Choice of Camper
Find the right camper or motorhome for your trips through Australia or New Zealand!
Finding the right vehicle: nothing easier than that!
The following information makes it easy to determine which motorhome or camper is suitable for your holiday in Australia and New Zealand. The direct comparison of the individual vehicle types shows you some decisive arguments, which help you with your final decision.
Sleepervan (Flat Roof) vs. Hitop Camper
For us, the clear winner of this competition clearly is theHitop Camper because the high roof has a few strong advantages:
More space on top has a big impact on how much time you spend in the camper. If you have to bend into a “Mister Burns back pose” while standing, you will feel less comfortable in the camper than if you fit easily upright. Of course, unless you are named Mister Burns. In the Hitop Camper you can also spend a rainy day without pain, whereas this is only possible in a Sleepervan hunched down. 1:0
Cooking in a Sleepervan can be really fun. However, the Hitop Camper again clearly wins here, as the kitchen is much better equipped. A Sleepervan`s kitchen usually only has one single hotplate, which can only be reached once the tailgate is open. This means that in a Sleepervan you sometimes have to stand in the rear of the vehicle in the pouring rain, trying to warm up the sauce while the pasta that has already been poured has already cooled down. And while you're still outside, the sand tiles have made themselves comfortable in your camper and are looking forward to a lavish dinner. In the Hitop Camper, on the other hand, you are comfortably inside the vehicle, while noodles and sauce sizzle simultaneously. The rain drums softly on the roof and the sand tiles press their noses flat against the window. You can choose yourself. 2:0
Storage space is one fine thing. Unfortunately, it is clearly missing in the Sleepervan. This means that your clothes like to frolic on the bed together with the bodyboard, the wet towel and the toothbrush. Furthermore, your search for two similar socks in the morning can take some time. If you want to sleep, you first have to throw everything on the front seats – we are speaking of every day. Honestly, this is annoying especially when spending weeks or months in this vehicle. That`s why again the Hitop Camper scores due to its significant more space. 3:0
And then the most important point strengthening the choice for a Hitop Camper when traveling through New Zealand: Sleepervans are mostly not self-contained. If you don't know what that means, have a look here. Hitop campers are available in both versions. 4:0
Really, there is only one good case for a Sleepervan: the initially low rental price. But you often save less than you think. Because of the relatively low comfort, you are tempted to go out to eat or to pass the time outside of the camper, which is usually associated with higher expenses. However, these come in leisurely pace and are therefore easier for some to finance. The campsites add additional costs to the Sleepervan rent, which often exceed the additional costs for a vehicle that is self-contained. 4:1
Unser Our conclusion: For shorter trips and tidy, well-organized travelers with little luggage, a Sleepervan can be a nice home, especially in summer, which saves the budget, especially in the event of financial bottlenecks. However, if you are on the road for a long time, want to spend sufficient time on New Zealand's rainy Westcoast, which is popular with Sandflies, and would like to have it a bit more comfortable and cozier, you should definitely choose a Hitop Camper. In the long term, this will also prove to be the best solution financially.
The advantages of the Hitop Camper at a glance:
- Comfortable headroom
- Practical, well-equipped kitchen
- More storage space
Hitop Camper Versus 2 Berth Camper
What an intensive competition! To get an idea of the opponents: The Hitop Camper is a vehicle the size of a VW bus with a high roof, while we can compare the 2 Berth Camper to a Mercedes Sprinter. And – as the name suggests - the 2 Berth Camper consists of: right! a shower and a toilet.
Space - also an issue with the both of them. This point clearly goes to the 2 Berth Camper, because it is obviously larger. For everyday life in the vehicle, this means: more storage space, less flattened toes and less caving on rainy days. A clear decision as you can see. 0:1
A shower in the camper. Initially a good idea, but does the luxury of the mobile bathroom justify the additional costs? We don`t think so! If you are traveling through Australia or New Zealand, you will quickly find that especially in beach areas one public shower is lined up after the next. These are sanitary facilities that have been set up for surfers. There is everything you need here and they are clean, but not that`s about it. The showers are usually cold and there is not always paper available in the toilets. However, if you are prepared for it, it will be sufficient for your needs. And if you find yourself in a place with no shower, you can ask at campsites or hostels. It is often possible to use the showers for a small amount of NZD 3-5. So, if you are not an uncompromising warm shower lover, you can safely do without the shower inside the camper. Therefore, there is no point given for this amenity. For families, however, this aspect is to be assessed differently. Our article "The Right Motorhome for Families" will help you here.
