Motorhome travel abroad can be a real joy, especially during the winter months with the opportunity to tour on uncrowded roads and soaking up some winter sun. Additional care and preparations are needed to ensure your visit is trouble free.
The following check list provides the basic essentials to remain legal and safe. The Camping & Caravn Club’s Travel Service can offer help and advice with any specific country requirement.
- Take original documents covering driving licence, insurance certificate and registration (V5C). For a hired vehicle the hirer will not usually release the original V5C document so you need to obtain a VE103R Vehicle on Hire Certificate
- Headlamp adapters essential for Continental roads unless vehicle has a flat beam pattern or is switchable – check your handbook or ask a dealer to clarify
- Spare vehicle light bulbs – a requirement in some countries but worth carrying anyway
- Warning triangle – a requirement in some countries
- Reflective vests – a requirement in some countries and most require them to be donned before leaving the vehicle.
- Speed limits abroad will be indicated in km/hr and there are differences in limits for different vehicles throughout European countries
- Spare driving glasses – a requirement in Spain
- Red and white hatched board if you have a bike rack – an aluminium board is required in Italy
- There are special requirements when travelling in Europe EU registration plates or GB stickers
- Locate safe overnight stops – use of service station aires on Continental motorways is not recommended by the Club
- Satnavs are a boon abroad, make sure its up to date, check if the country you are driving in accepts the use of speed camera information and dashboard cameras
- Ensure your MOT certificate and road fund tax are up to date and valid for the duration of the trip – to be legal in Europe you have to be legal in the UK
- Certain cities in Europe have low emission zones like London – see urbanaccessregulations.eu/
- In most countries in mainland Europe the legality of towing a car with an A-frame is not accepted and you may be stopped by the police.