Campervan of the Month: August – 3 Berth Cruiser from Around Australia Motorhomes


A relative newcomer to the DriveNow family, Around Australia Motorhomes offer a great Campervan for every road trip right Around Australia!  For August’s Camper of the month we’re focusing on small families and Around Australia Motorhome’s 3 Berth Cruiser

Vehicle Around Australia Motorhomes 3 Berth Cruiser
Style Mercedes or Volkswagen 2WD
Engine 2.3L Turbo Diesel
Fuel 11 litre per 100km
Specifications 6 Speed Manual, Power Steering
Bed  1 x Double & 1 x Single (linen included)
Kitchen  Gas Stove with Grill & oven, Microwave, 90 Litre Fridge
Bathroom Toilet & Shower -pressurised hot & cold water
Storage Lockers in rear of cabin
Features  TV, External Awning, Outdoor table and Chairs, CD/Radio, Road atlas & Camper ground guide
Included Fly screens, 95 litre Fresh water and 65 litre waste water tanks, 4Kg Gas bottle, All Cooking & dining utensils, Power supply 12v & 240v mains
Optional 1 x Booster & Child Seats (pre book)

Ideal for small families, the 3 berth Cruiser keeps everyone together up front for the best views when driving with 3 seats across the front cabin and anchors for a single child or booster seat.

Around Australia 3 berth Cruiser Down the back maximising the use of space is the secret to the success of the Cruiser with features more commonly found on larger Motorhomes cleverly incorporated into the modes footprint.

Enter the rear of the vehicle from the side sliding door and you’ll notice the TV mounted on your left behind the front passenger seat along with storage space running behind the front seats. Tucked in right immediately behind the Driver’s seat is the bathroom with shower and toilet supplied by pressurised hot and cold water from by a large 95 litre fresh water tank (shared with the kitchen sink).

The kitchen ticks all the boxes with a gas stove including grill and oven ( the 4kg gas bottle is slightly on the smallish size), plenty of cold storage space with a 90 litre fridge and microwave tops off the white goods. The fridge is powered through the vehicle whilst the microwave operates only when you’re hooked up to the mains.  Sink with hot & cold water and all your cooking and eating utensils round of a compact but comprehensive kitchen.

3 Berth Cruiser Bee viewDown the back the dinette offers plenty of seating and converts to a double bed with the optional single fold down bed above and rear double doors . There’s not a huge amount of room between the fold down bed and the double bed below however as the fold-down sits above the bottom of the lower bed this doesn’t offer any real inconvenience.

The built-in awing allows you to eat and entertain externally and there’s no added cost if you want to include an outdoor table and chairs. As with the booster or child seat it’s best to book these added items when making your campervan booking and don’t leave it until the day of pick up.
3 berth CruiserCampervan View - Night and Day

All in all this is a great vehicle for a small family – it certainly is compact but that’s the beauty of it – the clever use of space for living equipment maximises space for you.

Further details can be found on the DriveNow Around Australia Motorhomes Cruiser details page. If you are interested in comparing Campervan rental pricing DriveNow can help you research and book your Campervan holiday with impartial advice. For the latest rates and vehicle availability check out our Campervan Hire home page.






Campervan of the Month: July – Mighty Campers Double Down


The Mighty Double Down 4 berth has everything you need to get on the road with the essentials and all at a great price.

Vehicle Mighty Campers Double Down Campervan Rental – 4 berth
Style Toyota Van 2WD
Engine 2.6L Unleaded Petrol
Fuel 13 litre per 100km / 70 litre tank
Features Automatic, Power Steering, Driver & Passenger Airbags
Bed  2 x Double bunks (linen included)
Kitchen  2 Burner Gas Stove, Microwave, 80 Litre Fridge, Cold Water Sink
Bathroom None
Storage Lockers in rear of cabin
Features  Cooking, crockery & Cutlery Utensils, CD/Radio
Included 31 litre Fresh water tank, 3.3Kg Gas bottle
Optional 2 x Booster & Child Seats

The Double Down Campervan from Mighty Campers offers compact comfortable space for 4 with 2 double bed bunks down the back and all the essentials for a great road trip.