By the way an important note: campers with showers and toilets included are not automatically self-contained! In fact, they are often not certified.
Fuel is expensive. In New Zealand refueling is less traumatic than in Germany, but fuel is a big cost factor for every motorhome traveler. Surprisingly: the larger vehicle, i.e. the 2 Berth Motorhome, wins here. This is because the large campers are fed with diesel, while the Hitop Campers prefer petrol. In Germany there is already an apparent difference between diesel and petrol, in New Zealand it is even more intense. That`s because there is a rule that petrol is withheld from the fuel tax per liter directly at the petrol station, while diesel is sold tax-free here and the vehicle owner pays the diesel tax per kilometer in advance. As a tenant, this means that you pay the tax for petrol and your rental company for diesel. But be careful: this only applies if you choose the full cover option. In the standard rent you pay the diesel tax yourself ... 2:0
Bigger is not always better. The average motorhome traveler is happy about more space, but unfortunately this also means: large external dimensions. If you are reluctant to maneuver sideways or backwards into narrower parking spaces with your Golf, the 2 Berth Camper will confront you with completely new challenges. In larger cities on the other side of the earth it is no different than in cities like Stuttgart, Munich or Hamburg: parking spaces are rare and costly. And if someone happens to remove their Smart from the roadside, you will be embarrassed to skillfully force your vehicle into the gap that has arisen. It is obvious that every centimeter counts. Therefore, the point for better handling in road traffic clearly goes to the Hitop Camper. 2:1
As you know, the price of your motorhome holiday in Australia or New Zealand is not only determined by the fuel. It should therefore be mentioned at this point that the Hitop Camper is the uncrowned king on this aspect. The basic rental price is much cheaper than the one of the 2 Berth Motorhome. 2:2
Our conclusion: whether you are better advised with a Hitop Camper or with a 2 Berth Motorhome is completely up to you, your expectations and your travel planning. The more kilometers you cover, the more important the argument with the diesel will become. For shorter trips, the low base price of the Hitop is decisive. If you can park easily even under difficult conditions, then you should tend towards the 2-Bed Motorhome. Otherwise, the Hitop Camper may be the better option. And you know best whether you are need a warm shower or can be satisfied with cold water.
The arguments summarized:
For the 2 Berth Motorhome:
- More space
For the Hitop Camper:
- Low base price
- Better handling
- More often certified as self-contained
2 Berth Versus 4 Berth Motorhome (for 2 persons)
This clearly is a duel for those of you who do not have think twice about every penny, are fully passionate about travelling and would like to invest more money in a better quality of life.
If you travel as a pair for long periods of time, you will at some point reach the moment where this lifestyle will get on your nerves. This moment can for sure be delayed if not cancelled once you are ready to invest in a vehicle that was actually designed for four people. A 4-Bed Motorhome offers plenty of space for two people. This means that you have the opportunity to avoid one another once in a while and almost obtain a feeling of privacy. 0:1/p>
Preparing beds is a little-loved activity on most people`s to-do list. Within a 2 Berth Motorhome, you don't just have to pull out the pillow every day and shake the blanket once. In the morning you remove the bed entirely and in the evening after returning to your home on wheels tired from the day's adventures and wanting to put your feet up quickly, you end up realizing: there really is nothing to put your feet up on. Consequently, you have to tidy up first before you can stretch out your tired limbs. In the 4-Bed Motorhome, all of this space just disappears. The beds are upstairs and people are living, cooking and sitting downstairs. One wants to sleep while the other prefers to sit at the table? Not a problem in this case. Visitors driving smaller vehicles can even be invited as additional guests for cooking and playing cards together on rainy days. In short: with the 4-Bed Motorhome you are the king on the parking lot. 0:2
Of course, all luxury comes at a price. And that is the big disadvantage of the 4-Bed Motorhome. You do not only live the monarchical standard, you will certainly also have to pay for it. If the travel budget is not particularly tight and may offer some leeway upwards, this point might not be so serious for you. All others - and this includes most travelers with whom we have spoken in the past - will come to the quick conclusion of preferring a 2-Bed Motorhome, because a 4-Bed Motorhome is simply too high priced. 1:2
Our conclusion: If you can afford it, you can avoid some critical camper life situations with this larger option. However, on the other hand you can get some flowers, chocolates and candle light dinners for the money saved when renting a 2-Bed Motorhome, which can then help to antagonize the controversial issue of an unmade bed and socks on the dining table in a more creative way.
