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26/7/2018 at 6:26pm
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Hi everyone

Has anyone ever hired a large vehicle just for their camping trips?

We've swapped one of our cars for an electric car, and would really like to now swap the other car for another one. Two electric cars will suit our driving useage other than for our 3/4 camping hols each year.

At a push I think we could weekend camp by just taking our small set up and a roofbox for extra space. For a weekend we wouldn't be venturing further than the car could go either.

So that leaves 1 or 2 big camps where we currently fill an SUV and a medium sized trailer. We could trim down on some kit, but not enough to do away with the trailer (we have 2 kids so can't use the back seats of the car for kit) and electric cars can't tow (Tesla model X excluded but that is at the wrong end of the price spectrum!)

I've never rented a car before, does anyone do this and have any tips about how to do this in the most cost effective way, ie vehicle type, companies to use. Large van type car for all the kit or tow car hire? Or, is this just not going to be an affordable solution?

Sadly we don't have access to any other cars in the family that would fit, as they have electric or hybrid cars too! Taking both cars would not work as my wife doesn't like driving on main roads and turning up at each charger with 2 cars to charge would be impractical.


26/7/2018 at 11:25pm
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With the cost of hiring a big car for a week or more I'd keep the weekend camping setup and look at alternatives such as booking a Yurt or other pre-pitched tent / hut etc to enjoy.

You may have a few less choices but probably little difference in cost when you add in the fuel and the car hire.


26/7/2018 at 11:36pm
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Don't think there's much chance of hiring a towcar.
Hire a large car and cram everything in while OH and kids go by public transport then pick them up when you've dumped the gear at the site?

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27/7/2018 at 8:46am
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Quote: Originally posted by Decto on 26/7/2018
With the cost of hiring a big car for a week or more I'd keep the weekend camping setup and look at alternatives such as booking a Yurt or other pre-pitched tent / hut etc to enjoy.

You may have a few less choices but probably little difference in cost when you add in the fuel and the car hire.



Thanks Decto
Readycamps are becoming more common on the C&CC sites so this might be an option, I'm just really reluctant to sell the extra components of our large set up as we love the tent, but rental tents for longer stays would be a sensible solution, and would also mean I could sell the trailer and a lot of the contents too


27/7/2018 at 8:53am
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Quote: Originally posted by seanfdh on 26/7/2018
Don't think there's much chance of hiring a towcar.
Hire a large car and cram everything in while OH and kids go by public transport then pick them up when you've dumped the gear at the site?



thanks Seanfdh
I think if this option was a goer we could avoid the hire car all together. I'm looking at a Kia Soul EV which has quite a small boot, but with the back seats folded flat would actually take quite a load due to the boxy shape. I think I could get all the kit in one of them, but only have room for say me and my eldest to travel.
I guess my wife and our youngest could then get a bus or the train and we could collect them at the other end. Not been on a bus or train for about 20 years, so no idea how expensive they have become. Maybe a pair or bus or train tickets would be just as expensive as a hire car!!


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Could you look at hiring a combi-van or something along the lines of a VW transporter, plenty of room for the family & camping equipment.


27/7/2018 at 11:28am
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Quote: Originally posted by Jim1977 on 27/7/2018
Not been on a bus or train for about 20 years, so no idea how expensive they have become. Maybe a pair or bus or train tickets would be just as expensive as a hire car!!





Nowhere near, especially if you do a bit of research on train ticket prices and get a family railcard. I'd seriously look at this as a plan.


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27/7/2018 at 4:03pm
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Space wise, you could look at hiring a MPV, or even a minibus. Pricewise, this may not be such a great plan. I did a quick Google, and MPVs are around £650 a week, and mini buses closer to £1000 !


27/7/2018 at 4:42pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Caci on 27/7/2018
Space wise, you could look at hiring a MPV, or even a minibus. Pricewise, this may not be such a great plan. I did a quick Google, and MPVs are around £650 a week, and mini buses closer to £1000 !



