Tuesday, December 16, 2008

So what is a Campervan?


Have you ever wondered what the difference between a campervan, motorhome and RV is? If you're interested, read on.

Campervans are just what they say they are - a van that is great to go camping in, because they are fitted out for travelling and sleeping. Are RVs and motorhomes any different? It depends where you come from.

In the US, you will seldom hear the term "campervan" used, but rather RV and motorhome are much more common. "RV" is short for recreational vehicle, and for Americans and Canadians, RVs and motorhomes are usually larger than campervans and are used for everything from short holidays to permanent living quarters - not to be confused with mobile homes which are typically a fixed abode in a trailer park. In North America, campervans are often associated with Volkswagon buses produced from 1949 - 1967.

For the British, a "campervan" or "camper van"is the most common term, followed by "motorhomes" or "motor home". But they can also be called Motorcaravans, Campers, Dormobiles or Caravanettes.

For Australians and New Zealanders, Recreational Vehicle is not a common term, and the terms "campervan", "camper" and "motorhome" are the most widely used. For most people, all terms refer to the same vehicle, but for some locals "Recreation Vehicle" can refer to a sport utility vehicle or a four wheel drive vehicle. Also, in Australia and NZ, smaller campers are sometimes referred to as 'Kombis' after the Volkswagen Kombi van of the 1950s (also know as "Microbus" or "hippie van").

In France and Quebec, the most commonly used descriptionis the Anglicized term "camping-car", while in Spain it is referred to as "autocaravana."

While in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, it is called a "wohnmobil", "wohnwagen", "reisemobil" and also "camper".

For South Africans and Namibians it is most often referred to as "camper" or a "truck camper". Other terms such as "RV', "motorhome" and "campervan" used by some, and generally understood – but less common.

If you are looking for genuine web discounts for your next overseas holiday, we offer great campervan rental deals on the leading providers in many countries:

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wohnmobil USA Launches

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iMall Brands Ltd, has just launched a German language website uniquely for German visitors to United States, WohnmobilUSA.com

Rohan Marx, General Manager for iMall Brands, says "We are pleased to be able to offer German travellers to US a wider choice of vehicles, as well as special offers that aren't available on other German language sites. Our site also gives German travellers the advantage of booking in Euros or US dollars and avoid the extra expense that can come with currency fluctuations".

Mr Marx adds, "The United States is a very attractive destination for RV Rentals for European travellers - the falling dollar, diversity of cultures and changing landscapes, and also the variety rental options available make an US holiday very appealling to German, Austrian and Swiss travellers."

You can visit Wohnmobil USA via http://wohnmobilusa.com

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

More good news for domestic rv rental market

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Trends are looking good for RV Rental in the USA: 
http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c82480
Greater demand for rental services of recreational vehicles has been generated by an increase in propensity to holiday domestically. US residents are less likely to travel overseas for holidays in the near future, owing to the continued threat of terrorism and the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq. Increases in income are also leading to greater propensity to upgrade dwellings and therefore increasing the chances to rent trucks for moving. The increased income also leads to higher occurrence of recreational vehicle rental. 

Looking for great USA RV Rental - look now further than Fetch RV Rental USA - find all types of motorhomes and recreational vehicles to rent from travel trailers, Class A, Class B, Class C to Kombi Rentals- Fetch has an RV for you!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Forget Planes, Trains and Automobiles - Americans take RVs for Holidays


With the ecomony down on the ropes, airlines and auto travel is suffering, however there is one bright spot in American domestic travel

People are renting more recreational vehicles this year, said Joe Laing, marketing director of El Monte RV, which has 11 motor home rental locations in Southern California.

Laing said his company had booked 6.5% more reservations in Southern California for this Thanksgiving holiday compared with last year.

Susie Lott, branch manager at Apollo Motorhome in Hawthorne, said the economy hadn't affected RV rentals as much as it had other industries.

"People think maybe going on an RV trip would be a luxury, but instead, people are saying, 'We're not going to give this up.' They'll go closer to home, but they'll still go for the experience."

Looking to save a bit of dinero on your next motorhome booking? Look no further than Cheap RV Rental!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Winnebago unveils Hybrid Motorhome/RV


Winnebago Industries, Inc. has reveald some new models of RVs at the 46th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY. One of them includes the Hybrid Concept Adventurer:

Winnebago Industries also unveiled a full-size Class A hybrid concept RV with the new 2009 Winnebago Adventurer. The Adventurer hybrid concept vehicle features a Freightliner ecoFRED chassis with Eaton hybrid power system components. This is a full hybrid system in that it utilizes two independent power sources (a diesel engine and an electric motor) that work in conjunction to optimally power the vehicle. The Adventurer Hybrid also is the first hybrid motor home to feature an Auxiliary Power Generation (APG) unit that senses hybrid battery power levels and automatically engages the coach's engine to charge the batteries. Because this hybrid system also supplies power to the 120-volt coach system, and on-board generator is not required. The Adventurer Hybrid concept vehicle explores new horizons in RV efficiency and functionality and is just one more example of Winnebago Industries tradition of industry leading innovation.

"Winnebago Industries is on the cutting edge of RV hybrid technology with this concept vehicle that explores the viability of advanced hybrid systems in motor home applications," said Olson. "We are pleased to bring this type of advancement to the market."

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Motorhoming 'greener' than fly/drive/hotel vacations

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Here's a great new article from Motorhome Magazine (http://www.motorhomemagazine.com/output.cfm?ID=1907623):

"RV vacations are not only fun, affordable and comfortable for families," says Richard Coon, president of Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, "this study shows that they're also more green than vacations including flying."

PKF, headquartered in Alexandria, Va., analyzed the CO2 emissions (in tons) of vacations varying in length from three, seven, 10 and 14 days to destinations such as Orlando, Fla.; New Orleans, La.; and Napa, Calif. The RV vacations analyzed included car/folding camping trailer; SUV/travel trailer; Type C motorhome; and Type A motorhome (diesel).
So if you are looking to go Motorhoming consider companies that care about the enviroment. Once such company is EnviroCamper:

Got $3,950 to spare? Find out more about World Recreational Vehicles Market

For a 'mere' $3,950 - you can find out the state of the World Recreational Vehicle Market:

