Why let the weather forecast spoil your camping fun?

The great outdoors can be more hospitable on some days and less so on others. Unfortunately, Priory don’t yet offer the option to pre-book your weather, but if you plan for inclement conditions, this needn’t spoil your motorhome hire adventure.

One of the best things about the motorhome experience is that the great outdoors can always be on your doorstep and that doorstep can be in a different place every day. Warm, dry and sunny days are an undeniable joy, but with a little preparation, an off-season adventure can also be fun.

Driving in less than perfect weather conditions

It’s likely you already have plenty of experience driving in less than perfect conditions, you already know to drive a little more slowly in the rain, slower still in the snow, leave greater stopping distances and make use your lights and wipers to see better and be seen better. However, the effect of the wind may be a new experience. Cars are barely affected by even the strongest of winds, however, motorhomes being high sided vehicles are likely to be buffeted by any crosswinds. Be prepared for the occasional

Cars are barely affected by even the strongest of gales, however, motorhomes being high sided vehicles, are likely to be buffeted by any crosswinds. Be prepared for gusts on exposed roads and slow down accordingly. Keep an eye on larger vehicles, they’ll be affected even more and if you’re overtaking a lorry, be prepared to compensate for the wind before during and after the manoeuvre. If things get a little hairy, then don’t be afraid to pull over somewhere safe and wait it out, you already have everything you need with you and all the time in the world, so perhaps a cup of tea is in order? Alternatively, you might be able to stop somewhere interesting, so take the opportunity to explore.

Keep an eye on larger vehicles, they’ll be affected even more and if you’re overtaking a lorry, be prepared to compensate for the wind differently before during and after the manoeuvre. If things get a little hairy, then don’t be afraid to pull over somewhere safe and wait it out, you already have everything you need with you and all the time in the world, so perhaps a cup of tea is in order? Alternatively, you might be able to stop somewhere interesting, so take the opportunity to explore.

If things get a little hairy, then don’t be afraid to pull over somewhere safe and wait it out. You already have everything you need with you and all the time in the world, so perhaps a cup of tea is in order? Alternatively, you might be able to stop somewhere interesting, so take the opportunity to explore.

Far from the maddening crowd

Various attractions and beauty spots can be overcrowded in the summer, however, once the holiday season has passed, you’ll find you can have many of them practically to yourself as well as the roads leading to them. For those of us that like a little peace and solitude, visiting offseason is a particularly pleasant experience.

Bring your cagoule

According to Alfred Wainwright, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” And here at Priory, we have to agree. With the Summer behind us, you won’t be able to work on your tan, but you can still enjoy the countryside, the forests and all of nature’s beauty without worrying about a little cold or rain. All you need to do is to pack the right clothing for the time of year. A pair of wellies, a warm base layer and a waterproof outer layer can help you face practically anything the elements might throw at you. You’ll get to see nature at its wildest, hear the rain hitting the golden canopy above as you crunch through a carpet of red leaves, see tranquil streams transformed into raging torrents and feel invigorated as you breathe in the freshest of fresh, raw air.

If you happen to be out exploring on a frosty day and happen upon a country pub, we challenge anyone to walk from the cold into an Inn with a roaring fire and not to feel their spirits lifted.

Returning, with ruddy cheek to your motorhome after a day defying the elements and treating yourself to a hot chocolate (in the largest mug you can find) is one of the most satisfying things you can do!

A different kind of peace

It’s pitch black outside, you’re parked up securely and there’s a torrential downpour outside, but you’re safely tucked up and warm in a cocoon of comfort. In a motorhome, you can forget your worries and enjoy the moment. The sound of the weather raging outside, while you’re safe, warm, cosy and with nowhere to be, can be a relaxing, almost meditative experience. The tranquillity of hearing the rain tap out a staccato lullaby as the wind gently rocks you to sleep is something that just has to be experienced to be believed.

 

Have you experienced the pleasures of hiring a motorhome offseason? We’d love to hear about your adventures!