These terms and conditions apply to the entire contents of this website under the domain name www.motorhomescapes.co.uk (the “website”) and to any correspondence by e-mail or webmail between us and you. Please read these terms and conditions carefully before using the website. Using the website indicates that you accept these terms and conditions.
We have some motorhomes assigned as ‘pet friendly motorhomes‘. Customers must declare at the time of booking if they wish to bring a pet, in which case, subject to availability, a pet friendly vehicle will be assigned to the booking. If bringing a pet, the hire will be subject to a £50 cleaning charge. For other fleet motorhomes we have a strict policy of no pets. Customers are not to bring pets into any of the fleet vehicles that are not specifically assigned as ‘pet friendly’. We do not accept all male or all female groups unless by prior arrangement in writing. We do not allow any of our motorhomes at any Music festivals such as T in the Park, Glastonbury, RockNess etc, or Sports events such as Moto X etc, unless by prior arrangement in writing. No one other than the drivers named in the proposal forms may drive the hired vehicles. All named drivers must be over 25 (drivers over 70 need to contact us first for confirmation), of good health and have held a full/valid driving licence for at least two years. The licence must be clear of any endorsements apart from up to six points for Speeding Offences, if there are any other current endorsements special conditions may apply. Driver must declare at time of booking if they have had more than one ‘fault claim’ within the last 3 years. Failure to disclose such claims may result in refusal of hire should this information come to light prior to collecting the vehicle. All licences required must be produced at vehicle collection; if this is a photo-card licence you must produce both the card and the counterpart licence. Persons with serious convictions within the last eleven years will not be permitted to drive the hire vehicles (including drink driving offences). Visitors from abroad (does not apply to EU Countries) are advised to obtain an International licence. It does not automatically disqualify you from driving if you do not meet the required criteria, but we will need to refer you to our insurance company to check if they will offer insurance cover.
Telephone and online bookings can be made, but are only held for up to 3 days until a booking deposit of £200 per week of hire is received. Customers are advised not to book flights until they have completed the booking request form with all their particulars, received a formal offer of hire with a payment link, have made the payment requested, and have received confirmation from Motorhome Escapes that payment has been received. The booking deposit is not refundable and shall be deducted from all hire charges. Confirmation of the booking will be posted together with the invoice in respect of the tariff and damage deposit. If required dates are fully booked we will inform you of alternative dates available.
Cancellations must be in writing, and are charged as follows: Should you cancel your confirmed booking more than 6 weeks prior to commencement of hire you will forfeit the booking deposit. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to collection of vehicle. The damage excess is £1,000 for drivers from the UK/EU; or £1,200 for drivers from outside the EU, including but not limited to Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada. The damage excess is refundable within 14 days of safe return of the vehicle undamaged. Should you cancel your confirmed booking up to 6 weeks prior to, or fail to turn up for commencement of hire, you will forfeit the booking deposit and hire charge already paid. This will also apply if, upon inspection of named drivers’ licences, they are found to be invalid or do not comply with the information stated on the booking form. Motorhome Escapes recommend that the hirer takes out holiday insurance with cancellation cover.
Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to collection of vehicle. The damage excess of £1,000 for UK/EU drivers, or £1,200 for non-EU countries, is fully refundable within 14 days, provided the vehicle is returned safe and undamaged. See below for policy on late returns and the Insurance section on how damages will be handled. There will be a £25 booking fee applicable to all bookings.
In circumstances beyond our control, if the Motorhome previously booked by the hirer is not available due to accident, theft, weather conditions, or any other reason or circumstance, then we will endeavour to supply a replacement motorhome of similar size and specification. If this is not possible then we will refund all monies paid immediately. Motorhome Escapes will have no obligation whatsoever with regard to refunding any monies paid for campsites booked, events booked, travel booked, or any other circumstances.
All Motorhomes are comprehensively insured for the named drivers during the hire period only as detailed on the booking form. Up to two additional drivers can be added at an additional charge; prices available on request. A refundable damage deposit is payable upon vehicle pick-up. This is £1,000 for UK/EU drivers, and £1,200 for non-EU countries. This covers both the insurance excess in the event of any first incident or reported incident and the proper return of the vehicle in the same condition as it was let out to the hirer. In the event of any additional incident(s), a second security deposit will be required in order to continue with the rental.
