One place to start is Google Maps. Simply type your chosen destination followed by “camping”. You should get a list of results organised by distance and how relative it is to your search. This is great if you want to find a campsite close to a specific attraction or landmark you want to visit, for example: Corfe Castle camping.
Use Campsite Directories
Pitchup allows you to search your location, pitch type and dates, with a directory of over 2,000 UK campsites to choose from. You can compare campsites and book through their website, or redirect to the campsite’s own site.
Search for sites, originally an offline database, is great for finding not only campsites, but stopover places for motorhomers too. Stopovers tend to be pub car parks or other pieces of private land that the owners open up for motorhomes to stay temporarily. Most commonly, you’ll find you are free to stay the night as long as you pop in and spend a few pounds on a drink and dinner in the pub. There are lots of other directories out there, so if you’re feeling stuck just ask! We can help you with some suggestions to get you started.
Motorhome Hire Memberships
We also give you membership of ACSI which is useful if you’re venturing abroad to the rest of Europe. On their partner website EuroCampings you can search for sites with particular facilities. So if you are looking for a site with a Tropical swimming paradise that allows dogs in high season, the ACSI can help you.
In addition, all of our vehicles are members of the Camping and Caravanning Club Privilege Scheme and you can use their online directory to find sites and you can give them a call to make a booking.
It really depends on what sort of campsite and the time of year. A remote farm site with few facilities will be cheaper than a popular Haven Holidays site near a beach with club, bar and swimming pool. Typically, smaller sites are anything from £10 to £20 per night whilst bigger sites are up to £100 per night. We suggest budgeting around £35 in the summer.
On the continent there are lots of locations known as ‘Aires’ where you can stay. You’ll find plenty of Aires guidebooks on Amazon.
Something to keep in mind when choosing your campsite; it’s good to make sure you are on a bus route or have a level cycle ride in to town. Doing so means you won’t have to pack up the motorhome each time you want to pop out for your loaf of bread, milk and favourite beer to enjoy that evening.
Motorhome stopovers, known as Aires, are mostly public parking areas or private land where motorhome and campervan users may stop overnight for free or for a small fee. Motorhome stopovers symbolise the freedom of motorhoming. You can meet locals and stay overnight at unique locations available only to motorhome travellers.
Motorhomes can often stay overnight or longer depending on terms and conditions specified.
In the UK many pubs, b&b’s and hotels welcome motorhome stopovers and only ask that you pop in for some food and a pint whilst you’re there.
Search for sites is a great place to search for a motorhome stopover ahead of time.
Based on our own years of motorhome holidays, we’ve produced our suggested checklist of items that you might consider packing. This takes into account the essential things we include in our motorhome hire, like plates, cutlery and cleaning supplies, leaving you more space to pack the fun stuff, like water pistols, BBQs and wine.
We’ve even created a downloadable checklist that you can print, so you can tick off the items as you go!
Money & Cards
Passports and Licenses
Keys (inc. bicycle locks)
Hats (for sun or cold)
Beach & Bath Towels
Dirty Laundry Bag
Hair Dryer (12v)
Phones /iPods /iPads
First Aid Kit
Water Purification Tablets
Herbs & Spices
Pens, Pencils & Paper
Bucket and spades
Clothes Pegs & Line
Toys and balls
Emergency Vet Details
You will collect from our main site located just outside of Stoke Golding, CV13 6JJ.
In some circumstances we can be flexible with the pickup location, so don’t hesitate to ask us.
These vary and we try to work with you on this. Unlike some other rental companies, we don’t have set days for handing over either so you are not tied in to booking whole weeks, when you might only want a vehicle for four days.
During bank holidays and school summer holidays we request a Friday afternoon collection.
There is some flexibility depending on availability.
Returns are usually Friday mornings based on a week’s hire.
Through the rest of the year we can facilitate more flexibility with returns on Sunday afternoon before 6pm (later than 6pm is subject to a fee) or Monday mornings before 10am.
We also get many customers booking 10 day breaks, which gives us 4 day gaps at the end of their booking that are available. So it is always worth contacting us to see if the dates you want are available.
If you are hiring for additional days we will discuss, agree and detail on your hire agreement the collection and return times. It is very important you note this and are on time. Being early or late has an impact on you, our team and our other customers. Please keep us fully informed and discuss any change.
Yes, and it’s free to do so. We have secure car parking with CCTV. We ask that you leave your keys with us for the duration of the hire. Whilst we cannot accept any liability for damage to or theft from your vehicle, we will ensure it is parked safely.
There are different restrictions for vehicles weighing up to 3050kg and those weighing over 3050kg.
Motorhomes, campervans and caravans with an unladen weight of up to 3050kg and no more than 8 passenger seats have the same speed limits as cars:
Motorhomes, campervans and caravans with an unladen weight of greater than 3050kg or more than 8 passenger seats:
As most of our motorhomes have an unladen weight of under 3050kg, the speed limits are the same as those for cars. Please don’t hesitate to ask a member of our team to clarify.
