5 MORE tips for travelling in the Hippie Deluxe

As promised, today we are continuing our feature on travelling in the ever popular Hippie Deluxe.

You can read our first 5 tips here.

Now, on to our campervan rental insider tips:

Avoid manual meltdown. The good news is, Hippie Deluxe campervans are compact and easy to drive for most. However, if you’re not used to driving with manual transmission you may want to practice by borrowing a mate’s car before you pick up the vehicle.

You may be driving on a different side of the road or in different road conditions than usual, so the more practice the better. Safety first! Check out Brock’s video below – he loved his Hippie trip, but found the manual transmission a little daunting!

Brock\’s thoughts on driving a manual campervan

Remember to recharge. Australia and New Zealand have extensive networks of Campgrounds and Caravan Parks with amenities and facilities to make your stay comfortable and safe. While you have to pay to stay at caravan parks, Hippie customers are entitled to discounts at many. Also, you will have the opportunity to recharge your batteries when you stay at a powered site. Remember, free camping is not permitted everywhere.

Be weatherproof. Whether you’re travelling in Australia (beautiful one day, torrential rain the next) or New Zealand (four seasons in one day), it pays to weatherproof your road trip by making a few simple provisions. We recommend you bring: gumboots (wellingtons), a rain poncho (much easier to transport than umbrellas), entertainment such as books and games, some great music, and some long lasting snacks.

Hydrate. Australia and New Zealand are both relatively safe countries, but both are subject to extreme weather conditions. Always take plenty of water wherever you go, whether you are hiking or even just walking. If you go on a bush walk, also remember to let someone know where you are going.

Use your discounts. If you’re travelling along the East Coast of Australia, The Hippie Camper team will give you a touring map featuring many great discount offerings for your trip. You may have even already planned to visit some of the attractions listed, so why not save your cash and use them? You can see some of the discount offers here.

Hippie Touring Map

Thanks for reading our Hippie Camper Deluxe travel tips! See you next time…

New Facebook fan page!

We’ve moved from a group to a new Facebook fan page for Hippie Camper! It’s a bit lonely right now, but we hope you’ll soon change that.

The fan page is just another way you can connect with us and your fellow Hippie Campers. It’s also a place where will be sharing news, announcements and even some special promotions…

Remember, you can also follow us on Twitter and contact us in the traditional way.

5 tips for travelling in the Hippie Deluxe

So, you’ve booked your Hippie campervan and are ready to tour Australia or New Zealand in style. First of all, you’ve made a great choice.

The Mitsubishi Express 7300 is a great, reliable vehicle offering 100km of road tripping per 14L of fuel – so you’ll be able to do a lot of touring on your holiday. Now, on to our special tips to help make the most of your adventure:

Room to move: Remember, your Hippie Camper is perfect for two. It has a large double bed (2.00 x 1.52m), but if you’re bunking with a mate rather than your girlfriend/boyfriend you may want to consider setting up the rear annex for a little extra space during those intimate evenings. You can also hire table and chairs for somewhere to sit outside the van.

Keep it level: Speaking of sleep, make sure you park on level ground at night. Your back and bunkmate will thank you for it. If you would prefer to roll onto your travelling companion all night (and who knows, you might!) then by all means park on uneven ground.

Baggage blues: There are heaps of nooks and crannies to store your valuables in the Hippie Deluxe – there’s even a lockable safe for your most precious possessions! However, the storage compartments in your camper may not be of the same dimensions as your luggage.

Definitely don’t bring hard suitcases, if possible use soft bags instead. This will make your life much easier. If worst comes to worst and you have to bring along your suitcase, the Hippie Deluxe does feature roof racks for your convenience.

Playing it cool: Hippie campers feature a fridge to help keep your food and drink cold while you travel. Do be aware that you need to regularly recharge your batteries at caravan parks in order to keep the fridge running.

If you’re planning on free camping for a few days, first: a) check that free camping is permitted in the area you are travelling to and b) think of bringing an esky/chilly bin with you. You can easily buy ice on the road to keep things cool.

