Renting Campervans and Motorhomes Privately

Renting Campervans, Motorhomes and RV’s Privately.

Airbnb has highlighted the opportunity to take advantage of privately owned property and this has turned into a great money making way of earning some extra cash from a spare room or vacant accommodation. Now you can rent campervans, motorhomes and RV’s privately.

Uber works well in offering cheaper taxis and has certainly disrupted the taxi industry.

This is the “sharing economy” where you can make money by renting out your stuff.

Private campervan and motorhome rental.

Private campervan and motorhome rental.

We have started to see various companies setting up to do the same for campervans, motorhomes and RV’s.

It is very appealing to campervan and motorhome owners who often are not able to use their campers all year around so renting them out helps cover some of their costs.

While the hotel and motel industry has seen this as a threat what it also appears to be doing is making holidays away more accessible so it could be said that this will benefit the industry as a whole.

We only book campervans, motorhomes and RV’s directly with the rental suppliers so that we can guarantee the standard of the vehicles especially for customers travelling a long distance for their once-in-a-lifetime holiday. Campervans.com

The companies that we use have full break down services and back up vehicles in cases where the campervan is no longer road worthy either due to mechanical failure or accident.

Privately owned vehicles generally do not offer these services.

Renting a motorhome privately.

Renting a motorhome privately.

However, I do support these companies as I believe that people who may try out a campervan or motorhome holiday in their own country or backyard it will convert them into life time campervannners and so when they travel further afield they will use our services knowing that they have the full back up of established companies.

We only have depots in the major towns and cities all over the world whereas privately owned campers can be found very close to where you live.

If you are considering renting a camper using an Airbnb style listing service we would suggest that you check that they offer the following to you as a renter.

What should you expect to get from companies that manage your campervans if you own a campervan or motorhome and want to rent it out?

Insurance:

The agent that you register your campervan or motorhome with must offer insurance to cover the campervan and damage to third party property.  Check the limits.

Travel Insurance:

Advise your clients that they should have travel insurance to cover their belongings as that won’t be covered by your vehicle insurance cover.

Security Bond:

Make sure that a security bond is held in case of having to repair any damage that may not be covered by the insurance policy.

Commission:

Everybody has to make a living.  Check the amount you have to pay for:

  • To list your campervan or motorhome.
  • The level of commission that you have to pay on any rentals booked
  • When do you get paid your rental rates.
  • Exchange rate that is applied to overseas customers who may pay in foreign currency.
  • Fees and charges for processing incoming and outgoing payments.
  • Is the commission paid to the agent only for the rental days or for additional services such as insurance?
Go Wild in a Camper.

Go Wild in a Camper.

Vetting the Renter.

Will you have any direct contact before the rental takes place with the people who want to hire your camper?

Will you allow dogs or other pets?

Many people like to travel with their dog.  Will your agent add an additional fee to cover extra cleaning or the possibility of some damage?

What Should You Leave in the Camper?

A fully equipped campervan that will allow renters to show up, take the keys and drive off knowing that they are well equipped for sleeping, eating and washing is the ideal option. However, this does mean extra work in laundering the bedding, filling the tanks with water and the gas bottles with gas.

How Well Should I stock the Kitchen?

Customers from overseas won’t have olive oil, salt and pepper in their luggage so perhaps it would be a good idea to leave the basics in the kitchen and ask renters to replenish as they are used up.

If you are hiring out to local people then they can bring bedding and stock the fridge from home.

Explore at your leisure in a campervan.

Explore at your leisure in a campervan.

Where Can I Park My Car?

Can you offer your renters a place to leave their car while they head off into the wilds in your camper? It makes is so much more convenient for them if you can.

Transfers to the campervan?

Do you provide a transfer service for your customers arriving from other parts of the country or from overseas?

Your clients may be arriving from just around the corner or they could be arriving by train, bus or plane. Think through how they will get to you. Prepare some detailed instruction on how they will collect their camper.

The handover.

Your clients may never have driven a camper before or they may be experienced in living in a motorhome. Either way it will take you about an hour to show them how everything works and where everything is.  Take some time to prepare a hand-over leaflet and an instruction manual to remind them what you have shown them.

Some people even provide short videos that can be accessed via the internet.  Some photos would help too.

Keep A Record and Take Photos:

It is in the best interests of both hirer and client to mark on a diagram where there may be damage to the camper before and after the hire.  It is also a really good idea to take photos of the campervan both inside and out before getting on the road. That way there is not dispute when the vehicle is returned.

 Motorhome-hire in all sizes

Motorhome-hire in all sizes

Breakdown cover.

So, what happens if there is a problem with the camper?  The agent should have roadside assistance arranged with a local breakdown recovery service.  You will need this in place for minor repairs or in the worst case for recovering the camper in the event of an accident.

Make sure you have a system in place to help your clients should anything happen to them or the vehicle.

Replacement Campers or Motorhomes:

What is the policy if the campervan or motorhome breaks down and cannot be fixed at the roadside?  Do you have a back up plan for your clients? Do you have a refund policy in the event that they will not be able to continue on their holiday?

Perhaps the agent can assist and rent another vehicle from another owner close by.  It is worth investigating before you start your rental service.

Telephone assistance:

Your clients may want to contact you while they are on their holiday. Be prepared for calls to answer questions about the camper.

Payment processing:

Your agent will process the payment and pay you after the client has collected the camper.  Ensure that you have a secure payment system in place before you start.

Travel everywhere in style in a rented motorhome.

Travel everywhere in style in a rented motorhome.

Privacy Protection:

Make sure that the agent has a GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)in place to keep your customers’ and your data and privacy protected.

How Do You Set the Daily Rental Rate?

Traditionally the rental rate goes up in the summer and school holidays and gradually decreases depending on the season.  Your agent will be able to advise on the best rates for the time of year that your potential customers will be renting.

Will you offer Discounts for long term hire?

Consider reducing your daily rental rate for rentals that are longer than 2 weeks. Your agent will advise the best reduction to add.

Calendar Management:

If you pre-book your campervan to rent out you must keep a close eye on the booking calendar. It seems obvious but there have been instances where double bookings take place. Don’t forget too to block out the days when you want to travel or when your friends and family have booked it out too!

Wild camp and see the real country.

Wild camp and see the real country.

Overseas travel.

Will you allow your customers to take the campervan out of the country. You will need to check the insurance options with your agent to make sure you are coved.

Limitations to Where your campervan can be taken.

You may want to put some areas off-limits either because you don’t want your motorhome to be taken off sealed or tarmacked or sealed roads and not allow travel on tracks or paths.

Will you let your customers take your campervan to a rock festival or sporting event?

One of the busiest times for campervan and motorhome rental is during rock festival season or when major sporting events are on.  For example Glastonbury in the UK, Burning Man in the USA or a Lions tour of New Zealand.

Think about what the conditions will be like for your camper.  Some owners levy an extra fee is the camper is going to a festival.

Cleaning.

What do you expect from your client?  Explain that you are happy that the campervan is returned in a good and clean condition with the toilet cassette emptied.  If this doesn’t happen then an additional fee will be levied to clean and empty the cassette.

As a renter you will expect to have to clean the campervan thoroughly before the next customer rents it out so expect the camper to be clean but as your customers have been on the road don’t expect it to be in pristine condition on return as they won’t have the facilities to get it as clean as you can with your vacuum cleaner etc.

3-berth Van-conversion with shower and wc.

3-berth Van-conversion with shower and wc.

What are the disadvantages of renting out your own motorhome?

  • The mileage will increase.
  • There will be more wear and tear on your camper.
  • People who rent may not look after your pride and joy in perhaps the same way as you do.

What are the advantages?

You will make money from your investment that may cover any depreciation due to increased mileage on the clock or a bit more wear and tear.

What are the Advantages for a Renter or Client?

Because the campervans are owned individually there will be a more personalised service and much more flexibility of where and when to collect your campervan.

You will need to make sure that you are legally eligible to drive a motorhome and that you are either old enough or not too old. In some countries there are restrictions that the insurance companies impose as to the age and experience of the driver.

If there are more than one drivers make sure you are all covered.

Travelling With Children:

You will have to make sure that there are child seats or booster seats available if your child needs one.  Make sure too that there are enough seat belts for every traveller in the campervan.

 Family Camper hire

Family Camper hire

Fees and Charges:

Make sure you know how much the bond is and how it can be taken before you set off on your hire. Check too the extra charges that may be applied for credit card payments.

There are fees payable to the agent. These should be clear before you rent your camper and should include local taxes.

Cancellation Fees:

Most agents charge cancellation fees. Make sure you know what these are and when they are applied.  Make sure too that your travel insurance will cover these.

Book Extras:

You may be able to drive your own car to the owner’s house and leave it there when you go on your road trip.  This means you could save money by taking your own bedding and tables, chairs etc or any of the chargeable extras.

If not ensure that you know what you are paying for and what you will get in the campervan.  Request an inventory of the equipment in the camper before you start your holiday.

Campervan Maintenance:

As a renter you will be responsible for the general maintenance of a camper. If you are renting a vintage camper then please make sure you know how to keep the fluids topped up and any other little quirks these campers may have.

Rent with friends

Chill out inside the camper.

Fuel and Fluids:

Your camper will come with a full tank and full gas bottles. It is generally accepted that you return the camper with a full fuel tank only.