Move around the motorhome: all passengers must remain seated with their seatbelt on whilst the motorhome is in transit. No ifs, no buts.
Cook: if you can’t leave your seat, it should be self-explanatory that you also can’t get up to cook. But this is especially important to highlight as hot items on the stove in a moving vehicle is a very dangerous idea.
Use the toilet: as convenient as it is to have a toilet on the road with you, because of seatbelt laws you cannot get up our of your seat to use the toilet whilst driving. You will need to stop at the next convenient place.
Tow in the outside lane: if you’re towing a trailer or car behind your motorhome, or you’re towing a caravan behind any vehicle, you are not allowed use the outside lane of a motorway.
Leave the engine running: although you’re not technically driving for this law, it’s an important one to remember. Whether this is during a stop on your journey or to try and warm up the motorhome in the morning, you cannot leave the engine running and leave the driver’s seat. The law states that you must be in control of your vehicle at all times when the engine is running, whether others are in the vehicle or not.
CAB, GARAGE AND EXTERNAL
Full Tank of Fuel
Gas Bottle x 2 – 1 in use and 1 full
Hook up cable 25m
Water Fill Up Hose
Tap connectors – Hose-lock
Bike Rack – fitted to most models
IN THE LIVING AREA
LCD Flat Screen TV and DVD – in most models
Camping & Caravan Club
First Aid Kit
Dust pan and Brush
Motorhome User Manual
IN THE KITCHEN
Corkscrew Bottle Opener
3 x Sharp Knives
3 x Saucepans
1 x Frying Pan
2 x Oven Trays – if there is an oven
OPTIONAL EURO KIT
Mains Hook‐Up Adapter (Europe)
Headlight beam adapters
Hi-vis vests for all passengers
Spare bulb kit
Vehicle paperwork pack
Rear GB s
Although we get asked this quite frequently, it really is entirely up to you. We advise to consider the following:
All of our motorhomes have either a bike rack or garage for storage so you can take your bikes with you whenever you like. The key thing is doing some research about your site and what the terrain looks like between there and where you want to go. Especially if you’re hoping for a short ride in the morning to pick up more milk.
Please talk to us if you are planning to take electric bikes away with you. A garage is the best place to store them as they are often too heavy for the bike racks on the back of motorhomes and can be a huge safety issue.
It can be quite handy to choose a campsite that is on a local bus route if you’re worried about getting around whilst you’re away. Again, research is key! Public transport in rural areas isn’t always the most reliable. It might be useful to ring up the campsite to check bus availability.
There is comprehensive user manual in the motorhome with photos and instructions that covers everything that we have gone through in the handover. In there is also a telephone number you can call if you have any technical question or something has gone wrong.
The other main source of help is your neighbours on the campsite! They usually love having the opportunity to share with you their 32 years of motorhoming experience.
If in doubt, please call us. No matter the time of day, we are here to help you get the best out of your motorhome adventure.
Our Motorhome hire cost is based on one philosophy: affordable motorhome hire for everyone. Instead of pricing by the size of a motorhome, our pricing structure is based on what we call “classes”. For example, in our entry-level class, Comfort, we have motorhomes that range from 2-berth up to 7-berth – all for the same daily cost.
Why do we do this? It’s simple. Bigger families and groups don’t have to pay more for their motorhome hire.
We hate the idea that just because a customer wants to experience their holiday away with more people, or they have a bigger family, that they can’t afford the motorhome adventure they dream of.
It also means that those who are after a bit of luxury for their trip can find it in abundance in our LuxuryPLUS and Prestige ranges of motorhomes.
Within each class, prices then depend on what time of year you would like to go away. With low season motorhome hire costs being the lowest price, through mid-season and then high-season. Christmas and New-Year have a separate daily cost and we also have a fixed rate for those looking to hire a motorhome for Glastonbury Festival
Upon collection, we charge a £1000 security deposit to a debit or credit card. This is the insurance excess and is refunded to you upon safe return of the motorhome.
It’s not cut and dried as the two terms have become interchangeable over time, but essentially it’s about size.
Campervans tend to be smaller, are often van conversions, don’t usually have a divide between the cab and habitation area and have basic facilities for sleeping, cooking and washing.
Motorhomes tend to be bigger, usually built on a chassis, designed as a self-contained living/travel vehicle, often have a divide between cab and habitation area and tend to have better facilities including toilet and shower.
The height, width and length of the motorhome you book will be communicated on confirmation. This means you can make any ferry bookings or check restrictions early. We also state the measurements of the motorhome on each listing on our website.
