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Europe Motorhome Rental & Campervan Hire
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.
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IdeaMerge Europe RV Rentals
, where our average review for a European motorhome rental is
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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.
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
, with the BW motorhomes picked up in
, and with the
Avis Car-Away motorhomes picked up in
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.
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:
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: Robinson Family, from New Zealand
"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.
again to the guys at IdeaMerge for all your help."
Reviewer: Jo Beard, from Western Australia
"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
Don't forget to ask McRent for a campground guide as well."
Reviewer: Carol and Dan, from Canada
"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: Grant & Glenda, from New Zealand
"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
Reviewer: Philip Anderson, from the UK
"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!"