Motorhome Hire For THe First Time

It was the summer of 2009 and was living in The French Alps, Serre Chevalier in the Hautes Alpes to be exact. My eldest daughter was 5 old and my nt baby girl, nearly 2 months. had lived in the French Alps for about seven and my parents and my parents-in-law were all alive and reasonably well, but not great travellers that they had reached their mid 70s. As they all live in the UK, the only real option was to visit England so that they could meet their new granddaughter.

Of course their were other considerations too as an old friend of me was hg 50th birthday party, and there were my brother-in-laws that my wife and hadn’t seen for 2 years.

I thought and hard about how to do all this: it was my plan to drive my car to England, but then what? This was August, which is prime time holiday season in the UK – to stay would be either booked or just simply too expensive. So thought about camping, but only for minute, my wife that this impractical with newborn baby. had to think of else…

I decided to hire motorhome from UK based company. The company had nearly 500 motorhomes dotted ad the UK and surprisingly sl had some available for August en was making my enquiry at the end of July. chose to hire motorhome in Reading, Berkshire which was fairly central location for our travels. called UK Freephone number, 0800 612 8719 to make the enquiry and spoke to the pleasent Sheena who helped me with my booking.  was surprised how easy it all was, credit card confirmed the booking and then there was minimal at of paperwork just to provide the ‘legalities’ for the motorhome insurance.

On arrival in the UK decided to drop my family off at my brother-in-laws in London, then went off to the motorhome hire pickup in Reading where met Anne who showed me the motorhome, 2004 Eldiss Autoquest 200. She showed me all the features that would be using sh as hot and cold running water, gas central heating (yes it can get cold in the UK, en in summer!). My only concern at this was how would fit my child car seats into the motorhome for when they are travelling along. Lap belts were provided in the rear but they weren’t facing forwards, which meant couldn’t my kids in the right direction.  decided to ‘work later’ as it was getting dark now. left my car at the pick pt as agreed.

The drive to London was fine, I’ve driven some qe vans in my time, so the size wasn’t pm and the 2.0l diesel engine sm to te it ag the M4 at 70mph with no problem. The radio/CD player kept me company on the into London.  When got home realised there was could thread the rear seat belts to at least my baby the correct orientation.

The day we packed the motorhome with all our ts and set off for Paignton in Devon, where my ‘little’ brother-in-law lives. This was an easy stop as we just parked in his driveway and ran off the auxilliary battery and gas. We stayed in Devon days, which included 3 nights at Beverly Park – campsite with kids club, crazy golf, plus indoor and outdoor pools. We had day at Paignton Zoo and day on the beach at Torquay, so all was good.

The stop was my parents in Stoke-on-Trent, not the most amazing of places, but 5 old Maddy loved seeing her Grandparents. The motorhome just about fitted in the driveway of their bungalow and we had to level it using the ramps provided. had thought of hooking it to the mains, but it to be no pm to just use 12 volts and gas.  Our trip was sadly coming to an end now, but we sl managed to squeeze in my ‘in-laws’ in Leighton Buzzard, an annual reunion from my wife’s ‘art school days’ in Muswell Hill, London and the 50th birthday in Watford and trip to some old friends of from France who live in Toppesfield, Essex.

Overall was pleased with the Eldiss Autoquest motorhome and the overall motorhome hire experience, but nt time would probably look for with permanent double bed at the rear and some single beds nearer the that would double as seating for the passengers. will probably buy motorhome day, but do think will hire ft to get feel of what is on offer by dt manufacturers and which is perfect for my family and the we will use it.

Next am planning trip to Glastonbury Festival hired motorhome. Motorhome and Glastonbury campervan hire specialists, Motorholme, have been providing hire service for years. companies do not wish their campervans to go to Glastonbury, but this is fine with Motorholme. Eh there is in which you can reserve your campervan with deposit and if you don’t get ticket, then automatically get your deposit back. Artist promoters may also consider using Glastonbury motorhome hire service to provide corporate accommodation the festival. For details 0800 612 8719 to or visit

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