AnswerID: 484227 Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 22:10
I've never seen any ex-rental camper vehicle, particularly a high-outlay motorhome, for sale with only 40,000 kms on the clock.
They usually don't sell them until they've done 400,000 kms. The rental companies outlay big $$'s for these campervans and motorhomes, and they want big $$'s back out of them in hire money.
All rental vehicles get minimal maintenance. It's not the first time I've seen a rental car that has never been maintained according to the log book, in 40,000 kms, and has never had an oil change.
These vehicles are usually in extremely high demand, and the companies want them working (and therefore earning), all day, every day.
As a result, they come back off hire, are quickly checked to see if everything still works, and they go right back out again.
Workshops and mechanics are not something rental companies want on their payroll. They're a drag, a real cost burden.
It's easier and more efficient for them to buy a new car, hire it for 40,000 or 60,000 kms, then boot it off down to the auction yard, where they still bring good $$'s, because they're still essentially, near-new. They then go and buy a new replacement vehicle.
Motorhomes are a different kettle of fish, though. Because they cost so much to buy new, and because they lose a lot of value via depreciation in the first couple of years, the rental crowds keep them for much longer than cars.
Because they're diesel, and built on commercial chassis, they will do high kms without a lot of repairs.
We (missus & I) have hired a couple in the last couple of years, and they've all done around 300,000 kms or more. We're hiring another one in June for a fortnight, and I don't expect anything with less kms. They state you can expect a motorhome up to 6 yrs old, when you do a budget deal with them.
I would be suspicious of a rental motorhome that is for sale with such low kms. It might have been in a major prang, and has undergone very substantial repairs. Companies won't keep vehicles that have been pranged, because they are usually a source of trouble, due to repairs never having been done properly and thoroughly.
I agree with the "too much chipboard" construction. A lot of their construction appears to be done to a price, not a quality level.
The Mercedes we toured Kakadu
in, in 2008, you couldn't adjust the passenger seat
in any manner! I thought that was pretty poor.
The missus has big long solid legs, and likes to shove the seat
back, and stretch out. She was really cramped in the seat
and we couldn't do anything about it!
The Mercedes was a pretty good rig. Fuel was $2.03 at Rum Jungle
in July 2008, so we pedalled along softly, at a pretty steady 85-90kmh - and I got 8.0L/100km out of it! I was duly impressed. This was the 3L manual.
Haven't had any experience with the VW, and I've heard little feedback
The rental crowds seem to keep a mix of Ford, VW and Mercedes motorhomes, and I don't know if that's because they like to play one against the other, or because they're still trying to see which is best suited for the job.
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FollowupID: 759465 Submitted:
Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 22:42
sorry for the confusion, I should have mentioned we hired that vehicle for a week.
Our aliner is a bit small so we need to get something bigger and its going to be either a motorhome/campervan, or a caravan.
We wanted to try out a camper van with a toilet and shower for a while.
We went to Maui because they are the newest. after about 3 years they rebadge them as Britz.
I liked not towing anything behind, it was great. But for longer holidays we find a caravan more suitable .
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