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Recreational Vehicles in Thousands of Units. As classification of Recreational Vehicles differ across major geographical markets (in accordance with consumers' lifestyles and requirements), the product segmentation and the markets analyzed differ in the report. The major product segments analyzed for the North American Market are Motor Homes (Class A, Class B, and Class C), Travel Trailers (Conventional Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers), and Campers & Camping Trailers (Folding Camping Trailers, Truck Campers). For Japan, the market is analyzed for Trailers and Others. The European market for Recreational Vehicles in this report is analyzed for Motor Caravans, and Touring Caravans. The Asia-Pacific market is analyzed for Caravans and Campervans. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World. Annual forecasts are provided for each region and product segment for the period of 2001 through 2015. A ten-year historic analysis is also provided for these markets with annual market analytics. The report profiles 141 companies including many key and niche players worldwide such as ADRIA MOBIL, d.o.o, Coachmen Industries, Inc., Canterbury Recreational Park Homes, Eclipse Recreational Vehicles Inc., Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc., Forest River Inc., Gulf Stream Coach Inc., Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC, Jayco Inc., K-Z Inc., Lunar, Monaco Coach Corporation, National R.V. Holdings, Inc., Northwood Manufacturing, Palomino RV, Skyline Corporation, Starcraft RV, Inc., Thor Industries Inc., Trigano, Winnebago Industries, Inc., and Woodland Park, Inc. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are mostly extracted from URL research and reported select online sources.
Sadly, it doesn't seem to have anything about RV Rental markets - but it could prove useful if you have the dosh spend!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Obama Presidential Inauguration boost RV Rentals


from http://www.freep.com/article/20081123/NEWS05/811230418/1009

Recreational vehicle companies also are experiencing a boost in business. Within the last week, Westland-based Feister Auto & RV has received dozens of inquires and visits from people interested in renting a vehicle. Cruise America, which operates out of Feister, provides five- or seven-person rental RVs that will cost about $700 for the trip.

If you are still looking to go to the presidential inauguration, why not book cheap rv rental with your friends and family? Check these sites for some rv rental deals:

Camper Rental Blogs


Looking for special deals on Motorhome, RV and/or Campervan Rental? The blogs below were set up to give customers the latest offers from leading suppliers on rental deals. The also contain information about pickup depots, roadtrip itineries, latest news, photo and videos of campervans. Check some great deals that will make your wallet happier:

  1. RV Rental USA- find the latest special offers for motorhome rental in the United States
  2. Campervan Hire New Zealand - if you are looking to get away from it, travel to beautiful New Zealand
  3. Campervan Hire Australia - Find the hottest Camper Hire Deals under the aussies sun here.
  4. RV Rental Canada Coupons - Looking for some great deals on Motorhome Hire in Canada, eh? Visit this blog and check out the latest offers for Canadian motorhome rental.
  5. France Campervan Rental - Bienvenue en France. Get a great deal on a 'Camping-Car' and experience the cultural pleasures of France!
  6. South Africa Camper Rental is an incredible place to visit, there's so much to do here, you could spend months touring and seeing new things.
  7. Ireland Camper Hire - See the Emerald Isle in style; get a great deal on a Motorhome home or Campervan Hire!
  8. Germany Motorhome Hire - See gardens and the grandeur of its castles and palaces that bespeak of the sheer luxury of the lives of German nobility. And what better way to explore this treasure trove of excitement than in your very own motor home
  9. British Motorhome Rentals - If there is an amazing campervan hire deal on offer somewhere in the United Kingdom, here is where you will find it!
  10. Spain Motorhome Rental -   Spain and the islands of the Canaries and Balearics are a great place for visitors wanting to try a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday. Check out this site for great deals!
  11. Italy Motorhome Rental -   Italy is full of fabulous road trips for campervan hire vehicles, itineraries can be mixed and matched to create trips from a week up to a month. These are some of the most popular and easily combined sectors.
  12. CampervanHire directory links from Delicious & Folkd

Monday, November 24, 2008

US Presidential Inauguration in an RV



Would you like to see the new US President Barack Obama get inaugurated? Hotel Rooms are booking out fast:
WASHINGTON -- Heading to the capital city to be part of history on Jan. 20? Good luck finding a room.

You might be able to ante up $40,000 for a four-night stay at a fancy hotel, or you can crash on someone's couch or floor. Anything in between is just about gone for Barack Obama's Inauguration.

With hotels nearly booked up, lots of out-of-towners are suddenly deciding it's time to pay a visit to friends or relatives here. Others are more imaginative.


Why not rent a motorhome to see the new president get elected? Click on this link for motorhome rental in Washington DC

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

South Africa Camper Hire Deals Year End Special 2008

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Good news for those looking to book a campervan in South Africa before the year is over:

Book your travel with Pure Motorhome Rental SA before the 25th of December 2008 and receive a Super 5% Discount off the base rental rates. Offer only applies to bookings and deposits made before the 25th of December 2008 with travel by the 31st December. See Terms and Conditions for further details.
COUPON CODE: PMRSA5OF
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Motorhome Rental Portugal Year End Special



Looking for a quick getaway to Portugal before the year ends? Pure Motorhomes Portugal is now offer this great offer:


Get 5% off the base rental rates on any Mc Rent Portugal vehicle for the remainder of 2008
COUPON CODE: 5OFFMCRENT
Expires: 31-Dec-2008

Go to Pure Motorhome Rental Portugal to take advantage of this offer!

Camper Neuseeland - German Campervan Booking Site, Launched


New Zealand's leading motorhome rental booking agent, iMall Brands Ltd, has just launched a German language website uniquely for German visitors to New Zealand, CamperNeuseeland.de

"We appreciate the patronage of German travellers coming to New Zealand," says Rohan Marx, the General Manager of iMall Brands Ltd. "With CamperNeuseeland.de we now offer our German friends a quality motorhome and campervan rental booking website in their native language, where they can book in Euros. Additionally we have German language reservations support on the ground."

So far the response has been very positive, and a similar website will soon be launched for German travellers visiting Australia, Mr Marx added.

You can visit Camper Neuseeland via http://camperneuseeland.de

Campervan Hire Specials for Australia 2009


Australia is now offering great campervan rental specials for 2009 - check some of these great campervan and motorhome rental offfers:

Book any Comet Campers for travel after 1 November 2008 until 1 April 2009 and get 5% off the base rental rates
PROMO CODE: CC5OFF
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Book any Runaway Camper for travel after 1 October until 1 April and get 3% off the base rental rates
PROMO CODE: RC5OFF
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Book any Real Value vehicle 180 days prior to the start of your rental and get 5% off the base rental rates.
PROMO CODE: EB5CAU
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Also if you are looking to booking travel by Dec 14 of 2008 - check out this great offer:

Enviro is offering a massive 20% rates discount on all vehicles! Travel must be between 20th October and 14th December 2008. Minimum hire requirement is 7 days for the Spirit 4 and 6, and 5 days for other vehicle types. Please note the discounted rates will be automatically applied to your rental in the search results and booking system if your rental is eligible.
PROMO CODE: DAZZlERM
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Cheap Motorhome Rental Deals in Canada!


