What to expect from motorhome and campervan hire

If you’re considering switching up the tent or glamping pod for a touring adventure, campervan or motorhome hire is a great option. You’ll have the freedom to go where you please and take the journey at your leisure. But what should you expect when you pick up your vehicle, and how does campervanning and motorhoming differ from camping and glamping?

Motorhomes and campervans vs camping and glamping

The main difference between touring and camping or glamping is that your base is mobile. You can pitch up at a site for one, three or ten nights – and often you can change your mind and move on sooner or later than planned.

Much of the equipment you’ll find in your campervan or motorhome is similar to that which you’d find in glamping accommodation, depending on the vehicle you choose. Our partners, Spaceships Rentals, have a large fleet consisting of three types of campervans and motorhomes.

Choosing a motorhome or campervan also gives you access to a greater range of sites across the Caravan and Motorhome Club network. You’ll be free to travel to Europe if you like and stay on affiliated sites there, or simply enjoy more options in the UK.

Key points to remember

Remember that you’re travelling in a much larger vehicle than your car, so you’ll need to take care on narrow roads and when manoeuvring. You can build your confidence at a motorhome manoeuvring course hosted by the Caravan and Motorhome Club before you set out.

If you don’t want to drive your motorhome or campervan for day trips, choose sites with car hire available or easy access to public transport. This will make exploring much easier.

You will also want to familiarise yourself with the speed limits and other road laws regarding motorhomes and campervans. Ensure you know the weight of your vehicle to find the appropriate guidance.

And finally…

Enjoy your travels! Motorhoming and campervanning are wonderful ways to explore the UK and Europe, and you can go at the pace you please. If you're new to the industry, you may benefit from reading our five top tips for your first motorhome trip. But either way, you’ll soon find you settle into the rhythm of touring and that’s when the magic happens.


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