No, with a standard UK driving licence for manual transmission vehicles you can drive the motorhome. To meet the insurance requirements, you need to have held your licence for more than two years. If you do not have a UK licence, most other nations licences are accepted, but we require that you have experience of driving on the left side of the road.
With a 2.8 litre turbo jet diesel engine, the motorhome has lots of power to get you up and down the mountains and glens of Scotland, or around the North Coast 500 route. It is very easy to drive and on straight roads it’s easy to forget that you’re in such a big vehicle apart from the fact that you’ve got a much better view as you are sitting so much higher up than you would be in a car!
It cruises along happily at 70mph on motorways, so you’ll need to be careful not to speed, as speed limits are lower than for a car on single and dual carriageways due to its weight (50mph and 60mph respectively).
The main thing to remember when driving is that you are essentially driving a long 3.5 tonne box with the aerodynamics of a brick! So you need to take corners steadily and carefully, and it does not have the acceleration of a car so overtaking on single carriageway roads is not advised. Likewise, allow more time & space when pulling out at junctions as it’s not particularly nippy.
Also, you need to be mindful of its length and overhang at the rear when turning – don’t forget the back wheels follow the front in a straight line, so it is necessary to pull out further than you would in a car. To It is essential to use your side mirrors when manoeuvering, especially when turning out of entrances - we've had the sides of two motorhomes damaged as people have turned too tightly, and we don't want any more!
Most importantly remember it’s a lot higher than a car or most campervans at ~2.8m, so do not go into covered carparks unless you are certain of sufficient clearance and be careful to avoid overhanging trees at the side of the road, and keep in the middle of the road when going under low bridges.
No, but you have to be aware that dogs have stayed in the motorhome. Although every effort is made between hires to clean the motorhome thoroughly and remove all traces of dog, there may still be the occassional hair that has escaped the cleaning.
It is not advisable for people who are allergic to dogs to book this motorhome!
Yes you can - after all, there will be a large gap where the motorhome was standing!
It will be very safe on my drive.
The insurance Excess is as follows:
i.£500 for Drivers aged 25-75
ii.£750 for Drivers aged 23-24
iii.£1000 for Drivers aged 21-22
iv.£1000 for Drivers aged 76-79
For Drivers aged 25-75 the security deposit shall be £300, with the outstanding £200 Excess due in the event that a claim is made. For Drivers aged 21-24 and 76-79 the security deposit shall be the total insurance Excess as detailed above.
No, unfortunately it is not.
Yes, provided it fits in.
A mat is provided to sit the cage on, to prevent it sliding around or damaging the vinyl flooring, plus pieces of carpet/foam to protect the sides from damaging the woodwork.
It depends upon how much it's used and how much water is flushed down it afterwards!
The toilet cassette is 17 litre capacity, of which 2 litres are taken up with the chemical solution.
When I have been using the motorhomes myself, and have mainly used other toilets while I was out during the day, it's lasted for about 3-4 days.
I estimate that for a couple it might last upto 3 days, but now that there are less public toilets open it might only last 2 days.
The main limiting factor is how quickly the toilet cassette fills up and needs emptying (which must be done in a proper facility at a campsite). The other limiting factor is long the water lasts. The other thing that could run out is the habitation battery power.
For the toilet - see the answer above to how quickly it fills up.
The water tank holds about 100 litres (it is actually about 120 litres, but comes out of the overflow as you go up hills and it sloshes around as you drive). The hot water cylinder holds 14 litres, which is enough for a shower. So it all depends upon how much water you use - remember to turn off the taps while not using the water, e.g. while brushing your teeth and while soaping your hands.
In terms of the habitation battery - if you are driving from place to place each day, then the habitation battery will be recharging as you drive, so there should not be a problem with it running low. Even if you stay in the same place for two or three nights, there should be enough power in it, as all the lights are LEDs. The things that use the battery up quickest are the motors for the water, extract fan and the air blown heating, so it depends upon how much you use these.