Are looking to experience the great outdoors in Beautiful Canada. See Canada's natural beauty without breaking your wallet with these great motorhome and campervan specials:

Place a booking by January 31 2009 and travel between 1st January 2009 and 31st Decmber 2009 to get massive 15% discount. Traveland will also waiver the normal preparation fee and give you your first two personal kits and 2 x 500km km packages for free.
PROMO CODE: SEB
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Book Class C Motorhomes for 12+ days with Outdoor Travel, travel between 1 October 2008 and 31 May 2009 to get 30% massive discount. Please note the discounted rates will be automatically applied to your rental in the search results and booking system if your rental is eligible.
PROMO CODE: 30OFFC
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Book for 14 days and get 3 days for free through Spring. Rentals must be completed by 30th June 2009 to qualify for free days. Subject to full terms and conditions.
PROMO CODE: WCFREEDAY
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Book any Canadream vehicle before January 31st 2009 and select this special to waiver all one way fees between selected branches for any rentals commencing April 1 - October 31 2009. This = savings of up to $750
PROMO CODE: OWS1
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Incredible New Zealand Campervan and Motorhome Specials!


If you wanting to visit New Zealand, there is no time like now to book a campervan or a motorhome home for your kiwi adventure! Check out some of these great campervan rental deals in NZ

Take yourself back to 2006 pricing with Pacific Horizon. Book any vehicle for a period of 29 - 39 days with pick up dates between 1 October and 15 December 2008 and enjoy a 18% discount on the base rental rate.
PROMO CODE: SPFLUX2
Fetch Campervan Hire New Zealand

Pay for 2 weeks and get up to 7 free days. Applies to Motorhome hire. This coupon is available for booking made before 31 July 2009. Travel must be made between 1st April 2009 and 15th September 2009.
PROMO CODE: 3FOR2M9
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Pay for 2 weeks and get up to 7 free days. Applies to Motorhome hire. This coupon is available for booking made before 31 July 2009. Travel must be made between 1st April 2009 and 15th September 2009.
PROMO CODE: 3FOR2M9
Fetch Campervan Hire New Zealand

Book Apollo motorhomes for two weeks to get up to 7 rental days FREE. This special is only available for travelling between 20 April and 14 September 2009.
PROMO CODE: NZWT
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Motorhome Rental Specials in the USA for 2009


Motorhome Rental Deals, everybody loves 'em! So are you looking to rent a motorhome next year? Why not check out some great coupon offers available now:

Rent a Cruise America vehicle for 15 nights or more between 1 November 2008 and 31 March 2009 and you'll only pay for 14!
Fetch RV Rental USA

Road Bear Super Deal - one way out of LA
Fetch RV Rental USA

15% off base rates for 2009 + 2 free convenience kits
Senior Motorhome Rental USA

15% Early booking discount on Apollo
Cheap Motorhomes USA

Cruise FREE One Way Fees
Cheap Motorhomes USA

El Monte Early Bird Special - 3 free 100 mile packages
Family Motorhome Hire USA

Road Bear All Inclusive Winter Special
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Sunday, September 7, 2008

RV Rental in Canada (FT.com)


Here's an interesting article from FT.com (Financial Times) about renting an RV in Canada. This is an interesting excerpt about US RVs vs European RVs:

There are many things about a solid American RV that should make European motorhome makers, with their cheap veneered chipboard and flimsy fittings, feel ashamed. But aerodynamic design is not among them. Above 50mph, the wind roar was loud, incessant and dispiriting.

The beds – permanent double at the rear, over-cab double at the front – were comfortable enough, and the shower, loo, fridge and other ancillaries all worked well. But there was no lack of further downsides. Over 1,500 miles, the Adventurer’s 5.7 litre petrol Ford V8 drank a gallon every 11 miles – better than many of its larger counterparts, but for a week’s trip the fuel bill was more than £390.
Read more here http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/65a669be-77e8-11dd-acc3-0000779fd18c.html

Looking for RV Rental in Canada? Click here

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Professional RV'ers prefers Europe over America


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Adelle and Ron Milavsky, a lovely retired couple who live in Connecticut, have been road-tripping across Europe for years. They've written the definitive guide on RV trips, Take Your RV to Europe: The Low-Cost Route to Long-Term Touring and now here to share a few more tips about this rather under-rated method of travel. You recently came back from yet another RV roadtrip through Europe. Tell us a bit about it. How far did you go? What were some of your best memories?

Over the years, we've spent more than a year touring Western Europe. Our latest trip was in April and May this year. We only stayed for six weeks this year instead of our usual 10 –12 weeks. We knew that it would be considerably more expensive this year because of the low value of the dollar. Because gas was as high as $10 a gallon, we only traveled in The Netherlands, Belgium and France with one stop in Germany.

In all we drove about 1500 miles. Our main stops were Bruges, Ypres, Waterloo and Gent in Belgium; The Hague, Amsterdam, and Keukenhof Gardens in The Netherlands; Metz, Nancy, Strasbourg, Troyes in France; and Aachen in Germany. Our bills from this six-week stay were still affordable. Our total outlay for six weeks of travel (not counting airfare) was about $3,000 more than what we would spend at home for food and entertainment. For our 42-day stay, gas costs us $1200, campgrounds just under $1000.

Why Europe and not the US for RV trips?

Once we had begun, we found RV'ing in Europe was even nicer than RV'ing in America. Distances are much shorter, most cities have campgrounds in or near them, and public transportation is good. All of this adds up to a great way to travel – no set itinerary, complete freedom to go where you want and a minimum of driving. And of course, no packing or unpacking between stops.

Worst experience while RV roadtripping? Best?

We've had some uncomfortable moments when we were lost (or rather, taken the scenic route). But in all this time, we've never had a bad experience, except for the memorable time we decided to take the "2.8 meter Tunnel" to Caen in Normandy, France and found that our RV was 3.1 meters high. (We knocked the cover off our air conditioner and it never worked again.) But we've loved our extended stays in all the big cities in Europe – including Amsterdam, Bruges, London, Paris and Rome. We've been to Roman ruins, medieval cities and castles, towns built into the sides of mountains, museums of all sorts, caves of neolithic paintings, cathedrals, zoos, wonderful gardens, historic homes and more. And countless open-air markets.

When did you guys get the travel bug? What's your traveling background?

Before my husband, Ronald, retired, we had traveled the "usual" way to about twelve countries. Most were in Europe but we'd also been in China, Thailand and Korea as well as Venezuela. We stayed mostly in hotels, and ate most of our meals in restaurants. So we were "experienced" travelers.

In 2001 we bought a small motor home and traveled across the U.S. We fell in love with this style of traveling and decided that driving a motor home in Europe might give us a chance to really spend time there in an affordable way. Even better it would allow us to do something that we'd always wanted to do – go to the outdoor markets and buy food to eat at home as the Europeans do.

With gas so high, are roadtrips still affordable?

This way of traveling allows great flexibility. We used various published guides to European campgrounds, but there is a great deal of information available on the internet. We choose our next destination using three criteria. First, how far away is it from where we are now (we like to drive no more than a couple of hours per day). Second, what is interesting in that city? Third, is there a campground with bus service to the tourist area close by?

