While many campers are happy to forego home comforts when taking a motorhome holiday, others demand luxury. This is often termed glamping (a portmanteu of glamorous clamping), and is ideal for those people who enjoy the finer things in life but are also up for an adventure. Click here to Search >>
If you are researching luxury motorhome hire, the best place to start is with Class A motorhomes. These are always packed with the latest features and the biggest can comfortably accommodate an entire team of travellers and still feel spacious. However, these monsters can be tricky to get hold of in the United Kingdom.
What is the most expensive Class A motorhome?
If you want an idea of the full potential available with a Class A motorhome, look no further than the space-age EleMMent Palazzo from truck specialists Marchi Mobile. Sometimes referred to as a ‘land yacht’ this imaginatively designed motorhome is the epitome of camping luxury.
Built on a high quality Volvo chassis and housing a Volvo engine, the opulent Palazzo boasts a two-storey layout; marble interior; king-size beds; master suite with rainfall shower head; fully equipped kitchen; cocktail bar; fireplace; external storage compartments and a cockpit-style driving area with huge circular windows and three propellor-like wiper blades. To cap it off, there is even an integrated rooftop ‘sky lounge’ equipped with heated flooring and canopy.
How much does this level of luxury cost? Sadly, this is one motorhome you won’t be able to hire and with a price tag of nearly £3 million, it comes up as one of the most expensive motorhomes on the planet – if not the most expensive.
Of course, there are plenty of luxury Class A motorhomes available to hire and some can even be driven on a standard licence.
How much does it cost to rent a large RV?
It should come as no surprise that Class A motorhome hire is generally more expensive than other types of camping vehicle. Nevertheless, there is a lot of variety in the market and it is possible to enjoy luxury travel at an excellent price.
When looking for motorhomes to hire, your travel dates will have a big impact on rates. In the low season (generally from November to March) you might find a large motor home for hire for as little as £500 per week. If you are travelling in peak season (generally June to September), that same vehicle could be listed for £1600 per week or more. Prices can also go up during holidays (e.g. Easter, Christmas, etc.) or when there are special events in the area.
Availability can also be an issue with luxury Class A motorhomes so it is worth not ruling out smaller vehicles simply based on their size. Class C motorhomes can offer just as much luxury as their bigger cousins and even the humble Class B campervan can now be surprisingly compact with plenty of hidden storage space and modern features.
One factor that can throw the inexperienced motorhome renter is additional mileage costs. If you come across a particularly low base hire rate that seems too good to be true, check the mileage allowance. You will often find that your mileage is capped at a low level and that you have to pay an additional charge for every mile over that limit. It is usually more economical to opt for a deal with unlimited mileage but if you intend to spend a lot of time at a campsite, it may be worth getting the calculator out. You will also have to factor in fuel costs for your journey and you will normally be expected to return the motorhome with a full tank!
We suggest you start your quest for the perfect holiday right here on our website by clicking search in the main menu and entering your home location in the search bar. Some regions (e.g. London) will immediately bring up plenty of vehicles to choose from. If you live in a more remote town or region, you might have to look a bit further afield before you find the motorhome you want. If you prefer, you can opt to pick up your motorhome at your destination, in which case you would enter that into the search box. Some motorhome owners offer airport delivery if you plan to fly to your holiday location.
Using our trusted global peer-to-peer platform increases the number and variety of vehicles available to you. As you will discover when browsing motorhomes, hire price and vehicle specifications can vary a lot. All vehicles are priced per day but you will find weekly and monthly rates in the individual listings pages.
How many does a motorhome sleep?
One of the biggest factors when it comes to holiday comfort is space so it makes sense to start with the ideal berth of your motorhome. Every motorhome listed on our website clearly indicates the number of people it sleeps. However, if you are determined to enjoy a luxury road trip, it is a good idea to hire a vehicle that could accommodate extra people. This will give you more living and storage room. It can also mean the difference between everyone having a double bed and someone having to squeeze into a bunk only big enough for a child.