Formerly known as Backpacker Campervans, Mighty Campers has recently been launched with new branding and new vehicle names across the fleet delivering the same great set of options and service for all your campervan needs.

Previously named the Backpacker Warrior, the Double Down is ideal for those looking for affordable accommodation on the road without all the bell and whistles associated with larger, more expensive vehicles. All the basics are covered with a kitchen equipped fridge freezer, 2 burner gas stove, microwave (when hooked up to the mains power) and cold water supplied sink. Sleeping comes by way of the afore-mentioned double bunk beds and bed linen is included in the price of the rental.

So, what does it lack? The obvious area is bathroom facilities, meaning you are likely more dependent on staying in Holiday Parks, although fortunately these are plentiful around Australia and New Zealand. In addition internal living space is less generous than found in larger and more expensive vehicles and other features such as TV, DVD players and external awnings are also not present. However these come at a price and that’s what makes the Double Down such an attractive option for the budget traveller.

Under the hood there’s a 2.6 litre petrol engine with automatic transmission, power steering and a 70 litre fuel tank giving a range of around 900kms depending upon driving conditions and terrain. Upfront there are driver and passenger airbags, Air-Con and CD Player (but no MP3 adaptor) to keep you safe, comfortable and entertained on the road.

If you’re travelling with little ones child and booster seats can be fitted to the rear forward facing seats, but remember to book these in advance.

The Double Down is perfect for those looking to take their beds on the road without the need for the extras and additional space offered by more expensive and larger campervans.

For further details visit the DriveNow Mighty Double Down Campervan page. if you are interested in comparing campervan rental pricing, DriveNow can help you research and book your campervan holiday with impartial advice. For the latest rates and vehicle availability check out our Campervan Hire home page.


Campervan of the Month: June – Maui Platinum River Campervan


The Maui Platinum River Campervan has been designed from the ground up for family space and comfort and ticks all the boxes and then some.

Vehicle Maui Platinum River Campervan Rental – 6 berth
Style Mercedes or Volkswagen 2WD
Engine 2.2L Turbo Diesel
Fuel 13 litre per 100km / 75 litre tank
Features Automatic, Power Steering, ABS
Bed  3 x Double (linen available for rental)
Kitchen  4 Burner Gas Stove & Grill, Microwave, 140 Litre Fridge
Bathroom Toilet & Shower -pressurised hot & cold water
Storage Lockers in rear of cabin and large external storage locker
Features  Leather upholstery, Reading lights, External Awning, DVD/TV, CD/Radio
Included Fly screens, 82 litre Fresh water and 82 litre waste water tanks, 9Kg Gas bottle, Safe, Upper bed Safety nets
Optional 2 x Booster & Child Seats, Outdoor Table & Chairs

This modern spacious motorhome was created with family travel in mind and in true Maui fashion delivers everything you need and then some. No Shortcuts have been taken in particular when it comes to sleeping with 3 large double beds, above the cabin, in the middle and down the back of the rear living space.

Maui Platinum River Campervan Interior Shot
The self-styled Apartment Kitchen is equipped with everything that you’d expect to find, well….. in an apartment, with 4 ring gas stove and grill, Microwave oven (although this only operates when you are connected up to mains power) and a larger fridge/freezer than normally found on board. Great idea.

Moving to the bathroom – no problems here, with shower powered by pressurised hot and cold water and toilet. Box ticked.

Keeping the kids entertained on the move or in the evenings is made that bit easier with LCD screen and DVD player for favourite movies and the 2 living areas allow for parents to retreat for a bit of R &R. Alternatively extend the electrically controlled external awning and enjoy the outdoors.

When it comes to driving, 2 can sit up front whilst there are 4 seatbelts in the rear cabin, of which the forward facing pair can be used for booster and child seats. For that added bit of comfort there’s leather upholstery and of course AC and heating in the front cabin at all times and down the back when plugged into the mains.