Fines and Road Tolls:

The renter is responsible for both fines and road tolls.

Is it Always Cheaper to Rent Privately?

No it varies between countries, size and age of campers and length of rental.  To do the comparison you will have to check both options and do a straight comparison.  Don’t make the assumption that one is cheaper than the other until you have a like for like comparison.

Here are some useful links to blog posts about campervan rental:

Reviews of campervans and motorhomes on Campervans.com

Campervan Holiday Check list

FAQ’s for Campervan Rental

Top Tips For Renting a Campervan

Renting a Privately Owned Camper in the USA


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Why Book with Campervans.com? Top Tips For Booking a Campervan to Rent.

6-berth Motorhome Rental

6-berth Motorhome Rental

Why Book with Campervans.com? Top Tips For Booking a Campervan to Rent.

Are you looking for the best campervan, RV or motorhome Rental?

Are you doing the research and then finding the best price for the rental and then going directly to the rental supplier and booking?

Did you get knocked back and find out that there is no availability?

Did you have to start the whole process again?

What if you could:

  • Get the best rate
  • Have someone else do all the donkey work and find you an alternative vehicle at a great rate if your vehicle is not available?
  • That is why it pays to book with Campervans.com
  • We do have the best rates on the internet.

We also have contacts with many different campervan, motorhome and rv rental companies all over the world so in the event that your first choice of vehicle is not available you will get an email something like this:

Alternative campervans for rent.

How Long Would It Take For you to go to each of these companies directly?

We are book thousands for campervans and motorhome rentals every year all over the world.

Trust us to find you a campervan that you will be happy with at the right price.

Sometimes the alternatives campervans or motorhomes are the same price.

Sometimes the alternative is with the same company but maybe slightly larger or smaller.

Sometime the alternative is available a day later.

Sometimes they are a bit more expensive.

But the point is you will have a choice.

Cheap as Chips! Camper rental with friends.

Cheap as Chips! Camper rental with friends.

You don’t have to accept the alternatives but at least you know very shortly after you make a booking what those options are.

In some countries where the fleet sizes are measured in thousands of vehicles you may have to change where you pick and return the campervan.  But we will ask that question on your behalf if there is no alternatives for your original request.

How we rank campervan and motorhome rental.

Even if you book several months in advance you may not get your first choice of campervan or motorhome.

The thing is the fleet sizes in the UK and Europe are measured in the hundreds, not the thousands.  It is not like renting a car where you will be upgraded to a similar vehicle as the supplier has thousands of cars on hand even in peak season.

new zealand motorhome rental.

Motorhome Rental New Zealand. Book early for the summer.

In the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand there are thousands of vehicles to rent but you are competing with all the locals and all the overseas tourist who also want to rent a campervan during the high season and shoulder seasons.

Check out the range of campervans to hire in the USA Campervan, motorhome and RV Rental in the USA

During these times there is a limited number of campervans and motorhomes available to rent.

Campervan and Motorhome Hire in New Zealand.

Campervan and Motorhome Hire in New Zealand.

In New Zealand, for example, if you rent from the South island and return to the North island you will be more likely to be able to rent your first choice of vehicle as most visitors book North to South.

New Zealand Campervan, motorhome and RV Rental.

Similarly in Canada the Calgary to Vancouver route is often over subscribed as is Route 66 in the USA.

The festivals cause a little chaos to all our other customers.  The Glastonbury Festival in the UK in June and Burning Man in the USA mean that availability for RV’s is very scarce indeed.

Top Tips for Planning a Campervan Holiday.

If you are not sure how to get the best deal or even which is the right camper for your holiday, give us a call. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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UK Campervan and Motorhome Hire. Find Out all the costs before you book. Simple.

UNITED KINGDOM CAMPERVAN AND MOTORHOME HIRE

Where To Start?

UK Campervan and Motorhome Hire. Find out all the costs before you book. Simples.

When you are looking for quality campervan hire in the UK you need to choose the right size of camper that suits you before you start looking at prices.

Bunk Campers in the UK

2-berth low-top camper. The compact and cheaper option

First Choose the Size of Campervan or Motorhome.

Remember that smaller and older campers are cheaper.

2-berth campervan with shower

Touring the UK in a Self-contained 2-berth campervan with shower and wc.

Make sure there is enough beds and seat-belts for everyone and you can’t go wrong. It’s also a good idea to check out the bed layout too.

Some campers have just one large double bed. The larger motorhomes have a mixture of single beds, double and bunk beds. Check out the pictures above and you will see the day and night-time layouts of every camper.

4-berth campervans

4-berth campervans are great. Loads of room for two or a family of 4.

We have listed above the range and types of campervans and motorhomes by the number of beds in each one. Now you know if it is a small sleeper car, a VW pop-top or a larger motorhome.

Now get going on getting the best price for your rental.

The newest vehicles are a better quality. Rental motorhomes and campervans do high mileage so the newer ones are in better condition but more expensive.

If you don’t mind a camper that is a little tired around the edges but a great rate, then you will find it on our site.

Rent bikes for more freedom.

You won’t find all the campervan and motorhome rental companies on our booking engine and there are good reasons for this.

Here are some of them:

They are too small. So in the event a replacement vehicle is needed…there isn’t one. The companies on our booking engine are well established with good back up services.

Past customers don’t recommend them. If a company consistently gets poor feedback then we will not include them on our website.

They are not in the right place. Most of our customers start with a London to London rental. There is a large choice of campers and several airports to fly in and out of. Collect from Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton airports.

Justgo campervans

We have the best rates for Justgo Campervan hire in the UK.

You will find all the big names on our site. McRent – a German company with depots in London and Edinburgh.

Just Go – a long established campervan rental company who are now working with THL a giant in the industry.

Bunk Campers so popular throughout the UK and Europe

Spaceships an Australian company who offer great value for money both in the UK, Europe and Australian and New Zealand. They offer one-way trips between the UK and Europe including Ireland.

Both Spaceships and Bunk Campers allow vehicles to be rented to people under 25 years old too.

Where Can I book the Best Quality and Cheapest Campervan and Motorhome in the UK?

Book the Lowest Price Campervan Rental in the UK

These well known brands are supported by smaller companies such as Rockin Vans,Getaway, Touring Cars, Easi Campers,Rent Easy and many others.

We thrive on repeat business so for rental companies to be listed on our site they have had to go through our selection process and that is why not every company is here.

It is hard to choose between companies and vehicles. So, we are here to help. We are on the end of a phone or will respond to emails 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

McRent RV Rental in the UK

Mcrent RV Rental in the UK….just relax.

Our website has all the finer points too.

Check out the extras you can hire. Check out the insurance options too.

Take the motorhome to Europe on the ferry or the Euro-tunnel. The insurance cover that we offer will cover you for most of Europe. You will also be covered for breakdown in Europe too.

One-way hires are popular with the UK. A London to Edinburgh trip saves on back-tracking. Fly into Scotland and out of London or vice-versa. Collect in Dublin and return to Edinburgh. Check out your options.

Save money and take your own bedding. Some companies that we work with offer free parking at the depot while you rent.

Getting to the depot:

When you go through the booking process you will find out many things that are involved with renting a camper.

You make your own selections according to your own special needs.

Stock up the car before you collect your camper with all the essentials like salt and pepper, cooking oil, butter, milk, cheese, eggs etc

Take your own bedding and save on renting it.

Although all the options are listed you can bring your own. Outdoor tables and chairs for example.

Cheap as Chips! Camper rental with friends.

Cheap as Chips! Camper rental with friends.

Arriving from overseas?

If you are arriving from overseas and you don’t want to hire any of the extras listed, then buy them in a local store and leave them behind at the end of your rental. It is sometime cheaper to do this than pay to rent the tables and chairs or umbrella,

The extras include bikes and bike racks. Baby seats and booster seats. Handy if you are arriving from outside the UK.

We make it simple and straightforward by including as much as we can in the daily rate so that you don’t have to make multiple choices and trying to find the best deal by comparing one vehicle with one set of extras and another with a different set.

Plan your trip with everyone included.


Once rented then you can turn your thoughts to taking your family on holiday in the UK in a campervan is just a dream come true. Pile all the children in the back, start the music and you are on your way to one of the most memorable holidays ever.

Campervan Holiday Check list

Take turns into who chooses where to go that day. Check out the weather and change direction depending on what you want to do next.

If you are a family then sleeping arrangements will be one of the first decisions that has to be made. For the budget conscious then the classic VW California pop top easily sleeps 4. Two in the pop top and two below. Fully equipped with a kitchen and small fridge catering for all needs is easy. Park up next to a beach, in the middle of the moors or next to a special attraction. Fully self contained travelling with a family couldn’t be easier or more fun.

Why go bigger?

Up scale to a larger motorhome and add in the convenience of an onboard shower and wc to allow total freedom. The batteries will last about 3 days after being fully charged. The onboard fridge will keep things chilled and the vehicles are self contained so as long as you have filled the water tanks and the gas bottles are full then you can just disappear to your favourite spot anywhere in the UK.

For couples getting away for a romantic break is a must in a camper. Choose from the smaller 2-berths with a shower and wc and stock up for a few days and just go where the mood takes you. Free camp in Scotland, tour Ireland, set up in Wales. Take the surf board, pack bikes, walking boots and take the camera. You will be creating memories from day 1.