Yes, providing they have held a full UK driving licence for 2 years and meet our insurance criteria (between 25 years – 79 years and 364 days of age, to be precise). Your 71th birthday is our insurer’s cut-off date. However, we CAN approach our insurers with some simple information from you request they insure you, so please get in touch if you are 71 or more and would like to hire.
We need the following for all motorhome drivers:
To drive a motorhome over 3500kg you do need a C1 licence. However, the vast majority of our motorhomes can be driven on a standard car licence. You do not need a C1 entitlement. Please ask for clarification at time of enquiry.
All hire drivers require a full UK driving licence that is clean and been held for 2 years to drive a motorhome. We’ll accept 3 points in the last 5 years, but any more than this will require a conversation with our insurers. We will ask you to send us your driving licence details via the DVLA website.
Click to visit www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence
You will need your driving licence number, NI number and current home post code.
Click ‘START NOW’
Enter the details as indicated
Tick the ‘I agree’ box and click ‘View Now’
The next page takes you to ‘Your Details’ and shows you your home address registered with DVLA. You can also view your entitlements to drive etc.
Next, click on the far right tab named ‘Get your check code.
Click the green button ‘Get a code’
This will generate a 8 digit code but we do not require this.
Instead, click the link under the unique share code labelled ‘Print or save a driving summary’
This will then prompt you to download and save the pdf of your licence.
Upload this PDF to our ID checking system and we’ll do the rest.
All hire drivers require a full UK driving licence that is clean and has been held for 2 years. We’ll accept 3 points in the last 5 years, but any more than this will require a conversation with our insurers. We will ask you to send us your driving licence details via the DVLA website.
You may hear about another type of license, called a C1 license. This is a requirement if you are driving a motorhome or vehicle over 3500kg.
As all of our motorhomes are under 3500kg, you do not need a C1 license to drive them.
Currently, to drive our motorhomes you must be between 25 and 71 years of age (25 years old – 70 years and 364 days old, to be precise). Your 71th birthday is our insurer’s cut-off date.
However, we CAN approach our insurers about individual cases and, with some of your information, request they insure you. Please get in touch if you are 71 or older and would like to hire, as it may still be possible.
Although one driver is covered for your trip, you can also add additional drivers for a fee of £42 per hire. We require the same information as for the first driver and they MUST sign and return the hire agreement as well in order to be covered by our insurance.
No one else may drive a motorhome without our prior permission.
In the event of an emergency we can facilitate short notice additional drivers with insurer’s permission.
If you’ve never used one before, we know it can seem quite daunting trying to choose a motorhome that’s best for you. We try to make it as simple as possible for you to compare models online, with our listings page and icons of whats included with each motorhome.
To choose a motorhome that suits your needs, here are the few key points to consider.
To put it simply, the more people that are going away in the motorhome, the bigger the berth you’ll need. The berth of a motorhome is determined by the number of seatbelts. For example, a motorhome with four seatbelts is listed as a four-berth motorhome.
Many of our motorhomes will have room to sleep more people than the berth it is listed as. Our four-berth motorhome (with four seatbelts) might actually be able to sleep 5 people in. We base the berth on seatbelts, rather than beds, as all passengers are legally required to wear a seatbelt whilst travelling.
We have a variety of layouts throughout our fleet of motorhomes, with various combinations of double and single beds. It is good to think about where you would all like to sleep during the trip and this should help you when choosing a motorhome.
Would your teenager be happy to bunk up in a double bed with their younger sibling? Maybe bunk beds or separate single beds is a better option. Would you prefer not to have to pack away your bedding each day? Choose a motorhome with a fixed bed. Do you have mobility issues that require a low bed? A french bed model might be the best option.
We’re not just being nosy here, honest. Where you’re going might impact what kind of motorhome you’d like to hire. For example, if you’re planning a road-trip to Cornwall you will likely venture down a lot of narrow, winding lanes. So, we’ll make sure you have a compact motorhome that will whiz around those bends with ease.
There aren’t many limits to where you can go in a motorhome in general. With our insurance, you can travel anywhere you like within Western Europe.
The key thing is to be realistic about how far you want to drive during your trip. Spending five or six hours every day on the motorway is not necessarily the most relaxing holiday. We believe motorhomes are designed for driving somewhere, spending a couple of days there to enjoy the scenery, then moving on again.
Here are the main things to consider when you’re deciding where to go on your motorhome holiday.
You can travel abroad anywhere in Western Europe on our policy. This means you cannot go to North Africa, Eastern Europe or beyond whilst using one of our motorhomes.
There is an extra insurance cost of £100 per week if you are travelling abroad in Europe. It is important to remember that Northern Ireland counts as abroad, too.
If you have any questions about whether your travel plans are covered or not, then please ask. We are very happy to have a conversation with the insurance company to get a definitive answer.
Motorhomes are large vehicles that can be surprisingly economical on motorways. Providing they are not trying to keep up with vehicles in the overtaking lanes, you should get high 20s or even 30 miles/gallon. Fuel economy drops dramatically as speed rises.