For the technically minded, the Platinum River comes in 2 configurations powered by Mercedes and Volkswagen 2 Wheel Drive vehicles with automatic transmission. As with most larger campervans on the road today the Platinum River is surprisingly easy to drive once you have conquered reverse.
Under the bonnet there’s a 2 litre turbo diesel engine running a long at a respectful 13 litres per 100kms giving a fuel range of around 750kms or thereabouts.

Maui Platinum River Campervan Exterior shot

Finally to storage. There’s plenty of locker storage space in and around the rear cabin and a large externally accessible storage area at the rear of the of the vehicle is deep enough to take those essential, or not so essential, golf clubs! Best tip on storage? Take soft bags rather than suitcases – soft bags make better use of the flexible storage space.

Maui has a well earned repuation of providing some of Australia’s best equipped Motorhomes and the Platinum River Campervan is a great exmaple of this and ideal for a family campervan holiday.


For further details visit the DriveNow Maui Platinum River Campervan Hire page. if you are interested in comparing campervan rental pricing DriveNow can help you research and book your campevan holiday with impartial advice. For the latest rates and vehicle availability check out our Campervan Hire home page.


Campervan of the Month: May – KEA 4 Wheel Drive Rental


Discover what makes this 4 Wheel Drive the perfect companion for two to take you off the beaten track and discover the ultimate Australian camping adventure.

Vehicle:      Kea 4 Wheel Drive Rental – 2+1 berth

Style:           LandCruiser Wheel Drive Camper 2011 and later models
Engine:        4.5L Turbo Diesel
Fuel:            14 litre per 100km / 2 x 90 Litre tanks
Features:     Manual, 5 Speed, Power Steering, ABS, Air Bags

Beds:           1 x double and 1 single – linen provided
Kitchen:       1 Burner Gas Stove, Fridge, all Cooking utensils
Bathroom:    External Shower, 90 Litre Fresh water tank
Storage:       Internal in rear area
Features:     AC (Driver Cabin), Heating, Radio, CD Player

Included:     Fly screens, volt meter, fuel tank monitors
Optional:     Portable toilet for hire

Built on Toyota’s durable LandCruiser the Kea 4WD Pop-Top fleet are all 2011 or later models and come equipped with a 4.5 litre V8 Turbo diesel engine, manual transmission and long range fel tanks (2 x 90 litres) giving you that extra range often required when travelling in more remote parts of Australia.

Kea Camper 4 Wheel Drive Rental interior 4 Wheel Drive Rentals have traditionally been quite ‘busy’ down the back when combined with Campervan duties with so much needed to be packed into a relatively small space. KEA’s Pop-Top has taken a refreshingly differently approach and with the roof up offers clever use of space.

The kitchen is well equipped with sink (with ‘ambient’ water – non-heated), cooking and eating utensils and plenty of storage space. 2 single burner stoves providing cooking facilities and a 80 litre fridge sits neatly behind the drivers.

An external shower can be plugged into the side of the vehicle to make use of the 90 litre fresh water tank although as with the sink the water is not heated.

The Pop-Top is surprisingly easy to raise, release 4 clips and push the roof up and you’re done. A 64 watt Solar panel sits on top of the roof which also has fly screens for those hot nights on the road. Power down back the can be supplied by hooking up to the mains on powered caravan park sites, the solar roof panel and a 12 volt dedicated house battery.
KEA 4 Wheel Drive Rental Bedding Bedding comes by way of a double bed sitting up in the Pop-Top itself whilst the kitchen area converts to a large single bed below.

Comforts up front include everything we just about take for granted these days, with Air-Con in the Driver’s cabin, CD Radio that has Aux and USB ports for the ubiquitous MP3 player and from a safety view point the vehicles are air-bag equipped.

In a nutshell the KEA 4 Wheel Drive has everything you need to go off road and explore that little bit further without having to rough it completely. The Landcruiser is the perfect vehicle for the Australian environment with a proven track record of being one of the hardiest and most resilient of 4 Wheel Drives.

So who is the Pop-Top best suited for? Whilst 2 + 1 child will work and work well, the best combination is undoubtedly 2 travellers.


