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Tips to get you confidently driving a motorhome

Whilst it may seem a rather daunting vehicle to drive, driving a motorhome is easier than expected. Just relax, slow down and enjoy your journey.

Don’t drive to fast and give yourself plenty of extra space, things like accelerating and braking will take longer to achieve. The best way to prevent accidents is to increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front and to reduce your speed accordingly if there are strong winds, poor visibility or you are going downhill.

Watch the height and width. The average motorhome is wider and higher than you may be used to. Be aware of this when approaching low bridges or narrow roads. Why not keep a note of the measurements on your dash board as a reminder? If you’re not sure if you’ll fit, don’t attempt it, take another route.

Driving a motorhome requires a little more time to manoeuvre than what you may be used to. Take into account the size of the motorhome, corners need to be taken widely, keeping an eye on the middle and back. Otherwise, you risk catching the kerb or a sign post.

It might be strange not seeing as much out of the back windows as you are used to. Make sure your wing mirrors are set at the right angle for you. You will need to use them a lot, especially when overtaking and manoeuvring the vehicle.

Lastly, remember when re-fuelling that the motorhome uses Diesel.

European Markets

Christmas market blog

With Christmas fast approaching and the big count down on, here at Easicampers we have some great ideas for you to get the festive season in full swing. Many people do want to experience the sights & sounds of traditional Christmas markets. If this is what you are looking for to get you in the mood, there are lots of Christmas markets in Europe for you to explore.

There are many Christmas markets, however from reviews & customer feedback here are some of the best you could visit this winter:

Nuremberg Christmas market is one of the most magical out there. With Nuremberg being the biggest Christmas market in Europe it has a fun & festive atmosphere, they choose a local girl to be “the face of Christmas” on the opening day of the markets she is the most important person there!! At Nuremberg Christmas market you will find many stalls ranging from beautiful wooden gifts to local food and mulled wine, what’s not to like?? The Christmas markets here start from November 29th – December 24th.

Dresden Christmas market is the oldest Christmas market dating back to 1434! Dresden has over 11 different markets to chose from and they all have different things going on, from glass blowers to bakers. You can see all the locals busy at work, making baubles, bakers decorating their goods and many more. This makes it feel so much more authentic. The Christmas market in Dresden start from November 27th – December 24th.

Strasbourg Christmas market is known as the “Capital of Christmas” If you are looking for that little bit of something special, this is the place for you! The Christmas market is set against the backdrop of the breath taking city and Strasbourg Cathedral. As far as the eye can see there are stalls and shops filled with ornaments, lights, decorations and gifts. The Christmas market in Strasbourg starts from November 22nd – December 30th.

Munich Christmas Market is spread out over several sites in the city, The main square is a great place to start as it has everything in one place. Stalls are filled with beautiful gifts, the most amazing food and beer. It has a great atmosphere for everyone to enjoy and the sights, sounds and smells of the market are out of this world. You can find the perfect Christmas gift or souvenir to take home with you. The Munich Christmas market starts from November 27th – December 24th.

Here are just a few for you to look forward to for the Festivities and with prices starting from £420.00 per week with Easicampers, it’s too good to miss. We will be more than happy to help with any queries you have, just give us a quick call on 01942 778899.

Winter Hire

Motorhome/RV Winter Tips

If you are hiring a motorhome from us at Easicampers this winter then here a few helpful tips to make sure you get the most out of your motorhome/RV experience in the UK. Here at Easicampers we strive to give our customers a first rate experience.

Gas Bottles

During the winter month’s when using your hired motorhome/RV you will use more gas on the heating and hot water in the vehicle. Also if you aren’t on a camp site with hook up connection, the fridge will run of the gas supply. We supply you with a gas bottle that is remaining in the vehicle of its last hire. If you do want to make sure you have a full bottle as well as this one bottle we do hire them out at a cost of £45. We do need notice for this so please book in advance.  if you don’t request this and turn up at one of our airport branche’s we can’t get a bottle but if you are collecting from our local city branches (Wigan,Preston,Blackburn) this is subject to availability.

Windows/Vents

Make sure at night your windows are shut completely. Any windows left slightly ajar will let the cold weather /rain in. The window over the table in your motorhome needs to be shut for your heating to work correctly. Make sure any roof openings (windows/vents) are shut correctly. To keep more heat in the vehicle it is advisable to put the 2 blinds down over every window. Also you are provided with front window blinds to go on your windscreen and side front windows.

