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Campervan Hire.

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Campervan Hire.

Hi All,

My wife and I plan to drive from Melbourne to Sydney on the Princes highway in September.

Is it best to book the hire of the campervan before we go or is it best to try and get a deal while we are in Melbourne.



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1. Re: Campervan Hire.

Unless you’ve allowed a lot of time for this drive that will allow you to stay overnight at various locations, it’s best to fly. How long are you allowing for the drive?

You also do not want a campervan in Sydney, so ditch it as soon as you can.

I doubt you’d get a deal at the last minute unless you’re not fussy about the age and state of the van.

Brisbane, Australia
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2. Re: Campervan Hire.

How many days are you allowing for this drive?

You may pick up a relocation deal at the last minute, but these usually only allow the minimum amount of time to do the drive.

You need at least four nights to make this worthwhile otherwise flying would be a better use of your time.


Sydney, Australia
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3. Re: Campervan Hire.

September is our autumn so no over busy on the coast (water is too cold to swim). As above, how many days for drive ?

www.vroomvroomvroom.com.au for choice/prices but doubt you will get a last minute deal (too many tourists visiting us).

Consider stops/looks at Wilsons Promotory (national park with walks), Mallacoota, Eden, Tathra and even inland to Bombala for playtpus, plus others such as North Durras (for kangaroos), Bawley Point, Milton, Jervis Bay.




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4. Re: Campervan Hire.

“September is our autumn”, think you mean early spring.

South Coast NSW
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5. Re: Campervan Hire.

Are you certain it is a campervan you want? Many people have this idea of campervan travel but the reality is something different.

For a lot of the time the Princes Highway is one lane each way with occasional overtaking lanes, it can be hilly in parts and many campervans are not capable of travelling at the speed limit along this road. We drive this road often and we regularly get stuck behind slow campervans.

There is not much free camping along the coast so you will have to pay for sites in caravan parks or risk being moved on by police or council in the middle of the night, or sleep in rest areas right next to the highway which does not make for good sleeping.

You may be better off hiring a car and staying in motels or caravan park cabins. :)

Newcastle, Australia
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6. Re: Campervan Hire.

If you want a camper, you need to book it in advance. You also need to make sure you have plenty of time on that pick up,day to go over the van thoroughly and learn the operation of the van and have any issues resolved before you head off, don’t just turn up and rush straight off to a campsite 200km away. Same when you return the van, make sure they inspect it and sign off that everything is OK before you leave. You also get what you pay for, I’d rent a newer van from a reputable company, cheap campers are not worth the trouble and expense.

If you are travelling during school holidays you’ll also need to prebook campsites as availability can be limited in Spring and some sites will have minimum night stays. Really if this is a short 3-5 day trip, I wouldn’t bother with a camper, too much hassle and expense compared to a car and motel/cabins or flying.

All the best.

Edited: 06 August 2018, 04:53
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7. Re: Campervan Hire.

Definitely book in advance. Don't try a relocation. Relocations are quite restrictive on time. If you are going to the trouble of having a holiday, do it in your own time, not theirs.

Given the short length in advance you will be booking, you may find the first couple of options that you want are booked out so make sure you have in mind a 2nd or 3rd option.

https://hittheroad.rentals has a price comparison engine like the afforementioned vroomroomvroom but also has reviews etc to help work out which might be the best company for you

Sydney, Australia
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8. Re: Campervan Hire.

So typical, the OP never responded so it is now September. Which, where, how is he going, is anyone's guess.

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