Motorhomes - hiring in France - dogs

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Motorhomes - hiring in France - dogs

Post by millysmum » 28 May 2011, 10:07

ANother holiday question from me! You can see what's on my mind at the moment!

Has anyone ever hired a camper van in France? Or hired one from the UK and taken it abroad? Just wondering what your experience was and whether you could recommend any particular companies?

ALso, is a camper van a rather confined space in which to have a dog? I suppose they come with awnings?

I am a campervan virgin!!

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Post by john ford » 28 May 2011, 10:51

it is according how big the van is we had a four birth once that was ok ,but now we have a small 2 birth t 25 which u cant swing a cat but at the time when we got it we had a yorkie, we are tring it out soon with our big doodle ,but we have got a awning so that will help.the is a lady by me who as a big van which would be fine .

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Post by Bid » 28 May 2011, 12:54

We have a teeny tiny camper van (a converted Mazda Bongo), but with a huuuge awning. We don't take the doods camping (well I did to the doodle camp, but not as a rule as they don't fit), but we do take the van to France each year. The only helpful thing I can offer is that it makes sense to have a standalone awning, that you can detach from the van and leave stuff like chairs and tables on the site, reserve your pitch, and still get out and about exploring. (Most big vans have a wind out awning which is just a roof). Oh and get a plug converter thingy for your electric hook-up before you go!
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Post by ebug99 » 28 May 2011, 14:43

I don't know where you're based but we hired a caravan from Tilshead Caravans near Salisbury last year to take our 2 doods to the New Forest Show. We have a suitable car for towing and also wanted to be able to leave the van and take the car out for days (harder with a motor-home !!)

I know they do camper vans too and you CAN take them to France:

I've never done the camper van thing but we hired a small fixed bed 4 berth caravan - we had the bed and the doods had a seat each as their beds. We didn't bother with an awning and it was fine for a weekend.

Have a look at their site - they show layouts of all the vehicles available for hire so you can see how much space there is & work it out from there.

Even if you are nowhere near them - it'll give you an idea !

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Post by Harvey Doodle » 28 May 2011, 15:51

We saw a couple of hired motorhomes on a campsite recently, they were from I've looked on ther website and they do allow touring in both UK and Europe. They insist on an additional security deposit for transport of a dog and adherence to their dog policy.

They are based near Luton Airport. These were new coachbuilt motorhomes of a decent size. We use a 21 foot motorhome in the UK carrying Harvey without any problem.

Hire vans may come with a wind out awning (a roof) but I doubt it will include any sides so the use as an enclosed area for Milly won't happen, we use a tie out stake screwed into the ground and a long lead to secure Harvey when we are outside the van.

If you want to know about the types of motorhome e.g Campervans, Van conversions, Coachbuilts, A class suggest you have a look at one of the specialist motorhome websites such as, or I noticed there is a section on hire companies on

One very important question - have you a pet passport for Milly, if not forget it for this year as it takes about 7 months to obtain one, other forum users will have better knowledge on that as we don't intend to go abroad with Harvey so have not gone down that route.

We have great fun touring with Harvey, hope you find what you want
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Post by Clairejen » 28 May 2011, 17:06

We have never hired a camper van in France, but there are a lot of them around. There are often parking areas for them, which I personally think spoils the beauty of places, but I'm not a fan of big vans, the little ones are fine though. One word of warning, many roads in old towns are very narrow and there is no warning that they are about to turn from a reasonable road into a tiny ruelle with a steep descent through the middle of the local chateau. We've done that in a car with nothing worse than a few gulps and white knuckles, but I wouldn't fancy it in anything larger.
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Post by wellies » 28 May 2011, 23:38

camper van (a converted Mazda Bongo
Is there REALLY a vehicle called a Mazda Bongo?? :shock:

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