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Obama thinks that Hybrid Motorhomes are the salvation for the RV Industry

Posted on 31 August 2009

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The corpse of a company that made some of the biggest, gas-guzzling vehicles consumers could buy will now be used as a breeding ground for energy-efficient technologies, thanks to a little help from the U.S. government.

Speaking at an old Monaco Coach plant Wednesday, Barack Obama announced that Navistar Inc., which purchased most of the assets of the RV-maker out of bankruptcy, will receive a $39 million grant from the government. If all goes according to plan, the money will transform the graveyard of towable trailers and luxury motor homes into an oasis of battery-powered exploration. (Keeping in mind, of course, that Navistar currently describes itself as “a manufacturer and marketer of medium and heavy trucks and mid-range diesel engines” - albeit one that’s trying to reduce emissions.)

The grant is part of a $2.4 billion program designed to help America ditch its clunkers and manufacture its own hybrid vehicles.

“I don’t want to have to import a hybrid car, I want to build one here,” Obama said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I want the technologies to be developed here in America.”

Campervan from Christchurch to See the South Island

Posted on 31 August 2009

Christchurch Campervan hireChristchurch is a great central departure point for sight-seeing around New Zealand's South Island.

Heading south, you can take in the cities of Timaru and Oamaru or head to ski fields at Mt Hutt near Methven. The Methven pubs -- known as the Brown Pub and the Blue Pub -- are a great stop-off.

If you fancy travelling further, head through central Otago (wine country!) to Queenstown or the main centre of Dunedin -- in fact you can get pretty much anywhere in the South Island with less than a day's travelling from Christchurch (you might have to get up pretty early to get to Bluff, south of Invercargill, though).

It's also easy to get to the wild and woolly West Coast of the South Island or travel north to Nelson and Marlborough (more wine country!).

Check the weather conditions if you're heading through any of the Southern Alps passes - Lindis Pass, Lewis Pass, Arthur's Pass, Haast Pass -- some of these roads can be quite snowbound in the colder months.

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Video: Photos taken while driving by campervan looping the South Island. Starting from Christchurch, over Lewis Pass to Westport, south via Hokitika, Haast-Pass to Wanaka, Queenstown, back up North via Mount Cook to Akaroa Peninsula, on to Blenheim, Nelson, and back to Christchurch

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Council Considers Campervan Park for Downtown Wellington

Posted on 31 August 2009

Wellington Campervan HireAfter years of negotiating over whether or not to have a Hilton Hotel on the waterfront in Wellington, New Zealand, the Wellington City Council is being asked to support a very different plan for the site -- a temporary campervan park.

According to the story, published on, the idea has been put forward in a draft waterfront development plan for the next12 months, and councillors will be asked to approve it this week.

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The story says that the council’s plans to have big new buildings on the waterfront are on hold because of “prevailing economic conditions which have resulted in much reduced tenant demand.” So the council-owned waterfront company has come up with the idea of a temporary campervan park on publicly-owned land that the council wants the hotel to occupy.

If the campervan park is approved, the waterfront company will seek up to $500,000 from rates, to build “the necessary infrastructure including amenities and ablution facilities.”

Video: A short film about Wellington, by film students Luke Frater, Derek Wood and Melissa Reeve of Victoria University (warning: a small amount of NSFW language)

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Quick Book Review: RV Rentals: A Vacationer's Guide

Posted on 31 August 2009

A few months ago, we bought this book to have a look at, and we were happy we did. This book is the most thorough book on RV Rental we found. We highly recommend you pick this up. We give this book a five star review. The only nuance is that it is biased to North American market, however, the common sense approach and detailed planning and questioning can be valuable no matter where you go. Click on the link below to read the table of contents.

Notice that the book has 5 star reviews from all the reviewers - we can vouch for that!

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Campervan to Alice Springs -- It's Comfier Than a Camel

Posted on 28 August 2009

Alice Springs CampervanThere are more than a million feral camels in Australia, and they have the potential to double their population every ten years. They're descendants of camels imported into Australia from the mid-1800s onwards -- they came largely from the Indian subcontinent, but also from Yemen, Iraq and the Canary Islands.

It's often argued that Alice Springs owes its existence to the camel and their handlers. The town was founded in the early 1870s as a repeater station for the Darwin-to-Adelaide Overland Telegraph Line - also built by men who depended on camels for supplies and equipment. Camels also brought the first piano in on the back of one during the 1880s.

But in some Outback communities they're often seen as a pest -- they trample plants and destroy water pipes as they search for food and water. The Australian government has set aside $16m to "contain the problem" and one controversial proposal is to shoot the camels from helicopters or on foot. Naturally, animal welfare groups are opposed to a mass slaughter.

Today camel races are still a popular attraction, and include the annual Imparja Camel Cup, raced with up to 15 camels at Blatherskite Park in Alice Springs. Tourists are catered for with camel rides at places like

But if you ask me, I'd rather ride with the comfort of a fine automobile; it's easier on the butt for a start. If you're looking for Alice Springs Campervan hire go to

Video: BBC clip of Jeremy Clarkson catching camels (or trying to).

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Fuel Efficient Campervanning in New Zealand

Posted on 28 August 2009

Campervan Hire New ZealandSome campervan hire companies really are aware of the cost of running their vehicles, and choose to hire out campervans which provide better fuel economy.

One example is Enviro Campers operator THL, who also take environmental responsibility very seriously -- in conjunction with VTNZ, New Zealand's leading vehicle testing company, THL has introduced a rigorous vehicle emissions standards test - the VTNZ Five Star benchmark - which far exceeds the equivalent European emission standards.

