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If you place a Europe motorhome rental or campervan hire booking request with IdeaMerge, our software will apply an IdeaMerge QUANTUM discount to your RV rental.

Book your 2016 Europe RV rental holiday early to secure availability. Many clients are booking their year-2016 RV rentals months or even a year in advance. And prices tend to be lower the earlier a motorhome hire or camper van hire booking is made.

Check out our IdeaMerge Europe RV Rentals Customer Reviews, where our average review for a European motorhome rental is 4.6 stars out of 5, this based on a whopping 336 reviews! On those pages you can read our Europe RV rental reviews and eventually post your own — with no editing by us. That's how much we believe in what we sell and how we sell it.

Motorhome hire in Germany is considerably cheaper than elsewhere in Europe. Indeed, you should strongly consider starting and ending your RV tour of Europe in Germany — even if the bulk of your holiday lies elsewhere in Europe.

Germany lends its outstanding motorhomes and campervans, its central European location, and its leading international airport at Frankfurt to motorhome hire tours of the more extended parts of Europe, including Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Greece, as well as neighboring France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.

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Regarding extra-country one-way RV rentals in Europe, these are possible — for a charge as accounted for by our online European RV rental reservation software — only within Scandinavia, with the BW motorhomes picked up in Holland, and with the Avis Car-Away motorhomes picked up in France.

Motorhomes rented via IdeaMerge can be taken by ferry or the Channel Tunnel to/from the United Kingdom and Ireland from/to continental Europe. Of course the motorhome's steering wheel will be on the left side of continental-Europe-based RVs and on the right side of the UK-based RVs. Though it is perfectly legal to drive such European camper rentals on the other side of the road, as it were, the driver will typically not be able to see around immediately preceding vehicles well enough to overtake those vehicles and will therefore in this respect have to rely on the eyes of a trusted passenger.

If you do plan to take the RV on a ferry, you should contact the ferry company in advance to be sure you bring all the vehicle documents required to board. Upon the RV rental pick-up occasion, make sure you have those documents.

Similarly, the European motorhomes and campervans can be taken between continental Europe and Scandinavia (now much more accessible, via a bridge between Denmark and Sweden) and by sea or land to Greece. The RVs can be driven in most of the road tunnels through the Alps in Switzerland, Italy, and Austria, and in most of the road tunnels in Norway.

Our highly customized online motorhome hire Europe software will compute a total, all-inclusive price for any European motorhome rental parameters you select. Note that all the Germany RV rentals here represented include unlimited kilometers.

RVing is truly a big part of the European lifestyle. Nothing unlocks the continent of Europe like a motorhome sweet home. Unpack just once and waste none of your precious time! … We're here to make it happen for you. We are specialists in booking European motorhome and campervan rentals. We offer the best price and the best service.

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So many well-marked campgrounds dot the European landscape that finding them is usually a no-brainer. Look for the international camping sign: either a "C" with a tent superimposed or else a stylized trailer. Europeans view camping as being cheap, socially oriented accommodation rather than the rugged, back-to-nature experience that North Americans tend to picture. As such, organized campgrounds in Europe are good places to meet the middle class sector of European society, a somewhat different crowd than you'll find in hotels or hostels. Europeans RVers tend to spend more time outside their RV than do North American RVers, and as such you will tend to meet more people in a campground there than you will in a campground (RV park) in the USA or Canada.

The major European cities, too, harbor popular campgrounds. For instance, Thalkirchen campground on the Isar River just twenty minutes outside Munich is a wonderful spot, bordered by the river and within a forest and boasting cafes and bars and an international clientele. Most budget guidebooks describe the best campgrounds in and around the bigger cities or otherwise-popular spots. In fact, nearly every town in Europe is graced with a few RV friendly campgrounds. If you plan to do lots of camping, however, a special guide is worth its price. Many of the tourist offices will send you detailed information about campgrounds. Consider this snippet from Mike and Terri Church's Travelers Guide to European Camping:

Campgrounds are also used by Europeans as destinations for extended vacation visits. Many Europeans get a month off during the summer, usually in July or August, and they flock to the seacoast and to sunny southern locations. The vacation campgrounds that they use are a little more like what we Americans are accustomed to. They are located near beautiful natural areas or places with great weather. Places like the Alps, the Mediterranean coastline, or southern Portugal. Even in these places, though, the campgrounds tend to be privately owned and provide more in the way of facilities and entertainment than we are accustomed to. Best of all, campgrounds are never crowded except in July and August, the rest of the year most places aren't even half full.

