Although Hiring a Motorhome is the start of your adventure, you always have to ask are my family safe?
Staycations are the way forward for majority of families for the next few years.
This is great news for the Scottish tourism and hospitality sectors and our economy, and face it, we need the help after 2020. The positives to holidaying in Scotland are we have THEE most amazing scenery, one we all pretty much take for granted. We have white beaches and blue seas, beautiful wildlife, and breathtaking landscapes. Scotland, you have it all…
Let’s face it, if the weather were the Mediterranean, we probably would not want to go anywhere else. So, let’s take advantage and explore what beauty is on our own doorstep.
We want everyone to love to travel. Motor homing in Britain has been getting more popular for the last few years and why not, it is truly an amazing way to see our fantastic scenery as well as having the comforts of home. You are not tied to having to be in an exact place at an exact time.
You can follow the weather, you do not have to have your views from the hotel window dictated, you can choose your own views. There is never a truer saying, ‘Home is Where You Park It’.
Due to the incredibly high demand for families to stay home and holiday in Britain due to COVID 19, we would like to advise customers to be aware of hiring from someone who is not registered or from someone who is maybe just simply hiring their own motorhome to make some ‘extra’ money.
Believe me, your life and the lives of your family could depend on it without you even knowing (without being over dramatic).
There are many hidden threats to you and your family. I have listed the main one to consider below:
Please don’t be shy….
Always ask your hire provider:
‘Does my Motorhome/campervan have a full valid landlord Gas Inspection Certificate from a Gas Safe Engineer?’
ANYONE who hires out their motorhome/campervan whether it be a dealer, hire company (large or small) or more importantly friend, they MUST have a valid gas safety certificate. Remember yours, and your family’s safety is paramount.
As well as being certain the vehicle is safe to drive before hiring it out. With campervans and motorhomes, you also need to be sure that it’s safe to live in. Motorhomes and campervans include cooking and heating equipment, therefore there is always an extra risk to the life of fire.
Most motorhomes and campervans especially when free camping depends fully on gas for their heating and cooking facilities.
Ensure your hired motorhome has had a full landlord gas safe registered inspection, regardless of the age of the motorhome. Not many people know this, but even brand-new motorhomes should be checked prior to hiring to a customer.
Checks to be done:
Does it have a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector on board?
It should always have both as you need something that will alert you to any smoke or gas problems.
Has it been inspected within the last 12 months?
The law states these inspections should be carried out on an annual basis (as with rented home accommodation). If in doubt, the gas safety certificate legally has to be held on board the motorhome/campervan. Ask for sight of it…
The company hiring the motorhome may be liable if something were to happen and they did not have the appropriate checks and insurance in place.
Finally, fire extinguisher and fire blankets should always be readily available.
One of the things to check is whether you have appropriate insurance cover to protect you while on hire.
Do you know even if someone is hiring out their own motorhome or campervan to good friends or family members on an informal basis, they still need to have comprehensive insurance, as if they were a professional company providing motorhome and campervan hire.
Such insurance is often referred to as ‘self-drive hire insurance.’
On many an occasion, and without knowing it, some families will be driving around the country with incorrect or no insurance cover at all. You (the driver) must be personally covered for driving that motorhome. Some people are covering themselves (privately) and then hiring it out without knowing that they need self-drive hire insurance.
Always ask for documentation with your details as driver…