Terms and Conditions
You means: the person hiring the vehicle who has made the booking and payment for hire.
Us or We means: The Little Road Trip Company
Vehicle means: the Motorhome that we have allocated for you to hire (subject to availability).
Our aim is to consistently deliver a high quality hire service to all of our customers. You naturally want your Motorhome to be ready, fully equipped and spotlessly clean when you collect it from us. By reading, understanding and complying with these Terms & Conditions, you can minimise distress if unforeseen events occur and show consideration for the next hirer.
Quoted hire prices include:
Fully comprehensive insurance (subject to driver conditions, see Section 8. below).
Breakdown cover for the UK and EU.
2. Deposit and Hire Balance
At the time of booking, a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the total hire charge is needed to secure your chosen Motorhome for the agreed hire period. We will send you a booking confirmation email and when the deposit is paid our contract is binding. The hire balance is due no later than 28 days in advance of collection date, or as soon as practicable for bookings made at short notice (less than 28 days).
3. Damage / Security Deposit
A damage/security deposit of £1000 must be paid for each UK hire (Drivers aged 25-75). The deposit will be fully refunded within 5 working days of the end of the hire, minus any costs as detailed in Section 4 below. Please note that the security deposit is not a holding deposit and must be cleared funds before the hirer can take delivery of any vehicle (this is a requirement of our insurance company). The security deposit can be paid by credit or debit card on the collection day or by bank transfer at least 24 hours before your collection date (Account details available upon request). Under the terms of our insurance we cannot accept cash for the security deposit. Refunds will be processed using the same method, provided that the vehicle is returned complete and undamaged, clean and tidy on the inside, with an empty toilet cassette and a full tank of diesel. On arrival back at our depot, the vehicle will be briefly inspected in the presence of the hirer. A full inspection and inventory check will be carried out within 2 hours and if applicable, reasonable damage charges will be deducted from your Damage/Security Deposit (see Sections 4 & 6 below).
4. Damage and Cleanliness
Parts for Motorhomes are expensive and for the most part are not immediately available “off the shelf” locally. If the Motorhome sustains damage at any time during your hire, however minor, please inform us straightaway. If we know about it we can start to make arrangements for repair before the vehicle returns in time for the next hire, potentially avoiding leaving us in a position of having to cancel or compensate another customer’s holiday. We understand that accidents do happen and make no charge for the occasional broken small item. Please do let us know if anything is lost or damaged so that we can ensure the vehicle is fully stocked for the next hirer. You are required to return the vehicle in a clean and undamaged condition, with an empty waste water tank, a clean and empty toilet and a full tank of diesel. Exterior washing is not necessary as this is carried out by us. A charge of £100 may be imposed for any vehicle returned with a dirty or unemptied toilet.
Examples of damage charges where the hirer is responsible for payment:
Any damage to any body work, windows, mirrors, windscreen or tyres/alloys and interior.
Wilful damage, neglect of care or accidental damage (e.g. a tin falling out of a cupboard and damaging a worktop).
Any costs incurred due to the fault of the hirer (e.g. keys locked inside the vehicle, damage caused by a pet or children).
Examples of circumstances where deductions may be applied:-
If the motorhome is not returned full of fuel there will be a charge of £50 plus the retail rate for fuel costs.
Where there is damage to the vehicle or contents. Charged at retail replacement part(s) cost plus an hourly labour rate for time spent on repair if necessary.
Where the vehicle is returned in an unacceptable condition internally. Charged at an hourly rate for any excess cleaning time required.
Unemptied toilets will be charged at £100 for emptying and cleaning.
*If the toilet cassette is allowed to overflow into the cassette housing, there will be a charge of £250.00.* (The toilet cassette housing is extremely difficult to clean if this happens and also has a lot of wiring located in that area which could be damaged).
Excess dog/pet hair inside the vehicle and on the upholstery and carpets, where no attempt has been made to clean up and remove the dog hairs, a soiling fee of £100 will apply.
Charges may be deducted from the security deposit for stain removal from upholstery or carpets, additional cleaning time if the motorhome is returned with an unreasonably dirty interior, or any other damage.
Please Note - Situations not covered by insurance where the hirer in fully liable for all costs:
Wrong fuel – If the motorhome is filled with the wrong fuel type into the fuel tank, then the hirer is liable for full engine repair costs should engine damage occur. This is not covered under the insurance terms and therefore the hirer is totally liable for all repair costs.
Leaving motorhome keys unattended – if the motorhome keys are left unattended by the hirer, resulting in the theft of the motorhome, then the hirer is liable for the total retail value of the motorhome.
In the event of damage resulting in a valid insurance claim the hirer is responsible for payment of the insurance excess of £1000.
Deposits are refunded in full within 5 working days, provided that the vehicle is returned clean, undamaged and on time.
All motorhomes are collected from and returned to [TO BE COMPLETED]
Please be on time for your vehicle collection and allow up to 1 hour for a full vehicle induction, during which time we will demonstrate full, proper and safe use of the vehicle systems and equipment and complete any paperwork required. We will need to see the driving licence for each driver plus licence details which can be accessed online, 2 x proof of address for the named drivers/hirer (e.g. council tax, telephone or utility bill dated within the last 3 months).
