This was our first Motor Home experience - travelling from Gosford NSW to Cunnamulla Qld for 10 days for a family re-union.
After searching the Internet for options to hire Motor Homes we came up with Aus Venture Motor Home Hire at Erina which is just a few kilometres from where we live. We were not prepared to travel to the city to pick up a Motor Home.
We had weighed up the options of driving/motels; driving & tow a camp trailer; hiring a Motor Home. We would have needed to outlay $800 for a tow bar for our car for a borrowed camp trailer and cost in the wear and tear on our car. Because the Motor Home company was local we decided to go out and have a look at what they had to offer. Alvin showed us through the 4 berth Motor Home which was perfect for our needs as we wanted to take along our golf clubs. This Motor Home had plenty of storage, had all of the standard needs ie crockery/linen/ kitchen needs/cleaning materials/Microwave/gas cooker/good size fridge/freezer/TV/shower/toilet/separate dining area and a double bed.
We were suitably impressed and booked the Motor Home for our 10 day Cunnamulla Experience taking breaks at Dubbo and Bourke.
We were able to pick up the Motor Home on the afternoon before we were leaving so we could have it packed and ready to leave the next day. We were not charged for this day on the condition the Motor Home was returned on the 10th day by the afternoon.
We also weighed up the options of extra insurance. The standard amount of automatic insurance covered us for everything except the first $5,000. Having never driven a Motor Home before we decided to take out extra insurance cover so that we only had to pay the first $250 in case of disaster. That cost us an extra $400 on top of $140 per day rental which was our quoted amount for this rental. The daily rental charges are variable so this is not a locked in daily rental for future trips which will be quoted at the time of rental arrangements with Aus Venture. We thought the rental fee quoted for this ttrip was reasonable for all the amenities that we had and the comfort of the extra space and powerful Mercedes Vehicle. The diesel fuel was not cheap but we probably did not use much more than if we had taken the car.
Peter loved driving the Motor Home and we found it very comfortable and convenient. On the occasions that we needed to take it out of the campsites for touring it was not that big to move that it was a hassle.
Cost wise we calculated that it was a little cheaper in the Motor Home than staying in Motels and that was allowing for the fact that we did not cook in the Motor Home at night which we could have done to save money. We still got the camping experience as if we had a caravan but it was a lot less trouble to park and set up than a caravan.
We would recommend this mode of travel and we anticipate that we will do it again knowing that we want to travel to Victoria in the not too distant future. Alvin & Jenny are great to deal with and we recommend this company to you.