If you’ve never been in a motorhome before, then read this blog ‘My first motorhome hire experience’ by Emma Holmes. She explains all those little details you might be wondering about and other tops tips for motorhome hire.
As the bank holiday weekend began to approach, I started to feel excited, yet a little nervous, about our getaway plans. We’d decided to hire a motorhome for the first time and I began to wonder what I’d let myself in for. After all, I had done plenty of camping and caravanning before (albeit with my parents), but this time we were going it alone, with a motorhome on hire from Peter Roberts. I’d managed to persuade my husband that we needed to ‘upgrade’ to motorhoming as we planned to tour the North East and needed the flexibility.
I’d checked out all the different models on the website and looked at different internal layouts. As only 2 of us were travelling we opted for the super deluxe RollerTeam T-Line 740 which has a proper double bed (called an Island bed), split bathroom, with a toilet on one side of the motorhome and shower on the other. I really liked the central sink and vanity unit with mirror, especially at night with its lights as it looks very hotel-like and swish. This motorhome also had another double bed in the main lounge area, which is stored up high. One press of the electric button and it lowered down very quickly, I did want to see how easy it was to access this bed so gave it a try out too. Access to the drop down double is via a short ladder which is fun and once I’d got the security nets in place to stop me falling out I thought this provided a really comfy area for sleeping – would be great fun for kids too. All the motorhomes from Peter Roberts are in excellent condition as they’re only one year old or less.
My husband and I were really looking forward to hiring a motorhome but there seemed to be so many things to think about – where to go, whether to book a pitch on a campsite with electric in advance, how does the fridge work and am I going to be able to keep my prosecco cold ?
I needn’t have worried as the team at Peter Roberts gave me a thorough handover and went through everything we needed to know. John and Michelle spent an hour with me on the day of the hire explaining how everything works – like how to open the window catches, how to change the fridge from battery to gas, how to use the fly screens and how to store everything safely when travelling. It was really useful to spend time with them and they put me at ease with all my silly questions including how to empty the toilet cassette, which proved to be very easy (and not messy at all).
My top tips for a first motorhome hire would be to prepare what you are planning to take in advance. I had grabbed a fitted double sheet, 2 pillows and a duvet for our bed. We also packed a couple of camping chairs and a windbreak which we put in the rear garage. We took an array of footwear for walking and cycling and also coats/jackets that we also stowed in the garage. I hung my clothes on coat hangers and popped them straight into the wardrobe, Lee on the other hand, preferred to keep his stuff in a bag in the wardrobe – he couldn’t be bothered to unpack ha ha typical. We took our toiletry bags etc and a couple of towels and stowed them under the sink in the vanity unit. And that was it, we were ready for the off.
I would say don’t leave anything on the worktops or bed side tables whilst travelling. We found out to our cost when my book made a large thud, it fell off as we went around a corner. Lesson learnt.
Once we were ready to go, the first thing we did was to call at Hinchliffes Farm Shop to pick up sausages, bacon, eggs, bbq essentials and black pudding (for Lee). We had to plan our journey carefully as some carparks have low access so we parked our motorhome with ease outside by the road. Once we’d purchased all the essentials, they went straight in the fridge, which was already cold – hooray.
We both drove the motorhome (T-Line 740) which is just over 7 metres in length and 2.3 metre wide – and didn’t find it was a problem at all. Its a very easy drive and the two front seats are very comfy white leather. I also traveled in the back for a while so I could read, and charge my phone, which was great. The 2 seatbelts in the back mean that four people can travel safely together.
Our first port of call was a small campsite on the Northumbrian coast called Beadnell Bay. We had reserved a pitch here as we wanted to be right by the beach and also walking distance to a small village. We arrived about lunchtime and were shown to our spot, within minutes we had our chairs outside and were relaxing. The beauty of motorhoming is that you have everything with you so you can make yourself a snack or have a cold drink straightaway. We loved it.
The cycle rack on the back of the motorhome meant we could take our bikes. We took them for a spin in the afternoon and managed to cycle along the beach at Beadnell which was fantastic – until we came to the rocks!
The first night in the motorhome was great fun. We put the heating on a bit too high so had to turn it off as the bedroom was like a sauna – everything else worked like a dream. The ice stayed frozen in the freezer and we both had a shower (although a little small it was fine). We spent a couple of days exploring by bike and visiting places such as Seahouses and Bamburgh. We also drove the motorhome over to Lindisfarne to visit Holy Island, which was amazing.
After a few nights at Beadnell Bay we headed South to see family on a campsite called Cote Ghyll in a small place called Osmotherly in North Yorks. Once again, we were booked on a pitch without electric hookup but we were fine. The gas kept us going and also the solar panel really helped. We had filled up with water as we left Northumberland and emptied the waste water so we knew we would be fine. One of the morning we entertained my auntie and uncle in the motorhome and cooked a full English for four people – although a little tight on space we really enjoyed it and Lee excelled himself in the kitchen.
We had to fill up with diesel on the way home to make sure we returned the motorhome with a full tank – this wasn’t a problem or too expensive (£65 for a full tank). We really enjoyed our trip and would recommend to anyone. The drivers handbook in the vehicle acted as a little reminder for everything John had told me and it was a great reference point – the main thing to remember is to turn off gas whilst travelling.
Everything provided with the motorhome was of really good quality, we even had Royal Doulton melamine tableware. We didn’t need anything else other than food and a few bits and bobs. We would recommend to book sites in advance if possible – we got a discount at Beadnell Bay as its a National Camping and Caravanning site – saved 10% as a Peter Roberts Privilege Club member – card on keyring. Ask in advance for the number plate to get discount.
Any finally, hiring a motorhome is such fun and so enjoyable – you even become part of the special club where everyone else in a motorhome waves to you whilst on the road. So, if you are thinking of hiring a motorhome don’t forget to wave.
7 days minimum hire of 6 berth motorhome during high season starts at £1050. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01484 662774 to check availability.
Emma Holmes – First motorhome hire May 2018.