It’s easy to feel overwhelmed about driving a motorhome, especially if you’re doing it for the first time. While their size does make them imposing, driving is surprisingly easy and comfortable, even for first-timers. But getting from point A to point B is not the main concern for the first time or occasional motorhome rental driver. It’s managing the less straightforward driving maneuvers that instil a touch of fear into every designated driver’s heart.
To make sure you can park your motorhome wherever you go in Australia (or in the world, for that matter), you need to feel confident about parking the vehicle, specifically reverse parking. Okay, we know how scary the words “reverse parking” are when talking about motorhomes. We understand, really. But there’s no need to get all clammy because as with driving these gentle giants, parking them is not as scary as it seems at first. In any case, we’ve listed some quick how-to’s that would hopefully boost your confidence in parking your motorhome hire.
Tip 1: Reverse Cameras Are A First Time Driver’s Best Friend
Reverse cameras are very helpful particularly for first time motorhome drivers, or those travelling alone. Once you’ve got the hang of it though, these cameras are no longer necessary. Keep in mind too, that not all motorhome rentals have reverse cameras installed. So it’s important that you inform the rental company in advance if you need a vehicle with reverse cameras.
Tip 2: Assess Available Parking Spaces
The words “difficult” and “challenging” does not begin to describe the experience of trying to reverse park a motorhome into a tight parking space. So save yourself from a lot of trouble and just don’t do it. Assess a parking space before you drive into it. Get out of the vehicle if you must to get a better look. If you think you cannot reverse park the motorhome into the space, drive off and look for another spot.
Tip 3: Optimum Visibility Is Key To Success
At the risk of sounding too much like an infomercial, the above statement couldn’t be truer when parking your motor home rental. You need to have a clear view of what’s at the vehicle’s front, back and sides. Open windows, pull up blinds or secure curtains. Do everything you can to ensure there’s nothing obstructing your view when parking.
Tip 4: Always, Always, ALWAYS Have A Spotter
Ever wondered why even the smallest motor home rental can fit two people? It’s because you should have a travel companion that can act as your spotter every time you park!
Nah, we’re kidding. That’s not the reason these vehicles are built as they are. That’s an entirely different topic, one that we can talk about at length another time. But seriously, if you’re travelling with friends or family members, assign one to be a spotter. A human being after all, is far more efficient at assessing spaces than reverse cameras. Make sure that you always have your spotter in sight and stop immediately if you can’t see them. It’s also important that you can hear their instructions clearly, so keep those windows open. Also, set hand signals beforehand so you and your spotter understand each other perfectly.
If, for some reason you’re travelling alone and need to reverse park, or must reverse out of your parking space, don’t hesitate to get out of the vehicle to check what’s behind you. Though there are some that think this is a hassle, taking extra precautions can prevent unnecessary accidents.
BY Jesse Palmer
While these tips can help boost your confidence and master motorhome parking techniques, the only way to perfect your skills is through practice. So what are you waiting for? Book a motorhome and take your loved ones on a self-drive holiday of a lifetime. Wondering where to start? Check out Facebook and Twitter for the most reliable campervan hire Australia has to offer!