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Campervan hire review | the best motorhome company in France

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Questions to consider when hiring a motorhome or campervan

  • Does the company have a good reputation?
  • Can you find legitimate reviews online?
  • Do they speak English if this is a requirement for you?
  • Is their depot easily accessible?
  • Do they have a physical presence or operate only online?
  • Is their website run by the same company or is it a booking portal?
  • What are their hours of operation?
  • Do they offer one-way hire?
  • Do they have an emergency contact process?
  • Do they provide standard insurance coverage?
  • Do they offer breakdown support?
  • Do they have transparent pricing?
  • What is the condition of their vehicles?
  • What inclusions are in the price?
  • What size vehicle do you require?
  • What specific features of a motorhome do you need?

Campervan hire in France

We’ve been travelling through European countries in a campervan now since 1997.  We have a real love for travelling in this way.  As you might expect, our experience and knowledge has grown considerably throughout this time.

We plan effectively before choosing the type of campervan we want for each occasion. Everything on our checklists is also ticked off, prior to leaving our own country.

Another way in which we ensure that our trip is as perfect as we can make it is to use a reputable hiring company.  Throughout this time, we have hired from many different companies.

For our campervan hire in France, we now prefer France Motorhome Hire.  Here’s our review of our choice of company for renting a campervan or motorhome in Europe.

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Highly professional and well organised

France Motorhome Hire has a team that works all year round.  Not being seasonal means that the entire team take pride in their work and the service they provide to their customers.  It also means they are up to speed with everything that goes on in the business, ensuring your peace of mind.

They are also on hand during your hire in the event of any emergency or if you need to speak to them about your campervan.

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Excellent communicators

Whether it is by email during the quoting process, or in-person upon arrival, the team are efficient and timely in their communications.  Whilst I’m happy to try and speak the local language, picking up a campervan in a foreign country can be a bit terrifying, especially if you’ve never done it before.  

I’ve also hired campervans from other countries where the operational briefing was a video.  All briefings here are done in person and are extremely thorough.  Of course, if there is anything you don’t understand, they will also answer all of your questions.

Here’s an example of a situation we found ourselves in on our last trip in 2017.

Over the course of a few days, our house battery (the one that runs all the equipment in the back like the fridge, lights and water pump) had stopped holding a charge.  Normally, the battery is charged by the vehicle as it is driving but this didn’t seem to be working either.  Gradually, it kept reducing until one night, it completely died. 

We cooked by the light of our iPhones that night!  As foodies, our fridge is always full of food and wine.  The wine obviously isn’t a problem but the copious amounts of cheese, milk, yoghurt and meats certainly were.  It was late though, so we didn’t want to bother them.

I sent them an email in the evening, to give them a head start on our issue.  First thing in the morning, we rang the office and sent some texts.  Before long, they rang us and from there attempted to sort out the issue as quickly as possible.  

We drove to a store that had the battery, as advised by the hiring company.  Even here, they were of help once more, talking to the shop staff via phone when we were having trouble getting our issue across.  At no stage were we worried, frustrated or even annoyed, as we knew the hiring team were doing everything we could to get this situation resolved for us as quickly as possible.

This type of service, the reliability of getting a solution when an issue arises and the speed in which it is done is paramount to a great experience.  Stuff happens.  We can’t control everything, but it’s great to have support when you need it.

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Modern, safe and reliable vehicles in excellent condition

The vehicles are well maintained and serviced and new ones enter the fleet regularly.  The vehicle you have ordered is also the one you get. No internet tricks here!  They are also perfectly clean upon handover.

They also think about the little things.  By this I mean there are many inclusions that you won’t find in other campervans.

  • Free second drivers (sharing the driving is sharing the responsibility, so everyone can take more time to enjoy the open road)
  • Multi-lingual GPS
  • Reversing cameras
  • Built-in media player with Bluetooth connectivity
  • Twin leisure batteries (double the power so you can free camp for longer)
  • Fully comprehensive insurance
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Roadside Breakdown Assistance (EU wide with Apollo and supported by Apollo’s vehicle support service for troubleshooting using the facilities in the van)
  • Bike rack carriers as appropriate for each vehicle
  • Crockery, cutlery, glassware, kettle, cooking equipment and utensils
  • One full bottle of propane gas
  • Safety equipment including a warning triangle, high-vis jacket, fire extinguisher, user manual
  • Guide to campsites and Aires de Service in France
  • Membership of France Passion offering free places to stay
  • Vehicle equipment pack including 1 water hose, 1 electric cord with European adapter, dustpan & brush
  • Levelling blocks
  • Clothesline and pegs
Parking our campervan in Antwerp - campervan hire in France

