Barefoot Camper Hire is family owned and operated that tends to center itself around Gold Coast in Queensland but manages to provide depots in Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne and Sydney.
What Barefoot Camper Hire Tells Us
The rental has few good things included off the bat that not every campervan hire company has— unlimited KMs, extra driver, comprehensive insurance, and one-way rental. Another great bonus of hiring a campervan from Barefoot Campers is that the security bond is only a pre-authorization rather than an actual transaction. This will mean the money is frozen whilst you are travelling but the release of the funds back to your account is much faster as you are not waiting for the company to actually give it back to you. For some of the bigger companies like Britz, this return of the money is one of the biggest complaint areas. And, since this is a locally run company, they have limited business schedule. They only open until 5 PM from Monday to Friday and only open 3 hours on the Saturday 8 am – 11 am, and again not available on Sundays and public holidays, which makes them uncompetitive compared to bigger companies.
They have a limited fleet catering up to 2 adults and 1 one child only. The base vehicles used are mostly old Toyota models that use unleaded petrol. Upon return of the camper, you need to ensure that it is clean and filled with same amount of fuel at the time it was delivered. Though the fleet is not great for big families or large groups, the rates (plus some good inclusions) are competitive enough to attract those in tight budget!
Toyota 3 Seat HiTop
The Toyota 3 Seat Hi Top is a basic camper that has a nice food storage strapping in the upper rear of the campervan and a nice fitted fly-screens for a more convenient stay. The convertible dinette sleeps 2 and there's a top bed good for 1 person. With the internal access, you can freely enter the living area and even stand up straight as the vehicle is a Hitop model. To save space, it is recommended to bring soft luggage instead of hard and bulky ones.
Maxi Van Plus 2005
The 2005 Maxi Van Plus, also a 3-seater campervan, is likely the same with the first one except the model used and other features and inclusions like electric windows and mirrors, foldout table and portable DVD player. This campervan is also slightly bigger in terms of vehicle dimension, but just so you know, the two have the same rate.
If you are looking for a little more luxury, then you might be interested with the Barefoot Motorhome 2006 model that starts from $99 per day. With fascinating amenities included like shower & toilet, 3 stove burner instead of 2, bigger fuel capacity, toaster, broom, coat hangers, this motorhome has a little more of everything that makes it feel like a home.
As to the insurance, there are different options to reduce the liability at pretty cheap costs. But keep in mind that the insurance coverage does not include the awning, so make sure that it's not damaged before you leave with it. The excess depends on the age of the youngest driver: 21 to 24 yrs entails an excess of $2, 500 and 25 yrs and above gets the excess of $2, 000. The standard excess of $2,500 is required at the time of collection through a credit imprint. This can be reduced if you opt to get one of the two insurance options― $17/day to limit the bond to $900 credit imprint or $33/day for a $200 bond credit imprint.
Even with multiple depots around Australia, Barefoot Camper Hire isn't that popular in the market. The small range of vehicles may be a factor, which only caters couples and smaller groups. This creates a slight dismay to bigger families wanting to make the most out of their competitive rates.
All in all, Barefoot Campers seems like a pretty good deal. Their campervans are not the most modern, but their decent prices reflect this. They have chosen a good range to cater for most age groups and budgets, and they have depots in all the major places on the east coast where you might want to drop off or pick up.