"foggy details on insurance policies, unhelpful staff"
We hired a 4 berth camper in Cambridge Tasmania for 12 days, we found the v...
Go Cheap Motorhomes is discount motorhome and campervan hire company situated in Tasmania, Australia. They offer slightly older campers that cater for those looking for 2 - 6 berth campervans and motorhomes. They are related to Cruisin' Motorhomes that runs the vehicles from 0-4 years. Go Cheap takes on the older modes that are 4-6 years old but through Go Cheap you can also book the Cruisin' branded campervans. At the end of the day it is just semantics, you will be picking up a Cruisin' branded campervan at the Cruisin' depot if you book from either company.
Go Cheap has been operating in Tasmania since 1999 and feel that in the time since then they have gotten to know what the campervan renter expects and wants. They are proud to offer campervans and motorhomes made with Iveco, Mercedes and Ford and make note that they offer 24hour roadside assistance (but so does everyone) and 10% for those Australians who are members of auto clubs like RACV, NRMA, RACQ etc One thing to mention that we like about Go Cheap is that all the bedding is included with the price and in particular there is a doona (douvet) rather than a sleeping bag. Even during summer Tasmania can and does get cold at night, during the non-summer period it can be freezing and even a single doona will probably not be enough to keep warn. Snuggle.
It is quite common for campervan hire companies to hand their older models to a different brand: Apollo Campers hands off its older models to Cheapa Campa, Britz to Mighty Campers, Jucy hands off to Lucky Campers and Cruisin' are handing off to Go Cheap. It just means the campervans aren't new enough to represent the premium brand, but they aren't ready for the scrap yard either. Go Cheap supply 2 berth, 3 berth, 4 berth and 6 berth specifically under the Go Cheap brand.
Here's how it breaks down...
The standard these days in compact campervans, the hi-top offered by Go Cheap sets no new record highs or lows. It is the version of model that has the sink and cupboards just behind the drivers cabin and the rear bench seats and table fold out to make the bed. In the event of a third person, wooden planks will be provided that can slide on to some rails up near the original roof level and the 3rd person will sleep 'upstairs'. You can in fact fit 2 up there but there are only 3 seat belts so only 3 can travel. A 2 burner stove top and a microwave will provide you the cooking and a decent 62ltr fridge/freezer will keep the food and beer warm. I guess the main thing to point out is that pillows, sheets and doonas are included in the price where as some companies only provide sleeping bags or you have to pay extra for sleeping stuff.
They never look too flash these kind of campervans but they are very practical. They give more living space than the high top but not as much as the luxury 2 person campervan. This kind of campervan comes with the toilet/shower setup and a permanent double bed that is above the drivers cabin. There is a TV and DVD player, a generous 100ltr water tank, microwave and decent sized 96ltr fridge/freezer. All in all these are good little campervans and are a step up in luxury. Its a recommended rental but i'd be surprised if you actually get the 10ltr/100km mileage - expect it to use more fuel than that
The Tamar campervan is the top-of-line 2 berth campervan available through Go Cheap Motorhomes. This model is quite popular now throughout Australia so Go Cheap will have to be competing for your dollars via price and availability. The Tamar has a diesel engine, toilet/shower combo, main cabin air-con, a 90 ltr fridge, 100 ltr water tank, 2 burner gas stove and coat hangers! You can walk through from the driver cabin to the main cabin which is handy at night if you have a lot luggage as you can put some luggage on the front seat to get access at night. This campervan has a lot of storage though, so you probably won't need to do that. There is PLENTY of space for 2 people in this campervan due to its size, but on the flip side, being about 7m long, it can be hard to park in cities.
A nice motorhome build on a Ford base. This is a fairly standard layout with a permanent bed above the drivers cabin and the dinette converting to the other double bed. In my experience ford has never been a smooth ride in this size vehicle which probably explains why most companies, including this one, are moving away from Ford towards the european base vehicles. That being said, it still has all the other conveniences that you would expect from a motorhome including the toilet/shower. Being up to 6 years old you can expect some wear and tear on the interior and the same could be said for all the Go Cheap motorhomes - they are cheaper for a reason. Overall this is a nice enough campervan and will suit families ot groups of 4 that like a little more room.
The Derwent motorhome is definitely showing its age from a design point of view. It's clunky looking bed space and sharp edges tell you that it ain't that new, but we know that Go Cheap runs motorhomes from 4-6 years that is no surprise. Built on an Iveco base it is a diesel manual motorhome, so if you aren't into changing gears yourself, steer clear. Otherwise it includes all the things you would expect including air-con, microwave, 100ltr water tank, hot and cold water etc. This is a failry run-of-the-mill model so I think it would depend of price and availability as to whether I would book it. Keep an eye out for it, but don't be afraid to shop around for other 6 berths.
0-4 years old only available through Cruisin' Motorhomes
The Discovery model motorhome is part of Go Cheap but is really part of the Cruisin' brand as it is 0-4 years old. If you can get it for a Go Cheap price then go for it, otherwise it will appear under Cruisin search results.
So with the confusion out of the way about what campervan is what, is there anything special about what Go Cheap has to offer.
Depots are at all the main places – Hobart Airport, Launceston and Devonport.
Reviews for Go Cheap Motorhomes and/or Cruisin’ Tasmania, are few and far between (please add yours below if you have one), but in all, the ones that exist are a mixed bunch. Overall I would say that the biggest complaint is about the rudeness of staff – a pleasant change.
Go Cheap Motorhomes is aiming at the quality and comfort-conscious rather than budget. This is good positioning as there are only a couple of companies in this market in Tasmania – Tasmania Campers would be the main competitor along with Autorent Hertz with Paradise Motorhomes – a very small company – offering some alternative and Tasmania Campervan Rentals offering some competition in the 2 berth market. If you are looking for comfort vehicle, you definitely want to see what Go Cheap Motorhomes has on offer.