Choosing a Motorhome Rental in Scotland company … advice and Tips
Choosing the wrong Motorhome layout can ruin your Motorhome Rental Holiday in Scotland – So think carefully about sleeping arrangements, storage and facilities.
Motorhome Hire Driving License
Check your driver’s license before hiring a motorhome, as some motorhomes require a C1 category on your license.When hiring a motorhome, check the minimum and maximum ages for hirers – commonly 25-75.Make sure you declare any endorsements, accidents or disabilities as all these will affect the self drive hire insurance premium you pay.
Planning your route can have a impact on motorhome hire choice. For instance, if you are planning to tour around the North of Scotland with tight single track roads, then maybe a 8m American RV motorhome would be inadvisable.
Suitable Layout for your Party
If travelling with children, think about the sleeping arrangements, to allow adults to sit up later in the evening. For example, rear bunk beds are usually curtained or divided off, and leave the forward dining / sitting area for adults in the evening. Alternatively, children can be in the over cab bed (which always has a safety netting) and adults in the rear lounge area if this is the layout you have.
If you plan to take your bikes make sure their is a bike rack fitted. However if your bikes are high value, then make sure you have a suitable padlock and chain with you maybe choosing a motorhome Rental in Scotland, with a large garage were the bikes can be stowed would be advisable.
What motorhome will best suit your traveling needs? Do you expect to need a good amount of internal space if traveling during bad weather / dark evenings, or will you be somewhere hot where you can be outside much of the time?
If you intend using the hire motorhome for a hobby, think about where all the equipment will need to be stored – motorhomes with an integral garage are great for storing things like surfboards or an inflatable dingy.Most motorhome Rental in Scotland companies, will not have or will allow you to use ,a roof rack or roof bars – don’t work on the assumption that that’s where your kayak or other large equipment can go.
Do you mind making a bed up every night? Lots of motorhome rental in scotland have permanent fixed beds to cater for a family with fixed bed above the luton cab, rear fixed bunk beds and central dinette converting to a double bed; a couple may opt for a low profile with a rear fixed bed; and a party of two couples would be best served with a motorhome with two fixed double beds.When travelling with a baby, think about where the baby will sleep as there is rarely space for a travel cot. A smaller pop up travel cot might fit onto the top of a bed but you will want to make sure there is a safety feature to stop it falling off. Alternatively the baby should sleep with an adult in a low bed, or in the over cab bed with the safety netting in place.
Motorhome Size for your Party
Don’t ‘overfill’ the motorhome with people. Take a look at the motorhome length and internal layout and think what it will be like if everyone has to be inside to eat or during bad weather. We would suggest that some motorhomes than can sleep six are not ideally suited for six people on holiday, in Scotland as there is simply not enough storage or circulation space.
If you are travelling somewhere hot look for a motorhome rental in Scotland company, with an awning. The awning is essentially a sun shade which is pulled out along the side of the motorhome. Not only does it give you somewhere to sit out of the sun, it also helps keep the sun off the motorhome and somewhat cooler than it might otherwise be.
Wearing a seat belt in Scotland , and Europe is a legal requirement. Make sure the motorhome or campervan you choose has the correct amount of seat belts for the number of travelers in your party.
Modern pop up tents are quick to erect ,and are excellent fun (kids love the independence) and will provide extra sleeping area especially around Scotland’s Coasts. The great thing about taking a tent is that the campers still have use of all the facilities of the motorhome or campervan rental.
Don’t allaways let the age of the motorhome or campervan put you off. For example, a 4 year old motorhome, manufactured by Burstner, Knaus, Hymer, Bessacarr etc. are high quality motorhomes that are built to last. In some cases these can be far superior to the modern budget equivalent. However we don’t advise hiring a Motorhome ,over two years old as these will have been well used and could be a bit threadbare , Thats why we at Scottish Tourer , Scotlands premier Motorhome Rental Company we only keep our Motorhomes for 6 Months.
Use a Motorhome Hire Company Try before you Buy,
Hiring a motorhome is a the best way to ‘try before you buy’ option – these are expensive Vehicles and you want to be sure you have picked the right motorhome that best suits you and your needs however buy a motorhome will always be a compromise ,when it comes to choosing the right layout.
Think ‘outside the box’. Yes, motorhomes are great for touring holidays especially around Scotland , but they also offer many other options. They are particularly popular for festivals. They can also be used for business purposes, such as trade shows. And they also offer the option for additional accommodation,when you have more guests than spare beds in your House – park the motorhome on your drive for self contained guest accommodation.