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Getaway Campers informationGetaway Campers are the Europe camper hire specialists who love traveling and love helping others have great travel adventures too.
At Getaway Campers, we love traveling, having traveled extensively all over the world from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan, and quite a few places in between.
One of the things that we found we value most is being able to stick to our own schedule. That means doing the things we want, when we want and where we want. The best way to do that we found is having your own wheels. It's also more fun!
The flexibility means you meet the locals in small villages or in isolated places in the back blocks of no where. These times are often the things we most remember, and besides it means you stay by that secluded bay, or pull up to sleep when it suits.
We're a pretty friendly bunch, so our main aim is to ensure that you have a good time. Whether we pick you up at the airport or you need some advice on where to go, we're more than happy to help out with your Europe camper hire. Traveling should be fun, and that's what we're all about. We look forward to helping you Getaway!
Why Getaway Campers?
For many of our clients they are looking for an independent way to travel. Whether in the Cotswolds, highlands of Scotland, the vineyards of Bordeaux or beaches of Spain. In most cases vehicle mobility is essential for our clients. The ease to travel and stay off the beaten track with the ability to visit the main places, do the shopping and meeting fellow travelers from all over the globe at local camping sites throughout the UK and Europe, are just a few of the reasons we hear daily.
Our vans are very easy to drive, reliable and come with numerous features that cost much more on equivalent larger or European models. The vans drive and travel extremely well, and being both not too big or too small they are ideal for navigating narrow lanes or parking in the city. With the ability to seat 4, they are also an economical way to get away with the family or friends.
Getaway Campers Rental TermsFrequently Asked Questions
Where are your depots?
The Greenworks 145 Nathan Way, Thamesmead, London, SE28 0AB
What happens if I break down?
If you have any mechanical troubles we provide free 24-hour roadside assistance in the UK and Europe. This covers any MECHANICAL issues you may have during your travels. We also provide a Euro emergency kit which is legally required under EU Law, plus we also include jumper leads just in case you leave the lights on!
What if I have a foreign driving license?
No problem at all. All drivers must just have a valid full driver's licence which they must present when they collect the van. Please note that our pricing is based on having a clean driving record, otherwise, a small daily surcharge may apply.
How many people can travel in a Getaway Camper?
All of our campers can seat up to 4 people, which is great for families or friends wanting to lower the cost of travel. Please note that the rear seat is slightly smaller for 2 large adults, but plenty of room for 1 large adult. The front and rear seats of our campers also swivel, so you can turn them round when parked up for a game of cards or a meal.
How many people can sleep in a Getaway Camper?
Each camper can sleep 2 inside on the fold out double bed. We also hire an optional tent extension that fits onto the vans for the extra 2 people. Please note that we do not supply bedding, this is available as an option and comes as a "bedding pack" for 2 people and includes pillow and sleeping bags.
What sort of bags should I bring?
We HIGHLY recommend soft bags to make maximum use of the storage area.
Can I charge my phone or iPod, and what about laptops?
We offer 240v transformers for hire at £20 + VAT. You will need a plug adaptor if you are coming from outside the UK, as our transformers take UK plugs only.
We now offer external power leads for connecting to powered camp sites. These leads include a multi-plug (UK type). These are available at £30 + VAT.
Do you have one way hires?
Not at present.
Can I pick up in Europe?
Again, we're afraid not - We are based in South East London for your convenience.
What type of van is a Getaway Camper?
All our vans are Toyota Regius models and are equipped with 2.7-litre petrol engines or diesel.
Do you have manual transmissions?
No. All our campers are automatics.
Do you have left-hand drive vans?
All our vans are right-hand drive at this stage.
How big is the optional Awning?
These sleep 2 - 3. They do vary slightly, but in general, they are Height 2m, Length 3.5m, Width 3m.
Please note that we have limited availability of these.
Where can I take my camper?
The additional European cover allows travel in all EU countries plus Switzerland, Croatia, Norway, Iceland and Monaco. EU countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, UK If there are any countries outside of this that you think you'd like to go to please get in touch well before your collection date and we will ask our insurers.
