Brisbane to Coober Pedy

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 20:04
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Hiring a motor home and going from Brisbane to Cooper Pedy late April.

Going Tamworth way , then Dubbo Zoo, across Cobar, Broken Hill, through Port Augusta and on to CP. Then back to Adelaide and fly home.

The wife and I have never tavelled by motorhome, done plenty of road trips, but the kids are older and it's just us. If all goes well, might buy one and do the whole country!

Any travel tips? advice? Things to look at? Do's and don'ts.



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Reply By: Member - CBS2061 (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 23:24

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 23:24
Hi Jeff. We have done 2 trips in a motor home (hired) as a family of five. One 4 years ago from Melbourne to Brisbane and last year to Tasmania. Given we had 5, of course we needed a larger MH. 2 lessons.

The first trip taught us that when something happens to the MH beyond your control (Brake warning light) and it takes 3 days to look into, they still expect you to be back at the depot within 24 hours of the original drop off time. Lost 2 days hire and no initial compensation (until the wife opened the gates to Hell. She does that well :)). Lesson - Read the fine print and even then it's all one way, theirs. And take plenty of photos of the inside and out regarding damage you didn't cause. Oh and make sure the aircon works!

Trip 2. Lesson on this trip - Don't travel on corrugated gravel roads, (they do tell you that) because it shakes the very core out of you and the MH. Cupboard doors seem to open and crockery and anything else not tied down, seems to fly around the place. It all stops eventually and everything feels much better (similar to hitting yourself on the head with a hammer a number of times :-(.

Having said that though, we met a lot of couples in smaller MH's who revelled in their vehicles. Do meet up with others in MH's/RV's as they are on the same adventure you are.

For us it's something we had to try and now know it's not for us. Hence the 4WD and eventually camper trailer.

Happy Trails,

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Follow Up By: baz&pud (tassie) - Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 05:55

Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 05:55
Couple of years back met a friend in the Flinders Ranges who had hired a MH, toilet didn't work, no hot water, and various other things.
Also watch what they charge if you require camp chairs etc, cause in many cases it's cheaper for you to go and buy them.
Agree with all that has been said in lesson one above.
Enjoy the trip.
Go caravaning, life is so much shorter than death.

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Follow Up By: Judge - Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 18:57

Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 18:57
Thanks Baz and Carsten.

Your experience greatly appreciated.

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Follow Up By: Member - ken m4 - Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 15:58

Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 15:58
Also scrutinise insurance issues. We looked at hiring in a southern state a couple of years ago and after going through insurance rates and exess payments decided on another holiday package
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