Water tank

During the winter season where temperatures drop your motorhome water system will dump its water if the vehicle gets too cold. If you think the temperature will drop we advise to empty your water tank to the  minimum so you don’t lose water. Always make sure you drain your waste water tank more regular during the cold snap.

Heating

Your heating system in the motorhome goes upto 30 degrees, if there are 6 of you in the vehicle it will get really warm. The warmer you have the heating the more gas it burns, these vehicles do get really warm. Ideally if you put the vehicle heating on about 6pm on a temperature of round 15- 16 degrees for a few hours this will keep you warm over night with the correct bedding that is.
You can set your heating to come on at certain times. So if you want it on at 10pm and then 7am these vehicles allow you to do that.

If you need any more advice on your motorhome hire over winter please call us on 01942 778899 to speak to one of our knowledgeable members of staff.

Motorhome Destinations in the winter

Hiring a motorhome or campervan for a winter break has never been easier, Easirent wigan have some fabulous deals on campervans and motorhomes this winter.

Motor homing In Winter

Winter touring holidays or breaks appeal to so many motorhome owners for a number of reasons.

The roads are not so crowded, parking restrictions may not be so severe, wild camping is tolerated more as many campsites are closed and crisp, winter mornings offer some of the best scenery in Scotland.

So long as your motorhome offers you the warmth and comfort that you desire then what have you got to lose! Easirent Rental Motorhomes are insulated, if you want some inspiration of where to go over winter, than consider one – or all – of the following

Scotland:

The Hebrides – or the Western Isles as they are also known of the west coast of Scotland is a chain of beautifully unspoilt islands 30 miles off the North West coast of Scotland. They are a popular destination with serious motorhome hirers and motorhomes over the winter months, partly because the weather is generally mild due to a year-round current that originates in the Caribbean and also because they are easily accessible from mainland Scotland by ferry. Although the winters are mild, visitors occasionally experience some of the wildest and stormiest gales around – so take your raincoat in preparation!

England:

The Lake District provides the perfect backdrop for a winter motorhome and campervan trip there are many walks you can enjoy whatever the length of your stay, but always ensure you’re well prepared and have the right equipment to hand. Research the walks beforehand and only tackle those you are confident of completing.

Some regular Lake land walkers will tell you that the National Park offers a much more handsome landscape in the winter months than it does in the summer. Why not find out for yourselves?

 Wales:

Snowdonia, known in Welsh as Eryri, offers something for everyone wanting to breathe in some fresh mountain air including forest walks, bird watching, castles, museums, the list is endless. There’s also a steam railway so you can take a seat and admire the crisp winter scenes from the comfort of your carriage.

If you are looking for a motorhome or campervan this winter the why not give one of a friendly team at wigan a call on 01942 77 88 99 and we will be able to book your motorhome or camper for you.

Christmas markets in a motorhome or campervan.

At Easirent wigan we have brand new 6 berth and 4 berth ford zefiro motorhomes and also the t5and t6 vw California campervan available for hire. Maybe your visiting family  and flying in to Manchester airport over the Christmas period,  We do offer a collection service from Manchester airport we will collect you from arrivals then take you to our local depot to collect your motorhome or campervan.

Here I have put together a couple of the local Christmas markets   you may like to visit this November/ December.

Manchester Christmas market

Manchester has an award winning Christmas market and is one of the largest in the UK. For five magical weeks, it winds its way through some of Manchester’s most eye-catching streets and squares. Albert Square open until 21 Dec

Thursday 10 November – Tuesday 20 December 2016

European Christmas Market, Albert Square –  Open until 6 pm 21 Dec 2016
Don your Santa hat, dust off the mulled wine glass, and get into the festive spirit – it’s time to head down to Manchester’s world famous Christmas Market.

Then if you travel just 1 hr through the beautiful countryside to Chester to visit the lovely Chester Christmas market  open from Friday 18 th November to Sunday 18th December 2016.

Shoppers are in for a magical time at Chester Christmas Market, with over 70 traditional wooden chalets situated in the heart of Chester, all wrapped around a sparkling Christmas tree.

There will be an abundance of festive treats and gifts on offer, including quality local and regional products, crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery, and unique gifts and stocking fillers which are sure to make the perfect present!

Don’t forget to sample the delicious hot food and drink, including tasty mulled wine and hot chocolate; the perfect way to keep warm whilst enjoying the market.

