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Allpowers r600 Portable Power Station Review

Feature,Specification
Battery Capacity,299Wh
Output Power,600W (Surge 1200W)
Battery Type,LiFeP04
Weight,5.6 kg (12.3 lbs)
AC Input,(100~120V)4A Max, (220240V)~2A Max, 50Hz/60Hz
Solar Input,(12~60V)=8.8A, 220W Max
Car Charger Input,12V/24V DC
AC Output,2 x AC outlets (100-120V/220-240V, 600W Max)
USB-A Output,3 x USB-A (5V=3A, 9V=2A, 12V=1.5A, 36W Max)
USB-C Output,1 x USB-C (5/9/12/15V=3A, 20V=5A, 200W Max)
Car Socket Output,1 x Car socket (12V=10A, 120W Max)
DC5521 Output,2 x DC5521
Wireless Charger,15W Max
Total Output,700W Max (AC + DC)
Battery Protection,High/Low temperature, Overcharge, Over-discharge, Overload, Short circuit, Over current protection
Operating Temperature (Charge),0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Operating Temperature (Discharge),-10°C to 40°C (14°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature,-20°C to 40°C (-4°F to 104°F)
Certifications,UL, CE, FCC, RoHS, IC, UKCA, PSE

ALLPOWERS Portable Power Station R600 Review: The Ideal Power Solution for Van Life

Introduction

Van life enthusiasts often face the challenge of maintaining a reliable power supply while on the road. Portable power stations offer a versatile and convenient solution, providing electricity for charging devices and powering small appliances without the need for a full solar setup. In this post, we’ll review the ALLPOWERS Portable Power Station R600, exploring its features, performance, and how it compares to other products on the market.

Product Overview

The ALLPOWERS Portable Power Station R600 is designed to be a compact yet powerful solution for those needing reliable power on the go. It boasts a 299Wh capacity, a 600W output, and a durable LiFePO4 battery, known for its safety and longevity. The R600 offers multiple charging options, including AC outlets, USB ports, and a DC car port, making it a versatile companion for any van lifer. Notably, it also includes wireless charging, a feature not commonly found in other power stations at this price range.

Key Features:

  • LiFePO4 Battery: Safer and longer-lasting compared to traditional lithium-ion batteries.
  • Multiple Outputs: AC outlets, USB-A, USB-C, and a DC car port.
  • Wireless Charging: Convenient for smartphones and other compatible devices.
  • Portable Design: Weighing just 10 lbs, it’s easy to carry and store.

Performance and Capacity

Understanding how many times the R600 can charge your devices is crucial for planning your power needs. Here’s a breakdown:

  • iPhone 13: Approximately 24 full charges.
  • iPad Pro 11: Around 10 full charges.
  • Laptop: Roughly 6 full charges.
  • GoPro: About 60 full charges.

Charging the power station itself is also efficient. With a 150W solar panel, you can expect the R600 to be fully charged in about 2-3 hours under optimal sunlight conditions. Using the AC adapter, it can take up to 400W input, charging the power station in just about an hour. Using a car charger, it takes approximately 5 hours.

Who Is This Aimed For?

The ALLPOWERS Portable Power Station R600 is aimed at van life enthusiasts, campers, and outdoor adventurers who need a reliable, portable power source. It is particularly suited for those who:

  • Do not have the budget or space for a full solar power setup.
  • Require a compact and lightweight power solution.
  • Need to charge multiple devices, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and small appliances, while on the road.

Balancing Outlets and Battery Capacity

One of the notable features of the R600 is its multiple outlet options, including AC outlets, USB-A and USB-C ports, and a DC car port. While the variety of ports provides flexibility, it’s important to consider the battery capacity in relation to the number of devices being charged simultaneously.

With a 299Wh capacity, the R600 can efficiently handle the charging needs of small to medium devices. However, users should be mindful that running multiple high-power devices simultaneously can deplete the battery quickly. For example:

  • Charging a laptop (50Wh) and a smartphone (12Wh) together would significantly reduce the number of available charges compared to charging each device individually.

