Basics of Camper Van Hire
Camper vans for hire come in all shapes, sizes and prices. The trick is to find a
campervan to suit your requirements and budget.
There are a few styles of camper van to choose from, with varying levels of comfort and
price. Smaller vans are so easier to handle, but larger vans offer more comfort. If it's
your first time, I suggest you go for the largest camper van that you feel happy to drive,
within your budget.
A high top is basically a camper van conversion with a specially made high fixed roof.
These come in several lengths, short, medium and long. These sizes refer to the
wheelbase, which is distance between the front and rear axle. Motohomes with an
average wheelbase are popular hire choices as they are easier to handle than the long
wheelbase versions, whilst still offering a good degree of comfort. Various companies
also offer motorhome hire with folding roofs. The above kinds of motorhomes are often
referred to as camper vans.
Coachbuilt motorhomes (C class) are usually a lot larger than campers and are more like
a house on wheels. Most will have all comforts of home and often a double bed. Several
of the designs have a bed area which sits over the top of the drivers cab. These
campervans can be luxurious to run and hire.
Fuel costs are a definite consideration for numerous when deciding to hire a
campervan. This problem has been taken on board by a few rental companies and
manufacturers. Several motorhome hire companies now offer vans that have been
converted to run on LPG. This should at least half of your fuel costs.
For most people, the hire cost is a definite consideration when looking to hire a camper
van or motorhome. My advice is to not overextend your budget on the rental cost. Part
of the enjoyment of the camper van is being able to visit and enjoy new places. If you
are a couple, an average wheelbase motorhome should provide you with good overall
comfort levels, ease of use and at a reasonable price.
One thing I should mention is that insurance cover for camper van hire can be expensive
and you should know up front accurately what you are covered for. Take more time to
review the policy. Remember to comply with most insurance policies you should carry
out the daily maintenance tasks on the camper van as specified by your rental agent.
You've booked the camper van hire, now what.
Well it actually depends on what type of holiday you are looking for. If you are using the
camper van as a base to visit new places then to get the most out of your hire, it's
always a good idea to plan your route in advance. This means that you will know day by
day where you are going and don't waste any time deciding where to go while on your
Of course for some, there will be no route and hiring a campervan is all about the open
road with a new adventure each day.