We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Europe in a caravan/campervan/RV

Sydney
Level Contributor
13 posts
11 reviews
Save Topic
Europe in a caravan/campervan/RV

My partner and I are thinking well ahead into 2013 and looking to take a campervan around Central and Eastern Europe from June - August, ideally starting in Germany (missing out on France, Spain and Italy as we have been previously) and ending in Croatia. We would be hiring and not buying as we would only be in the vehicle for about 2 months. Our travel months are non-negotiable.

I have a few key questions:

1. I have read it is better to start and end in Germany due to cost. Is this correct? Would it be better to travel in a loop cost-wise, or to pick up in Germany and drop off further towards Croatia to avoid back-tracking?

2. Can anyone recommend a good book (not website) to buy for the drive? I believe the AA guide for Europe caravan and camping is good?

3. Can anyone recommend reputable hire companies? We obviously don't want to spend too much money, however it seems having a vehicle with a WC and shower would be the most practical (although we are open to suggestions).

4. Any other tips or suggestions are more than welcome! Thank you :)

37 replies to this topic
Stuttgart, Germany
Destination Expert
for Air Travel
Level Contributor
7,225 posts
89 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Europe in a caravan/campervan/RV

Sorry I do not know any companies here but for camper wagons they are usualy quite small so 1 maybe 2 locations. That would mean returning the vehicle to the original location.

You may also have problems being allowed to go into what was eastern Europe many companies forbid their cars going there

Stuttgart, Germany
Destination Expert
for Air Travel
Level Contributor
7,225 posts
89 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Europe in a caravan/campervan/RV

motorhomebookers.com/au/…default.htm

Maybe this will be some help

3. Re: Europe in a caravan/campervan/RV

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

TripAdvisor staff removed this post because it did not meet TripAdvisor's forum posting guidelines with prohibiting self-promotional advertising or solicitation.

We ask all of our members to keep their forum messages free of self-promoting advertisements or solicitation of any kind - members affiliated with any tourism-related business should not include commercial contact information or URLs in their forum messages.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 08 June 2012, 13:12
 
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
6 posts
10 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Europe in a caravan/campervan/RV

WE have done it many times. Much cheaper to hire in Germany. Mc Rent are a very good reasonable company. You won't feel you are back tracking so to speak by returning to Germany as so many different ways to travel through different countries.

We went from Germany to Scandanavia and the to Crotia in 2009 . Fantastic.

we have always hired out of Frankfurt. The rental company has moved to a little out of town but the train service is good.

You pick up very good books with the van at rental time.

Don' t miss the spa park at Ptju on Crotia and Slovenia border. Have Fun.

Auckland Region...
3 posts
Save Reply
5. Re: Europe in a caravan/campervan/RV

We rented a campervan fro Mc Rent in Munich and trvelled for 3 weeks through the black forest, into Austria and through Slovenia and into Croatia. The trip from the Hotel to Mc Rent was about 75 euros, 195k per hour with the driver on his celphone. Pick up a Geman ADAC camping guide which has very good maps and sites with GPS co ordinates. You need a Tom Tom with central and east Europe maps but it is a god send when finding sites. We were forunate to get upgraded to a lerger van that had a bed configeration that gace two singles either side or an infill to make a queen. Our friends van wes smaller but you needed a ladder to get in and out and if you needed to get out in the night some one had to climb over. All the camps except two were fine and Mc Rent you can park in the sale yard, have power, toilets and dump station so you can clean the van prior to return. Looking at going back May 2013 to the same depot.

Bautzen, Germany
Level Contributor
814 posts
Save Reply
6. Re: Europe in a caravan/campervan/RV

> Pick up a Geman ADAC camping guide which has very good maps and sites with GPS co ordinates. You need a Tom Tom with central and east Europe maps but it is a god send when finding sites.

This ADAC guide is also available as a add on for satnavs. I don't know if it works with TomTom, but it's at least available for Navigon (market leader in Germany).

navigon.com/portal/…

And many German towns and villages offer free parking sites for motorhomes, with electricity, toilets and other facilities. Which is great since normal camp sites in Germany are very expensive. This ADAC add on shows both, always with extensive descriptions. When we travel Germany with a motorhome we usually only use these free parking sites.

Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
14 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Europe in a caravan/campervan/RV

We too are renting in Europe 2013 - this will be our 4th rental in Europe - each for 1 month periods. We have used Ideamerge each time - a more professional company you will not find. We always rent in Germany (cheaper than elsewhere in Europe) BUT you have to pickup and return to the same depot or incur a one way fee of at least 800 euros. This can be a bit of a nuisance but we have managed each time to do a loop. We have always had a shower/toilet on board such as the Dethleffs Globebus T15 or one in this range of vehicles. Only rarely do we stay at a campsite - manage to free camp but always in proximity to other motorhomes. If you have any questions feel free to ask........Ann

Barrie, Canada
1 post
Save Reply
8. Re: Europe in a caravan/campervan/RV

Hi Ann,

We have rented a Motorhome from Frankfurt for the month of Sept. We are interested in the free parking for our RV. Do you have any info on how to access these areas. Thanks for your help.

Bautzen, Germany
Level Contributor
814 posts
Save Reply
9. Re: Europe in a caravan/campervan/RV

> We are interested in the free parking for our RV. Do you have any info on how to access these areas.

Get the "ADAC Stellplatzführer". The "Stellplatzführer" is for free parking sites, the "Campingplatzführer" for camp grounds. Both are available as books, but most people buy the electronic version today, which combines the Stellplatzführer and the Campingplatzführer and is available for iPhone and several satnavs. I recommend to buy a Navigon (they start around ~120€) and download the ADAC app. Or get the TomTom Go Live Camper & Caravan (more expensive option). It's very easy to use and you will feel much saver in a foreign country.

Coolangatta...
Level Contributor
64 posts
56 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Europe in a caravan/campervan/RV

Hi fellow Aussies, we hired MH's from McrRent through Ideamerge.com(brokerage company) from Munich for our 5 week trip up to Norway in july/august. Everthing worked fine through Ideamerge, but days after we picked up our reasonably new motorhomes we discovered that the damage

deposit(1200euro) that we assumedt would just be put on hold was actually taken out of our credit card which has never happened before, so now when we return it soon we have to get the money returned to our credit card.

So we are now at the mercy of the fluctuating exchange rate plus what your

Aussie back charges for an o/s transaction, not sure if we had known this before hand that would we have gone ahead with the rental throug McRent.

Reply to: Europe in a caravan/campervan/RV
Get notified by e-mail when a reply is posted