit gov.uk for more information on taking your dog, cat or ferret abroad.

Bon voyage!

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