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10 Frequently Asked Questions about Hiring a Motorhome

By Edited Sep 17, 2016 0 0

Can I drive a motorhome with my normal car licence?

Yes you can, as long as the vehicle's maximum gross weight is less than 3.5 tonnes. Your supplier will tell you if this is the case. Anything heavier requires a C1 entitlement to drive. Anyone who passed their driving test before 1st January 1997 will already have a C1 entitlement, but those who passed after will be required to take a separate test.

Why should I choose a motorhome and not a caravan?

Motorhomes offer much more flexibility when travelling, being an all-in-one vehicle. This means that you can make unplanned over-night stops without the extra hassle of setting up. They can also be much easier to drive and manoeuvre, as you're not towing a large obtrusive trailer that adds an undesired extension to your vehicle.

Can I fit my entire family in a motorhome?

That really depends on the size of your family. Most motorhomes can fit anything from 2 - 7 people inside. It's important you look at the layout plans of the motorhome, and decide whether or not it's going to be too cramped. You want something that everyone can fit in with ample living space. Take your journey into consideration also, if a motorhome is too large it won't travel well through narrow country roads.

Are motorhomes difficult to drive?

Smaller models drive similarly to larger cars, and should be easy to transition to. The larger models can be a little more difficult to handle. Compensating for their larger size may take some getting used to, especially when carrying out tight manoeuvres. They are however fitted with power steering and large mirrors, and are easier to adapt to than it may seem.

How much fuel do motorhomes consume?

As with all vehicles, fuel consumption will vary depending on the size and weight of the motorhome. Expect anything from 20 - 30mpg as a rule of thumb, but your dealer will inform you properly when collecting your hire vehicle.

Where exactly can I park up in a motorhome?

You will need to check for restrictions before parking your motorhome anywhere overnight. However there are plenty of laybys which offer free overnight stays along the main roads. Britain is lucky enough to contain plenty of beautiful rural areas and (quite often) inexpensive campsites. Just be sure to check all signage before settling down for the night.

Do motorhomes have hot and cold running water and heating?

You'll have to check before setting off, but most motorhomes come equipped with hot and cold running water, as well as a shower and a toilet. You'll be shown how these work when you pick the motorhome up.

What happens if any of the utilities break inside the motorhome?

Utilities inside a motorhome home are checked regularly and as long as they are treated properly should not break easily. If something does happen be sure to ring the hire company you acquired the motorhome through and they will advise you on the steps to take. Depending on your package you may have to pay a small fee to the company.

What happens if I'm in a collision?

In the unfortunate event that a collision does happen be sure to follow all the usual steps of taking down the other drivers' details and contacting the police if anyone is hurt. It's also vital that you inform the hire company of what has happened as soon as possible. They can then organise collection and repair if needed. Make sure you're aware of the terms and conditions of your hire agreement, as you may be liable for any costs occurred.

What kind of insurance is there for motorhomes?

When hiring a motorhome the hire company will provide an insurance to cover the basics, such as damage or loss, however you should always check the excess and for any exclusions in the cover. It's important to know exactly what you're protected against and just how much it'll cost if you do need to make a claim.



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