4 Berth Hitop Versus 4 Berth Motorhome (for 3-4 persons)
If you are planning to travel with more than two people, you will of course need a suitable vehicle. The small and very cheap vehicles will no longer be an option - but you will also divide the costs by four. Of course, this is little consolation for families.
To make it short: if you had to work hard to be able to afford this trip, you will inevitably take the 4 Berth Hitop Camper after having seen the price difference compared to the 4 Berth Motorhome. The Hitop is unbeatable in terms of price. 1:0
However, areas in which the 4 Berth Motorhome clearly wins are listed here nonetheless.
Space or no space - one has it, the other doesn't. While it is still very comfortable for two people to live in the Hitop, it becomes quite narrow in the only slightly larger 4 Berth Hitop considering that you live here with four people. The 4 Berth Motorhome is much more spacious. 1:1
Shower and toilet are not an absolute must when you go camping in Australia and New Zealand. As mentioned above, there are numerous ways to get a free or at least inexpensive shower. In short, you would have to shower a lot to justify the additional cost of the 4 Berth Motorhome. However, since potential tenants of a 4 Berth Motorhome are often families, we would like to award a point for the wet room integrated in the vehicle. That is because, when the little need to take a leak, it often cannot wait long. Also, a cold shower after a swim in the evenly cold ocean is not ideal situation for toddlers either. There goes the point for family requirements. 1:2
Another point that basically only affects families: In the 4 Berth Motorhome the bed in the alcove, which is accessible and usable at any time without impairing the comfort below. This is ideal for families whose children should take a nap at noon or early at night. The children can be laid down without any effort while the parents are cooking, playing cards or crocheting potholders. 1:3
There is something else to be observed with motorhomes of this size: With some 4-Bed vehicles, the two rear seats are at the very back of the motorhome. It is extremely gnarly here and people who are prone to nausea should swap with other passengers or have a bag at hand. These places are not suitable for children - especially small kids! Families should therefore seek advice on the seating arrangement when choosing a motorhome. It is not possible to give points as a whole, because the interior of the motorhome is just as important. However, due to their lower weight and shorter length having such seating arrangement will by far not be as disturbing within a Hitop Camper. We recommend families to read our article on suitable motorhomes when traveling with children!
Our conclusion: Anyone feeling ashamed to actually be able to choose between these two vehicles due to the size of their wallets should make the decision in favor of the 4 Berth Motorhome. Especially for families, the motorhome offers significantly more comfort, but you should definitely choose a motorhome with the children's seats close to the driver`s cab. If you are traveling with 4 adults, afternoon nap and a warm shower are not so relevant and the 4 Berth Hitop is a practical solution. However, the costs are then ideally divided into four separate wallets, so that the additional costs of a 4 Berth Motorhome can be financed easily. And even if this vehicle type does not score so well here: In the 4 Berth Hitop Camper you can also live well, so cheer up if your budget is tight!
4 Berth Motorhome Versus 6 Berth Motorhome (for 4 persons)
The battle of the giants. More space on wheels is almost impossible. The minority will be faced with the question of whether it is worth to rent a 6 Berth Motorhome for four passengers or whether there is enough space in the 4 Berth Motorhome. But for these few, this question is dealt with nonetheless.
It's actually quite simple. In our opinion, it is generally not worthwhile spend the money on a 6 Berth Motorhome if you do not make use of all beds. That`s because both 4 and 6 Berth Motorhomes are mostly found on the same chassis setup and vary only slightly. This means that you do not gain any additional space in the 6 Berth Motorhome, but you may lose storage space or living space where the additional beds are installed. There is an exception. A few 6 Berth Motorhomes are interesting for families of four, because in these vehicles children can sit directly behind the parents, which can be quite valuable for longer stages. In all other cases, the 4 Berth Motorhome is just as good though.
You are still unsure of what you really want or perhaps there are still questions on your mind? Then don’t hesitate to give us a call! A lot can be clarified quickly during a personal conversation and furthermore, we are absolutely looking forward to hearing from you! (By the way, we are always happy to call you back, so that there are no costs on your behalf).