As much as we would love you to stay in a Serre Chevalier Chalet, there are other alternatives…How much fun could you have going for a holiday in campervan?
The real appeal of a campervan holiday is that it is different, different to any holiday you will have had before. Often we see couples who like to rent a small campervan like a Trigano Tribute and set off not having a clue where they are going and fair play to them, why not Is this typical of normal holiday? Having no plan whatsoever? Probably not, but isn’t this what it is all about? You can get a hire quote by phone or email! We often like to say that your holiday starts the moment you turn the ignition key, how many other holidays can you say that about?.
Unless you are loaded with cash the chances are that you will never own your own motorhome. It’s a sad fact that because there is a lot more to campervan than there is to a car, they are incredibly expensive. Motorhome holidays, do become affordable when you consider hiring them. There is no reason to worry about depreciation, finance, maintenance or anything like that, you just hire a campervan when you feel like taking a holiday.
There are quite a few campervan hire companies that do not actually own any vehicles, but use ones belonging to individuals instead. Hire and reward insurance can then be bought much more cheaply, because the hire company is buying in bulk. This is also good for the hirer as they feel safe, knowing that they are renting from an established company. It goes without saying that the company will also provide adequate breakdown insurance and usually a 24 hour helpline to call too.
Have you been tempted by campervan hire offers on Gumtree? Be careful… Sometimes they are ads placed by campervan hire companies. In this case it’s probably absolutely fine to go ahead, they are just using these ads to get extra exposure for their ads. If it appears to be an individual offering privately owned campervan hire, please check carefully that their arrangements are properly in order. Often we have seen people trying to add a client onto their own private insurance, this does not include hire! If you are in an accident or are pulled by the police, good luck.
We are seeing more and more skiers hiring campervans for their winter holidays. Do they get cold? Well they won’t be cold in their campervans for sure. All modern campervans have superb central heating systems that is either powered by their gas supply or in some more models such as the Chausson Flash 02, by their diesel heater that actually uses the same fuel as the engine does. The temperature is usually controlled thermostatically which is a set and forget procedure.
The modern campervan is made from modern materials that are strong and offer a high level of insulation. This is particularly true in the habitation part of the campervan where a lot has been learned from caravan designers. The double glazed windows help to keep the cold out and can be opened in the summer, with an optional fly screen.
It goes without saying that the materials used these days do not leak water or rain, so there are no musty smells in campervans anymore, like there were back in the 1980s. Heating systems can be used when camped up, making them ideal for ski trips.
I do hope that reading this has made you think about hiring a campervan or even owning your own. Whatever you decide to do we would suggest trying out a campervan by hiring one to begin with. Have a look at some different layouts of campervans and work out which would work best for you. You will get there in the end it might take a while, but you will have fun doing it! Campervans are not for everyone, some people won’t get the point of them, more fool them I say. They are the ones confined to the same view every day of their holiday, but you could change yours every day if you wish.