Everything You Should Know About Renting A Camper or Motorhome
Camper / Motorhome or Car?
At the start of planning a trip, many ask the question, “Do I want to rent a camper or a car?” Renting a camper or motorhome means having a home on wheels but does that fit what you want? On one hand you don’t have to pay for a hostel or hotel rooms, but what about a campsite? Other than finances there are other pros and cons to a camper or motorhome vacation. Would you rather cook with lots of new people in a hostel kitchen, or eat privately with your best friend in the wilderness? Maybe this page will help you decide what is best for you.
Camper / Motorhome Models
If you’ve decided on a camper or a motorhome trip, there are a few important things to consider. What level of comfort do you need, how big should the model be, do you want to cook regularly inside, do you need a bathroom with a shower, etc. In this article, we will introduce you to the different types of motorhomes and campers that you can choose from. We have made this classification irrespective of the companies and not considering the age of the vehicle. We want you to have a fundamental understanding of the different structures that the different models have, helping you to decide which motorhome is best for you.
Choice of Camper / Motorhome
Which camper / motorhome suits me, my requirements and plans? What do I really need and to what extent is my budget limiting me? How long will I stay in the vehicle? How many people are traveling with me? There is an ideal vehicle for every individual trip. We present the range of campers and motorhomes, starting from the small sleeper to the fully equipped motorhome, and describe where you are advised to invest more money and where you might rather avoid wasting money. This simple decision-making guide will help you to know what to care about before booking!
Camper / Motorhome Quality Versus Reality
Don’t be gentle - it’s a rental! When it comes to renting a camper/motorhome, many are not fussy. You paid a lot of money, so you can leave your mark. If something breaks, it better not be reported – you might actually have to pay for it if you do! Then it’s the next tenants` turn, who also paid money and has just as high expectations as you. Be aware that in between there are only a few hours in which the rental company can maintain the vehicle. You can find out here what quality you can therefore expect and what defects you have to adjust to.
Camper / Motorhome Pick-up - The Check
The pick-up is one of the most important moments when renting a vehicle. Proper instructions on how to use the camper/motorhome are necessary in order to find your way around later and avoid unnecessary damage. During the briefing you are impatient, because you want to start your roadtrip! Shortly afterwards you ask yourself why the refrigerator is not cooling...you are supposed to take a good look at the vehicle at the moment of pick-up. Those aware of where to detect defects can save themselves a lot of time and nerves.
How to Act in Case of Damage
Again, and again, it happens that the rental produces costs that could have been avoided with correct behavior. Damage happens quickly, after all a motorhome is quite big, the handling of the vehicle is new and the road conditions are different than at home. Many cases are insured or are taken over by the rental company, but not always. Here you get important advice on how you should behave in case something breaks down.
The Right Insurance
If you compare the prices for camper / motorhome rentals, you will realize that the type of insurance has great influence on the rental price. Would you rather save money and insure little or do you prefer to play it safe? The comparison is all the more difficult since all companies offer their own insurance regulations. You have to read and compare the fine print to see the actual differences. In the following text you can get information on what insurance policies make sense, which cases you shouldn't fall for, and which damages are insurable in the first place.
In New Zealand, several years ago the rules for camping outside of official campsites became stricter. Motorhomes must have certain equipment in order to be approved, and even with a certified camper you can't stop everywhere you like. However, there are numerous places where freedom camping is still possible. Australia is also slowly following suit. To make sure you book the right vehicle, we will address the topic of freedom camping in more detail here.