The first step to rent a motorhome or camper and not fail in choosing the vehicle that best suits us depends on our priorities and needs, not all of us have in our minds the same type of trip. For some, comfort is a priority, for others space, others are looking for comfort, some will travel to places with cold climates, others to warm places, etc.
Those who have never lived the experience of traveling in a motorhome or camper have the opportunity to try a new type of travel by renting this type of vehicles, it is a completely different experience in the way of traveling that offers a great feeling of freedom, they are an excellent choice for those seeking to travel with flexibility, comfort and social distancing. Perfect for those who do not need great luxuries or who give priority to an agile mobility.
Here are the most important things to consider before renting:
The range of options is immense and depends on the space needs of each person, their preferences in maneuverability and interior comfort.
To determine the size you should take into account if you are traveling alone, in couple or with friends or family, that is to say, the occupants will determine the type of motorhome or caravan that we are going to choose to ensure that there are enough seats and beds to sleep, but we must differentiate between day and night seats. It is important that each of the seats has its own seat and approved safety belt.
Please note that it is not allowed to travel standing up or lying down in any of the available beds, nor to use the bathroom. And, of course, it is forbidden to walk around the cabin while the motorhome is in motion. If we need to get up, we must park the vehicle.
We are convinced that one of the most important aspects that must be taken into account when requesting a budget is to think about the space and equipment you need, so be interested in what is included in the price and what is and is not included in the same as: kitchen utensils, table, camping chairs, bedding, pillows etc. and that the motorhome or camper has all the necessary equipment (toilet, kitchen, heating, hot water, awning, solar panels, skyroof, etc).
Before starting your first trip, it is essential to know the exact dimensions of the vehicle: height, width and length, driving a motorhome is very easy and you usually adapt quickly to its dimensions, but you must take into account that these vehicles have much more volume than a car.
The dimensions of a motorhome or camper range between 5 and 7.5 meters in length, 2.15 - 2.33 in width and 2.8 - 3.15 in height. The unladen weight is usually between 2,500 and 3,000 kg, so the center of gravity changes and you will have to take it into account when driving on the road, overtaking a vehicle or taking curves.
Pay close attention to the signage at entrances to enclosures, both for parking and for driving through, to ensure that there is sufficient height and width for our motorhome to pass and avoid getting stuck.
Your co-driver is your best ally! When in doubt, it is preferable to ask the co-driver for help while maneuvering. Move far enough away to maneuver and when parking, we have to take into account that these vehicles are longer, wider and higher than a car.
Instruction 08/V-74 of the Ministry of the Interior states, literally, that "motorhomes may carry out stopping and parking maneuvers under the same conditions and with the same limitations as any other vehicle, as long as they do not obstruct traffic or constitute a risk for the rest of the road users, taking special care in positioning the vehicle and preventing it from moving in the absence of the driver". In addition, the Directorate General of Traffic considers that "while any vehicle is correctly parked, without exceeding the road markings of delimitation of the parking area, nor the temporary limitation of the same, if any, it is not relevant the fact that its occupants are inside the same and the motorhome is no exception, It is sufficient that the activity that can be developed inside does not transcend to the outside through the deployment of elements that overflow the perimeter of the vehicle such as stalls, awnings, leveling devices, stabilizing supports, etc.".
In other words, we can park and spend the night in the motorhome in those places where parking is allowed (be careful because some municipal directives expressly prohibit it and, therefore, we could be fined when it is so indicated). This means that we cannot open hinged windows or take out tables, chairs, awnings and other elements, as this is considered camping and can only be done in specific places. Take a look at the directory of parking zones and motorhome areas in Spain.
Keep in mind that this is a booming sector and more and more companies are dedicated to it, so one of the tips for renting a motorhome is the anticipation in the reservation. In the motorhome and campervan rental sector it is more than advisable to book in advance to avoid being left in the dates of highest demand without renting the motorhome with the best features.
The truth is that there are also more and more people who want to rent this type of vehicles to enjoy their vacations. Therefore, our advice is always to plan ahead and anticipate as much as possible. We recommend that before starting the trip you can make a small plan of your route or that you take some of the following guides, phone applications or consult one of the following websites:
The price of the motorhome rental depends on several factors, but mainly on the model, the season and the number of days of rental, each motorhome and camper rental company applies its own conditions.
The mileage of the vehicle can be limited or unlimited, when you rent a motorhome, you must pay for days and you have a maximum of kilometers, otherwise the cost per kilometer is increased.
Other issues to which you should pay attention, is that you must pay a deposit and they reserve the right to charge a cleaning fee if the motorhome is not returned in perfect condition, that is, as it was delivered, clean, empty of black and gray water and with a full tank of gasoline.
Also check the pick up and delivery schedule. Remember that Kilómetro 11 is open from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm every day of the year, and we do not charge any supplement within these hours.
Most motorhomes can be driven with a B license, like any other car, as they do not exceed 3,500 kg of Maximum Authorized Mass. Normally the only requirements to rent a motorhome or camper is to have a type B license with at least two years old and to be older than 25 years old.