Driving abroad can be an amazing experience and an opportunity to take your caravan/motorhome to new places! However, driving abroad and towing abroad can be very different from doing so in the UK, so we thought we’d put together some tips to follow when you go caravanning abroad.
Tip 1 – Pack the essentials
Of course, some tips will be specific to a certain country but there are certain essentials that you need to take if you plan on travelling through Europe. This includes:
- GB Vehicle Stickers or EU Number plates
- Warning Triangle
- Caravan/Motorhome insurance certificates
- Headlight converters
- High-vis vests
These are typically what you will need to take to any European country, but make sure you check the specific country you are travelling to as well in case they have any further requirements.
Check towing regulations for each country before travelling, and ensure if you’re towing a caravan that your running lights are working and visible (especially if you’re towing with a cover on) to avoid any delays due to being pulled over for not following the rules!
Tip 2 – Check your times
Throughout Europe, there are some campsites that will not allow traffic to pass through between the hours of 11 pm and 8 am, so if you need to arrive late or early morning we would advise you to speak to the campsite you’re travelling to so you can make suitable arrangements.
Tip 3 – Pet Passport
If you plan on bringing your furry friend along with you, they will need a pet passport to travel. If you do not already have a pet passport, make sure you arrange this with due time before you travel as the process could take a while.
Tip 4 – Don’t assume you’re covered
Your caravan/motorhome insurance may not cover you when you are abroad, so you should check with your insurance provider to see if they do or don’t cover you when you’re abroad and make arrangements to become covered abroad if they don’t already offer it to you.
Tip 5 – Plan ahead
If you were travelling in the UK, you would plan to avoid busy days, etc. and we would recommend doing the same for when you travel abroad. Check to see if there are any bank holidays or special events taking place whilst you’re there and then if there are you can plan the most effective route around them, so you aren’t stuck in busy traffic.
Tip 6 – Speed Limits
You should always check the speed limit regulations for the country you are travelling to, as some countries are very strict with speed limit laws. France, in particular, is very strict with their speed limit laws and enforcing fines, you will be required to pay a hefty upfront cash fine if you are found breaking the speed limit in France.
Tip 7 – Be Wary
If you are travelling to Spain, you should be wary of the fact that caravans are quite a commodity in Spain and there have been numeral reports of thefts from caravans. Not that you should worry or cancel travelling here, but it’s more to be wary of anyone in unmarked cars/plain clothes offering help at the roadside.
The most important aspect of travelling abroad with your caravan/motorhome is to plan and be prepared, this will help you out in most situations that could arise!
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