Take the dog with you when you rent a campervan or motorhome in the UK.

Take the dog with you when you rent a campervan or motorhome in the UK.

Groups of friends club together to rent a small sleeper car and head off to the beach surfing or make sure that they have a dry place to sleep at a festival or major event. Book well in advance for the Glastonbury or Isle of Wight festival. Formula One and Race meetings are popular too.

Plan your campervan road trip by booking early.

The cheaper sleeper cars are perfect for a really budget. holiday. There are depots thoughout the UK. The biggest and the area that offers the widest range of vehicles is London. Here you will find the companies with the widest range of vehicles such as Just Go, McRent and Spaceships. There are smaller companies such as Bunk Campers, Getaway, Rocking Vans.

There are depots right across the UK from Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh in the north and Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge, Liverpool, Luton and many others. If you don’t see the perfect camper for your road trip, change the point of pick up and see a different range. Many depots offer to look after your car at their depot.

Where to Camp in the UK?

The UK is also equipped with a huge range of campsites and free places to overnight.

If you need any help planning which vehicle to choose or just want a bit more info on how things work, give us a call or send an email and we will happily help you out to make this holiday the best!

Check out these other pages Reviews

Campsites in UK

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Australia Campervan Rental in the Mighty Double Down Camper for four people. Drivers can be 18 years old or older.

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Check out the rates on this perfect camper for 4 people in Australia. Find cheap rentals on www.campervans.com

Australia Campervan Rental. The Mighty Double Down in Australia sleeps four people and is one of the most popular camper vans for rental in Australia and drivers can be 18 years old or older. No maximum age barrier as long as you have a valid driving licence.

Cheap rental rates and a perfect camper for four people.

Where Can I rent the Mighty Double Down Hi-Top Camper in Australia for 4 people?

The Mighty Double Down is available to rent from the following cities in Australia:

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Adelaide
  • Cairns
  • Darwin
  • Perth
  • Alice Springs
  • Hobart in Tasmania

This awesome campers sleeps 4 and can be rented by drivers who are 18 and over.  There are two double beds.

What does the Mighty Double Down camper van come with?

It contains a handy fridge, a microwave, and a gas stove for cooking.

You will be fully self-sufficient for touring Australia.

The rates include all your bedding, kitchen utensils, crockery and cutlery. All you need to bring is yourselves.

The camper can also be fitted with two children’s booster seats or child seat restraint. These can be hired from the depot. Please pre-order when making a booking. They are usually about AU$36.00 per rental. Though prices may vary.

These campers are cheaper because they are from the older fleet. They have been well maintained and service and there is always the assurance of full breakdown cover.  The Mighty Double Down is over 5 years old.

The base vehicle is a Toyota Hiace or similar. Many campervan rental companies use the Toyota Hiace for their hi-tops and low-top rental vehicles because of their fuel efficiency and reliability.

This is a petrol vehicle and has automatic transmission. Very easy to drive.  If you are used to driving a car then you will have no trouble taking this camper around Australia.  Remember it is a bit taller than a standard car so you can stand up inside.

Mighty Double Down Camper for rent in Australia.

Looking for the perfect cheap camper for a road trip around Australia with friends? Go no further. This is the ideal camper.

Want to sit in the shade and watch the sun go down?  Request an awning with this camper. There is an extra charge but may be worth it as it can be very, very sunny in Oz!

The other extras you can pre-order are:

  • The Big4 Site Pass which gives you discounts on camp sites all over Australia
  • The Express Return Pack which means you can leave the petrol and gas tank empty.
  • Baby seats and booster seats for small children.
  • Extra driver fee approx AU$2.00 per day.
  • Fan/heater
  • Mobile WiFi at 1GB.
  • Picnic Chairs and Tables.

Sometimes it is cheaper to buy your own data, tables and chairs etc.

The campervan doesn’t include:

  • Hairdryers
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Tow-bar

Power Supply:

There are two sets of batteries in your Mighty Double Down hi-top camper. There is the normal car battery that powers the engine and there are separate batteries that charge up while you are driving. These power the lights and water pump.  If you plug into a mains supply on a campsite you will be able to charge up laptops etc as you will be connected to the main 240V supply.

Toll Roads in Australia:

Here is a Wikipedia link to a list of the toll roads in Australia: Toll Roads in Australia.

There are toll roads in Australia that are monitored by number-plate recognition so you may not be aware that you are driving on one until it is too late. Check with the depot before departure especially around Melbourne and Sydney.

Insurance.

The insurance excess on this vehicle is AU$3500.00 so you must have a credit card with this amount of credit on it.  You can purchase extra insurance to reduce this liability. Further information on our website: Mighty Double Down Insurance Options

You can purchase the Mighty Inclusive Pack at AU$39.00 per day and this reduces the excess to nil and also includes baby seats, 1 extra driver fee, fan/heater, picnic chairs and table.  The maximum charge for this is AU$1950.00 so for long term rentals this is probably the cheaper option. We can check this out for you when you request a quote.

4-berth hi-top rental Australia.

Chill out inside the Mighty Double Down. Seats 4 for dinner.

How Do We Recommend Which Campervan or Motorhome to Rent in Australia.

Some important information:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
On arrival, you will be required to sign a rental agreement with the operators of Mighty Campers Australia. Here is a summary of their terms and conditions.

The Drivers:

Each driver has to be present with their driving licence and all documents when collecting the campervan.

DEFINITIONS
The following definitions apply for the Terms and Conditions for Mighty Campers Australia.

  • The Supplier means the operator of Mighty Campers Australia.
  • The Client is also referred to as the hirer (s) or renter (s).

PAYMENT TERMS
* The initial deposit paid is non-refundable. Payment will be deducted from your nominated credit card at the time of confirmation (Visa or Mastercard only).
* The balance of monies owing to is required 33 days before the hire commences. If the hire is booked with in 33 days prior to the pick-up date full payment is required upon booking confirmation.
* A bond amount of AU$3,500 for the Highball, Jackpot and Double Down or AU$5,000 for the Deuce, Double Up and Big Six is also due upon arrival. This amount is deducted from your credit card is fully refundable when the vehicle is returned to the correct location on time, is full of fuel and all other terms of the Rental Contract have been complied with. Please read the Terms and Conditions for full details.
Note: full balance of payment (including the deposit) will be collected at the time of confirmation if you have elected to process your booking in a currency different to AUD.

Cancellation Policy
The deposit is non-refundable. In addition to forfeiting your deposit, the following charges apply:
– If cancelled up to-94 days prior to pick-up: No Further Fee.
– If cancelled from 93 to 25 days prior to pick-up:  10% of Total Rental.
– If cancelled from 24 to 10 days prior to pick-up:  20% of Total Rental.
– If cancelled 9 to 4 days prior to pick-up:  50% of Total Rental.
– If cancelled 3 days prior or on the day of pick up or a No-Show:  100% of Total Rental.
– If a vehicle is returned early there is no refund available for the unused days.

Booking Amendments
All amendments to bookings are subject to availability of the vehicle and/or package. Different rates may apply based on the amendment made.

Amendments prior to the vehicle collection date will be re-calculated at the flex rate applicable on the date of the amendment. This applies to changing the vehicle type, reducing the number of rental days, changing pick-up dates and/or changing the pick-up or drop-off location. Where the number of rental days is being extended prior to the vehicle collection date (days are being added on at the end of the rental with no change to the original pick up date), which applied at the time of the original booking, will apply.

Road Trip Australia in a budget camper.

This could be the view on your road trip around Australia this year.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
We strongly recommend that clients ensure they take out the highest level of travel insurance for your campervan rental in Australia. In many cases, this will cover any losses incurred if you are forced to cancel your booking.

Credit and Debit Card Payments
The credit or debit card holder will be jointly and severally liable as a customer. Accepted credit and debit cards are Visa Card, MasterCard and American Express. A non-refundable 2% administration fee will apply to all Visa and MasterCard transactions or 5% for American Express. Credit card administration fees also apply to the Liability Deposit and only the customer’s credit card is acceptable to use for the purpose of the Liability Deposit and the Credit Card Authority. The credit card administration fee is subject to change

Credit Card Authority
The customer authorises Mighty to retain the details of their credit card and to take any action to recover from the credit card the amounts due by the customer pursuant to the Mighty Rental Agreement Terms and Conditions. These charges including, but not limited to, vehicle cleaning (this includes toilet and waste water tank emptying), speeding, toll way, parking or freedom camping fines, on road assistance, delivery and return of vehicle, late drop off fees, failure to return the vehicle with full diesel or petrol tanks or full LPG bottle (pre-paid fuel and pre-paid gas is included in the Express Return Pack), rental extensions or Exclusions. For security purposes, only the customer’s credit card can be used for the Credit Card Authority.

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Exchange Rate / Currency Variations
All credit and debit card transactions are conducted in Australian dollars. Due to exchange rate fluctuations and/or bank transaction fees, there could be some variance in the amount refunded compared to the amount initially charged. Mighty does not accept any such variation or any interest incurred on such amounts.

Did You Know that you don’t need a special driving licence to drive a campervan in Australia?

