Car hire and renting

You may have no current desire to even own a car let alone a mid-size or above one large enough to transport you, your family and all of your gear just for the few weeks of the year you might need it for camping / touring holidays. If you fall into this category all is not lost. You still have some options to ensure you have an adequate vehicle for your camping requirements.

Car hire

Car hire companies can supply standard passenger vehicles that would be generally suitable for camping, but on the occasions when we have attempted to hire a particular car model to test for this website, we came up with two problems:
  1. Car hire companies will offer on their website a particular model of car which we might determine is appropriate for our camping based on boot / trunk size, payload and other considerations. But in fine print you will generally see the words "or similar" next to the car, meaning you might receive a different car to the one described that doesn't necessarily have the specifications we need.
  2. Car hire companies will generally not supply cars with roof racks or tow bars, which will be unsuitable if you need a car with those accessories. In any case, we are told that car hire companies are unlikely to permit the transportation of gear on the roof even if you found a way to do so.

A more reliable car hire option would be to go for an 8-seater "people mover" vehicle. They are readily available for hire and could hold all of your gear in the larger internal cargo area with the third row of seats folded down. You would need to be keep the volume of your gear to a minimum, especially in relation to your bedding, and ensure that the length of your tent is compatible with the cargo space dimensions. 

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