A Shrewsbury company, which has tapped into a growing market for self-drive holidays and short breaks by hiring out luxury motorhomes, has invested in its fifth vehicle.
Mark and Lisa Pugh from Shropshire Motorhome Hire based at Alberbury, near Shrewsbury, was launched in 2008.
The venture has been so successful that the company has just added an Autocruise Quartet motorhome to its fleet of hire vehicles from Shrewsbury-based caravan and motorhome dealership Salop Leisure.
The Autocruise Quartet, from the Swift Group, is the first true four-berth van conversion with enhanced performance from a new Euro 5 engine and cab package from Fiat and Peugeot.
The 130bhp Euro 5 engine with six-speed gearbox gives up to nine per cent better fuel economy and seven per cent lower CO2 emissions than the equivalent Euro 4 engine, together with improved acceleration.
Stuart Edwards, Salop Leisure’s motorhome sales specialist, praised the clever design of the new Autocruise Quartet, which enables four beds to be incorporated into the motorhome.
“A lot of people like the idea of owning a motorhome, but some are worried about driving large vehicles,” he said. “That’s where the Autocruise Quartet comes into its own. It’s ideal for young families that don’t want a large vehicle parked on their drive.”
Mr Edwards said he was delighted by the success of Shropshire Motorhome Hire. “I remember sitting around the kitchen table with Mark and Lisa back in 2008 when they set up their diversification business,” he added.
“This latest investment shows their commitment to the business and Salop Leisure is very grateful for their continued support.”
Mr Edwards said he had recommended Mr and Mrs Pugh to many customers who were considering investing in a motorhome but wished to try one before they bought.
Aiming to set the standard in motorhome hire, the Shropshire Motorhome Hire equips its their fleet with a comprehensive range of quality equipment, which is usually charged as extras by other hirers.
"Shropshire Motorhome Hire is a family business, with a personal touch,” said Mr Pugh. “We find people like to travel around the country exploring at their own leisure and with complete freedom.
“Our aim is to provide a top quality driving experience, superb levels of equipment and comfort and holiday memories that customers will treasure forever.
“We prefer to deal with local companies like Salop Leisure, as they are always on hand and we greatly appreciate the support that they have given us to expand the business."
Shropshire Motorhome Hire can be contacted on 01743 884864.
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