Category Archives: Australia

Find out the cost of campervan hire and motorhome rental in Australia. Useful info and helpful updates. We offer great special offers on our website www.campervans.com/australia These are updated daily.

Plan your road trip now.

Apollo Eurostar

Phew, the summer holidays are almost over and we are all back to work.  Wouldn’t it be great to look forward to another road trip and plan your next holiday now?

The first and probably the most expensive part of your next road trip will be getting flights booked.  It makes a lot of sense to book early.  Airlines often use a flex-rate system to fill their planes. So early bookers get the best deals.  Here is a list from Money Supermarket showing when airlines release their flight deals.

Flight release dates for best rates.

We also encourage you to book early for campervan, motorhome and rv rental.  Here are the direct links for early booking special offers:

Australia Australia Campervan Hire Discounts. Book Now.

Belgium Belgium Campervan and Motorhome Hire Discounts. Book Now.

Botswana Botswana 4×4 Campervan Early Booking Discounts. Book Now.

Canada Canada RV Rental. Book Early for Cheap Rentals.

Croatia Croatia Campervan and Motorhome Rental Special Discounts for Early Booking.

Denmark

Estonia Estonia Special Discounts for Early Booking. Rent a campervan for next year’s road trip.

Finland Finland Discounts on Camper van, Motorhome and RV Rental. Book Early for the best rental deals.

France France campervan and Motorhome Rental Discounts for Early booking. Book Now for the best rental deals.

Germany Discounts on Campervan and Motorhome Rental in Germany for Early booking. Book Now for the Best Rates.

Holland/Netherlands  Find the best rates here for campervan and motorhome rental in the Netherlands. Book early. Save money.

Hungary Discounts on Camper van and Motorhome Rental in Hungary. Book Early and Save Money.

Iceland Discounts for Early Booking. Book a Campervan or Motorhome to Tour Iceland. Discounts for Early booking. Book Now.

Ireland Tour Ireland in a Campervan. Book Early for the best rates. Book Now.

Italy Book a campervan to tour Italy next year. Book early and save. The best rates online.

Japan Try something Different. Save on campervan and motorhome rental in Japan.

Mozambique Put Mozambique on your list to tour in a 4×4 camper next year. Book now for the best rates.

Namibia Namibia discounts on 4×4 camper rental.

Netherlands Find the best rates here for campervan and motorhome rental in the Netherlands. Book early. Save money.

New Zealand Top of the Bucket List? Make it happen next year. Book early and find out that it is cheaper than you think with these great deals.

Norway Early bookings get the deals. Book here for great discounts on campervan and motorhome rental in Norway.

Portugal Summer in Portugal and at a great price. See here for discounts on long term hire and early booking.

South Africa Book campervan and motorhome rental in South Africa. Great discounts for early booking.

Spain Tour Spain in a campervan or motorhome. Save with our early booking special discounts.

Sudan Experience Sudan in a 4×4 camper. Book early and save.

Sweden Book now for early booking discounts. See Sweden by road.

Switzerland Switzerland Road Trip. Book Early for great deals.

Tanzania Tanzania 4×4 Camper Rental. Discounts.

UK Tour the UK in a campervan. We are open all year around Book early to get great rates on motorhome rental.

USA RV Rental, Campervan and Motorhome hire. Explore the Country that invented the Road Trip. Book Early for the best rates.

Family Holidays in a Motorhome
Family Holidays in a Motorhome

Zambia Tour Zambia in a 4×4 Camper. Book Now for the best rates.

Zimbabwe Tour Zimbabwe in a 4×4 Camper. Book Now.

Apollo campers in the USA

Apollo campervans are expanding their USA and Canada fleets

Apollo Eurostar
Apollo campers in the USA

Hi,  today I read that Apollo campervans are expanding their fleet by buying up Canadream and opening new depots in the USA.  That’s not all, it says in The Australian” newspaper that they will also move into the UK and Europe market.

