How to hire a Motorhome

How to hire a motorhome – tips for newbies

If you’re not used to driving and staying in a motorhome, (How to hire a motorhome)  book a campsite close to the hire firm for the first night. That will give you the opportunity to find out how everything works, and make sure you’re happy with driving the motorhome before you head further afield.

How to hire a motorhome

How to hire a motorhome

It’s a sensible idea to book campsites all the way if you’re travelling during the high season – you don’t want to turn up at a site after driving a long way only to find that it’s completely full up.

Remember that wild camping – pitching overnight somewhere that’s not a designated campsite – is illegal in England and Wales. Even if wild camping is permitted where you’re planning to tour, you should always obey local laws and look for relevant signs.

As always, leave no trace of your stay and always use campsite facilities or a dedicated point to dispose of your chemical waste and grey water.

Finally, if something serious goes wrong with the motorhome, or you’re involved in an accident, contact the hire company immediately for advice.

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Returning your hired motorhome on time

Make sure that you have emptied the waste water and toilet tanks, or you could be charged extra. Check your contract for any other requirements on returning the motorhome. Don’t deliver it late, or you could be charged a hefty premium – check what time it’s due back, and what time the depot closes its doors.

Fly-drive RV holidays

Fly-drive motorhome holidays are extremely popular, particularly to far-flung destinations such as the US, Australia and New Zealand. You can rent a motorhome just about anywhere in the world.

Before selecting a company to rent from abroad, you should follow the same advice as if you were renting a ’van in the UK. Take extra care to look for negative reviews or bad press online, and perhaps consider posting on local motorhome internet forums to ask other people for advice.

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A good rental company should supply you with everything that you legally need to carry in the specific country. For example, in Continental Europe you’re advised to carry a warning triangle, high vis jackets for each passenger, two breathalyser kits and more.

The AA has general advice on driving abroad. Take a list of what’s required, and make sure that you’re fully equipped before you go.

If you’re flying to a long-haul destination, consider staying in a hotel for the first night or two, so that you’re rested when you pick up the ’van.

Check the driving licence requirements – do you need an international driving licence, or will your British one suffice? If you still have one of the old-style paper licences, you might want to exchange it for a new two part card licence before you go; some rental agencies abroad are reluctant to accept paper licences alone.

You can order an upgrade quickly online and the DVLA will now even use your passport photo to update your driving licence to save you having to have another photo taken and verified.

If you’d prefer to allow another company to take the strain for you, Camping & Caravanning Club members can take advice of the Club’s Carefree travel service; it allows you to take an escorted tour in a rental ’van to many exotic destinations. For more information, see Travel abroad with the Club.

Try before you buy

How to Hire a Motorhome

If you’re thinking of buying a motorhome for the first time, hiring a ’van for a few days or more beforehand is a great idea – it allows you to sample different layouts and sizes of vehicle without needing to commit yourself long-term. Plus,

if you borrow a motorhome in the winter you’ll be able to find out how the heating system measures up, and you’ll soon discover if any other niggles present themselves.

Some motorhome dealerships have their own rental fleet, while others work in conjunction with local rental firms. You might even find that the cost of the rental is discounted from any camper van or motorhome that you go on to purchase from them. Even if your local motorhome sales dealership doesn’t advertise that they offer such a service, it’s always worth asking – or consider finding another motorhome dealer that does.


How to hire a motorhome , Renting your own campervan out

Hiring out your own motorhome when you’re not using it can be a great way of making a little cash – but it’s not without its downsides.

Going through an agency is the easiest way to do so, but remember that it will take a cut of your profits. Also, your vehicle will be in most demand during the summer, which is when you’re likely to want to use it yourself – and you should expect that your ’van won’t be treated with the same amount of care as you would afford it.

Before committing to any rental company do your research thoroughly; if possible, get a word-of-mouth recommendation from someone who has already hired out their ’van.

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Exploring Scotland by motorhome


Here are few places as special as the mountains of Assynt and mid-Sutherland.  and few better ways of exploring them than in a motorhome.

North-west Scotland is one of the few true wildernesses in Britain, and by definition is not, therefore, the easiest place to find room and board.

With a motorhome, however.  you are perfectly placed to investigate every mountain.  loch and river in whatever weather Scotland has to throw at you.

Exploring Scotland by Motorhome

Overlooking Beach Scotland

Our hire vehiclesare built on a Fiat frame, and are the ideal motorhomefor  novices. The 2.2-litre diesel engine is not underpowered despite 128bhp on paper.  and will push along comfortably at 65-70mph on the motorway.

