Insurance options for campervan and motorhome rental in France:
All campervan and motorhome are covered by insurance. The level of liability varies depending on the age and size of the vehicle.
The insurance excess (liability) can be as high as €2000.00. If you don't have your own insuance to cover this excess then you will have to leave security to cover this. The hire company will take security by a credit card payment. You must have a credit card with a high enough credit to cover this.
There are options to reduce the level of liability.
You can reduce the amount of liability by buying another insurance cover and the cost of this is calculated by each day hired.
You can reduce your liability to nil by buying additional insurance cover. This can often be included in the "all-inclusive" rates.
You will still have to pay a bond. This can range from $150.00 to $250.00. This is refundable when the vehicle is returned in a good and clean condition to the correct location.
Each company has different terms and conditions relating to insurance cover. Contact us for full details and if you have any questions at all.
We also have the Drive-Easy insurance cover available to select when you make your booking request. This will cover your insurance liability too.
Can I rent from one city to another in france?
Yes, you can generally hire from one city to another, no matter where in France. There are sometimes additional costs.
A one-way fee or "drop fee". This is calculated at approximately €1.00 per 1km. One-way rentals are at the discretion of the depot's manager and may not always be permitted.
Where can we camp at night?
Aires de Service are populare places to spend the night in France. They vary in quality and in price. Some are free. They are the same as Stellplatze in Germany and Aree de Sosta in Italy
Campsites and Caravan Parks
We strongly recommend you stay in a campsite (caravan (RV) park). France has an extensive network of caravan parks in all major tourist centres and most towns.
You can also stay in National Parks. The facilities are not as good but they are all in spectacular locations.
What is a powered site? Powered sites enable you to connect your vehicle to electricity.
Some companies provide discounts on campsites in France.
Most national parks have areas set aside for camping. There are often showers, toilets, barbecues and picnic areas. National parks are also beautiful and peaceful locations to stay overnight. However, national parks do not usually offer powered sites.
Are there heaters in the campervans and motorhomes?
Yes, most vehicles have onboard heating.
How do I cook?
All campervans have some form of cooking. These are gas powered bench top cookers. There are not usually ovens. However, many are equipped with microwaves that will operate when you are "plugged in" to a mains electricity supply.
Even the small low-tops or sleeper cars have cool boxes. Larger vehicles have fully functioning fridges that are powered by battery or gas or the mains. (Three way fridges)
Low-tops and Hi-top campervans
You can sleep and eat in these. Some have solar showers that you can hang off the back and others offer portaloos. But you are not able to free-camp in these.
2,3,4,5,6 and 7 berth campervans and motorhomes have built in toilets and showers. The casette toilets are clean and easy to use. Empty them regularly by disposing of the contents at "dump stations" on campsites, Aires de Service or in public toilets. Hose out each time and replace the blue liquid to keep the odours to a minimum. Keep the water tank topped up.Water tanks There are two tanks.
Clean water tank. Fill this with the water from taps. Boil it for drinking. This provides water for the shower and for the sink for washing up.
Waste water from the shower and the sink is collected in a grey water tank. You must empty this at a dump station on a campsite or at a public dump station.
Some vehicles have on board displays to show how much water is in the tanks.
Note: If you are in an area where the temperature drops below zero, the water tanks will automatically empty to prevent pipes freezing.
Vehicles are not usually winterised in France. Winterising is the process of draining all water from the tanks and pipes when vehicles are taken to areas where the temperature drops below zero to prevent damage to pipes and tanks. This means that you are not able to use the shower,toilet or sinks.
How long does the battery system last?
The battery system will provide power for between 12 - 20 hours when fully charged depending on use. There are two sets of batteries in a campervan or motorhome. One is standard that runs the engine and the other set provides you with electricity (power) for all the lights, pumps, shower, fridge etc
These batteries re-charge when you are driving the campervan. They will also re-charge when you are plugged in on a powered campsite. Idling the engine won't provide enough power to recharge the house battery.
When you are connected, all equipment automatically runs on mains power rather than the battery. Appliances such as the television, microwave, rear air-conditioning and power points only run on mains power.
For the 12 Volt system to work, the 12 Volt main switch must be in the 'on' position. All vehicles can be connected to 240 Volt mains power via the supplied 15 Amp extension lead with large earth pin. All approved caravan park circuits are rated at 15 amps in France.
How does the shower work?
Each shower pump uses the battery system on board the campervan. The water is heated via the gas supply from a bottle stored in an outside compartment of the campervan. You will be shown this when you collect your campervan.
Please ensure that your water tanks and gas bottles are kept full. There is fresh water on all campsites and parks. Gas bottles can be re-fuelled at most garages, petrol stations.
What is supplied with the vehicle?
This varies from company to company. The more expensive the campervan the more that is included. You will usually have bedding and living equipment such as bedding, cooking equipment, eating utensils, bath and tea towels included. If there are any extra charges for these, you will see them listed when you make your booking request.
You will need to ensure that you have child seats booked before hiring. Some companies do not supply these. Please check.
When you are driving a low-top or hi-top campervan it is just like driving a large car. Don't take the corners quickly and don't try to drive as fast as a car. You are carrying your sleeping and cooking equipment.