As long as you have a full motor vehicle licence then you can drive a campervan. If your licence is in another language other than English you will need to provide an authorised translation of your licence.  You must bring your licence with you when collecting your campervan.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS 
Here is a summary of some of the Rental Conditions. For full detailed conditions refer to the rental agreement provided when the vehicle is collected. Please note all prices quoted in this document are in Australian dollars. Rates and conditions are subject to change without notice.

FLEX RATE
The flex rate is determined by the date of pick-up, location and date of booking for the rental up to 30 days. After every 30 days the flex rate resets to the rate applicable on that day (I.e. 31st, 61st, the 91st day of hire etc).

INCLUDED IN RATES:
– Unlimited Kilometres.
– Crockery and Cutlery.
– 10% GST (Goods and Services Tax)
– Administration Fees (3% of the total rental)
– Linen & Bedding.
– Mighty Light vehicle liability.
– Customer care 24 hours 7 days per week road-service helpline (toll free)
– All branches have local tourist information and maps available.

RATES EXCLUDE: 
– Liability Reduction Options.
– Extra Driver Fees.
– Refundable Vehicle Security Deposit.
– Fuel and LPG costs.
– One-way Fees and Location Fees where applicable.
– Public Holiday surcharge.

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VEHICLE LIABILITY AND LIABILITY REDUCTION OPTION
Personal injury is covered in most cases through Registration Third Party insurance. Mighty does not accept any liability for personal injuries sustained during the rental nor for any loss or damage to any personal belongings or property of the customer (or any person or entity related to the customer). Mighty strongly recommend that all people travelling in Australia take out personal travel insurance.

In the USA a liability is referred to as the “deductible”.

All vehicles are insured for the damage to the vehicle or to the property of a third party. The customer is responsible for the first $3,500 (“the liability”) for the Highball, Jackpot and Double Down, and $5,000 (“the liability”) for all other campervans of the cost of any damage to third party property or to the rented vehicle, including single vehicle accident (does not include single vehicle roll over), windscreen and tyre damage, towing and recovery costs, theft, fire, break-in or vandalism with the exception of the ‘Exclusions’. This also includes the cost of the daily rental for the period the vehicle is being repaired. In addition to these costs, an administration fee of $60 may apply, per claim. The liability applies in respect of each claim, not rental. The $3,500 or $5,000 liability can be reduced by purchasing the Liability Reduction Option or the Mighty Inclusive Pack.

Inclusions Campervan Inclusive Pack The Bundle Express Return Pack5
Vehicle Liability $3,500 
Liability Reduction Option
(liability reduced to Nil)1
Single vehicle rollover cover2
WiFi, including 1GB of data
Extra Driver Fees
Linen exchange
Picnic table
Picnic chairs
(chairs per person travelling)
Baby / Booster seat – on request
(cannot be fitted in some vehicle categories)
Portable fan heater if required
Return gas bottle empty
Return fuel tank empty
Express key return4

1 Liability Reduction Option: Reduces Vehicle Liability to Nil
2 Single vehicle rollover cover: The customer will not have to pay for the cost of any damage attributed to an accidental single vehicle rollover.
3 Express key return: In conjunction with Liability Reduction Option or the Mighty Inclusive Pack.
4 Express Return Pack: Pricing and inclusions are subject to change.

When the Liability Reduction Option has been purchased, the hirer will have no liability at all with the exception of the ‘exclusions’.
The maximum public liability is $20,000,000, sub-limits may apply. Please note that the maximum public liability may change during the course of the year for which these terms apply.

MIGHTY STRONGLY RECOMMENDS OUR CUSTOMERS TAKE THE MIGHTY INCLUSIVE PACK FOR TRAVEL WITH PEACE OF MIND.

Liability Deposit

If the Liability Reduction Option or the Mighty Pack is not taken, the customer must pay the Liability Deposit. The Liability Deposit is $3,500.

The customer must provide a valid credit card to pay the Liability Deposit and the amount will be debited to the customer’s credit card on the day of vehicle collection. The credit card holder must be present and able to sign for the Liability Deposit upon vehicle collection. The credit card holder is jointly and severally liable for any damage to the rental vehicle. Any type of pre-paid travel card is not acceptable as a means to provide a Liability Deposit.

The Liability Deposit is subject to a 2% credit card administration fee in addition to the Liability Deposit amount when the credit card used is either a Visa or MasterCard, or 5% when the credit card used is American Express.  The credit card administration fees are subject to change.

The Liability Deposit is fully refundable, including the 2% credit card administration fee, if the card used to provide the Liability Deposit is a Visa or MasterCard credit card, provided the Vehicle is returned undamaged.  Mighty recommend that customers use a Visa or MasterCard credit card for the Liability Deposit, as the credit card administration fee that applies when using American Express is not refundable.

Exclusions
The Liability Reduction Option will not apply and the customer is responsible for all costs arising out of, or incurred in connection with:
1. Any damage caused by wilful misconduct (e.g. sitting or standing on the bonnet or roof of the vehicle) and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and negligence resulting in damage to the hired vehicle or third party vehicle/property.
2. Any loss or damage to any personal belongings or property of the customer (or any person or entity related to the customer). Mighty recommends the customer does not leave valuables in the vehicle and that they take out personal travel insurance.
3. Any damage where the customer is charged by the local authorities for being careless, showing gross negligence or wilfulness in failing to abide by the local road rules, resulting in damage to the hired vehicle or third party vehicle/property.
4. Retrieving or recovering a vehicle, which may include, but is not limited to a vehicle that has become bogged, submerged, caught, trapped, stuck or restricted in any way and/or has been abandoned.

5. Replacing keys, which have been lost or stolen, or retrieval of keys which have been locked in a vehicle.
6. Any overhead and underbody damage to the vehicle, however, caused, except where Liability Reduction Option or the Mighty Inclusive Pack has been purchased.
7. Any single vehicle rollover except where the Mighty Inclusive Pack has been purchased.
8. Damage caused to the vehicle because total load (kg) has exceeded recommended load as stated in vehicle manual. Vehicles are not to be used for the purpose of transporting and haulage of goods other than what might be reasonably expected of a leisure rental.

9. Damage caused by drivers not identified on the rental agreement and/or drivers whose licence that has been cancelled or suspended and/or drivers who have a licence that is classified as learners or probationary licence.
10. Any damage caused to the vehicle due to the use of snow chains.
11. Any damage associated with the incorrect use of fuel (fuel being diesel or petrol) this includes Bio-Diesel which should not be used, or water or other contamination of fuel.
12. Any water related damage which includes, but is not limited to, vehicle submersion, contact with salt water, creek or river crossings, driving through flooded areas and beach driving.

13. The customer has fitted accessories (as provided by Mighty or otherwise) to the vehicle incorrectly or otherwise in a manner which causes damage to the vehicle, the accessories or any other vehicle or property.
14. Using the vehicle in contravention of any legislation or regulation controlling vehicular traffic.

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RENTAL DURATION 
– Minimum rental for Campervan rental in Australia with Mighty is 5 days for same city rentals, with exceptions noted below. One-way hires have increased minimum hire requirements – please refer to the one-way rental matrix below.

– Minimum rental period is 10 days for hires where travel dates include 20 December to 10 January.

– Mighty Double Up and Big Six rentals from Sydney that collect during the Bathurst races will have a minimum rental requirement of 7 days. The races usually occur in early October.

– Mighty Double Up and Big Six rentals from Melbourne that collect during the Phillip Island races will have a minimum rental requirement of 7 days.

Late pick-up or early return of vehicle does not entitle the customer to any refund of the unused portion of the rental.
Mighty Pick Up is a self-service process and requires the Customer to have completed Self Check-In online or in the branch. If additional service is required from a Mighty staff member, a fee of $50 may apply.

– If a customer wishes to extend the rental whilst on hire, they must first obtain authorisation from Mighty. The rental extension is subject to vehicle availability. The cost of an extended rental must be paid by credit card over the telephone on confirmation of the rental extension. The rate charged may not reflect the original rate booked. Failure to obtain authorisation will result in a daily fee of $150 in addition to the daily rate.

One Way Matrix:

Key:

  • ADL = Adelaide
  • ASP=Alice Springs
  • BNE=Brisbane
  • CNS=Cairns
  • DRW=Darwin
  • MEL=Melbourne
  • PER=Perth
  • SYD=Sydney

The number refers to the minimum number of days that have to be paid for when booking a one way rental between these depots.

ADL ASP BNE CNS DRW MEL PER SYD
ADL 7 7 14 14 7 14 7
ASP 7 14 14 7 14 14 14
BNE 7 14 7 14 7 21 7
CNS 14 14 7 14 14 28 14
DRW 14 7 14 14 14 14 14
MEL 7 14 7 14 14 14 7
PER 14 14 21 28 14 14 14
SYD 7 14 7 14 14 7 14

Note
– The one-way fee if applicable is charged per hire. The minimum one-way rental duration may apply.

Public Holiday Surcharge
A surcharge of AU$100 will apply to all rentals picking up and/or dropping off on the National and State public holidays listed.

Australia National and State Holidays. 

Operating Hours:
PEAK: Mighty branches are open 7 days a week with the exception of Christmas Day (25 December) and Australia Day (26 January) when they are closed.
OFF PEAK: Mighty branches are closed on Sundays during off-peak months. The Mighty Alice Springs and Darwin branches are closed during off-peak months. See below for more information.