Allowing for some slower roads to get to the faster ones, then you should be planning on a 45-50 mph average when you are travelling. This means that a sensible day’s distance would be anywhere from 250 to 350 miles.
When considering where to go on your motorhome holiday, you also need to look at how many days you want at your final destination. There might not be any point in travelling 1000 miles to your destination and 1000 miles home in a week because it would only leave you 24-48 hours to enjoy where you have travelled to! The key here is sensible planning. Allow time for stops and food breaks and make sure you have some options about where you are going to stay overnight.
You can do the length of France in a day (as we have), but would you want to?
Wherever you decide to go in a motorhome, there is a huge area for you to explore and enjoy, and we are very happy to help with planning to see if what you want to do is possible!
Most of our customer go away for a weekend, a week or two and some for a month. These timings are no problem and you just need to enquire about your dates through the website. Our mission is to give you a motorhome experience that you’ll never forget, so whatever your dreams are and however long you want to hire a motorhome for, we will work to make it a reality for you.
Yes, three days. Even if you require a motorhome for just one night, the 3-day charge still applies. Our weekend rate is based on 3 days. Typically, you’ll pick up on Friday afternoon and return either Sunday or before 10am on Monday. If you want to extend this period, additional day charges apply.
During the school summer holidays we stipulate a minimum 7-day hire with collection on a Friday. However, we can be very flexible with this so don’t hesitate to ask! This tends to be around June, when we are busy and have smaller gaps between longer hires. So, if you are flexible and can book late, then please do get in touch.
It’s possible to hire a motorhome for just a few days at a time if the dates are available. For these short-term hires a minimum hire charge will apply. The limit and pricing of this charge depends on which motorhome you would like and what time of year you’re hoping to go.
All information about minimum hire charges can be found on our pricing page.
Looking to go on a motorhome road-trip through Europe? Do it! We welcome all your adventurous plans and will work to make them possible. Any hires longer than 28 days will need to be worked out with our team, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.
We always advise to book your motorhome holiday as far in advance as possible. The further ahead you book, the more chance of getting your chosen motorhome for the dates you want! Usually, our customers book at least 3 months, meaning there is plenty of time to organise their hire and their holiday.
Although we recommend planning in advance, we also welcome last minute bookings too! Often we have small gaps in our diary between hires and we’d always rather see our motorhomes taking you out on an adventure than sitting alone on site. So if you’re looking to getaway last minute weekend trip, it’s always worth getting in touch. We will always try to help you holiday wherever we can.
We are seeing a trend for booking later and later towards departure date (we’ve even had calls wanting to go away the same day). And while we’d always rather see people out in our motorhomes having an adventure, we do really need just a few days notice to get the motorhome ready for your departure, process the deposit, and check your documentation and details.
There are key times of year when availability is short. These include Glastonbury Festival, British Grand Prix, late May Bank Holiday (this falls in school half term break) and the first few weeks of the summer holidays.
We always advise contacting us as early as you can to book your motorhome hire during those times of year. Sometimes we are fully booked a year in advance of these events.
We also experience an increase of enquiries coming in on Boxing Day and in early January, when people start looking ahead to the new year and planning their holidays (who doesn’t need a bit of sunshine daydreaming in the depths of winter?). So keep in mind that we may take a little longer to get back to you during this time.
Yes! You absolutely can take a motorhome to a music festival or a sporting event. Motorhomes are ideally suited to going to this type of outdoor event.
Being situated so close to the town, we are first port of call for those attending Glastonbury Festival who want the luxury of a motorhome.
The most important thing? With the motorhome’s built in fridge, you’re sure to keep your beer cold for the entire duration of the event.
All our motorhomes offer a completely self-contained living space and carry everything you need to be comfortable, warm and dry at a festival. This is especially important for our British Summers. You’ll feel refreshed each morning having had a dry bed to fall in to at the end of a long day on your feet. You also get all the home comforts of central heating to keep you cosy, fresh water to keep you clean and USB sockets to keep you connected.
You can also take everything you need with you without having to worry about carrying it for miles to your pitch site: chairs, clothes, wellies, blankets and the all-important bacon, eggs and sausages for your breakfast butties.
Lastly, you can ask any festival-goer, the benefits of having your own toilet at a large event are not to be underestimated. Once you’ve used a motorhome at a music festival, you’ll never go back to a tent!
For popular events, like Glastonbury Festival, we recommend that you enquire with us as soon as you have the idea of going. We’ve sometimes been fully booked a year in advance of the festival, which is before the tickets have even gone on sale! If you book in advance then you can at least rest assured that you have somewhere to sleep each night you’re away.
For Glastonbury Festival, as tickets are harder to get than other events, we also have a 100% refund policy for if you don’t manage to get tickets.