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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

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.

Campervans.com Inbox today (and this week)

Campervans.com – in my inbox…

Today I have as usual an eclectic mix of information sent to me from Campervan and motorhome rental companies and Tourist Boards from all over the world.

At the top of the list is a useful guide to planning a road trip of Great Britain from Bunk Campers who offer a good range of campervans and motorhomes to rent in the UK.  Today though they are concentrating on providing some useful planning info and have titled their blog “Britain by Campervan: The ultimate 14 day driving route” . It starts in from their depot in London and takes in a route to Cornwall Visit Cornwall Tourist Board via Sussex Sussex Tourist Boardand back up through Devon.  Visit Devon tourist board.

From there is takes a route back up to Stone Henge Stonehenge.  They then suggest a trip to Wales Visit Wales and then up to the north of England to Hadrian’s Wall:

From there it is a drive down the west coast to East Anglia Visit East Anglia.  

There are campsites all across Britain and Bunk recommends the Caravan club sites.  Caravan club    I would also add Pitchup.com Pitchup.com too.

So, booking a Bunk and touring Great Britain will give you a good insight into our unique country whether you are from here. Or, an overseas visitor. Thanks Bunk!

Next is an email about California featuring Lake Tahoe Lake Tahoe

It looks incredible:

North Lake Tahoe
North Lake Tahoe

It is also a popular place for golfers and skiiers.  The Harvey’s Concert series this year features legends such as Paul Simon, Train,  Lenny Kravitz, Third Eye Blind and the Who.  Harveys Outdoor arena tickets.

At the other end of the spectrum is San Diego and apart from its main attractions this article features adventure sports – California’s longest zip line, kayaking through the caves of La Jolla to see the sea lions, dolphins and sometimes whales.   This site offers reviews of parks to take your rv to RV parks review

France:

Cool camping sent an email about campsites in France. They offer a good range of campsites throughout France that accomodate campervans and motorhomes.  Hire in France France campervan and motorhome hire and explore each of these regions:

The Dordogne The Dordogne

Normandy and Brittany Normandy and Brittany

Provence Provence Tourist Board

Central France France tourist Board

South East France South East France

The Alps The Alps

Burgundy and the Loire Burgundy Tourist board

The Midi-Pyrenees Midi Pyrenees Tourist Board

Campervan hire in the Pyrenees
The Midi Pyrenees

the Pyrenees The Pyrenees

Western France Western France tourist board

Ardeche Tourist offices in Ardeche

Languedoc  Languedoc tourist information

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association sent us this:

Booking tips for last minute campers.

This features campsites in British Columbia, Canada where we hire an immense number of rv’s, truck campers, motorhomes and even cars! Rent an RV in Canada

They have compiled a list of 35 private campgrounds with some availability in July …Campgrounds availability in Canada

This is an independent site Camping & RV in British Columbia that is a useful resource for planning your rv trip in Canada.

Toasting marshmallows
Toasting Marshmallows Canadian style.

videos from:

Finland:

Campervan hire in Finland Campervan hire in Finland

Portugal: Campervan hire in Portugal

The Lighthouse Trail in Ireland:

The Lighthouse Trail

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Ireland’s Lighthouse Trail – a great road trip for anyone in a campervan who wants to explore Ireland

Campervan rental in Ireland Campervan hire in Ireland

 

Campervans.com In My Inbox Today: Scotland, Road Trips, Polar Bears, Grizzley Bears, Orcas….

Campervan and Motorhome rental Scotland
Add castles to your road trip around Scotland.

Visit Scotland posts regular updates on where to go and what to see in Scotland.

I toured Scotland in a campervan last year and was amazed at how empty it was even in the height of summer and also how welcoming everybody is.  We toured in the wilds of Scotland and stayed overnight in campsites and also took advantage of Scotland’s acceptance of free-camping.

A perfect mix of community and getting away from it all.

The official tourist site Visit Scotland  

has a great range of information to help us road-trippers plan a route to find the best of what Scotland has to offer.

Here’s a few driving tips for Scotland too:

Wanderlust Magazine published this great guide to 16 of the world’s best one-week road trips.

They are designed for cars but I have included them here as I like the routes!

USA RV rental road trip
USA Road_trip

You can read the full article here.