European insurance cover is included in our continental packs. 1-8 Days £49.00, 9-19 Days £95.00, 20 Days and over £149.00
From 1st July 2012, it is compulsory to carry a Breathalyser Test Kit in France. These are included in your Continental Pack
We also recommend that if you plan on travelling through Eastern EU countries that you purchase a Vehicle on Hire Certificate (VOH). This is available on our booking system at £30 + VAT and avoids any potential problems that you could encounter in Eastern EU countries. The VOH Certificate is a legal replacement for the V5 document that is proof of ownership for the vehicle. We can not issue the original document. Please note that we require 3 working days notice to produce this.
Vehicle on Hire Certificate £30 + VAT.
Portugal: Please note that if planning on travelling through Portugal, their toll road system has recently changed. Foreign registered vehicles MUST pay all tolls in advance at a Portuguese Post Office. They have a new automated system that does not allow any payment on the actual toll roads. Until they fix this situation and to avoid any unnecessary fines, we highly recommend avoiding toll roads in Portugal at this point in time if you are in doubt.
Switzerland: When travelling through Switzerland you will require a toll pass available from any service station.
PLEASE NOTE THAT GETAWAY CAMPERS IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY COSTS INCURRED IF YOU ARE REFUSED ENTRY TO THE COUNTRIES LISTED ABOVE OR ANY TOLLS INCURRED DRIVING IN ANY COUNTRIES.
What is the range on a tank of gas?
What does the insurance cover?
We include Fully Comprehensive Insurance. The hirer is responsible for the excess of £500 pounds for drivers 25 - 75 and £750 for drivers aged 21 - 24. This covers the cost of damage to Third Party property including single vehicle accident, towing and recovery costs, theft, fire, break-in or vandalism. Insurance also includes the cost of the daily rental rate for the period the vehicle is off fleet for accident repairs. This excess applies in respect of each claim, not rental. If you run into trouble, please let Getaway Campervans know as soon as possible. Getaway Campervans strongly recommend that you have personal travel insurance while travelling. If you have an accident or breakdown, Getaway Campervans will either replace your vehicle with a similar one or refund your hire charge for any days you lose the total use of the vehicle. It is at the discretion of Getaway Campervans as to whether we choose to release another vehicle to you following an accident depending on the circumstances.
Is there a minimum hire period?
Yes, we have a minimum 7 days day hire period over the summer season, but if you are looking for a shorter hire, contact us directly as we are flexible and will look to assist you as best we can.
Are there any extra costs?
No. Once we finalise the price depending on your requirements, that's it. Nothing else!
Does the Sat Nav cover both the UK and Europe?
Yes, they cover Western Europe. This makes your life a lot easier! All our vehicles now have fitted built in Sat Nav systems with a DVD Player with Bluetooth connections. Also available Multi Language.
Please note that the Sat Nav is only a guide and Getaway Campers accept no responsibility if the Sat Nav is incorrect on occasions...roads do change! You may need road maps for some Eastern European countries.
Do you supply information on a camping ground and caravan parks?
Yes, we do. Each camper comes with the AA Britain and Ireland Camping and Caravan Ground Guide. We don't presently provide information on European sites in the vans.
Should I book campsites in advance?
We recommend that you do from July - September, otherwise, you should be fine.
Will my mobile phone work in the UK and Europe?
It depends on your plan, but we recommend purchasing a UK sim card on arrival. These can be purchased in vending machines at any UK airport or mobile phone shop. This is useful in emergencies or even for just telling us that you want to extend your hire.
Where can we park overnight?
Parking in the UK and Europe is pretty easy. Like anywhere, please remember that local laws do apply and any violations are your responsibility. You can often park and sleep in truck stops, but there are heaps of caravan parks and camping grounds in the UK and Europe offering great facilities at minimal cost. All of our campers come with the AA Britain and Ireland Camping Ground Guide to make life easier as well.
Please note that highway service stations do require you to pay for staying more than 2 hrs. They have cameras in operation and will fine you, so please bear this in mind.
What is the minimum age to rent a Getaway Camper?
You need to be at least 21 years of age, have a full licence and a good driving history of at least 2 years. Additionally, we cannot hire to students under our present insurance arrangements sorry. Please note that hire to drivers aged 21- 24 is dependant on prior approval by our insurer please notify us at least 5 days prior to rental with details.
