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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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How to hire a motorhome

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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How to hire a motorhome

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

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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Motorhome Hire Tips

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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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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Isle of Islay by Motorhome

Isle of Islay by Motorhome

General Information and Guidelines

Wild Camping:

If you are out an about on Islay and like to camp in the wild keep in mind the following:

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Parking on the beach

Isle of Islay by Motorhome

Under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, wild camping is permitted provided it is short term (ie 2-3 nights) and only involves few people. Please also bear in mind the following advice when camping in the wild: Be considerate and remember people have to make a living from the land. Stay away from houses and farms, unless you have asked for permission first, and don’t camp on agricultural fields. Although lighting an open fire is not illegal, it’s better to avoid open fires all together due to a high fire risk on peaty soils. Don’t ever disturb wildlife, better find an alternative location. Always bag up your rubbish and take it with you when you leave.

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Isle of Islay by Motorhome

Midges:

Unfortunately Midges found the Isle of Islay as well. Although the numbers are nothing compared to some other parts of Scotland they can still be a pest when the conditions are right.

Midges are active from May to September and the females have a nasty habit of stinging. More information and some good tips on how to avoid them can be found on the Islay Weblog: Midges on Islay – Tips and Information

Isle of Islay by Motorhome…Parking your motorhome:

The Road Traffic Act 1988 makes it an offence to drive a motor vehicle onto private land without lawful authority. No offence is committed, however, where a person drives within 15 yards of a public road for the purpose of parking. However, this does not imply that a person has a right to do so.

Pitching up at the side of a public road is not considered wild camping, however remote the route. Better to use an official campsite with sanitation facilities if there is one available in the area. If you have to camp by the road, avoid overused sites, take particular care with toilet hygiene, pitch late and leave early.

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Isle of Islay by Motorhome

There are two official campsites on the Isle of Islay, the details of which can be found below. An unofficial but very lovely place to park a motorhome is at the head of Loch Indaal on the north side between Bridgend and Bruichladdich. Remember that there are no facilities here.

Be considerate:

Whatever you do, camping wild or parking your motorhome on the side of the road, always use your common sense and respect the flora and fauna of Islay and its landowners who have to make a living from the land. Keep in mind the following slogan and you’re allright:

Take Nothing but Pictures – Leave Nothing but Footprints – Kill Nothing but Time

Further relevant sources of information:

Islay Community Access Group

Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Campsites on Islay

Name: Kintra Farm

Location: Kintra – 3 miles from Port Ellen

Details: Camping and Caravanning pitches are available from April to September among the shelter of the dunes beside the sea and surf. Terrain is grassy, sandy, free draining and entirely natural. You’re pretty much free to pitch where you like.

Facilities: Three water stand pipes, a converted farm steading to house toilets, wash-hand basins and showers with hot and cold water, and a unisex disabled toilet. No electrical hook-up points available.

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Motorhome Routes Scotland

MOTORHOME ROUTES SCOTLAND

Day 1 – , Motorhome Routes Scotland, Perth to Arisaig (4 hours – 160 miles)

Leave Perth up the A9.  turn off at Dawhinnie head for Fort William  stop here for some shopping. Got to  Arisaig and check into Sunnysite campsite. http://www.sunnysidecroft.co.uk Very nice campsite with excellent facilities. And fantastic views , Around £18-£20 per night for 2 people with electrical hookup.  Day 2 – Arisaig – Skye (60 miles) Short drive to Mallaig for the first ferry over to Armadale on Skye. Travel up the west cost and back down the East , Excellent local butcher! Stay at the Kinloch campsite . http://www.kinloch-campsite.co.uk/   which  is really good for around £20 including electricity hookup. Walk for 5-10 minutes up to the main road and go for dinner at The Old Schoolhouse , www.oldschoolrestaurant.co.uk,  This restaurant is highly recommended to Then drive over the Skye bridge to take some pictures of our favourite castle Eilean Donan at Kyle of Lochalsh)

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Motorhome Routes Scotland .. On the Ferry

Day 3 – Skye , Motorhome Routes Scotland, – Harris (30 miles)

45 minute drive up to Uig to catch the next ferry over to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. First place to visit was Hushinish beach on the west coast. It was a single track road which will take around 40 minutes to get there, You will pass through the Amhuinnsuidhe estate. This seems like you are about to drive through someone’s back garden but it is the main road. Leaving Huishinish we headed back towards Tarbert and to the campsite, Lickisto Blackhouse Camping. This campsite has an original blackhouse which has a communal area with fire and lounge area. http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/reviews.asp?revid=9085

Motorhome Routes Scotland

Motorhome Routes Scotland

 Day 4 – Isle of Harris exploring

From Lickisto head north towards the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village and then onto the standing stones at Callanish (all on the A858). Callanish has a nice visitor centre where where you can have a lovely lunch. Next stop the Harris Tweed shop in Tarbert  before heading south to the beautiful bay on the road to Luskentyre. This is a massive sandy bay which is a nice stop on a sunny day From Luskentyre Then head to Leverburgh.

 Day 5 – North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist (around 60 miles)

Once over on North Uist  head for MacLeans Bakery and Butcher  at Uachdar to pick up some extra supplies. for lunch follow signs for the Hebridean Jewellery Café at Iochdar.  http://www.hebrideanjewellery.co.uk   The café is lovely as is the shop!   T

 Day 6 – Eriskay to Barra , At the ferry “terminal” there is a drain to empty the waste water and also a hose to fill up with fresh water. Once on Barra  head to Vatersay. We had a play on the beach before lunch in the motorhome. From here we headed out towards Barra airport and watched the planes landing and taking off from the beach (check with flybe for flight times!). As it was still the afternoon we went back to Castlebay and took Aaron for a swim at the local swimming pool. We went for dinner at the Craigard hotel which was unfortunately pretty poor considering the price (£17 for frozen scampi and chips!!!). We just parked up in the ferry queue for the night as we were leaving on the 7am ferry.

Day 7 – Barra ferry to Oban the drive to Killin (55 miles, 1 hour 20) After the 7 hour ferry crossing to Oban we slowly made our way to our last campsite at Killin. We stayed at the Maragowan campsite, slightly more expensive as we are not members with the Caravan Club. We walked along the main road of Killin and ended up at the Old Smiddy. This is an excellent restaurant (although very busy) which also does takeaway. Day 8 – Killin to Perth(50 miles, 1 hour 20) via  Motorhome Routes Scotland

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