How can travelers take their own RV trip?

When we realized that how enjoyable and affordable it was to travel leisurely and extensively through Western Europe. Ron decided that someone (namely Adelle) should write a book about our adventures in Europe. So I did. Take Your RV to Europe was published in 2005 by The Intrepid Traveler. It goes into detail about how to ship and what to expect when you get to Europe. Any one who is interested, can go to our website and blog, where we publish our letters home detailing our experiences. Ron is working on a very informative web site that combines our experiences with an enormous number of links on the internet for information about the places we have visited.

Is it possible to rent a RV in Europe? US? How?

It is possible to rent an RV in many places in Europe. Renting costs from $124 per day in the "low season" to $194 per day in the "high season". This year, renting an RV for six weeks from April 24 to June 4 would have cost us just about the same amount as shipping our RV both ways. But, if we had stayed our usual 12 weeks, the cost would have been approximately $13,000 for a comparable size unit. You can see why we chose to ship our RV.

What about shipping a RV to another country?

The price to ship a motor home is computed per cubic foot. In 2002, we paid $2000 for our 21 ft. rig, but now the cost runs a bit more than $3000. If you can stay in Europe for three months or more, shipping a small RV would still be the most inexpensive way to travel. That $6000 round trip for the RV translates into about $66 per day. Together with campground fees, that is $100 a day, but that includes both overnight accommodations, the equivalent of a rental car to travel in, and the possibility of eating "at home" which saves a huge amount of money.

Incidentally, there is one other big "reason" to ship your own unit if you can. Traveling in the UK with a rented rig where the driver is on the "wrong" side of the vehicle is very hard and can be dangerous. But in your own motor home, you are able to judge the size and shape of the rig. The hard part is not sitting in your accustomed position. It is easy to remember to drive on the left!

Final thoughts?

We have literally visited hundreds of cities and villages in Europe, and it's been a wonderful experience. We think that other Americans should consider it.

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Not all European motorhome rental have to be as expensive as what Adelle and Ron Milavsky have experienced; check out some of these discount motorhome and campervan rental sites in Europe:

See Northland New Zealand via Campervan



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It's a surreal experience being a tourist in your own country – but the Far North is a different world, Ruth Hill discovers on her campervan adventure.

The Matakohe Motor Camp manager seems shocked to see us. "A campervan! I haven't seen one of those in a week!" she says, making us feel quite the intrepid explorers.

It's true the town is not as lively as it was 150 years ago, when Matakohe was the kauri capital and the forest giants' timber and gum (which made lovely varnish) were second only to gold as New Zealand's top exports.

The impressive Kauri Museum's exhibitions include a scale model of a working steam sawmill, a gumdigger's hut and an entire boarding house, all peopled by mannequins modelled on real-life volunteers and descendants of the original settlers. Photographs from the pioneer era show proud bewhiskered men astride giant stumps in the rakish poses of big-game hunters.

One of the museum's recent acquisitions is a 150-year-old kauri trunk, which was cut down to make way for the Orewa to Puhoi motorway extension. A plaque explains it was donated to the museum "as part of a range of ecological initiatives" by the construction company.

After witnessing the destruction memorialised in the Kauri Museum, it's almost a shock to find kauri still in existence in Waipoua Forest, like meeting storybook characters in the flesh.

Where teams of bullocks and bulldozers ploughed through virgin bush, tourists now tiptoe over board walks to avoid treading on delicate feeder roots.

These ancient living things have outlasted the rise and fall of empires here at the bottom of the world.

The oldest of them all, Te Matua Ngahere (the Father of the Forest), a colossal five metres in diameter, was already 2000 years old when Jesus walked the earth.

North of the Kauri Coast, the road meanders down to Hokianga Harbour and the twin hamlets of Omapere and Opononi.

The predominantly poor and under- developed West Coast might as well be a different country to the East Coast, which is lined with luxury enclaves of architecturally designed monstrosities.

It's not uncommon to pass a corrugated iron shed on the verge of collapse and then spot a straggly line of washing and a carefully tended vegetable patch and realise it's actually someone's home.

The landscape is achingly beautiful: rolling green pasture land, primeval forests, chalky cliffs, golden beaches, turquoise waters.

The tatty little towns strewn casually about this majestic countryside are so self-consciously "Kiwi", it's almost like they are parodying their lack of chic, playing it up for the tourists. But the welcome is warm and genuine.

Opononi's heyday was in 1955 when a lone dolphin made friends with a little girl called Jill Baker, whose parents ran the tearooms, and turned the the town into a national attraction.

Opo inspired a hit song, and the Government even passed a law to protect her. A day later, she was dead.

It is suspected she was killed by fishermen, who accused her of eating their catch.

The townsfolk gave Opo a public funeral and put up a statue of her; more than 50 years later, she is still pretty much the only show in town.

Historic Rawene is the departure point for ferries to Kohukohu and the back road to Kaitaia.

In the days of sailing ships, the town could only be accessed on the incoming tide, but with three pubs, crews didn't mind the stopover and neither do we.

The ferries run every hour, but we're happy to give the first one a miss and enjoy a coffee at the Boatshed Cafe.

The surfing mecca of Ahipara is distressingly calm, and Ninety Mile Beach appears empty except for a couple of doleful Chilean surfers in a $250 Holden waiting for their luck to turn.

The beach is an open road and various bus tours offer a hoon past the dunes. However, it's not recommended for smaller vehicles, as the odd car roof poking through the sand will testify, and all car-hire agreements prohibit such tomfoolery.

We stop off at Te Kao's general store, strangely drawn to the sign of the giant icecream. Inside, the walls are lined with flax kete, caps, hats and handicrafts in a rainbow of colours.

Bonnie Conrad is the dynamo behind the Kaikihikihi Arts cooperative, and her three daughters are among a small legion of weavers whose busy fingers keep the store stocked.

"Yeah, it's looking a bit bare at the moment," she says, gesturing to weaving strung from the ceiling and covering every inch of wall space.

"We had a bus-load of Hawaiians through last week and they cleaned us out."

Thousands of tour buses pass this way every year, but the road to Cape Reinga is unbelievably bad: old school metal broken up by huge craters.

It's late in the day by the time we make it to the parking lot, which is under construction, a swirl of mud in our wake. The car park and toilets are being moved because their old position was offensive to Maori, for whom the area is sacred.

According to legend, Spirits Bay is the place where the souls of the dead depart the earth and the 1000-year-old pohutukawa tree hides the entrance to the Underworld (Te Rerenga Wairua) among its roots.

Cape Reinga is not actually the northern most point in New Zealand – that's North Cape, 30 kilometres to the east – and the lighthouse keeper is long gone, the lamp now controlled by computer from Wellington. But standing on the cliff top, which is like the prow of a massive ship, with the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea churning together far below, it certainly feels like the end of the world.