Remember too, just because you're traveling by RV you don't need to spend every night camping. You can indulge in a sprinkling of hotels. You can sample a hostel or two, many of which welcome RV's. You can incorporate train and bus and moped and especially bicycle travel into your trip. Hey, you can put the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles to shame — and we encourage you to do so.

Camping, of course, is a money saver. Discreet free-camping in an RV (alias dry camping, boondocking, wild camping), although we do necessarily warn against it and although explicitly prohibited in certain countries, is tolerated almost everywhere in Europe. Sweden officially sanctions free-camping, and Norway and Finland tolerate it in principle. The people of those countries consider free-camping a right: everyman's right (Allmansratten), they call it. To properly exercise that right, as it were, a person camps on unfenced and uncultivated land, at least 150 meters (just over 150 yards) away from any dwelling, stays no more than two nights, and cleans up after himself or herself. Please note, however, that Allmansratten does not apply to RV's.

When not in Scandinavia, you could take your chances and free-camp unannounced in some discreet spot or, if you are intent on free-camping, you could do the right thing by asking permission of the land owner. If you choose the second option, chances are your host will engage you in a fascinating conversation and, if you're lucky, invite you to dinner. Of course you can sleep in your vehicle if you like.

Again though, for the sake of safety, we recommend that you do not free-camp.

European RV campgrounds usually itemize fees — charging for each person, tent, vehicle and trailer. Campgrounds in Europe are rated on a four-star scale; and apart from the basics, four-star operations are likely to provide several of the following: laundromat, grocery store, restaurant, bar, disco, swimming pool, water slide, sauna, tennis courts, fitness facilities, miniature golf course, horseback riding, a library, and a playground. Absolutely great for kids! Many campgrounds also offer mobile homes or bungalows for rent. Unless you plan to rent one of these, don't worry about reservations: European campgrounds are never "full"; the operators will pack you in if need be. Individual campsites are typically not delineated. But beware that most campgrounds lock the gate for the night at about 22:00 (10:00 pm) and for lunch from noon to 14:00 (2:00 pm). Also, most campgrounds in Europe do not provide picnic tables, and, sad to say, they disallow campfires. Though the toilets can be perplexing, we'd rather let you discover their wonders for yourself than force you to suffer through a description here. As for the showers, expect all varieties; and if using one that's token operated, make sure you know how much time a token gives you.

Most European motorhomes have chemical toilets with detachable cassettes designed to be emptied in special receptacles — called "Chem WC" units — installed at most campgrounds, or into a regular toilet. Because large, heavy, irremovable holding tanks (i.e. blackwater tanks) are not so common on European motorhomes, many campgrounds in Europe don't have a North American-type dumping station. Campgrounds or other camping facilities in Europe that do have such a facility are denoted by the trailer pictogram and/or the words "Entsorgungskanal" (German), "scarigare" (Italian), or "vidoir" (French). The German auto club ADAC publishes and distributes — free of charge to members of affiliated clubs — a list and map of such dumping stations. For a charge, some campgrounds will allow you to dump without staying overnight. Don't dump these tanks by a highway or in a field — this is highly illegal. If you must, visit a municipal sewage treatment plant to do the job.

Most campgrounds provide central drinking-water taps with a hose connected so motorhomers can fill their tank.

Most European motorhomes are wired with 10 ampere circuits that, given the 230 Volt standard, might allow you to use up to 2300 Watts (that's 10 x 220) of power at any one time. Note, however, that at 230 V or so you need about half the amperage that you need at about 120 V to result in the same power (Watts). A 1000 Watt hair dryer requires only about 4.5 amps in Europe whereas in the USA it requries about 8 amps. Some campgrounds offer a meter at each site, charge you to hook up, and then charge per kilowatt-hour. Others impose an inclusive charge. Since you may have to park quite a distance from a socket, a 25 meter connecting cord (the longer the better) designed for outdoor use is helpful.

You should tell us in advance, and the rental depot on pick-up day, all the countries you plan to visit and if you plan to use the RV for a special purpose such as to carry supplies, on a movie set, etc.

If you plan to take the vehicle on a ferry, you should contact the ferry company in advance to be sure you bring all the vehicle documents required to board.

Happy RV travels!

Reviewer: , from the USA
5/5 stars

"Over the past 25 years we have owned and travelled with motorhomes throughout the United States and Europe. We believe it is definitely the best way to visit and fully experience these 2 continents. No other mode of travel compares.