There is so much variety in the size and shape of motorhomes that you can find vehicles that will only accommodate a couple alongside others with space for a football team. If you are using our website to source a large motorhome, you can enter ‘8’ into the ‘Sleeps’ filter (filter buttons are just below the menu). This will ensure only motorhomes with 8 or more beds are included in your results.
You can then start using the other filter buttons to save time as you gradually tailor your motorhome to your unique needs. Once you’ve narrowed down your choice, you can begin delving into the finer details of each motorhome on your shortlist to create the ultimate luxury experience. With a clear idea of what you need for a perfect getaway, you will be out on the open road before you know it.
How to ensure a luxury hire
Motorhome holidays are about much more than spending the most money on the biggest rig. You are likely to be on the road for long periods of time so being comfortable with what you are driving is important. The driving position in a Class A motorhome will be very different to what you would experience driving a car or even a truck. Some drivers will love this but others will find it unsettling and this could spoil the holiday. Class A motorhomes are best suited to large, wide roads, hence their popularity in the USA and Europe. The typical narrow and winding British country road presents a big challenge to the driver of a Class A motorhome and you may want to downsize to a Class C or Class B if this is the type of road you will be facing.
Excellent service is another important part of the perfect holiday. This is where it pays to read the customer reviews as you will soon get an idea of which motorhome owners go above and beyond to look after their customers. Every listing on our website will include an aggregate star rating (from one to five stars) together with a number indicating how many reviews the owner or company has. At the bottom of each listing, you can read the reviews for yourself for a more detailed picture of the service you can expect.
If you are looking for luxury then you will want your motorhome to include as many amenities as possible. The format of each vehicle’s listings page will help with this because it includes all possible amenities and greys out those which are not included. That makes it easy to compare motorhomes at a glance.
For example, if you are travelling as a family and need the use of a well equipped kitchen, you will want to see not just a stove and a kitchen sink but a fridge, oven and microwave too. For maximum catering flexibility, you will almost certainly want to opt for a vehicle with both electric power hookup and portable gas.
Some people prefer to unplug technology and ignore their email and Facebook feed for the duration of their adventure. However, if your idea of luxury includes keeping up with your favourite TV programmes and updating your social media profile, make sure the WiFi, satellite and TV/DVD checklist items are included.
Other items to look out for on the list of amenities include air conditioning, heater, dining table, shower (inside, outside or both), toilet, ceiling fan, generator, tow hitch, bike rack, solar charging, levelling jack, backup camera, washer/dryer, CD player, radio, audio inputs, inverter, disabled facilities and water tanks.
A little bit further down the listing page, you will come across a list of ‘add-ons.’ These range from freebies provided by the owner as good customer service to chargeable extras. These will usually be optional but you may find some are required and need to be budgeted for. It is possible for owners to add anything they like on this list so make sure you read through it carefully so you don’t miss out on any special offers. After all, paying for extras such as cooking utensils and bedding will reduce what you need to pack.
Examples of what you might find in this section are additional driver insurance, collision damage waiver, bike racks, bedding sets, an airport pick-up service or an early collection/late return service to help you make the most of your time on the road.
If you intend to bring your beloved pet with you, be sure to check the ‘rules’ section. If pets are allowed, you might need to pay an additional charge to cover the extra cleaning. This section also covers smoking and festivals so if you’re planning to enjoy Glastonbury minus the mud, make sure this is permitted in the rules.
Finalising your booking
Providing the dates you need are showing as available, you can finalise your booking by clicking the green Request Booking button. Some owners have enabled an Instant Book button for even faster service. If you prefer to speak to a human being before making a decision, there is a telephone number beneath the booking button.
Luxury camping offers a chance to have your cake and eat it. You get to retain all the comfort and convenience of home while waking up to a different vista each morning.
Whether you’re planning on touring the United Kingdom in style, heading across the channel to explore Europe or taking the plunge and camping on another continent, you can do it in comfort and style with campervanhire.com motorhome hire.