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a VirtualTourist member asked on May 24, 2016

Scotland

Problems with wicked campervans?

Hi everybody,

I am Rubén from Spain. I want to spend 10 days in Scotland visiting the Highlands and I want to hire a campervan for 2 people for all the trip. I have been searching and the cheapest option is a campervan from a company called "Wicked campervans" (45 gbp/day). On the other hand, I have been looking for comments and opinions for this company and I have seen that it is not too much recommended by people due to offensive slogans painted in the van and other kind of problems (fi bad maintenance, dirt...)

Has anybody experience with this company? Do you recommend others cheap hiring campervan companies?

Many thanks for your attention

Best wishes

Rubén



12 Answers


answered on 5/24/16 by
a VT member from London

Hello there and welcome to VT, I do hope you enjoy it here.

I am a half owner of a camprevan (RV) in Canada so I have a bit of a clue about them and I can tell you that UK is not a cheap country, this extends to campervan hire. I am surprised that you got one at £45 a day, that is very cheap (depending on season) but, as always in the world, you get what you pay for. If you want to go on a tight budget then do so and take what goes with it but that is a very good price.

Also factor in that you are not officially allowed to "wild camp" in UK and may well be moved on by the police if you try. Therefore you have to factor in a campsit every night and that can run to a fair few pounds. Sorry to be the bringer of bad news but that is how it is here.




answered on 5/24/16 by
a VT member from County Galway

As above. I am guessing that the £45 per day is base rate rental and you need to add some insurance extras. Ether that or the van's not up to much. Other companies rates could add £100 per day to that.

Cheapest company I know UK side is Spaceships UK who do what would be termed Day Vans and car derived sleepers.

You would require a real camp-site for toilet and other facilities using day vans.




answered on 5/24/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Read this:

theguardian.com/commentisfre...

The slogans are deliberate clickbait.

45GBP per day is dirt-cheap for camper van hire so, if you decide to hire from them, expect to get what you pay for. And also expect to pay more on top of that for e.g. insurances.

As Planxty says, 'wild camping' (that is, not staying on campsites) is illegal in England or Wales. It may be tolerated in Scotland, depending on where you are...but the access laws in Scotland (which differ from those in England and Wales) do not apply to motorised vehicles:

wildaboutscotland.com/2014/1...

Most car parks have a deliberately-placed height restrictor to prevent camper vans parking overnight. If you park up overnight on the roadside you may find you are visited and moved on by the police.

Imo you would do best to budget for a campsite stay every night.




answered on 5/24/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Read this:

theguardian.com/commentisfre...

The potentially-offensive slogans are deliberate clickbait/advertising by the company (which also operates in Australia and New Zealnd).

45GBP per day is dirt-cheap for camper van hire so, if you decide to hire from them, expect to get what you pay for. And also expect to pay more on top of that for e.g. insurances.

As Planxty says, 'wild camping' (that is, not staying on campsites) is illegal in England or Wales. It may be tolerated in Scotland, depending on where you are...but the access laws in Scotland (which differ from those in England and Wales) do not apply to motorised vehicles:

wildaboutscotland.com/2014/1...

Most car parks have a deliberately-placed height restrictor to prevent camper vans parking overnight. If you park up overnight on the roadside you may find you are visited and moved on by the police.

Imo you would do best to budget for a campsite stay every night.




answered on 5/24/16 by
a VT member from Paignton

But you can of course park-up in pub carparks - go for a few beers and maybe even a meal and tell them you'd like to park overnight. Very few will refuse your custom and some might even let you use their "facilities" in the morning.




answered on 5/24/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Brilliant idea ...though whether you are allowed to stay overnight in the car park will absolutely depend on the landlord/landlady of the pub concerned.

Also be *very* aware that it is perfectly possible to be over the legal alcohol limit the morning after a night on the beer/wine/whatever. The UK blood alcohol limit is 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath (a breathalyser) and 80mg alcohol per 100ml blood (blood test at the police station). Penalties can be severe so don't risk drink-driving.




answered on 5/24/16 by
a VT member from Paignton

Many a time I've let campervans, and even tent campers, use the pub grounds for overnight stays. You don't have to spend a fortune - a beer each is enough. Then I leave a note for the cleaners to let you use the *facilities* and you can use the pub loo and sink wash. But DO inform them the night before.




answered on 5/24/16 by
a VT member from County Galway

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answered on 5/24/16 by
a VT member from Puerto Princesa

You get what you pay for and 45 pounds is rock bottom price




answered on 5/25/16 by
a VT member

Many thanks to all of you for your very useful comments. Definitively, I will rent another campervan from other service. I am already aware about the situation of "wild camping" in Scotland, so we will look for optimal solution to park up overnight, such the one johngayton suggests.

Many thanks again. I really appreciate your help.

Best wishes,
Rubén




answered on 5/25/16 by
a VT member from London

As a little secondary tip if you decide to try the pub carpark gig then go for smaller pubs and not the big chains. Freehouses are best as the chances are the manager really is the boss. In the bigger chain places they will be so tied down by company regulations that you may struggle a bit and not everyone is as laid back as that nice Mr. Gayton! Some friends and I did a bit of this but it was about 25 years ago and so I have no idea how feasible it is now.




answered on 5/25/16 by
a VT member from County Galway

Pub/Restaurant parking is commonplace for Ireland, (not had the van over to Scotland yet) if any camper folk from Scotland are reading this, how about getting together and doing an app like the new Irish one
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