Travelling by campervan is one of the most exciting and freeing ways to travel around the country. When you’re travelling at your own pace, you get to make decisions that you wouldn’t be able to make if you were on a bus or a plane. You can take detours to see sights that might be exciting, you can linger for longer in certain places, and you can skip entire parts of the trip that don’t seem promising. You don’t have to worry about missing your flight, checking into an airport, or finding a cab. You’re in complete control of your holiday. Because of these features, campervan hires are incredibly popular throughout Australia. Every year when the holiday season comes, it becomes difficult to find the right campervan. You need to know what you’re looking for before you rent.
How Many People Are Coming with You?
The first consideration has to be how many people are coming with you. If you’re travelling alone, you only need a campervan that sleeps one person. If you’re travelling with a partner, you might choose a campervan that sleeps one person and just share a bed. If you’re travelling with multiple people who need separate sleeping quarters, you’re obviously going to need a bigger campervan. When you rent a campervan, the number of sleeping accommodations is your first consideration.
Select Your Features
Once you’ve narrowed it down to a certain number of sleeping accommodations, you’re ready to pick your features. These vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Sometimes, to save money, people will choose a campervan that doesn’t have a shower or a toilet. If that’s something that would interest you, it’s definitely the lower cost option. However, it would mean that you have to stop more often and, if you want to shower, you would have to find somewhere like a truck stop to shower. Typically, that’s going to cost you money as well. You should look up truck stops along the way to see how much showering at them would cost. When the cost is split among your passengers, it might not actually save you much money to forego the shower and toilet.
You should also look at the capabilities of the campervan as a vehicle. Certain campervans are equipped with off road capabilities. They have enhanced suspensions designed to absorb the constant abuse of driving off-road, and they’re also equipped with knobby tires that have enhanced tread. If you’re going to be driving to a rural campsite, you might need off-road capabilities.
Don’t forget to look at the fuel consumption statistics of the vehicles, if you can find them. Fuelling up your campervan is going to be one of your biggest budget items. A campervan that consumes a few more litres per kilometre could end up costing you hundreds of dollars on a long road trip. This is not your biggest concern, but if you’re looking for a way to choose between two similar campervans, be sure to look at fuel economy.
A campervan is the ultimate self-drive holiday vehicle. If you pick the right one, you should have a great holiday.