Taking Your Motorhome to a Festival
Preparing your Motorhome for a music festival
If you are taking a motorhome or campervan to a festival this year, you could be the envy of many festival goers. Not having a tent to put up or take down, and not having to carry all your belongings, food and drink to your campsite should mean a much more pleasant festival experience. However, there are still many factors to consider before you head off for your weekend of fun.
Check your tickets
Most major festivals in the UK have very strict rules and guidelines where the pitching of your motorhome is concerned. You are unlikely to be allowed to park your campervan with the other cars in the car parks, and many festivals will have night patrol teams make sure nobody is sleeping in their vehicles. Almost all festivals will have pitching locations for those with touring vehicles that is separate to those that are camping in tents, and many will require you to buy a campervan ticket along with a standard ticket to the festival. Always check that you have bought the correct types of tickets to allow you entry with your motorhome or campervan - some festivals limit the number of camper vehicles they allow on the site, which means you can’t guarantee that you will be able to buy one on arrival to the festival
Check your Motorhome
It is crucial to ensure that your motorhome is well and truly ready for your stay to ensure there are no breakdowns while you’re away. Some important vehicle checks you should carry out before leaving include:
• Water levels
• Windscreen washer fluid levels
• Oil levels
• Tyre pressure
• Tyre treads (if there’s any chance of rain, ensure your tyres have enough tread to get through thick mud)
Packing your Motorhome
One advantage of taking a campervan to a festival, is that you are able to take a little bit more than you could if you were camping. You have more room for storage and you won’t need to carry your belongings from the car park to your camping spot. You can make use of the fact that you will be able to prepare food a lot more easily than everyone else, meaning that you can save a fair amount of money by making many of your meals rather than buying food at often extortionate prices. Make sure you bring ingredients that are easy to put together as won’t want to spend too much of your time in your motorhome making complicated meals. Being in a campervan means you will be able to carry more in the ways of drinks to your festival, as these are often the heaviest thing to carry around. However, remember that many festivals have restriction on the amount of alcohol you can take into the site, and many ban any alcohol in glass to prevent broken glass being left on the site once the festival is over.
Facilities at the Festival
All festivals are different so it is important to research the facilities before you go as this will also help you plan your packing. Most will have water points, toilets and waste management facilities but you should ensure that the site you are planning to stay in has all of these things if you need them during your stay.
Not all festivals provide electricity points either (Glastonbury being one) so, if you were hoping to use anything electrical inside your campervan, make sure that the festival does provide electricity, and if they do not, you may want to invest in a portable generator.
Being aware of theft
Although your belongings will be one of the most secure at the festival, it is important to remember that festivals are a prime location for thieves to operate and many festival goers will have things stolen at these types of events. Do your best not to be one of the unlucky ones by always ensuring you lock your vehicle when you leave it and try not to make any of the contents inside look too enticing. Although you may wish to bring your laptop and speakers, consider carefully if they are really necessary and if you must take valuable belongings, ensure they are well hidden when you leave your motorhome. You may also want to think about investing in a steering lock or a wheel clamp also to ensure your vehicle cannot be driven off.
As long as you are well equipped and well prepared you should be able to relax and enjoy your festival experience with the minimum of hiccups.