It is important that you return the vehicle at the date and time specified in your Hire Agreement (usually 11am). Please plan your return journey to allow for foreseeable delays due to traffic. Late returns may be surcharged at £50 per hour starting from being 15 minutes late.
By arrangement, we can take a vehicle in at an earlier time than specified during business hours; however no refund of unused hire will be made. If you are delayed for any reason beyond your control (such as a major accident) please telephone to let us know so that we may inform the next hirer of any delay. On arrival back at our depot, we will carry out a brief vehicle inspection. Please expect to allow up to 20 minutes for our inspection and sign-off. A full inspection and inventory check will be carried out within 2 hours and if applicable, reasonable damage charges will be deducted from your Damage/Security Deposit (see sections 3. and 4. above).
7. Safe and Legal Use
The hirer and all additional drivers are responsible for the safe and legal use of the vehicle on hire. It is also the responsibility of the hirer to ensure that they have the relevant category on their driving licence to drive our vehicle. All drivers must drive the vehicle with due care for the vehicle, their passengers and other road users. The vehicle is intended for leisure transportation on made up roads only. It must not be used for any other purpose, such as racing, rallying, or trials.
Particular care must be taken entering/exiting gateways, negotiating around buildings and steep inclines (e.g. roll-on/roll-off ferries, where there is risk of grounding the rear). It must not be driven through deep fords, or saltwater. All drivers must be aware of the overhead height of the vehicle (as shown on the drivers sunvisor located in the vehicle) and are responsible for all damage due to hitting an overhead obstruction, such as height restrictions into car parks, trees and low bridges. Such damage is not covered by the insurance and the hirer will be responsible for all repair costs.
A maximum of 2 drivers are allowed for each motorhome hire (1 is included as part of the standard hire charge). Each driver must have held a Full UK licence for at least two years, be aged between 25 and 75, with no motoring convictions and not more than 6 penalty points (2 lots of 3) in the last three years. Unfortunately we are unable to offer hire to drivers aged between 21-24 years and also 76+ years. Spent convictions as covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 may be disregarded. At the commencement of hire each driver must present his or her driving licence.
An additional insurance surcharge may be payable for drivers who meet any of the following:
You have any medical condition, which may affect your ability to drive safely, which you are required by law to inform DVLA about. If you are involved in an accident and it is found that your health condition was a contributing factor, you may be prosecuted and your insurance may not be valid if you have not informed DVLA. (For more information see ww.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/DriverLicensing/MedicalRulesForDrivers).
Persons who have more that 6 penalty points.
Persons who have had insurance cancelled/declined and/or insurance renewal refused and/or special insurance terms imposed as a result of claims experience.
Persons engaged wholly or partly in professional entertainment or professional sports.
Jockeys and persons connected with racing of any sort.
Persons who whilst driving have been involved in more than one accident during the past three years.
Foreign Service Personnel other than persons born in the UK. If any of the above criteria apply to you, please contact us as you may still be allowed to drive a motorhome but there may be a surcharge to pay. If our insurers levy an additional premium we will advise you of this as to how you wish to proceed. If insurance is declined we will inform you and return your deposit.
9. European Travel (EU countries only)
Due to the global pandemic we are not offering hire to anyone wanting to take one of our vehicles outside of the United Kingdom. This will be reviewed once travel restrictions are eased but is not likely to be until the end of 2022.
The hirer is wholly responsible for any offences of any kind which occur while the vehicle is in your care, including (but not limited to) parking tickets, congestion charges, speeding fines and road traffic violations. Any fines or charges incurred during the hire period which arrive after return of the vehicle will be deducted from your Damage/Security Deposit or, if this has been returned, charged to the card used to pay the security deposit, or passed on to you. An admin fee of £25 will be added for each offence.
Whilst the vehicle is in your care, you are responsible for ensuring that all reasonable precautions are taken against damage to, or theft of or from the vehicle. All our Motorhomes are fitted with Alarm systems and live tracking systems. It is the hirer’s responsibility to ensure the security measures are active whenever you leave the vehicle, ensure all windows and roof lights are closed, locker doors are locked and you have the keys. Do not give the keys to anyone else or permit unauthorised persons to drive the vehicle.
Your insurance does not cover theft of or from the vehicle if:
The vehicle has been left unlocked
The security devices were not active resulting in theft of or from the vehicle
The keys have been left in it
Window(s) and or door(s) have been left open
You have allowed someone else to drive it and they take it away
Valuables have been left on display.
Do not leave valuables, Sat-Nav or the TV/DVD on display, or leave the vehicle in a vulnerable position, such as on a junction or street corner, poorly lit or unsuitable areas. If you have failed to follow the simple precautions above you may be liable for any associated costs for replacement and repair.
Leaving motorhome keys unattended– if the motorhome keys are left unattended by the hirer, resulting in the theft of the motorhome, then the hirer is liable for the total retail value of the motorhome.
