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.
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.
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
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:
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:
There are many, many more attractions to see. Check out the official South Dakota tourist information site:
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.
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
Fuel Type: Diesel
Fuel Consumption: 13 Litres / 100KM
Onboard Toilet, Shower,Hot Water, Gas – for cooking and heating. Sink.
Cruise Control,ABS / Power Brakes,Internal Access,Awning, Flyscreens, Bike Rack,Power Supply: 12V battery / 240V mains
Suitable for People with Disabilities
Fresh Water: 90L (24gal)
Grey Water:90L (24gal)
Black Water: 15L (4gal)
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
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
This is a free service provided by the UK Government that highlights the political situation in countries around the world and assesses the risks for travellers. Today I checked out the fire risk in Portugal.
“A forest fire has claimed the lives of a large number of people in the Pedrogão Grande area of central Portugal. Other smaller fires have also been reported elsewhere in the country due to high temperatures. Avoid travelling to the affected areas until the authorities confirm that it’s safe to do so. Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas and report fires to the emergency services on 112. See Natural disasters
The Department of Conservation and Tourism New Zealand have combined to promote short day walks to best meet the needs of New Zealanders and visiting tourists.
One of the beauties of touring New Zealand in a campervan is being able to park up, have breakfast, pack a lunch and head off on a hike knowing that on your return you can sleep or cook up a fantastic meal as you have definitely earned it.
Many of the walks into the bush are well catered for but it would be just a great idea to have a guide to the short walks all in one place.
Watch this space for the announcement of the guide.
Lonely Planet provided this information on how to put together a more sophisticated camera kit other than just a mobile phone:
Camera kit bodies such as Fujifilm’s X series and Sony’s Alpha are smaller bodies with interchangable lenses.
They suggest taking a wide-angle, telephoto and zoom lenses. But you may be able to capture most scenes with a fixed focal length lens (Prime) . They suggest a 50mm lens for general use and a 35 mm for landscapes, street scenes and architecture and a 85 mm for portaits.
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.
In August, the total eclipse will be visible from a 70-mile-wide corridor stretching about 2,500 miles diagonally from west to east. Depending on where along this pathway you are, the moon will cover the entire sun for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
The path begins in Oregon and crosses through portions of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina before ending in South Carolina.
We are putting the finishing touches to the page and we hope to have it up and running shortly. We have all new images of campervans, motorhomes, truck campers, hi-top and low-top campers as well as sleeper cars. There is everything listed from cheap as chips to luxury with all the bells and whistles. Watch this space .
We need your feedback. Just let us know if there is any country where you are planning a road trip and would like some more info on. Maybe just a link to the tourist boards.
INTRODUCING THE US TOURER AND SATURN RV
Apollo is excited to announce the launch of its newest USA product offering; the US Tourer and Saturn RV.
Built on a the rugged ProMaster 3500 chassis, the 2berth* US Tourer and Saturn RV is a step up from its predecessor the Apollo Euro Tourer, with large windows, a manual 12-inch awning, large queen bed and sleek exterior finish. This BVAN configuration offers simplistic style with everything you need for your next self-drive holiday.
Standard Features include*:
9,000 BTU roof mount Air Conditioner
Bathroom with Shower
Large Queen bed
5.0 cu. Ft refrigerator
20’ 9-inch exterior length
Easy Day to Night configuration
12-inch exterior Awning
Pull out pantry and pot drawer
2 burner propane stove
Automatic propane Heating System
*Specifications subject to change. Final specifications will be available by 31st Jan 2017.
These vehicles will be bookable from 16th January 2017 for travel from the 01 May 2017. These vehicles will only be available to/from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas.
Note: Images are for illustrative purposes only- fully imagery, specs available soon.
It’s nearly 2017 and its looking good for RV rental in the USA. Our two most popular brands, one from Europe and the other from New Zealand are making more inroads (haha, no pun intended) to the USA RV rental market.
The amazing THL, we know them as Maui, Britz, Kea, Mighty are already partnered with Road Bear in America but this week have announced they will be offering more vehicles via a merger with El Monte RV, who we have offered hires with for many years. They are long established and have high quality vehicles.
Meanwhile, our partners McRent from Germany have also announced a partnership with BestTime RV, also from the States. This company has also a good reputation for high quality vehicles.
It may give Cruise America and Apollo USA something to think about, but they are well established and have a great market share. What is clear is that renters will have more choice and travelling across America in an RV is just a fantastic experience.