That is good news for people looking to hire a campervan.  At peak times availability is limited.  It could also be a response to European companies setting up in New Zealand.  McRent now have a presence there too.

It all makes sense to balance the cash flow between the northern and southern hemispheres making a campervan rental business busy all year around instead of just at peak season.

And, the best news of all, we provide great rates for Apollo, Canadream and McRent on our website www.campervans.com

This follows on from Maui working with JustGo in the UK and Jucy campers also running a fleet in the US. It is just one big global market place! Even Spaceships have expanded their fleet outside of Australia.

Our rates are very competitive and we offer a comparison option so you can get the best deal.

Exciting times for all of us.

In My Inbox – campervan rental discounts and special offers. South Dakota is winterising! Food across the USA, Maui Australia featured 6-berth

South Dakota – a road trip stop over.

Firstly,  it is a very warm and sunny day here in the UK.  It is going to be hot later but I can’t get too overwhelmed by scenes of golden beaches and green wide open spaces and roads that disappear in a heat haze over the horizon because….South Dakota sent this:

South Dakota’s Celebrated Winte

South Dakota in the Snow
It may be summer but South Dakota has more options to show you in the winter.
Winter shouldn’t just be endured, it should be celebrated in South Dakota! For a memorable trip of a lifetime, here is an outdoor adventure list of must-experience activities for an enjoyable winter trip across the state:

So chill out with this news and cool down!

However, if you are in South Dakota in your rv this summer there are also those memorable sites to see as it is the home of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park and Custer State Park.

Just so you don’t get the wrong impression of South Dakota, here are some fantastic scenery shots taken in South Dakota. Thanks to the Tourism board for these:

Badlands, South Dakota.
Badlands, South Dakota. Must see on your RV Road Trip.

RV Road trip South Dakota
South Dakota clouds
Black Hills South Dakota USA
Black Hills South Dakota USA
GoodEarthStatePark, South Dakota
GoodEarthStatePark, South Dakota
MissouriRiver
Missouri River
Pactola Lake
Pactola Lake
Palisades, South Dakota.
Palisades, South Dakota.
SicaHollow South Dakota
SicaHollow South Dakota

There are many, many more attractions to see.  Check out the official  South Dakota tourist information site:

https://www.travelsouthdakota.com/International-visitors

Also, they publish a guide to fuel costs! How good is that for us rv’ers! South Dakota fuel costs

Food Network’s USA Road Trip.

USA Food Network Across the States

Featured Motorhome from Australia.

This week there are discounts on offer from Maui in Australia on their Maui River motorhome.  Here is some more info on this iconic motorhome.

Maui River 6 berth motorhome available to rent in Australia.
15 percent off and no one-way fee special deal.
Maui River Motorhome 6 berth for rent in Australia.


Specifications:

This ‘state of the art’ motorhome is perfect for families. It has a spacious living area and plenty of storage. The kids can be safely buckled up in the back and entertained by their favourite DVD. There is a large fridge and although you are camping there is no need to rough it! You will find china crockery, a coffee plunger and decent wine glasses. The shower is hot and towels are abundant!

Vehicle Age: less than 2.5 years
Make / Model:Mercedes-Benz or Volkswagen
Engine Size: 2.2L Turbo Diesel
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Type: Diesel
Fuel Consumption: 13 Litres / 100KM
Onboard Toilet, Shower,Hot Water, Gas – for cooking and heating. Sink.
Air Con – Driver’s Cab and in main Cab
Heating – Driver’s Cab and main Cab
Gas x 4 hob cooktop with Oven/furnace.
Microwave,Fridge / Cooler, fridge / freezer (140L)
Other Vehicle Features
Cruise Control,ABS / Power Brakes,Internal Access,Awning, Flyscreens, Bike Rack,Power Supply: 12V battery / 240V mains

Generator.