And when the motorhome reaches the Highlands it will happily cope with  the mountains roads and negotiating the narrower and windier roads into the West Highlands.

Exploring Scotland by motorhome

Views in Scotland

Forget the stereotype of motorhomes and caravans, parked cheek by jowl, recreating a comfortable suburbia wherever two or three meet.

The great joy of the modern motorhome is complete independence and, where it is allowed, the ability to park up any time and anywhere.

There is no need, either, to plug into camp site electrics, as the leisure battery charges as you drive – in fact, the greatest asset is that you don’t have to be connected to anything. But when the mood takes.

The Caravan Club has some spectacular sites in the north-west of Scotland, if only for what the Army used to call a “running replenish”: rubbish out and food in, without even turning the engine off.

Exploring Scotland by Motorhome

Exploring Scotland by Motorhome

Our Motorhomes can be parked up almost anywhere .. beaches, Mountains, basically anywhere that takes your fancy , Motorhoming is all about going where you want and when you want .. total freedom.

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Exploring Scotland by Motorhome

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Motorhomes in Scotland


Tour Scotland’s regions in a motorhome to retain the comforts of home as you travel.

You can either use your own vehicle or rental services are available at various locations.

Motorhomes are the ideal solution for a great holiday, offering the freedom to visit the country at your own pace and enjoy welcoming holiday parks.

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Parked for lunch

VisitScotland Holiday Parks Quality Assurance scheme now has a requirement that all parks accepting motorhomes which have more than 50 touring pitches provide a motor vehicle waste disposal point.

Take the hassle out of your trip and stay at one of these sites, safe in the knowledge that you are doing your bit for the environment at the same time.


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Head to the east coast for some fantastic smaller sites such as the Sauchope Links Caravan Park in Crail or the Deeside Holiday Park, which is just six miles from the granite city of Aberdeen.

Whether you are looking to walk the Fife Coastal Path, want to soak up the maritime heritage, or simply wish to enjoy city attractions which include the Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, there is plenty to choose from.

The Highlands is a great destination for outdoor activities with walking, cycling and fishing on offer and you can venture to touring parks which include Invernahavon Caravan Site at Newton-more.

Why not journey to the Isle of Skye to absorb the tranquility of island life during your break?

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A Beach in Scotland

You might find it hard to believe that you can enjoy a holiday park just four miles from Edinburgh Castle at Mortonhall Caravan and Camping Park.

A great base for exploring Scotland’s beautiful capital city with its stately architecture, old cobbled streets and the wonderful Georgian New Town.

Whether you want to enjoy Scotland’s scenic landscapes, prefer culture in the city or wish to mix and match, visiting with a motorhomes in Scotland couldn’t be simpler.

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Wild Camping Motorhome

Wild Camping Motorhome

Black waste. (pee and poo)

Black waste should be disposed of responsibly, it MUST end up in a sewer.  Some wildcampers find manhole covers and are quite happy to dump waste there.  This is irresponsible, only use manholes that you know for certain lead to a sewer.  Many manholes are not for sewers and contaminating them is unacceptable.

Wild Camping motorhme

wild camping motorhome

Some bury waste, and this may be the only option in a true wilderness, waste that has no added chemicals buried at least 18/24 inches deep will compost and harm no one.

Years ago persons could dig a latrine in a wooded training area, a large communal toilet this was then used by many men for days on end, once filled back in you would never know it was there, and on subsequent visits a year or so later a latrine could be dug in the same area and there would be no evidence of last years evacuations, just a lush compost.

However if you bury waste you must be sure that you are not contaminating a water course.

When some are away from a main sewer for a while there are those who resort to peeing outside and pooing into plastic bags,  stretching the bag over the rim of the loo, this bag will also hold the paper wipes then securely sealed it’s stored in an outside locker for later disposal.  Personally I am never that far away from a sewer and would rather not carry around man size equivalents of a Doggy Doo bag!

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Wild Camping Motorhome ..Emptying in Public Toilets. Whilst this is OK , but if you are emptying while someone is in the next cubicle then expect them to be horrified as they hear 3 gallons plop into the bowl.  When wild camping motorhome a lot we used to carry a old rucksack that would take a full cassette, this we could carry into public toilets and empty.  Splashes were sometimes inevitable so in one of the side pockets was small spray bottle of disinfectant and some loo roll to clean up.

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Wild Camping Motorhome & Saving on Electricity

In the summer for occasional wild camping you can get by for a few days on just a single battery and no hook up. Most regular wild campers will be well geared up to go for long periods without a hook up.They may have a combination of extra batteries, solar panels, and generators.

