Motorhomes FAQs

The UK motorhome industry is thriving, with the amount of new registrations increasing every year. So, if you are considering buying one, these motorhomes FAQS may help … 

Can I drive a motorhome on my regular driving licence?

Depending on the weight (technically, the Maximum Authorised Mass, or MAM) of the motorhome your standard UK driving licence for a car also allows you to drive a motorhome.

If you passed your driving test before the 1st of January1997, you may drive any motorhome up to 7,500kg MAM – which covers all but the largest of American-style RVs.

If you passed the test after that date, however, you may drive a motorhome of up to 3,500kg MAM (the majority of those made for the UK market), but will need an additional category C1 licence to drive a motorhome between 3,500kg and 7,500kg MAM.

The Camping and Caravanning Club offers the warning that, once you reach the age of 70, you need a medical declaration signed by your GP to retain your C1 qualification for driving motorhomes between 3,500kg and 7,500kg MAM.

What is the Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM)?

The Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) is the maximum weight of your motorhome, including all its fixtures and fittings and everything you are carrying in it.

You need to be aware of this weight when loading your motorhome, therefore, because if it is exceeded, you may be stopped and prosecuted for driving an overweight vehicle.

You can find the MAM stamped on the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plate – usually fixed inside the engine bay or sometimes attached to the door pillar. If you are in any doubt about the weight of the loaded motorhome, you may need to visit a public weighbridge to check that you are within the authorised limits.

How much road tax must I pay on my motorhome?

The answer is not straight forward, because – just as with cars – vehicles first registered after the 1st of April 2017, the amount of road tax also reflects their CO2 rating.

Detailed information about the rate of road tax for all classes of vehicle may be found on the government website – your motorhome is officially described as a motor caravan under UK law.

Does my motorhome need an MOT?

Classed as a motor caravan, your motorhome – whatever its size or MAM – is subject to the same MOT requirements as your car. In other words, once it is three years old, it needs to pass an annual MOT test.

What type of toilet does my motorhome have?

A number of different types and designs of toilet are built into motorhomes.

The most common is a cassette type, which is removable from outside the vehicle when it needs to be emptied and which has either its own in-built water tank or uses the motorhome’s own water tank for flushing.

Alternatives are the proprietary Portapotti makes of chemical toilet or a marine toilet (most commonly found in the larger size motorhomes).

Do the usual no smoking rules apply?

Since 2015, the law has made it an offence for the driver to smoke, or to allow any passenger to smoke, in a car or motorhome also carrying any passenger under the age of 18.

However, a motorhome is exempt from these rules if it is either stationary and not on a road, or is stationary whilst parked up as living accommodation.

Buying New Tires

Tires are one of the most important parts of your car in terms of safety and performance. They even have an enormous impact on gas mileage and fuel consumption. It’s important to routinely check the tread of your tire. Car experts recommend that the tread depth be at least 1/16 of an inch. It’s also important to make sure that the tire pressure inside of your tires is the proper tire pressure designated for the vehicle. Taking care of your tires will mean you get the most mileage out of them. The experts at suggest that some new car tires could last up to 50,000 miles if well cared for. Some car manufacturers put softer tires on brand new cars which mean a great, quiet test drive but no long lasting tires after your purchase. If you’re faced with putting new tires on your brand new car after only a couple of years, this could be the case. When the time comes to buy new tires, here are a few things you should know.

If you’re not familiar with tire sizing, you will need to check your current tires for the size. Your tire size will be a combination of letters and numbers. The first number in the series might start with a P which stands for passenger vehicle and be followed by a three digit number like 215. This designation represents the width of your tire. This letter number combination will be followed by a slash and another set of numbers will follow. The next sequence will include two numbers followed by one letter and two additional numbers. A typical sequence would be 65 R15. This sequence of numbers and one letter represents the aspect ratio of the tire, the tire construction and the diameter of the wheel in inches. A quality tire shop or mechanic will hear everything they need to know once you give them this tire size.

When you start shopping for new tires, you will need to have this tire size sequence handy. You can either call local tire dealers and give them the size, make and model of your vehicle. Or, you can shop for tires online with using the size, and have them shipped to a participating tire installation center in your community which can present significant savings on your tire purchase.

