A video about RV’ers in the USA

I sometimes just post a link to a video without much copy added as the video itself tells the whole story.  This couple travel the USA and vlog their travels.  This video shows the Class B Motorhome that they live on while free camping or boon-docking around North America.

This is a good insight into how things look in the camper.  If you are new to Rv-ing or are considering a rental then this video shows you how comfortable these small homes on wheels are.  This vehicle is about the smallest camper with bathroom that we rent out in the USA and Canada.  Our rental vehicles are not quite as fully equipped as this custom made model but it does show all the main essentials that all vehicles have.

Video on an RV Demonstration.

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Top Tips on Spain Campervan and Motorhome for first timers.

Follow the Castle Trail in Spain.

Follow the Castle Trail in Spain.

Is this the first time you have wanted to rent a campervan or motorhome in Spain? Perhaps you want to take the kids on holiday to Spain and just want the freedom to choose what you do each day and where to stay.

Everybody can get involved.  The children can help you plan and you can change plans depending on the weather, the mood or you may have discovered a better option. Your friend can map read or your partner can look for good overnight stays.

If you are looking for early discounts then check out the deals pages.Discounts and Offers on Spain Campervan Hire.

Top Tip:

There is a wide range of campervans and motorhomes for rent in Spain.  However, unlike car hire, there is not the same selection of vehicles from every depot.

In Barcelona for example, there is a range of sleeper cars.  This one sleeps 4 people but is not available in Madrid but is available from Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Santander, Malaga, Alicante, Seville.  This is a cheap option for 2 to 4 people.

4-berth camper hire Barcelona.

4-berth camper hire Barcelona.

Barcelona has many other choices of campervans and motorhomes too.

Top tip:

The smaller, older vehicles are cheaper than newer and/or larger motorhomes. But, balance that with how many people are travelling together.  Renting a 6 berth and sharing the cost between 6 people may work out cheaper than getting three 2 berth campers.  Our handy booking engine will let you compare prices.

Top tip:

Book early.  This is so important for three reasons:

Firstly, there is a limited supply of campervans and motorhomes in Spain.  They are not as plentiful as cars and they get booked up early especially in the high season which is July and August.  There is such a demand that some companies will limit hires to a 14 day minimum hire and only from Madrid to Madrid.

Secondly, if you know the layout of the campervan or motorhome then booking early will ensure that you get this vehicle.  All of the day and night-time layouts are illustrated on our website.  So, if you need bunk beds, or a fixed double bed or you want a motorhome with shower and toilet, then book it now!

Thirdly, many campervan companies in Spain structure their rates using the “flex” system which means that daily hire rates change depending on availability. So, the few vehicles available then the more expensive the rates.

You have to make a few decisions before renting a motorhome or campervan in Spain:

  1. How many people will be sleeping in the campervan?
  2. The bed layout?

If there are six of you then the 6-berth campervans or motorhomes are your only option. You will need 6 seat belts – one for each passenger.  You won’t be able to leave the depot if there are more people than seatbelts in the vehicle that you have booked.

How closely do you want to sleep to each other? If there are kids in the party then they can top and tail in a double bed or choose a camper with bunk beds.  There is a variety of sizes.  The kids like to sleep in the double cab above the cab as it is a ladder climb to get up to it.

6-berth-night-time-layout-Spain

6 berth night-time layout Spain.

This diagram shows the bed layout in this 6-berth campervan available in Spain. You can also see that there is a kitchen and a shower with toilet and basin.  A full list of the on-board facilities is available for all vehicles listed on our website.

The night time layout is important to get right for a happy and enjoyable motorhome holiday!

Top Tip:

Couples often rent a 4 berth with a fixed bed.  This gives you more room and the bed doesn’t have to be made up daily.

4-berth-fixed-bed-Spain

4-berth-fixed-bed-Spain.

The full range of vehicles is listed depending on where you choose to collect your campervan or motorhome from.  Just be aware that the range varies from depot to depot.


Depot List:

Barcelona:  A good place to start if you are looking for a wide range of campers that includes budget sleeper cars and low top vehicles.  A very popular depot as Barcelona has a popular airport too with visitors arriving into Spain from all over the world.

Alicante:  Well serviced by an airport that makes it easy to access the Costa Blanca famous for its history and beaches. A good choice of vehicles including the VW California pop top and the very popular Euromotorhome, Autocaravan and Envirocampervan fleets.  A good place to start as there are often cheap flights to Alicante.

Almeria: Perfect place to start a coastal drive.  A great choice for a one-way hire to Alicante or a round trip Alicante to Alicante or Almeria to Almeria.

Almeria to Alicante Spain.

