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Tasmania is a fun wild place, which is best to be traveled in a van giving ...
Tasmania is a fun wild place, which is best to be traveled in a van giving you so much freedom. The van was great for early starts, meals in your wheels backed up to beaches, quick changes on the go, immediate access to all you may need to spontaneous situations and fun, etc. We have a van at home for such travels, and were ready for this adventure.
READ, before you get your van, you must take the time to make sure that it works! They will go around and explain things to you. It is at THAT time that you should make sure that your van works. For reference, we rented the 4 berth van Fiat (bed goes down in the back over two twin beds).
Here were the items broken in the van, that I know of. The heat .... we were in 30 - 50 degree F weather, and the heat did not work. This was a big deal. In the van tour, Hertz told us that the heat was wanky. Take that as a sure sign. Also, a sign is that they put a heater you plug in, in your closet. Get a new van. You will not always be at plug in sites, too. Tasmania weather is all season in 24 hours. Heat is a must.
The kitchen water facet was a tiny, ever so tiny, thread of water. We just gave up and bought wet wipes and hoped the best for our health. Shower facet did work, though.
The glass which flips over the the burners had broken leaving no counter space. They built in a fold up on the side, but that blocks the sliding door. We just kept that up and never used the sliding door. Our kids would just use our front doors. Not a big deal, ....
The back up camera. It may not seem important, but when it is going like an amped up techno party in the dark, we all were exhausted from it. We used my neck wrap, but it did not completely block it. And really it was not supposed to be blocked, but be a helpful device.
The table broke on us in the middle of the trip, the screws just fell out. We ziplocked the screws and placed them with the table under the seat, and did not use a table again.
Also, I would asked them if you have to transport some of the items you may not want to take up space, i.e. the toaster, the grand cheese grater, the step ladder, the second table for the front, all of the blankets and towels (you may not need all of them), the bucket in the shower, etc.
The guy to show us the van was super cool. Maybe that is why we did not think to check it all out. BUT the extra hour or less of checking things out would have been worth it to us...... I did not want the surprise of the shower. So it was never used. FYI, campsites in Tasmania do not have heated bathrooms and some have timed showers.
I saw some other vans on the lot as we drove off. Our had around 100, 000 miles and was pretty loud traveling down the road from the get go. Take that as a sign. Ask for one of the other vans. Since we were traveling away from Hobart and not to be close to another return location until the end, we did not call and ask for another van - no time. I would have asked at Hobart if I had read this review.
To be fair, I did not complain to Hertz. We just got back, and I am exhausted ..... from shivering. Maybe when my toes unthaw. Ha! I hope you have a great trip. Get your van, right!!!! The vamping opportunity and fun is great!!!!