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Navigating the Road: A Comprehensive Guide to Motorhome Parking Laws

With your motorhome being considerably larger than a regular vehicle, it can make it more difficult to operate. And on top of that, the large size can also make it more difficult to park. You might think you’re able to park your motorhome anywhere suitable if the space is big enough, just like you would a car. However, there are specific parking laws in place that relate to where and how you can park your motorhome. So what are they, and what do you need to consider?

Street Parking

Whilst there isn’t a blanket rule prohibiting parking on the street (for example, outside your house), there are other considerations you might need to take into account. If you’re parking on the street and not in an on-site parking spot like your driveway, you might be prohibited from parking your motorhome there by the local authority. This could apply if it’s a small or busy road. However, if there aren’t any restrictions you should be able to park it on the street, so long as you’re mindful of not blocking access or sunlight.

You should also be careful about safety when parking your motorhome on the street, especially if it contains valuables or a large number of items you’ll require on a trip away. Theft of items or the vehicle itself is possible, and where you park or store your motorhome is taken into consideration in a motorhome insurance policy.

Wild Camping

If you’re intending on going wild camping with your motorhome, then it’s recommended that you do your research before travelling out. If you know the area you’re going to visit beforehand, then it’s recommended you scout out any wild camping spots to allow you to live out in nature.

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Some National Parks have designated wild camping spots such as the Lake District, Brecon Beacons and Exmoor. However, these are specific designated zones, so it’s worth looking into which areas you can wild camp in.

If you’re looking to simply camp in the countryside, it’s likely that many parts are privately-owned. If you have permission from the land owner, you’re allowed to wild camp there. However, if you haven’t or can’t get in contact with them, it’s recommended that you find an alternative camping spot.

Motorhome Park

A motorhome or caravan park is your best bet when it comes to finding a legal and secure location for your motorhome or campervan. The right amount of space and correct infrastructure will be there too, including electricity hookups and fresh water & wastewater facilities.

At a motorhome park you can also guarantee a spot by pre-booking, meaning if you don’t like nasty surprises and like planning ahead, it’s the best way to legally park your motorhome in a rural area.

Living in Your Motorhome

A motorhome is an ideal home-from-home, but for some you might want to live in it for an extended period of time, or maybe even permanently. However, even if you find somewhere to park your motorhome legally, a different set of rules apply if you wish to make your motorhome your abode.

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These rules will mostly depend on the owner of the land you’re living on. If it’s privately owned and you have permission from the landowner, you don’t need to do anything further. However, if you don’t have permission then you’ll need to seek it.

Even publicly-owned land will depend on the rules set by the local authority. For example, even a free car park owned by the local council would prohibit you from parking your motorhome in the car park and deciding to stay there.

For living in your motorhome, your best bet would be to find a long-stay motorhome or caravan park, or you can buy a private plot of land to live off.

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