Almeria to Alicante Spain driving route.

This can be extended to Valencia.

Barcelona:

One of the most popular collection points in Spain.  An international airport, a diverse range of vehicles and a great starting point for a coastal or inland road trip of Spain.  Luxury motorhomes from McRent, Autocaravanexpress and Euromotorhomes as well as budget campers from Indie and Touring.

What does “Seniors & Just Married Rates” mean?

If you are a senior citizen and have retired or you are on your honeymoon then Spain offers discounts on campervan hire.   Conditions apply:

“This special is only available for Pensioners & Just Married People. Marriage certification should be provided when you pick up the vehicle. Pensioner normally is minimum of 65 years old. This special is not available for one pensioner travelling with the others passengers without pensioner condition. It is only available for the pensioner travelling with his wife and/or children less than 18 years old (children or grandchildren).”

Transfers:

Leave your car at the depot. There is sometimes a small charge for this service and sometimes it is free.  Arriving at the airport:

some companies offer free transfers from both hotels and the airport but not in all depots.It is a popular option in Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga.

Often the depots are right next to the airport so are a short walk or a short taxi ride away.

Terms and Conditions:

“RATES INCLUDE
– Unlimited kilometres
– Full Comprehensive Insurance (Except for the first 600.00 € Charged)
– VAT 21%
– Third Party Insurance (cover up to 50 million of Euros)
– Leaving costs (first bottle of gas and WC chemical fluid)
– 24-hours road assistance (valid in all Europe)
– Maintenance (according to the hiring contract norms)
– Free parking for your car during the services
– Prices in Euros.

Note:
Household Kit. is on request only for International customers. The household kit is not available for domestic customers.
The Kit includes: Set of dishes, glasses, coffee cups, cutlery (knives, spoons, forks). Coffee machine, saucepan, frying pan, skimming ladle, can opener, cooking pot, sleeping bag/s, pillow/s. If you require any extra specific items, please place your request at the time of booking and we can price this item for you. If you require the household kit please ensure you request this item as it is not a standard inclusion. The Household Kit is available for hire at a cost of €100.00″

On every booking request there is the full terms and conditions that you can read in full for every campervan and motorhome hire on our site.  Please read these as they do vary from company to company and depot to depot.  This example shows that household kits are on request only.  While this is probably just to cover the company in case of a rare case that the household kits haven’t been prepared, it does mean that if they are not available then it is worth knowing and being a bit prepared to go the local shop!

Spain 2-berth with shower and toilet. Perfect for a road trip around Spain.

Spain 2-berth with shower and toilet. Perfect for a road trip around Spain.

Every company in Spain that rents out motorhomes does have a cancellation policy:

This is an example only and may not apply to every company:

“CANCELLATION POLICY
The initial deposit paid is non-refundable. In addition to forfeiting your deposit, the following charges also apply:
– From day of booking confirmation up to 33 days before the commencement of the hiring: 50% rental cost.
– If it is notified between 32 and 19 days before the commencement of the hiring: 80% rental cost.
– If it is notified within 18 days before the commencement of the hiring: 100% rental cost.”

There are many reasons that customers have to cancel and we try and refund wherever possible. However, we incur costs ourselves and try to minimise the costs that our customers have to pay.  Please check your travel insurance if you have to cancel after you have booked.

Vehicle Availability:

Customers book through us because we have been booking campervans and motorhome rentals since 1998 and they know that their vehicle will be ready and waiting for them when they arrive.  This is true if the campervan is booked in Spain or as far away as New Zealand or Australia.  However, in the rare case that a vehicle has been damaged by a previous customer and the vehicle that has been pre-booked is not available then the usual practice is to offer and upgrade wherever possible.

We operate with companies that have good quality campervans and motorhomes but also have enough vehicles on their fleet so that in the event of damage or breakdown – yes, it sometimes does happen! – they have back up vehicles.  Some smaller companies ask why we won’t include them on our booking engine and this is one of the main reasons even if they pass our strict quality requirements.

Insurance:

All vehicles are insured.  The level of liability does change depending on the company that provides the rental vehicle.  Check the insurance excess as this is the customer’s liability. This has to be covered by a credit card.  Details here:

“INSURANCE
Motorhomes mentioned in this contract are insured according to law , with a €600.00  excess deposit. If there are any accidents during the term of the rental contract, the customer would assume that amount.