How do I pay my deposit?
An initial non-refundable deposit will be secured at the time of booking confirmation.This can be paid by Visa or Master Card.
An additional 20% deposit is taken shortly after booking confirmation as a separate transaction. If we have availability for your booking we will deduct the deposit and then send you a booking confirmation. This deposit is deducted from the balance which is payable 28 days before your pickup date. Please let us know if you intend on paying the balance with a different card otherwise we will debit the one provided.
What if I cancel?
The initial deposit paid is non-refundable. In addition to forfeiting your deposit, the following charges also apply:
The additional deposit (20%) is also non-refundable should you choose to cancel your reservation, but it is transferable if you tell us at least 17 days prior to your booking date. This is then valid for another 6 months. Please note that this is at our discretion and is subject to individual circumstances and time of year. Cancellations made within 17 - 11 days of your pick up date will not be transferable or refunded and are subject to a 50% cancellation fee. Cancellations made within 10 days of your pick up date are subject to a 100% cancellation fee. Should you cancel your booking once your hire has started, you will not receive a refund.
Getaway Campers reserves the right to cancel or move bookings with 17 days notice.
How can I pay?
We accept cash, bank transfer, MasterCard, Visa, and UK Debit cards. Debit cards are free to use but credit cards do incur a 3% fee.
Please note that we can not accept non-UK debit cards - sorry!
What do I need to bring with me?
Please make sure the driver/s is present and that they have their drivers licence (paper and card for UK licences), passport (or other suitable photo ID) and proof of address with them. Please bring a credit card so that your details can be left on the contract. You will also need to bring bedding with you if you are not hiring it from us. If you have an iPod, we can provide you with an MP3 lead so you can hook up your sounds through the stereo.
Is there a security bond?
Yes, £200 for 4 day hires and £500 for longer, drivers aged 25 - 75 or £750 for drivers aged 21- 24. You can reduce your excess though by selecting one of our other insurance options which are a great way of having peace of mind. It will be refunded when you return your camper in satisfactory condition. The security bond is processed on the 10th business days after the return of the camper, this is to give us time to receive any infringements through the post.
Is insurance included in the prices?
Yes, insurance is compulsory for each driver so the quoting system will automatically add this in depending on the age of the driver and whether you are driving just in the UK or outside of the UK (mainland Europe).
How much for an extra driver?
An extra driver is an additional £5 + VAT per day.
When can I collect and return my van?
Anytime during our depot opening hours:
Monday - Friday 0930 - 1600, and Saturday 0930h - 1200h
(Please note that collections on Saturday after 12 pm and Sunday are strictly by appointment only and will incur a charge of £25.00) We calculate our hire times by calendar days. So each day is counted as one, irrespective of what time you pick up/return the camper. Please be at the depot within 30 minutes of your booked reservation time and return the van on the time stated on your contract. Late fees do apply.
Can I take a child seat?
Our campers have front airbags and the rear seat has a lap belt only. They can take child seats that are certified for Lap belts and Booster seats. We do have booster seats available for hire if required but are strictly at hirer's liability.
What if I drive into the London Congestion Zone?
This can be a bit tricky, but the areas are heavily signposted. You are responsible for paying this yourself either on the day or next day. This can be done online or by telephone. Failure to do so will result in a £65 fine from Transport for London which then goes up steeply if not paid within 14 days. The best thing is to either take alternate routes or park your camper in a suburb for the day. Don't worry though, our depot is well outside the congestion zone. If you receive a Congestion Charge or Parking fine we usually pay this out of your security bond plus a £30 admin charge.
When should I book for Glastonbury or other festivals?
We've noticed a huge increase in the enquiries for Glastonbury and other festivals. To get a place, you literally need to contact us as soon as tickets go on sale. Unfortunately, a week before is a little hopeful...
Are pets allowed or any fees charged for taking pets in your vehicles?
Is smoking allowed and if so do valet fees apply?
Are there any areas that you restrict your vehicles from being driven in?
Standard insurance here. EU only approved countries as per the above.Terms of booking on this website
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Motorhome rental alterations (all charges stated in local currency): 25.00
The alteration fee will not be charged if your alteration request is not possible.
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