  • 1: Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway – USA
  • 2: Cape Tribulation – Australia
  • 3: Mae Hong Son Loop – Thailand
  • 4: The Romantic Road – Germany
  • 5: Parks Tour – Costa Rica
  • 6: Gaspésie Grand Tour – Canada
  • 7: Ruta 40 – Argentina
  • 8: Norwegian Coast – Norway
  • 9: The Coromandel Peninsula – New Zealand
  • 10: Central Hokkaido Route – Japan
  • 11: North Coast 500 – Scotland
  • 12: Wild Atlantic Way – Ireland
  • 13: Route 62 – South Africa
  • 14: The Ring Road – Iceland
  • 15: Skeleton Coast – Namibia
  • 16: The Pirate Route – Jamaica

Canada:

Every day I get emails from the Canadians about what to do and see in Canada.  Here is a brief selection of those that have landed in the last few days:

Kayak with Orca.  This is amazing!

Polar Bears?

Grizzley Bears?

 

Scotland in the Winter

Scotland in the Winter

I came across this video today and thought you might also like to see it.

I’ll be adding more detail about travelling around Scotland in the winter.  I have been in a campervan over winter in Scotland and armed with walking boots, warm clothes and a flask of hot tea, set off on some amazing walks.

Free-camping is ok in most places around Scotland so the diesel overnight heater on board was essential when tempertures outside dropped to -6C and the water in the dog bowl froze!

Walking in the snow and having the place to ourselves was just magical.  Don’t be put off but be prepared.  Returning with the glow of a keen wind and finding warmth in the camper after a good stride across the hills is fantastic.

 

Top 10 Campervan and Motorhome Holiday Destinations

Top 10 Campervan and Motorhome Holiday Destinations

Road Bear RV Special Discounts
On the road – freedom to dream.

I have been looking at the top ten holiday destinations online, in the newspapers and from discussing the options with friends.  Everybody has a different view.

Trip Advisor publishes their traveller’s choice awards based on reviews from the Trip Advisor website.  The UK is tops here.  It is great for visitors from outside of the UK as our pound is very cheap if you are buying it from the USA, Europe and Australia and New Zealand.  There is incredibly good value in holidays here.

The best offers for renting a campervan or motorhome in the UK can be found here: Best offers on campervan and motorhome rental in the UK

UK Campervan and Motorhome rental special offers.
UK Campervan and Motorhome rental special offers.

France is listed third on the Trip Advisor list but it would come higher on mine.  Travelling through France in a motorhome is so well accepted that there are free places to camp overnight.  There are thousands of campsites that are everywhere and they are of a very high standard.

Many people take their own motorhomes to France but if you are further afield or, you want to have a taster and don’t own your own, then take the train, a car or fly to one of the main towns in France and you will find that we offer rentals from these centres.

There are pick up points in the following places in France: Ajaccio, Angers, Bordeaux, Caen, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Poitiers, Rouen, Toulouse and Tours.

The vehicles in France range from small two berth campers:

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2_berth_camper_rental_France

to 4-berth campervans with shower and toilet on board.

France-4-berth campervan rental.
France-4-berth campervan rental.

The larger 6-berth motorhomes are great for family holidays.

6 berth motorhome with bike racks for rental in France.
6 berth motorhome with bike racks for rental in France.

The next country in Trip Advisor’s best places to travel is Italy.  We rent out here too.  In fact, you can pick up in any of these cities:

Milan, Rome, Bologna, Florence, Turin, Pomezia, Albenga, Alghero, Bari, Golfo Aranci, Grosseto, Massa Carrara, Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa, Naples, Olbia, Padova, Palermo, Parma, Pisa, Pomezia, Pordenone, Porto Torres, Reggio Calabria,Rimini, Rome, Rome Ciampino airport, Rome Fiumicino airport, San Giovanni La Punta, Santa Teresa Gallura Port, Siena-Ampugnano, Trapani, Treviso, Trieste, Turin, Venice, Verona, Vicenza.

Of course, you may be able to take your own camper to Europe, but if you are from Australia, the exchange rate is brilliant!  If we want to go to Australia or New Zealand then our pound may not go as far but if we book early, then the rates are a lot cheaper.  Now is the time to book for next down under summer.  Or, if you don’t mind a cooler trip in the winter of New Zealand, then the rates are great.

Australia has a winterless north so book now for July and August as you won’t regret taking the kids to the Barrier Reef, or the Kimberleys or just the beach on one of Australia’s great stretches of golden sands.

If you are looking for an adventure that will get the adrenalin running then we also offer 4×4 campers for hire in Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Namibia on the road!  

This is a great way to experience the African bush.  Stay in campsites and explore the game parks and really get close to the wild life.  Take a good camera, and steady nerves!