Mighty Camper Rental requests that clients collecting or returning their vehicle to be in the office by 1530 hours.

LOCATIONS DATES AND HOURS OF OPERATION
SYDNEY, MELBOURNE,
ADELAIDE AND PERTH
1 April – 30 April
7:30AM – 4PM
1 May – 31 August
10AM – 4PM
Closed Sundays
1 September – 31 March
7:30AM – 4PM
BRISBANE 1 April – 30 September 
7:30AM – 4PM
1 October – 28 February
7:30AM – 4PM
Closed Sundays
1 March – 31 March
7:30AM – 4PM
ALICE SPRINGS AND
DARWIN
1 April – 30 April
10AM – 4PM
Closed Sundays
1 May – 31 October
7:30AM – 4PM
1 November – 30 November
10AM – 4PM
Closed Sundays
1 December – 31 March
CLOSED
CAIRNS 1 April – 30 April
10AM – 4PM
Closed Sundays
1 May – 31 October
7:30AM – 4PM
1 November – 31 March
10AM – 4PM
Closed Sundays

Multiple Rentals
Should you have more than one consecutive rental in the Mighty Double Down Camper Rental in Australia. they can be combined to qualify for longer-term hire discounts off the daily vehicle rates. Details are on application. So if you rent a campervan from Sydney to Sydney for 14 days and then fly to Cairns and rent another campervan for another 14 days the 28 day long term discount rate would apply as the two rentals are treated as one.

Road Restrictions
Campervans in Australia can only be driven on sealed/bitumen or well-maintained roads.
The only exceptions to this are well-maintained access roads of less than twelve kilometres to recognised campgrounds and well-maintained, recognised roads on Kangaroo Island (South Australia). Should a customer wish to travel on an unsealed road that is greater than twelve kilometres in length to access a recognised campground special permission can be arranged pending road condition, weather and distance. Please contact us to discuss:

Contact Us to ask any question.

Mighty reserves the right at its sole discretion to restrict vehicle movements in certain areas due to adverse road or weather conditions.
Should a customer breach the road restriction rules by taking a vehicle on an unsealed road or restricted road Mighty may impose a fee on the customer of $300 on each occasion that is identified by Mighty.

Licence and Age Restrictions
A current and full motor vehicle driver’s licence is required and must be produced upon vehicle collection. Should a foreign licence be in a language other than English it must be accompanied by a current international driving permit issued in the same country as the driver’s licence was issued. An accredited English translation will be accepted in lieu of an international driving permit. Drivers must be 21 years of age or over. If the rented vehicle is a Highball, Double Down or Jackpot; drivers must be 18 years of age or over.

There is no maximum age as long as you have a valid driver’s licence.

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Change of Drop Off Location
If the customer wishes to change the drop-off destination, they must first obtain authorisation from Mighty Campervan Rentals.
Subject to the change being approved, an additional charge of up to $750 may apply.

Change of Vehicle
Should the vehicle booked be unavailable, Mighty reserves the right to substitute an alternative vehicle without prior notification and at no extra cost.
This shall not constitute a breach of contract and does not entitle the hirer to a refund.

Voluntary Downgrade
Should the hirer decide to take a lesser vehicle than booked they will not be entitled to any refund.
Note: Mighty reserves the right to refuse any rental at its discretion.

Vehicle Age
All Mighty vehicles are a minimum of 4 years of age.

Transfers
Mighty clients will need to make their own way to and from the Mighty branch, at their own expense.

Toll and Traffic Notices and Administration Fees
Mighty reserves the right to charge the customer for any speeding, toll way, parking or freedom camping fines. In addition to the costs associated per fine, the administration fee of $60 may be applicable.
If a customer continues to exceed a speed of 110km or continues to exceed the posted speed limit, as determined by the customer repeatedly ignoring the warnings of the telematics system fitted into the vehicle, Mighty may impose a fee on the customer in the amount of $300.

Calculation Errors
Mighty will not honour calculation errors. Should a calculation error occur, Mighty will charge for the short fall.

Branches:

ADELAIDE 376-388 Sir Donald Bradman Drive BROOKLYN PARK SA 5032.
ALICE SPRINGS Cnr. Stuart Highway & Power Street ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870.
BRISBANE 21 Industry Court EAGLE FARM QLD 4009.
CAIRNS 419 Sheridan Street CAIRNS QLD 4870.
DARWIN 17 Bombing Road, Winnellie DARWIN NT 0820.
MELBOURNE Building 2/9 Ashley St BRAYBROOK VIC 3019.
PERTH 471 Great Eastern Highway REDCLIFFE W.A 6104.
SYDNEY 1/1801 Botany Road BANKSMEADOW NSW 2019.

On-Road Assistance
Any problems associated with the vehicle, including equipment failure, must be reported to Mighty as soon as possible and within 24 hours in order to give Mighty the opportunity to rectify the problem during the rental. Failure to do so will compromise any claims for compensation. Mighty does not accept liability for any claims submitted after this period. Please contact supplier on 1300 850 805.

Baby Seat/ Booster Seat Restraints
The type of restraint required for your child depends on their age as follows:
• Children aged under six months (up to 9kg) must wear an approved, properly fastened and adjusted, rear facing child restraint. Children in this category cannot be seated in the front of our vehicles.

• Children aged between six months and under four years (8 – 18kg) must wear an approved, properly fastened and adjusted, rear facing child restraint OR a forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness. Children in this category cannot be seated in the front of our vehicles.

• Children aged between four years and under seven (14 – 26 kg) must wear an approved, properly fastened and adjusted, forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness OR an approved booster seat which is properly positioned and fastened. Whilst it is legal (under certain circumstances) for a child in this category to sit in the front seat, Mighty does not recommend any child under 26kgs or under seven years travels in the front seat.

• All child restraints must comply with current Australian Standards and it is the responsibility of customers to fit them in the vehicle. We strongly recommend any child restraints are pre-booked.

WHERE YOUR CHILD CAN SIT
• Front seats in Mighty vehicles are not fitted with anchor points and cannot accommodate children under four years in any case.
• If all appropriate rear seats are being used by children under seven years, children aged between four and six years (inclusive) may travel in the front seat, provided they use an approved booster seat.

PLEASE NOTE
Mighty vehicles are not fitted with child safety barriers for top bunk / overhead beds. Mighty recommends children sleep in the lower dinette-converted beds.

VEHICLE CATEGORY 
Vehicles cannot be requested by make or model, only by vehicle category.

ANIMALS 
No animals are permitted in our vehicles, excluding guide dogs.

DISCLAIMER
Illustrations and text in any of our documentation, brochures or website are subject to change. Images are a representation only of the vehicle depicted.
Variances in the vehicles offered for rental may occur due to substitutions made by Mighty or modifications and/or upgrades to the vehicle design made by the manufacturer.

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Terms of booking on this website.

Information disclaimer
The rates on this website are often heavily discounted. This is due to our negotiated rates and bulk buying power. On very rare occasions, a rate may be displayed incorrectly due to our, or a vehicle supplier’s error. In such a case, if you book with us at a quoted rate that is incorrect, we will notify you of any price change and give you the option to proceed or cancel. We make every effort to keep information on our site up to date, but we cannot guarantee this website is free of errors or omissions and retain the right to update or change the information published at any time.

Liability
To the extent permitted by law we/the owners of this website will not be liable to you or to any third party (whether in contract, tort, or otherwise) for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage (including but not limited to any accident, injury, delay or loss of enjoyment) arising out of your reliance upon information contained on this website, including but not limited to your use (or inability to use) any products or services described or procured through this website.

When you pick up your vehicle, you will be required to sign a rental agreement with the supplier of the vehicle. Your rental and use of the vehicle will be governed by the terms of the rental agreement and any other documentation or information provided to you by the supplier at the time you pick up your vehicle. The rental agreement is between you and the supplier and we will not be liable to you or to any third party in relation to the terms of the supplier’s rental agreement or any other documentation provided to you by the supplier at the time of pick up.

While we will make reasonable efforts to ensure we are representing only reputable suppliers, we make no warranty about the fitness or suitability of any third party (supplier) product or service and will not accept responsibility for the quality or fitness of any vehicle. If you encounter issues with the vehicle whilst on hire, you MUST report these issues directly to the relevant supplier at the earliest possible time. This will allow the supplier to remedy any issues and minimise any inconvenience to you.  If you fail to report any vehicle issues during your rental, it is likely that compensation will not be offered. We welcome feedback from our customers on their experience with our suppliers. We may, at our discretion, provide you with reasonable assistance in resolving any dispute you may have with a supplier.

Our total liability to you in relation to your use of this website and the information contained on this website will not exceed the dollar amount of the deposit we have received from you in relation to your booking/rental. Refunds will not be made for bookings cancelled due to inclement weather. Again, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance. Your use of this website is governed by the laws of New Zealand and the jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts.

Booking information
To make a booking you must complete our booking form which is easy to follow and secured with the latest encryption technology. Once we receive your form, we will, subject to availability, confirm your booking by emailing you a confirmation voucher and invoice. The deposit required to secure your vehicle (as shown on the secure booking page) will only be processed on your credit card when your booking is confirmed. Please note that a 1.95% credit card or debit card surcharge will be added when your payment is processed.