The Best Airport Transfers in Perth



The wonderful city of Perth, Western Australia, is a great place for a holiday. With excellent beaches and generally fine weather, plus great shops, restaurants, bars and a variety of attractions, it is a welcoming and friendly place that you will find a pleasure to visit. Perth also has a thriving commercial centre, with many businesses operating from the city, so if you are visiting on business – perhaps to a conference or exhibition – take the time to explore when you get some relaxation time, and you will enjoy it to the full.

Perth is ably served by two airports, each taking both international and domestic flights, and it pays to make sure you have your transfer to the hotel or business destination organised in advance. You could hail a cab, of course, but we can suggest a comfortable and reliable alternative to Perth airport taxis – the excellent service provided by Link Airport, a leading name in the field of ground transport solutions in and around the city. With a reputation for excellent punctuality and professional, courteous service, Link Airport is the name to remember when you are looking to take some of the stress and strain out of your flight.

Luxury and Comfort

Link Airport operates a carefully considered pick-up service, so you will not be kept waiting any longer than is necessary. A dispatcher will keep an eye on your flight arrival time so the driver can be prompt, and you will be met by your professional chauffeur in the airport building, a service that comes at no added cost. The driver will happily help you with your luggage and you will find the ride to be most satisfactory.

Your vehicle will be one of a fleet of luxury SUV’s or executive sedans, so you will be transported in luxury and comfort to your destination. If you have children with you, you can arrange for the provision of infant seats or booster cushions, so they can travel in comfort and safety. It’s a service that really is second to none, and one that will make your life a lot easier during your stay – and more enjoyable, too.

Easy to Book

Booking your airport transfer with Link Airport is simple, and the website contains all the information you could possibly need. If you want to talk to one of the team, the contact details are there and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can fill in a form for a quick, free no-obligation quote, and we are sure you will find their rates to be reasonable.

Link Airport can also assist you with transport around the city during your stay – whether it’s from your conference to a hotel, or a pick-up from a restaurant or social occasion – so you are safe and sound wherever you want to be. Check them out now for the best deals on ground transport solutions in Perth; it’s one more thing you can cross off your planning list!

You Can Afford a Luxury Villa Vacation!

In the not too distant past, luxury accommodation in exotic locations was something that only the very rich could enjoy. Air travel to far-away resorts was absurdly expensive, and cruises were exclusive to the wealthy. Nowadays, we have cheap air travel and budget cruises to thank for the ability to travel to truly exotic and exciting places, and there is so much choice that the only problem may be deciding just where to go. If you want a holiday that combines sun, sea and sand plus culture, you could do no better than to try Puerto Vallarta, a very special resort in Mexico.

Located on the Bay of Banderas, a very beautiful stretch of the Pacific Coast, this amazing city has become one the very best vacation locations in Mexico, and is home to magnificent beaches and many other attractions, and with excellent accommodation options too. We recommend you have a close look at the many vacation rentals in Puerto Vallarta, as there are many excellent villas, sleeping a wide variety of numbers, in some of the most prestigious spots along the bay.

Luxury villas can be either self-catering or part-catered – the latter usually with two meals served a day – and they come with a daily housekeeping service. The main advantage is that you get absolute privacy, and the convenience of not having the restrictions of a hotel, so you can come and go as you please. It’s an excellent idea for a family holiday, or indeed a romantic break for two, and the city welcomes tourists in a friendly and open fashion. You will find your villa is within easy walking distance of the beach and the main amenities of the city, so you have that added convenience too.

Puerto Vallarta Beaches

Few places in the world have better beaches than Puerto Vallarta, and the sheer choice is amazing. There are secluded beaches that offer a private bathing experience – Playa Las Caletas, for example, is a stunning beach that was once the private hideaway of the film director John Huston, who fell in love with the place when filming, and is now a nature reserve – while others are bigger and wider expanses of soft sand beach, such as the wonderful Playa Las Animas, which – as with many other beaches – also features a series of excellent restaurants.

The beaches are often lined with palm trees, so you get the advantage of shade when things get too hot, and you can take a dip in the wonderful, warm and clear blue waters of the bay whenever you wish. In fact, the bay is perfect for snorkelling, and the amazing rock formations that rise out of the water, and any one of many reefs close to the shore, provide the ideal habitat for a wide variety of exotic and very beautiful sea creatures that are unique to the region.