Save your pennies: Be aware of toll roads, and always follow the road rules (including speed limits) during your travels. The last thing you want is an administrative charge for unpaid tolls or speeding fines eating into your holiday budget.

To be continued…

Hippie Camper Road-Trip Giveaway!

Hippie Camper is giving away Apple iPads, cameras and campervan holidays every month as part of their inaugural Road-Trip Giveaway competition commencing July 1, 2010. The leading Australasian campervan rental company is asking clients for holiday photos, videos and blog posts, with multiple prizes awarded monthly.

That’s right, we’re giving away HEAPS of amazing prizes to lucky clients every month for the rest of the year. Go on, enter. You know you want to. Read an excerpt from the media release below for all the juicy details!:

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hippie Road-Trip Giveaway

Hippie Camper is giving away Apple iPads, cameras and campervan holidays every month as part of their inaugural Road-Trip Giveaway competition commencing July 1, 2010. The leading Australasian campervan rental company is asking clients for holiday photos, videos and blog posts, with multiple prizes awarded monthly.

The winning blog post each month will receive an Apple iPad, the best photo will win a Canon compact camera and the best video a Sony Handycam. There will also be a free transferrable campervan holiday given away randomly each month.

Hippie Camper CEO Luke Trouchet said “the whole team at Hippie is very excited about this competition. We’re really looking forward to rewarding our clients with some amazing prizes,”

“The judges are looking for creativity and flair. We’ve received some fantastic photos and stories from happy clients in the past, so we’re very confident the added incentive will encourage our customers to share more holiday moments with us.”

The competition will run for six months, and is available to clients who hire from company’s Australian campervan rental branches. Full competition details are available on the Hippie Camper website.

The life of a Hippie Camper

Hippie Camper’s deluxe campervans are an iconic tribute to a unique, laidback lifestyle. Inspired by popular road-trip destinations such as Byron Bay, the vibrant flower theme epitomises the carefree holiday experience our delighted Hippie Campers enjoy when they trek across New Zealand or Australia’s East Coast in one of our campers for hire.

Hippie Camper’s deluxe campervans are an iconic tribute to a unique, laidback lifestyle. Inspired by popular road-trip destinations such as Byron Bay, the vibrant flower theme epitomises the carefree holiday experience our delighted Hippie Campers enjoy when they trek across New Zealand or Australia’s East Coast in one of our campers for hire.

Campervan Rental testimonial

Our budget campervan rentals may be easy on the pocket, but that doesn’t mean you need to resign yourself to an older or less comfortable van. Read on to learn about the life cycle of a Hippie backpacker camper:

First we build it

The blueprint for our awesome Hippie Deluxe is the brainchild of Australasia’s top RV manufacturer, Talvor Motorhomes, in conjunction with industry leading parent company Apollo Motorhome Holidays.

With an emphasis on workmanship, legislative compliance and efficiency, Talvor’s Brisbane and Auckland factories have been designed to produce the most durable and comfortable rental campers in Australasia.

Interior Hippie Deluxe Campervan

We’ve designed our campervans with your perfect road trip in mind. For a full list of vehicle specifications and inclusions please visit our vehicle page .

The Hippie Deluxe is supplied to Hippie Camper brand new, and spends a maximum of 3 years on the road before it is retired to our budget fleet.

Then you drive it

When you hire one of our affordable campervans, the Hippie team will prep your vehicle for the ultimate self drive adventure. Because your Hippie was built with road tripping in mind, it’s not merely well equipped; it’s also easy to drive, durable and comfortable.

Our branches are in the Coast’s gateway cities, and on both the North and South island of New Zealand. They offer unparalleled access to some of the world’s most stunning travel destinations.

We take care of the rest

Not only do we include all your living equipment with your budget campervan rental, we give your vehicle regular TLC in between self-drive adventures.

Each Hippie Camper undergoes regular maintenance checks by qualified professionals, and is retired from our rental fleet for good once it reaches a certain number of kilometres or a certain age (whichever comes first).  In the unlikely event of a breakdown or accident, we offer 24 hour roadside assistance.

When you choose Hippie Camper for your Aussie or Kiwi adventure, you choose the true freedom peace of mind can offer.