A booking is confirmed when you have been emailed a confirmation voucher and at this stage the deposit is processed on your card and becomes non-refundable and any cancellation fees stated in the supplier’s terms apply. Upon receipt of your confirmation, please check your details carefully and notify us immediately if there are any incorrect details, as it may not be possible to make changes at a later date.

If you are booking via phone, please make sure you have read the terms and conditions of the vehicle you wish to rent first. Our reservations consultant will ask you if you have read the terms and agree to them before proceeding. The onus is always on the renter to ensure they make themselves fully aware of the terms displayed on our website.

Information disclosure
In booking on this website you acknowledge that we disclose your information to your selected Supplier in order to provide the requested rental services.

Amendments
Please note that some suppliers treat an amendment as a new booking and apply the rate current at the time the amendment is made to recalculate the entire booking amount (not just the days changed). If the rental period is increased, an additional deposit may be required. If the rental period is shortened which results in a reduction of the rental charges, the deposit amount will remain unchanged, and the difference between the original and revised deposit is forfeited (it cannot be used towards remaining rental charges). To request a change to a confirmed booking, please use the alterations request link on your confirmation. Any alterations are subject to availability and the approval of the supplier. In addition to the alteration policy of the supplier stated in their terms, the following charges will apply:
Motorhome rental alterations (all charges stated in local currency): 25.00
The alteration fee will not be charged if your alteration request is not possible.

Vehicle Capacity and fitness to drive
Under no circumstances are you permitted to carry more passengers than the vehicle you rent is legally registered to carry, and if you do your insurance may be invalidated. The number of seatbelts (and passengers) is indicated next to each vehicle on this website. Luggage capacity where shown is an indication only and we will not be responsible should you be unable to fit your entire luggage into a vehicle. It is your responsibility to choose a journey that is within your capabilities. A vehicle supplier can refuse to rent a vehicle to any person who is in their opinion unfit to drive or does not meet eligibility requirements. In such circumstances we will have no further liability to you.

Refund Policy
We are committed to providing a quality service and aim for complete customer satisfaction. In the event of cancellation, any refunds or penalties are detailed in the terms and conditions of your selected vehicle that you are asked to read and accept at time of booking.

If you are unsatisfied with our service, please contact us within 48 hours of placing your booking or request and we will work to resolve any issues and determine if compensation is due.

After you have completed your rental and if you are unhappy with your vehicle, we are happy to assist you in seeking compensation from the operator of the vehicle.

Motorhome Republic Ltd.owned and operate the booking engine on this website.   Our financial centre and marketing office is based at Level 5, 12 Madden Street, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, New Zealand. In Australia, we are based at Suite 3.01, 11 Queens Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004. Thank you for booking with us.

This website is owned and operated by Campervans.com, Polzeath Court, New Polzeath, Cornwall, PL27 6UA.

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Plan your road trip and save money using these special offers and discounts on campervan and motorhome rental.

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:

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

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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.

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Australia Road Trip – Route Planning ideas.

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Australia Road Trip – Route Planning ideas:

Planning a campervan or motorhome road trip around Australia takes a bit of time as Australia is a vast country and unless you have unlimited time, it will take at least a year of travelling just to see the highlights.

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So you don’t have a year to travel around Australia in a campervan.

Our customers book campervans and motorhomes to tour Australia at their own pace and in their own time.  Generally the book a rental for about a month and start to tour Australia in smaller areas at a time.

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The Regions You can explore during one month in Australia in a rented campervan or motorhome:

Visitors to Australia tend to arrive in Sydney and explore the Blue Mountains and head up the East Coast on the Pacific Coast Highway and get as far north as Cairns.

They explore Sydney, the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Rocks and the Harbour.  After about three days they start a road trip.

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Australia Out Back by Campervan.

The Pacific Coast Highway in Australia starts in Sydney and ends in Cairns.

This is a well trodden route for campervan and motorhome renters in Australia and rightly so as it offers so much to the first time visitor who wants to see the real Australia.

The Pacific Coast highway has fantastic campsites, great beaches and of course you can snorkel and dive the coral reef.

The Gibb River Road is a more challenging option for those wanting an adventure in the Outback:

We are often asked about the Gibb River Road and if campervans and motorhomes can be driven.  Here are the comments from some of our campervan hire suppliers in Australia.  I have also included some info from Wikipedia.

There is a bitumen section from Derby out to Kimberley Diamond Mine now, and most of the windy areas over the ranges are sealed, but it is still recommended that you hire a 4wd because there are river crossings without any bridges. Generally you need to hire a 4wd OR the inform the rental company of where you intend to travel so that the rental company can check the current conditions of the road before allowing the vehicle to go to the area. EG – Traveller’s Autobarn say in their T&C’s:
Outback Road Restrictions
Travellers Autobarn reserves the right at its sole discretion to restrict vehicle movements in certain areas due to adverse road or weather conditions.
*Note that the same restrictions as above also apply to compact cars.

Cheapa Campa/Apollo say for their T&C’s for the Hitop: (the THL ones are very similar)

Travel Restrictions:   
Two Wheel Drive Vehicles can only be driven on sealed/bitumen roads or well maintained access roads less than 12 kilometres long to
recognised campgrounds.

Four Wheel Drive Vehicles can also be driven on recognized unsealed tracks but may only travel to the following remote areas with the express written permission of the supplier: Any islands (including Tasmania, excluding Fraser Island and Moreton Island), Simpson Desert, Cape york (North of Daintree River), Oodnadatta Track, Mereenie Loop, Birdsville Track, Tanami Track, Gibb River Road, Kalumburu Road, Warburton Road, Strzelecki Track, Cape Leveque, Bungle Bungles, the Plenty highway, Burke Development Road from Chillagoe to Normanton and Savannah Way from Normanton to Borroloola, Finke Road, Central Arnhem Road, Arnnhem Land in general and any other remote area.

Please call our fleet department within 24-48 hours of travel to the restricted area to request permission.

Vehicles are NOT permitted to travel on Fraser Island, Moreton Island, the Canning Stock Route, The Lost City in Litchfeld Park, Old Gunbarrel highway, the Old Telegraph Road section of the road to Cape york, Boggy hole (Finke Gorge National Park), the Old South Road from Maryvale to Finkea and the last 2 kilometres of the Lennard River Gorge Road, at any time.

Vehicles are NOT permitted to travel to Cape york between the months of December to May. At all other times permission is required.


Cheapa Campa reserves the right at its sole discretion to restrict vehicle movements in certain areas due to adverse road or weather conditions, and the distance to nominated destinations in relation to the length of the rental period.

Around Australia just require that their motorhomes and campervans don’t go on unsealed roads.
Wikipedia link

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibb_River_Road

The Gibb River Road is a former cattle route that stretches almost 660 kilometres (410 mi) through The Kimberleybetween the Western Australian town of Derby and the Kununurra and Wyndham junction of the Great Northern Highway. Like its namesake, which does not actually cross the road but runs nearby at16°06.108′S 126°31.075′E,[1] it is named after geologist and explorer Andrew Gibb Maitland. The Gibb River Road is one of the two major roads which dissect the Kimberley region—the other being the extreme northern section ofGreat Northern Highway which runs further to the south.

The road is often closed due to flooding during the wet season, which is typically November through March, although delayed openings have been known to happen, frustrating the tourism industry[2] as well as locals who rely on the road. Since the mid 2000s, the road has been upgraded to a formed gravel two-lane road including bitumenisedsections, but 4WD vehicles are still recommended.

The Gibb River Road has scenic views of geological formations and natural scenery, aboriginal and pastoral history, as well as rare and unique fauna and flora.[3] Attractions along the Road include Windjana Gorge National Park,Tunnel Creek National ParkAdcock GorgeManning GorgeGalvans GorgeLennard GorgeBell Gorge, and King Leopold Ranges. Accommodation is offered by several cattle stations in the area including Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge, Mount Elizabeth Station, Drysdale River Station, the El Questro Station, and Charnely River Station.

 

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Top 10 Campervan and Motorhome Holiday Destinations

Top 10 Campervan and Motorhome Holiday Destinations

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On the road – freedom to dream.

I have been looking at the top ten holiday destinations online, in the newspapers and from discussing the options with friends.  Everybody has a different view.

Trip Advisor publishes their traveller’s choice awards based on reviews from the Trip Advisor website.  The UK is tops here.  It is great for visitors from outside of the UK as our pound is very cheap if you are buying it from the USA, Europe and Australia and New Zealand.  There is incredibly good value in holidays here.

The best offers for renting a campervan or motorhome in the UK can be found here: Best offers on campervan and motorhome rental in the UK

France is listed third on the Trip Advisor list but it would come higher on mine.  Travelling through France in a motorhome is so well accepted that there are free places to camp overnight.  There are thousands of campsites that are everywhere and they are of a very high standard.

Many people take their own motorhomes to France but if you are further afield or, you want to have a taster and don’t own your own, then take the train, a car or fly to one of the main towns in France and you will find that we offer rentals from these centres.

There are pick up points in the following places in France: Ajaccio, Angers, Bordeaux, Caen, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Poitiers, Rouen, Toulouse and Tours.

The vehicles in France range from small two berth campers:

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to 4-berth campervans with shower and toilet on board.

France-4-berth campervan rental.

