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The Benefits Of Hiring A Caravan Or Motorhome From A Private Owner

Wednesday 3rd July 2019
By Ely Power
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By Ely Power

Rise Of The Motorhome Holiday

Motorhome hire is a popular choice for holidaymakers yearning to explore the United Kingdom without breaking the bank - The National Caravan Council estimates that each year, over two million people get a taste of van life with an RV holiday! 

And this trend is on the rise for a heap of reasons. Discovering the great outdoors in a caravan or motorhome can cut your travel time, save you hundreds and even reduce your eco footprint. Compared to a typical overseas holiday, claims that a trip in the RV will shave an average of 8.6 hours off your journey with 92% fewer transport costs and 95% less CO2 emissions - That’s enough to make 80,000 cups of tea. 

But the best part? Renting a motorhome gives you the freedom and flexibility to experience a host of different regions on one incredible adventure. And for a more relaxing escape, you can set up camp for the long-haul, unwinding in the beauty of nature with home comforts only a reach away.

Swap Pricey Dealerships For Expert Private Owners

To make the most of your holiday, you’ll need to rent the right RV. Unfortunately, hiring through a traditional rental company usually involves a daunting selection process and generalised, impersonal service. As if that isn’t enough of a headache, you can also face eye-watering costs that add up a bit too quickly.

Luckily, peer-to-peer motorhome and caravan hires are fast becoming the way forward. With this affordable and reliable alternative, you can hire unique RVs from caring owners at fair prices. So wave goodbye to the stress of renting through large corporations and say hello to authentic experiences with real people.

Interested in joining Camplify’s community of happy hirers? Check out the benefits of renting a motorhome or caravan from a private owner below.

That Personal Touch

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When you hire a motorhome or caravan from a private owner, you are so much more than just another number in the system. Rather, you’ll have direct contact with someone who is personally invested in making your holiday unforgettable for all the right reasons. 

The Real Deal

Unlike many rental companies based in far-flung cities, private owners are keen campers with a genuine love for van life. That’s why they’ll go the extra mile to equip you with the information and essentials you need for an amazing getaway. Remember to get some insider tips on what to do and where to go to really maximise your experience - As the owner usually lives, works and plays in your chosen destination, they’ll have tons of valuable knowledge when it comes to exploring its hidden gems like a true local.

Your Trip, Your Way

And with care comes convenience. Private owners offer unparalleled flexibility so that you can plan the perfect holiday with ease - You won’t always be tied to rigid dates, strict pick up locations or set terms of use. For instance, most owners are happy to accommodate last minute bookings, date changes and trip extensions (within reason, of course!). Whether you’d like to collect the vehicle closer to home or pick it up at your destination, together you can arrange an easy handover location - No more starting your holiday with a lengthy detour to a sprawling depot. And to put the icing on the cake, plenty of pet-loving owners will let you bring your pup on your adventure if you ask in advance! 

Face-To-Face Support

At the end of the day, there’s no substitute for putting a face to the name. So before you set off, you’ll get to meet the private owner in person. They’ll give you an in-depth tour of their caravan or motorhome and first-hand advice on how to make the most of it. They know their vehicle like the back of their hand, so feel free to ask any questions before you drive away or if you encounter any issues throughout the journey. Trust us, having a friendly owner on call makes all the difference when you hire an RV you’ve never used before. 

All Of The Quality For A Fraction Of The Cost

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There’s no doubt that camping is a fantastic way to explore the UK in all its glory. However, booking an RV through a standard hiring company can bring climbing costs that put rentals out of reach for many travellers. If the dog-friendly RVs alone haven’t convinced you to hire from a private owner, then the substantial savings will. And we’re not talking a few quid here and there.

Pay Less, Holiday More

We’ve done some research to highlight just how much you could save: 

Say you want to hire a 4-berth motorhome in Edinburgh for one night. A quick Google search will reveal that you’ll need to fork out over £500 through some traditional rental companies (without even including extra costs like gas provisions, weekend hire charges, transfer fees and insurance). This is compared to prices as low as £65 on our peer-to-peer rental platform. We don’t want to brag, but these affordable rates include comprehensive insurance, paid for by the owner and 24/7  breakdown cover for free on every hire.  

So why is Camplify so much cheaper? It’s pretty simple: We give our private owners the freedom to hire out their RV at any price they choose, which is generally much lower than those set by powerful corporations and dealerships. Essentially, the ever-growing collection of competitive listings means you get to enjoy more bang for your buck. Not to mention that private owners are often more open to negotiations on seasonal rates, cleaning services and extra provisions like bedding or camping equipment. Yep, sticking to your budget has never been easier.

Rest Easy With Protected Payments

Once you’re ready to settle up, you can have peace of mind knowing that the transaction is completely secure. We have also teamed up with the UK’s leading insurance providers to ensure full cover for every single hire on our platform (Learn more about Camplify’s insurance policy here). Combine this with our dedicated support team and you don’t have to worry about a thing. 

In short, private owners offer the cheapest rental rates for all kinds of RVs. Whether you’re looking to roam the country in a motorhome or campervan, or to be set up in your perfect destination in caravan or trailer tent, these cost-effective hires will make your dream road trip a reality.

A One Of A Kind Rental For A Once In A Lifetime Holiday

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Many caravan and motorhome rental companies have partnerships with particular brands, meaning you have to scroll endlessly through bland listings with identical features and designs. Thankfully, you don’t need to waste anymore time on this one-size-fits-all approach. 

With Camplify, you can forget cookie-cutter caravans and monotonous motorhomes. Each van conversion boasts its very own look, feel and features. With the huge variety of options on offer, you’re guaranteed to find a vehicle that fits your needs.

An Adventure All Your Own

For a family holiday with all the comforts, try a motorhome that’s kitted out with a modern kitchen, a spacious ensuite bathroom and WiFi - It’ll keep the whole gang happy! On the other hand, a two-berth caravan with a slide-out cooking area might be the perfect choice for a romantic escape (If you go for a smaller size, you can also enjoy a remote spot all to yourselves). And for the ultimate camping trip with mates, a 4WD campervan offers rock-solid reliability and easy maneuvering as you venture into the wilderness of the UK and beyond. 

So avoid generic models on dealership sites and explore Camplify’s wide range of distinctive rentals - You’ll find the perfect RV at the best price. And as its hirer, your adventure will become a new chapter in its unique story. 

What Are You Waiting For?

And there you have it. The benefits of hiring a caravan or motorhome from a private owner are threefold: You can rent a unique RV from a passionate expert at an affordable price. And let’s be honest, nothing beats good old fashioned peer-to-peer contact when it comes to something as personal as renting a home away from home. 

If you’re interested in private motorhome hire, Camplify is your answer. We’ve got hundreds of  listings across the UK for all sorts of caravans, motorhomes and campervans! So put an end to those futile Google searches and join our online community today - Whether you’re after a road trip in a retro caravan, a glamping getaway in a luxurious motorhome or a rugged adventure in a pop-top trailer tent, we’ve got it all. 

So what is Camplify? 
We are the UK’s largest peer-to-peer RV sharing platform and community, helping connect thousands of holidaymakers with RV owners. 

What does that mean?
Essentially, we provide a unique sharing service where owners of caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, and campervans list their RV for hire while not in use. As an owner, this enables you to earn over £10,000 each year instead of having your RV just sitting around while you’re not using it. 

As a holidaymaker, Camplify helps you find an RV that is perfect for you so you can experience the joys of caravanning - without having to own one yourself. 

Interested? Learn more about Camplify here.

To find out how Camplify can work with you and your RV, register today here.

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