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1. Posted by princessb (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Me n my friends are thinkin of hiring a campervan when we get to Oz or Nz, do you think its a good idea? If so can u recommend any good companies and also we should book it before we leave? or wait till we get there? Thanks B

2. Posted by ozintro (Full Member 56 posts) 10y

Hiring a campervan is great in that it gives you the freedom to go where you want, and you can save some money on accommodation.
Whether or not it's the best way for you to travel depends on a few things..

1. Where you want to go.
For example, hiring a camper from Melbourne to Adelaide is a great idea, but hiring one from Cairns to Perth is not.

2. How many people you're travelling with.
Most of the cheaper campers can only legally carry 3 people.

3. How long you want to travel for.
If you are going to be travelling around for more than a couple of months then it's very expensive to hire a campervan. You'd be better off buying one and then selling it when you're done.

4. The price.
It's cheaper to travel some parts of Oz by bus or plane.

Some good companies are Travellers Auto Barn (who do sales as well as rentals) and Wicked.

I'd definitely wait until you got there before booking anything.

Michael

3. Posted by Dougie (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Great idea to campervan around New Zealand. This is really popular. We have had good feedback about http://www.adventurekiwi.co.nz but there are many more so shop around. This is a useful bit of information. It is a complete daily hire price list comparison of campervan and motorhome companies in New Zealand. This should help you sort out who you could travel with http://www.newzealandatoz.com/motorhomecompanies.php
Below is a edited general list of New Zealand motorhome and campervan terms and conditions. The complete guide is http://www.newzealandatoz.com/rentingamotorhomeorcampervan.php