We planned to make a motorhome trip through France in October 2012. We had sold our European motorhome several years before, so we needed to rent. After doing lots of research, we decided on Ideamerge for several reasons. First, we found their website to be the best of any motorhome rentals site we could find. Everything that you need to know is available on their well organized website. Second, their prices were competitive and did not contain any hidden charges. Finally, if you are paying in a foreign currency they make it very convenient. And you get a better exchange rate and avoid the extra charge that credit cards have for foreign exchange. Our damage deposit with McRent was refunded very quickly. One minor issue arose trying to pre-register with McRent. We made one quick call to IdeaMerge and the issue was resolved the following day. Great service. No question, we will use IdeaMerge for our next motorhome rental."

Reviewer: , from the Netherlands
5/5 stars

"We rented a camper van in Hannover via Ideamerge. The van was almost brand new and the service received via Ideamerge was fantastic. Wrote various emails and always received a response within 24 hours. I also left some belongings in the van after we returned it and they arranged that all the stuff was sent back to our home address!

It was the first time we used their service but there will be many more during the next coming years!"

Reviewer: , from New Zealand
5/5 stars

"Booked via IdeaMerge, Sunlight T64. 5 weeks in northern Europe recently, family of 4 & approx 5,000kms travelled. My Points: 1 - The IdeaMerge system is simply the best way to book. No hidden surprises, just brilliant, efficient and cost effective , especially with the VAT discount [for Germany or Spain rentals of 31 nights or more]. 2 - IdeaMerge back up their excellent website with amazing personal service. We had a few wee hiccups at our end and even though nothing really to do with IdeaMerge, Doug and his team helped at every step to sort things out. I cannot overstate the outstanding service I received from them. I highly recommend you use their service - I certainly will next time. 3 - Heed the advice of previous posters regarding noting previous damage etc, the rental companies make good money from scratch damage charges. (Note, nothing to do with IdeaMerge!) Take before and after photos. 4 - Drive carefully, watch for trees and remember it is wider and higher than your family wagon back home. There are some rather narrow streets in Europe as we discovered the hard way... You cause any damage, even slight, and you have already paid for it... 5 - It pays to listen to your wife when she says you are a bit close to something... If in doubt, stop, get out and check. Trust me on this... 6 - The Dethleff camper ex Friedberg, Germany was fantastic, modern, comfy and ran like a dream. 7 - The McRent service was excellent although the fridge played up a little bit (but they credited us a fridge load of food at the end which was fair) 8 - Check if your travel insurance covers excesses for campervans (vs. just for cars). 9 - Use your own sheets and sleeping bags for duvets as earlier poster commented. 10 - The GPS lady is your best friend, learn to trust her. 11 - Google the toll road protocols for each country before you go eg Norway 12 - If unsure, ask the IdeaMerge guys, they will put you on the right track. 13 - Take a 12V charger to charge all your techie stuff when driving so you don 't need mains power every night and can 'rough it ' anywhere.

Thanks again to the guys at IdeaMerge for all your help."

Reviewer: , from Western Australia
5/5 stars

"We have previously rented a motorhome from McRent in Germany (Dusseldorf) 4 years ago and were pleased with the service and vehicle. This year we again planned 3 month trip in Europe, 8 weeks of which was to be in a motorhome. We chose to go through Ideamerge based on a couple of things; price and the quick responses and service we received from Doug to all our silly queries.

We found the whole experience painless and the support from Ideamerge on their website and via email was great.

We ended up renting with McRent again and were again pleased with them. Our motorhome was new and in great condition and the handover was good. We received our bond back at the end very promptly.

Have only good things to say about both companies and firmly believe motorhomes are great way to see Europe, met so many lovely people and had an amazing time travelling through Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.

A couple of tips:

We had learned from our first experience that the rental bedding, towels, etc was not up to scratch so went straight to Ikea after picking up the motorhome in Munich, a much better option. Also learned from our first experience that the depots are not close to cities so travel light!

Bring a GPS (with campground software) but also ensure you have paper maps, we use the Michelin Europe Atlas and Michelin map of Europe as well as our own GPS and with preloaded campground information. The maps really help to put countries and distances in perspective.

Don't forget to ask McRent for a campground guide as well."

Reviewer: , from Canada
4/5 stars

"After 10 camping trips to Europe and the last two through IdeaMerge, I highly recommend them. My experiences renting with them have been simple, professional and reasonably priced. Our 5 week trip to Germany, France and Italy last Aug. / Sept. was wonderful. The Fiat Dethleffs Globebus T11 was problem free, powerfull and easy to drive. Wish we had these in Canada. We had an issue with the prepaid EU 60 camper table and chairs from McRent Friedburg, but this was redressed satisfactorily by Doug at IdeaMrge when we returned. All in all we are thinking of booking camping trip no. 11 very soon with IdeaMrge. From our experience, a few TIPS: 1. Have the camper and all its working parts thoroughly explained to you. 2. Make sure everything works, especially stove, fridge, water taps, etc. 3. Make a thorough visual check for scratches and dents. Take photos. 4. Test awning if you have one. 5. Get a good camping guide in your language. 6. GPS is fine, but small scale maps are indispensable. 7. Bedding and kitchen kits are usually poor quality and inadequate, so take what you can or buy quite reasonably at larger supermarkets. 8. Dive safe and enjoy your trip."

