Securing the cargo in motorhome

Whoever wants to go always full e-bike batteries, must economize the energy. New mobile chargers are highly efficient and easy to install. Promobil shows what is important.

Without question E-bikes are a nice touch. Many motorhome thus expand locally its radius of action considerably. Standing in beautiful surroundings preferable must find the 230-volt mains-independent way to recharge the batteries Radl after day tour again. Just before this problem was also Promobil reader Jochen Hörnle, who in the past first so made do to drag for dinner the restaurant e-bike battery charger together and ask for a matching socket.

That was certainly not always easy – abroad, for example, where e-bikes are not as common as in this country and where in addition to those of understanding also communication problems. For Hörnle was therefore clear that an individual solution must be found for its Hymer B-Class.

12-volt electrical system or additional travel charger?

Generally, there are two possibilities: first, the battery-charging via the included 230-volt charger that goes through an inverter. It is supplied from the 12-volt electrical system. Or, secondly, recharging with a special travel charger that from the 12-volt battery produces directly the necessary charging voltage of 36 volts and more.

The Travel Charger for 169 euros Bosch has recently such a charger in the program, which is tailored specifically to the e-bikes with the hotel’s own components. But there are also non-brand chargers bound, for example, the Power Butler produced in Wilhelmshaven. The costs depending on the model between 100 and 200 euros and is – says CEO Georg Deep – “with almost all types of batteries compatible” and can even invite up to two bike batteries simultaneously.
The matching terminals on the battery pack can be realized with adapter plugs.

The variety is great, from the Bosch standard plug old and new on Yamaha charging terminals up to Rosenberger connector with solenoid connector and data transfer contacts. Georg deep stresses that customers can even send a picture of charging plug and nameplate of the 230-volt charger in doubt, after which the 12-volt charging station is configured.

Just as varied as the terminals, the e-bike batteries are even older systems that use 26 V, 36 V and current with voltages above 50 V are on the rise. Also a good universal charger determines not only the correct charging current, but also recognizes the battery capacity.

RV Basics – Parking and staying overnight

Staying with the caravan on the roadside?

When on tour strikes the fatigue and no caravan or camping is nearby, only the overnight stays at the roadside. But what do you need when that is permitted?

In Germany parking, the rule of thumb, which is not expressly prohibited is permitted. An approved motorhome which is beyond matching products must be parked in a public space without further ado, without time restrictions. Park or Nächtigungsverbote must be clearly evident by signs.

A special case is the parking on the sidewalk. This rule applies only to vehicles up to 2.8 tonnes gross weight. As usual motorhomes are significantly heavier, it therefore may not be parked on the sidewalk in a rule. Every now and then you meet on the blue parking sign with a white Zusatzschild a motorhome pictogram.

The stay in the vehicle goes beyond the mere Parking and therefore subject to different rules. To restore the ability to drive, it is allowed to spend a night in the car. It starts from a period of about ten hours. Attention: Parking is not the same as camping, therefore refrain from putting up camping furniture or the extension of the awning. The multiple sleep in the same place, such as a public car park is also a special use, which must be approved.

A legal special use is the stay is on parking spaces. The duration of permitted parking governs here the statutes that must be visible for example through notices.

On motorways arise for motorhome drivers can cause several problems. Firstly the parking signs on the motorhomes are often not taken into account: If only cars and trucks are explicitly mentioned, camper vans with 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight may actually park anywhere legally. The Department of Transportation notes in this regard the countries that have been invited to provide for motorhomes sufficient parking space on motorways. Camper vans over 3.5 tonnes may be on the truck places – but it is recommended not to overlook the noise. In addition, truck drivers must follow the rest, should they be out of consideration not to dispute the parking for no good reason.

Speaking of rest breaks: If you want to stay on motorways you should think twice about it.