 Suitable for People with Disabilities
 Pets Allowed
 Tank Capacities
Fresh Water: 90L (24gal)
Grey Water:90L (24gal)
Black Water: 15L (4gal)
Fuel:75L (20gal)
Gas Bottle: 9kg
Sleeping Capacity:  6 adults
Seat Belts: 2 in Driver’s Cabin 4 in Rear

Child and Baby Seats

This vehicle has positioning for two child restraints. A child seat (from birth until approximately four years) or booster seat (for children aged between four and seven years) can be fitted to the rear seats in the main cabin.

Minimum Driver Age: 21
HT Licence Required:No

Beds

Cab over – 1.5m x 2m (4′11″ x 6′7″)
Dinette – 1.2m x 1.9m (3′11″ x 6′3″)
Double – 1.3m x 2m (4′3″ x 6′7″)

Radio, Cassette, CD,DVD,TV, iPod / USB Connection,MP3 / MP4 Playback

Vehicle Dimensions
Length: 7.2m (23′7″)
Width: 2.5m (8′2″)
Height: 3.3m (10′10″)
Interior Height: 2.1m (6′11″)

Campervans.com In My Inbox Today: Scotland, Road Trips, Polar Bears, Grizzley Bears, Orcas….

Campervan and Motorhome rental Scotland
Add castles to your road trip around Scotland.

Visit Scotland posts regular updates on where to go and what to see in Scotland.

I toured Scotland in a campervan last year and was amazed at how empty it was even in the height of summer and also how welcoming everybody is.  We toured in the wilds of Scotland and stayed overnight in campsites and also took advantage of Scotland’s acceptance of free-camping.

A perfect mix of community and getting away from it all.

The official tourist site Visit Scotland  

has a great range of information to help us road-trippers plan a route to find the best of what Scotland has to offer.

Here’s a few driving tips for Scotland too:

Wanderlust Magazine published this great guide to 16 of the world’s best one-week road trips.

They are designed for cars but I have included them here as I like the routes!

USA RV rental road trip
USA Road_trip

You can read the full article here.

  • 1: Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway – USA
  • 2: Cape Tribulation – Australia
  • 3: Mae Hong Son Loop – Thailand
  • 4: The Romantic Road – Germany
  • 5: Parks Tour – Costa Rica
  • 6: Gaspésie Grand Tour – Canada
  • 7: Ruta 40 – Argentina
  • 8: Norwegian Coast – Norway
  • 9: The Coromandel Peninsula – New Zealand
  • 10: Central Hokkaido Route – Japan
  • 11: North Coast 500 – Scotland
  • 12: Wild Atlantic Way – Ireland
  • 13: Route 62 – South Africa
  • 14: The Ring Road – Iceland
  • 15: Skeleton Coast – Namibia
  • 16: The Pirate Route – Jamaica

Canada:

Every day I get emails from the Canadians about what to do and see in Canada.  Here is a brief selection of those that have landed in the last few days:

Kayak with Orca.  This is amazing!

Polar Bears?

Grizzley Bears?

 

Where Do You Want to Collect your Campervan from?

Where Do You Want to Collect your Campervan from?

Depot locations for campervan and motorhome rental
Where shall I collect my Motorhome from?

This is one of the most frequent replies I make from emails that clients send to me.

They include the dates and number of people travelling but I need more than that.

I do need to know the age of the driver.  In some cases, although not all, the driver needs to be over 25.  This is not the case in all countries though.

In many you can hire at 21.  You must hold a credit card in your name in all cases.

Motorhome rental.
Hire a campervan or motorhome.

One way hires are more expensive and in Europe there is an extra charge applied on the basis of Euro1.00 for every 1km between the pick up and drop off depots.

This is because the hire supplier will have to send someone to pick it up and return it to its original destination.

One way hires in Canada, USA and Australia and New Zealand are usually a fixed charge and this is often waived if the hire is for longer than 21 days.

One way hires often take longer to approve as the release of a vehicle is at the discretion of the fleet manager and they work out where the vehicle has to be for the next customer to rent it out.  Also, where that vehicle is before your hire.