Wow, that is crazy expensive.

I had a look on autotrader and I could buy an old CRV or RAV 4 for a couple of grand and just SORN it when not needed!


30/7/2018 at 8:29am
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A word to the wise, if you go down the car rental route, whatever you do DO NOT USE EASIRENT.COM they will simply rip you off, with their plethora of additional charges.

Yep, I got stung to the tune of nearly £200 would you believe £48 additional driver surcharge (sole driver) and £135 for a microscopic <1mm windscreen chip (that Iím certain was pre existing).

As for trying to get money back....

You have been warned!


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09/8/2018 at 8:24pm
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Do you have anywhere to store a 3rd car (off the road) Could you just Sorn the car you have and just use it for camping? Car hire is ridiculously expensive.

Being an ev owner myself, I know I couldn't yet make the transition to being an ev only household.

We are due to try and fit all our camping gear in our leaf, with a roofbag, for a week camping trip in a week and half!! I can see us having to take 2 cars. The site we are going to will require 1 charge en route on a motorway service, and then another when we get near the site... but that will then do us for driving round and we'll charge again before we set off home. There is no easy option, but I agree with your wife, I wouldn't want to be having to charge 2 cars at each stop.


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10/8/2018 at 8:30pm
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Many sites provide storage for caravans. They tow it out onto a pitch so you can arrive and wind the legs down, connect water and electric, put up the awning etc. Then all in reverse at the end of your holiday. It tiea you to one site but is a reasonably economical option.

I wonder if these sites can now start to think about storage for camping kit to accommodate the EV users.




12/8/2018 at 4:02pm
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I can hire a large car/mpv for about £60 a day. They come with a 200 miles a day included. Our local hire place even has vans with 3 seats in the back for about £65/day.
Been using hire cars regularly for the last 3 years whilst my daughter was at university in Derby, and we live in Dorset. Took the stress out of driving 400 miles each time by have a new vehicle with breakdown cover. Saves wear and tear on our car

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05/10/2018 at 7:03am
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We took the decision about 4 years ago to get rid of our car and rent one when we need it. We had a ford Mondeo estate for 16 days in sept and it cost us £512 plus £100 in fuel. Our local car hire place are Kendalls cars and I can't recommend them enough. If we didn't have such a good local car hire company it wouldn't have been possible to ditch our car. They do hire cars with a tow bar but charge extra for the insurance, not sure how much but worth enquiring. When I go camping with work (don't ask, it's team building!) I sometimes get the crew van (6 seater transit) more expensive but makes logistics much easier (£208 for 4 days).
So yes it's do-able, my suggestion is to work out how much you're saving by going electric then find a reputable local hire firm and see if they can provide what you need, assuming they can, will it cost significantly more or less than the saving of going electric.

Alternatively, switch to pre-setup camping, though that is not the same thing as having all your own kit and doesn't have the same home from home feel, it also limits the places you can go. One of the sites we stayed at for 7 nights in Cornwall would have been £315 more expensive in a yurt, the other didn't have the option but if it were similar then it's probably much of a muchness costwise.

Pros of hiring:
Always get the car you need for the journey
Car is usually new (within 2 years, usually under a year)
Car is well maintained and serviced regularly

Cons of hiring
Pick up / drop off adds to packing/unpacking time
Car is different each time so packing strategies have to be a bit more flexible (we had a car once that had a hidden compartment under the boot liner, it would take over a crate of wine!)

Car controls are different each time so there's a slight run in. We're used to this now but if getting ready to go is stressful then this could add an extra dimension!


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See if you can send the kit by pallet courier, You need to find one that will load for you, Get a pallet, find a pallet collar (get them second hand). Get some shrink wrap. Ensure your destination has got a reception or someone to sign for your pallet. Might cost less than £50


26/10/2018 at 8:56pm
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Hire a small van a Transit Courier will suffice.

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