You may also want to take a boat trip and enjoy some sea fishing – the local cuisine, as we shall see, is based around the stunning fish that are caught here – or in the right season you can watch whales in the bay, which is an experience that you will never forget. But, there is more to Puerto Vallarta than the beach, and the city itself has plenty to offer.

Culture of Food

You cannot visit Mexico without trying the local food – not to mention enjoying a tequila in one of the fine bars – and Puerto Vallarta has its own specialities. Check out the excellent restaurants along the Malecon, the famous boardwalk along the sea front where you can enjoy wonderful sculptures and views of the bay – or perhaps head to the charming Old Town, and don’t leave without trying the local favourite, grilled red snapper in a delicious sauce with garlic and spices. Another favourite is raw fish of several varieties, plus scallops and shrimp, served in lime juice, which is utterly delicious too.

Food and culture go hand in hand in Puerto Vallarta, so you should also try the many other local dishes that make up many a menu. If you choose a self-catering villa, you can also shop at the bustling local markets, where you will find wonderful fresh fish, fruit and vegetables that you can cook on your outdoor equipment back at the villa. You can also visit local museums and galleries, where you can learn more about the local history of the region.

If you travel beyond the city, you can find stunning waterfalls, rivers and the nearby forests, and there are many special places to visit that you will certainly enjoy. This is a slice of Mexico that is quote spectacular and tranquil at the same time, so make the most of your time here.

Choosing a Villa

You will find the greatest choice of rental accommodation in and around Puerto Vallarta, so whether you are looking for a small villa suitable for a couple or a bigger one suitable for a large family – or indeed two families – there is something for you and your available budget. You will also enjoy the finest locations in the business, with a short walk to the beach and very fine views, and the facilities will be very much to your satisfaction.

Have a closer look at the many available villas – you will see that the rental rates are very reasonable – and be sure to book a Puerto Vallarta holiday that you, your partner and your family will never forget.

Best Ways to Discover New Fashion


Every fashionista wants to keep their game on point and always forward. However, how exactly do you find next season and abstract pieces? If you’re interested to know, this is the article for you.

The first place to start is with sample sales. These are where designers visions which aren’t well received are sent for sale. And while they might not appear on the rack at the official store, they are certainly made by the brand and are, in fact, a product of their image.

Discounts sites like the Groupon Coupons page for Express are a great way to come across up and coming designers who may not be local enough to you to have a visible presence. By utilizing coupons sites, more and more smaller houses and becoming accessible to those who are looking.

If you enjoy socializing, then this is the tip for you – do more of it! Attend as many fashion events as you can and speak with as many people as possible. Networking like this is a great way to find out the latest scoops on which styles are coming into fashion and even where to get a glimpse of what’s to come. This can help the fashion-minded person prepare their wardrobe and accessories in anticipation.

When planning your social events, don’t allocate all of your time to established designers. Look for design competitions, and college runway shows where you can find up and coming designers who will be good to know as they are taken into production after they complete their studies or win a competition for the same.

If you prefer physical shopping, then a trip to the suburbs is what’s in order. New designers will still be starting small and can’t afford the prices to rent stores in cosmopolitan areas. If you have exhausted all of your local stores, it might be time to start broadening your search.

Nobody said that staying ahead of the fashion game was easy, but with some cunning tips and a sharp mind, it’s something you can accomplish while looking good doing it!

Top 5 places to stargaze in the world

Here is a lost of 5 of the best places to stargaze across the world.

Connemara, Ireland

This is an absolute gem of a place for people to go star watching as the skys are clear from urban light. In the village there is a lot of accommodation for stargazers as well as some nice little country pubs to visit in the evening before you stargaze.

Wiruna, New South Wales, Australia

This area holds a party each year called the south pacific star party where stargazers from the across the world come and celebrate.  If you are travelling in Australia and are into stargazing, we would definitely recommend you give this area a try.


Scotland has one of the darkest skies in Europe and you can even see the northern lights from here if the weather conditions are correct. If you head to Edinburgh you can visit the Royal Observatory which provides yours and astronomy evenings. There are many “dark sky” areas all over the country.



Don’t forget to pack essentials like your travel telescope that will fit nicely into your suitcase. View a list of the best ones here.