In the event of the Motorhome being involved in an accident arising out of the use of the vehicle you must obtain the names, addresses and contact details of any third parties involved or witnesses. If deemed necessary then the accident should be reported to the local Police. If at all possible, please take as many photographs as you can of the whole scene from several angles and close up photographs of any damage to all vehicles/property. You must contact us at the earliest reasonable opportunity and complete an accident report form, as supplied. Do not make any admission of liability, settlement offer or other like offer.
13. Car Parking
Free secure onsite car parking, at owner’s risk, is offered for the duration of your holiday.
Smoking of any kind is strictly prohibited in or around any of our vehicles. Any evidence of smoking may result in a £250 cleaning charge.
15. Animals / Pets
We allow well-behaved dogs, subject to the vehicle being returned in a clean and undamaged state. We do ask that pets are not allowed on the upholstery or in the event this is not possible the upholstery is covered to protect it. A charge of at least £100 will be made for any evidence of excessive dog hair, dirt, urination or other damage caused by pets. Unfortunately we do not allow other pets/animals in any of our vehicles. If pets are not declared at the point of booking we reserve the right to apply an additional fee upon return of the vehicle.
We accept payment of reservation deposit and damage/security deposit by all major credit or debit cards, BACS transfer. Any remaining hire balance may be paid in cash, bank transfer or credit and debit card.
17. Base Vehicle (Chassis) Breakdown
In the unlikely event of vehicle breakdown, please contact us first as soon as is reasonable so that we can assist as necessary, before phoning for Recovery. Please see contact details within your vehicle information pack for contact telephone numbers for your Breakdown and recovery policy for your vehicle. The cover includes roadside repair and recovery.
18. Habitation Equipment or Accessory Breakdown
Full breakdown cover is provided for mechanical faults of the base chassis of the Motorhome (see Section 17. Above). On board equipment (such as the cooker, heater and fridge) are also covered by warranty. Breakdown of an item of on-board equipment may not render the vehicle unusable or necessitate the ending of your holiday. In the first instance, please contact us so that we may establish whether the problem can be resolved during the hire period and advise you what to do. This may mean a visit to a Motorhome dealership or repair centre locally or as close as we are able to arrange. Reasonable agreed costs, supported by a VAT receipt, will be reimbursed but please contact us for authorisation first. Please do not attempt DIY repairs.
19. Vehicle Maintenance
The driver is responsible for the roadworthiness of the vehicle and the safety of the passengers. Each vehicle is checked prior to despatch and you are required to monitor oil, engine coolant, windscreen washer fluid level and tyre pressures.
20. LPG Gas
At least one full gas bottle will be supplied with the vehicle (Propane 6kg). Two bottles will be fitted; the first will be connected and at least partially full. When this runs out, connect to the spare (full) bottle. If the motorhome is returned without two gas bottles, a charge may apply.
The vehicle runs on diesel fuel and is dispatched with a full tank. The vehicle must be returned with a full tank. Any fuel required on return will be charged at the prevailing rate per litre plus a £50 refuelling charge, which will also mean delay in completion and sign-off.
You will be liable for any costs if you refuel the vehicle with the wrong fuel - only use diesel.
If the motorhome is filled with the wrong fuel type into the fuel tank, then the hirer is liable for full engine repair costs should engine damage occur. This is not covered under the insurance terms and therefore the hirer is totally liable for all repair costs.
Once a vehicle has been reserved for you it cannot be hired to someone else for the same period. As the commencement date of hire approaches, the likelihood of us being able to rebook the vehicle, should you cancel, reduces.
Therefore, the following cancellation policy applies:
The 25% booking confirmation deposit is non-refundable or transferable.
More than 4 weeks prior to commencement of hire – the remaining balance of any hire fee paid will be refunded in full.
2 – 4 weeks prior to commencement of hire – 50% of any hire fee paid will be refunded.
Less than 2 weeks prior to commencement of hire period or non-arrival for collection – no refund will be made.
The vehicle you hire is owned by and belongs to The Little Road Trip Company, 2 Breeze Hill Barns, Breeze Hill Farm, Chorley, Nantwich, CW58JR. You must not attempt to sell, rehire, or make representation of the vehicle to any other party.
Occasionally circumstances outside our control can result in us having to substitute an alternative vehicle. In this event, the substitute vehicle will be of comparable specification (not layout or size), with the correct number of berths and seatbelts to meet your needs. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee the same or similar layout.
These Terms & Conditions may be amended at any time without notice. If an amendment is made prior to the commencement of hire you will be issued with revised Terms & Conditions.
We reserve the right to:
Vary rates and conditions at any time.
Refuse to hire to any person(s) for any reason and not to hand over the vehicle if we believe the hirer is not suitable for any reason.
Terminate the contract and repossess the vehicle at any time due to breach of these terms and conditions, misuse, damage or accident.
26. Force Majure
We will make every effort to ensure that the reserved Motorhome is available for collection by you at the correct time. If, due to circumstances beyond our control, this is not possible and an alternative Motorhome is not available our liability is limited to the refund of all monies paid by you. The hirer accepts that The Little Road Trip’s decision on any issue in relation to these terms and conditions is final.