The coastal riches that make the Bay of Islands a tourist paradise also made it a hotly contested territory for Maori tribes before Captain Cook sailed through in the late 18th century.

The hub for countless cruises and dolphin-watching excursions is Paihia.

It's possible to drive from Waitangi to Paihia in two minutes instead of circumnavigating the entire inlet, which we discover takes the best part of three hours.

However, thanks to my creative navigational skills, we get to see the world-famous Hundertwasser toilets of Kawakawa.

The reclusive Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser moved to the area in the 1970s and left a lasting testament to the town in this work.

It's a tad disturbing to see a bunch of people queuing for the loo with cameras in hand, but the weird and wonderful block with its crooked, patchwork, ceramic-tile columns and grass roof is certainly eye-catching.

Russell is a short ferry ride from either Paihia or Opua.

The town was notorious as the hellhole of the Pacific thanks to the rag-tag gang of whalers, sealers, traders and missionaries who followed in Cook's wake.

We make a last abortive attempt to find surf at Waipu but console ourselves by rummaging around in its great second-hand stores.

Our last evening is spent at the famous Leigh Sawmill Cafe, which attracts gourmands and music-lovers from far afield. The menu is so exciting we order too much and end up with an embarrassing number of platters.

The cafe is a converted 19th century kauri mill and the giant saws are now quaint decor features.

It's an apt setting for the final night of our Northland odyssey, bringing together the rich pioneering past of the region with its future hope, tourism.

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Campervans: A vantastic way to see New Zealand!

By Alex Robertson: original article click here

Holidaying by Maui van is easy to sniff at but one weekend behind the wheel soon reveals how blissful an experience it can be, writes Alex Robertson

Sitting in a traffic jam 8km south of Whangarei at 4pm on a wet Friday in winter is hardly the best start to a weekend away. However, instead of waiting in line then arriving at our destination late, tired and fuming, I took a glance at the road atlas, turned off and headed west.

The map told us the road led to Maungatapere, the GPS said "re-routing" (to rhyme with "outing" in an electronic American accent) and my wife asked how long the detour would take as we had a hungry 3-year-old on board.

And I couldn't have cared less - we were in a Maui campervan and could stop where we pleased.

Taking advantage of Maui's winter weekend break has been a revelation to me. For years I sniffed haughtily at campervan people sitting by the side of the road drinking cups of tea and eating ham sandwiches as I passed on my way to a "real" destination.

And I was always a little circumspect of people who decided to sleep next to the public conveniences at a popular beach or scenic spot (but why Cox's Bay, for heaven's sake?).

But, I was missing the point. They stopped there because they were thirsty, or hungry, or tired or fancied waking up to the sun rising out of the ocean with nothing but sand and sea to obscure the view.

Now we were heading in the wrong direction to Tutukaka, our target, not knowing how long our journey would take. And the sun was setting.

I was emboldened by the confidence that we could pull over to the side of the road anywhere and pitch camp: no setting up poles; no stretching canvas; no hammering tent pegs. Just pull on the handbrake and brew up.

The GPS soon recalculated our route (I'd already checked that we could double-back on the map) and we cruised through golden, winter, afternoon sun chasing rainbows over Whangarei and the coast beyond.

That first night, we stopped short of our target and pulled over by the toilets on the water's edge at Ngunguru as daylight failed. Dinner was soon served and cleared away and setting up the sleeping arrangement was a cinch. These vans are well designed and easy to use, with lots of storage and plenty of space. There's even a shower and a loo.

There's not much to do when you're sharing your one-roomed pad with a sleeping mini-me, so, after a couple of glasses of wine and a few chapters of a book it was lights out.

The tremulous bark of oyster catchers woke me just before dawn. Another little voice soon pitched in demanding breakfast and we were soon gulping down steaming porridge watching the colours change on Ngunguru sandspit and Whangarei Heads, as the sun came up.

The locals were friendly and didn't seem to mind our camping across the road from their living rooms. Maybe a small, fleeting addition to that gorgeous view that hasn't changed for thousands of years added a little interest. We were soon gone, stopping in at Tutukaka for coffee before heading up the coast through Matapouri (for a picture stop) past golden beaches and rugged headlands, then climbing bendy roads through rolling, verdant farmland.

We turned off to Whananaki South and soon hit the gravel road. The big (7.2m long) Mercedes diesel automatic was superb at negotiating the tight, twisty road and slippery hills and was as easy to drive as a family car. We met another Maui campervan coming the other way and we all breathed in (mentally) and managed to pass without incident.

At Whananaki South (a handful of houses and a beautiful ocean beach) we found the Southern Hemisphere's longest footbridge, which crosses the estuary to Whananaki North (not many more houses, a school, library and community hall). Whananaki North also has a sealed road, but that was all water under the (foot) bridge.

We headed back south to Waipu, stopping for lunch along the way because we could, and spent the night at the Waipu Motor Camp ($20 for a van with two adults, hot showers and electric hook-up).

I took a walk along the beach with a 40-knot easterly battering the shore.

The stormy sea and threatening clouds painted a beautiful, dramatic picture that glowed eerily pink and orange from the setting sun: It was a scene that Turner could have painted.

The rain lashed our roof all night and the van rocked now and then as a gust blew through.

We stayed warm and dry - unlike my previous attempts at camping in a storm, but that's another story.

Sunday was grey and miserable and we decamped fairly early taking the coastal route through Langs Beach to Mangawhai and a coffee and art stop at the Smashed Pipi Cafe.

We then tried the back route through to Matakana and, after a brief detour back to SH1 after our GPS disagreed with the driver and the map, we headed through the beautiful Whangaripo Valley and over the hill to Matakana (windy, steep gravel roads again handled with ease).

The trip home to Auckland was (thankfully) uneventful with easy flowing traffic and no need for further detours.

Having cleared our gear and returned the van, my wife discovered that she had lost a bracelet. I called Maui the next morning advising them to look in the microwave (yes, they even have a microwave) and it was duly found for me to collect the next day.

I mention this because the people at Maui were as friendly and helpful as you could hope for and a perfect complement to their wonderful product.

Next time you see somebody enjoying a cuppa in their campervan at the side of a busy road, give them a toot and a wave. It could be me.

Alex Robertson travelled courtesy of Maui.

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Offensive campervan slogans drive a few Australians up the wall


Campervan slogans found to be misogynistic, offensive Posted Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:08pm AEST

The Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) has upheld two complaints against marketing slogans used by an Australian campervan company. The company, Wicked Campers, hires out campervans with quirky cartoons and phrases painted in graffiti-style on the side.

Complaints were received by the ASB about six slogans, and it found two of them to be misogynistic, offensive and discriminatory. Wicked Campers has been ordered to paint over those vans found to be offensive.

The Bureau's CEO, Alison Abernethy, says Wicked Campers has cooperated fully with the decisions. "Free speech is a fantastic notion in this country, and ... lots of the slogans on the vans are very funny, they're very clever," she said. "They're very quirky, but there are a few that cross the line.