Family holidays in a campervan.
Family holidays in a campervan.

There are hundreds of points of collection on our website and these are displayed below. This is correct at time of publishing.  We do change these from time to time.

The full address of each depot is listed on our website. If you click on the “make a booking” button you will see the address on the same page where the summary of all the charges are made.  (You don’t have to input your payment details to see the summary.)

All the depot locations are listed on this link:

Campervan and Motorhome Rental locations by Country

If you click on any of the names of the country you can select a drop down menu to see the depot locations for them individually.

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Belgium

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Botswana campervan and 4×4 rental.

Canada RV rental and campervan hire

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Croatia motorhome rental

Finland motorhome rental

France motorhome hire

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Germany campervan hire

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Hungary motorhome rental

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Ireland campervan and motorhome rental.

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Italy campervan and motorhome hire

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Mozambique 4 x 4 camper rental and motorhome hire

Namibia 4 x 4 rental and motorhome hire.

Netherlands campervan and motorhome rental.

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New Zealand campervan and motorhome hire.

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Norway campervan and motorhome rental.

Portugal campervan and motorhome rental.

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South Africa campervan and motorhome rental.

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Spain campervan and motorhome rental.

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Sweden campervan and motorhome rental.

Switzerland campervan and motorhome rental.

Tanzania campervan and motorhome rental.

United Kingdom campervan and motorhome rental.

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USA campervan and motorhome rental.

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Zambia campervan and motorhome rental.

Zimbabwe 4 x 4, campervan and motorhome rental.

 

Reviews

We are often asked to recommend a type of campervan or motorhome for holidays or road trips or just as a spare room.  We have to ask quite a lot of questions before we can suggest which one will fit the requirements of our customers.  We can make suggestions but ultimately it is up to the customer to make the final decision.  To help you make that decision I have outlined below what we like to know before we can make a recommendation.

Campervan hire. Follow your dreams.
Campervan hire. Follow your dreams.

Also, there are many review sites that you can refer to but often these highlight the bad experiences that people have that can sometimes happen.  All of the campervan and motorhome suppliers that we book on our websites www.campervans.com and www. budgetcampervans.com have been in business for many, many years and so are reliable and they have our confidence too as we have been booking campervan and motorhome rental for nearly 20 years.

4 berth camper hire
Explore the world

Our customers will often search online for reviews.  However, it is difficult to know who are the main suppliers of rentals in each country and who is new and who is long established.

6_berth rv rental
6 berth campervan rental in America.

Our website now has a star rating system that you can refer to.  We only put stars on the vehicles once they have received over 10 ratings.

Spaceships rating

Rating

You can select from the left hand menu by rating which standards you would like to see displayed.

We also offer a filter that will display the age of the vehicles.  This is important in many ways but often the age of the vehicle will determine its daily rental rate. However, if you book early you are likely to get a really new campervan at the same price as a very old one.  This is how some suppliers work. It is a similar system to pricing as the airlines use. Book early,  fill the seats, put the price up nearer to the date of departure.

Bike rental with motorhome rental.
Take your bikes on your campervan hire holiday.

If you are on a budget then definitely book early to take advantage of this pricing structure.  You will find this particularly in RV rental in America and Canada and also in New Zealand and Australia.

The European and UK rental companies will usually offer discounts for early bookings but not on the flex rates that change every week.

2 berth hi-top rental
Rent a campervan for your honeymoon.

If you are on a budget and are considering an older vehicle then be prepared to be offered a vehicle that has done high mileage (particularly in Australia, Canada and the USA).  The vehicle will be tired around the edges and worn.  But they do offer good value for money as they should be well maintained and clean.

5 berth hi-top rental
You can all sleep in comfort in your camper home for you holidays.

They are also more prone to breakdown but this is avoided as it is costly for the rental supplier as they have to take time to repair the vehicle and in some cases deliver a replacement.  Hire suppliers don’t want your vehicle to break down as it costs them money.