Despite its ample outlets, the R600 is best utilized for charging low to medium power devices rather than high-demand appliances like electric grills or large refrigerators, which require larger battery capacities.

Comparison with Competitors

When comparing the R600 to other portable power stations, it stands out for its balance of capacity, output, and weight. For instance:

  • Jackery Explorer 300 offers a similar capacity (293Wh) but with a lower output (300W) and slightly lighter weight (6.83 lbs). However, it takes longer to charge via solar power (100W).
  • Goal Zero Yeti 400 has a higher capacity (400Wh) but is significantly heavier (17 lbs) and also takes longer to charge.
  • EcoFlow River Pro provides a much larger capacity (720Wh) and comparable output (600W) but is almost twice as heavy and more expensive.

All-in-One Solution vs. DIY Solar Setup

Creating your own solar power solution with charge controllers, batteries, and cables can be more cost-effective for larger setups. However, for van life enthusiasts with limited space and technical know-how, an all-in-one solution like the R600 offers significant advantages:

  • Convenience: No need to source and assemble multiple components.
  • Portability: Compact and easy to transport.
  • Simplicity: Plug-and-play operation without the need for technical expertise.
  • Reliability: Pre-built systems are often more reliable and easier to troubleshoot.

Use Cases and Benefits for Van Life

For van life enthusiasts, the R600 offers several practical benefits:

  • Flexible Charging: Charge phones, tablets, laptops, cameras, and even small appliances.
  • Portable and Compact: Easy to store and transport, fitting seamlessly into your van setup.
  • Quick Recharge: Efficient solar recharging ensures you’re never without power, even on longer trips.

Whether you’re working remotely, capturing adventures with your camera, or simply enjoying the comforts of home on the road, the R600 provides reliable power without the need for a complex solar installation.

Conclusion

The ALLPOWERS Portable Power Station R600 is a robust, versatile, and efficient power solution for van lifers. With its high capacity, multiple output options, wireless charging, and quick recharge capabilities, it stands out among competitors, offering great value for its price. For those seeking a reliable power source without the hassle of a full solar setup, the R600 is an excellent choice.


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The Next UK van Life Road Trip PT1

It’s been a long while since I’ve done a winter stealth camp let along a winter road trip. The last time I did this was in winter during the time of covid when working in the welsh vallies and yet somehow I didn’t get the dreaded pox.

And now in the winter of 2023 I’m getting to realise a dream, the uk version of Benidorm because I’m off up north to hit Blackpool, but before I get there I’ve a few stops to make.

First up it’s going to be Swansea for work purposes. The intent is to leave around 9am as there’s no blinking point in leaving earlier. This was demonstrated to me jsut the other day that leaving the house 45 minutes earlier resulted in getting onsite a whole 15 minutes earlier than leaving later.

Trip time to Swansea 1hr 40

After Swansea it’s then a trip up to Wrexham to meet a bloody good friend of mine who the universe has allowed me to connect with for a second time.

Trip time: 3hr 4
Miles: 143

It’s always amusing when friends say bring a sleeping bag and a pillow and you can crash here. Then when I go I’m all good sleeping in my van they find it weird. A few months ago I crashed on a friends driveway in Enfield (before that stupid charge), went out for the day, had good, a few good beers, found my way back and remember watching AEW collision, having a few beers, warm, comfortable and it felt like my happy place.

After Wrexham it’s a trip to Southport for work, standing a very good chance of being sober as the Wrexham trip will NOT involve any Ale.. ok thats a lie as no way am I not going into the boozer featured in Welcome To Wrexham.

