Below are a selection of the most commonly asked questions relating to Campervan
hire. On picking up your vehicle the rental company will run through the terms
and conditions of your rental agreement and also give you an explanation of the
features and utilities available in your motorhome.
Driving in Australia
Driving in Australia is on the left.
How much does Fuel cost?
In Australia fuel is sold in litres. Diesel tends to cost around the same as regular unleaded fuel which currently (July 2011) sits around $1.35 - $1.50 per litre. With changes in world oil pricing these rates will fluctuate however generally fuel is much cheaper than European countries.
Prices rise in the lead up to popular travel times around Christmas and Easter particularly.
Seat Belts and Road Speeds
It is compulsory that the driver and all passengers wear seat belts in Australia. Speed limits range from 50km/h in built-up areas to
100-110km/h on freeways and open highways. This varies between states and in parts of the Northern Territory the limit is 130 km/h. The use of speed Cameras is
Do I require a special Driving License?
No. A non-probationary standard driving license held for more than 12 months is all that is required. If your license is not in English an International Drivers license is also required.
What is the minimum age?
21, with the exception of Backpacker Campervan Rentals' Breeze which is 18.
Is there a minimum rental period?
Generally the minimum rental period is 5 days. During certain peak times, such as over Christmas, this may be extended to 7 or 10 days (depending upon rental provider) and one way rentals also may vary. Certain vehicles such as BackPacker Campervan Rentals' Breeze start from 3 days and other providers do differ on occasion. Full details of such costs and variations are displayed when you select your vehicle and available during the booking process with Drivenow.
How are rental days calculated?
Unlike the hourly rate that covers car rental, Campervans are hired on a per calendar day basis, therefore picking up a vehicle at 4.00pm on day 1 and dropping off at 8.30am on day 6 is a 6 day rental.
One Way Rentals. Can I pick up and drop off in different locations?
Yes, however these are subject to certain conditions. One Way Rental fees are around Au$200 for rental periods less than 20 days and require a minimum hire of 7 days.
The fee is waived on rentals more than 20 days (21 for Maui Motorhomes).
Starting or finishing in Broome?
Due to its remote location in the north west of Western Australia vehicles that are dropped off or picked up in Broome incur a Remote Location Fee
($400-$600). Only one fee is charged per vehicle.
In the case of a one way rental this is in additional to the One-Way Fee.
Automatic or Manual Transmission?
The majority of Campervan rentals are manual transmission. There are exceptions (eg Britz's 6 berth Frontier) and full details are available during the review
& booking process. If unsure please mention this in the comments section of the booking form.
Excellent Discounts apply for rentals beyond 50 days. Please contact Drivenow at savemore @ drivenow.com.au with your requirements and we'll source the best deal from across our providers.
You are liable for all fines in relation to your use of the vehicle during the rental period. The rental provider may charge an administration fee for each infringement notice that has to be redirected to you.
Returning your Campervan?
Rental vehicles need to be returned clean with empty waste/grey water tanks and a
full tank of fuel (unless pre-arranged).
Where a vehicle is returned without a full tank and no pre-arrangement you will
be charged an administration fee for refuelling and high per litre rate (up to $2 per
litre). Some providers also require cooking Gas cylinders to be refilled (eg KEA
Campers). Your Campervan rental provider will advise you of the drop off details when you collect your vehicle.
Changing Vehicle Type?
If you wish to upgrade your campervan or motorhome and subject to availability, the additional charge will be taken on pickup.
Changing Drop off location or date?
If you wish to change the drop off destination or extend the rental period after picking up your vehicle you must contact the rental provider for authorisation
and the additional cost will be charged to your credit card. This will be subject to availability. Changes to drop off location are subject to fees ranging from $500 to $700
(depending upon supplier). No refund is applicable for vehicles that are returned early.
What if I have an accident in our Campervan?
Report the accident as soon as possible (within 24 hours) to the rental provider and complete an Accident Report.
Full details of what to do will be in the kit provided by the Campervan Rental company when you pick up your vehicle.
What happens if I breakdown?
All our Campervan rental partners have national Customer care programs to get you back on the road as soon as possible.
Details will be included in your Campervan rental kits supplied at pick up.
Can Booster and Baby Seats be fitted?
There are a number of vehicles that can accommodate both booster and baby
seats and these are also available for hire (approx $20-$25 per rental) from our rental partners. Generally
Motorhome fleets can accommodate both types of seats whilst the smaller
vehicles (eg Apollo's Hitop Campervan or Euro Tourer. Backpacker Campervans can
be fitted only with Booster seats) cannot. Details will be
available during the review/booking process. Please include your requirements in
the Comments section of the booking form.
Can I take my Pet with me?
No. With the exception of guide dogs no animals are permitted on Campervans.
First Aid Kits
Campervan and Motorhomes come equipped with First Aid kits. Fees are applied ($20 - $50) if these are opened.
Can we include Additional Drivers?
Yes. Additional drivers can be registered to drive when you pick up your vehicle subject to Extra Driver Fees (generally around $3 per day and capped at 50 days).
Are Multi-Hire Discounts available?
Yes. Where campervan hire is made in Australia and New Zealand (and South Africa for operators who cover all three countries) and pick up within 3 months, each rental can be combined to qualify for a long-term discount rate. Terms & conditions do vary between our rental partners, please email savemore @ drivenow.com.au with your proposed holiday schedule
and we will source the best available deals and rates for you to choose from.
Are there restrictions on where I can Drive?
Yes. 2 Wheel Drive campervans and motorhomes can only be driven on sealed/bitumen roads or well maintained access roads to recognised campgrounds.
4 Wheel Drive vehicles may be driven on recognised unsealed tracks, however written permission is required from the rental company for many areas in Australia. Therefore
discuss your intended travel plans with the rental provider when picking up your vehicle. Additionally vehicle movements may be restricted in certain areas due to adverse road
or weather conditions.
Where can I camp?
Australia offers a rich and wide variety of holiday parks and many our of rental partners have agreements offering discounted rates with some of the larger Holiday park organisations. Big 4 Holiday parks and Top Tourist both cover Australia and offer excellent recreational services including powered sites and waste water disposal facilities.
How long does the Battery last?
Most Campervans and Motorhomes are supplied with 2 batteries - one to run the engine and the other to operate the living equipment. This second battery will remain charged for
approximately 12-14 hours. Your rental supplier will provide more information when you pick up the vehicle.
Credit Card Bonds
Where a Credit Card bond is required the full amount of the bond will be deducted from your credit card and credited back at the end of the rental period,
subject to any deductions. Where no excess reduction option is taken this amount can be over AU$7500. To avoid disappoint ensure that your credit card has a limit sufficient to cover
this amount. The bond is taken in Australian Dollars and therefore for overseas visitors subject to currency variation which could result in some variance in the amount refunded
compared to the initial amount charged. This bond is taken directly by our rental partners and is not held by Drivenow Pty Ltd.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information made available throughout the Drivenow website is current and applicable, all such information is subject to change
and terms and conditions of each rental vehicle provider will prevail at the time of pickup.
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