France-4-berth campervan rental.

The larger 6-berth motorhomes are great for family holidays.

6 berth motorhome with bike racks for rental in France.

6 berth motorhome with bike racks for rental in France.

The next country in Trip Advisor’s best places to travel is Italy.  We rent out here too.  In fact, you can pick up in any of these cities:

Milan, Rome, Bologna, Florence, Turin, Pomezia, Albenga, Alghero, Bari, Golfo Aranci, Grosseto, Massa Carrara, Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa, Naples, Olbia, Padova, Palermo, Parma, Pisa, Pomezia, Pordenone, Porto Torres, Reggio Calabria,Rimini, Rome, Rome Ciampino airport, Rome Fiumicino airport, San Giovanni La Punta, Santa Teresa Gallura Port, Siena-Ampugnano, Trapani, Treviso, Trieste, Turin, Venice, Verona, Vicenza.

Of course, you may be able to take your own camper to Europe, but if you are from Australia, the exchange rate is brilliant!  If we want to go to Australia or New Zealand then our pound may not go as far but if we book early, then the rates are a lot cheaper.  Now is the time to book for next down under summer.  Or, if you don’t mind a cooler trip in the winter of New Zealand, then the rates are great.

Australia has a winterless north so book now for July and August as you won’t regret taking the kids to the Barrier Reef, or the Kimberleys or just the beach on one of Australia’s great stretches of golden sands.

If you are looking for an adventure that will get the adrenalin running then we also offer 4×4 campers for hire in Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Namibia on the road!

This is a great way to experience the African bush.  Stay in campsites and explore the game parks and really get close to the wild life.  Take a good camera, and steady nerves!

If you haven’t thought of it before, the USA and Canada are second to none in providing the most amazing and spectacular scenery and experiences that will make your motorhome holiday the best.  Campsites are everywhere and kitted out with bbq areas, almost as much as the Ozzies!  The roads are big and wide as are the campers.  RV rental is on a different scale.  Loads of room and miles and miles of roads to explore and so family friendly.

Check out the deals here for this summer RV Rental in USA discounts and special offers.

Good luck planning your road trip but if you need any help, drop us an email and we’ll get you the best rates ever!

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Belgium Explore with this route planner provided by Visit Belgium.

Explore Belgium by Province

Belgium  Explore with this route planner provided by Visit Belgium.

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Namur (E 411)Namur strategic position on the Meuse and Sambre made it the ideal military site. The imposing citadel still stands and can be visited. In the charming and busy town you will also find an archeological museum that houses a beautiful treasury of Hugo d’Oignies, composed of delicate 13th century metal work in gold and silver.  The satirical irreverent artist Felicien Rops, native of Namur has a museum devoted tohis work, well worth a stop.
AnnevoieOn the way to Dinant stay on the west bank of the Meuse (N 92) and visit the gardens of Annevoie. Surrounding an elegant house of the 17th and 18th century these are a combination of traditional French and romantic Italian styles and famous for their fountains, canals, cascades and other creative uses of the water of the natural springs.
MaredsousTake the yellow road5km south west of Annevoievisit de abbey of Maredsous where you can taste monk’s beer and cheese.
DinantAnother of those cities that was always at war with its rival neighbors. The very imposing citadel must have made the citizens feel safe. Perched on a rock it overlooks the river.
Freyr castleJust outside of Dinant (follow the Meuseriver) Freyr is a beautiful castle in Renaissance Mosan and Louis XV style,surrounded by gardens designed by the counts Beaufort Spontin , again with inspiration from Le Notre in the 17th century . It also has an excellent view of the Meuse and the rocks on the other bank.   Cross the Meuse to Furfooz via the Walzin Castle.
VevesCross the Meuse direction Furfooz ( N 910) to one of the bestpreservedmedieval castles in Belgium standing imposingly in a bucolic setting.
CellesContinue on N 910 to Celles a beautiful village with a Romanesque church ofthe 11th century in pure Mosan style. Pay attention to the tombstone of theBeauforts in black Dinant marble.HanAt the door of the Ardennes, one-hour drive from Brussels, the Caves of Han are among the largest, most renowned and beautiful caves in Europe and thoroughly deserve their 3-star rating in the Michelin guide: entry aboard a 100-year-old tram, multilingual guided tours, sound and light show and exit along the underground river.   The Caves are situated in beautiful natural surroundings,  which host a Wildlife Reserve where European wild species roam in their natural environment.Next to the world-famous Caves of Han,  a Wildlife Reserve extends over 250 hectares of pure nature, where several European wildlife species roam in their natural environment : deer, boars, wolves, lynx, European bisons and many others.  The Reserve is visited in safari-car or by foot.
LIEGELiege is a historical city on the river Meuse, dating back to Charlemagne. With a wonderful central location, it is only one hour from Brussels by train or car and just two hours by Thalys from Paris to the new Liege-Guillemins Station designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava.
SPAThis town gave its name to all spas in the world. The waters have been famous since Roman times. Crowned heads such as Queen Margot, Queen Christine of Sweden, Peter the Great and also our own King Leopold II come here to drink and bathe in the waters, soak in mud baths and walk in the beautiful forests. Spa is also home to the oldest casino in the world, construction began in 1763 by the prince-bishop of Liege.
Today, the Pearl of the Ardennes is a place to enjoy outdoor theater performances in the summer, music festivals and the surrounding forests offer ideal hiking and biking paths.
FRANCORCHAMPSThe world famous Spa-FrancorchampsFormula IRace Track calls this forest town home. With advance notice, you can even live out your childhood fantasy of becoming a formula 1 driver and take a spin on the track.
STAVELOTThis Ardenne village is most famous for its annual lent carnival. In the St. Sebastian church you can admire a 13th century reliquary of St. Remaclus.
MALMEDYThis charming town is set in a hollow surrounded by steep wooded hills. Continue toReinhardstein castle, an imposing fortress resuscitated from its ruins according to 17th century drawings. At onetime the family Metternich was owner of this castle.
EUPEN.This stretch of the N68 highway from Malmedy to Eupen is one of the most beautiful in Belgium, going right through the HAUTES FAGNES natural reserve. In the park the SIGNAL DE BOTRANGE marks the highest point in Belgium (2.277 ft).  On a clear day you can see as far as the city of Aachen in Germany from the top.
From Eupen you can go back to Liege or on to Brussels.
BOUILLONThe city of Bouillon goes back to the first crusades when Godefroid of BOUILLON went to Jerusalem. To pay for the travel expenses he had to sell his castle, whose existence dates back to the 10th century, to the Prince Bishops of Liege. From one of the towers there is a sweeping view of the meandering Semois river .
The small city of Bouillon is a pleasant spot to stay and from where you can take lovely hiking trips in the beautiful forests all around.
ORVALThis Benedictine abbey was founded in 1070, and later, during the 12th century, it became one of the most famous Cistercian monasteries in Europe. The monks still brew beer and make their own cheese today.
BASTOGNEIt was here that the Germans made a last attempt at an offensive with Antwerp as their target. The allies rebuffed the attack in one of the bloodiest battles of the war known as the Battle of the Bulge. The MARDASSON is the monument honoring the American soldiers who fought and died here.
NADRIN& La Roche en ArdennesTwo pleasant holiday villages in the Belgian Ardennes with great inns and delicious restaurants.

South West of Brussels: Hainaut Province
Brussels – > Beloeil – Tournai – Mons – Nivelles – Waterloo -> Brussels – a 157 miles trip
Beloeil (Highway E19)

The castle belongs to the family of the princes of Ligne since the 14th century. It has wonderful gardens, a 15acre basin designed by a disciple of Le Notre. Inside, the castle has a museum like collection of fine furniture, tapestries, family portraits and memorabilia.

 

Tournai (via Stambruges to E42 )

A city already important in the roman times and later under King Clovis was an important tapestry – weaving center in the 15th and 16th century. The Romanesque cathedral is one of the most imposing and original buildings in Europe. Inside the church look for the treasury containing the silver and gold reliquary of Nicolas de Verdun. The town has a nice main square with the oldest belfry in Belgium just around the corner. The Fine Art Museum was built by Victor Horta.

 

Mons

Mons was developed around a castle and a monastery in the 7th century. A magnificent church in Brabant Gothic style houses the 18th c. Golden Chariot which annually carries de reliquary of St Waudru through the streets of the city. The procession ends with the pageant of the battle of the Lumecon, between St George and the Dragon. Guess who wins¦ A beautiful baroque Belfry stands on the highest point of the city from where there are great views of the surrounding countryside and the ruins of the castle of the Counts of Hainaut as well as an 11th c. Chapel.

 

Just outside Mons, visit a coal mining industrial archeological site le Grand Hornu. A remarkable complex in neo classical style where the workplace and homes are integrated. It is now a museum, check with the local tourist office in Mons for special exhibits that are regularly organized in this spectacular space.

 

Nivelles (E42 leads into E19)

This very old town goes back to Carolingian times.The most important monument to visit is St, Gertrude’ Collegiate church. A very impressive Romanesque abbey church consecrated in the 12thcentury by Henry III (yes of France). The size and simplicity inside and outside are striking. The archeological basement consists of the ruins of 5other churches, from the 7th to 10thcentury, which preceded the Romanesque one.

