When renting a campervan or motorhome, we often ask ourselves what extras to add to the basic rental. In this article, we give you a list of things you should get when renting a motorhome. We also explain what is usually included when you rent.
Article based on our experience. Rates are quoted in Australian Dollars. The information provided is valid for other countries as well though.
Optional motorhome equipment
When renting a vehicle, including motorhomes, the rental company offers you different options to add to your standard rental. This can be a little overwhelming if it’s your first time renting. To make things easier, we provide you with a list of add-ons usually offered by rental agencies.
Rental companies offer different insurance packages. They always include a “standard” insurance in the rental price. It covers the bodily injury of third parties. However, any damage to your rental motorhome or to other vehicles is not covered. That’s why the rental agent asks you to leave a deposit (amount depends on the vehicle and the companies).
To minimise any risks, it is recommended to take out a so-called “full comprehensive insurance”. Your deposit will be reduced to a minimum. It is also possible to take out private insurance or use your credit card insurance (speak to your your bank beforehand).
More information: Motorhome Insurance options in Australia & NZ
GPS / satellite phone
If you don’t have a mobile phone with internet connection or an international phone plan, a GPS might be helpful to guide to during your trip. Alternatively, you can download a map app to your phone, which allows you to view maps even if you’re offline. In general, renting a GPS costs around $ 10 per day depending on the rental company.
You can also get a satellite phone if you are travelling to an isolated area without phone reception. Some companies also offer pocket Wifi, which gives you access to the internet. Rates vary depending on the GBs you choose. Prices start at around $ 100 for 3GB, which is quite pricey.
Camping table and chairs
You can choose to rent camping tables and chairs for the duration of your rental. These are especially convenient if you rent a small campervan that doesn’t have indoor seating. At resting areas or campsites, you find plenty of tables and benches for you use and you often have free access to. You pay about $ 15 for the chairs and $ 25 for the table. These prices differ from company to company.
Children car seats
If you are traveling with children and you don’t take your own car seats, you have the option of renting these of the rental company. Be aware that these seats are often quite old and not very comfortable. Companies usually offer this service if you take the complete package with insurance, table, chairs etc. The cost of the car seat varies by company. But expect about $ 50 per seat for the total rental period.
If you want other people to drive the vehicle apart from yourself, you can add this option. The rental agent asks for the first and last name of every driver and their driver’s licenses. You will need to pay an extra charge of about $3 a day.
When renting a motorhome equipped with a toilet, you need to buy chemical tablets. This chemical will liquefy faeces and neutralize bad odors. Companies usually offer you to buy these tablets individually. Keep in mind that it is recommended to empty the chemical toilet every 3 to 4 days, so change the tablet with every oil change. It depends on how much you use your toilet though, you might use public toilets as often as possible. Plan to buy enough tablets for the duration of your road trip. The price per tablet is about $ 3.
If you plan to drive through big cities, be aware that most of them charge tolls. Ask the rental agent if this option is available for the cities you want to visit. This way you can avoid unpleasant surprises at the end.
You get a full gas bottle when you pick up your campervan or motorhome. You can ask for a second bottle if you plan to use a lot of gas. It’s a good provision, especially if you are traveling with a family and you do a lot of cooking or if you take frequent hot showers. Actually, rental companies usually offer better deals for gas than service stations.
If you are traveling during chilly months, you can rent a small electric heater. For it to work, it is necessary that the vehicle is connected to main power though. You won’t be able to use it if the vehicle runs on the battery. Rates are generally $ 15 for the duration of the rental.
Basic equipment included in the rental
When you rent a campervan, some equipment is already included in the rental price.
The kitchenette is equipped with plates, bowls, glasses, cutlery, pots and pans, and tea towels. You have to buy detergents and sponges. Vehicles are usually equipped with a fridge or an electric cooler. Most of them also have a microwave, which you can only use when connected to main power.
Bigger motorhomes are usually equipped with a television and often a DVD player. This can be useful if you are traveling with children.
Other accessories such as broom, dustpan, shovel, clothes hangers, water pipe, sewage drain pipe and an electrical connection cable are included. On top of that, bed linens such as sheets, cushion covers and duvets as well as one towel per person are provided.