Look inside one of the motorhomes here

Transparent quoting

As I’ve noted in my Beginner’s Guide, this is one of the critical parts of the entire process.  It is also one that can be complex and covert.  France Motorhome Hire provides a transparent quoting process and they are very clear upfront with what the quote includes.  Even better, they include so many items that are extra elsewhere.  When you go online the quoting process, you will see the base price of hire with a range of additional items to choose, should you require them.

Options include:

  • Different Collision Damage Waiver options (different excesses to reduce liability)
  • Toilet chemicals
  • Additional gas bottles (very useful to pre-purchase if you are planning on driving out of France where finding the same bottle is nigh on impossible)
  • Bedding packs
  • Bicycle hire
  • Chairs/tables
  • Snow chains and options to drive into the mountains during winter
  • Options for drivers aged 21-24 to hire
  • Baby and booster seats
  • Transfer from Sens train station to depot

Private transfer to the depot

This is one of the best features and again shows that France Motorhome Hire thinks about their customers.  The Sens train station is about 7km from their depot.  Without the transfer, you would need to get a taxi.  This makes the whole exit off the train and to the depot hassle-free.  Everything is timed to perfection so the moment you get to the depot, your process is underway in order to get you on the road as quickly as possible.

Note – this is an additional extra to the hire but we highly recommend adding it as it is quite simply the easiest, most hassle-free way of getting to and from the depot.

Now, you may also get a private transfer from any location in Paris.  See here for details.

Tips to make your pickup painless

Additional services

France Motorhome Hire also extends the use of their depot to you in ways that many other companies do not.  Because we aren’t light packers and we have huge suitcases that wouldn’t fit in the storage compartment, we leave them at the depot.

If you have driven your vehicle to the depot, arrangements can also be made to leave your vehicle onsite.

France Motorhome Hire is also co-located with Euro Camping Cars who offer an excellent, legal service for any non-EU residents wanting to buy a motorhome in France.  If you are buying a motorhome in France, our comprehensive article is a must-read.

Keeping your campervan safe

Where are they located?

France Motorhome Hire is located 125km south of Paris, in the village of Véron.

Address:

10 Promenade de l’Ouest, 89510, Veron, France.

GPS coordinates: N 48°7′ 48.34″, E 3° 18′ 20.99″

How do you get there?

By car

If you are driving, it is useful to use the GPS coordinates or put the address into a mapping app.

Or click on the link for more detailed driving instructions.

By train

We always fly into Paris, so for us, it’s so much easier just to get the train.  It’s quick, hassle-free and inexpensive.  Trains for Sens leave from Gare de Lyon or Gare de Bercy and can take anywhere from 55 – 90 minutes.  Tickets can be bought at the station or online.

The most important part is confirming which train you will be arriving on.

France Motorhome pickup and departure schedule

Tip:  Make sure you have a mobile phone and the contact details of the team at FMH.  Sometimes the trains can run late, you can get off at the wrong station, or you might miss the train completely.  The team don’t work at the depot on Sundays and aren’t really contactable until Monday morning again.  Having a phone could save the day.  Of course, it’s also useful for other reasons as well.

Why we choose to use FMH for our campervan rental in Europe

Personally, I will never use another company for our campervan hire in France, or western Europe ever again.  I am comfortable with the approach this company takes, and they have always proven themselves to be reliable and customer focussed.  Paying deposits and final balances to an unknown company in a foreign country can be quite worrying.  With France Motorhome Hire, I know exactly who I am dealing with at all times, and in numerous hires over the years, they have never once let us down.  Consistency breeds credibility and the team at FMH have it in spades.

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FAQs campervan and motorhome hire in France

1. How can I check the availability of vehicles?

France Motorhome Hire allows you to check availability for their range of vehicles through a very simple search on their website.  

2. How can I book a campervan or motorhome?

All quotes and bookings are done online and a member of the team will be in touch asap.

3.  How much does campervan or motorhome hire cost?

The total cost depends on the type of vehicle, the time of hire and the season.  The longer the hire period, the lower the cost.  High season (during the summer and spring) will attract higher rates.

