It goes without saying that you need to be very careful about the type of fuel you put in the motorhome.
If it’s diesel, as in most cases in Europe, elsewhere it could be petrol, and in North America it’s almost exclusively petrol.
Even if in theory this is not possible, be careful not to put petrol in the water tank: this has already happened on certain models where the fuel and water tank caps are close together or look alike.
How can I limit fuel consumption?
Here are a few useful tips on how to drive more economically and ecologically. http://forum-camping-car.fr/forum/16225/conduite-n-conomique-appliqun-e-camping-cars.html
Fill up before returning the motorhome
In all cases, make a note of the starting fuel level (the vehicle is usually delivered with a full tank) and return the vehicle with the same level of fuel to avoid service charges that will be higher than the price paid at the pump.
In Europe, the driving licence required to drive a motorhome depends on the weight of the vehicle.
If the motorhome weighs less than 3.5 tonnes, a B licence (standard driving licence) is sufficient.
If the motorhome weighs more than 3.5 tonnes, you will need a C1 licence. This licence allows you to drive vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes.
Outside Europe, the rules may differ. Generally, an international driving licence is recommended if you are driving in a non-European country, but the specific requirements depend on the country in question.
Driving a motorhome in the United States?
In the United States, the rules on the driving licence required to drive a motorhome can vary slightly from state to state. However, in most States, a standard driving licence (the equivalent of a B licence) is sufficient to drive most motorhomes.
If the motorhome has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of more than 26,000 pounds (around 11,800 kg), some states may require a higher category driving licence, similar to a C1 licence.
Foreign drivers are generally advised to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) in their home country before leaving. The International Driving Permit is not a driving licence in its own right, but a translation of the user’s national driving licence. It must be used in conjunction with the original driving licence.
It is always advisable to check the specific rules of the States you plan to visit before you leave.
The minimum age for hiring and driving a motorhome may vary depending on the country and the rental policies of each agency, but in general you need to be at least 21 or 25 years old to hire and drive a motorhome.
Some countries may also require the driver to have a certain number of years’ driving experience, usually between 1 and 3 years. It is advisable to check the specific requirements of the rental agency before booking a motorhome. You will find this information on the online offers and in PDF format.
Note that some vehicles, particularly in the USA, Australia and New Zealand, can be driven by people aged 18 and over, with or without supplements.
Young children: please note that some campervan hire companies in the USA and Canada do not offer this service as an option, so you must either bring your child seat with you, or buy it on the spot at the first Wal-Mart you come across, or hire it on the spot from shops where you can reserve it in advance and have it delivered:
Pets are generally accepted in vehicles. However, some rental companies ask to be informed and/or others charge a higher deposit and/or a fixed cleaning fee depending on the breed and/or size of the animal. In all cases, please let us and/or the car hire know.