'We got complaints against six different slogans.

"One of them was 'If God was a woman sperm would taste like chocolate' [and] a second one was 'Women are like banks, once you withdraw you lose interest'. Save a whale - harpoon a jap"

original article here.

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The British embrace the motorhome holiday

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More people are choosing to holiday in a motorhome than ever before according to new figures released by the Caravan Club. Already, bookings for caravan and motorhome sites across the UK are up 8 per cent on last year and experts say this is only going to increase.

Alvin Wiggins of Motorhome Groups, a motorhome hire service based in Nottinghamshire told Times Online: “My customer enquiries have doubled and business in booming. Not only am I receiving enquiries from British holidaymakers that have decided to stay in the UK this summer, I’ve also seen a surge in holidaymakers from the continent.”

In the past decade, sales of new motorhomes have more than trebled, exceeding 11,000 in the UK in 2007, while the Caravan Club claims that caravanning is the most popular paid-for holiday choice in Britain. Read the rest of the story here: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/travel/news/article4385992.ece

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RV holiday in Quebec Canada better than going overseas

By Dan Carney

With the dollar weak in Europe and gas prices near record highs, many Americans are opting to save some cash and take short-distance travel alternatives for this year’s summer vacation. The economy drive is understandable, but following the herd has never been my style. I still wanted to find a way to take my children to another country this summer to give them the experience of being immersed in a different language and culture.

The solution: a vacation in Quebec, where my 10-year-old son and two daughters, ages 13 and 7 years, would find 98 percent of the residents are Francophones.

Quebec is not France, of course, but it is sufficiently foreign to serve as a budget substitute at a time when fuel costs are driving transatlantic air fares ever higher.

read the rest of the story here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26154029/

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RV Rentals are up 18 percent this year

Sales of RVs might be down, but rentals are up about 18 percent this year, according to the RVIA’s Broom. This implies that Americans still want to use motor homes and trailers, he said.

“We think they are postponing their purchases until their confidence in the economy improves,” he said.

RV dealers are dealing with tougher times by finding new ways to boost revenue, such as by opening rental offices, or by focusing on customer service, said Phil Ingrassia, a spokesman for the National RV Dealers Association in Fairfax, Va.


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Monday, August 11, 2008

RV Holidays a cheaper way to travel PKF study shows

via http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_9872970

Although it might seem counterintuitive with gas prices skyrocketing, a recent study says vacationing in recreational vehicles is still one of the cheapest options available to families seeking summertime fun.

A study conducted by PKF Consulting, an international consulting firm with expertise in travel and tourism, found that "typical RV family vacations are on average 27 to 61percent less expensive than other types of vacations studied."

The study factors in RV ownership and increased fuel costs.

Even though RV ownership has decreased, rentals have gone up 20 percent this year, according to a spokesman from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.

"People are postponing the purchase, so they're renting RVs instead," said Kevin Broom, director of media relations for RVIA.

In the Inland Empire, most RV rental places are seeing those increases firsthand.

"When you rent, you get to try out the RV before buying it," said Jeff Ramsey, owner of Quality RV Rental in Chino.

Ramsey said rental customers do not have to worry about maintenance costs or putting miles on their personal vehicles.

Joe Laing, director of marketing for El Monte RV, attributes the decrease in sales to the credit crisis, not increased fuel prices.

"The credit crisis has affected motor-home sales the most," said Laing. "People think it's gas prices, but it's not."

Broom said an estimated 30million people travel in RVs each year and that 8.2 million families own RVs.

RV owners and renters save money because they do not have to pay for hotels, restaurants, flights and rental cars, he said.

"When you add all these things together, it's still cheaper to rent the motor home and take the trip," said Ken Schork, president of El Monte RV, one of the largest RV rental companies in California.

Most rental RVs can fit six people or more and do not require a special classification on the renter's driver's license. Most the rental companies said their motor homes get 8 to 11 miles per gallon.

Mellanie Ingle, vice president of corporate affairs for Giant RV, which has locations in Colton and Montclair, said the company sells smaller RVs available that get 16 to 18 miles per gallon.

The average campground costs $30 to $50 a night, but savvy RV drivers can park for free overnight in many Wal-Mart parking lots, according to Phillip Keene, a company spokesman.

The company does not offer amenities such as electrical and sewage hookups, and drivers should ask the store's manager if they can park overnight.

Besides the cheaper price tag, RV users experience other advantages, such as the freedom to stop whenever needed and take pets along with the rest of the family, according to RV dealers.

"It's really a hassle-free form of travel," Ingle said. RV travelers get to spend "real, true quality time with their families."

For information about RVs and the cost of renting one, visit RVIA.org.

To book motorhome rental in the USA, go to RV-Rental-USA.com
To book motorhome rental in Canada, go to RvRentalCanda.ca

Sunday, June 29, 2008

How fast can I drive that Motorhome? European Motor home Speed limits

Curious to know how fast you can drive your campervan, motorhome or caravan in Europe?check out these speed limits. Note, these are in KPH (not MPH). This information was taken take from http://www.mcrent.de/en/html/wissen.html

Country Total permissible weight built-up area on highways Motorway
Belgium from 7.5
to 7.5
50 90/120 a
60/90 a
120
90
Bulgaria from 3.5
over 3.5
50 90
70
120
100
Denmark from 3.5
over 3.5
50 80
70
110
80
Germany from 3.5
3.5 to 7.5
over 7.5
50 100
80
80
130 b
100
80
Estonia up to 3.5
3.5 to 7.5
50 90
70
110
90
Finland
50 80 t 80 t
France up to 3.5
from 3.5
50 90 c/110 a,c
80 c/100 a,c
130 c
110 c
Greece
50 90/110 a 120
Great Britain
30/48 60/96
70/112 a
70/112
Ireland
30/48 40-60/64-96
60/96 a
70/112
Iceland
50 90 d
Italy up to 3.5
over 3.5
50 90/110 a,f
80
130 f
100
Croatia
50 80/100 a 130
Latvia up to 2.8
2.8 to 7.5
50 90
90
110
90
Lithuania up to 3.5
3.5 to 7.5
60 90
70
110
Luxemburg up to 3.5
over 3.5
50 90 f,i
75 f
130 f,i
90 f
Macedonia
50/60 80 80
Netherlands
50 80/100 a 120
Norway up to 3.5
3.5 to 7.5
50 80/90 a
80
90
80
Austria up to 3.5
3.5 to 7.5
50 100
70
130 h
80
Poland up to 3.5
over 3.5
60 90
70
130
80
Portugal up to 3.5
over 3.5
50 90/100 w
80/90 w
120 g
110
Romania up to 3.5
over 3.5
50 90
80
100
90
Russia
50 90 n 90 n
Sweden up to 3.5

over 3.5
50 70-90 w
90-110 a,w
80/90 a
110

90
Switzerland up to 3.5
over 3.5 q
50 80/100 a 120
100 e
Serbia und Montenegro up to 3.5
over 3.5
60 80/100a
80
100
80
Republic of Slowakia up to 3.5
3.5 to 6.0
60 90
80
130
80
Slovenia up to 3.5
over 3.5
50 80/100 a
80
100
80
Spain
50 80/90 k/100x 100
Czech Republic up to 3.5
over 3.5
50 90
80
130
80
Turkey
50 80 90
Hungary up to 2.5
over 2.5
50 90/110 a
70
130
80
Cyprus
50 80 100
(Source: ADAC, as at 8/03)

