Help! Motorhome hire, pick up Glasgow & drop off London
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jul 18, 2012 7:18 AM Last Post By: megaera
Jul 17, 2012 7:56 AM
Having a minor freak out here and hoping you can help :)
Flying into Glasow, Flying out of London.
We're going on our honeymoon 8th October and wanting (needing) to hire a motorhome from Glasgow and drop off in London+ (we dont want to be backtracking as we have 3.5weeks to do Scotland & South West England)
Do you know of a hire company that will allow different pick up/drop off's without charging a fortune for it? (please say you do!)
I had Wild Horizons lined up and the price was good however they want a 200 deposit (which is fine) and the remainder paid in full 6weeks before collection. Im not comfortable paying for something (overseas) i'm yet to see.
*Is this normal practice for the UK?
*Have you used them? (please say 'yes you have & they were awesome' so i can just bloody book them and be done with it)
Oooh the stress! I've got less than 2 months to organise a wedding & honeymoon (which were leaving the very next day, crazy much?)
Im very tempted just to book them, but gut feeling says 'no other companies i know ask for full payment upfront'..... fishy??
Thanks a million!
Jul 17, 2012 8:36 AM
1I'm not familiar with that company, but it is normal practice to charge a lot more for a one way rental.
But you say, you're intending to visit the south west of England.... then why bother hiring a vehicle in Scotland? Why not fly/bus/train to London and hire a campervan there and return it when you fly out from there?
Just a thought.
Jul 17, 2012 8:46 AM
I've already booked my flights (perth, singapore, london, glasgow). I would be backtracking, back to London to pick up a vehicle. Im hoping there is another company who does one way. Wild Horizons were well priced compared to the others for one way. Money isnt a massive issue, but obviously the less i spend on one way, more i can spend else were.
I'm more than happy to go with them however Im concerned about them wanting full payment upfront. Is this normal practice in the UK? As it isn't in Aus.
Edited by: Jayde1184
Jul 17, 2012 8:58 AM
3Now I'm confused... to quote
'hire a motorhome from Glasgow and drop off in London+ (we dont want to be backtracking as we have 3.5weeks to do Scotland & South West England)'
suggests you want to hire a campervan in Scotland and drive round Scotland, then drive to the southwest of England, which is about as far away as you can get in the UK and then fly out from London. Is that not what you want to do?
Jul 17, 2012 9:03 AM
4Sorry for the confusion, i was trying to spare you the boring details. we plan on motorhoming scotland (about 2 weeks) then drive down the west coast and at some point deviate to london, and swap motor home for car (B&B accom) then float around the south west..... I seriously wish we'd just flown into London, but alas we didnt
Jul 17, 2012 9:08 AM
5Ah, right. Might be a good idea if you looked at the AA route planner to give you some idea of distances, time and what you might like to see. I would hire a campervan in Scotland to tour there for about 2 weeks. Then get a train to London, hire a car there to tour the southwest (or you can hire from the airport to make it even easier and you don't have to get lost in London).Then you don't have the problem of a one way rental, and no, it's not normal to pay up front for the total cost of car hire. It shouldn't be any different to hiring a campervan IMHO.
Jul 17, 2012 9:47 AM
Thanks for clarifying the paying up front. They come across as a large UK company and yet they ask that? strange.
My only downfall to that, is the trip south from Glasgow has some of our must go places, lake district, snowdonia, wales etc. I might have to look into distance from London back up to lake district/snowdonia.
Im finding out if i can change my flight to land in London but im not holding high hopes, it was a qantas special.... wish me luck!
Jul 17, 2012 1:14 PM
7I have no experience of hiring any vehicles in UK, but I am resident in both UK and Italy .I often hire cars in Italy- usually from one of the well known names, and I nearly always pay up front because by doing so I get a reduced price. You might find there is a more expensive option available which involved not paying up before you see the vehicle. However, I'm quite used to - and relaxed about - it and rely on the companies' good names to see me through. Touch wood it has worked so far over the last 10 years or so.
Jul 18, 2012 7:18 AM
8Completely agree that paying for a campervan upfront is normal - it's counted as accommodation, and as fwogs said on your other thread, charging upfront for accommodation is standard here.
rofford, I'm sorry, but I'm reporting you for spamming. Well, I'm not sorry, really, since I may well be apologising to a bot. If you're a person, you can always PM the OP.
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