Are motorhomes easy to drive?
Motorhomes are easy to drive, but different to a car. Take things at a steadier pace and try to anticipate braking and cornering to make the journey more comfortable and reduce the number of complaints from the navigators. There is no rush, keep your speed steady until you gain confidence. The following will help:
- We’ll spend about an hour with you handing over the motorhome so that you feel comfortable with all the controls and how everything works.
- LandCruise is located in the country within 5 minutes of the A27 so you won’t have to negotiate “city traffic” until you’ve built up your confidence.
- The first thing you notice is the high driving position which gives you every opportunity to anticipate road conditions ahead; to judge bends and brake in good time. There is plenty of height and recline adjustment to the seats and you generally adopt a more upright and relaxed driving position.
- You are bigger than a car and need to move out a little to the middle of the road to avoid overhanging trees on the nearside and allow extra space to avoid cyclists and cars when overtaking.
- All our motorhomes have power steering and large mirrors to help with manoeuvring. Take a bigger swing when manoeuvring, but you will be surprised at the turning circle, which beats many 4×4′s. Reversing is always best done with a passenger on the ground or for you to get out to check the situation before starting.
What is the speed limit for motorhomes?
In the UK, the speed limits for motorhomes are not the same as cars. 70 mph is the maximum on motorways but on dual carriageways the maximum is restricted to 60 mph and to 50 mph on single carriageways, unless there are signs which display lower or specific speed restrictions.
Do I need a special driving licence?
Holders of a UK category C1 driving licence obtained prior to 1st January 1997 may drive a motorhome up to 7500 kgs gross mass. Category B licences obtained after that date restrict holders to drive vehicles of 3500 kgs or less, unless a LGV licence has been obtained.
This means that the majority of our fleet can be driven by all drivers. The Dethleffs Esprit A7870-2, the Swift Esprit 496 and the Swift Esprit 444 are available to those with a C1 driving licence issued before 1997 and those with a LGV licence.
European licences specify various maximum limits. Please check that you have a suitable licence before booking as hire will be refused and the hire cancelled without a refund should this not be the case.
Overseas licences: even if you have a C category licence in your own country, by UK law you are only permitted to drive a vehicle up to 3500 kgs on the UK roads.
For insurance purposes, the driver must be between 25 and 75 years old and have held a full licence for at least three years.
It is advisable to have your driving licence with you at all times when driving a hire vehicle.
Do your motorhomes have seatbelts?
All of our motorhomes have high backed seats fitted with three point lap and diagonal belt seatbelts. These seatbelts can be used to secure most child seats. Some of our motorhomes have rear facing seats around the dinette. These rear facing seats have lap belts and not three point diagonal belts. We can provide child seats and bolster seats if required. Please check the seatbelt options for each vehicle by looking at the product pages.
Do I need mains electricity to run the lights and electrics in the motorhome?
All our motorhomes are fully self-contained in that all appliances (such as hob, grill, oven, hot water, heating) will operate from the propane gas we supply, whilst the onboard 12V leisure battery supplies the power to operate lighting, water pumps and so on.
All of our Swift motorhomes come with a Microwave as standard. This is the one appliance that will not work without an external power source, i.e. electric hook-up or generator.
However, all our vehicles have at least one domestic style 3-pin 230V electric socket which may be used to power your own 230V appliances, such as a hairdryer, laptop, mobile phone charger, radio/CD player. These sockets can only be used if the vehicle is connected to a 230V mains electricity supply such as on a campsite (this is known as a ‘mains hook-up’), or connected to a generator providing 230V.
If you wish to take and use your own 230V appliances and you are not going to have access to mains hook-up at your campsite location(s) then you will need to use a generator. Generators are available to hire from LandCruise.
Can I take the vehicle out of the UK?
If you are planning to drive to Ireland or Europe you will need to pay an additional charge for insurance and breakdown cover – please see the tariffs page for details.
How will I remember how everything works on the motorhome?
As well as the comprehensive handover, each motorhome includes a Customer Guide which covers most of the main elements of the motorhome such as the heating, hot water, electricity, the cooker, TV tuning etc.
How long can I hire a motorhome for?
You can hire a LandCruise motorhome for as long as you like – if you are thinking of hiring one for more than two weeks, discounts are available.
In July and August we have a minimum hire period of 7 days.
How long should I allow for the handover when I come to collect the motorhome?
Please allow 30 minutes to an hour for us to handover the motorhome and please also allow half an hour when you return.
When can I collect the motorhomes?
We are flexible about collection days. It’s your holiday so we’ll work with you. Please let us know when you wish to go, as long as it fits in with other hires, you should be able to collect your motorhome at a time that suits you. LandCruise is open most bank holidays. Standard collection times are 14:00 for two week hires and 15:00 for one week hires. All motorhomes need to be back by 10:00 so that we can clean, service and repair the motorhome as necessary before the next hire goes out that afternoon.
Can I leave my car with you?
Free on site parking at the owners risk is available for the duration of the hire period.
When do I have to return the motorhome?
Standard return time is 10:00 am. When you make your booking, we will discuss a return time. If you are going to be late for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible. The hire insurance covers you until the agreed time, so if you are late and don’t inform us, you will be committing an offence. We may also charge you for being later than the agreed time.
Will the motorhome be warm enough to use in the winter?
Our motorhomes are fully winterised which means they can be used for year round use. As well as the usual facilities like hot and cold running water and gas central heating, they have high levels of insulation in the floor, walls and ceiling. Both the fresh water and waste water tanks are internal to minimise the risk of freezing. Some of our motorhomes have a ‘garage’ storage area inside – perfect for drying off damp clothes at the end of the day.
Can I smoke in the Motorhome?
Sorry, but we have a strict no smoking policy in our motorhomes.
What if we have a problem while we are away?
In the unlikely event that you experience a breakdown, our motorhomes have the benefit of Breakdown Cover.
LandCruise will provide you with a list of emergency telephone numbers so that you are assured that everything possible is done to help you in an emergency.