They will have procedures in place to keep their use of electricity to the bare minimum.  Aware that a motorhome without power is no better than a good quality tent!  If you wild camp a lot you can spend a lot of money on portable power, today’s technology is such that as long as you have money, you can stay off grid indefinitely

Wild Camping Motorhome and Alcohol

when wild camping you should consider that you might be asked at any time to “move on” by the landowner or even the police. for this reason, you should always be fit to drive when camping in a public place.


In the UK and some European countries there is a “drunk in Charge” law which means that you commit an offence just by being in charge of a vehicle when over the driving limit. If you were charged with this offence, then you would have to prove that your intentions were to sleep and not drive.

One would hope that a Police Officer would use common-sense when seeing you in your pyjamas and realise you have no intention of driving. However common-sense seems to be less common these days, so the advice has to be, do not drink too much and wild camp.

Motorhome wildcamping – the backlash

While there are those individuals that campaign tirelessly on our behalf; who write letter after letter to local authorities informing them of the benefits that a visitor in a motorhome can bring.  However there is no doubt that a few selfish motorhomers are shouting louder and ruining some locations for the majority.

These selfish few can often be seen parking in the same spot for days on end with rubbish bags stuffed under the motorhome, generators running and deck chairs out. This behaviour angers locals who wonder among other things where these long termers are dumping their more toxic waste!


Campers get reported for more spurious reasons that might include noise or ruining views.  The end result is almost always the same; a sign is erected stipulating “No Sleeping” or “No Overnight Camping”  It’s only a matter of time till almost every beauty spot has one of these signs

Wildcamping – Give it a go

Wild camping is fantastic. It can mean that yours are the only footsteps from a beach. Imagine how nice that cup of tea tastes when you are the only person seeing the early morning mist on a lake and the only sound is birdsong. It is not dangerous and with the application of the common sense tips above, wild camping motorhome  is no more dangerous than living in the country.

Wildcamping it’s what motorhomes are for. Please do give it a go, there is nothing quite like it.


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Motorhome Hire Tips


Motorhomes can be long and have a large rear overhang over the back axle, anticipate overtaking by manoeuvring much earlier than in a car, and use the mirrors to keep an eye on the rear of the vehicle.

Some motorhome hire companies have reversing aids such as cameras. However when reversing, always get the passenger to step out of the motorhome and watch the rear of the vehicle.


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Try to avoid tight country lanes, were passing is impossible.

There are height barriers in many car parks – supermarket car parks are a good option in towns for parking as there are not height barriers and there is plenty of space for a longer vehicle.

Be aware of the dimensions of the motorhomes for hire and make sure these are somewhere visible that the driver can see.

Using a navigation aid such as a Sat Nav is a great way to get from A to B. They do however have a tendency to cut corners and lead you down minor ‘B’ roads or routes with low bridges.

Use a conventional map for planning your route using motorways and ‘A’ roads, and then when you are close to your destination use your Sat Nav to guide you to the exact location. Most of tour operators provide them for hire.

Some motorhome hire companies fit  tow bars and these have a maximum weight limit for towing. If you are thinking of towing another vehicle it’s important to know the combined weight of the trailer and load.

Always check with the operator that this does not exceed the tow bars maximum capacity and note that the towed item will not be covered by the self hire drive insurance in the event of an accident.

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Electrical items are a necessary evil of modern life. Before setting off on your journey make sure all your electrical equipment is fully charged. Electrical equipment can be charged while on the move using the 12v cigarette lighter, however laptops, i pads etc need a 240v power supply to charge. Make sure when choosing a campsite a hook up is available as this will allow charging of this equipment.

All motorhomes have a fresh water tank, used for showering, washing up etc. Avoid overfilling the fresh water tank when starting your tour – the tank is extremely heavy when full and can have an impact on the MPG.

Local byelaws forbid overnight parking in many areas so campsites will be a necessity, although Scotland has different rules.

Plan your route in advance and pre book campsites during peak periods as many will be fully booked over the school holidays and Bank Holidays.

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Motorhomes For Sale Scotland

Your motorhome hire fee will include self hire drive insurance but you should consider taking out holiday insurance to cover those unexpected events.

Motorhoming is not only for the countryside, there are great campsites in the centre of London for example that provide a great low cost option for staying in the capital.

With children on board, break long journeys into segments. Plan stops that have some interesting places.

Switch the fridge to the leisure battery when travelling.

For safety, turn off the gas at the bottle when travelling.

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