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Old 05-02-2018, 10:12 PM   #1
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Default The wife wants to visit UK and Ireland....

She wants to land in London and travel all the way up the UK then swim to Belfast and travel to Dublin. Sounds like an excellent campervan trip. Does anyone have any links to campervan rentals? Preferably a Hymer Aktiv type.
At least I can understand the language and signs this trip.

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Old 05-02-2018, 10:37 PM   #2
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[QUOTE=jon;71377At least I can understand the language and signs this trip.
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A local RV will most likely be a right hand drive. Driving on the left side of the road probably takes some getting use to.
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In Ireland, be prepared for VERY narrow winding lanes with stone walls right up against the traffic. And lots of traffic circles, which take some getting used to due to the lane reversal.
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My wife and I considering renting an RV in the UK. Please share what you learn.

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In Ireland, be prepared for VERY narrow winding lanes with stone walls right up against the traffic. And lots of traffic circles, which take some getting used to due to the lane reversal.
I haven't been there in 10+ years, but there were bushes next to the road that you pretty much had to brush up against.

There may also be insurance issues going to Northern Ireland.

The RVs are smaller over there.
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In Ireland, be prepared for VERY narrow winding lanes with stone walls right up against the traffic. And lots of traffic circles, which take some getting used to due to the lane reversal.
Same with Wales and Scotland and many parts of England
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I got out and measured a so called Thru Highway in Wales and it measured less than 16 ft between the rock walls. Larger commercial vehicles have steel tubes welded on the side for a rub rail. A midsize SUV we rented seemed huge. We spent two weeks and 1500 miles in England and Wales. I would never consider an RV. Too restricting in where you can go.
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I spent a couple weeks driving around England/Scotland/Wales back in 2002. I agree about the narrow roads - even a small rental car was challenging to maneuver in places.

Driving on the other side of the road wasn't much of a problem for me. I got accustomed to that pretty quickly, but it was something I had to pay attention to - I remember one time in Yorkshire realizing I had been driving on the right side of the road for the last couple miles. Fortunately, there had been no other traffic on that road.

But the one thing I never got accustomed to was having the driver's seat on the right side of the car. Having the bulk of the car positioned to my left (instead of my right) was a constant source of mild tension - I was never entirely comfortable with where the edges of the vehicle were located & continually felt like I was out of position somehow. I never had any actual trouble - no brushing up against anything - but I was on edge about it in a way that I wouldn't have been otherwise. I imagine it would have been even worse with a van.
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Ok, so the roads should be my greatest concern. She mentioned joining a sightseeing tour so the extra driving stress would be worth not being herded around in a tour group.
Thankfully I've got 40 years of driving experience and my left eye still has legally good vision. If I can find a van to rent I think it would be quite the adventure. besides, it's all about making good memories for the daughter before she out grows us.
We are thinking to get a Hymer Aktiv for our next van and it seems that most of the rental vans have the same general layout as the Aktiv so It'll be like a 1 week test drive.
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At least I can understand the language ....
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