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Motorhome Rental / Hire Scotland is all the Rage

Motorhome Rental / Hire Scotland is all the Rage

It’s official: Motorhome and Campervan  Hire / Rental in Scotland is hip. Everyone from Jamie Oliver to Kate Moss has hopped onto the caravan of love.

Motorhome Rental / Hire is Hip in Scotland

There was a point when motorhome and Campervan hire / rental in Scotland was Motorhome Hire Scotlandconsidered to be rather unfashionable – something your parents did in the 1970s. But in the past few years, we have witnessed a motorhome campervan and caravan revolution in Scotland.

Retro Charms

Style magazine have long been revelling in the retro charms of motorhomes and caravans, and although not everyone can afford their own luxury motorhome, motorhome And Campervan hire/ rental is becoming more and more popular.

Holiday Home

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Taking your home on holiday with you round Scotland has a lot of appeal – and it isn’t just the silver pound that’s boosting motorhome hire / rental trade in Scotland.

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More members have joined the Caravan Club than in its 100 year history with a record breaking 7,210 people per month signing up last year. Tourism experts put this down to a number of reasons, including:

• The security crisis at UK airport since September 11
• The raising temperatures and heat waves in the UK make it more desirable for a domestic holiday in summer months.
• The influence of high profile people who have taken up motorhome rental / hire and caravanning including Mark Owen of Take That and Lorraine Kelly.

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Kate Moss and Jamie Oliver

OliverAnd although there is no doubt that the retirees love motorhome Rental/ hire and caravanning for the freedom and adventure, a new generation of enthusiasts like Kate Moss, Sean Penn and Jamie Oliver have helped give the hobby an overhaul in the image department.

Celebrities like Lenny Kravitz and Nicole Ritchie opt for revamped luxury motorhomes that can cost up to £500,000. But for the rest of us, motorhome rental / hire in Scotland is an attractive alternative if you are on a more frugal budget.

Surfer dudes too

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The young surfers and travellers enjoy the flexibility and freedom of motorhome Rental / hire, as well as families and retirees. Pop star Jay Kay bought a Knaus C Liner – an ultra hip motorhome that has helped change the perception of motorhomes to a brand new audience.

Freedom of Motorhome Hire

Unlike other holidays, people are beginning to realise that you have complete freedom if you buy or hire a motorhome – without worrying about luggage or security. And now motorhomes are becoming more and more stylishly designed – some even have power showers and satellite navigation systems. Forget carry on camping – Motorhome Rental / hire is officially hip.

Scottish Tourer Motorhome Hire have camper van and motorhome rental / hire packages to suit your specification and needs

Driving a Hire Motorhome in Scotland

Driving a Hire Motorhome in Scotland

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Hire / Rental Motorhomes can be quite large and you may find the thought of driving one around the roads in Scotland a little daunting. In reality, it is not as difficult as you might think.

Motorhomes are essentially large vans and should be driven as such. The main thing is to remember that “slow and steady wins the race”.

Here are a few tips to get you started safely and comfortably:

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1. Size Matters

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Know the height, width and length of your motorhome the hire company should have this displayed in the cab. I would suggest having at least the height and width written down inside the cab somewhere (in metric and imperial) in case you come up against any unexpected road width or bridge height restrictions.

2. Mirrors

Before you start driving, make sure your wing mirrors are correctly adjusted and use them frequently. Not having a central rear view mirror can be a shock but you soon get used to it some hire companies in Scotland fit a rear view camera – modern van mirrors provide excellent visibility.

Note: Although many vans have blind-spot mirrors, not all do. Make sure you understand what you can (and can’t) see in your mirrors; you may have a blind spot just behind the cab door on each side of the van.

3. Plan Ahead and Look Up!

When driving, don’t try and rush. Take it easy and look well ahead. Remember to be aware of overhanging trees, cliffs and other height restrictions especially the road in the west coast of Scotland this where most of our Hire motorhomes are damaged, and take care to position yourself centrally within your lane when driving.

The speed limits for motorhomes in the UK are the same as for cars for motorhomes with an unladen weight of no more than 3,050kg.