The reviews seen on line usually highlight breakdowns or malfunctions in the campers and motorhomes.  This is unfortunate but things do stop working on occasions or pipes do get blocked.  If there is a problem and it has been unreported by a previous hirer then the next customer suffers because of it.

Luxury motorhome rental.
Luxury motorhome rental.

Sometimes people who rent vehicles are reluctant to make the hire supplier aware of a problem for fear of being charged for repairs or breakages and this has the knock on effect for the next client.

It is in our interest and in the best interests of our rental suppliers that our customers and clients are happy as return customers are the backbone of any business and we find that our customers will recommend us again and again for offering the correct vehicle at the right price.

Upstairs bed.
Climb up to your bed.

The right price for one customer is not the same as the right price for another.  We have people who want the very best vehicles we can offer.  These are large, sleep at least six people, have slide out sides to offer more space.  They are not cheap. These customers want the very newest and the top of the range motorhomes as they want to travel long distances for many months.

Sleeper car rental.
sleeper car rental.

Our backpacker customers want the best and cheapest rate possible. They don’t want in built toilet and showers and luxury kitchens.  They just want a vehicle to sleep in and make a cup of tea or heat up noodles.   These vehicles are basic, older and cheap.  They are more like sleeper cars than campervans.  But they are on our lists.  The reviews against these vehicles are often because they are old and worn.

The low-top or hi-top have kitchens and a double bed.  The space is limited but if you are staying in campsites each night you don’t need showers and a toilet on board.  You may want to cook a more sophisticated meal and need a fully stocked kitchen and you want to sleep under a duvet (or doonah) with pillows and not a sleeping  bag.

These campers are mid-priced and do vary in age but are a great budget vehicle.

Always consider the sleeping arrangements.  If you are tall check out the bed sizes:

Check the bed size of your campervan.
Check the bed size of your campervan.

Some suppliers will also vary the thickness of the mattress too.

If this is important to your holiday, then please double check that the bed sizes suit. Also, consider the single and double bed configuration. Some people prefer to have separate beds, but some campervans have single beds only suitable for children. Others have double beds above the cab and this is great if you are ok climbing the ladder at night.

Larger vehicles have bigger double beds.

Are you happy making the bed up each night?  Some vehicles require that you move the cushions around and bring out a base support to create a double bed at night. So check out the “day and night time layout” as this means you have to convert the layout at night.

Day layout of a campervan

Night time layout of your campervan.

The amount of time you spend in the camper will help you make the decision on what size of camper.  You can have a layout that has a permanent table or a permanent bed or both.  You can have a larger kitchen with a three way fridge and small freezer depending on whether you want to cook a full dinner or if you prefer to eat out or bbq or just heat up food.

Some campervans and motorhomes have microwaves fitted but these will only work if you are hooked up to the mains electricity supply.  Check the length of the hook up wire, some can be quite short.

Rent a 4 wheel drive camper.
Rent a 4×4 camper.

All of the above affects the way you feel about your campervan. It is your home for the duration of your rental. Hundreds of thousands of people every year rent a motorhome. Each have different criteria that make it the perfect one for them.  Consider how you want to live when you rent and how much you want to pay. This may determine how long you can hire a vehicle for.  If you are living out of a hi-top for three months – and people do – does it have enough space for you to stand up in or lay around and read?

relax in a camper.
Relax. You are on holiday.

Let us know if there is anything else you would consider when renting a campervan.  Ask us…its our job to help.

Happy holidays! 🙂

Current special offers.

List of countries we arrange campervan and motorhome rental:
Australia
Belgium
Botswana
Canada
Croatia
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Mozambique
Namibia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tanzania
United Kingdom
United States
Zambia
Zimbabwe

 

Australia campervan and motorhome hire FAQ’s

Have I missed anything?

Faq’s Australia for camper van and motor home hire for www.campervans.com/australia

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Insurance options:

All campervan and motorhome rentals are covered by insurance. The level of liability varies depending on the age and size of the vehicle.

