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Buy Or Hire / Rent a Motorhome in Scotland

THE PROS AND CONS OF WHETHER TO HIRE OR BUY A MOTORHOME (TOURING IN SCOTLAND)

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Wild Camping Scotland

Whether you’re buying or hiring a motorhome, there are both advantages and disadvantages of each. Each interested consumer can choose which option is best for himself.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying

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On the Ferry to Harris Scotland

You may enjoy driving and owning a motorhome because you travel a lot and stay at many different hotels. When you own a motorhome, you have the freedom to put as much mileage on it as you desire without being penalized with extra mileage charges. You also have an asset that you can’t obtain when you hire. In good economic times, this asset can stay current with its financial value in terms of appreciation and inflation rates. When you own, you can also add whatever types of accessories you want to the motorhome because it’s all yours.

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Motorhome on the Beach Scotland

You can even change its colour by painting it if you wish, which you can’t do with a motorhome for hire. One big disadvantage is that it’s going to cost you much more money upfront to purchase the motorhome than it would to simply hire one. And then you will also probably have continuing monthly payments that you have to make on time or else the financial institution that made you the loan can repossess the motorhome, even if you own it. This can put much added stress and financial pressure on the owner of a motorhome and is definitely a disadvantage.

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Motorhome Beach on Lewis, Scotland

Advantages and Disadvantages of Hiring / Rent a Motorhome

When you hire / rent a Motorhome, you save much more money than if you owned a motorhome, because you’re charged based on both the type of motorhome and the distance you’ll be traveling in it. People who hire / rent a Motorhome usually are only driving to one specific location at a time, so they have far less money to put down in terms of securing the rights to actually use and drive the motorhome. But when you hire / rent a Motorhome, you can’t fix up the motorhome the way you want by adding any new accessories that are permanent because it doesn’t belong to you. It belongs to the motorhome / rental  company.

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Orkney Scotland

Another disadvantage of motorhome hire / rental is that you’re charged sometimes a daily rate instead of a mileage rate, and this can add up by being quite substantial depending on the specific hiring company and type of motorhome you choose. An advantage of hiring is that you’re not financially responsible for the maintenance and repair of the motorhome. The hire / rent company is. This can save you a lot of money if you do a lot of hiring over the course of several years. Owners of motorhomes have to pay for all the servicing costs that the mechanic charges in order to keep their motorhome in top running condition. But by hiring, you can almost always get a much wider selection of motorhomes to choose from to take your trips at prices far lower than if you bought and owned an upscale, high end model as well.

 

Packing For a Motorhome Hire / Rental Break In Scotland

THINGS YOU WILL NEED TO PACK ON YOUR MOTORHOME HIRE / RENTAL BREAK IN SCOTLAND

 

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Things to pack on your motor home hire / rental  break in Scotland

If your planning a motor home holiday in Scotland and it’s your first time, then handily we have a great list of items that every one taking a motor home hire holiday in Scotland should have packed. While most motor homes have everything you need to get to where your going in comfort its always good to have you own essential items and things you like to make your journey even more fun!

Just imagine you get to the very north of Sctland and realise you have completely forgotten to pack something, well that’s not going to happen this time, read on to find out the essential useful items to take on a motor hire home holiday.

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General items for a motor home hire / rental  holiday in Scotland

General items that you should take on a motor home holiday are often the easiest to forget! But with our great list of useful items to take with you on your motor home hire / rental break when travelling in Scotland, you don’t have to worry. Of course while we recommend many items on this list, you may not feel them necessary or even have a few items that you would take that we don’t have on our list.

  • Passport
  • Drivers license
  • Tickets
  • Money and currency
  • Bank cards
  • Debit cards
  • Credit cards
  • Travel insurance documents and information
  • Electrical adaptors
  • Mobile phone
  • Camera
  • Battery chargers
  • Alarm clock
  • Torch
  • Batteries
  • Plastic bags
  • Waterproofs
  • Sunblock
  • After sun
  • Medical history information if possible
  • List of emergency phone numbers
  • Addresses of friends, family or relatives
  • Sunglasses
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    River view Scotland

Toiletries for a motor home hire / rental  trip in Scotland

luckily with toiletries, if you do forget any, it’s always relatively easy to buy some new ones, but you can save a bit of money by buying all your items before as generally items will be more expensive on the road.

