Motorhomes are all about travelling in comfort and style. They give us the opportunity to explore new places without having to give up any of our home comforts. They enable us to take a little piece of our home with us, wherever we go – that’s why we love them so much!
But how much of ‘home’ do you actually want to take? If the answer is ‘a lot’ then you need to think carefully about storage space.
If you’re going on extended trips of two weeks or more, you might want to take a few more things than usual – clothes, bikes, smart car and so on.
So as well as choosing the right kind of motorhome with the right internal storage space, you also need to ‘pack clever’ and think about ways you can maximize the internal space you have.
In this article, we’ll reveal the best types of motorhome to buy if storage is high on your list of must-haves. Plus we’ll give you some top tips on how to save space internally.
Most importantly, we’ll discuss motorhome weight limits and how to load your motorhome safely for the journey ahead.
Overloaded motorhomes are illegal and can present a real danger when you’re out on the road.
Having the right motorhome insurance in place will mean you can concentrate on enjoying your travels, knowing that if anything does go wrong with your vehicle that is covered by our insurance, then you’re protected.
Motorhome Protect can help you with a quick quote when you’re ready but for now, let’s take a look at some of the best motorhome models for storage space.
Which layouts will give you maximum storage space?
When choosing what type of motorhome is best for you, storage should be a key consideration – and that means thinking carefully about the layout.
The fixed double-bed layout in A Class or coach-built motorhomes will give you a huge amount of storage space under the bed itself.
These beds can be island beds, fixed in the middle of the space at the rear of the van so you can walk around them, or traversed across the back.
Some of the larger models of A Class motorhome might even have enough space for a garage under the bed area, which is perfect if you want to store bikes or even a smart car for exploring your new destinations.
Be aware though that you might have to have a slightly shorter bed so it fits into the traverse position (across the back of the motorhome).
But if you can live with it – and the fact your partner may have to climb over you in the night to go to the loo! – it does give you acres more storage space than you would have with other layouts.
If you’re travelling with little ones, bunk bed layouts can be a good idea, too, especially as the bottom bunk usually folds up and converts into an additional storage space during the day.
How to save space in your motorhome
If storage is in short supply in your motorhome, we’ve got a few handy hints for making the most of the space.
Ditch the clutter
When was the last time you decluttered your motorhome? If you’ve been busy out and about on your adventures for the last few weeks, you might have accumulated a lot of extra stuff that’s now taking up room. Keep all walkways clear to make moving around in your motorhome easier and safer.
Are your bedside tables taking up too much space? Why not switch them in favour of a small cloth caddy that you can hang off the side of the bed? Use it for storing reading glasses, torches, remote controls and medicines you might need in the night.
Attach hanging racks to the backs of the doors in your motorhome to help you store bathroom toiletries, clothes or little nick-nacks safe and sound.
The back of your driver’s seat is the perfect place for a lightweight mesh organiser. You can use it for things like sunglasses, sun tan cream, insect repellent and keys.
The humble hook is a motorhome owner’s best friend when it comes to storage. Try to find collapsible ones though so you don’t bump into them and give yourself a nasty bruise!
Loading your motorhome properly
As we’ve mentioned before, an overweight motorhome is illegal and can also cause real problems for the person driving.
Not only will it negatively affect the handling of the motorhome, making it much harder to drive and manoeuvre, it will put extra strain on your tyres, too, increasing the risk of puncture – the last thing you want when you’re far from home or the next overnight stop.
Motorhomes come with many mod cons as standard nowadays – TVs, fridge freezers, awnings – and that’s before we’ve included any of our precious belongings.
As Out and About explains, you should make sure your motorhome doesn’t exceed the MAM (maximum authorized mass) and that all weight is distributed evenly.
Practical Motorhome also shared these top tips for safe loading:
- Keep top lockers clear as items can shift while you’re on the move.
- Stow any heavy possessions as low as possible.
- Be careful when transporting water on board as it could cause instability.
- Take care not to overload the rear of the motorhome and check the weight of the rear axle doesn’t exceed the maximum axle weight (MAW).
- Make sure loose items are secured before you set off.
Remember, too, that an overloaded motorhome can invalidate your motorhome insurance should you need to make a claim following an accident.
Find the right motorhome insurance
Our motorhomes become like a second home on wheels, filled with all the people and things that we love!
So you’ll want to protect your vehicle and its contents when you’re out and about on your adventures.
Motorhome Protect have years of experience helping motorhome owners find the best cover for the best price. Some of the benefits of motorhome insurance through us include:
- Unlimited mileage cover
- Cover for camping equipment up to £3,000
Get a quote for motorhome insurance today.