Top 10: Essential things you need to know before driving a camper van

Driving a camper should be easy – after all, it’s just a van with some beds in the back. There’s a bit more to it than that if you’ve never driven one, though.

Author of The Camper Van Bible and guest judge on BBC2’s Caravanner of the Year, Martin Dorey, gives the lowdown what to do before you set off on a camper van holiday.  

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Find out where to empty the water

Larger campers in particular tend to have things like showers and toilets on board. However, even the smallest of camper vans will have a wastewater tank, which you need to empty in designated areas. Campsites usually have facilities for this but it’s worth checking if you’re not sure. You can’t just empty the tank at the side of the road.

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