Wrexham to SouthPort

Trip time: 1hr 11mins
Miles: 60

Liverpool.
Next up is Liverpoooooolll. A city that I have yet to go to. According to old internet whipsers and legends a city to rival Newcastle on a night out, with the 2nd sexiest accent in the uk following geordgie. There’s a slight problem with this as I’ve not been ot on a proper staff party in almost 10 years, least one with the average age being half my / zambuca drinking age. At least a hotel is being provided to offer a slight relief from washing with a wet wipe. Plus a lay in without fear of being moved on will be nice

Southport to Liverpool
Trip time: 50mins
Miles: 40

Illuminations

Don’t ask me why but there’s always been a curious fascination with the Blackpool illuminations. I was there in 2023 for the airshow where I’d never seen so many bodies crammed so close together for so many hours to watch all manner of aircraft flying over head. I’d also spent 5 days in the same parking spot, having an Alan Partridge style meltdown tho those £1 burgers were bloody tidy.

The Blackpool Stealth Park is inspired by a van that I walked past right on the sea front, outside of a disbanded hotel. Aparently that couple had been coming there for years, at least Covid had one upside for someone. I’ll be happy to pay for a nights parking there… but then as it’s the Christmas period, what is my rush to get home? Now if the dart’s is still on at the Blackpool gardens I can do that as well, failing that I’ll be in the best boozer in Blackpool.

Liverpool to Blackpool

Trip time: 1hr 10mins
Miles: 57

Where to next?

Do I go home? Do I go to a client site for work? Do I go to the office? What way should I go home? Should I try and do a night in Cardiff. For now let’s go with I take the hit on a Sunday and start to drive “home” with no reason to go home.

Blackpool to Aberwyswyth

Trip time: 3hr 30mins
Miles: 177

I REALLY dont like this route. if I go down the coastal route I’d get to see some really nice views, from behind someone who can’t drive more than 30 miles per hour

Of I can go the longer route down half of it but then there’s no rest stops or anywhere to stop and park for a brew let alone getting a bacon butte.

Or I can go even more miles but then it’s motorway miles which is dull as anything. If I really wanted to go “home”

Trip time: 5hr 30mins
Miles: 240

Curbed: A Flat Tyre Nightmare

In my latest van life adventure, I hit a new level of “oops” when a flat tire strikes on a quiet Saturday night, in the most remote spot possible, with no garage for miles. Talk about bad timing – this happens right before my first day at a new job, and I’m supposed to be there by midday. Then, as if on cue, the weather turns sour, adding a stormy twist to my already chaotic situation. It’s one of those moments where you have to laugh to keep from crying, a true test of my van life resilience and a reminder that sometimes, you just have to roll with the punches (or flat tires, in this case).

There was an Accident. A Van Life Breakdown £200 down

It was one of those days where the universe seemed to conspire against every attempt to move forward. A simple drive home turned into an odyssey of frustration, beginning with a distracted moment and a merciless curb.

The van, my trusty companion, had just been fine-tuned, ready to cruise the open roads without a fight. But in a blink, we were back in the trenches, wrestling with unexpected troubles.

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overlanders van festival 2023 Review

It’s with a certain sense of irony that the last van life event of 2023 was at the same location as my first van life event at the Stratford Upon Avon racecourse back in 2023.

Organisation and Parking.

Couldn’t have been easier. Rock up to the front gate with the friendly staff, scan the QR code, follow the track around and park up. I was lucky that once again Heather had kept a spare space for me and there’s no better moment of rocking up seeing your mates, grabbing a chair, settling down with a drink, or even better being offered a brew when you arrive. It’s those moments when you haven’t seen your van life mates for months that make that 4 hour drive disappear into the either.

Spaces were nicely marked out, plenty of space around us all and the ground nice and level for the most. I did spot some vans with the ramps and all that yet overall the ground seemed nice and level.

There were plenty of vans in the main attraction area pumping out tunes, live music but never so much to permeate into the sleeping areas and best of all I had no idea what time the music stopped. The quietness ended naturally for the event it felt unlike other events where the hammer went down at 10am (looking at you Warner group).

The Cost.

For 3 days of camping, plus talks, live music, showers and facilities was around £80 for 3 days. A price given the cost of living you really cant complain at. There are campsite which will charge more just to park on a bit of grass in Pembrokeshire that charge a lot more for a lot less.

