So, you have decided to get the family into caravanning or longing to hit the road in some other form of travelling accommodation, like a motor home. But, have you considered everything?
First things first.
Sometimes, on some streets of Perth, you will see a large Caravan or Motor Home parked on the street, legally parked, but creating a big problem for road users. Have you seen one taking up an entire verge or squeezed into a tiny space in a tiny front yard of a home. While ownership and use can be great, it is responsible to consider where it will be parked, or a better term ‘stored’. Let’s face it, the amount of actual use compared to the amount of time it is stored is more often than not, skewed to the latter. Parking is a loose term, it is for all intents and purposes, stored.
Having the space to store it.
The term parking is a little on the liberal side for these vehicles. If you actually use your caravan, say twice a year for two weeks at a time. Then calling it ‘parked’ as opposed to ‘stored’ is a consideration. In reality, it is stored for forty-eight weeks of the year. You would probably get to use your lawn mower more times a year than your caravan or motor home. Sounds crazy, but it is more than likely a fact. The thing about your lawn mower is that is fits easily into your garage, your caravan or motor home probably won’t.
Consider it being stored at your own home, as in, how it makes your property look and function with a lengthy caravan or bulky motor home stored on it …..somewhere.
If it does fit into your garage or carport, where then do you park your car, or cars, and maybe even your lawn mower! These types of vehicles can be large, as in, both long and how high it actually is, will it even fit under to roof of your garage or carport? If not, then where will it actually be stored for the length of time it is not in use.
If you are thinking to just park it on the street or on the verge, be it large or small, then local laws will need to be investigated and considered in any decision you make. Consider the size of your street, other road users, larger vehicles, like rubbish trucks trying to use your street on a weekly basis. If these service vehicles have any difficulties trying to function, it won’t be long before the council comes knocking on your door.
One other thing that is reasonable to consider is your neighbours. Yes, your lovely neighbours who have to look at it every single day as a dominant part of their streetscape and enjoyment of the beauty of the area you all live in. Taking up the verge or the bulk of your front (former) lawn is what they get to look at. It is their streetscape and maybe take a moment to look at it from their point of view, for forty-eight weeks a year.
Read on with Part Two if you want to know more. Always keep in mind, if you have any issues with your car’s needs for caravanning, lighting, wiring, accessories or anything, talk to us. We are always happy to offer any auto electrical advice and are well versed in the electrical needs of caravans and motor homes.