What to expect from motorhome hire

If you’re considering switching up the tent or glamping pod for a touring adventure, motorhome hire is a great option. You’ll have the freedom to go where you please and take the journey at your leisure. But what should you expect when you pick up your vehicle, and how does motorhoming differ from camping and glamping?

Motorhome being driven along stone road in the countryside, with trees lining the road

Motorhomes vs camping and glamping

The main difference between touring and camping or glamping is that your base is mobile. You can pitch up at a site for one, three or ten nights – and often you can change your mind and move on sooner or later than planned.

Much of the equipment you’ll find in your motorhome is similar to that which you’d find in glamping accommodation, although Experience Freedom camping and glamping pods don’t have quite the level of kit you’ll find in your motorhome. You’ll enjoy an oven and hob on the go, for example, which aren’t available in our pods.

Choosing a motorhome also gives you access to a greater range of sites across the Caravan and Motorhome Club network. You’ll be free to travel to Europe if you like and stay on affiliated sites there, or simply enjoy more options in the UK.

What’s included

When you hire a motorhome through Experience Freedom and our partner, Swift Go, you can expect a good level of equipment.

  • Technology - Not only can you connect to 4G enabled Wi-Fi, but you can also control the heating and lights in the vehicle with your smartphone via the Swift Command app. You’ll also enjoy satellite navigation when you’re on the go, as well as a TV and DVD player for quiet nights in.
  • Safety - All Swift Go motorhomes come with a fire extinguisher, fire blanket, basic first aid kit, carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarm. Of course, you’ll need to bring any specific medications that you and your family may need, such as inhalers and allergy treatments.
  • Kitchen - The motorhome’s kitchen includes a fridge, hob, oven/grill, microwave, sink, toaster and a selection of pans and utensils – in short, everything you need for easy cooking. Gas bottles and a disposable barbecue are also supplied, so all you need to do is fill the cupboards with your favourite foods before you set off.
  • Bathroom and sleeping - There’s a shower on board and a few basic toiletries are supplied. Feel free to bring extra beach towels and bathrobes for your comfort. Mattresses are also supplied for a comfy night’s sleep. You'll need to bring your own bedding and towels with you for safety purposes during this time.

Key points to remember

Remember that you’re travelling in a much larger vehicle than your car, so you’ll need to take care on narrow roads and when manoeuvring. You can build your confidence at a motorhome manoeuvring course hosted by the Caravan and Motorhome Club before you set out.

If you don’t want to drive your motorhome for day trips, choose sites with car hire available or easy access to public transport. This will make exploring much easier.

You will also want to familiarise yourself with the speed limits and other road laws regarding motorhomes. Ensure you know the weight of your vehicle to find the appropriate guidance.

And finally…

Enjoy your travels! Motorhoming is a wonderful way to explore the UK and Europe, and you can go at the pace you please. If you're new to the industry, you may benefit from reading our five top tips for your first motorhome trip. But either way, you’ll soon find you settle into the rhythm of touring and that’s when the magic happens.


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