What was on offer was a nice mix, the usual trade stands where you can buy a van starting from 20k, fancy a roof box for 2k or how about a total cool over priced solar panel or fridge for £200? You were covered but what I personally liked was the jumble sales. A change to get bits and bobs that you might need and I ended up taking a chance on a battery for my van just costing me £20. Will it work im not entirely sure but I’ll take a punt to support people who turn up.

The downside was the location of the jumble, being in the concourse of the racecourse with only one crossing point going over the raceway to the jumble area. This would of been better placed over with the tanks on the far side of the walking about and mooching area rather than a protracted walk to get there.

Back to costs
Beer and cider £5
Fish and chips £12.50
Pint of Pimms £10
Curry Goat £12
Coffee £3.50
1/4 Burger £7.50

Over the three days there was a definite pattern of food traders being dead during the day and then picking up early evening onwards. The cost of living has put pay to “cant be bothered to cook, let’s eat out”. Now it’s more people choosing to have a treat night than anything else.

Even during the last of the summer weather on Friday where it was baking, there was never a queue for the bar even when the late night acoustic bands were in effect. No fault of the event more a combination of the cost of living and the artificially inflated prices of holding an event at a racecourse.

The Traders Feedback

Like I’ve mentioned there was a nice little mix of those selling vans, expensive trailers and new heating equipment through to those handy bit’s and bobs for a few quid. People were mooching around yet to me it seemed more like something to do rather than spend money. That being said quirky bar b cues were oft seen being carted around the site and who could blame anyone with summer seemingly having an agreement with autumn to finish a few weeks early and let it take up the slack.

I always try and speak to traders how they have done. It’s more common for the majority to say we have covered costs, made fuel money and it’s great to see their enthusiasm still there for these events. Do bear in mind this being a smaller event the same was said from traders at the bigger van life events.

There has been some feedback on the disappointment of traders lacking on a Sunday. A valid point but have some sympathy for them, a severe weather warning was in place for Sunday and I would say the majority were there till 3pm.

Overall.

Had Friday’s sunny balmy blitz continued onwards through the weekend I have no doubt this would have been heralded as a a punctuation for the end of the season. No doubt in my mind if the Indian summer had prevailed it would have been a completely different experience. That’s not to say it was bad at all.. More a case of what if.

Skegvegas Vanlife Festival 2023 – An Unexpected Surprise

Booked on a whim and in the midst of a great depression, I booked a last minute ticket to a van life event in Skegvegas. Ok so it was nearer to Boston but it turned out to be Lincolnshires Biggest Vanlife event. Here’s my video of what was like

Skegvegas Vanlife 2023

If you dont want to watch the video was ti any good. Hell yes. Despite having I would say a couple of thousand van’s there it still managed to retain a certain charm and atmosphere but that was no doubt helped but the good, if somewhat windy weather.

It’s definitely worth going to and indeed getting there early unlike me to really make the most out of the weekend as theres no staying overnight on a sunday. This is friday to sunday event.

Will I go again. For sure. Despite it not being a event I would say you would make friends at due to its size and the hipster nature of it, read the cliche of guys wearing baseball hats, short sleeve Teese and a long beard is becoming a touch cliche now, it’s well worth a visit if you are in the vicinity.

Other than me ripping on the hipster style of things the only bad thing I have to say about Skegvegas Vanlife is the fact it’s so far away from where I live.

Van Life Stealth Camping In Skegness

During the mid summer season I somehow ended up in Skegness, north Lincolnshire and somehow a quick overnight stop over turned into 4 night stay. So can you stealth camp in Skegness? Read on.


To set the scene I’d been on a bit of a life treck, after being called insipid by a company called Synergy technologies I decided on a road trip. From Pembrokeshire to Aberwystwth to SouthPort to Blackpool to Hull and then finally Skegness where I stopped off after passing through Ingoldmells. In hindsight I wish I’d given consideration to a stop over there given the week in Skegness.