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap or liquid soap
  • Cosmetics
  • Shaving kit
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Moisuriser
  • Lip balm
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    Enjoying the View Scotland

Medical items for a motor home HIRE / RENTAL holiday

Medical items are one of the most important groups of items you should take on your motor home holiday. While it’s unlikely you will need medical supplies the ease of mind it provides knowing you have these items, makes then a great addition to your list.

  • Aspirin
  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Travel sickness medicine or tablets
  • Antihistamine
  • Tweezers
  • Medical prescriptions
  • Spare glasses and contact lenses
  • Scissors
  • Plasters or band aids
  • Bandages
  • First aid kit

Food and Provisions

One of the benefits of a motor home hire / rental holiday in Scotland is that you can cook as many of your own meals as you like! So we have just listed the basics here, but of course if your a bit of a culinary expert then don’t let us hold you back. Also Scotland has many fantastic restaurants serving the best seafood available as well as Scotlands famed Aberdeen Angus steaks.

  • Cooking oil
  • Milk
  • Long life milk
  • Sugar
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soups
  • Packet foods
  • Chocolate
  • Biscuits
  • Flour
  • Condiments

How to Budget a Motorhome Holiday

Budget

For most of us, one of the biggest factors when choosing a holiday is the budget. The motorhome itself, along with buying motorhome insurance, will have been quite an expense already. Therefore, it’s worth considering using a Motorhome hire / rental company also finding out the caravan’s park price tariff and if there are any discounts for longer stays. You may find some holiday parks offer discounts if you are over 60 or older and are generally cheaper during off peak seasons. The only main expense once you’re at the caravan park, would be food and drink, which can be relatively cheap – depending on how hungry you are! Remember in Scotland wild camping opportunities are ample for wild camping in the most remote places Scotland has to offer

Facilities and Entertainment

If you are a family with young children, you’ll probably be looking for a different style of holiday, compared to if you were travelling solo or as a couple. Some caravan parks will have swimming pools, a children’s play ground, family entertainment and also a kid’s club. Other holiday parks will have crazy golf, spas and a full leisure activity programme. Most will have something going on, so if you are looking for a more quiet and relaxing holiday, choose a rural holiday park that’s in the heart of the countryside. They are never too far away from the local village if you do fancy going down to the pub.

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Other facilities to consider that may be a laundrette, if you are planning to stay for a while or Wi-Fi facilities.
Once you have narrowed down potential holiday parks, look at reviews on the internet and ask other motorhome owners where they have stayed and where they would recommend, before choosing which caravan park would suit you the best.

Perhaps one of the greatest advantages of owning or using a motorhome hire / rental company a motorhome is the number of like minded people you meet and the camaraderie that is evident between the great majority of motor-homers.

Family Gatherings

Take this weekend for instance. A Christmas break in UK weather is not the ideal place to hold a “Jamboree” but the annual motorhome rally in Hamble near Southampton is fully booked, and for many is a New Year experience they look forward to year after year. It may not be a beach in the South of France but the pitches are taken up every year and although attendees can’t say they have spent Christmas with relations, they certainly can say they have spent it with family. The motorhome fraternity are close knit and welcome newcomers readily. Just glancing at internet forums will show just how tightly bonded the motor caravan community is. For the Hamble event, food and entertainment comes from those attending. Everyone brings a bite to eat that can be shared and the events such as line dancing and folk singing are all organised and executed by the attendees, no-one gets paid.

Listen and Learn

A “meet” such as the one at Hamble really will serve new motorhome enthusiasts well. They will save time and money just listening to experienced travellers talk to each other, and help and advice is always available. The seasoned travellers will spend hours at Hamble planning and exchanging routes for the coming year and tips on where to go and where to avoid will be plentiful. It’s the same with accessories and insurance, motor-homers are only too happy to share the secret of a good buy and will be delighted to tell fellow travellers how they saved a few quid on their motorhome insurance for instance.