Reviewer: , from Denmark
5/5 stars

"We have been using Ideamerge several times. We had a trip in 2010 from Denmark to Portugal, to Australia in 2011 and from Demark to South Italy in the late part of the year using small campers from Ideamerge. Campers are very expensive to hire in Denmark. You will have much more for your money if you hire the camper in Hamburg. We hired a VW California camper twice in Hamburg. The campers were nearly new and in excellent condition. The firms have been perfect and quick and kindly personal. I think, that we have travelled about 25.000 km. during the 3 trips each lasting about 5 weeks and have been very satisfied."

Reviewer: , from New Zealand
5/5 stars

"We rented a campervan for 4 weeks in September. Ideamerge were brilliant to deal with, as were McRent in Freidberg, Frankfurt where we collected the van. We travelled 5500kms through France, Italy, Switzerland and Germany staying in camp grounds. It is a great way to travel, you unpack once and that's it. You can change your itinerary as you please. It took us 90 seconds to set up at a campsite, all you need to do is plug the power in and turn the gas on. We found the Europeans very friendly and their road manners much better than the locals here in New Zealand. Drop off was an absolute breeze. We ensured the van was immaculate, so it got checked out quickly, our deposit was refunded and we were on our way. A couple of points (which are covered on Ideamerge's website) but I'll repeat them. 1. You will be shown a vehicle manual at pick up time which lists several languages on the cover. Do not assume that the contents are also in several languages. Our's was totally in German. Not a big problem but worth checking. 2. It really is worthwhile bringing a camping guide with you. GPS's do show campsites but of course, not their standard or when they close for the season. WiFi can be very slow in a lot of areas. 3. The pillows may not be too comfortable. Our van was a 3 month old Fiat Ducato Globescout which ran really well, was very comfortable and was quite fuel frugal. About 10l/100km or maybe slightly less. We would use Ideamerge and McRent again without hesitation."

Reviewer: , from the USA
5/5 stars

"We heard about Ideamerge on from a traveler that spent time in Europe with a motorhome. They recommended Ideamerge for information on motorhome rental. Their website was extremly helpful in our planning. We ended up renting from McRent in Friedberg, Germany. My wife and I rented a small class c motorhome for 5 weeks. We have been motorhoming for over 40 years now in the USA, and this was one of the best motorhome experiences we have ever had. We used Ideamerge to book our motorhome and everything went as planned. Not one issue with the rental. I would have no problem with using this business again. They responded, (promply I must add) to each e-mail I sent them on any concerns I had."

Reviewer: , from the UK
5/5 stars

"Dear IdeaMerge & McRent,

I am writing with reference to our summer motorhome rental from which we have recently returned.

I have to begin by saying how thankful we are to our friends who recommended both IdeaMerge and McRent. The entire process from start to finish has been nothing but wonderful! Our actual holiday was amazing and indescribably rewarding for all of us, especially our 9 year old son. We never imagined how sad he would be handing back the motorhome after 4 weeks and no television!

The booking process was amazingly straightforward and efficient, aided by the excellent service and advice provided by IdeaMerge. As for McRent Dortmund, the lady who checked us in and out could not have been more helpful or efficient. Such a smooth process, it actually took us by surprise!

Both companies have helped us have a wonderful summer holiday, during which we have already planned our next 2-3 summer holidays using you both again! I pray that your other McRent branches have such wonderful staff, as we may have to use an alternative branch depending on where our next trip takes us.

I will be in touch shortly to pick your brains concerning summer 2013, which we are already extremely excited about! As a family, we can't thank you both enough and look forward to dealing with you both again soon.

Many, many thanks and congratulations on making such a daunting trip so easy and unforgettable!"

Reviewer: , from Sydney, Australia
5/5 stars

"We have just returned to Sydney after a 10 week camper van rental in Europe mid April to end of June 2012. I did a lot of research prior to actually booking the camper van. Ideamerge was the best of all the rental companies -- and worked out CHEAPER THAN BOOKING DIRECT with the camper van company. The guys at Ideamerge were fantastic in getting me exactly what I needed in terms of van size and sleeping arrangements. "