So stealth camping in Skegness is it possible?

Absolutely! You can park on the promenade for free from 6pm to 8am with no return between 2 and 4 hours. Technically this means if you arrive late and if the wardens are patrolling you can be in a spot overnight till 12pm the next day. This is exactly what I did on my first stealth camp. The 2nd time it wasn’t hard to find parking with no restrictions. If you have to move or want to stay and parking places are full there is an all day car park for £5 for the entire day.

If you park along the promenade on the more west side of Skegness it’s quiet enough and the only real noise will be the occasional noise from a boy racer with a howling exhaust. From my week there there was no noise from late night revellers as the night life was non existent, partly due to the the immigrants.

Hold up before you start flaming me. Most of the hotels along the sea front were taken up by a predominately immigration population which in turns means less tourists and less noise at night. Sadly this does mean if you are looking to go out at night and get some old fashioned summer season atmosphere you are going to be out of luck. This means food offerings are slim pickings that I’ll come to later.

Stealth Camping Facilities

When out on the road, water is bloody precious. Honestly you have no idea how much you use when you don’t have access to a tap. A common myth about van life is that water is always accessible and easy to get to. Not in Skeggy, I found one place where you can wash your feet, toilets are 40p to spend a penny but if you wanted to rinse of at an outside shower your going to be out of luck.

Bins are plenty and thankfully lacking a whole plethora of what you can put into a bin signage. For the posh ones who have a toilet in their van there are no elsan points anywhere so those toilets will need to be emptied if you planning to be there for a few days

Food Offerings.

During the day and so long as you like the burgers and all day breakfast offerings you’d be sorted. Monday to friday one cafe offers 20% off all food buttttt the prices are put up so it becomes the same as other places.

Fish and chips is obviously a given but If you are looking for another other than that and burgers pickings are slim. Well thats unless you want KFC or McDonalds. Side note avoid the Maccys between 7 and 9pm otherwise you’ll be waiting around 30 minutes for food, providing they let you in as more than once people were refused entry due to safety concerns.

Things to do in Skegness.

this all depends on who you are and who you are with. Single stealth camper, probably a couple of days will be enough to experience the Skeggy. A walk along the prom on a decent sunny day is ok but the town centre doesn’t offer much up seeing as the shops close at 4.30. That took me back to see the centre of Skegness close early.

The fun fair kind of set the scene for Skegnes in general. Most evenings I was waiting to capture a photo of the big wheel lit up at night for that iconic picture, most night the promenade was closed by 7 and the wheel off by 8pm.

The pier itself also disappointed, I get the lack of arcade machines now in place of slots or push penny machines (yes I’m that old) but when walking out on the back 3/4 of the lights were faulty. This was in peak season when it couldn’t have been any busier.

For those with kids or couples it’ll be an expensive long weekend if you hit the promenade and such costing a small fortune for the rides.

As a general observation the demographics seemed to be either young couples from 18 – 25 or the grandparents taking the kids out. The 25 – 45 generation didn’t exist during the time I was there.

Nightlife.

Again it was a touch bizarre to see a seaside town so dead so early during the peak of the summer season. Pubs you would think could be rammed with revellers enjoying the summer season were vacant, a busy night would consist of maybe a dozen people whilst a football game is on. The barometer of any town, the Wetherspoons, was also deader than my love life. When a spoons cant pull in a crowd you know something is up.

Speaking to a few people it was the most bizarre season ever. gone are the days of the arcades being open past midnight, the crowds walking the seafront and meandering into places. A whole overriding feeling of “when will the season kick in” was present everywhere. The cost of living is one aspect but the immigrant issue did crop up. How is that relevant to van living.

The locals I’m told are too wary to go out late at night with the street lights being turned off, one guy mentioned about a group of guys chasing another group with machetes believing it to be drug related. Then it was reported about a body being found behind a Tesco. A sense of a town repressed was present But how does that relate to Vanlife.