4.  What is included in the cost of the campervan or motorhome hire?

This will vary depending on who you hire with.  If you hire with France Motorhome Hire, the cost you are quoted will include the following:

  • Free second drivers (sharing the driving is sharing the responsibility, so everyone can take more time to enjoy the open road)
  • Multi-lingual GPS
  • Reversing cameras
  • Built-in media player with Bluetooth connectivity
  • Twin leisure batteries (double the power so you can free camp for longer)
  • Fully comprehensive insurance
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Roadside Breakdown Assistance (EU wide with Apollo and supported by Apollo’s vehicle support service for troubleshooting using the facilities in the van)
  • Bike rack carriers as appropriate for each vehicle
  • Crockery, cutlery, glassware, kettle, cooking equipment and utensils
  • One full bottle of propane gas
  • Safety equipment including a warning triangle, high-vis jacket, fire extinguisher, user manual
  • Guide to campsites and Aires de Service in France
  • Membership of France Passion offering free places to stay
  • Vehicle equipment pack including 1 water hose, 1 electric cord with European adapter, dustpan & brush
  • Levelling blocks
  • Clothesline and pegs

5. Can children travel in hired campervans and motorhomes?

They certainly can.

6. Are pets allowed in a hired campervan or motorhome?

Yes for an additional fee.

7. Do I need a driving licence?

Yes, and you should make sure that you can drive a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes.  France Motorhome Hire does not require International Driver’s Permits, but you should always check first and be sure that your travel insurance covers you without one.

8. Can I hire an automatic motorhome or campervan?

France Motorhome Hire only has left-hand drive, diesel, automatic transmission vehicles.  It is possible to find some manual vehicles but they will usually be smaller campers.

9.  Are the motorhomes fuel efficient?

France Motorhome Hire uses very new, fuel-efficient vehicles which are always fitted with the latest technology.  You should get around 10-11km/litre, but will depend on the type of drving you are doing.

10.  Will I need a passport to hire a motorhome?

Yes, a valid passport and driver’s licence will be required.

11.  How do I pay for the hire?

You can pay for your deposit by credit card and final balance by cash or credit card.  Ensure you leave enough room on your credit card for the bond as well.

12.  Is smoking allowed in the vehicles?

No

13. Can I charge my devices in the motorhome?

If you are connected to 240 volts at campsites this is easy.  If not, then you will only have access to USB charging through the points at the front of the vehicle.  Take an inverter if you have a greater need for power.

14.  Can I take the motorhome outside France?

Yes but you should always check your proposed itinerary with the hiring company.

15. Do I have to clean the motorhome before returning?

Yes, you do although you can arrange a professional clean as part of your hiring package.

Looking to buy a motorhome in France when you aren’t an EU resident? Click here to read more.

NOTE: In February 2019, Apollo Motorhomes purchased the France Motorhome Hire Business.  It continues to trade as France Motorhome Hire.  This article reflects the changes that have been made to the hiring process, most of which are additional improvements to hiring options and inclusions.  The vehicles will be branded as Apollo.

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Disclaimer.  This is NOT a sponsored post.  I have used France Motorhome Hire many times before and have always paid our own hire costs.  Our hires are usually at least one month, sometimes longer, meaning we spend considerable amounts of money on our campervan hire in France.  Converting Euros to AUD also costs us quite a lot more, so hiring a campervan is the most significant cost of our trip.  This is why we recommend them personally and for all the reasons noted above.  Because of this relationship, however, I can now direct referrals through to them at no additional cost to the hirer.  Actually, you save money.  Refer to the special offer above for €50 off your next hire.

56 thoughts on “Campervan hire review | the best motorhome company in France”

  1. Paul Brealey pbrealey1@bigpond.com

    Hi Kerri,
    I’m just wondering if you’ve ever used Anywhere Campers? I’m particularly keen on a one-way hire from Rome to Paris over 10 days but I’ve started to read a few reviews that are not very comforting. We’re leaving Oz in September, so a little time up our sleeve. Would you mind emailing me if you have the time please?

    Loved reading your articles, thank you so much

    Paul

  2. Agness of Fit Travelling

    A campervan seems like a very useful and practical vehicle, Kerri! Keep up the good work and enlighting us with your amazing posts!

  3. I think it’s the absolute most crucial thing Rob and saves so many dramas (and untold extra costs when it is all too late. Having used other brands in the past, I can honestly say these guys are totally transparent. Mexico – huh – sounds like quite the story.

