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RV Hiring Guide: A Comparison of RV Types in Australia

Friday 9th March 2018
By Kay Knight
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By Kay Knight

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What RV Should I Hire?

Here at Camplify, one of our most asked questions from hirers is ‘What RV should I hire?’. And the answer is, whichever suits the needs of you and your fellow travellers and your trip. It’s going to be a different answer for everyone that asks, so here’s a guide to help you decide on which RV type is going to be best for you.

Soft Floor Camper Trailers


It’s basically a tent that pulls out of a trailer and pegs into the ground. The trailer itself is used for the bedroom space.

Towing Info - Can be towed with a 2WD. We advise a 4WD for off-roading.

Average Hire Pricing - $45 to $65 per night


PROS of Soft Floor Campers

  • Cheaper to hire than a caravan or motorhome.
  • Easier and safer to tow than a conventional caravan with better fuel consumption when towing.
  • Can be a lot easier to pitch than a normal tent of the same size.
  • Easy to increase the size of the living space by adding an awning.
  • Beds are ready-made and are raised off the ground.
  • Feels like you’re closer to nature and can take in the smells and sounds.
  • Access more locations with the ability to offroad because of the size and weight.
  • There’s usually some storage where you can keep your camping equipment.
  • Quick to pack up, hitch up and go.

CONS of Soft Floor Campers

  • Although quicker than a conventional tent it can still take some time to set up and pack up.
  • There’s less storage space than larger RVs.
  • Not all versions have toilet or shower, be sure to check.
  • Less privacy as the walls are canvas and easy to look/hear through.
  • Not so great in high wind or rain.
 

Hard Floor Camper Trailers


Camper Trailers are also tents that pull out of a trailer however they remain raised off the ground, although awnings can be attached to extend the living space outside (which are pegged in). Some will have bedroom areas that fold out or slide out but the majority of the living space is confined to the trailer itself.

Towing Info - Can be towed with a 2WD. We advise a 4WD for off-roading.

Average Hire Pricing - $55 to $75 per night


PROS of Camper Trailers

  • Cheaper to hire than a caravan or motorhome.
  • Easier and safer to tow than a conventional caravan with better fuel consumption when towing.
  • Can be a lot easier to pitch than a normal tent of the same size.
  • Easy to increase the size of the living space by adding an awning.
  • Beds are ready-made and are raised off the ground.
  • Feels like you’re closer to nature and can take in the smells and sounds.
  • Access more locations with the ability to offroad because of the size and weight.
  • There’s usually some storage where you can keep your camping equipment.
  • Quick to pack up, hitch up and go.

CONS of Camper Trailers

  • Although quicker than a conventional tent it can still take some time to set up and pack up.
  • There’s less storage space than larger RVs.
  • Not all versions have toilet or shower, be sure to check.
  • Less privacy as the walls are canvas and easy to look/hear through.
  • Not so great in high wind or rain.

 

Pop Top Campers


Pop Tops tend to have a solid base (the trailer part) and a solid or partially solid roof. When setting up the roof is raised to expose the canvas walls of the camper. Rather than a tent that folds out of a trailer it’s more like a caravan that pops out of a trailer. Once set up completely with the pop out/slide out rooms, it can seem very spacious.

Towing Info - Can be towed with a larger 2WD. We advise a 4WD for off-roading.

Average Hire Pricing - $80 to $100 per night


PROS of Pop Top Campers

  • Cheaper to hire than caravans or motorhomes.
  • Offers more protection from the elements than Tent Campers and Camper Trailers because of the solid roof and the waterproof canvas walls.
  • Many models have the same amenities as a larger RV like a shower, toilette and small kitchen area.
  • Easier and safer to tow than a conventional caravan with better fuel consumption when towing.
  • Access more locations with the ability to offroad because of the size and weight.
  • Most are 4 - 6 berths so it means you can take the whole family if you want!
  • The living space is utilised more logically and there’s quite a bit of storage to help it feel more roomy.

CONS of Pop Top Campers

  • Can take quite some time to set up so are time-consuming if you are making a lot of stop-overs.
  • If something mechanical gets broken whilst you’re camping it can be a big hassle to get fixed so be sure to check everything works before you take your hire out.
      
Hybrid Caravan


Hybrids are a cross between a conventional caravan and a pop top, basically chop the top off a caravan and add a pop top or slide outs or both, that’s it. Why you ask? Let’s figure that out…

Towing Info - Can be towed with a larger 2WD. We advise a 4WD for off-roading.