Parking up where on the seafront or on an offshoot road I never felt uncomfortable and perhaps in part due to seeing other camper vans on the same street. If you don’t mind a 10 minute walk there is a pub that welcomes camper vans if you at least pop in to get some food from them.

Is Skegness Worth a Van Life Visit

it all depends on where you are from. If you are a few hours away from the Skeggy then sure, pop in and have a long weekend but from my perspective thats about it. A couple of days you’ve already hit the pinnacle of what’s on offer. If you’re within a three hour radius then sure but that means you live in Lincolnshire and options are limited to say the least.

As part of a road trip, a good place to pop in and see yes, hit up Skegness but as a destination in unto itself there really isn’t much on offer sadly. Shops closing at 4.30pm, the pinnacle landmark off a ferries wheel not being illuminated is one thing but that lack of seaside excitement, that energy you would anticipate of hitting up a seaside in the peak of summer just sadly wasnt there.

For those in a van tho, do hit it up. It’s an easy stay over for a few nights with no hassle. The only real issue is where’s the next destination.

Is It Legal to Sleep in a Van in the UK? Let’s Dive Deep!

Alright, fellow van lifers and wanderlust souls! 🚐✨

Is It Legal to Sleep in a Van in the UK? Let’s Dive Deep!

Ah, the age-old question every van lifer in the UK has pondered at least once: “Can I catch some Z’s in my camper while it’s parked on the side of the road or in a layby?” Well, let me break it down for you, and trust me, I’ve been there, done that, and got the t-shirt.

The legal landscape is a bit of a maze. We’ve got the Caravan Sites & Control of Development Act, and then there’s legislation protecting our nomadic friends, the gypsies and travellers. The law sometimes sees our beloved motorhomes or campervans as “caravans.” And guess what? Sleeping inside might be termed as “human occupancy.” Yep, it’s all regulated by the Caravan Sites & Control of Development Act.

But here’s the good news: there’s no specific UK law that says, “Hey, you can’t sleep in your vehicle.” 🎉 However, and this is a big however, always be mindful of where you park. If you’re thinking of setting up camp somewhere that’s not a designated campground, remember, most lands in the UK have an owner. So, if you’re eyeing some “wild camping,” always get the landowner’s nod. If not, you might be in for some legal trouble.

For my Scottish van lifers, you’re in luck! Wild camping is legal in Scotland, thanks to the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. But for those in England and Wales, you might want to stick to places like the Lake District or parts of Dartmoor.

A golden rule I always follow: arrive late, leave early, and always respect the place you’re in. And if you’re wondering where to park your campervan in the UK, I’ve got a few tips up my sleeve. Sure, campsites are the safest bet, but if you’re looking for a free spot, local supermarkets can be a gem. There are also lay-byes, park & ride facilities, and woodland car parks. Just make sure it’s legal, and you won’t wake up to a ticket on your windshield.

Lastly, if you’re parked near a public highway and not causing any obstruction, you’re generally good to go. But, be prepared for a midnight knock from the police asking you to move. On private property, always, and I mean always, ask for permission. Some parking lots, like those at supermarkets, might let you stay overnight. But places like NHS parking lots? It’s a no-go.

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Remember, van life is all about freedom, adventure, and respect. Stay safe, stay legal, and keep on vanning! 🚐💨✌️

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Can you drink alcohol in your Van / Campervan Whilst Stealth Camping

The law is clear in the UK: don’t drink and drive. However, while drink driving is clearly unacceptable, there is a difficulty for Campervan and motorhome owners. Part of the reason motorhomes are so popular is because of their flexibility. They’re both a vehicle and living accommodation all wrapped up in one tidy package. However, while at home you can pour yourself another glass knowing that you aren’t breaking the law, in a motorhome it’s far from clear.

Just as by arranging motorhome insurance demonstrates you’re a law-abiding citizen, how can you stay on the right side of the law when it comes to drinking alcohol in your motorhome?