Join the Club

The best way for newcomers to find their way into the fold is to join a club. The Caravan Club and the Camping and Caravan Club are well known throughout the UK, but there are dozens of motorhome hire / rental companies especially for touring Scotland, many aimed at owners of specific motorhome manufacturers, in every region of the country. Ask your motor caravan insurance provider to give you details of clubs in your area (they may offer a discount for club members) or simply carry out a quick internet search. You are guaranteed to find like minded people and in some cases it will result in friendships that last a lifetime.

Capital’s new Low Emissions Zone could force older Motor Homes off the roads

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

London’s Low Emissions Zone comes into force on the 3rd January, and owners of older motor homes will have to dig deep into their pockets or stay away from the streets of London. The changes apply to vehicles registered before October 2006.

Owners of motor homes that do not comply will have to fit filters costing as much as £3,500 as well as undergoing a £32 yearly inspection by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency. The Low Emission Zone will be enforced by Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras that will enable Transport for London to identify every vehicle entering London and, by a simple cross check they will see if a filter has been fitted. The purpose of the Low Emission Zone is to improve air quality in the capital. However, while it is supported by environmentalists, the draconian penalties have caused widespread concern among those affected.

A spokesman for the caravan club said: “We have lobbied long and hard to impress upon Transport for London and the Mayor’s Office that the inclusion of motor caravans in the LEZ is unfair, as affected vehicles are not significant contributors to air quality deterioration. Caravan Club members that are within the zone face costly options to replace or modify their vehicles, or pay for storage outside of the LEZ at significant cost and inconvenience.” This is, of course, a cost that will be lumped on top of the vital motor home insurancethat owners take out each year.

Motor home owners in London appear to have been most caught out by the new rules and mechanics say there is a backlog of motor home owners waiting to get their vehicle updated, and many won’t be able to comply with the new rules before they come into play. Owners have also complained that it has been very difficult to get information on what their vehicle requires to meet the new rules. Transport for London has said it will not penalise drivers of non compliant vehicles brought into the zone if they can prove that they had ordered the necessary filtering equipment before 3rd January.

Staycations are on the Rise!

For those of us who own a motorhome, we already know the beauty of a staycation in the UK, where you can enjoy beautiful countryside, glorious beaches and stunning monuments without having to shell out a fortune for flights or endure the torture of the busy airport.

But it now seems that more and more people are discovering the low cost, stress free alternative to going abroad and planning to Hire / Rent motorhomes for touring around the UK and Scotland in 2012, and as motorhome enthusiasts we say good on them!
According to recent research, a massive 91% of British people are planning to take a holiday in the UK during 2012, which is a 23% increase on the last 12 months and means a lot more people travelling up and down the country in hire / rental motorhomes, caravans and campers.

Staycations can be a lot of fun for the whole family, save you a bit of money and can be a lot less stressful than going abroad, but there are still a few things you should take into consideration if you are planning a holiday in the UK.

Location

Obviously the first thing to consider is where you are going to spend your stay, as you need to find somewhere that’s practical yet fun for the whole family. Scotland particularly the West coast has become one of the most popular UK destinations in recent years, and does not get busy or congested during peak periods, wild camping spots in your hire / rental motorhome are ample in this area.

However, The UK does have a number of other beautiful national parks, such as Dartmoor, Snowdonia and the Yorkshire Dales, Cairngorms in Scotland all of which have an abundance of scenic natural attractions, quaint towns and fun days out. If the countryside isn’t for you, why not try one of the beautiful coastal towns in Devon, Cornwall or Dorset and Oban , Fortwilliam in Scotland where many people are finding they can enjoy warm weather and sandy beaches without travelling abroad.

Travel

One of the main reasons people are choosing to stay in the UK for their holiday is to avoid the cost and annoyance of travelling abroad, but that doesn’t mean travelling in the UK is always a breeze, what with the risk of traffic jams and the cost of petrol.

If you are driving a long distance across the UK you will want to make sure that your car, motorhome or camper etc is in good working order and can handle the drive, hire / rental hire Motorhomes come well prepared It is also worth considering setting off and returning on weekdays to avoid the hectic weekend traffic, However no such worries in Scotland.