Further information on the 4 Wheel Drive Pop-Top and other vehicles available from KEA Campers is available on the DriveNow KEA Campervan Rental fleet page. For the latest rates and vehicle availability check out the DriveNow Campervan Hire home page.


Campervan of the Month: April – Britz Renegade Family Motorhome



FAR from being a wild rebel April’s Camper of the month, the Britz Renegade 6 Berth Motorhome, is ideal for family travel with some great features thrown in.

Vehicle:        Britz Renegade 6 Berth Motorhome

Style:                 Dual Cab 6 Seater
Engine:              2.4L Turbo Diesel
Fuel:                  18L per 100km / 75 Litre tank
Features:          Automatic, Power Steering, ABS, Rear View Camera

Beds:                3 x doubles OR 2 x doubles and 2 x singles – linen provided
Kitchen:            4 Burner Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, all Cooking utensils
Bathroom:        Shower, Toilet and Basin. 75 Litre Fresh water tank
Storage:           Internal in rear area and large external storage locker
Features:         AC Heating, TV, DVD, MP3 jack, automatic awning

Included:         Rear Front Seat TV/DVD Players, Front Seat Fridge

Unique in the Britz family the Renegade is a dual Cab configuration with seats up front for 6 ensuring the family travels together. The rear bench seat can accommodate 4 booster seats (albeit with a tight fit) and there are anchorage points for 2 baby seats that can be secured by baby bolts. A mini fridge located between the front seats ensures cools drinks for the longer journeys and Britz provide portably TV/DVD players to hand on the back of the Driver and Front passenger seats to help entertain the kids.

For the Driver. The Renegade is a two wheel drive equipped with a 2.5 litre turbo diesel, power steering and automatic transmission. Air bags are restricted to just the one for the driver, whilst a rear vision camera lets you know what’s going on behind and converts to a near view focus when reversing. The Renegade is definitely thirstier than other campervans of its size consuming around 18 litres per 100kms and giving it an effective range of 400km on the open road between drinks.

Unlike most other 6 berth motorhomes the Renegade does not have a walk through between the driving area and rear of the vehicle and there are no seat belts fitted in the living area. Britz designed this intentionally this way to have families travel together and provide an alternative to their other motorhome vehicles where passengers can sit in the rear of the vehicle whilst travelling.

Britz Renegade Motorhome Accommodation

When it comes to accommodation down the back all the bases are covered. There’s a reverse cycle heating and air-conditioning unit, TV & DVD/MP3 player and 2 double Power points for any additional things you need to bring with you. Power comes by way of 12v battery, mains hook-up and Solar panels on the roof, although the A/C & heating Unit, Microwave and power points will only work when the vehicle is hooked up to the mains. A neat feature is the positioning of the LCD TV allowing it to be viewed inside and out with speakers mounted externally. Tip: Remember to wind down the TV Arial before you drive off !!

The bathroom is equipped with all the essentials of toilet, shower and basin all supported by a 75 litre fresh water tank. The kitchen has everything you will need with a sink, microwave, 4 burner cooker, 4 way powered 110 Litre Fridge (Solar, mains, gas and battery) and cooking utensils.

Bedding comes by way of 3 double beds that can be reconfigured into 2 large singles and 2 doubles. A large almost queen size over-head cabin bed provides ample space for a couple or can be split into 2 great singles with a dividing curtain. There’s no chance of little ones falling out with a safety net that clips across the bottom of the bed. Downstairs the front and rear seating areas convert into two double beds. The front double is not ideal for long legged adults and when set up it makes for a tight squeeze to pass into the kitchen area, but given the bed can quickly be set up and dismantled any inconvenience is pretty minimal.
Brtiz Renegade Motorhome Bedding AccommodationThere’s plenty of storage space in the rear accommodation area and as with all motorhomes it’s best to travel with soft bags rather than suitcases. Another nice feature of the Renegade is the external Storage locker that’s large enough to hold the golf clubs! The external motorised awning is mounted outside the door with controls just inside the door. Not all the Renegade fleet are equipped with motorised awnings, some have manual awnings. Britz advise that the automatic awnings cannot be requested – ie you get whatever the vehicle you are assigned has been configured with.