Average Hire Pricing - $85 to $105 per night


PROS of Hybrid Caravans

  • They have a lower profile than a regular caravan so are said to be easier and more economic to tow.
  • Main living space is well protected from the elements.
  • Height is regained from popping the top.
  • As they are more similar to conventional caravans the setup is minimal.
  • Can have all of the amenities of a caravan, it’s just compacted into the shorter living area.

CONS of Hybrid Caravans

  • Less storage than a caravan as you can’t use the pop top to store anything in.
  • There are models with slide out beds so you can fit more of the family in!
  • Less fuel efficient and heavier to tow than trailers.
 

Caravans


Caravans come in all shapes and sizes and are pretty much a house on wheels (with less space). There are so many different specifications and layouts available to choose from to suit your party size and trip requirements.

Towing Info - Can be towed with a larger 2WD. Not always suitable for off-roading - check with owner.

Average Hire Pricing - $90 to $120 per night


PROS of caravans

  • More choice of layouts and specifications to suit you.
  • Less pack up time - all you have to do is secure everything that’s loose and off you go!
  • Better for trips with lots of stops along the way as there is very little to set up.
  • More storage space to have everything in it place / full fridge, so no need to set it all up when you arrive in a new place again.
  • Can pull over by the side of the road and have a nap if you need to.
  • Easier to be self-sufficient as you can pitch-up and take the car.
  • A bit more luxury with air-con, TV’s, and separate bedrooms and bathrooms

CONS of caravans

  • More expensive to hire than a Tent Camper/Camper Trailer/Pop Top.
  • Less fuel efficiency when towing as heavier - you will most likely need an SUV or 4WD.
  • Off-roading can be difficult or near impossible so you will have less access to some areas and campgrounds.
 

5th Wheel Caravans


Luxury on wheels, some 5th Wheels are bigger than some apartments! You have everything you could possibly need with the added benefit of the space and real furniture, which means more comfort all round.

Towing Info - You will need a pickup with the right connections to tow one of these.

Average Hire Pricing - $150 to $250 per night


PROS of 5th Wheel Caravans

  • In a nutshell...Space with more of the comforts of your home.
  • Little to no set up at all - just un-hitch and climb on in.
  • More storage than any other type of RV.
  • Full size furnishings and appliances.
  • Separate bedrooms and bathrooms, air con and more domestic gadgets.

CONS of 5th Wheel Caravans

  • More expensive to hire.
  • Some campgrounds won’t be able to accommodate an RV of this size.
  • Not wise to off-road whilst towing one of these.
  • Maneuvering and towing takes some practice and you’ll need a pickup.
  • Less fuel efficient towing.
Find out more about towing RV’s at Without A Hitch

 

Campervans


Campervans are good for those with small parties as they generally cater for 2-4 people. Plus, you can add an awning to increase the living space if you’d like. Newer models have more gadgets and amenities so even the smaller ones have at least some of the comforts of home.

Average Hire Pricing - $50 to $150 per night


PROS of Campervans

  • Easy to drive and park as it is a smaller vehicle compared to a motorhome.
  • Cheaper to hire
  • More fuel efficient then bigger RVs

CONS of Campervans

  • Limited space for storage
  • Can have limited comforts and luxuries 
 

Motorhomes


Motorhomes are better for larger families as many layouts include bunk-beds and seating conversions as well as an overhead bed. Unlike smaller campervans, you can walk around in these and spend time in them quite comfortably without feeling claustrophobic. In fact, some are gigantic and more like a house on wheels! Motorhomes give you the freedom to easily travel around without having to take time to set up and pack up each time.

Average Hire Pricing - $110 to $170 per night


PROS of Motorhomes

  • You can just park up and enjoy your holiday
  • Takes minutes to secure and set off again to your next destination.
  • You can tow an additional vehicle or trailer with a motorhome if you need it.
  • Will withstand bad weather, no problem!

 

CONS of Motorhomes

  • If you want to explore after setting up camp somewhere you have to take the motorhome along with you, which can mean making sure everything is secure before you set off each time - so towing a small vehicle or bicycles is an option.
  • Can be more expensive to hire than a caravan depending on the model.
  • You’ll spend more on fuel than towing a caravan or trailer.
We hope our guide has helped you to decide what RV is right for you! Be safe and enjoy your holiday.


 Do you own an RV? Interested in learning how Camplify can help you turn your caravan, camper or motorhome into $5000 - $35,000 per year? Learn more about how Camplify works for owners here


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