How to Hire the Right Campervan for You

Campervan holidays are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, offering the perfect blend of adventure and comfort.

Whether you’re exploring the rugged coasts of Cornwall or the rolling hills of the Lake District, choosing the right campervan can make or break your trip.

In this guide from the team at Vanlife Rentals, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to hire the perfect campervan for your needs, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey every time.

Understanding Your Needs

Before you dive into the world of campervan hire, it’s essential to understand your specific needs.

Consider who you’ll be travelling with. Are you embarking on a solo adventure, a romantic getaway, or a family trip? The number of travellers will significantly influence the type of campervan you need.

Space is a key concern when picking the right vehicle, so always being aware of how big the van you’re getting is. Getting something that is too small, or too large, can make or break your getaway.

The length of your trip also plays an important role. Ever spent a long trip in a vehicle that was too small? I bet you didn’t do that again!

Short weekend getaways require different amenities compared to extended road trips across the UK or Europe, so factor this into your choice also.

You should also consider where you plan to go and what activities you want to do. City tours, coastal routes, and countryside adventures each have their own set of requirements. Think about the roads you will be driving on. If they’re country lanes that are small and tight, a giant motorhome may not be the best fit for you.

And finally, how much storage do you need? Are you taking bikes, surfboards, other equipment that takes up room? This has to be factored in to your choice.

Types of Vehicle

When it comes to hiring a campervan, Vanlife Rentals offers a wide range of options to suit different needs and preferences. We split our offerings into two categories, campervans and motorhomes, and we’ve written the below to tell you more.


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For those seeking a bit more space and amenities, campervans like TILLY are a great choice.

With great features such as twin captain seats up front, USB sockets, solar panels, and ample storage, TILLY is perfect for small families or groups of friends looking to travel in comfort and style without compromising on essential amenities.

This is the ideal way to get on the road if you’re planning a short trip in the countryside and looking for something stylish and slick to travel in.


For those who desire the a bit more space (but certainly no less luxury), motorhomes are the perfect choice.

Vanlife Rentals offers motorhomes that provide an unparalleled travel experience, combining all the comforts of home with the freedom of the open road. We have two options in this category, the DOLLY and the BAILEY.

DOLLY – Renault Burstner Motorhome

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For the ultimate in space and comfort, DOLLY is the perfect vehicle.

Armed with a fully equipped kitchen, inlcuding a hob, grill, oven, sink (with hot running water) and more, family meals are no problem. It even features a toilet and shower, making it the perfect way to get around without compromising any home comforts.

This is a brilliant motorhome, and if you’re travelling long distances and plan on spending plenty of time with your friends and family inside the vehicle, then you can’t go wrong with DOLLY.

BAILEY – Bailey Approach SE 760

bailey motorhome

Looking for something even bigger?

BAILEY is a huge motorhome, capable of holding six people comfortably in individual travelling seats. There is a dual fuel Truma combi boiler with en-route operation for heating and climate control.

With separate dining and living areas, and a freestanding table with dedicated storage, there is anything you need not just to travel in this motorhome, but to relax, dine, and socialise.

A C1 license is required for this motorhome, so if you have that and you’re looking for something perfect for a week’s holidays and beyond, this is ideal for you.

BAILEY is perfect for larger groups or families who need extra space and amenities for a more luxurious travel experience.

Budget Considerations

Hiring a campervan involves various costs, so it’s essential to plan your budget.

It can vary based on the type and size of the vehicle. Vanlife Rentals offers competitive pricing, with options suitable for different budgets.

For example, the DOLLY costs start at £100 per day, and the BAILEY is a little more expensive at £120. If you’re looking for a campervan, the TILLY can be rented for £120 a day, providing extreme convenience for a low price.

Factor in costs such as fuel, campsites, insurance, and any extra amenities you might need when renting as these can add up quickly. Vanlife Rentals includes fully comprehensive insurance and full breakdown cover in their packages, offering peace of mind that with us, any issues that aren’t your fault will be handled without extra cost.

To save money, consider hiring during off-peak seasons, booking in advance, and taking advantage of special offers when they appear.

Essential Features and Amenities

When choosing a campervan, consider the essential features and amenities you’ll need.

  • Sleeping Arrangements: Ensure the campervan has enough beds for all travellers. Our vehicles come with comfortable beds designed to make the most of the available space, so you know you’re always in for a good night’s sleep with us.


  • Kitchen Facilities: Having a well-equipped kitchen can make your trip more enjoyable. As mentioned above, our motorhomes feature cooking equipment and fridges, allowing you to prepare meals on the go. From grills and sinks to hobs and fridges, you have everything you need for a hearty meal at any time of the day.


  • Bathroom Facilities: If you prefer not to rely on campsite facilities, choose a campervan with its own bathroom. This can be a game-changer for extended trips.


  • Storage Space: Adequate storage is crucial, especially if you’re carrying sports equipment or extra luggage. Choose vehicles that have been designed to maximise storage space, ensuring you have room for everything you need.

Driving and Handling

Driving a campervan is different from driving a regular car, so it’s important to be prepared.

In the UK, you need a standard car driving license to drive most campervans. However, for larger models, you might need a special category license such as the A C1 license needed for the BAILEY. Check the specific requirements for the campervan you plan to hire before signing up as you don’t want to get stuck not being able to drive it.

Larger vehicles require more careful handling. While most campervans are designed to be user-friendly, it’s still a good idea to practice driving before setting off on your trip.

When planning your route, consider the availability of parking and suitable campsites. Look for sites that cater to campervans and offer the amenities you need.

Booking Process

Booking your campervan with Vanlife Rentals is straightforward and convenient.

We are known for our high-quality campervans and excellent customer service.

To secure the best campervan and get the best rates, book as early as possible, especially during peak seasons.

Be aware of any security deposits required and understand the terms and conditions so you don’t get any nasty surprises.

Preparing for Your Trip

Preparation is key to a successful campervan holiday.

Pack smart by bringing clothes suitable for the weather, cooking supplies, entertainment options, and safety gear. Our campervans and motorhomes come equipped with many essentials, but it’s always good to bring your own personal items.

Plan your route in advance and identify key stops.

Whether you’re heading to the Peak District, Brecon Beacons, or touring the British coastline, having a plan will make your trip more enjoyable.

Before you hit the road, take some time to familiarise yourself with the campervan’s features so you know what you can and can’t do when on the road.

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Hiring the right campervan, or undergoing a campervan conversion, can make your UK holiday an unforgettable experience.

By understanding your needs, considering your budget, and choosing a reputable hire company like Vanlife Rentals, you can enjoy the freedom and adventure of the open road with confidence.

Want to know more? Then get in touch today.

Book online or visit our Coventry showroom

02476 621119

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