  4. Sounds like a great company. When we rent any sort of vehicle internationally we’re always shocked by our final pricetag. The most attractive parts of this is knowing both that they maintain their vehicles well AND that your cost is your cost. Once upon a time in Mexico… long story, but OMG.

  5. Depends on the city. We’ve driven them into big cities before and not had issues. You just need to plan. In the cities where you can’t park, we ride the bikes or get public transport. Easy.

  6. Beer and Croissants

    We’ve been doing it for so long now it just comes naturally to us. Not a big deal really and the rules aren’t that different.

  7. I recently visited France and saw campers driving down the highways and thought how fun that must be. In the United States of course, camping is very popular but didn’t realize how much it is in Europe. Thanks for the recommendation and the information on this solid business that provides a great product and service.

  8. This is a great company but I am not sure I could ever use them. With so many different road signs and for that matter choosing which side of the road to drive on how do you ever learn to get around. Every country I visit has a different set of lanes and steering wheels on different sides of the car. I love to travel by camper van and this would be so much better than train or air allowing you to see all of the countryside and the smaller cities as you trave.

  9. In Europe I’ve noticed that parking is at a premium, so this might be better for countryside excursions. So far I’ve relied on rail to get me from city to city, and I’ve done my exploring that way. This is definitely something to consider, later down the line.

  10. This is AWESOME information to know about. We have a 5th wheel here in the states and love traveling in an RV. I never realized that camping was so big in Europe.

  11. Hi, no it doesn’t as it costs them a lot of money to relocate them. When you hire from other companies and do a one way hire there is a massive premium placed on you for the pleasure of returning it somewhere else.

  12. I have never travelled around in a campervan but wouldn’t mind hiring it for a long roadtrip. With all the provisions you mentioned, I would be more than happy drive around the countryside especially in Europe. But does France Motorway Hire have arrangements to drop the vans in a different location than where you hired it from?

  13. I haven’t had any campervan experience before so this sounds cool! I will be in Europe by December and hoping to try one of these by then! Looks really fun!

  14. I definitely want to do something like this in the US. I’ve aways wanted to buy a beat up airstream and renovate it so that I could travel in style. I’m sure if I looked into it here I could find something reputable like this. It’s hard to go with a company first time because it could be hit or miss, but I will keep this in mind if I ever travel around Europe this way!

  15. I have been following your posts on traveling by campervan throughout Europe and love the idea. Marking this for sure for future reference. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I would love to take a campervan trip throughout Europe, and these guys sound like a great company. It’s the transparent quoting and all the fantastic extras that make it stand out for me 🙂

  17. This looks like a fantastic deal! I’ve always wanted to travel with a camper van, gives you so much freedom! I can’t believe that they provide a hair dryer and a french press.!

  18. This is something we have always wanted to do, once we travel on our own for a few years we want to have kids and this would be a great way to continue to travel.

  19. I live in France, and I’ve never considered renting a motorhome. I’ve rented a car a few times, but driving in France isn’t for me. Maybe I should reconsider, as this could be cool.

  20. I think this would be a fantastic way to see parts of Europe. Thanks for the tips and the strong recommendation for this company, which is so important when your coming from the states. Road trip time!

  21. I always appreciate a thorough review from someone who has been through the trenches. I would never know, for example, the issues with dust pans and brooms, but see, now I just don’t need to have that experience at all! I’m sure France Motorhome Hire appreciates your glowing review!

  22. This is such an informative piece! I totally understand why you’d choose them again and again. I always consider how good any service provider I work with is at communicating. I know little hiccups always occur, and getting them sorted out fast is important. So is getting your questions answered promptly.

  23. There is nothing more important than going through a reputable company if you are renting a campervan. If it breaks down or you have a problem with leakages or something not working its nice to know they will take care of it. Your post actually has me putting France Motorhome Hire on our list if we decide to take a trip like yours next year.

  24. I’ve never thought of traveling in a foreign country in a campervan. It sounds like a relaxing and fun way to see the sights. It’s funny I always think it would be fun to rent a motorhome here to see the USA. Guess it would work well in any country.

  25. Always think that I’ll end my days in a camper van with the husband. 🙂 I love the freedom of movement that it provides. But when that time comes, it definitely has to be a good veicule.

  26. It’s great when you can use a company that you know and trust time and time again. I’ve never stayed in a camper before… but something I’m willing to try! Thanks for sharing!