SECURITY DEPOSIT
In order to guarantee good use and correct return of the vehicle, a Security Deposit of €600.00 by credit card is required before departure, ( accepted credit cards are -Visa , Diners or American Express).
The security deposit will be refunded after checking the vehicle by the technical service,who will decide with a detailed note, if there is any damage caused by the wrong use,the amount that customer will have to pay. In that case, the customer will approve to use the deposit. If the valuation of damages could not be made immediately, the lessee would have 30 days to refund the remaining deposit, once it had been deduced the reparation cost for the caused damages. If the bill is not over, and consequently ,the payment for using of the rented motorhome, penalties and other concepts, the customer will accept that, that amount will be paid with the credit card used for the renting.”

Each customer is advised to take out their own travel insurance and this covers medical emergencies and belongings cover. The campervan hire company’s insurance covers the vehicle only.

Tour Spain in Comfort with everything you need on board.

Tour Spain in Comfort with everything you need on board.

Top Tip:

Please check as some credit card companies offer travel insurance as part of their package. Sometimes travel insurance included vehicle excess cover on rental vehicles too. It is worth checking so that you don’t pay twice.

Minimum Rental:

Minimum rent is usually around 3 days outside of high season. High season can be up to 14 days minimum in some areas. This only occurs during high season (July and August) or over Easter.

Depot Hours:

Pick up and return times are often set at time of booking.  This is to allow a good amount of time after the vehicle has been returned by a previous customer to be cleaned and checked.  This ensures that when a new renter collects the camper or motorhome it is fully stocked and the extras that have been ordered are in place.  The vehicles also have regular mechanical checks too.

This is one of the main differences between car hire and camper hire is that cars take a lot shorter time to clean and prepare.

One-way Hires:

Touring Spain is a fantastic experience and some customer maximise this by collecting in one depot and returning it to another.  There are extra costs involved with this and these are shown at the time of booking.  One-way rentals are at the discretion of the fleet manager who has to ensure that at busy times the vehicle is in the right depot for the next hirer.

One way hires also mean that a minimum hire is applied which is often 10 to 14 days.

In Europe a renter can pick up a campervan in Spain and return it to another European country.  This is possible and we can advise and help you make this rental.

Other conditions:

All renters need a credit card in their own name.

Drivers must be 25 years old or older.  In some cases with sleeper cars drivers as young as 21 can rent a camper.

All drivers must have a valid driving licence. If it is a European licence then that is sufficient. If the renter is from outside of Europe then an international driving licence is required.

Driving around Spain in the Summer warmth.

Driving around Spain in the Summer warmth.

Pets:

Some companies allow pets with an additional cleaning charge.

Restricted areas:

Customers are advised on collection of areas they are not allowed to travel to. These include Morocco, Bosnia and Russia.

Contracts:

There is a rental contract to read and sign on collection of all vehicles.  Please ask at the depot if you are not sure of any of the conditions.

Summary:

Spain is one of our most popular destinations to travel around by Campervan or Motorhome.  Take your time and you will return year after year.  There is so much to see and do for all the family.  It is well set up and there are plenty of campsites and free areas to park up for the night.

You will meet many other campers who will be renting for the first time or are old hands.  Good advice is shared around bbq’s and camp fires.

Some good guides:

 

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Waterfalls in Wales – add these to your roadtrip around Wales.

Wales is not often well known for its waterfalls but they are there and there are plenty of them.  This is just a couple of photos from the Visit Wales Website that has some useful links on walks to waterfalls. Parkup in your campervan on your Wales Roadtrip and add these to the mix!

This link Waterfalls in Wales will take you to Visit Wales website.

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Campervans.com updated site

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Campervans.com New Update

We have overhauled, updated and renewed the campervans.com website. It is fully secure and offers great value.

There are new countries to explore including IcelandCampervan HIre Iceland which has become hugely popular.

You will also see other nordic countries including Finland,Finland Campervan Hire NorwayNorway Campervan Hire and Sweden.

If it is a warmer climate that you want to spend your summer in this year then new African countries have been added too including Zimbabwe, Zambia Campervan and 4×4 Hire Botswana,  Mozambique Campervan HIre and Namibia 4×4 camper rental with tents.

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Campervans.com – A Year In Review

Campervans.com is having an overhaul and you will be able to see the live site in the next couple of weeks.  We have worked hard to add new countries as more options to have a roadtrip adventure.  We have also added more cities to start your campervan holiday from.

More images and more specifications to show what vehicles are available to rent.  There are interior photographs of campervans and day and night time layout pictures so you can match the layout to who will be travelling.

The range of suppliers has also increased and some have disappeared as we have very strict guidelines as to who we add to our choice of campervan hire suppliers.

The insurance options are fully explained and the terms and conditions are up to date too.  We have also extended the office hours and the number of reservation staff so the phones get answered quickly.  However at busy times the answerphone message still kicks in.

