Many Brits could be set to ditch holidays overseas in favour of a staycation in the latter part of 2020, with a surge in motorhome and campervan holidays expected.
But if you’re planning to hire a motorhome and venture into the nation’s many green spaces, you’ll want to know all of the essentials that you may need.
Some items might be included as part of the rental, while others may need to be purchased ahead of your trip.
The lure of the open road that comes with motorhome hire can appeal to adults of all ages, although you should check before booking to see if there is a minimum and maximum age limit for the driver.
Some rentals might also include mileage limits, so it’s important to know what costs might be incurred if the limit is exceeded, while naming more than one driver may also cost extra.
The vast majority of motorhomes that are available for hire also weigh less than 3.5 tonnes, meaning that anyone with a standard category B licence can drive them.
Hiring firms will provide the majority of the crucial things you need, such as cooking utensils and cutlery, as well as the necessary external equipment such as water hoses, gas bottles and electrical cables.
The majority of motorhomes will have basic cooking facilities, often including a fridge, small gas hob, sink and water tank, while certain models may also have an oven or grill.
You can also expect to have a dustpan and brush to keep the motorhome clean and tidy, while some firms will offer maps and GPS systems as an optional extra.
Finally, any hire will also include the necessary road safety equipment to ensure that you can stay safe should something go wrong – hi-visibility clothing, warning triangles and jacks are among the items you can expect to be supplied.
Of course, all hiring firms may differ in their approaches to what is and isn’t included, so it’s always best to double check in advance to see what essentials you may need.
If you intend to hire a motorhome when temperature fluctuations are likely between day and night, you’ll want a chamois or similar to deal with the condensation.
Cleaning wipes and anti-bacterial sanitiser also come in handy, both in terms of maintaining personal hygiene and keeping the motorhome clean.
If your motorhome includes an awning, you’ll want to ensure have the necessary straps to use it, while you’ll probably want a groundsheet and tent pegs if you plan to be outside.
Access to electricity may also be limited while on your trip, so you’ll also want to ensure that you have an adequate number of adaptors and chargers to suit your needs.
You may also wish to enhance the level of insurance cover that you have in place by opting for motorhome hire excess insurance.
As an optional extra, the policy can provide peace of mind for the duration of your trip by increasing the cover on the excess you would need to pay should your motorhome be damaged or stolen.
Date Created: 25/06/2020