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4. Cornering Technique

Cornering in a motorhome (especially a larger, coachbuilt or A-class motorhome requires a little more care than in a car:

  • Slow down well in advance of corners and be brake more gently than you might do in a car.
  • Aim to finish braking before you enter the corner and use the accelerator to maintain a constant speed through the turn.
  • This will ensure that your motorhome is balanced and settled as you drive through the corner, improving comfort and tyre grip.
  • Taking this approach will also make it easier to stop or make last minute adjustments to your road position if something unexpected happens.

5. Reversing a Motorhome

When reversing, proceed very slowly, especially if you are doing it blind (without a reversing camera or a second person to see you back).

Although your wing mirrors will give you good visibility, always remember the blind spot behind the back of your vehicle. If in doubt, get out and look.

Reversing cameras can be a great help and safety aid, especially if you drive on your own a lot.

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Motorhome Hire – Age, Mileage & Driving

Motorhome Hire – Age, Mileage & Driving Licence Guidelines

While the exact terms and conditions of rental may vary between different vehicles and rental offices, the following information applies in most cases.

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Age:Usually 23-70

Mileage Restrictions: Check with your Scotland Hire /Rental company some operation unlimited mileage others don’t.

Overseas Use: Most Scotland motorhome hire rental companies allow their vehicles to be taken into mainland Europe. This normally requires prior arrangement, may require an additional deposit or daily fee and is almost always restricted to Western Europe.

Your Motorhome hire / rental company may also assist with any ferry bookings required.

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Driving Licence requirements: Most hire / Rental motorhomes have a maximum gross weight of 3.5 tonnes or less. All such motorhomes can be driven with a standard UK car (category B) licence – or its international equivalent (drivers from outside the EU will require an International Driving Licence).

A few of the largest European motorhomes have a maximum permitted weight of between 3.5t and 7.5t – these require a UK category C1 driving licence. UK drivers who passed their test before 01/01/1997 will automatically have this entitlement; drivers who passed their car test after 01/01/1997 do not have C1 entitlement and must take a separate test to drive vehicles in this category. Very few rental / hire motorhomes fall into this category and those that do are clearly indicated in hire quotations.

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For official information contact the DVLA regarding driving motorhomes in Scotland and UK & UK driving licences,

Other Information: As with most hire vehicles, the hire / Rental motorhome available are provided fully-serviced, with full fuel tanks, empty waste tanks and clean and functional appliances.

hirers are normally expected to return motorhomes in a similar condition and any failure to do this may incur penalty charges. For exact details of what is required, click on the “Terms” link in each quotation.

 

Wild Camping Tips

Wild Camping Tips – Ideas and Advice for Motorhome Camping

Tips for Wild Camping

Wild camping in a beautiful, peaceful spot can be one of the most rewarding aspects of motorhome travel especially in Scotland.

The view from a Motorhome wild camping spot up the west coast of Scotland…

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It can also be illegal, dangerous and anti-social – it all depends on whether you apply a bit of respect, courtesy and common sense to your parking decisions.

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Scottish Tourers Motorhome  Top 10 Wild Camping Tips