This is to be used as a guide only and has been written by an experienced motorhome, campervan and car rental company owner after a study of most motorhome/campervan rental companies in New Zealand during June 2005.
Glossary of New Zealand Motorhome terms:
Motorhome - bigger self powered home on wheels
Campervan - smaller self power home on wheels
Sleepervan - smaller van fitted with camping equipment
Berth - the number of people that can sleep in the vehicle
Bond - the money held by the company should any accident take place
Excess - the money taken by the company should any accident take place
AA - New Zealand Automobile Association used for roadside assistance
Diesel Tax:
This is a government tax and is not made up. But this is another way companies can make some extra money because there will be a "mark up" on the government cost.
GST (Goods and Services Tax):
This is a 12 ½ % government tax on items brought in New Zealand. This should be included in all company advertised prices.
Bond/Excess:
All motorhome/campervan rental companies take a bond of some description off their customers. The larger companies will have a normal option of debiting your credit card $5000 dollars immediately.
This is the first option, and then they will have various other excess/bond reduction options. Which could reduce the bond to in some cases, nil. Since not many people can afford to have $5000 taken out of their holiday credit card account, it forces many travellers to take the excess reduction options, which could be around an extra $35 per day to reduce the excess to nil (the motorhome/campervan companies will have a maximum amount that you have to pay for long hires eg 100 day hire would = $3500 at $35 per day, but the rental companies maximum charge might be $1500). It is just a way for the company to earn extra money from the nervous driver. The motorhome/campervan rental company will still hold a small bond to cover incidentals eg, the motorhome/campervan returns full of fuel, in a clean and tidy condition. This is returned once the motorhome/campervan is returned.
Smaller motorhome/campervan rental companies usually have better first options for your bond or excess they can range from $750 to $3500 (the higher figure would be for drivers under 25) and most have bond reduction options available. The smaller companies usually do not reduce their excess to nil and $250 seems to be the lower bond options, this might cost around an extra $15 per day.
The smaller companies also usually do not debit your card immediately, and will only debit, should any accident take place.
Some rental companies have different levels of excess depending whether the accident is a "single vehicle accident" or an accident caused by reckless use of the vehicle by the driver.
Roadside Assistance:
All New Zealand motorhome/campervan rental companies offer very good roadside assistance. This is usually through the New Zealand Automobile Association (AA) The AA is a great organisation who have agents all over NZ. All rental companies receive the same service from the AA no matter how big the rental company is. The AA will come out to you assess your problem, fix it on the spot if possible or tow you for free to the nearest reputable service station, garage or agent that can fix your problem ASAP.
The larger motorhome/campervan rental companies with branches all over NZ are able to offer the best assistance with 24-hour phone assistance and vehicle replacement and this would be one of the reason you would pay a higher rental fee. Sometimes the smaller companies cannot afford at the rates you are paying to have 24-hour phone assistance, but the AA does have a 24-hour toll free number. The smaller motorhome/campervan rental company sometimes cannot replace a campervan themselves if something goes wrong and must find you a new campervan from a different rental company. All accidents or damage must be reported to the motorhome/campervan rental company as soon as realistically possible. But there is an exception to this rule. Most motorhome/campervan rental companies will allow you to pay for repairs up to a certain amount without informing them. You must keep the receipts and they will provide a refund
Refunds for breakdowns:
All motorhome/campervan companies should refund monies for the rental cost of days off the road caused by vehicle mechanical breakdown only.
It is that simple; they will not pay for, motel/hotel bills, the hiring of other vehicles or missed bookings or flights.
If you receive refunds for any other reasons you have found a great rental car company, then recommend them to your friends.
Quality of motorhomes/campervans:
The standard in New Zealand of rental motorhomes/campervans is very high with strict government guidelines in order for a vehicle to be given a rental certificate of fitness (COF). No motorhome/campervan company wants you to breakdown on your journey this only costs the rental company money and "bad press".
A good rule to use is the more your daily hire rate is the newer the motorhome/campervan is. They are usually all set out in the same way and are all the same size (there are only so many ways a 2-berth campervan can be set out).
Always remember if you are dealing with something mechanical things do break, no matter what the age.
Cancellation policies:
All New Zealand motorhome/campervan rental companies have very strict cancellation policies. Make sure you have your correct dates. If you show you late you will still have to pay for the days you are late and if you don’t turn up at all expect the full amount of the rental to be debited to your credit card. By agreeing to the motorhome/campervan company terms and conditions you give the company the authority to do this. Do not expect a refund for days if you bring the vehicle back early.
Credit Cards:
With all motorhome/campervan rental companies you need a credit card to hold any bonds on.
Driving Fines:
These will be charged to your credit card on return from your motorhome/campervan trip.
Road Restrictions:
All motorhome/campervan rental companies have around 4 roads/areas that vehicles cannot drive on. You will not just stray onto these roads/areas, they are well sign posted.
Pick up and Drop off locations:
The bigger the company the more options you will have. The smaller motorhome/campervan rental companies may have better daily hire rates that encourages you to organise your travel so you pick up and drop off to the same location.
General Rules:
All motorhome/campervan companies have their vehicles as reliable as possible
In most cases the more you pay the later model vehicle you will get
No animals
Daily hire rates vary greatly
More personalised service from smaller companies
Bond/excess options vary greatly
Always turn up, avoid cancellations, get your dates right
Better back up vehicle replacement options from bigger companies
Avoid paying for extra drivers
Avoid paying for extra kms
Take windscreen, headlight and tyre insurance
Shop around
You can negotiate in the off season (New Zealand is booked up during summer)
Book early for the best deals in summer
Expect all NZ motorhome/campervan companies to provide AA 24-hour roadside assistance.

Have fun, you will enjoy yourself.
Cheers, Dougie

4. Posted by ozeire (Budding Member 41 posts) 10y

I agree with oxintro http://www.travellers-autobarn.com.au/

Are really good

They have a large range of vehicles including Ford Falcon Stationwagons, Vans, Campervans, 4x4's and 4WD Bushcampers and a 100% rock solid guaranteed buyback, 3 day 100% money back guarantee, 14 day total warranty, 5000km engine & gearbox warranty.

If you tell them irishdownunder.net you might get a discount

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Hope this help you

[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]

5. Posted by princessb (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Thanks for your replies guys!!! They were really helpful! :) B