Renting Motorhome summer 2012

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  1. Kathleen

    Kathleen Read Only Funster

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    Can anyone provide recommendations for rental companies? I have been searching the internet for days and cannot tell a long standing company from a fly-by-night one. If you have a negative comment about a company to avoid, please send me a personal message as it is inappropriate to vent publicly in online forums.

    I am at a complete loss over what to do next.

    I am very active in a sailing forum and I know they are great fonts of knowledge.
    Thank you
     
  2. Popeye

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    Hi Kathleen, try these guys. I've never used them for hire, though I have had a recommendation, I have however used them for other transactions and they are professional, courteous and reliable.

    ....That'll be a tenner please.........:Laughing:
     
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    Our very own Johns Cross is the real deal, look at the right hand side of the screen.
     
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  4. Roryboys Dad

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    Which part of the Country, even which Country, are you hoping to pick up the MH and where are you intending going with it?

    :france::france::france:
     
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  5. Kathleen

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    Pick up can be anywhere north of Manchester ideally; I am from Canada so consider your whole beautiful island an easy drive. :Smile: Staying away from London this year is also key I imagine.

    The scoop on this trip...
    We are from Toronto and usually sail all summer long but our boat is unavailable this summer so we decided to take the kids to Scotland (aka my in-law's homeland) and show them the house grandma grew up in etc. They have wanted to go for years.

    We have 3 kids and apparently no one with 3 kids travels in your country because finding accommodation for 5 is impossible without 2 rooms ($$) so we hit upon the motorhome idea. We often call our boat a floating motorhome, and we have done lots of tent camping and have motorhome'd from Toronto to Key West before so this is not a big stretch for us.

    And now this trip has become so exciting that the in-laws have decided to come along; we need a 7 person motorhome.

    That's the scoop. Once I get a motorhome rented I can put my mind to an agenda and will solicit advice then.

    I have contacted John Cross and Tishead (they might not have 7 px) and am awaiting replies - thanks for the tips.
     
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    Have a look at this rental company, just off Jct 24 of the M1, we're hiring from them in a few weeks time for the second year - www.xplore-it-uk.com/

    Not north of Manchester but reasonable prices and very reliable.

    :france::france::france:



     
  7. Kathleen

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    Thanks! We are 7 people so Tilshead didn't work but they were very helpful anyway. Xplore-it looks good so am perusing that suggestion.
     
  8. Kathleen

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    Ha Ha, they can't do 7 people so there goes your tenner! But, if you see us parked next to you this summer please come by for a pint.
     
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    Wow, how bizzarre

    I am Coming to Canada Tortonto with my two boys next August and am,,,,

    guess what,,,

    currently looking for a hire company in Torronto to hire an RV...

    All the internet prime ones seem so expensive, I only want a rent a wreck to explore the falls and drive in to the states? Is it normally allowed to take an RV out of Canada to the US?

    Shame there are 7 of you as this may prove difficult in the UK for one van, most at a maximum would have seatbelts for 6 and our little euro boxes are quite cramped for that many people....:Blush:
     
  10. Kathleen

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    Consider flying and renting from Buffalo, New York

    How cool is that!

    I will find out who we used in 2000 when we dove to Key West, Florida and get back to you. It was a very fun trip. I believe they were good to deal with. It wasn't a beater though

    Gas is cheaper here at least: about 1.28 L. Don't know about diesel but it will be less too.

    Do you have to fly into Toronto? It is almost always cheaper to fly into Buffalo. Check out Buffalo Niagara Intl Airport and Niagara Falls Inter. Airport (they are different). All major USA carriers fly into either one of those. When we travel as a family we often drive the 2 hours to Buffalo, park the car in long term parking and go. Is much, much cheaper for 5 people.

    Also, check out Buffalo for RV rentals. Everything is bigger and less expensive in the States. Border towns in Canada are hit hard by the massive amount of cross boarder shopping.

    If you are going to the States anyway I think you should consider this option.
     
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    Is this going to be MHF's first international motorhome swap holiday ?
     
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    you are going to be pushed to find 7 berth

    Few motor homes this side of the pond have 7 seat belts... You are going to be looking for an RV to get 7 berths ...

    While my Winnebago has 7 belted seats it sleeps 4... while there are some bigger RV's in the UK and you can hire them, you are going to find it very very expensive.. also the bigger it gets the harder it is to find camp sites that will accept it.

    Suggest you try the sister site of www.rvoc.co.uk ..... all yanks there and you could ask if they have a recommendation or two.

    Bob
     
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    Hi Kathleen you do not say how long for ?If you do a ebay search for 7 berth motor home it comes up with a few hire co's -- about £100 per day all in :Eek!: There is a co I know v good but they are way down south of Manchester.
    good luck on your search :thumb:
    terry
     
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    i would suggest getting 2 smaller motorhomes as you will find they will probably go around scotland a little easier and as said 7 traveling would be hard to find a van big enough.
     
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    I would also recommend two smaller m'homes for getting around Scotland especially if you want to get up the West Coast where many roads are small and single track. You would also have no problem in sourcing these.Whatever you decide enjoy our beautiful country!
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    the falls are better from the US side


    The falls are better from t he US side.. we have done both sides and have driven US hire cars over in to Canada and back... homeland security is long now and takes for ever.. the rainbow or peace bridge we found was easier to get across than the main truck route.. still have to go through formalities both sides in both directions even if it is only an hour trip.

    The park on the USA side allows a good view of the falls looking towards the Canadian side.. lots of lights and the falls light up in the dark. We stay in Buffalo and take the short drive to the falls.. Also the parking is a lot easier on the US side than the Canadian side.


    Bob
     
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    I agree!!
     
  18. Terry

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    What is wrong with you lot,2 x 4 b = 700 quid 1 x 7 b = prob 800 week less room but it makes things more cosy :thumb: and yes I have been all along the tight roads meeting up face to face with a big coach :BigGrin:all adds to the fun
    terry
     
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    At Xplore-it-uk there is a Carioca 707 - 7 berth - 7 seats - 7 seat belts - 6.25 Metres long.

    It should have no more trouble on the worst of the narrow Scottish roads than any other vehicle.


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  20. Terry

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    oooops missed 2 x 700 =1400 :Wink:
    What is wrong with you lot,2 x 4 b = 700 = 1400 quid 1 x 7 b = prob 800 week less room but it makes things more cosy and yes I have been all along the tight roads meeting up face to face with a big coach all adds to the fun
    terry
     
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