  1. Don’t park your motorhome if there is a sign prohibiting it, unless in Scotland and parking up late at night – breaking the rules just causes them to become more severely applied. Only park in places with no apparent restriction and if an overnight parking fee applies, then pay it.
  2. Leave no trace of your presence – consider even picking up some litter and binning it if there is a rubbish bin nearby. Don’t dump waste water unless there is a proper drain for it and never dump toilet waste. Don’t wild camp if you don’t have a toilet in your van. The only thing to leave is your footprints
  3. Keep everything inside your vehicle – remember, you are parking, not camping. The same restrictions apply at many European motorhome parking aires – no awnings, picnic tables, chairs, etc.
  4. Park so that you can drive out easily in the dark if necessary. Try and avoid using levelling wedges if possible – if you do, make sure you can drive off them easily in an emergency and be prepared to leave them behind.
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  6. Don’t stop anywhere that doesn’t feel right – most of the time, you will have no trouble, but we all know that there are places that are not safe overnight. Use your instinct and look for evidence of unsavoury night-time activities – broken glass, excessive litter, vandalism, fly tipping, etc…In Scotland particularly up the west coast you can park your motorhome in absolute safety
  7. Make sure you are not in anyone’s way – that includes farm tracks, driveways and blocking lorries in lay-bys. Get well off the road and out of the way of passing traffic.
  8. Stay sober – at least one person should not drink and be able to drive at anytime, if necessary. This is a good idea for practical and legal reasons – assuming you are on public land.
  9. Find your parking place in daylight – take it from me, finding a place in the dark and making sure it is suitable is not easy. Don’t be too stubborn – use a campsite if you cannot find anywhere sensible and legal. In Scotland there will be a campsite within 20 – 30 miles radius no matter where you are.
  10. Make sure you won’t get stuck if it rains overnight – check for firm ground.
  11. Don’t park up right by a campsite – they will see you as taking their business and may choose to complain about you. How would you feel if you ran a greengrocer’s shop and a van parked up outside your shop selling cut price fruit and veg?

Motorhome Breakdown Cover in Scotland

Motorhome owners Breakdown Cover

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because motorhomes can come in such a wide range of sizes and weights.

The word motorhome could be used to describe an 5 tonne, 8 metre, 3-axle coachbuilt that’s 2.3m wide – or it could describe a 2.8t, 5m long panel van conversion that’s under 2m wide. The latter could be towed or recovered by most car recovery vehicles – the former most definitely could not

The reality is that many car-focused services will also cover most standard panel vans up to 3,500kg. My AA UK cover, for example, covers cars, vans, minibuses and motorhome, as long as they are:

  • Under 2.3m in width
  • Under 3,500kg in weight
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The AA doesn’t seem to specify a maximum length or height – but the width specification pretty much rules out coachbuilt motorhomes meaning that standard panel vans are the largest vehicles that can be covered. In turn, this effectively means a maximum length of about 7m, which the AA can presumably handle comfortably. The RAC, on the other hand, have a length limit of 5.5m while Green Flag specify 7m and a slightly lower width of 2.25m.

You get the idea – car breakdown services aren’t suitable for coachbuilt  motorhomes but many panel van conversions can be covered, especially by the AA and Green Flag who are active in Scotland should you breakdown.

So Who Can Help?

Anyone who drives around Scotland  will have noticed that coachbuilt motorhomes far outnumber panel van conversions. Clearly, some of them breakdown, and equally obviously, they will have breakdown cover. Many of these are motorhome hire company vehicles.

One of the most common solutions seems to be for UK and European breakdown cover to be included with motorhome hire insurace policies. Large motorhome insurers such as Saga (over 50s), Comfort and Safeguard all offer this service (I believe) and in most cases there are no concerns about size and weight restrictions; although these do still exist*, they are high enough to include most coachbuilt motorhomes. Most of these policies also require that the vehicle was professionally converted and registered as a motorhome from new.

In extreme cases – such as with American RVs or self-converted lorries that have been turned into motorhomes – it may be necessary to get either HGV or Coach-type recovery. Again, this might be available with insurance, but it might not, especially for DIY conversions.

Breakdown Cover For DIY Motorhome Conversions

WeMotorhome Hire Scotland drive a hire Scotland  motorhome, but it’s a panel van conversion and is small enough to be covered by the  waranty standard  and motorhome services. (Incidentally, I have used the European service and recommend it. Excellent, from start to finish).

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To be honest, I’m not sure what the best breakdown cover solution would be for very large or heavy DIY motorhome conversions. I’d probably try getting van or truck cover – but I suspect it could be expensive. A ‘recovery only’ option would probably be cheapest – anyone out there who has done this and has some concrete information?

*All the information in this article is based on my non-exhaustive research and may not always be accurate or current. Please make sure that any breakdown cover you are purchasing will actually cover your motorhome – length, height, width and total weight are all factors that can affect cover. If you have a DIY conversion, make sure that your cover will include this, too – some policies insist that the vehicle was first registered as a motorhome and is a recognised professional conversion.

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