If you are looking to hire a motorhome or a campervan then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Easirent wigan on 01942 77 88 99 and we will be more than happy to make your booking, if you wish to view the campers and motorhomes we do have them available on site over at wigan, Preston and Blackburn depots.

Saving money on your motor home holiday

More and more families in the UK are now choosing to go on motorhome holidays in order to save money. Now just because going on a motorhome holiday is generally cheaper than flying to another country and staying in a hotel, if you’re not careful you could end up spending more than you budgeted. So Easirent wigan has put together a plan which should hopefully save you some money.

Plan your location carefully

One of the great things about motorhomes is that they enable you to travel wherever you want, and for most people they take full advantage of this by traveling across Europe multiple times a year. However, the cost of your holiday can sometimes increase dramatically depending on where you travel to as some places will cost more to stay in than others.

Save on petrol

The biggest cost of a motorhome holiday is usually petrol, especially if you are planning a long distance journey. Fortunately, petrol prices have been decreasing in the UK recently, which means that you will pay less than in recent years. However, not all petrol stations offer the same amount of savings as others, which is why you need to make sure you don’t just stop off at the first one you see.

Create an itinerary

Most families love going on motorhome holidays as it gives them a time to bond as a family and for those that go on their own it gives them a sense of freedom and the ability to be spontaneous. So then we are going to suggest to you that you create an itinerary it may seem like a strange idea. However, if you are really trying to save some money it’s wise to have an idea of what you want to do when you get to your holiday destination. So if you can plan roughly what you are thinking of doing each day of your holiday this will help you to set your budget accordingly.

Have a back-up plan

When setting off on your holiday you will be full of excitement which means that you can sometimes forget the important things. For example, when was the last time you topped up your motorhomes oil and water levels or checked the tyre pressures? Easirent wigan will ensure all this is done for you before you set off. you are covered with breakdown  assistance and will receive a copy of the number when  you collect your motorhome.

Saving money on your motorhome holiday can be easy as long as you spend some time planning your holiday and by doing some research. Furthermore if you can plan as much as you can before you leave you will be able to enjoy yourself a lot more when you get there.

If you would like to book a motorhome then look no further than Easirent wigan we have  brand new 6 berth ford zefiro  motorhomes  available to hire, so give the team a call on 01942 77 88 99 we will be more than happy to help you make your booking.

Glastonbury 2017

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Glastonbury 2017 tickets went on sale on Sunday and despite technical difficulties in the morning, the tickets sold out within in an hour. Maybe you were one of the lucky few who managed to get tickets.
For the lucky 100,000+ people who managed to secure tickets, they are now faced with making arrangements for travel and their preferred mode of camping. At Easirent Car and Van Hire in Blackburn we have the perfect transport that fits perfectly into the hippie vibe of Glastonbury Festival. Our VW California campervan.

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Not only does it provide the perfect way to travel down to Glastonbury Festival but it is a warm and safe way to camp. Glastonbury organisers provide a separate field just for campervans and motorhomes and access to the site is available a day early compared to the canvas campers.
Our VW Campervans sleep four people two in the bottom compartment and two in the pop up roof which rises and falls at the touch of a button. Easirent Car and van Hire will provide you with a gas canister for the hob and for a small fee we will provide you with bedding.
If the campervan is too small for you then maybe our 6 berth motorhome is better for you. As a bonus with the motorhome you have access to a shower and your own toilet.
So why not ring one of our branches and secure your campervan or motorhome ready for Glastonbury Festival.
You can talk to Joe and Mark at Blackburn (01254 495999), Diane and Derek at Preston (01772 886888) or Mike, Lisa and Kellie at Wigan (01942 778899).
You can also visit www.easicampervanhire.com to book a vehicle online.
Maybe you used one of our campervans or motorhomes in 2016, why not tell us of your experience via our Facebook or Twitter page.

October half term!

Halloween

if you are thinking of hiring a motorhome or campervan from Easirent wigan for the October half term break, then  we’ve put together our top events around the UK to take your family to this October.

Wolverley Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Date:Friday28thOctober
Cost:FamilyFree
Opening Hours: 6.30-10pm

Providing spooky fun with a range of games which include fancy dress and fun in the on-site rec room that will be a night to remember. With this being a campsite it gives you the perfect opportunity to park up for the weekend and enjoy some Halloween activities.

Muncaster Castle

Date:26-31October
Cost:Adult-£11.50Child-£5.75
Opening Hours: 10.30am-8.30-pm

Take your family to visit one of Britain’s most haunted castles this Halloween with guaranteed fun for all ages. For children there’s craft for them in the ghostly grotto, fearsome fire juggling, Muncaster monster cabaret, a twilight owl display, cannon blowout, and of course the scary maze! You can also pre book to take part in the evening castle tours.

