Options for motorhome rentals in France
In France, motorhomes are called camping-cars and are a sight very commonly seen in small towns, camping grounds and on the roads. There are plenty of different types of vehicles to rent in France, depending on the type of holiday you wish to have. A 2 berth van is great for a back-roads adventure, but be sure to make it self-contained if you wish to use the free camping sites called “aires de camping” which are scattered along France’s roads. From there, the range extends to 7-berth monster motorhomes which offer bells, whistles and a kitchen sink.
2 berth vehicles are more likely to be called campervans, and are common in the southern hemisphere and amongst the more adventurous road trippers. Essentially just converted vans, these have very limited facilities, often only a bed and a simple gas stove. They are great for those on a budget, and intrepid travellers who want to get to meet new friends by using the shared facilities at campgrounds.
2 Berth - Shower and Toilet
These are a step up from the 2 berth sleepervan and are often luxurious. Still built on a van base, they contain sleeping space for two, kitchen facilities and a shower and toilet for improved ablution abilities. The self-contained nature of these allows for free camping where it is legal. 2 Berth STs can be found in petrol or diesel configurations, and with automatic or manual gearboxes. Their small size makes them easy to manoeuvre and allows them to navigate.
A 3-berth motorhome is usually a campervan-style vehicle, so is lightweight and easy to handle. They are great for a family of 2 adults and one child, with one double bed and one single bed. Cooking, bathroom and other facilities range from vehicle to vehicle- some will have shower and toilet facilities, some won’t- so check this before hiring.
These larger motorhomes are generally built on a truck chassis. They have much roomier living quarters than the van-based campervans, and often are configured with a double bed above the cab and a dining area which converts into another. Equipped with kitchen and bathroom facilities, these are great for families of up to 4, especially with small children.