The insurance excess (liability) can be as high as AU$7500.00. If you don’t have your own insurance to cover this excess then
you will have to leave security to cover this. The hire company will take security by a credit card payment. You must have
a credit card with a high enough credit to cover this.

There are options to reduce the level of liability.

You can reduce the amount of liability by buying another insurance cover and the cost of this is calculated by each day hired. There
is usually a maximum amount that you have to pay eg 50 days cover will usually cover you for the duration of your hire if you hire
for longer than this.

You can reduce your liability to nil by buying additional insurance cover. This can often be included in the “all-inclusive” rates.

You will still have to pay a bond. This can range from $150.00 to $250.00. This is refundable when the vehicle is returned in a good
and clean condition to the correct location.

Each company has different terms and conditions relating to insurance cover. Contact us for full details and if you have
any questions at all.

We also have the Drive-Easy insurance cover available to select when you make your booking request. This will cover your insurance
liability too.

Can I rent from one city to another in Australia?
Yes, you can generally hire from one city to another, no matter where in Australia.
There are sometimes additional costs.
1. A one-way fee or “drop fee”. This can sometimes be waived if you hire for longer than 14 days.
2. Darwin and Broome surcharges. These are in addition to one-way fees due to their remote location.

Where can we camp at night?
Campsites and Caravan Parks

We strongly recommend you stay in a campsite (caravan (RV) park). Australia has an extensive network of caravan parks in all major
tourist centres and most towns.

You can also stay in National Parks. The facilities are not as good but they are all in spectacular locations.

Powered sites enable you to connect your vehicle to electricity. The approximate cost is AU$25-30 per night.
Some companies provide discounts on campsites in Australia.

National Parks

Most national parks have areas set aside for camping. There are often showers, toilets, barbecues and picnic areas. National parks
are also beautiful and peaceful locations to stay overnight. However, national parks do not usually offer powered sites.
Useful link: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/

Roadside Camping

Council laws prohibit camping on the side of the road near towns and cities. However, outside towns and in country areas it is
generally permitted. Check with the locals is you are unsure.

Are there heaters?
Yes, most vehicles have onboard heating.

How do I cook?
All campervans have some form of cooking. These are gas powered bench top cookers. There are not usually ovens. However, many are
equipped with microwaves that will operate when you are “plugged in” to a mains electricity supply.

Fridges:
Even the small low-tops or sleeper cars have cool boxes. Larger vehicles have fully functioning fridges that are powered by battery
or gas or the mains. (Three way fridges)

Low-tops and Hi-top campervans
You can sleep and eat in these. Some have solar showers that you can hang off the back and others offer portaloos. But you are not
able to free-camp in these.

2,3,4,5,6 and 7 berth campervans and motorhomes have built in toilets and showers.
The cassette toilets are clean and easy to use. Empty them regularly by disposing of the contents at “dump stations” on campsites or
in public toilets. Hose out each time and replace the blue liquid to keep the odours to a minimum.
Keep the water tank topped up.

Water tanks
There are two tanks.
Clean water tank. Fill this with the water from taps. Boil it for drinking. This provides water for the shower and for the sink for
washing up.
Waste water from the shower and the sink is collected in a grey water tank. You must empty this at a dump station on a campsite or
at a public dump station.

Some vehicles have on board displays to show how much water is in the tanks.

Note: If you are in an area where the temperature drops below zero, the water tanks will automatically empty to prevent pipes
freezing.

Winterising.
Vehicles are not usually winterised in Australia.
Winterising is the process of draining all water from the tanks and pipes when vehicles are taken to areas where the temperature
drops below zero to prevent damage to pipes and tanks. This means that you are not able to use the shower,toilet or sinks.

How long does the battery system last?
The battery system will provide power for between 12 – 20 hours when fully charged depending on use. There are two sets of batteries
in a campervan or motorhome. One is standard that runs the engine and the other set provides you with electricity (power) for all
the lights, pumps, shower, fridge etc
These batteries re-charge when you are driving the campervan. They will also re-charge when you are plugged in on a powered
campsite. Idling the engine won’t provide enough power to recharge the house battery.

