Mummy blogger prepares for first motorhome road trip


  • Seven counties include: Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, East Riding, South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.
  • Caravan Club motorhome manoeuvring course has already been successfully completed.
  • Her fully equipped, easy to drive, home from home for the trip will be a Bailey Autograph Compact 540 motorhome

This summer, the award-winning mummy blogger, Jo Middleton, otherwise known as ‘Slummy Single Mummy’ (@mummyblogger), is setting off on her first motorhome road trip for a ‘seven counties in seven days’ challenge to achieve something from her #40thingsbefore40 to-do list.

Jo’s itinerary goes via Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, East Riding, South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. She will be staying at Caravan Club sites for six nights, plus a night at one of The Club’s Certificated Locations (CLs) which are licensed for a maximum of five units.

As she hasn’t driven or used a motorhome before, Jo has already undertaken and blogged about a motorhome manoeuvring course run by The Caravan Club, so she will be confident on the road and familiar with all the motorhome’s facilities and home comforts when on site.

Having lived in Bristol for several years, the obvious choice of motorhome for her trip had to be one from Bailey of Bristol, who has produced leisure vehicles in the City since 1948 and is now one of the UK’s leading leisure vehicle manufacturers.

Jo and her daughter, Belle (11), will be travelling in a Bailey Approach Compact 540 motorhome which, at 5.99m long and 2.35m wide, is a similar size to a large family estate car or MPV, and designed to be a more convenient size to drive and park. It has a comfortable double bed that electrically lowers from the ceiling, a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious washroom with separate shower cubicle, plus a full hot water and heating system.

Commenting on her motorhome road trip, Jo said: “Touring seven counties with all my own stuff, and my daughter Belle, in a motorhome will be a fantastic and beautiful adventure, and I look forward to sharing my experiences in the usual way via my blog, Twitter and Facebook.”

“I have to admit I was nervous about driving a motorhome but, thankfully, the Bailey Approach Compact is a really manageable size, and The Caravan Club motorhome manoeuvring course was extremely useful, so I now feel confident and really excited about the trip,” she added.

Simon Howard, Marketing Director of Bailey of Bristol commented: “We’re delighted to introduce Jo to the freedom of a touring holiday in a motorhome, and to support such a creative talent from Bristol.”

Other items on Jo’s #40thingsbefore40 to-do list include telling a joke at the Edinburgh festival, swimming outdoors in Iceland, visiting Auschwitz, sleeping on a water bed and going to an opera.

More details of The Caravan Club’s nationwide network of camp sites are available from, while more information about the award-winning range of Bailey motorhomes can be found at There is also a Bailey video library at

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Notes to editors

The Caravan Club is Europe’s premier touring organisation representing over one million caravanners, motor caravanners and trailer tenters.  The Caravan Club has been providing people with the means to enjoy touring holidays since 1907 and offers a wealth of products, information and services, bespoke for caravanners.

Jo Middleton’s blog:

Bailey of Bristol and The Caravan Club would like to thank Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park for its help for Jo’s Motorhome Manoeuvring Course and photography:

The Caravan Club is Europe’s premier touring organisation and offers the largest privately owned network of quality sites in the UK, plus a comprehensive range of touring services, products and advice, including an Overseas Travel Service.

Bailey of Bristol is a family-owned and run company producing award-winning touring caravans and motorhomes at state-of-the-art facilities in Bristol. It celebrated its 65th anniversary last year, making it Britain’s longest-running leisure vehicle manufacturer.

More recently, Bailey brought its expertise to the motorhome market and was the first to successfully complete a series of crash tests on coachbuilt vehicles to help improve passenger safety.

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