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Have you tried camping in a campervan/motorhome?
They are different to caravans and camper trailers which are pulled by another vehicle. These campervans are the vehicle you drive, cook and sleep in – all in one.
We are tent campers, and haven’t experienced the great fun of motorhome/campervan travels around Australia….yet!
There seems to be something incredibly stress-free about having your camping needs all in the van with you as you travel. It’s definitely on my list of different ways to camp in Australia in the future.
Today’s blog post is by guest blogger, Anya, who has worked for www.mydriveholiday.com and CamperTravel for 5 years. She is going to share with you, her Top 10 things you need to know before you hire a campervan.
A campervan holiday is one of the most fun and convenient ways to travel on a budget. A campervan provides you with the convenience of a hotel room and a kitchen with wheels, giving you the freedom to see more sights and cover more miles on a budget.
Here's a list of important things you'll need to find out about hiring a motorhome.
1. Check the Package Inclusions
The good news is, most campervan rental companies make it easy for their clients by including all the essentials into their rental package.
Here are some items that are usually already part of the rental:
a. Linen and Bedding – This may also include the sheets, pillows, pillowcases, sleeping bags, and towels as well.
b. Kitchen Equipment – No need to bring your own pots and pans. Crockery, cutlery and drinking glasses are also included, so all you'll need are the perfect campsite recipes.
c. Camp Table and Chairs – These may sometimes be an extra, so make sure to ask if you can get them in your package as well.
d. Child Seats (optional, for those traveling with a child) - Also could be an extra, so don't forget to mention the age and weight of your child and see if they can offer it for free as well.
2. Ask about the Taxes
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is applicable to campervan rentals, so motorhome operators also include this to their package. However, it is still safe to double-check with the company before booking the vehicle.
3. Verify the License Requirement
As long as you have a full (not probationer) driver's license that is valid (not expired), you can drive a motorhome. International drivers with licenses that are not in English will need to get an official translation of the license, otherwise an international permit will be required.
4. Know the Age Restriction
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In Australia, any driver 21 years and over can rent and drive a campervan.
Drivers over 75 will need to provide a current medical certificate to confirm that they are fit to drive.
There are also some rental companies that allow 18 year old drivers to rent the vehicle, provided that their licenses are full and not probationer, and sometimes with a different excess/liability. It is best to declare your age upon enquiry to get the correct rates.
5. Be Aware of the Excessand
6. Check If It Can Be Reduced
An excess (or liability or deductible) represents the amount you would you would need to pay in case of accidents and vehicle damage. Most vehicles are already insured for property damage and personal injury, but always ask the rental company to explain your insurance coverage in detail.
Just about every operator offers an option to reduce the excess, so make sure to double-check on this as well.
7. Determine if You Need Travel Insurance
Although some people would not consider this option, taking out your own personal travel insurance is highly recommended, whether you're looking to hire a car or a motorhome.
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8. Find out about the Depot Opening Hours
Unlike car rentals, where the vehicle is delivered to you at the airport or your hotel, a campervan hire would require for the customer to collect and return the vehicle at the designated depot. This way, the renter are allowed to get a better look at the unit and learn how to handle it properly.
Most depots are open during business hours so make sure to check so you can determine whether the operator can work around your schedule.
9. Know Your Pick Up and Drop Off Locations
This is especially important, so you can plan your itinerary properly. Although most rental depots are located close to the airport or city centre, it always helps to get the right directions beforehand so you don't end up wasting your time driving around looking for the office.
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10. Is it the best rate in the market?
In Australia there are more than 15 motorhome rental companies, each with over hundreds of vehicles at different rates and package inclusions. Like any purchase of any product, its important to do your homework before you commit.
Campervan hire in Australia by http://www.mydriveholiday.com/australia/campervan-hire features an Instant Quote Calculator that does all the complex calculations for you. It is the easiest way to compare prices and vehicles, with specials and discounts already included in the rate.
You'll realize that renting a campervan is fun and easy, as long as you take note of these items. Happy and safe camping.
Have we missed anything about campervan hire? Have you got an experience you would like to share with others? Please comment below.