WIMS: How overweight motorhomes could be easier to detect
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by Matt Sims and Keith Gooden
1w ago
Start your quote with Ripe ? mhmp.info/ripe What are WIMS? This week, Matt and Keith discuss the potential impact of a new weight detection technology that could catch overweight motorhomes and campervans on the road. "WIMS", or Weight In Motion Sensors have been adapted from existing road analysis technology and weigh vehicles as they drive. We're joined by the Leisure Vehicles Officer at NaVCIS, who shares insights on the laws surrounding vehicle weight limits and unpacks WIMS work, why they're being introduced and if they're essential for maintaining safety on our roads. In the news, Matt a ..read more
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How to up-plate your motorhome and why you would want to
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by Matt Sims and Keith Gooden
1w ago
Start your quote with Ripe ? mhmp.info/ripe This week, we're tackling a question we've been asked many times: how to up-plate your motorhome. That's right, we're talking payload and (crucially) how you can increase it. Join Matt as he chats with SVTech, renowned re-rating specialists in the UK, to explore the reasons behind wanting to uprate or downplate your leisure vehicle. Get insights into the process of re-rating a motorhome and the importance of seeking expert advice. Discover the ins and outs of ensuring your motorhome is appropriately rated for its payload, and learn why accurate vehic ..read more
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Will you be paying for electric on campsites?
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by Matt Sims and Keith Gooden
2w ago
This week we're back at Petruth Paddocks to investigate something new appearing in campsites across the UK: Pay-as-you-go hookup meters. These systems are changing the camping experience by requiring campers to pay for their electricity usage on top of their pitch fee. But is this a fair distribution of costs or just another way to squeeze more money out of consumers? Campsite owner Jules Sayer shares the inside scoop on why they've embraced this innovative system, offering insights into its implementation and sharing some surprising outcomes they've observed. Matt and Keith dig deeper into th ..read more
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Rising costs and supply chain issues: The challenges behind the motorhome industry
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by Matt Sims and Keith Gooden
3w ago
This week we're taking an honest look at the challenges faced by the motorhome industry in both recent years and into the future. In a candid conversation with the Co-Director of Fiamma, Charles Pozzi, we discuss the rising cost of products and the supply chain issues that brands are grappling with. From navigating shipping costs to planning product development, Charles offers valuable insights into the inner workings of the leisure vehicle industry and shares Fiamma's vision for the future, including their commitment to sustainability initiatives. We also catch up with Wayne Kavanagh from Che ..read more
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Are driving licences changing? 4th Directive on Driving Licences
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by Matt Sims and Keith Gooden
1M ago
In today's episode, Matt and Keith are diving into the 4th Directive on Driving Licences; what the potential driving licence changes could be and what they would mean for motorhome enthusiasts in the UK and abroad. We explore updates in driving license regulations, including potential weight limit adjustments, re-tests, cross-border enforcement and the introduction of digital licenses. With Brexit in the mix, there is also the UK's flexibility in adopting new EU directives and their impact on cross-border travel. David Whitehead, Director of Technical Services at the National Caravan Council ..read more
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Matt's Recovery: From a cough to heart surgery
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by Matt Sims and Keith Gooden
1M ago
In today's episode, we're veering off our usual motorhome topics to discuss something a little closer to home: Matt's recent major health scare.  Matt leads you through his journey, from those initial warning signs to the heart surgery that saved the day. But more importantly, we're here to remind you of the importance of listening to your body and not ignoring those nagging concerns. But here's the good news: Matt's on the road to recovery, and we're thrilled to have him back in the driver's seat.  In the news, we delve into several pressing issues. First, we discuss the unexpected ..read more
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Sustainable travel with Martin Dorey
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by Matt Sims and Keith Gooden
1M ago
In today's episode, Matt talks with environmental activist Martin Dorey to unpack how the motorhome industry is doing in the move to greener travel.  As a passionate advocate for sustainable camping practices, Martin discussed his upcoming release, The Green Camping Book, aimed at inspiring environmentally conscious camping. Plus, he reveals details on his upcoming journey this year: a bike tour across Europe WITH SURFBOARDS in tow (we knew he was a little crazy but this takes the cake). From sustainable motorhome features to reducing your carbon footprint on the road, Martin shares pract ..read more
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New products at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2024
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by Matt Sims and Keith Gooden
2M ago
What was new at the Caravan, Camping, and Motorhome Show 2024? In this episode, Matt leaves Keith in the studio and heads to Birmingham in search of new products, new brands and innovation hitting the motorhome industry. Safe to say, we weren’t disappointed. From new-to-the-UK cutting-edge motorhomes by Globe Traveller to the debut of Project Yonder's custom-built Sprinter van with off-grid capabilities, there's no shortage of new brands this year. Discover how established companies like BritStops and Protec Covers are undergoing significant changes under new ownership, signalling continued in ..read more
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How I got my teenager to enjoy a camping holiday
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by Matt Sims and Keith Gooden
2M ago
Should you pack your kids' bags and send them off camping with their friends? This week, Matt and Keith delve into the world of Petruth Paddocks, a unique campsite near Cheddar that offers young campers both independence and the joy of outdoor experiences. Jules Sayer, the campsite owner, shares insights into their mission to foster independence and outdoor exploration in children—and explains how a "behaviour bond" helps keep all visitors in check. Plus, Matt's teenage son, Reuben, joins us to recount his camping holiday at Petruth Paddocks, providing a firsthand perspective from the kids' po ..read more
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How is motorhome finance changing and what do you need to know?
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by Matt Sims and Keith Gooden
2M ago
This week, Matt and Keith explore the evolving landscape of motorhome finance. With leisure vehicle prices soaring and the impact of the cost of living crisis affecting many, how have finance companies adapted their offerings to ensure customers can still afford their dream motorhome? Joined by Steve Blake, Sales Manager at Creative Funding Solutions, we explore the intricacies of securing financing for leisure vehicle purchases. From understanding early settlement options, lender flexibility, and the impact of regulated and non-regulated agreements, Steve offers valuable insights to help you ..read more
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