Explanation of the added letters:

a= on freeways.
b= recommended speed: 130 km/h.
c= when wet, please slow down 10 km/h, on motorways slow down 20 km/h.
d= gravel road: 80 km/h.
e= Motorhomes over 3.5 t total permissible weight
f= when wet, please slow down 20 km/h.
g= Drivers, who own their license less than one year, are not allowed to drive faster than 90 km/h on motorways. Stickers have to be placed visibly on the boot of the vehicle.
h= From 22-5 o'clock on all motorhomes with the exception of the A1 (Salzburg - Vienna) and A2 (Vienna- Villach), A8 (Innkreisautobahn) and A9 (Pyhrnautobahn):110 km/h.
i= Drivers, who own their license less than one year, are not allowed to drive faster than 75 km/h on freeways and 90 km/h on motorways.
k= On freeways and streets with more than one lane in both directions.
n= Drivers, who own their license less than two years, are not allowed to drive faster than 70 km/h.
o= Vehicles over 7.5 t total permissible weight need a trip recorder ( § 57 a StVZO).
q= All vehicles over 3.5 t total permissible weight have to pay the toll for heavy vehicles
s= On main roads 2,55 m, on roads with a „B“ 2,20 m.
t= Motorhomes registerd 1995 and later with a unloaded weight of 1875 kg, and motorhomes registered 1981 and later with a unloaded weight of 1800 kg are not allowed to go faster than 100 km/h .
u= Swedish campsites often require a closed sanitation system.
w= as signposted.
x= On motorway-like roads. Hamburg

Thursday, June 12, 2008

US RV Market - Great news for some bad news for others

Here's a look a quick look at the headlines in Google News for 'RV Rental' taken today:
  1. Flat visitor season anticipated in Alaska thanks to high price of gas
  2. Camping World/FreedomRoads Announces Expansion Into RV Rental Market
  3. RV Rentals Up Despite Rising Fuel Costs
  4. The Demise of the RV
  5. Big cars take big hit in light of gas
  6. Despite fuel costs, demand for rental motor homes rolls on
  7. RV sales travel off course
  8. Cost, variety make RVs a good deal for families
  9. Sales of big RVs take a dive as fuel stops cost drivers $600
  10. Tourism feeling effects of high gas prices
The messages are very mixed - some companies are going great some on the verge of bankruptcy. Here's my two quick points on the market.
  1. Manufacturers are struggling - with Petrol prices high, economy going into recession, RV's are a luxury that Americans are not likely to purchase.
  2. RV Rentals Companies are doing well - but only some markets. US Dollar is down, Euro is up. The travel-happy British, Germans and other Europeans are coming to America in droves to take advantage of this. However, this seems to be in only popular tourist areas such as California and Florida. Other areas like the American midwest which are common destinations for foreigners have to rely on penny pinching Americans to hire their vehicles (though in the long run - renting an RV is a bargain when considering all the costs).
To compare prices of US RV Rental Companies, across the United States - check out Fetch RV Rental USA.

Thats all for now :)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

RV Rental Checklist

I found this post recently on Dave Corby's RV Rental blog - though the blog hasn't been updated in a wee while (27-Apr-2006 last at the time of this post), the Common Mistakes of RV Rentals has some invaluable tips for planning your next RV holiday:

  1. Planning to do too much.
  2. Driving too fast or too long.
  3. Forgetting their unit is wider, longer, taller and heavier than the vehicle they are used to driving.
  4. Driving into areas, such as parking lots, without first planning how to drive out.
  5. Assuming their rental unit will have a TV, VCR, and/or Entertainment Center.
  6. Assuming their unit will be delivered with all of the equipment and supplies needed to actually live in it.
  7. Not allowing enough time for just enjoying the RV lifestyle.
  8. Planning to eat all of their meals out . . . or planning to prepare all of their own meals.
  9. Rushing through the dealer’s pre-delivery orientation.
  10. Not paying attention to their monitor panel.
  11. Driving with the water heater or water pump on.
  12. Failure to Use Checklists
  13. Hesitating to ask questions of other RVers.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Choose your currency when hiring a campervan in New Zealand

Popular New Zealand campervan hire website www.britstouringnewzealand.co.nz has announced the ability for customers to book their New Zealand campervan holidays in British Pounds or New Zealand Dollars.

"This is great news for UK travellers to New Zealand," said Brits Touring New Zealand director, Mike Ballantyne. This may seem like a small issue, but it is very important to UK travellers who are concerned about the impact of exchange rates on their holiday. For example, if a British family books a New Zealand holiday in April for travel around Christmas, most New Zealand campervan companies will collect the payment only in New Zealand dollars just prior to, or on arrival. By then the currency rate may have changed significantly. They may get more for their money, or they may get less. We realise that most people have a fixed budget and don't want to gamble on the exchange rates, which is why we give them the option of locking in a price in British Pounds, at the exchange rate relevant at the time of booking."

www.britstouringnewzealand.co.nz
features what is probably New Zealand's largest range of campervans to rent.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Would you take your Motorhome on this New Zealand bridge?


To the left is one of two one lane bridges in New Zealand that has actively used train track running down the center. One is near Greymouth, the other is new Blenheim

One way bridges are the norm in there, so drive carefully when you book your campervan in New Zealand!

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Most scenic roads in Germany for your campervan holiday

Germany is the perfect country if you are planning to self drive. Germany is known to have the most scenic roads in the world. The beautiful scenery, the fairy tale landscape dotted with timeless legends and stories and castles centuries old, all make this place a site-seers wonderland. Whether you are a group of young friends, honeymooner or a senior couple living out your retirement dream, this place has something for everyone travelling by a motorhome. Here are some of the top destinations that must not be missed at any cost.

The Romantic Highway/ Road

If you want to be transported back in time, this is the route you must explore in Germany. It is not called the ‘Romantic Road’ for no reason. Travelling through towns like Rothenburg, Fuzzen and Wurzburg, this 270 km route brings alive the romance of the days of yore with its past humble glories by taking you through some of the most beautiful villages in Germany.

