Getting a motorhome: what to do to prepare

Thinking about buying a motor home but not sure what to look for? Why not rent.

To help you decide what you want when it comes to its features, we recommend renting one out for a short period.

Not only will this give you an excuse to take the weekend away, but it will allow you to really find what features you’re looking for in a motorhome and what you could do without.

Hiring Made Simple

What’s included in most rental packages:

You should choose a rental service whose prices are all-inclusive and feature the following items:
• Unlimited mileage
• V.A.T.
• Fully comprehensive insurance (with an excess of £1,000)
• Breakdown cover
• Satellite Navigation
• Mobile phone
• TV and DVD/CD/MP3 home entertainment system with Freeview
• Fresh towels and bedding
• Sleeping bags
• Hairdryer
• Cutlery, dishes, pots and pans etc.
• Starter pack of biodegradable toilet chemicals and toilet rolls
• Outdoor table and chairs
• At least one full tank of propane gas
• Awning
• Bicycle rack

What to expect when you take over and return a rental motorhome

Most rental groups will have a site which vehicles are picked up and returned to.

Many companies can provide a local airport pick-up service at competitive rates if required if you request this at time of booking.

You may be allowed to leave your own vehicle at their site, but this may be entirely at your own risk during the rental period.

This is because many sites do not have security at night when the site is locked.

Once you have booked your rental, the rental company’s personnel will take time to instruct you on the correct and best usage of the motorhome.

Most motorhome assignments are carefully planned and will remind customers to keep to the return dates and times as agreed in the contract.

If you rent a vehicle and it is returned late, unfortunately, most renal services charge from around £40 per hour excess.

Many motorhomes are cleaned inside before they are handed over to you, so you should return it in a similarly clean condition.

If a full or partial cleaning of the interior is required or emptying of the toilet cassette is necessary you may be charged, sometimes for each service.

Most vehicles are supplied with a full tank of fuel and must be returned with a full tank.

If you intend to travel outside of the UK with the vehicle you should contact the rental company so they can discuss your requirement with their insurers.

Booking and payment conditions

Like renting any vehicle, some companies are more strict about payment than others.

Some rental companies will only accept written confirmation of booking.

A deposit is often to be made by the customer on receipt of the written confirmation.

If the rental date is less than 28 days from confirmation date, you may have to pay the full rental price immediately.

Cancellation up to 28 days prior to rental date may result in loss of deposit and some companies may even expect a payment of up to 25% of rental charge.

Some companies may charge 50% or even full rental charge and the deposit, for cancellation any later than 28 days.

A security deposit is usually made prior to vehicle handover, if this is the case, The security deposit will be returned in full upon the undamaged return of the vehicle and after completion of the final accounts.

An Insurance Bond may also be made prior to vehicle handover.

Again, the Insurance Bond will be returned in full upon the undamaged return of the vehicle and after completion of the final accounts.


Most motorhome vehicles have a gross weight of 3500Kgs and so can be driven on a regular UK class B license.

Anything with a weight of 4000Kgs or above you will require category C1 on your UK license.

Generally, if you passed your driving test before 1st January 1997 you will have category C1 on your license.

Please ensure that you have category C1 on your license prior to booking one of our 4-berth vehicles.

For more information on UK Driving Licenses please visit the government page on license.

Drivers must be aged between the ages of 25 and 70 and have held a license for at least 3 years.

Drivers over 70 please contact us prior to booking so that we can get approval for you from our insurers.

Non-UK driving license holders please contact us prior to booking so that we can get approval for you from our insurers.

Second drivers can be added at a charge per day.

Smoking and Pets

Rules on pets and smoking will vary for each rental company, so you should make sure you are aware of their rules prior to booking.

You should expect that smoking and pets will not allowed in many motorhomes.