The campervans that have onboard showers and toilets are easy to drive. They have big mirrors for good visibility. Get someone to watch you reverse. The vehicles are longer than cars and you can't always see bollards etc.
Motorhomes with "lutons" the bed that is above the cab, are also easy to drive. These vehicles are easy to manoevre but you will find that they are slower than cars and you need to take corners slower than you would in a car. Watch out when driving close to hedges that you don't bump the overhang above the cab. Also, get someone to watch when you are reversing.
These vehicles all have power assisted steering. The seating position is higher than in a car but you do have great visibility.
Normal rules apply when driving and watch your speed limit.
Useful link: Driving rules in France can be found courtesy of the RAC, here: Driving in France
Shopping and Stocking:
Some companies provide complimentary supplies such as dishwashing liquid, dishcloth, coffee, tea and sugar. However, we recommend stocking up soon after you collect your campervan. Ask at the desk where your nearest supermarket/shop is. Don't forget the essentials such as cooking oil, salt, pepper, butter, milk, bread.
Can I access the internet whilst travelling?
Check with your phone provider. Turn off roaming so that you don't incur charges. It may be cheaper to hire a phone or buy a local sim card for your own phone while you are travelling. There is an abundance of internet hot spots and most campsites offer this facility.
What storage is there?
We strongly recommend you use soft bags instead of suitcases for your luggage. Soft bags take up less room and fit more easily into the storage cupboards and lockers in the vehicle. Some larger vehicles have "garages" big enough for bikes, surf gear etc.
Do I need a special driver's licence?
A valid, current car driver's licence must be produced for everyone intending to drive a rental vehicle. State, overseas or international licences are acceptable. However, the licence must be in English characters for our staff to read.
Is there a spare tyre and will I be able to change it if I need to?
All vehicles come with a spare tyre and equipment needed in the event of a tyre change. You should make sure you have a roadside assistance number when you collect your campervan in the rare event you need help.
What is the Cost of Fuel?
Petrol (Gasoline) in France comes in unleaded and leaded grades, and is sold by the litre. Petrol and diesel fuel costs between $1.30 AUD and $1.60 AUD per litre and can be higher, particularly in country and remote outback areas.
Useful link: http://www.globalpetrolprices.com/gasoline_prices/
Is there an iPod, mP3, cd player in the motorhomes and campervans?
Most campervans and motorhomes can play MP3 and CDs. Newer vehicles have usb connections.
Most cameras are now digital. You can store your photos on the cloud when travelling or buy extra sd cards. Travelling with a small lap top or notebook can enhance your journey by searching information on your destination.
Terms and conditions.
These are full and comprehensive. They are listed on the booking page when you make your booking and there is a link at the bottom of the page where you put in your payment. Please ask if you need anything explained further.
Are there cancellation fees?
Some fees may apply if you cancel your rental booking.
What are toll roads, and do I have to pay to use them? Toll roads are roads which charge a fee in exchange for access through to your destination. You will likely pass through toll roads while you drive across France
Useful link: Toll Roads in France, courtesty the AA. You are responsible for paying toll fees, so it is important to be aware of these roads before you travel.
Will someone show me how to use everything?
Yes. You will have a dedicated staff member take you on a personal tour of the vehicle when you arrive at the branch. They will ensure that you are familiar with all of the features before you leave. For some basic information about operating the vehicle, please read the rental guide.
Is there internet at the collection branches?
Most campervan and motorhome hire suppliers provides free internet at most of the branches.
Are there bike racks?
Yes, in France bike racks are provided. Check when booking that you have chosen a vehicle that a bike rack can be fitted. If you take your own bikes then there is the option to store them in the garage area of the campervan.
Vehicles are hired with unlimited mileage included in the hire.
Extra driver fee:
Check to make sure that if there is more than one driver that you have additional insurance to cover additional drivers.
Most companies will not hire to drivers under 21 but there are some exceptions. There is not usually an upper age limit as long as the driver has a valid driving licence.
Taxes are included in all quotes for campervan and motorhome rental in France.
Bedding and kitchen equipment are listed as extra charges where they are not included in the daily rate. Most companies include them in the costs of the rental.
This is sometimes offered as as additional hire option. You can take your own GPS device and download the appropriate regional maps.
Tables and Chairs:
These can be hired but it is often cheaper to buy them at a local store.
Most campervans and motorhomes have air-conditioning in the driver's cab that operates when driving. Additional air-conditioning in the rear of the vehicle is offered in some cases at an additional charge. This will not operate until you are on a mains electrical supply. So, an electrical hook up in a campsite or connected to the mains supply at a house or hotel.
How do I save money on my hire?
Take your own bedding! (there are sometimes extra charges for this) Book early. Some companies put the prices up the nearer you get to pick up date. Book early and those prices are fixed. Book for longer. Check out the over 21 day rate and the over 35 day rate. It is always worth having a look before you book as you may be able to go for longer for the same amount of money.
Older vehicles are cheaper than newer ones.
Larger vehicles are more expensive than smaller ones.
Avoid one-way hires that are less than 14 days in length.
Watch out for our special discounts.
Travel out of high season.
Book early ( I think I said that before, but it's the best way!)
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