Decent storage is vital, yes? Well, not necessarily. A generous ‘garage’ allows us to store mucky outdoors-y things like barbecues, wellies and windbreaks.
On lengthy breaks our garage has greatly enhanced our experience. Fold up clothes airers, outdoor tables and chairs, the kitchen sink. You name it, it can fit in the garage. But remember, the bigger the garage, the more it eats into your internal space.
In our previous smaller garage-less vans, we crammed the bathroom to bursting point with body boards, cricket bats and beach umbrellas. A small 2-man tent can store the items at the site. And anything that doesn’t fit in the tent can go under the van. Just remember to remove it before you drive off for the day (been there, done that).
Talking of cramming in, let’s briefly talk about payloads.
The payload is the spare weight capacity you need for passengers, equipment and belongings (gas bottles, clothing, water, foodstuff, solar panels, leisure batteries, bike racks, awnings, wind-breaks, etc.) It’s worked out by taking the weight of everything that’s attached to the motorhome away from the maximum allowed weight of the chassis.
Your motorhome manufacturer will normally supply you with the maximum payload figures but if you are buying a used van, you may need to do a bit of detective work.
The legal weights you need will be displayed somewhere. Perhaps under the bonnet or in a door jam, the Autograph weights are under the sun visor and in the handbook (and on the Bailey website and brochure). Sticking to these limits is extremely important as overloading can have a detrimental effect on handling, performance, stopping distances, and overall safety and stability. Also if your motorhome is overweight, your insurance will be invalid and should the police stop you, you could have your vehicle impounded. It’s best to find out.