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.
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.
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:
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:
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
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:
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.
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
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.
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:
to 4-berth campervans with shower and toilet on board.
The larger 6-berth motorhomes are great for family holidays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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?
Let us know if there is anything else you would consider when renting a campervan. Ask us…its our job to help.