When you are connected, all equipment automatically runs on mains power rather than the battery. Appliances such as the television,
microwave, rear air-conditioning and power points only run on mains power.

For the 12 Volt system to work, the 12 Volt main switch must be in the ‘on’ position. All vehicles can be connected to 240 Volt mains
power via the supplied 15 Amp extension lead with large earth pin. All approved caravan park circuits are rated at 15 amps in
Australia.

How does the shower work?
Each shower pump uses the battery system on board the campervan. The water is heated via the gas supply from a bottle stored in an
outside compartment of the campervan. You will be shown this when you collect your campervan.
Please ensure that your water tanks and gas bottles are kept full. There is fresh water on all campsites and parks. Gas bottles can
be re-fuelled at most garages, petrol stations.

What is supplied with the vehicle?
This varies from company to company. The more expensive the campervan the more that is included. You will usually have bedding and
living equipment such as bedding, cooking equipment, eating utensils, bath and tea towels included. If there are any extra charges
for these, you will see them listed when you make your booking request.

Child restraints/seats.
You will need to ensure that you have child seats booked before hiring. Some companies do not supply these. Please check.

Driving:
When you are driving a low-top or hi-top campervan it is just like driving a large car. Don’t take the corners quickly and don’t try
to drive as fast as a car. You are carrying your sleeping and cooking equipment.

The campervans that have onboard showers and toilets are easy to drive. They have big mirrors for good visibility. Get someone to
watch you reverse. The vehicles are longer than cars and you can’t always see bollards etc.

Motorhomes with “lutons” the bed that is above the cab, are also easy to drive. These vehicles are easy to manoeuvre but you will
find that they are slower than cars and you need to take corners slower than you would in a car. Watch out when driving close to
hedges that you don’t bump the overhang above the cab. Also, get someone to watch when you are reversing.

These vehicles all have power assisted steering. The seating position is higher than in a car but you do have great visibility.

Normal rules apply when driving and watch your speed limit.

Useful link: Driving rules in Australia can be found here: http://www.australia.com/en/planning/road-safety.html

Shopping:
Some companies provide complimentary supplies such as dishwashing liquid, dishcloth, coffee, tea and sugar. However, we recommend
stocking up soon after you collect your campervan. Ask at the desk where your nearest supermarket/shop is. Don’t forget the
essentials such as cooking oil, salt, pepper, butter, milk, bread.

Can I access the internet whilst travelling?
Check with your phone provider. Turn off roaming so that you don’t incur charges. It may be cheaper to hire a phone or buy a local
sim card for your own phone while you are travelling. There is an abundance of internet hot spots and most campsites offer this
facility.

What storage is there?
We strongly recommend you use soft bags instead of suitcases for your luggage. Soft bags take up less room and fit more easily into
the storage cupboards and lockers in the vehicle.
Some larger vehicles have “garages” big enough for bikes, surf gear etc.

Do I need a special driver’s licence?
A valid, current car driver’s licence must be produced for everyone intending to drive a rental vehicle. State, overseas or
international licences are acceptable. However, the licence must be in English characters for our staff to read.

Is there a spare tyre and will I be able to change it if I need to?
All vehicles come with a spare tyre and equipment needed in the event of a tyre change. You should make sure you have a roadside
assistance number when you collect your campervan in the rare event you need help.
What is the Cost of Fuel?
Petrol (Gasoline) in Australia comes in unleaded and leaded grades, and is sold by the litre. Petrol and diesel fuel costs between
$1.30 AUD and $1.60 AUD per litre and can be higher, particularly in country and remote outback areas.
Useful link: http://www.globalpetrolprices.com/gasoline_prices/

Where can I drive my campervan or motorhome?
Two Wheel Drive Vehicles can only be driven on sealed/bitumen roads. The only exception to this is the last remaining kilometres of
loose road surface on recognised campground access. Please check when you collect your campervan that there are no roads you are not
permitted to drive on.

