Undecided about buying a caravan or still saving up for one?
Caravan hire is a practical and cost-effective way of getting a feel of owning one. You can experience the excitement of life on the road without the need to purchase a van just yet, while still enjoying all the creature comforts including a kitchen, beds, toilet and shower.
If you're planning to travel around Australia, a caravan hire in Perth (or wherever you’re located), hiring a caravan or campervan is an excellent option to consider. And it doesn’t even matter if you’re looking for short or long-term caravan hire because most local caravan hire companies provide discounts for long-term rentals.
So, if you're at that stage where you're seriously considering buying a caravan, but a few things are holding you back (such as your budget), you can use this as your caravan hire guide.
We've even added a bit of caravan shopping advice at the end to help you when you're ready to buy your own van.
Benefits of hiring a caravan in Perth
Most caravan enthusiasts, travelling retirees or grey nomads are usually advised to try before buying a caravan, motorhome or camper. There are so many considerations that go into buying a caravan that hiring will help you understand what requirements your family may have when it comes to purchasing.
Here are some of the key benefits to caravan hire in Western Australia.
1. Access to a wide range of caravan choices or models
Caravan hire providers offer a wide range of choices or models. Some even have specially fitted caravans done in certain styles or design themes. You can choose a unique caravan with a distinctive character reflected in its redone interiors, or you can go mainstream and hire a typical caravan with all the bells and whistles.
2. There’s no need to invest a substantial sum of money in a caravan
One of the major benefits of hiring a caravan is that you and your family get to use one without having to purchase it. You don’t need to worry about cleaning, repairing or maintaining a caravan or even getting insurance - although this may come at an additional charge.
With a caravan hire, you choose from among different caravans based on your budget. If you want to experience life on the road while living in a family or luxury caravan, go ahead - the choice is yours.
3. Less stress during preparations
Preparing for a caravan and camping holiday or a long road trip becomes less stressful with a caravan hire since all amenities are provided. There’s no need to stress over bringing chairs, tables, plates, cutlery, pots, pans, etc.
Everything is ready. Just bring the stuff you can’t live without, check out some caravan storage ideas and hit the road. Some caravan hire companies in Western Australia will even deliver the caravan to you at a local caravan park if you don’t have a tow vehicle.
Check out these companies for caravan hire in Perth
There’s one key consideration before hiring a caravan, and this is related to caravan weights.
Not all caravans can be towed behind a standard sedan or hatchback, with many requiring larger SUVs, 4x4 vehicles and utes to safely tow the caravan you hire. If you don’t currently own a suitable vehicle, there are some companies and car-share providers that provide ute hire in Perth, allowing you to safely move from town to town in Western Australia with a caravan in tow.
Now that you’re convinced about the practicality of hiring a caravan and understand the towing weight requirements, it’s time to choose your provider.
There are several excellent companies offering caravan hire in Perth, Western Australia.
1. Sundowner Caravan Hire
Sundowner Caravan Hire offers a range of Jayco Expanda and Jayco Starcraft caravans that are ideal for couples and families who want to go on a weekend holiday or long-term road travel around Western Australia. There are additional charges if you go past Carnarvon, and all their vans can only be driven on sealed bitumen roads. However, most of the main roads in Western Australia will not attract any additional charge.
2. Uneeda Caravan Hire & Storage
Family-owned and operated Uneeda Caravan Hire has a large fleet of caravans for heroine Perth, including fully loaded standard and pop-top caravans and 4WD campervans. They also offer secure storage for boats, sea containers, vehicles and caravans.
3. All Class Caravan Hire
Specialising in luxury caravan hire in Perth, All Class Caravan Hire offers the latest-model Jayco Caravans. Their well-maintained fleet of caravans features the latest equipment in new or near new condition. They also offer optional extras for hire, such as Engel fridge and freezers, generators, bikes, Weber’s barbecues and more making your road trip across Western Australia one of comfort and relaxation.
4. West Coast Caravan Hire
West Coast Caravan Hire features the latest Coromal and Windsor caravans available in Perth. All their caravans are well-maintained and fully equipped with various essential items, such as crockery, cutlery, pots, pans, etc. You can even hire optional TV/DVD players.
5. Crikey Camper
Crikey Camper boasts meticulously maintained ‘regular,’ deluxe and luxury caravans for the ultimate caravanning experience. They also offer comprehensive trip assistance so you can go caravanning and camping worry-free.
6. New Age Caravan Hire Perth
New Age Caravans Perth provide caravan rentals with a distinctive modern apartment-style design. If you plan to hire a caravan to travel Western Australia for longer than three weeks, you can negotiate a better rate. However, they charge extra if you go beyond North of Carnarvon and East of Norseman. All their vans for hire can only be driven on bitumen and quality dirt roads.
Tips when shopping for a caravan
Once you decide to purchase your own caravan, there are important considerations you need to take into account before selecting the right caravan for your needs:
- How often you will use it
- Where you plan to use it — on-road, semi off-road or off-road
- Who will use the caravan or who will be travelling with you
- Equipment you need to tow the caravan
- Compatibility of the caravan and towing vehicle
- Type, facilities and configuration
- Brand-new or second-hand
- Your budget
Buying a caravan can entail a substantial investment, so some experts advise people who are new to caravans to seek the professional advice of a seasoned van owner - many of which you may encounter while camping at caravan parks in rural towns.
Make sure you do your homework, inspect the vehicle closely and don’t be afraid to ask questions. But before you find a caravan that ticks all the right boxes and purchase one outright, don’t hesitate to hire a caravan rental.
Enjoy a comfortable stay in Western Australia
Summerstar Tourist Parks has caravan parks all over Western Australia. With parks in Tom Price, Carnarvon, Kalbarri, Horrocks, Geraldton, Jurien Bay, Margaret River, Walpole and Esperance, Summerstar is one of the most trusted caravan park operators in the country.
Caravan parks offer travellers some respite from road travel, access to electricity and other amenities, as well as the chance to network with other caravan enthusiasts.
If you’re new to caravanning, you’re sure to learn from the colourful experiences of caravan folk you’ll meet along the way. They can even give you important advice about campers and vans should you decide to buy your own caravan at a later stage.
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