Medical Tourism – 5 Reasons Why it is Worth Considering to Travel Abroad for IVF



Medical Tourism

For several years a new branch of the economy is developing fast and it includes is tourism linked with treatment. Medical tourism is defined as travel aimed at therapy, rehabilitation and recreation. It involves a trip outside of your region or country to stay in the clinic to improve your health. Patients today are increasingly mobile and with great ease they travel between countries, selecting the best and most specialized clinic and doctors. Trips for therapeutic purposes are gaining in popularity. There appears a steadily growing number of facilities that advertise their services abroad and specialized portals. Medical tourism is a huge, rapidly growing market. Especially in terms of infertility treatment the country of residence does not determine the country of treatment. So why do patients choose foreign clinics and travel to them? There are many reasons for reproductive tourism including In Vitro Fertilization abroad and here are some of them.


Due to domestic legal regulations or simply traditions and common beliefs some methods of infertility treatment may be impossible to undergo in some countries. There are restrictions in terms of who can receive the treatment, what scope of therapy is permitted. At the same time in other countries the variety of procedures may be widely available for a broad spectrum of patients. Also other countries might be able to present patients with better offer when it comes to availability of cells used for procedure or additional services, tests and medical procedures. Patients also choose places with short waiting time for treatment and instant accessibility of consultations and procedures.

Medical standards and efficacy

People decide to travel for top-quality healthcare services and best care possible. If they feel. their home country does not offer sufficient standard they can easily travel elsewhere. Especially when it comes to fertility tourism patients tend to choose clinics that are most trustworthy, well-reputed and of best standard. Facilities with highly qualified medical staff, cutting-edge equipment and procedures and well adjustment to foreign patient’s needs.

With high quality of procedure there comes high efficacy. IVF success relies on a well experienced lab team and advanced clinic. People usually choose clinics of both top-quality and documented high success rate of IVF treatment.

Price for quality

One of the most important factors is the price: treatments centres in some countries may be 40-80% cheaper as their standard is very high. For example Poland offers foreign patients qualified medical personnel, well-equipped offices and very competitive prices – treatment in the number one facility INVICTA Fertility Clinic is few times cheaper than in Western centres. Standard IVF program in INVICTA that includes eggs collection, embryo transfer and medical consultations costs 1625 EUR. Meanwhile treatment in a British clinic reaches 3500-4000 GBP which means around 4 to 4,6 thousand Euro for the same scope of procedure. Even including the costs of travel and accommodation it may still be cheaper to visit Poland instead of paying three times as much for single cycle.


Last but not least people wish to spend nice leisure time in good localisation as they undergo treatment. Both beautiful cities as exotic landscapes are what attracts tourists among which there are also medical tourists.

Saved by an App



A recent trip across the pond could have ended in disaster were it not for the free apps I used to undo the calamity of my poor planning.  For example, I was advised to get a sim card for a local number once I got to my host country, but I was not told – or didn’t understand what it meant – that your phone must be ‘unlocked’ in order for it to work.  So imagine my surprise when I paid good euros for a card that I couldn’t use.  I worked around that by using my Starbucks app to locate the nearest store, and used their free wifi to get in touch with a friend who helped me remedy the situation.

I made a smart move, however by using the Groupon app to make purchases from Vista Print before I left home.  I got great deals on business cards and had phrases like “take me to Hotel Du Jour” printed up in different languages according to the country I was in and where I was staying.  They made great ice breakers, and more than once helped me get back on track when I’d been dropped off in the wrong location by an over-zealous taxi driver.

Evernote is so useful I don’t know how I lived without it.  I use it when I’m travelling to save notes, contact info, and hastily scribbled info so that I have it at my fingertips when I arrive at my destination.  I love that I can add notes, images and keep them all neatly in one place.  The search feature is really useful when you’re not sure which file you saved a phrase or idea in.  It will highlight all files that contain that tip, so you don’t have to open and close files searching in vain.

Another problem I ran into was dealing with currency exchange rates.  There are tons of apps available for that, but I’ve found XE to be the one I turn to when I’m dealing with a questionable situation and don’t want to get scammed.  It will tell you if the rate you are being offered is the best so that you can complete the transaction, or make a polite get away.

Investing in my Kindle app has been the best money I’ve ever spent in that category.  Well, it’s free, but still, to me, on a long flight, it’s worth a million bucks.  I have lots of books stored on it and can easily pick up where I left off between flights, or when I need something to help me go “nite-nite” in a strange land.