Any damage to the vehicle during the hire period that is not covered by an insurance claim will be deducted from the refundable deposit; this will include any loss of equipment, and there will be an hourly labour rate of £65/hour applicable to in house repairs required. Every accident or any damage must be reported to Motorhome Escapes immediately by telephone and an accident form will have to be completed at the end of the hire period. Any damage to tyres, windscreen and any theft of personal property is not covered by our insurance, and any such damage shall be at your expense.
The hirer irrevocably authorises Motorhome Escapes to deduct from the security deposit any amounts due to Motorhome Escapes arising out of this agreement. In the event of an insurance claim, regardless of fault, the security deposit will be retained until the insurers have settled the claim. Please note, this can be a lengthy process and is out of Motorhome Escapes control.
The hirer agrees to pay Motorhome Escapes any additional costs over and above the security deposit value should damages exceed the security deposit value within 28 days of your hire.
The following are not covered by insurance, therefore the hirer accepts full liability for these, which is in addition to the standard vehicle excess/security deposit should that apply :
(a) Mechanical problems E.g. clutch/gearbox due to driver negligence.
(b) Any damage caused by a negligent act.
(c) Replacement or repair of aerials, glass, wheels or incorrect fuelling.
(d) Missing wheel trims, tools or spares.
(e) Damage to the underside of the vehicle or the roof, which includes the overhead “Luton” area, is not covered under any insurance and any damage to these areas is deemed as gross negligence. Any such damage will be charged at a fixed cost of £2500 plus the full insurance excess on your vehicle.
(f) The theft of the motorhome will not be covered by insurance if the keys are left in the ignition or in or on the vehicle whilst unoccupied and the hirer shall be held fully responsible for a replacement vehicle.
(g) Windscreen, mirrors and/or tyre damage is not covered by the standard vehicle insurance.
Motorhome Escapes recommend that the hirer takes out their own personal belongings insurance.
There will be an administration charge of £50 applied for Motorhome Escapes to provide any documents including damage reports to customers or third party companies to assist customers with claiming from their own independent travel insurers or third party excess protector insurers. This is to cover the expense and time of Motorhome Escapes processing such paperwork, emails, scanning of documents, handling phone calls for such third party claims.
Driving by non-named drivers and any late returns of Motorhomes renders the insurance invalid and the driver therefore commits an offence under the road traffic act and will be solely responsible for any damages or personal injuries incurred. Late returns will be surcharged at the rate of £100.00 per hour, or part hour thereof.
Motorhome Escapes accepts no responsibility for replacement vehicle costs, travel or accommodation costs or any other loss claims arising from a Motorhome breakdown, malfunction or accident. Customers are recommended to take out holiday insurance.
Please note : the motorhome depot is a busy location with many moving heavy vehicles. It is the sole responsibility of parents, custodians and guardians of children to maintain control and supervision of children they are responsible for, AT ALL TIMES. Motorhome Escapes will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents resulting in injury or death to children due to lack of supervision by their parents, guardians or custodians. There is an office portcabin at the depot with seating and it is recommended that one parent, guardian or custodian stay with their children within this office whilst another adult member(s) of the hiring party attend a vehicle briefing within the motorhome.
The hirer is liable for any cost incurred for speeding or parking fines, congestion charges or any other offences committed against the road traffic act regulations. Customers agree to inform Motorhome Escapes at the time of incurring a speeding/parking/congestion charge or offence and again upon return of the vehicle, and the customer is required to settle any such fine/charge incurred. There will be an admin fee charge of £50 imposed should Motorhome Escapes be required to deal with any councils or authorities to address any such charges or offences. The hirer must remember that although these are leisure vehicles, it is an offence to drink and drive. The hirer undertakes responsibility for the control of the vehicle on hire to you. The hirer Is liable for all overhead damage to the vehicle resulting from any accident. The maximum height of the vehicle is clearly stated. The hirer shall not tow any trailer or vehicle behind the hired vehicle. The hirer shall not carry more passengers than the seating capacity of the vehicle, as defined in the vehicle specifications, or allow the vehicle to be overloaded. The hirer shall ensure that the driver and all passengers required by law to do so shall wear the seat belts provided at all times when the vehicle is being driven. The hirer shall not use the vehicle to carry passengers or goods for hire or reward. The hirer is liable for all loss or damage arising from theft while the ignition keys of the vehicle have been left in or on the vehicle. The hirer shall not, without written consent from Motorhome Escapes, remove the vehicle from the UK mainland.
