If you enjoy the freedom of the open road, and don’t like being tied to an itinerary, then hiring a campervan for your trip could be ideal. It means that you can take off when you want, and enjoy seeing things that most tourists don’t get to see.
However, there are lots of different vehicles on the road that are considered campervans, and so hiring the right one might seem confusing. Here’s a guide to choosing the right campervan for your journey, and ensuring you have enough space.
The number of berths correspond with how many people can sit and sleep in the campervan. For example, if a van has six berths, it’ll sleep six and have enough seatbelts for all the passengers. It’s important to not go over capacity, as it can be unsafe, and passengers will need to be belted while the vehicle is being driven.
Different vehicles have different levels of facilities, and it’s up to you to decide what you want. If you’re going to be camping a lot, for example, you might need a full kitchen, whereas others would prefer driving a smaller vehicle with fewer features. Some of the things you might need could include:
- Off road driving
- Showers and toilets
- Cooking facilities
- Double beds
- Dining areas
The more facilities you choose, the bigger the van will be, so it’s worth thinking about what you need versus what size you’ll be able to drive. If you look for campervan hire in NZ, then you’ll have a wide choice of vehicles available, and can choose one with the facilities you need.
Types of van
There’s more than one type of vehicle that can be used for travelling and sleeping, and so it’s important to get the right type of campervan for your trip. Some of the options include:
- RV/Motorhomes – these large vehicles often have features such as full sized beds and bathrooms
- Campervans – with a coachbuilt body, these smaller vehicles are easy to drive but convert into comfortable accommodation
- Caravans – towed by a car, caravans are a separate vehicle so can be difficult to tow
- Minivans – not much bigger than the average car, minivans sit up to eight comfortably, although they don’t have sleeping accommodation
If you’re travelling with children it’s important to include them in the number of passengers, and to ensure you get a van that can accommodate them. This includes being able to add car seats appropriate for their age, so it’s important to choose a vehicle with full seatbelts.
If you decide to hire a vehicle for a few days in the wild, or to drive around a beautiful country like New Zealand, it’s important to get the right vehicle to stay comfortable and safe.
There are lots of different vehicles available, and they all have their own specific purposes, so make sure you do some research and pick the right one for your needs.
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