Laws on alcohol and driving

Drink driving laws in the UK are strictly enforced and carry severe penalties upon conviction. Figures from the Department for Transport show that in 2018 alone around 240 people were killed and 8,700 people were injured in crashes on British roads where at least one of the drivers was over the drink drive limit.

The two main offences are:

  • To drive or attempt to drive with excess alcohol (while exceeding the legal limit).
  • To be in charge of a motor vehicle with excess alcohol (while exceeding the legal limit).

Drinking and driving is clearly going to fall foul of the first offence. However, it’s the second offence that can cause particular problems for motorhome owners. After all, being drunk ‘in charge’ of a motor vehicle on a road or in a public place is a serious offence and carries similar penalties to drink driving.

According to the government website, being ‘in charge’ while unfit through drink could lead to three months’ imprisonment, up to £2500 fine or a possible driving ban. While ‘driving or attempting to drive’ while unfit through drink could lead to six months’ imprisonment, an unlimited fine or a driving ban for at least one year.

If you’re unclear about the rules concerning drinking and sleeping in your motorhome, make sure you contact your motorhome insurance provider for further information.

Roads and public places

What about when you’ve parked up for the night and want to have a glass of wine while you watch the sun go down? What are the issues then?

If you’re staying at a private campsite there should be no legal problem with having a drink or two with dinner and then settling down for a restful night’s sleep. However, if you’re parked in a layby, next to a highway or even a pub car park then things get far greyer. In these situations, it might be advisable to stay within the legal limit or avoid the booze altogether. Check out our compiled list of where you can legally park up within the UK for some tips.

In charge of a motor vehicle

There is unfortunately no hard and fast definition of the term ‘in charge’. So, each case will depend on the exact circumstances you find yourself in. While you have a legal defence if you show there was no likelihood of you driving when drunk this is for you to prove – and to do so might require a stressful appearance in court.

Clearly if you’re sat in the driver’s seat with the keys in your hand, you’re at greater risk than if you’re in your pyjamas, with your curtains drawn and your bed made up. However, you’re still not entirely safe from prosecution. Remember that not only do you have to show that you don’t intend to drive but also that there’s no likelihood of you driving until you’re sober enough to do so.

How much can you drink?

There’s simply no fool-proof way of drinking alcohol and staying under the drink-drive limit. How much you can drink before exceeding the driving limit will vary from person to person. It depends on:

  • Your weight, age, sex, and metabolism
  • The type and amount of alcohol
  • What you’ve eaten
  • Stress levels

Be aware if you’ve had a lot to drink, you may still be over the legal limit the following morning. Use this calculator, courtesy of the Morning After drink-drive campaign, to find out roughly how long it can take to sober up from a night of drinking. You’ll be unpleasantly surprised!

Be prepared

If you’re going to drink in your motorhome then follow these steps to protect yourself. Before even your first sip of alcohol, you must:

  • Ensure your motorhome is already parked up for the night. Do not take the risk of having to move it later to the right place, even if it’s just a short distance or manoeuvre. A large motorhome is tricky to handle at the best of times.
  • Make sure your motorhome isn’t causing an obstruction. You don’t want to have to move it later.
  • Have some evidence that you’re planning to stay for a while, so you could prove your intention to sleep overnight in the motorhome rather than driving elsewhere. For example, put your silver-screens in the windscreen, pop on a steering lock and put jacks or steadies down.

After you’ve had a drink of alcohol, you must:

  • Pop the keys in a safe if you have one.
  • Never start up the engine in your motorhome, even to charge batteries.
  • Never place the key in or anywhere near the ignition.
  • Never sit behind the steering wheel or in the driver’s seat if it’s facing forwards.

Now all of this wont protect you from the law because theres always the “intent” which is why its of paramount importance to park somewhere that you wont have to move your vehicle.

For more insights and adventures related to van life, check out my other articles on A Van Life Thing. From reviews of van life events to personal experiences like The Hangry Van Man’s Adventure, there’s a wealth of knowledge and stories to explore.