Spooktacular at Cadbury World

Costs:Adults:-£16.75Child-£12.30
Opening Hours: Check Cadbury website for latest information.

This allows you to take a more than usual tour around Cadbury World. You can experience eerie entertainment and there are competitions for the best spooky fancy dress. Most importantly for the sweet tooth’s in your family you will find the Cadbury shop rather delightful at the end of your tour.

Alnwick Castle

17Sept-30Oct
Cost-Adult-£13.45Child-5-16-£6.97Under4-Free
Opening Hours 10am-5.30pm

Now this is a real family favourite among young witches and wizards across the world never mind just the UK. This is basically a chance for the family to enjoy broomstick training in Harry Potters courtyard. Alnwick Castle was the home of Hogwarts during the filming for the movies. The broomstick training is completely free and once you’ve completed your training you can explore the castle itself. Although this particular event doesn’t offer spooky activities it does give you another option of what you can do for Halloween if some of your family arent into the scary idea behind Halloween.

Extra fun? Pumpkin time!

To add some extra fun when you’re at home in your motorhome why don’t you have a go at carving your very own motorhome pumpkin. Now nobody’s expecting you to design your motorhome in the shape of a pumpkin perfectly however if you get enough pumpkins you can give everyone in the family one each and see who designs the best.

If you are looking to hire a motorhome or campervan then why not take a look at our brand new t6 Volkswagen California campervan or our brand new 6 berth ford zefiro motorhome for hire, fully kitted out with everything you need to start you camping journey.  if you wish to book with us at wigan Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01942 77 88 99.  We hope you will have found something to take your fancy for Halloween and we like to think that there’s something above for everyone so that you can enjoy your motorhome travels wherever you go this autumn half term.

Ideal Holiday Transport for Autumn and Winter

Are you a fan of camping? The only problem with holidaying under canvas is that when it comes to Autumn and Winter temperatures drop which makes sleeping under canvas less of a holiday and more of a battle to keep warm. At Easirent Car and Van Hire in Blackburn we can offer the perfect solution. Within our fleet we have VW California Campervans as well as 4 berth and 6 berth Ford Zefiro Motorhomes.

Our VW California campervans sleep 4 people two in the back and two in the electronic pop up roof which requires little to no effort to put up, just the simple push of a button. The VW California Campervan has fitted in it a gas stove, sink and a fridge unit. On the back of the Campervan is a bike rack that can fit up to four bicycles on it, so is ideal for any activity filled vacation.

If you feel that bigger is better, then with our Ford Zefiro Motorhomes you wouldn’t be far wrong. With more space inside the Motorhome there is room for a shower/toilet and even room to stand straight. All our Campervans and Motorhomes come with the essentials for camping such as pots and pans, cutlery and we also provide the gas bottle required for the hob. Any additional extras such as bedding can be provided for a small fee.

So book yours today at Easirent Car and Van hire in Blackburn by calling 01254 495999 or visit https://easicampervanhire.com/. Don’t forget we have branches in Preston (01772 886888) and Wigan (01942 821080). Maybe you’ve hired a Campervan of Easirent Car and Van Hire before. Why not share your experience via our Facebook or Twitter page.

Final Cali Club Meet of The Year – Lower Lode Inn

The Lower Lode Inn near Tewksbury will be the venue for the final Cali meet of the year. It will be an informal meet with no special events arranged, just a chance for new owners and old to show off their California’s and perhaps learn a few tips from others. This meet will be perfect to meet and chat with existing friends and to make new friends.

The Lower Lode Inn is a riverside pub that serves meals, the Sunday carvery is a favourite ( booking advised) , they also have a good selection of beers, wines and cider.

The meet will be limited to just 20 vehicles only so please book early. To book your pitch please call the pub direct on: 01684 293224, the cost is just £18 for the whole weekend, after you have booked please RSVP

* Friday 14th October for two Nights
* Lower Lode Inn Tewksbury, Gloucestershire
* Price is only £18 for 2 Nights
* Day visitors welcome all day Saturday
* Excellent food available from the pub
* New members will be made very welcome
* Limited Availability – Only 20 pitches
* Check the forum for latest

If you have yet to experience the fun of a VW Campervan then call Easirent Preston on 01772 886 888 for your Preston Campervan hire.