In the event of a breakdown or accident, a recovery and repair service is provided for all our motorhomes (details inside vehicles). You are authorised to spend £100 on any necessary repairs and/or replacement parts, and we will reimburse you against a valid VAT receipt. Any repair above £100 will have to be authorised by Motorhome Escapes. Any breakdown, malfunction or damage caused by your negligence must be repaired/made good at your own expense.
The first 1000 miles per week is free. After this a charge of 30 pence per mile will be applied. Hires less than a week will have an allowance of 145 per day (so 4 night hire would have allowance of 580 miles).
The motorhome and its contents remain the property of Motorhome Escapes at all times. The hirer is required to keep the vehicle securely locked at all times when it is left unattended, and to refrain from any action or omission which may prejudice Motorhome Escapes rights to the vehicle. The following are strictly prohibited in our Motorhomes and Motorhome Escapes reserves the right to retain in part or whole the refundable deposit if additional deep cleaning or repair is required upon return of the vehicle due to: Smoking Pets – unless the hirer has declared the desire to bring a pet at the time of booking and has received confirmation that they have been assigned one of our ‘pet friendly’ motorhomes. Motorhome Escapes reserves the right to vary rates and conditions at any time. Motorhome Escapes offer car parking at £10/week/car whilst you are away. Vehicles are left entirely at the owners’ risk. Only one allocated parking space is provided per Motorhome hire, with additional vehicle parking available at an additional charge; prices available on request. Please be advised if looking into flights and travel requirements, that our standard opening hours are 9am to 5pm, with standard collection time of 3pm (or earlier with prior agreement). Briefings and vehicle handover typically take 30mins to 1hr 30 mins depending on size of party and questions etc. So please factor this in. For late arrivals after 5pm, depending on avaialbility of our staff, we may be able to accommodate this, subject to an out of hours fee of £100.
The hirer acknowledges delivery of the vehicle and it’s contents, free from defects or damage, other than as specified by Motorhome Escapes. Before the commencement of hire, the hirer is advised to check the vehicle thoroughly before leaving the premises of Motorhome Escapes. The vehicle must be returned in the same condition as when hired, with the interior and appliances clean. A charge of up to £60 will be charged if the interior and appliances are not returned clean. Cleaning materials are provided within the motorhome. Motorhome Escapes will make a charge of £100 for the cleaning of un-emptied chemical toilets. There will be a £55 charge for the cleaning of dirty or stained carpets or upholstery including the removal of excessive pet hairs (for pet friendly vehicles) – this will be in addition to the standard £50 cleaning charge applied to all bookings with pets. Customer’s in pet firendly motorhomes are requested to place covers over upholstery. There will be a deep cleaning surcharge imposed of £250 should there be evidence indicating that a customer has allowed a pet into one of the ‘no-pet’ vehicles.
A full tank of fuel is supplied with the vehicle at the commencement of hire and the hirer is expected to return the vehicle with a full tank of fuel. There will be a surcharge of £50 plus the cost of fuel for any fuel shortage. The hirer will be liable if incorrect fuel type is used. The hirer will be responsible for the regular checking of oil and water levels, and the use of the correct type of fluids. Our vehicles are fitted with refillable gas bottles which can be refilled at any fuel station supplying LPG. The vehicles are supplied with a full tank of LPG gas & you must return the vehicle with a full tank of LPG gas.
Motorhome Escapes has the right to refuse to handover the Motorhome on arrival of the hirer to any person who in our opinion is not suitable to take charge of the vehicle, due to any concerns we have for the safety of the vehicle or its occupants or other road users. In this situation all monies paid to us will be refunded in full immediately, Motorhome Escapes will have no obligation whatsoever with regard to refunding any monies paid for campsites booked, events booked, travel booked, or any other circumstances. All drivers confirm by signing this agreement that they have none of the following conviction codes on their license within the last 5 years: AC,BA, CD40-71, DD, DR, IN, LC30-50, MS40-90, UT Signing this agreement and driving the vehicle with any of the above offence codes on your license within the last 5 years is an offence and invalidates the insurance, and the hirer will be liable for all and any costs incurred by Motorhome Escapes in the event of any damages or insurance claims as a result of the hire.
Strictly no animals unless agreed upon prior to booking in an assigned “Pet Friendly” vehicle.
It is against the law to smoke in all hire vehicles. A fixed penalty notice of £200 will be imposed if customers are found to have been smoking in our Motorhome. Or a maximum fine of the full Damage Deposit could be imposed if damage is caused by smoking.