So who is the Renegade best suited for? If you are 6 adults on the larger side of life then the seating in the back of the dual cab will make for a tighter squeeze and the length of at least one of the double beds could lead to cold toes. However families of 6 or couples of average height will have no such problems and the up front dual cabin configuration keeps everyone together to enjoy the road whilst keeping accommodation separate down the back.

For more information on the Renegade and other vehicles available from Britz, visit the DriveNow Britz Campervan Rental fleet page and for the latest rates and vehicle availability check out the DriveNow Campervan Hire home page.

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Can I really get a One way Campervan Rental from a $1 a day?


YES you didn’t misread the title, and NO it’s not another one of those sales gimmicks. Truly it is possible to rent a Campervan for as little as a $1 a day or even essentially for nothing from some of Australia’s leading providers.

So, perhaps a bit of background to explain what’s this all about and how it comes about.

With Campervans and other vehicles being hired and dropped off at different locations around the country, the rental companies are often left in the position of having plenty of vehicles but sitting in the wrong locations. These need to be moved across to branches where customers are expected.

In particular this becomes more necessary as the Australian Seasons change.  Popular Touring times in Northern Australia – Darwin, Broome and Cairns are during the Dry season running from May until late October. For Southern parts of Australia the most popular touring period is generally November through until mid-to-late autumn in April and May.

At the end of each touring season rental companies tend to have too many vehicles in the wrong part of the country and hence the need to relocate them.  During these season changes tends to be the time when the greatest numbers of relocation deals are available.

Vehicle Relocations cost time, effort and money if undertaken by the rental companies themselves.  They quickly realised that a much better campervan-great-ocean-roadoption was to provide one-way campervan deals at substantially discounted prices (down to as little as a $1 a day) and have the travelling public relocate the vehicles for them. Often free fuel is included with offers of up to $350 of fuel not uncommon.

This is a complete win-win outcome. The vehicles are relocated at minimal cost to the rental company and travellers get amazing deals.  Think about this, a top of the range Deluxe Motorhome can cost in excess of $300 a day to rent, so to pick it up for $1 or $5 has got to be a bargain in anyone’s eyes. Generally you are given 6 or 7 days to travel between the locations however different suppliers have different conditions and the travel time allowed does vary on the distance between branches.

How does it work?

  • Some suppliers allow you to go on the register of Drivers and they will then contact you when a vehicle is available. Or if you have a flexible agenda you can see what deals are available within the next 4 weeks
  • Several websites including list all the Relocation Deals available in the next few weeks.  Unlike some, DriveNow does not charge a booking fee. The full benefit of the relocation is passed on to the customer.
  • On picking up your Campervan you must drop it off at the specified destination by the specified date during business hours of the destination branch. Failure to do so does incur hefty daily penalties.
  • Some suppliers also have limits on free kilometres of travel between cities. These generally allow for scope to enjoy the journey but once exceeded a per km fee is charged.
  • Your trip will be subject to the standard insurance options of a regular campervan rental. That is, unless you take an insurance excess reduction option, a bond of AU$7500 will be lodged on your credit card at pick up and returned when you drop off the vehicle subject to any damage.

So, with all this good news what are the drawbacks for travellers? Well four spring to mind:

  • Your choice of campervan will be limited to those that are up for relocation
  • Only certain Pick up and Drop off locations will be available and you must drop off the Campervan by the specified date or incur additional full daily charges
  • Some providers have a cap on the number of kilometres you can travel for free between locations before a per km fee is incurred. The free allowance is enough to get you to the drop off point with a wee bit of room for wandering.
  • Deals are available on an ad hoc basis, there’s no booking months in advance

The bottom line is that if you can travel at short notice and then work to a timetable between locations then these Relocation deals will save you an absolute fortune on Campervan Rental. To have free fuel thrown in is the icing on the cake.

For further information on current one way rental deals in Australia check out DriveNow’s One Way Campervan Rental Deal information pages.

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