Motorhome renting guide

A home on wheels is just the ticket for a festival or family holiday, but what do you need to know before you set about renting one?

“It was more than a motorhome… it was a car I could go to the bathroom in.” Wise words from Homer Simpson, which will be especially apt if you’re planning on visiting a festival this summer with its overflowing WCs or, frankly, if you’re travelling anywhere at all with small children.

The convenience (if you’ll pardon the pun) of a motorhome, camper van or RV (recreational vehicle) isn’t restricted to bathroom habits – you’re also never more than a few feet away from a cup of tea or a cold drink from the fridge.

Your clothes will never be soaked in a downpour, you’ll sleep in a bed not on a leaky blow-up mattress, and you’ve got a constant source of power for your iPod or mobile phone.

Campervans and motorhomes, unlike caravans, are cool. And, importantly given the vagaries of the typical British summer, they’re also warm. With a RV you’ve got the freedom of the road and the comforts of home, but buying and owning one can be an expensive business, and they’re hardly practical daily transport – trust me, I owned a 1972 Volkswagen Westfalia for two years.

Fortunately, there’s a growing number of companies renting motorhomes of all shapes and sizes. Whether you fancy a classic VW or a Meet the Fockers-style behemoth, and whether it’s just for few days or several weeks at home or abroad, there’s plenty of choice.

Should you decide to take a holiday on four (or even six) wheels this is what you’ll need to know before you go.

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