But campervans also need some help driver-side to be fuel efficient and lessen the environmental impact. Here are some tips for fuel-efficient driving; they're really simple and you'll be surprised at the savings you'll make when campervanning around New Zealand. By the way, if you're looking for a fantasic deal on New Zealand campervan hire go to

Here are some tips:
  • Avoid short trips
  • Drive smoothly
  • Lay off the gas when driving around town
  • Accelerate smoothly and slowly away from green lights
  • Stop gradually for red lights.
  • Change gear early (but don't tax the engine)
  • Don't accelerate hard from rest, but let the car move off gently.
  • Maintain a safe following distance -- if you look ahead and check what's happening, you'll keep at a more constant speed
  • Ease off the pedal if the traffic lights, speed limit or traffic flow is about to change.
  • It's better to slow down early rather than brake late
  • Corners -- slow gently, exit the corner on a light throttle.
  • Build up speed before an uphill stretch and lift off the throttle as you top the hill
  • Only use air conditioning when absolutely necessary as it tends to eat fuel
  • Keep your load down
  • Don't park for long periods with your engine idling

For more tips, check out the AA New Zealand's Motoring Tips

Video: New Zealand by Motorhome

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Campervan Hire New Zealand -- Don't Try This At Home

Posted on 28 August 2009

campervan hire New ZealandHere's a link to a great blog from someone who had campervan holiday around New Zealand. The original post can be read here. If you're after an affordable deal on campervan hire in New Zealand, check out

Here's an excerpt from their blog: "Had a night in a motel/hotel before we picked up our home for the next 4 weeks - a Toyota Hiace Camper Van with fitted kitchen, toilet, bed, dinning area and shower!! In one day we drove 500K. All the way from Russell to Rotorua."

Add to that mountain biking, sky-diving, a visit to the national museum Te Papa in Wellington and a ferry ride across Cook Strait -- and these guys were having a blast.

Video: A blast of a different nature: Mr Dizzy jumps two motorhomes. A word of advice, don't camp in a speedway!

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Campervan to Adelaide Festivals and Events

Posted on 28 August 2009

Adelaide CampervanAdelaide, South Australia has a population of over 1.1 million, making it smaller than other Australian cities like Sydney , Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth -- but it sure punches above its weight as far being a travel destination. It's a vibrant city with a cosmopolitan outlook and a ring of parks providing plenty of greenery. And events. Oh boy does Adelaide have events.

Sporting events in Adelaide include the Adelaide 500, known by its sponsored name, the Clipsal 500. It's a huge V8 Supercar race event -- attended by a massive 291400 spectators in 2008, the event also features concerts every night, air shows, and social events that bring in people from Adelaide, interstate and overseas. Next year’s Clipsal 500 V8 event in Adelaide will run from March 11-14.

It's a great city for arts festivals too. During the 1970s the Adelaide Festival of Arts and Fringe Festival were established, and over the years sister events have emerged, including the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Adelaide Writers' Week and WOMADelaide, the WOMAD festival of international music and performance.

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Here are some videos - a performance from Womadelaide and a song from Ben Folds.

Video: Ska Cubano perform 'Tequila!' at Womadelaide 2009

Video: Ben Folds sings about Adelaide

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Announcing the Arrival of Campervan Hire Sale Finder

Posted on 27 August 2009

Campervan Hire Sale, a new site from iMall Brands, launched this week. is where Australia campervan suppliers present you with their best specials and sale prices. This site is operated by one of Australia's, and the world's largest bookers of rental motorhomes, iMall Motorhomes.

From the website: "Strong buying power ensures we access all the best sale prices and packages on campervan hire - many of which are not available elsewhere."

Some of the great new features include:
  • Lowest Price Guarantee - We won't be beaten on price. So in the unlikely event you find a better price for the same vehicle on another website, tell us and we'll beat the price. Not only that - we'll give you an extra $25 AUD discount for your effort!
  • Find Every Major Australian Motorhome Supplier under the sun - and several smaller local suppliers you wouldn't find elsewhere. You won't find a larger selection of Australian Motorhome Companies on one site. Not only that, but our bulk buying power gives you incredible discounts with these brands.
  • Advanced Features: No more sifting through pages and pages of listings online. Filter your campervan search results in seconds with options with many useful options. Filter by price range, berths, people travelling, specifications, and age of vehicle. You can save the vehicles to a short list and compare them. Can can also book in a variety of currencies such AUD, NZD, CAD, EUR, USD or GBP.
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Book Ahead and Save With These Motorhome Bookers

Posted on 27 August 2009

Motorhome BookersEarly Bookers is a site that rewards people who make an effort to book early, by offering unbeatable deals that just aren't available anywhere else. Each offer is only available to a very limited number of customers, just like an airline deal.

Deals vary according to supplier and inventory, but the offers range from heavily discounted hire fees through to deals where you get free days for booking a campervan for a certain length of time. And in some cases, there are free ski passes or two for one Milford Sound cruises offered as incentives.

So if you're thinking of hiring a campervan or motorhome, book early to get a great deal. To check out these astonishing deals, look through the range of motorhome bookers at

Video: Early to rise? Check out New Zealand's beautiful scenery in this video clip. "One of the benefits of travelling around New Zealand in a Motorhome is waking up to beautiful scenery such as this... try to find this view in hotel, motel or hostel! "

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