If you haven’t thought of it before, the USA and Canada are second to none in providing the most amazing and spectacular scenery and experiences that will make your motorhome holiday the best.  Campsites are everywhere and kitted out with bbq areas, almost as much as the Ozzies!  The roads are big and wide as are the campers.  RV rental is on a different scale.  Loads of room and miles and miles of roads to explore and so family friendly.

Check out the deals here for this summer RV Rental in USA discounts and special offers.

Good luck planning your road trip but if you need any help, drop us an email and we’ll get you the best rates ever!

Where Do You Want to Collect your Campervan from?

Where Do You Want to Collect your Campervan from?

Depot locations for campervan and motorhome rental
Where shall I collect my Motorhome from?

This is one of the most frequent replies I make from emails that clients send to me.

They include the dates and number of people travelling but I need more than that.

I do need to know the age of the driver.  In some cases, although not all, the driver needs to be over 25.  This is not the case in all countries though.

In many you can hire at 21.  You must hold a credit card in your name in all cases.

Motorhome rental.
Hire a campervan or motorhome.

One way hires are more expensive and in Europe there is an extra charge applied on the basis of Euro1.00 for every 1km between the pick up and drop off depots.

This is because the hire supplier will have to send someone to pick it up and return it to its original destination.

One way hires in Canada, USA and Australia and New Zealand are usually a fixed charge and this is often waived if the hire is for longer than 21 days.

One way hires often take longer to approve as the release of a vehicle is at the discretion of the fleet manager and they work out where the vehicle has to be for the next customer to rent it out.  Also, where that vehicle is before your hire.

Family holidays in a campervan.
Family holidays in a campervan.

There are hundreds of points of collection on our website and these are displayed below. This is correct at time of publishing.  We do change these from time to time.

The full address of each depot is listed on our website. If you click on the “make a booking” button you will see the address on the same page where the summary of all the charges are made.  (You don’t have to input your payment details to see the summary.)

All the depot locations are listed on this link:

Campervan and Motorhome Rental locations by Country

If you click on any of the names of the country you can select a drop down menu to see the depot locations for them individually.

Australia ausimage

Belgium

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Botswana campervan and 4×4 rental.

Canada RV rental and campervan hire

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Croatia motorhome rental

Finland motorhome rental

France motorhome hire

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Germany campervan hire

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Hungary motorhome rental

Iceland campervan and motorhome hire

Ireland campervan and motorhome rental.

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Italy campervan and motorhome hire

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Mozambique 4 x 4 camper rental and motorhome hire

Namibia 4 x 4 rental and motorhome hire.

Netherlands campervan and motorhome rental.

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New Zealand campervan and motorhome hire.

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Norway campervan and motorhome rental.

Portugal campervan and motorhome rental.

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South Africa campervan and motorhome rental.

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Spain campervan and motorhome rental.

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Sweden campervan and motorhome rental.

Switzerland campervan and motorhome rental.

Tanzania campervan and motorhome rental.

United Kingdom campervan and motorhome rental.

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USA campervan and motorhome rental.

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Zambia campervan and motorhome rental.

Zimbabwe 4 x 4, campervan and motorhome rental.

 

Reviews

We are often asked to recommend a type of campervan or motorhome for holidays or road trips or just as a spare room.  We have to ask quite a lot of questions before we can suggest which one will fit the requirements of our customers.  We can make suggestions but ultimately it is up to the customer to make the final decision.  To help you make that decision I have outlined below what we like to know before we can make a recommendation.

Campervan hire. Follow your dreams.
Campervan hire. Follow your dreams.

Also, there are many review sites that you can refer to but often these highlight the bad experiences that people have that can sometimes happen.  All of the campervan and motorhome suppliers that we book on our websites www.campervans.com and www. budgetcampervans.com have been in business for many, many years and so are reliable and they have our confidence too as we have been booking campervan and motorhome rental for nearly 20 years.

4 berth camper hire
Explore the world

Our customers will often search online for reviews.  However, it is difficult to know who are the main suppliers of rentals in each country and who is new and who is long established.

6_berth rv rental
6 berth campervan rental in America.

Our website now has a star rating system that you can refer to.  We only put stars on the vehicles once they have received over 10 ratings.

Spaceships rating

Rating

You can select from the left hand menu by rating which standards you would like to see displayed.

We also offer a filter that will display the age of the vehicles.  This is important in many ways but often the age of the vehicle will determine its daily rental rate. However, if you book early you are likely to get a really new campervan at the same price as a very old one.  This is how some suppliers work. It is a similar system to pricing as the airlines use. Book early,  fill the seats, put the price up nearer to the date of departure.

Bike rental with motorhome rental.
Take your bikes on your campervan hire holiday.