The Castle Road

Another equally famous travel route in Germany is called the Castle Road. This 450 mile route derives its name from the fact that the stretch from Mannheim to the city of Prague will see you though over 70 old palaces and castles. You can choose to visit any of these castles along the way and explore them while enjoying the scenery along the way. The castle road constitutes part of the romantic highway as well.

The Toy Road

This enchanting route, as the name suggests is a tribute to the great toys of Germany! If you have kids or are a child at heart, don’t miss this 300 km drive starting at Zirndorf town near the city of Munich and ending all the way at the town of Waltershausun. This route takes you through some of the most exotic toy manufacturing towns and villages in Germany. Along the way you will also come across Playmobil, which is a theme park and toy land for kids. There are also many toy museums besides toy shops and stalls along the way. You are sure to remember this ride and your children will simply love it!

The Clock Road

This 320 km long German route as the name suggests, is designed to take you through a circular driving route which goes through the villages housing famous clock factories of Germany. This is the route for people who want to relax and unwind and set their own pace. It also takes you through the Black Forest which is a wonderful place to relax. The villages along the route are just as wonderful and you can choose to stay overnight at any of them to enjoy the typical German fare on this lovely road, before heading back.

There are many other such scenic roads and routes in Germany, including “the Fairy Tale Road”, “the Wine Road”, “The European Architecture Road” , “The German Cheese Route”, “Avenue Route”, The Haden Asparagus Route” and so many more, and each one with its own unique charm.

If you are looking to rent a motorhome in Germany, visit motorhomerental.de for information on travelling and booking campervan in this scenic nation.

Hypermile that Motorhome!

So you've decided to go on that RV Roadtrip that you've always dreamed about? Worried about fuel costs? Welcome to the world of hypermiling - getting the most fuel economy for your vehicle.

Here are some great tips for hypermiling from http://www.cars4women.co.za/ :
1. Change to a manual transmission: If you’re used to driving an automatic, switching over to a manual car might take a little practice, but it’s definitely worth it. Once you have more control over the vehicle, you’ll be able to master more hypermiling tricks.
2. Slow down: The harder you press the accelerator, the more fuel you’re using. If you’re driving over the speed limit, you might save time, but you’re definitely wasting fuel and money.
3. Coast instead of braking: When you see a stop sign up ahead or a traffic light turning yellow, immediately take your foot off the gas and let your vehicle slow down by itself. If you wait until the last possible minute to brake, then you’re wasting all the fuel you used when you could have been slowing down.
4. If you have Cruise Control, use it: One automatic setting that actually helps hypermiling is cruise control, which prevents you from “creeping” over the speed limit without realising it.
5. Coast with your car in neutral or freewheel carefully on the downhill stretches: This takes the burden off your accelerator, preventing you from wasting fuel. If you’re not driving in heavy traffic, experiment with this effective money saver.
6. Don't transport junk in your car: The heavier your car, the harder it has to work to propel itself forward. Empty your boot and backseat of golf clubs, beach chairs, umbrellas and other items that you’re not using to lighten the load.
7. “Drive slow and low”: whenever possible to give your vehicle more mileage.
8. Optimise your route: There are huge benefits to “optimising” your route” when implementing hypermiling tricks. Instead of taking the scenic route to work, which could include more hills, twists, and dips, try finding a route that features level roads and less traffic lights or stop signs. Generally, a longer route with better driving conditions can use less fuel.
9. Park in the sun: The blogger Joe Future believes that parking your vehicle in the sun is a hypermiling tip for two reasons: “On a cold day, parking in the sun keeps your car warmer.” Also, a warmer car “will get to “auto-stop” mode faster than a cold car, so you’ll sit idling at fewer red lights while you’re waiting for auto-stop to kick in.”
10. Drive with a window open if you’re not on the highway: In the cooler months, stop blasting the air conditioner and roll down your windows. According to Drive.com.au, “It is generally accepted that air-conditioning increases fuel consumption by about 10 percent but winding down the windows increases drag, which is also an enemy of good fuel consumption.” If you’re going to be on the highway, keeping your A/C on low is still a good idea, but if you’re taking a joy ride, think about getting a little fresh air.
11. Don’t leave the engine running: It may seem like a good idea to let your car idle while you dash out to close the gate or drop off a DVD, but doing so wastes fuel. Take the extra few seconds to pull into a real parking spot and turn the car off first.
12. Service your car regularly: Taking your car for regular services, oil changes, tyre pressure and wheel balancing checks etc., is another easy way to maximize mileage.

Green Motorhomes

Green Motorhomes

Today, there is increasing concern across the world for a cleaner and greener environment. The ‘go green’ campaign has hit every aspect of our lives, be it shopping at super markets, working in offices and also taking a vacation.

With a growing concern on the impact of travel habits of tourists across the globe, especially when it comes to long distance holidaying, many choose to avoid excessive wastage and stay at home. But it is a natural human urge to travel and explore.

Travel companies, while acknowledging the issue of fuel emissions and harm to the environment especially due to long distance travel, are trying to come up with environment friendly solutions as an answer to this problem. Many companies and environmental NGOs have joined hands to promote RVing as a means for a comfortably viable family based holidaying option which is both affordable and avoids additional wastage while protecting the environment.

Many companies are now promoting RV and Motorhoming or camper van grounds in designated areas where families can have access to parking their rented or owned RVs.

Motorhomes Just Turned Greener!

With the increasing popularity of motorhomes, companies are coming out with various innovative designs and models to pack as many homely comforts into the RV as are possible. Be it a heating system, a microwave, a dishwasher, a shower, a gas stove, air conditioning, electrical gadgets, plug points etc. These are the same comforts that one uses at home or at a vacation abroad, in some form or the other. With an increasing pressure to save the environment and ‘go green’, companies are inventing more ways to minimize consumption and emission of fuel and looking for ways to avoid wastage. Thus, today, these same gadgets are designed differently so as to fit them in Motorhomes such that they consume lesser amount of water and very little electricity or fuel; allowing families to leave a comparatively minor ecological footprint or minimal damage to the environment which is restored very rapidly. This has led to more effective designs and greener motorhomes! So now, you can holiday without feeling guilty and show your family a good time as well.

Some Other Benefits of Motorhoming

Motorhoming can save on your energy and utility bills. For example, motorhoming in a cooler destination is a much more environment friendly idea than spending your summer vacations at home and turning up the air conditioning.

Moreover, Motorhomes are large and can carry more luggage and passengers than a normal car. So if you are holidaying with friends, it makes more sense to hire a motor home than to drive you own cars and meet up individually. Today, you can hire motorhomes that can house 2 to 8 people at one time. It is not just cheaper on your pockets and more fun, it is going to help you do your bit protecting the environment from the long distance emission of fuel toxins.

Finally,a ross the globe, more companies are putting in an effort to make motorhome rentals more eco friendly - examples of this are Enviro Camper sites www.envirocampers.co.nz in New Zealand and www.envirocampers.com.au in Australia.

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