We don't get away that often with all the kit, may be once or twice a year. When we do take everything the passat is full and so is the roof box. I am looking to replace the passat and although I would like something smaller and more sporty my practical head keeps saying "what about the camping stuff".
Has anyone thought about/does anyone already, hire a large car/people carrier for their camping trips and if so does it work, how do you feel about chucking all your gear in a hire vehicle.
Our car (Focus hatchback) isn't even close to big enough for carrying the complete 'big kit'. We have 2 cars due to work hours & locations so when we went camping for a week we took my Fiat 500 too. Looked quite comical loaded up to the hilt but it did the job & the cost of taking both cars a couple of times a year is a heck of a lot less than running, taxing & insuring a big car for 52 weeks of the year.
The same could apply to hiring a car or van altho you'd need to check with sites to make sure they allow commercial vehicles if you hire a van.
If vans could seat 4 people I'd look at hiring one for us too....
Hopefully Jelboy will come along soon to offer his advice, as he hires a car when he goes camping for longer trips.
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Quote: Originally posted by alpiner on 23/6/2013one of these would be good.
VW T5 link
ill second that used to drive one of these for work with seats in loads of room and lovely to drive and ride in
and if your going to cornwall you will fit right in never seen as many as we did down there
I love the T5's and every time we come back from Cornwall I snoop around day vans, they are however very expensive and as I live in a city they are not that practical as a daily driver. Doesn't stop me dreaming of a vw Californian thought :-)
I hire a van(Berlingo) most times to go camping £25 per day plus petrol...Should say that's just for me going solo..
For my main holiday when some of the family join me...I hire a transit crew bus for around £30-£40 per day...5 seats and still a big enough enclosed space in the back for all my gear...Fishing stuff and extra luggage!!
Pro's: No other option as I don't have transport...
Fully serviced new vans with breakdown cover included in price...Plenty of space...So no worries about cramming everything in....Gets me from my door to the site without hassle or waiting for public transport...
Allows me to get off site and explore the area around
Extra or stuff not immediately needed can be left secure in the van till I do need it...Etc Etc Etc...
Con's: Only hire place in my town...Bit of a bind to get to to pick up/drop off van....
Loading/unloading van when picking up or returning it...
On return tied to a time for returning van...So depending on where I am...Have to leave site early to make sure I am back on time..
And as I said...Driving home...Unloading the van...Then having to drive it to the hire place when all you want to do is sit/lie down after along journey and unpacking..
But for me...Worth it...If it gets me off out into the green stuff.....
PS: Do check with site that they allow vans...If you explain in advance why you have hired it...Most sites will accept your using it for camping and not for business reasons while on their site...
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