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Camping: 7 classic beginner mistakes that really hurt professionals 


Whether in a tent or with a mobile home: Camping holidays are trendy. Correspondingly many newcomers dare to approach the topic. You can easily make some fatal mistakes.

Whether in a tent or with a mobile home: Camping holidays are trendy.

Correspondingly many newcomers dare to approach the topic.

You can easily make some fatal mistakes.

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Frankfurt -

Camping has been

booming for years and

Corona is also

intensifying the trend.

After all, 9,600 motorhomes were registered in Germany in June 2020 alone.



were completely booked out.

But more and more amateurs can also be seen on the streets and parking spaces - who make typical beginner mistakes.

Sascha Kirschner from the Reimo RV Center in Egelsbach explains how this can be avoided.

1. Mistake when camping: choosing a motorhome that is too big


campers in



think to themselves when choosing a


: “If so, then yes!”.

But with a vehicle that is too big, hardly anyone is doing themselves a favor.

"The stress factor can quickly become very high, especially on narrow and winding roads," warns Sascha Kirschner.

The braking distance is longer due to the weight and you have to go further when cornering.

In addition, there is the more complex parking.

This also applies to


, which are a bit more complicated to use.

Compared to the tent variant, however, the caravan and motorhome - despite the higher price - are much more comfortable.

“You have your hotel room with you almost at all times, mostly with a completely self-sufficient sanitary facility,” says Kirschner.

He recommends renting one before buying a vehicle so that you can test your personal needs.

“You must also note that you are not allowed to drive every caravan or motorhome with the normal Class B driving license.

Find out what is allowed and, if necessary, take the time to get a trailer driver's license. "


Camping holidays with the motorhome or caravan are booming.

But there are a few mistakes that should be avoided.

© Urs Flueeler / Keystone / dpa

2. Mistake when camping: packing too much

For those new to camping, it may be tempting to pack as much as possible: “But don't overload your vehicle and pack so that you can get to important things quickly!” Explains the Reimo employee.

You should only take things with you that you cannot or do not want to buy on site.

In addition, Kirschner advises avoiding heavy luggage - preferably


- instead of ceramic dishes, rather functional clothing rather than too heavy.

“Make sure that your

camping equipment is

properly loaded and secured

in the vehicle.

The weight should be evenly distributed, heavy things belong close to the floor. "

3. Mistake when camping: Drive the motorhome with a full waste water tank

The sink and toilet on board are practical, but also require the unpleasant task of



"Empty your waste water and the toilet regularly at suitable disposal points," says the expert.

"Because there is nothing worse than overflowing a wastewater tank that is too full while driving." Under no circumstances should the contents of the toilet, with or without chemicals, simply be tipped into the landscape!

The disposal points are always marked accordingly.

4. Mistakes in camping: don't care for the environment

It goes without saying that when you spend the night in nature it should not be polluted - but not everyone takes it into account.

Leaving a garbage-free parking space also means that the landscape is not destroyed by unsecured campfires and that no chemicals are emptied.

Kirschner advises: “When caring for your body in nature, look for sustainable and degradable products such as toothpaste, shower gel and shampoo.

Very high fines may be payable.

Whether with a tent, caravan or mobile home: holidays at the campsite are booming.

Where can you enjoy nature to the fullest?

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- ZDF (@ZDF) June 27, 2019

5th mistake: Wild camping - this is prohibited in Germany

Wild camping


generally prohibited




However, you have the option of staying overnight on private property with prior approval, ”says the Reimo employee.

Spending the night at a service station or a public parking lot is also allowed in order to restore your driving ability.

In this case, however, you may not set up a camping table or grill in front of the vehicle.

Abroad you should find out beforehand whether and with which regulations wild camping is allowed.

6. Camping mistakes: leave the roof hatches and windows of the motorhome open

To secure the load before departure, all skylights, windows and pop-up roofs are checked.

Hardly anything is forgotten more often than closing the roof window before leaving.

"That can lead to expensive damage and also harbors great danger for other road users," warns Kirschner.

Because the drafts of air at high speeds can tear off the hatches.

The same applies to stormy gusts on the open spaces of ferries.


Camping holidays with the motorhome or caravan are booming.

When leaving, you should absolutely close all windows and hatches.

© Urs Flueeler / Keystone / dpa

7. Mistake when camping: Underestimating the cold at night

Especially when


, it can cool down enormously overnight, despite high temperatures during the day.

“It is advisable to invest in good sleeping mats and sleeping bags,” says Kirschner.

A lot of condensation also forms on the inside of the tent, especially on cold nights.

Therefore, you should not put pillows or luggage directly against the tent wall.

(By Rebekka Farnbacher)

If you want to spend the night in nature undisturbed by other campers, you have to be careful: wild camping is not allowed in many places and is expensive.

List of rubric lists: © Urs Flueeler / Keystone / dpa

Source: merkur

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