Summer Motorhoming Season

Summer Motorhoming Season Picture the scene - you're all set for the summer motorhoming season, getting away for a weekend or two in the often short lived British sunshine with family or friends, but you realize the weekend you're due to be booked onto a beautiful countryside site is the same as a World Cup match you just can't miss. Game over, right?

Wrong. With a little prior planning and thought a weekend of motorhoming this June or (fingers crossed) July doesn't have to result in you missing an England World Cup match. In fact, with a few simple steps your motorhome is a perfect aid to enjoying the excitement of this summer's most important competition.

Many parks have pubs on site which will be showing the England games, but many that didn't have facilities already are making special arrangements in an attempt to stay busy over match weekends. The best thing to do is call the park in advance, because as mentioned even if they don't have facilities already they may be planning to organize something ready for the World Cup games.

Alternatively, if you'd prefer to watch the match from the comfort of your own motorhome, or if you're not staying anywhere near appropriate facilities, then a few simple steps can ensure that the only stress you'll go through is extra-time and penalties.

First of all it's worth mentioning that either the BBC or ITV will be showing all of the England matches, so there's no need to worry about any subscription or pay-to-view services. What is important is that you check your current TV setup for its quality of reception and make sure that everything is working as it should be. The last thing you want is to settle down for the game, realize the aerial you drove through a low hanging branch has finally given up the ghost, and have to run around at the last minute finding an alternative.

Of course, even the best aerial setups struggle in certain areas, so it's best to call the campsite ahead and find out what their advice is, if you're lucky there may even be an aerial point at the electric hookup. Digital TV reception for different areas can also be checked on the digital UK website.

If you want a clear picture in all but the most inhospitable of locations then a portable satellite system could be the answer. These can either be fitted directly on to some larger motorhomes, or bought with a freestanding tripod setup which you simple place outside the motorhome and connect to a Free-sat set top box. The advantage of these systems is obviously that the signal is beamed straight down to you from a satellite, and unless you are shaded by thick tree cover or are in a very deep valley then the picture quality is generally very good indeed.

Of course, there is the possibility that the site you intend to visit doesn't have the right facilities and you can't afford or don't want to invest in a TV system, in which case the best thing to do is simply have a chat with the park warden - they'll likely know of a pub nearby that will do just nicely.

A final thing worth remembering is that audio visual equipment can be pretty expensive, so it's worth letting your insurance company know of any new high value items you've bought to enhance your World Cup viewing experience, to ensure they are covered. That way, the only thing that's left to worry about is how you're going to get all those beers cold.

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Summer Motorhoming Season