 

Waterloo (E19 to belt around Brussels, then follow directions to Antwerp and get off at N5 to Waterloo). This is the famous battlefield where Napoleon was defeated by the combined forces of Wellington and Blucher.

 

South of Brussels: Namur Province

Brussels – Namur – Annevoie – Maredsous – Dinant – Freyr –  Veves – Celles – Brussels (97 miles)

East of Brussels: Liege Province

Liege -Spa – Francorchamps – Malmedy – Stavelot – Reinhardstein – Eupen -Liege (78 miles)

South East of Brussels: Luxembourg Province

Bouillon – Orval – Bastogne – Nadrin – La Roche en Ardennes

 

 

A Belgian Beer Route

Brussels – Chimay – Dinant – Maredsous – Rochefort

Destination 1: Brussels
Spend the day café hopping in Europe’s capital. Begin on theGrand Place, then work your way to Halles St. Gery. End at La Mort Subite (At The Sudden Death), named after a game some of the regular patrons played when the brasserie first opened in 1910.
Throughout the day, you may notice a number of non-descript alleys. Take a moment and walk down one… you may discover your favorite brasserie hiding there!Do Not Miss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Destination 2: Chimay
The city of Chimay is located at the edge of the Hautes Fagnes. Nature lovers will enjoy the trails through the forest or across the country. But the highlight of the day will be the Abbey Notre-Dame de Scourmont, where the trappist monks have been producing their famous beer and cheese since 1862.

Do Not Miss:

Chimay Trappist Abbey

The Historical Center of Chimay

Castle of the Princes of Chimay

Suggestion: Stop by Charleroi on your way to Chimay. The city is right along the route, making it a great place to do some sightseeing while you stretch your legs.
Sights in Charleroi:

 

Destination 3: Dinant and the Maredsous Abbey
A short trip from Brussels is Dinant, birthplace of the saxophone. This picturesque town is boxed between the Meuse River on one side and a cliff on the other. Next to Dinant, you’ll find the lush grounds of the Maredsous Abbey founded in 1872, which produces three kinds of beers, a blonde, brune and triple.

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Destination 4: Rochefort
The Val de Lesse region is known for its exceptional nature, with forests, rivers, castles and caves waiting to be explored by foot, bike or even on horseback. However, for the beer connoisseur, you’ll want to tour the grounds of the Rochefort Trappist Abbey.

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Suggestion: On your way back to Brussels, take some time to stop in Namur, the regional capital of French-speaking Belgium. Take a Stroll through the historical heart of this romantic city, located where the Sambre and the Meuse Rivers converge.

Sights in Namur:

 

 

 

 

From Brussels To Liege

Day 1 –  Brussels (Pick a themed walking tour of Brussels)

Day 2 – Liege (Train: 1 hour or Highway E40: 61 miles)

If this is your first trip to Liege, click here for a list of the Must Sees of Liege.

 

 

Liege – the Hidden city

Visit Liege like a local by taking a stroll along Rue St. Gilles, a long street lined with shops. Or wander through the “Carre” district, an extensive quarter of pedestrian streets near the Cathedral. By day, this neighborhood is bustling with shoppers browsing the trendy boutiques for the latest fashions. By night, Le Carre becomes the place to be for nightlife in Liege. Many of the best shops in town are located in 18th century mansions with stone facades and wooden floors that have been carefully restored to their original state. To enjoy a stunning view of the city take the picturesque “Sentier des Coteaux”. Don’t forget to check the splendid Opera house and to browse through some of Belgian’s best bookshops.

The Place Saint-Lambert is one of Liege’s main areas where people meet up and hang out. It was landscaped by the architect Paul Strebelle. On the east side of the square look for modern buildings, each of one in a different color and done in a different style. The Square and its district is also refered to as the “Ilot Saint Michel” and is sure to become a masterpiece of modern Belgian architecture.

Above the street level, there is a series of secret gardens . They look semi-private, so you will have to go through a half-closed gate, climb steps and cross a bridge to reach a strange elevated garden that looks down on the old brick houses around Saint Croix Church. Sounds like a secret missions, but it’s worth the effort!

 

Castles, Gardens and Charming Villages
Brussels – Dinant – Lavaux St. Anne – Grottes de Han – Rochefort – Marche en Famenne – Modave – Huy – Namur – Brussels (142 miles)
Lavaux-St-Anne: Take the N94 to Lavaux-St-Anne, a hunting castle now a museum of Hunting, Game, Falconry and Nature.

 

Han sur Lesse and the Grottes de Han (N86 left at Lavaux-St-Anne) – A giant calcareous cave cut out by the Lesse river some 10km long can be visited. One of the rooms called, Chamber of Wonders, has the mysterious magic of a crystal palace. Rochefort – Charming town on the Ourthe river is fishing hiking and biking paradise.

 

Marche en Famenne to Durbuy – Stay on N86, beautiful road to Durbuy which is another charming small town ideal for fishing, walking, biking. Take N641 to Modave castle.

 

Modave Castle – Begun in the 13thcentury the Count of Marchin restored it in the 17thcentury to its present glory. Beautiful inside and outside. Lovely views of Hoyoux valley.

 

Huy – Continue on N641 to Huy. The collegiate church in flamboyant gothic style was finished in the 15th century and is famous for its rosewindow 30ft in diameter. Alsovisit the treasury with a rich collection of Mosan gold and silver and two magnificent reliquaries from the 12th and 13thcentury.

 

Take the N 643 to E411 back to Brussels

 

 

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Australia campervan and motorhome hire FAQ’s

Australia campervan and motorhome hire FAQ’s

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Faq’s Australia for camper van and motor home hire for Campervan Hire in 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.

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Australia Freedom of the Road in a Mighty Camper Double Down.

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.

The Best Time To Tour and Travel around Australia.

Shoulder season in Australia is October–November and March-April

Peak season in Australia is December to February

Peak season in Cairns, Darwin, Alice Springs, Broome and Perth – June and July

Avoid the wet season in the northern half of Australia between November and March

In Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth,  the average temperatures are: Summer minimum 16C and Summer maximum 26C and Winter minimum 6C and Winter maximum 14C.

In the sub-tropic and tropical cities the average minimum temperatures are: Brisbane 16C and Darwin 23C with the average maximums: Brisbane 25C and Darwin 32C, Alice Springs, minimum 20 and average maximum 32.

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Rent an Awning to Enjoy the Outdoors

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: https://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.

Tour the Real Australia by Motorhome

Australia Out Back by Campervan.

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.

Australia Uluru by camper.

Australia Uluru by camper.

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.

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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 in a campervan or motorhome?

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.

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What is supplied with the vehicle when I rent a campervan or motorhome in Australia?

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: https://www.australia.com/en/planning/road-safety.html

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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.

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This could be the view on your road trip around Australia this year.

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: https://www.globalpetrolprices.com/gasoline_prices/

Where can I drive my campervan or motorhome in Australia?

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 for renting a campervan or motorhome in Australia.

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: 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 in the campervan?

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.

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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.

Outdoor 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.

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Check out the rates on this perfect camper for 4 people in Australia. Find cheap rentals on www.campervans.com

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!)

Australia Road Trip Planner

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Safety tips for a motorhome holiday in New Zealand

Safety tips for a motorhome holiday

By Courtney Whitaker

Courtney Whitaker’s tips on how to have a safe and comfortable motorhome holiday. From the New Zealand Herald.
Motorhomes give you the ultimate freedom - but you still need to know the ground rules.
Motorhomes give you the ultimate freedom – but you still need to know the ground rules.

1 Road rules: Most road rules in New Zealand for motorhomes are similar to those for cars. But though the rural speed limit is 100km per hour, if you are travelling in a motorhome with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GMV) of more than 3500kg, this speed limit is reduced to 90km per hour. Don’t fret if your motorhome won’t fit on the bathroom scales though, your rental company will be able to confirm whether your vehicle fits this criteria or not.

2 Insurance: Make sure you have insurance to cover your trip. Most motorhome rental outlets will offer some form of accident liability cover when you hire the vehicle, though it pays to shop around. Some will offer roadside assistance.

3 Dump stations: Only dispose of your waste water in designated dump stations. These are usually located at camping grounds, holiday parks, or on the outskirts of a town or city. You can find maps of the dump stations located around the country on websites such as AA Traveller: maps.aa.co.nz. If, like me, you’re not well-versed in the intricacies of motorhome waste management, check out camper mate.co.nz for a handy “how-to” video.

5 Safety: To make sure you and your passengers are as safe as possible in your portable hotel, check it complies with road rules. Seatbelts must be fitted in motorhomes manufactured on or after October 1, 2003. If your camper is a “vintage” model, pad sharp edges and objects that could fall or move. The number of safety belts in newer campervans must also match the number of berths.nzta.govt.nz lists the requirements your motorhome must meet.

6 Motorhome sites: If you’ve done your dash with freedom camping and are looking for something a little more upmarket, try holidayparks.co.nz.You can specify the area you want to stay in and amenities you require.

7 Rest: There are rest stops dotted along most open roads in New Zealand, and it’s important to use them if even slightly fatigued. If you’re niftier with technology, use a time and distance calculator to estimate how long your trip will take before you leave. Driving in NZ can take longer than expected because of winding roads or weather conditions. newzealand.com has a useful map for planning siestas ahead of time.

NZ Herald

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