  27. That looks like a pretty funky looking caravan you hired Kerri. I must say I’m not really into caravanning but the detail and depth of your information is making me think twice. I am working up to trying it one day soon!

  28. I’ve really enjoyed your campervan series. So much useful information and the little things that most of use first time hirers wouldn’t even think of looking at.

  29. That is awesome that you found a company that does everything it should to make your camper van trip a success! It also sounds like they would be great for people taking their first camper trip with all of the extra steps they take. Will definitely bookmark this post for when we are in France looking for a camper!

  30. I’ve never considered renting a campervan abroad but your post has definitely made me reconsider. I especially like how France Motorhome Company includes extras like a clothesline and clothespin. So much easier to laundry on the road when you have all the necessary supplies.

  31. There And Back With Snacks

    I’ve never spent time in a campervan but your post is very informative and is giving me something to consider. But the next time I am in Europe this is now on my MUST DO list.

  32. I’ve never thought of renting a campervan for my travels. A Euroroadtrip is definitely in my future and I’m going to check out these campervans for sure!

  33. Hi Kerri,

    Way cool.

    My grandparents used to campervan it through Europe every summer.

    My grandfather was a hyper practical, old world Romanian man. He saw it as the only way to travel around such a big area.

    Bring your lodging – econo-style – with you, he figured.

    Ryan

  34. Since 1997?? That is awesome! I can’t remember what I was doing back in 1997 lol.. I have no experience with camper vans but seems like a great way to save money and go on a good road trip. Maybe one of these days I’ll consider =)

  35. Shayan, everyone has to start somewhere, and whilst we are super experienced, not everyone is when they hire. This is why I’ve gone to so much effort to write these articles for beginners. You just have to take it slowly and use common sense (as well as my tips). If you are renting for the first time then again, I can’t recommend France Motorhome Hire enough. They cover so much off for you and make first time renters so much more comfortable. In Australia we drive on the left hand side of the road, so driving in Europe is on the other side of the road for us as well. It’s not an issue, again you just need to take your time and think about whata you are doing.

  36. I appreciate it’s not for everyone Daniela, but I know that there is a complete industry built around it so many of us can’t be all wrong. I think we all have mental barriers about something. I know I have them about a few places.

  37. We have done quite a bit of camping in England, in fact, Heather’s first trip to England when she met my parents saw us travel around the country and camp for a month which was still one of our favorite experiences on our travels! I have always thought it would be cool to hire a campervan and then head out and explore spontaneously. Thanks for alerting us to this great opportunity in France.

  38. I have zero experience with campervans anywhere. But from the way you described it, I might give it a shot. Sounds like a great way to get around and saves tons of money. Win win!

  39. Sounds really very reliable. Never hired a campervan before but this makes me imagine of trying out one in Europe. Thanks.

  40. I`ve never actually considered touring a country (or a continent) with a van. I`ve seen on TV but it`s just not appealing to me as I feel I might be so comfortable that I`d sleep all day instead of actually going out and get myself immerse in culture! haha
    Hair dryer and coffee plunger? That`s lush since most of the time you cannot find them in airbnbs.
    From your post, this style of travelling sounds appealing and I`ve noticed your others posts about it. I guess it`s just a mental barrier after all.

  41. Would you recommend someone visiting Europe for the first time with 0 experience in campervans to do this?

    I’m thinking of going next year with my wife and if the price is better getting campervans I’d consider it. It also gives flexibility to go wherever, whenever. Biggest issue would be driving on the other side of the road (only UK drives same as us).

  42. Ughhhh the more I read about campervans or traveling by vans, the more I want to do it! I’ve vaguely heard of France Motorhome in a forum somewhere, and it sounds absolutely fantastic. I love how you broke everything down, and I love how transparent FM is. Also–all those inclusions are so sweet!

  43. Hi Laura, there are such things as one way hires, but speaking from personal experience, they are often quite expensive to do. Whilst they seem convenient, the added cost really adds to the overall hire. France Motorhome Hire only pickup/drop off at the same location. I just use it as an excuse to always have to be in Paris 🙂

  44. This is such a great article that is obviously written by someone with a lot of experience with campervans. I was wondering if you have to drop off/pick up in the same place or whether you could drive across Europe and pick it up in one place and drop it off somewhere else? Love the sounds of this company and all of their personal touches 🙂

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