The Motor home
The Motor home
Other than having to take the motor home for a bit of repair (its long story that still brings a tear to my eye) it has remained on the drive way over the last few months.
When we bought the motor home we had the intention to use it for day trips however due to everyday life getting in the way (work, bad weather, other commitments etc.) we have yet to use it for this purpose. All that changed this weekend when, with abnormally high temperatures and sunshine for this time of year, we thought it was finally time to let the motor home stretch its legs and go for a run.
Those of you who have read any of my blog will be aware that I am not the sort of person who likes to annoy others so when deciding where to go on our trip out I made sure there was a specific motor home park or at least a coach park where we could leave it. I guess I could always “wing it” and use a super market car park, take up multiple spaces in any old car park or find a residential street where I could park, but I refuse to do this.
Super market car parks are for super market shoppers and not for people who want to disappear off in to town for a couple of days. Whilst “Mr Tesco” or “Mr Sainsbury” has plenty of money that taking up a space (or two) won’t make any difference, this behaviour goes against all of my morals.
Taking up multiple parking spaces in a pay and display car park is an option (provided both spaces are paid for of course) but then taking two spaces isn’t fair on others and it only annoys them. Besides, car parks are horrible places at the best of times and doing battle with other drivers is not something I enjoy doing. Besides, car parks are tight, vehicles are large and with the high number of car parking bumps, scrapes and minor collisions I am not prepared to take the risk with my motor home.
Parking on residential streets is something I never do, not even in a car. Residential streets are for people who live and reside in the area (or for their friends/family visiting) not for people too tight to pay for parking. When I lived in the city and had to park on the street my biggest annoyance was shoppers/visitors to the town taking up the parking spaces and it is something I vowed I would never do.
At the end of the day the day trips out in the motor home will be to places I am permitted to park and won’t annoy others, and if I can’t do this I won’t go. After a bit of internet research I found a coach park in the seaside town of Hunstanton with spaces specifically for motor homes and this seemed the ideal place.
Hunstanton is a little over 75 miles from where I live, and whilst my mother insists I went there as a child (I cannot remember it and think she is suffering a bit of memory loss) it is a place I am not familiar with. I have, obviously, heard about Hunstanton and knew it was a mecca for bikers in the summer months it had a sea front, it was full of chippies and donut sellers and also over-priced trinket (AKA tat) shops, yet despite this (I am not the sort of person who finds these things particularly appealing, other than the motor bikes) the decision was made to take the trip to Hunstanton.
The trip to Hunstanton was pretty mundane, and uneventful but I guess this is a good thing, and the motor home didn’t miss a beat. The car park was well sign posted and easy to get to, so the satnav was a waste of time. The coach park is located in between to car parks and it is huge with loads of room to accommodate several coaches and motor homes. Finding a space was not a problem, but given it is the third Sunday in February this was expected. Parking in the coach park was £3.50 for three hours, which I thought was very reasonable. The only thing I will say about the coach park is that it is not a place you’d want to park in and enjoy a cup of tea and some food in because there is no scenery to look at. That said, it does serve a purpose and that is a secure place to leave your motor home without annoying anyone whilst exploring Hunstanton itself.
I have to say that Hunstanton was pretty much as I expected. There was a distinct smell of fish (mixed in with a little dog poo) whilst walking up the promenade, which turned in to the smell of fish and chips on heading up the green and in to the town. I have to say that Hunstanton was busier than I thought it would be, but then the slightest bit of sun and people flock to the coast in their droves, just like me and the better half did. There was a definite vibe about the place, although it’s not really the vibe for me. After sampling some over-priced chips in the Bear chippy, followed by some cheap and cheerful donuts on the sea front it was time to get the motor home going for the return journey.
"Parking is not a problem in the huge coach park", "Bikes on the green", "Views of the sea front - shame about the smell"
For the journey back we decided to go along the coast road to Cromer and then venture inland from there. My better half wasn’t feeling the coast road (it can be a little tight in places) but as it wasn’t her turn behind the wheel we headed back down the coast road. Okay, the coast road is small, but on the whole it isn’t that bad. There are some quaint villages with roads lined with flint lined cottages that are very tight, and we did have an “interesting” experience in one of these with some a**e hole in a BMW X3 and another motor home driver following him but it came good in the end. The coast road from Hunstanton to Cromer, the A149 is a drive I highly recommend as there is some stunning scenery en route, including Brancaster staithe, Stiff Key marshes and the Norfolk coast.
The drive along the coast road has highlighted two more motor home parking spots including one in Sheringham and one on Cromer cliff tops. The one on Cromer cliff top in particular looks interesting as there are stunning views over the sea (i.e. perfect to boil the kettle, kick back and relax while soaking up the views) and the seaside town of Cromer is a short walk away. Cromer is definitely on the list for a future day out in the motor home.
The purpose of the trip out was to make sure the motor home still started (since it has sat idle for several weeks) and also give it a run out and the chance for some oil to circulate and lube the engine. We have been warned by several people the best way of wrecking a motor home is to leave it sat idle on the driveway and that we need to use it to keep it running sweet, so the trip to Hunstanton achieved this. The trip to Hunstanton has also sparked our interest again and got us both excited about owning a motor home, which is something we definitely needed. As already mentioned, the intention was to use it as a day vehicle too, but over the winter we kind of lost our way a bit and the fire went out. This trip has re-ignited the flame and we have already started an itinerary of other places to see and things to do.
Until the next time – drive safe!
About the author
A total motor home newbie with a six year camping background in a folding camper. A keen blogger sharing my experience of researching, choosing, buying and owning a motor home. and every thing that goes with it.