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Old 04-29-2013, 08:56 AM   #1
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Renting an Egg in Europe

My sweetie and I like to travel to Europe whenever we can. What with The Elder Daughter living in France, and me with a lot of friends in the UK, we have all the excuses we need!

We also love to travel Out an About. Does anyone have a Wave Their Arms in the Air idea of what it would cost to hire (rent) a caravan (trailer) in Scotland and France?
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:28 AM   #2
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Anything here? Caravan Rental in Scotland
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No I do not, but sounds like a wounderful idea.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:55 AM   #4
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Hi ... we were in Germany last Sept/Oct. and did look into renting an RV of some sort , found that between the rental-insurance-campground and then taking into account autoban speed and congestion it would be better and cheaper ( for us ) to rent either holiday apt/house in the areas we were not staying with family .
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Oh yeah ..... and then there is the gas !!
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From Thomas's website for Scotland, it looks like a Caravan for 2 for a week is around $500 U.S. Extra materials are extra, and this doesn't include the cost of the tow vehicle rental, either.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:52 AM   #8
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I follow discussions in a U.K. based Forum much like this one- real informative! You might consider signing up and posting questions there.

Here's the link: Caravan Talk

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When we were much younger we tent-camped throughout Europe in a new Volvo that we had purchased here (but picked up there) through their oversees purchase program. By buying the car this way (a set fee, no negotiating) we saved enough money to pay for our trip (airfare, camping and food). Volvo shipped the car to the US for very little cost. If you are in the market for a car several European manufacturers offer this incentive.

We looked into renting an RV in Europe and just figured it was too much cost and trouble. You might want to rent a cabin or room at a campsite. You can then have the experience of camping without the hassle. We will be traveling to Europe soon and will be staying in family-run hotels and timeshares. Having traveled to and lived in Europe we can say that the best way to make the most of your trip is to "live close" to the people there and to seek out novel experiences. Rick Steves "back door" books emphasize this advice.

There was a thread on this site regarding camping travel in Europe.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:57 PM   #10
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Check out this information about RVing in France!
Go Motorhoming Europe! Everything you need to know about buying and using a motorhome in the UK and Europe.
https://www.vicarious-shop.com/France-Passion-2013.html
Bon Chance (Good Luck!)
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:55 AM   #11
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Hmmm, tricky. It may not be what you want to hear, but I would think it would be a lot easier to hire [rent] a "motorhome/motorcaravan" [RV] than hire a towcar and trailer.

Getting a towcar with a "towbar" [hitch] fitted isn't going to be easy, but it is certainly possible, though maybe not at a price you would like. Then hiring a "caravan" [trailer] isn't difficult. These are likely to be from separate companies, which creates its own problems.

Problem 1: you need the towcar insurance to cover the caravan too and even as an experienced tow-er from abroad, you may find this a problem.

Problem 2: there are restrictions in most European countries about what license you need to tow a caravan, particularly for younger drivers. In some cases you need to pass an additional driving test to tow. Now how this applies to someone from abroad, I just don't know - and I'm sure sure who does.

If you drove your own towcar/trailer into any European country, then I believe your entitlement to drive/tow at home would be sufficient, but whether the hired towcar insurance company would see it that way, I doubt.

In Britain, it's only folk who had a driving license issued before 1997 who are entitled to tow without a further test and since you don't have a British license from back then, you may fall into the 'younger driver' bracket, whatever your age.

If you hired a motorhome, it's likely that this would all be much easier as you wouldn't be trying to co-ordinate two separate hire companies from a few thousand miles away......

The alternative is to try to find a caravan rental company that can arrange the towcar hire as well - that way there's a fighting chance that when you arrive, the two hire companies will work together.
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Oh well, sounds like more hassle than it's worth. We'll probably hire a small car and do our usual B&B / hostel route.
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In Europe you can't just go into a local garage and have a hitch installed. Trailer hitches have to be "approved" for installing on a specific vehicle and are very expensive.

There are several books out there on renting motorhomes in Europe. Not cheap, but cheaper than a car+hotel rooms and meals, and you are "camping"..
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Another resource is a book (self published) by Ron Milavsky called "Take your RV to Europe". They did it with a Class "C" (IIRC). A bit dated (2005??) but chock full of information about THAT option.

Also in Germany there are stellplatz located in small towns / villages. These are kind of overnight spots. There is on in our daughter's village. Room for 3-4 rigs. Some have elec. Some don't. Some free, some have a fee. Google Stellplatz
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