If you are on a budget then definitely book early to take advantage of this pricing structure.  You will find this particularly in RV rental in America and Canada and also in New Zealand and Australia.

The European and UK rental companies will usually offer discounts for early bookings but not on the flex rates that change every week.

2 berth hi-top rental
Rent a campervan for your honeymoon.

If you are on a budget and are considering an older vehicle then be prepared to be offered a vehicle that has done high mileage (particularly in Australia, Canada and the USA).  The vehicle will be tired around the edges and worn.  But they do offer good value for money as they should be well maintained and clean.

5 berth hi-top rental
You can all sleep in comfort in your camper home for you holidays.

They are also more prone to breakdown but this is avoided as it is costly for the rental supplier as they have to take time to repair the vehicle and in some cases deliver a replacement.  Hire suppliers don’t want your vehicle to break down as it costs them money.

The reviews seen on line usually highlight breakdowns or malfunctions in the campers and motorhomes.  This is unfortunate but things do stop working on occasions or pipes do get blocked.  If there is a problem and it has been unreported by a previous hirer then the next customer suffers because of it.

Luxury motorhome rental.
Luxury motorhome rental.

Sometimes people who rent vehicles are reluctant to make the hire supplier aware of a problem for fear of being charged for repairs or breakages and this has the knock on effect for the next client.

It is in our interest and in the best interests of our rental suppliers that our customers and clients are happy as return customers are the backbone of any business and we find that our customers will recommend us again and again for offering the correct vehicle at the right price.

Upstairs bed.
Climb up to your bed.

The right price for one customer is not the same as the right price for another.  We have people who want the very best vehicles we can offer.  These are large, sleep at least six people, have slide out sides to offer more space.  They are not cheap. These customers want the very newest and the top of the range motorhomes as they want to travel long distances for many months.

Sleeper car rental.
sleeper car rental.

Our backpacker customers want the best and cheapest rate possible. They don’t want in built toilet and showers and luxury kitchens.  They just want a vehicle to sleep in and make a cup of tea or heat up noodles.   These vehicles are basic, older and cheap.  They are more like sleeper cars than campervans.  But they are on our lists.  The reviews against these vehicles are often because they are old and worn.

The low-top or hi-top have kitchens and a double bed.  The space is limited but if you are staying in campsites each night you don’t need showers and a toilet on board.  You may want to cook a more sophisticated meal and need a fully stocked kitchen and you want to sleep under a duvet (or doonah) with pillows and not a sleeping  bag.

These campers are mid-priced and do vary in age but are a great budget vehicle.

Always consider the sleeping arrangements.  If you are tall check out the bed sizes:

Check the bed size of your campervan.
Check the bed size of your campervan.

Some suppliers will also vary the thickness of the mattress too.

If this is important to your holiday, then please double check that the bed sizes suit. Also, consider the single and double bed configuration. Some people prefer to have separate beds, but some campervans have single beds only suitable for children. Others have double beds above the cab and this is great if you are ok climbing the ladder at night.

Larger vehicles have bigger double beds.

Are you happy making the bed up each night?  Some vehicles require that you move the cushions around and bring out a base support to create a double bed at night. So check out the “day and night time layout” as this means you have to convert the layout at night.

Day layout of a campervan

Night time layout of your campervan.

The amount of time you spend in the camper will help you make the decision on what size of camper.  You can have a layout that has a permanent table or a permanent bed or both.  You can have a larger kitchen with a three way fridge and small freezer depending on whether you want to cook a full dinner or if you prefer to eat out or bbq or just heat up food.

Some campervans and motorhomes have microwaves fitted but these will only work if you are hooked up to the mains electricity supply.  Check the length of the hook up wire, some can be quite short.

Rent a 4 wheel drive camper.
Rent a 4×4 camper.

All of the above affects the way you feel about your campervan. It is your home for the duration of your rental. Hundreds of thousands of people every year rent a motorhome. Each have different criteria that make it the perfect one for them.  Consider how you want to live when you rent and how much you want to pay. This may determine how long you can hire a vehicle for.  If you are living out of a hi-top for three months – and people do – does it have enough space for you to stand up in or lay around and read?

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Relax. You are on holiday.

Let us know if there is anything else you would consider when renting a campervan.  Ask us…its our job to help.

Happy holidays! 🙂

Current special offers.

List of countries we arrange campervan and motorhome rental:
Australia
Belgium
Botswana
Canada
Croatia
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Mozambique
Namibia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tanzania
United Kingdom
United States
Zambia
Zimbabwe