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Choosing a motorhome to hire

Posted on: Monday 8th of February 2016


What to consider when choosing a motorhome/campervan

Step One:

How many seatbelts do I need?

It is a legal requirement to have a seatbelt for every passenger during transit.  Therefore, the first thing to consider is the number of seatbelts you need for your party and eliminate those motorhomes that do not have enough.  All of the Swift Esprit & Swift Escape motorhomes have at least 2 seatbelts, the Chausson Flash motorhomes have at least 4 seatbelts and the maximum we have is 7.

No. of Seatbelts Motorhome Model
2 seatbelts Escape 612
Escape 622
Select 122
4 seatbelts VW California
Escape 205
Escape 604
Escape 664
Escape 614
Escape 604
Flash 727
Flash 718
Flash 718 plus
Travel Line 611
5 seatbelts Escape 686
Escape 674
Escape 694
Escape 695
6 seatbelts Flash 636
Zefiro 690
Auto-Roller 707
7 seatbelts Flash 656

Step Two:

How many people will be sleeping in the motorhome?

The second consideration will be who is sleeping in the motorhome and more importantly how many separate beds you need.  In general, men and boys prefer not to share beds and therefore the number of separate beds is as important as the number of berths a motorhome has.  You may also need to consider the mobility of those sleeping in the motorhome as some may not be able or willing to climb ladders to the overcab bed or the top bunk.  It is also worth noting that a fixed bed is more comfortable than a bed that converts out of a dinette.

Often parents with a couple of young children will go away in a 3 berth with the 2 toddlers sharing a single bed.

Motorhome Berths Separate Beds
Select 122
Escape 622
2 1 comprising:
1 converted double
Escape 612 2 1 comprising:
1 double drop-down
Escape 205 2 2 comprising:
1 fixed double
VW California 4 2 comprising:
1 upper double in pop-up roof
1 converted lower double
Escape 604
Escape 614
4 2 comprising:
1 double drop-down
1 converted double
Escape 664 4 2 comprising:
1 fixed double
1 converted double
Flash 718 3 2 comprising:
1 fixed double
1 converted single
Flash 727 4 3 comprising:
2 fixed singles that can be converted into one superking
1 drop down double
Flash 718 plus
Escape 694
4 2 comprising:
1 fixed double
1 drop down double
Travel Line 611 4 2 comprising:
2 drop down doubles
Escape 686
Escape 674
5 3 comprising:
1 double drop-down
1 converted double
1 converted kingsize
Zefiro 690 6 3 comprising:
1 fixed overcab double
1 fixed rear double
1 converted double
Auto-Roller 707 6 4 comprising:
1 double drop-down
2 fixed singles as bunks
1 converted double
Flash 636
Flash 656
6 4 comprising:
1 fixed overcab kingsize
2 fixed singles as bunks
1 converted double
Flash 656 (low profile)
Escape 695
6 4 comprising:
1 double drop-down
2 fixed singles as bunks
1 converted double

Step Three:

Storage – do you need to take a lot of equipment with you?

Some of the LandCruise motorhomes have bigger storage areas than others.  The following motorhomes have large garages that go all the way under the rear double bed:

  • Escape 205
  • Flash 727
  • Zefiro 690

The Flash 718, Flash 656, Flash 636 and the Escape 695 have quite good storage areas. Those motorhomes with lounge areas – the Swift Escapes 674, 622 and 604 – have the smallest amount of storage facility, along with the Select 122 and VW California campervans.


Step Four:

Personal taste

Having considered all of the above it simply comes down to personal preference, lifestyle and budget.

Swift Escape v Chausson Flash v Roller Team

LandCruise Motorhome Hire owns 3 main ranges of motorhome. The Swift Escapes are from a British manufacturer that tailors their motorhomes for a British market. Principally they have larger seating areas than motorhomes manufactured outside of the UK, but this also means that beds need to be made up at night. The Swifts are equipped with ovens and microwaves.

The Chaussons are made by French manufacturer Chausson. These motorhomes are aimed at the continental European market where fixed beds are more important than inside seating areas. If you prefer fixed beds choose Chausson. If you prefer a more comfortable seating area choose Swift.

New to the fleet in 2019 are the Roller Teams. Produced in Italy, they focus their design on the larger family vehicle with space available to give you room to relax and entertain during the day, and ample sleeping space at night without having to make up your bed every day.

Campervans

We’ve expanded our fleet to include campervans for hire. They offer an altogether different route into the world of vehicular leisure. One that is more accessible to first time campers, allowing for a more similar driving experience to that of your own car.

The VW California is the ideal option for a group of friends, a couple, or a small family looking for an effortless holiday or getaway. Due to it’s compact nature the California has limited storage space, kitchen facilities and does not have a toilet or shower.

If you’re looking for the that perfect combination of handling and manoeuvrability of a VW camper, with the living space and features of a motorhome, then the Swift Select 122 is for you. It’s a panel conversion campervan that is slimmer than a regular motorhome and is only 6 metres in length.

Dog friendly Roverhomes LandCruise has a range of dog friendly motorhomes that are reserved exclusively for pet owners.  Two of these, the Flash 636/656 Roverhome has been specially modified for dogs. We take out the bottom bunk on a 6 berth motorhome allowing your dog(s) to have their own special area to sleep in and a secure place to travel in.

Other things to consider:

Overcab v Low Profile
Overcabs accommodate more people as the living space extends over the driver cab.  They have more headroom inside.  The downside is that they are taller – generally around 10’ – and can cost more on Channel crossings and will face greater height restrictions on some car parks and bridges.

Low profile motorhomes have small storage compartments over the driver cab rather than a double bed.  They are a little more versatile than the overcabs.  They better suit couples and small families.

Motorhomes v Campervans
The term motorhome and campervan is often used interchangeably, but there are differences. The most notable being the size, features and the amount of home comforts found onboard. The main difference to be aware of on our fleet is that the VW California camper is the only option that does not come with a toilet or shower.

Driving Licence
All of our motorhomes/campervans can be driven on the standard European B1 category driving licence.