Brothers Peter & John James are no strangers to the world of caravaning and motorhoming. Living in rural Northamptonshire, the geographical centre and furthest point form the sea in the England, both brothers acquired many vehicles over the years to aid their weekend getaways, whether to go surfing, to a festival or just to enjoy the great outdoors with their friends and families. This alongside a couple of European tours in motorhomes.
The ability to get out of town became essential and the choice of vehicle became a competition between them. From the early days of a fast car, roof rack and canvas to the more middle-aged requirement of a roof overhead and a little luxury, three things have always been important – reasonable speed, comfort and always a little nod to some style – we all want to drive something different / be noticed don’t we? Pete’s acquisition of “Homer”, a Mercedes based Hymer A Class Motorhome 700 (It’s big like Pete!) in 2008 effectively ended the competition overnight. Finally a vehicle had been found that could not be beaten – Classic retro looks with a huge windscreen, based on the legendary Mercedes 310/410 mechanicals providing both speed and fuel efficiency. This combined with ultimate reliability and the most fantastic cabin layout & mod cons including a huge permanently available double bed – So good in fact that many people asked if they could rent it and bingo! a business idea was born.
In 2011 Pete & John formed Hire a Hymer. We have now split our fleet between the classic Mercedes Hymers and more modern motorhomes. We have for the most part continued with the Hymers - with a few exceptions! Our aim is to provide our Motorhome hire to likeminded people who seek to make something more out of their journey to wherever they are going. We provide second user vehicles that are scrupulously maintained but that offer real value to the customer which we combine with our personal and experienced service.
Having started on our front drive, we then moved to Furtho Manor Farm but in October 2015 we moved to our new premises in Potterspury. John has now left the team but Pete and his wife Nikki run the business from our Potterspury location. We have a dedicated mechanic and have started offering motorhome repair/servicing alongside our motorhome hire.