Insurance

As you are not going abroad you may think there is no need to check your insurance policies, but if you are taking the whole family away and travelling in a motorhome, caravan or camper, it is crucial to check that you are covered by your Motorhome Insurance policy.

No one likes to think about holidays going wrong, but it is a risk we all face and with insurance, it is always better to be safe than sorry. It may seem like common sense, but follow these simple tips and you can be sure of a fantastic staycation in your hire / rental motorhome that is a lot less stressful and costly that going abroad but still fun for you and your family.

 

 

Hire a Motorhome to really explore Scotland

Are you looking to really explore Scotland in comfort, in your own time ?

In our self-contained  hire / rental motorhomes you can travel in total freedom, accommodating comfortably 2 to 7 people.

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– More flexibility!
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– More time to enjoy your vacation!

Scottish Tourer is the motorhome specialist in Scotland, We have over 25 years experience. Contact us now for a quote.

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Enjoying the sunset over Isle of Skye

A motorhome is the ideal family vehicle : the driver’s compartment is connected to the cabin so that, even on the road, your whole family is together.
Your children have the space and comfort
they need whilst travelling.

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Enjoy the View


It’s the best way to take in the sights
: our hire / rental motorhomes have large panoramic windows perfect for viewing the wide open spaces.

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Fully-equipped with a toilet, hot shower, air-conditioning, water tank plus a small kitchen including fridge, stove and oven, our motorhomes give you complete freedom and flexibility.

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On the Beach

Linen, crockery and kitchen utensils are offered to you at each pick-up location. There is ample storage space so no more packing and un-packing your suitcases, which means you spend the maximum amount of time enjoying your holidays.

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Parked up for the Evening

Our motorhomes are equipped with a powerful engine and power steering, to ensure your driving pleasure and security. All our hire / rental motorhomes can be driven with a normal tourist driving licence.
Our staff and driving manuals are at your disposition to help familiarize you with your motorhome and equipment.

With Scottish Tourer, the wide open roads are all yours.

Motorhome Hire Holiday in Scotland

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Wild Camping Scotland

One of the best things about a Motorhome Hire holiday in Scotland is its affordability. In these budget conscious times of recession, people are demanding better value from their vacations. When you go with a Motorhome Hire / Rental Company in Scotland, you are combining all of your major holiday overhead expenses into one easy to manage package.

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Beach Camping Scotland

Instead of separately paying for hotel rooms at different hotels along your journey and renting a car, Motorhome Hire consolidates these charges into one far smaller payment. On top of that, many Motorhome Hire campervans have full cooking facilities inbuilt, allowing you to control your expenditures by preparing food yourself rather than go to expensive restaurants for every meal.

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On the Ferry Scotland

 

Getting great value out of a holiday by Motorhome Hire companies in Scxotland, however, does not mean that you will have to compromise on quality. Far from it! Depending of the sort of vacationer you are, you can make a Motorhome Hire / Rental holiday into any type of holiday you like. If you are the social, outgoing sort, why not try a public campsite or two along your route: many of them offer social events in which you can mingle and swap stories with other members of the campervan community (always a welcoming bunch). On the other hand, if you are looking to just get away from it all, Motorhome Hire / Rental lets you strike out on your own, making your own way and providing for all your needs yourself.

 

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Room with a view in Your Hire Motorhome

Even if you are not planning a holiday at the moment, Motorhome Hire / Rental in Scotland can be a practical logistical solution to transport and lodging issues. For example, your son or daughter’s football team has an away game far away from home. Why not turn the transport and lodging problem into an opportunity? Hire a campervan and you can accompany them and turn what would be a logistics hassle into a mini-break.

 

Motorhome Hire in Scotland appeals to both the veteran campervan holidaymaker and the novice. For the veteran, if you are thinking of buying a new campervan, why not hire one in its model type to try it out for a few days? For the novice, Motorhome Hire/ Rental could not be an easier way to start a vacation, getting all the organisation out of the way in one go, leaving you to focus on planning the real, fun parts of your holiday. Motorhome Hire/ Rental is affordable and easy, and can be booked with just a few clicks of a mouse or a few minutes on the phone; give it a try today.

Contact Scottish Tourer Motorhome Hire , www.scottishtourer.co.uk

Phone 01738580755

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