Four Wheel Drive Vehicles can also be driven on recognized unsealed tracks, but some remote areas are restricted as specified in our
Terms and Conditions. Some companies occasionally have to restrict vehicle movements in certain areas due to adverse road or weather
conditions.

Is there an iPod, mP3, cd player in the motorhomes and campervans?

Most campervans and motorhomes can play MP3 and CDs. Newer vehicles have usb connections.

Digital travel.
Most cameras are now digital. You can store your photos on the cloud when travelling or buy extra sd cards.
Travelling with a small lap top or notebook can enhance your journey by searching information on your destination.

Terms and conditions.
These are full and comprehensive. They are listed on the booking page when you make your booking and there is a link at the bottom
of the page where you put in your payment. Please ask if you need anything explained further.

Are there cancellation fees?
Some fees may apply if you cancel your rental booking.

What are toll roads, and do I have to pay to use them?
Toll roads are roads which charge a fee in exchange for access through to your destination. You will likely pass through toll roads
if you are driving your campervan through metropolitan Queensland, New South Wales or Victoria. Watch out for the toll on the Sydney
Harbour Bridge and also around Melbourne.

Useful link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toll_roads_in_Australia
You are responsible for paying toll fees, so it is important to be aware of these roads before you travel.

Will someone show me how to use everything?
Yes. You will have a dedicated staff member take you on a personal tour of the vehicle when you arrive at the branch. They will
ensure that you are familiar with all of the features before you leave. For some basic information about operating the vehicle,
please read the rental guide.
Is there internet at the collection branches?
Most campervan and motorhome hire suppliers provides free internet at most of the branches.

Are there bike racks?
It is unlikely in Australia that bike racks are provided. They get damaged by the bull dust and storing them inside the vehicle also
causes damage. Many campsites hire them out. If you take your own bikes then store them in bike bags or in the garage area of the
campervan.

Mileage options:
Vehicles are hired with unlimited mileage included in the hire.

Extra driver fee:
Check to make sure that if there is more than one driver that you have additional insurance to cover additional drivers.

Driver age:
Most companies will not hire to drivers under 21 but there are some exceptions. There is not usually an upper age limit as long as
the driver has a valid driving licence.

Local taxes:
Taxes are included in all quotes for campervan and motorhome rental in Australia.

Bedding and kitchen equipment are listed as extra charges where they are not included in the daily rate. Most companies include them
in the costs of the rental.

GPS:
This is sometimes offered as an additional hire option. You can take your own GPS device and download the appropriate regional maps.
Outback Fee:
This is an extra charge on the daily rate if you are travelling to remote areas of Australia. Not all companies charge this.

Tables and Chairs:
These can be hired but it is often cheaper to buy them at a local store.

Tyre Waiver:
You need to check that your insurance covers tyre replacement. You can pay additional insurance to cover windscreen and tyre
coverage. This is because many of the roads that you can travel on in Australia are not “sealed” or tarmac.

Air-conditioning:
Most campervans and motorhomes have air-conditioning in the driver’s cab that operates when driving. Additional air-conditioning in
the rear of the vehicle is offered in some cases at an additional charge. This will not operate until you are on a mains electrical
supply. So, an electrical hook up in a campsite or connected to the mains supply at a house or hotel.
How do I save money on my hire?
Take your own bedding! (there are sometimes extra charges for this)
Book early. Some companies put the prices up the nearer you get to pick up date. Book early and those prices are fixed.
Book for longer. Check out the over 21 day rate and the over 35 day rate. It is always worth having a look before you book as you
may be able to go for longer for the same amount of money.

Older vehicles are cheaper than newer ones.
Larger vehicles are more expensive than smaller ones.

Avoid one-way hires that are less than 14 days in length.

Watch out for our special discounts.

Travel out of high season.

Book early ( I think I said that before, but it’s the best way!)