The online booking engine is fantastic. Comparing prices, vehicles, and added options is very easy.

Apollo Eurostar

Apollo campers in the USA

Our staff are fully trained to help you choose the right vehicle for you.

We welcome your photographs too.

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Plan your road trip now.

Apollo Eurostar

Phew, the summer holidays are almost over and we are all back to work.  Wouldn’t it be great to look forward to another road trip and plan your next holiday now?

The first and probably the most expensive part of your next road trip will be getting flights booked.  It makes a lot of sense to book early.  Airlines often use a flex-rate system to fill their planes. So early bookers get the best deals.  Here is a list from Money Supermarket showing when airlines release their flight deals.

Flight release dates for best rates.

We also encourage you to book early for campervan, motorhome and rv rental.  Here are the direct links for early booking special offers:

Australia Australia Campervan Hire Discounts. Book Now.

Belgium Belgium Campervan and Motorhome Hire Discounts. Book Now.

Botswana Botswana 4×4 Campervan Early Booking Discounts. Book Now.

Canada Canada RV Rental. Book Early for Cheap Rentals.

Croatia Croatia Campervan and Motorhome Rental Special Discounts for Early Booking.

Denmark

Estonia Estonia Special Discounts for Early Booking. Rent a campervan for next year’s road trip.

Finland Finland Discounts on Camper van, Motorhome and RV Rental. Book Early for the best rental deals.

France France campervan and Motorhome Rental Discounts for Early booking. Book Now for the best rental deals.

Germany Discounts on Campervan and Motorhome Rental in Germany for Early booking. Book Now for the Best Rates.

Holland/Netherlands  Find the best rates here for campervan and motorhome rental in the Netherlands. Book early. Save money.

Hungary Discounts on Camper van and Motorhome Rental in Hungary. Book Early and Save Money.

Iceland Discounts for Early Booking. Book a Campervan or Motorhome to Tour Iceland. Discounts for Early booking. Book Now.

Ireland Tour Ireland in a Campervan. Book Early for the best rates. Book Now.

Italy Book a campervan to tour Italy next year. Book early and save. The best rates online.

Japan Try something Different. Save on campervan and motorhome rental in Japan.

Mozambique Put Mozambique on your list to tour in a 4×4 camper next year. Book now for the best rates.

Namibia Namibia discounts on 4×4 camper rental.

Netherlands Find the best rates here for campervan and motorhome rental in the Netherlands. Book early. Save money.

New Zealand Top of the Bucket List? Make it happen next year. Book early and find out that it is cheaper than you think with these great deals.

Norway Early bookings get the deals. Book here for great discounts on campervan and motorhome rental in Norway.

Portugal Summer in Portugal and at a great price. See here for discounts on long term hire and early booking.

South Africa Book campervan and motorhome rental in South Africa. Great discounts for early booking.

Spain Tour Spain in a campervan or motorhome. Save with our early booking special discounts.

Sudan Experience Sudan in a 4×4 camper. Book early and save.

Sweden Book now for early booking discounts. See Sweden by road.

Switzerland Switzerland Road Trip. Book Early for great deals.

Tanzania Tanzania 4×4 Camper Rental. Discounts.

UK Tour the UK in a campervan. We are open all year around Book early to get great rates on motorhome rental.

USA RV Rental, Campervan and Motorhome hire. Explore the Country that invented the Road Trip. Book Early for the best rates.

Family Holidays in a Motorhome

Family Holidays in a Motorhome

Zambia Tour Zambia in a 4×4 Camper. Book Now for the best rates.

Zimbabwe Tour Zimbabwe in a 4×4 Camper. Book Now.

Apollo campers in the USA

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Apollo campervans are expanding their USA and Canada fleets

Apollo Eurostar

Apollo campers in the USA

Hi,  today I read that Apollo campervans are expanding their fleet by buying up Canadream and opening new depots in the USA.  That’s not all, it says in The Australian” newspaper that they will also move into the UK and Europe market.

That is good news for people looking to hire a campervan.  At peak times availability is limited.  It could also be a response to European companies setting up in New Zealand.  McRent now have a presence there too.

It all makes sense to balance the cash flow between the northern and southern hemispheres making a campervan rental business busy all year around instead of just at peak season.

And, the best news of all, we provide great rates for Apollo, Canadream and McRent on our website www.campervans.com

This follows on from Maui working with JustGo in the UK and Jucy campers also running a fleet in the US. It is just one big global market place! Even Spaceships have expanded their fleet outside of Australia.

Our rates are very competitive and we offer a comparison option so you can get the best deal.

Exciting times for all of us.

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