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Types of motorhomes you can rent in Australia

Motorhomes are referred to as campervans in Australia, and they range from the minimalistic sleepervans to 6-berth vehicles. The biggest RV-style motorhomes are rare in Australia, so be prepared for some close quarters if you are travelling with 6 people. Small sleepervans are popular thanks to the laid-back atmosphere of the country, many of which are not self-contained. If you are planning to rough it a little, a self-contained van with a toilet and waste water tanks is necessary.

2 Berth

2 berth vehicles are more likely to be called campervans, and are common in the southern hemisphere and amongst the more adventurous road trippers. Essentially just converted vans, these have very limited facilities, often only a bed and a simple gas stove. They are great for those on a budget, and intrepid travellers who want to get to meet new friends by using the shared facilities at campgrounds.

2 Berth - Shower and Toilet

These are a step up from the 2 berth sleepervan and are often luxurious. Still built on a van base, they contain sleeping space for two, kitchen facilities and a shower and toilet for improved ablution abilities. The self-contained nature of these allows for free camping where it is legal. 2 Berth STs can be found in petrol or diesel configurations, and with automatic or manual gearboxes. Their small size makes them easy to manoeuvre and allows them to navigate.

3 Berth

A 3-berth motorhome is usually a campervan-style vehicle, so is lightweight and easy to handle. They are great for a family of 2 adults and one child, with one double bed and one single bed. Cooking, bathroom and other facilities range from vehicle to vehicle- some will have shower and toilet facilities, some won’t- so check this before hiring.

4 Berth

These larger motorhomes are generally built on a truck chassis. They have much roomier living quarters than the van-based campervans, and often are configured with a double bed above the cab and a dining area which converts into another. Equipped with kitchen and bathroom facilities, these are great for families of up to 4, especially with small children.

4WD

These are the vehicles for those really adventurous road trippers! With various interior layouts, these are usually made to sleep and seat two or three people. Some rental companies will advertise 4WD campers which are standard vehicles seating five passengers that come equipped with tents for sleeping. They are built for off-road explorations and are the only rental vehicles allowed on unmarked roads and tracks.

4WD Campers

These are the vehicles for those really adventurous road trippers! With various interior layouts, these are usually made to sleep and seat two or three people. Some rental companies will advertise 4WD campers which are standard vehicles seating five passengers that come equipped with tents for sleeping. They are built for off-road explorations and are the only rental vehicles allowed on unmarked roads and tracks.

5 Berth

These are built on a truck chassis and can reach up to 7.2 metres in length. They can have a wide range of layouts but generally have three double beds, of which one is smaller and suited to two children or one adult. These large vehicles are a great for families, groups of friends or even a couple who prefer a bit of space to move around. Diesel or petrol, manual or automatic, these can have a range of different features. They are equipped with kitchen and bathroom facilities, and often have such luxuries as televisions, full air conditioning and heating, freezers and DVD players.

6 Berth

These are built on a truck chassis and can reach up to 7.2 metres in length. They can have a wide range of layouts but generally have three double beds, of which one is smaller and suited to two children or one adult. These large vehicles are a great for families, groups of friends or even a couple who prefer a bit of space to move around. Diesel or petrol, manual or automatic, these can have a range of different features. They are equipped with kitchen and bathroom facilities, and often have such luxuries as televisions, full air conditioning and heating, freezers and DVD players.

Campervan

"Campervan" can be used to refer to many types of vehicles. In some places, almost all motorhomes are called campervans. Technically they are converted minivans, often with a lifted ceiling to give more space. A slight upgrade to the basic sleepervan, a campervan generally seats and sleeps two or three people, sometimes as many as four. They do not have inbuilt ablution facilities but many come with portable toilets, and they do contain kitchen facilities including a sink and fridge. They are great for couples, or a couple with one child.