What happens if your motorhome exceeds 7 meters in length?

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  1. BobtheBass

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    I read in a couple of magazine articles yesterday that it's preferable for your motorhome to be less than 7 meters long. Indeed, one actually listed as a "bad point" that a particular van exceeded the magic figure, and there do seem to be a large number of vans that are 6.99m long.

    My question then is what, if any benefits you get for being specifically less than 7m long? I know your ferry charges may be a bit less and there may be other length related reductions, but what's "magic" about 7 meters? Is it just an arbitrarily chosen length or is there genuinely a world of milk and honey for those who have 6.99m or shorter vans?
     
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    Never heard that one before.

    Nothing negative about being longer than 7m as far as I'm aware.

    It sounds like it's some arbitrary figure based on the opinion of whoever wrote the article.
     
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    What happens if your motorhome exceeds 7 meters in length?

    They don't suddenly explode that's for sure!
    Ours is over 7m, never had a problem because of it.:)
     
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    It makes it difficult to park in a 7 metre spot.


    So find a bigger spot.


    Personally I think 8 would be about right for us.

    Martin
     
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    Some parking bays on French Aire were 6m in length. They are now few and far between. Parking in the UK is often limited to 5.5m long so with an overhang, it is just possible to park a 7m van in a standard bay.

    The ferry companies are just using length as a way of getting more revenue as they fit all sizes of vehicle on the same deck. Height is more of an issue. I can see in the summer with lots of caravans going abroad why they would want to limit length but most car and caravan combinations are nearer 10m than 7m.
     
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    You are more comfortable inside (y)

    We are 10 meters long and honestly because we still work when we go away we prefer either grass sites with nothing, so size is irrelevant or the extreme opposite nice modern sites with lots of facilities, where we would expect most sites to have at least some 10m2 pitches

    Just before Christmas five of us met up at the Caravan Club site in Longleat Safari Park for the Festival of Lights, no problems they just parked us up on adjoining and opposition pitches, and again we all met at a site in Charmouth for New Year all on fully serviced pitches

    Just booked for four of us to stay in the South of France for a Month in the Summer no problem

    Unless you have an absolute size limit, for say a drive or a building I would recommend you find a layout you fall in love with rather than something "X" metres long:)
     
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    My last van was 7.4 metres, no problem.
     
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    Some European sites and pitches are more suited to under six meters but most will have larger plots to take even the biggest of RV's.

    Ironically it's the width rather than length that can make access through small streets tricky. Small units can pop off site to explore and shop but with a longer van you will use a bicycle, local transport etc.

    Probably the max for relatively easy access and ease of parking is 8 meters.

    We all want a 'Tardis' but you either go for the 'comforts' of larger van or the ease of a smaller unit.
     
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    image.jpg This is us and @jamesvanbitz (our Son) on an Aires en route to Calais at the end of last August

    We are 33' and James Winnebago is 30' and if you look, we are sharing a bay lol

    Not all Aires are usable, but I wouldn't want to stay on some either

    Personal choice and owners confidence and driving capabilities all play a part in choosing your perfect van
     
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    Some European sites and pitches are more suited to under six meters but most will have larger plots to take even the biggest of RV's.

    Ironically it's the width rather than length that can make access through small streets tricky. Small units can pop off site to explore and shop but with a longer van you will use a bicycle, local transport etc.

    Probably the max for relatively easy access and ease of parking is 8 meters.

    We all want a 'Tardis' but you either go for the 'comforts' of larger van or the ease of a smaller unit.

    The choice is yours.
     
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    Last van was 6.8m current one is 7.2m, we find the current one much easier to manoeuvre as it's a bit narrower 2.2m as opposed to 2.35, width makes more difference than length, also if going for a longer van A Class vans are much easier to drive and reverse as the sides are flat.
     
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    I think its because when you use the online booking forms for the ferry companies they alter their prices according to various lengths eg 6.5m x 2.6 etc.

    So its probably a cost point of view in the eyes of the reviewer as much as anything else. Ours by the way is 7.16m we usually book 7meters and so far have never been measured.
     
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    The biggest problem we have with ours @ 7.3m and 4.5m wheelbase is finding anywhere to have it serviced locally as most garage lifts are too short in length
     
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    I hope your not closing down this summer @eddievanbitz when you go to the South of France.

    My reversing camera might develop a fault and if you are not available to sort it out I would have to cancel my own holiday as I couldn't drive without a camera.:lipssealed:
     
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    Gone from a 5.5m panel van to an 8.8m truck. No surprises yet, just different layouts optimised for different circumstances. Match the layout to your circumstances for happy motorhoming. But, when considering changing, don't do it just to overcome shortfalls in your current van, because you will inadvertently chuck good things away you didn't appreciate until they'd gone. Until the Tardis becomes available, a motorhome is the epitome of compromise, so choose well.

    Dave
     
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    The ferry companies charge by length because it is length that determines what they can load. Ferries are not floating car parks. If everyone underdeclared their length (and believe me, lots of people do) we would not all get on.
     
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    Which magazines were these please?
     
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    Practical Motor Home appears to be the most fixated on 7m, but then they adore gear change indicators and pop-up plug sockets so I guess I shouldn't take them too seriously.
     
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    Well I have just gone up from 7.42 M to 8.54m. It is certainly less maneuverable as I can no longer reverse it around the corner of my bungalow, but that can be easily achieved by trimming a hedge. It is also more comfortable with twin single beds that the transverse bed and less need to climb over your sleeping partner to get to the loo in the night.

    The fuel consumption has increased for me and I suppose would for most people.

    The new one has an increased payload so I can carry more junk around with me.

    I have entertained more folk in the new one, the Aldi heating would be my greatest loss if I reduced in size, and there are some places I cannot go in Cornwall or Scotland that a smaller van could, but then that is why I carry a 300.cc trike in the garage and two electric bikes in the forward garage.

    I really cannot see the argument for sub7.00 M though....... Griff
     
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    But look at the pylon you need to take around with you just to get enough to power.

    Martin
     
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