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Travellers Autobarn is a large campervan hire company in Australia that rents 2-5 berth campers aimed at the budget and youth markets. A slow upgrade of their campers shows that they may be starting to head for a wealthier market but whilst they are still mainly aimed at the budget range, they are one of the few campervan hire companies in Australia that will rent to under 21 y.o. drivers.
Travellers Autobarn's range of campervans is broad enough to cater for a couple of different price ranges within the budget market. The "Budgie” goes out as the cheapest choice while the newer “Hi 5” model acts as the priciest among all on set. Here’s the basic rundown on how the range develops:
Budgie – 2 person in an old model, low top Mitsubishi with kitchen facilities at the rear for outside cooking. No standing up
Chubby – as above but a lot newer
Hi Top Campervan – 2 or 3 people based on the Toyota Hiace from around 2003-2005, Nicer inside than the previously mentioned models and the ability to stand upright. Kitchen facilities inside and better cooking and refrigeration facilities.
Kuga Campervan – as above but newer (2005-2009), so pricier.
Hi 5 Campervan – built on a longer wheelbase Toyota Hiace, this claims to be 5 people, but forget it unless there are kids involved and you can sleep 3 in a bed. Really this model just comes with 2 double beds so you should probably be looking at this as a 4 person. Cook inside and the ability to stand up.
Budget Campers– the oldest but pretty spacious 2-3 berth Toyota Hiace featuring large kitchenette with sink, gas cooker and fridge.
The cheapest campervan that Travellers Autobarn offer, the Budgie is a simple camper with a layout and amenities that have been tried and tested by many budget campervan hire companies. The rear seats fold out to take up most the rear for the bed at night and kitchenette is accessed by putting up the rear door. The Mitsubishi base vehicle is a little noisier and less comfortable to drive than the Hiace model and the age of the vehicle means that the tech ability of the entertainment system will leave something to be desired. On the bright side, approximately 50% of the campervans come with roof racks for extra storage of weatherproof gear.
The “Chubby” budget van, is based on the Mitsubishi express, as are most budget models out there. Each Chubby is individually painted, the age range is 3-4 years old and the fittings are pretty much industry standard: sleeps 2, esky for cold storage, kitchenette sink, food storage at the back and cooking with the rear door up. There are a handful of companies that are adding awnings/tents to the back door to protect you from the elements whilst cooking, and the Chubby is one of these. The “easy to assemble” awning comes standard with the hire and can save you from getting wet if you have to cook while it is raining. Overall, the awning is that main thing setting this vehicle apart from its closest competitors as there is very little difference between them otherwise. One final thing to note though is that they have a headphone jack in the CD player to plug in your iPod. These are excruciatingly rare so keep that in mind if the music you listen to in your travels is high on importance agenda.
The Hi Top is the next price level up. This model is for those that want a little more room and a little more luxury. Seating and sleeping 3 the Hi Top allows for sleeping “upstairs” and “downstairs” – 1 up and 2 down. Great if you have a child or friend coming along. Cooking facilities allow for entirely inside cooking and it comes with a fridge and a microwave. The microwave will only run when connected to mains power like when camped a caravan park or similar. The fridge is dual power so will run on the house battery and the mains. Like nearly all budget campervans, it is a manual gear vehicle (stick shift), so if you can’t drive one of those, you will have to move up a price range or two. The beauty of the hi-top is that you can stand upright in the vehicle. On longer trips, or for taller people, this is a fantastic option. It also allows for extra storage in the area above the drivers head. Never fear, though, this vehicle already has plenty of cupboard space inside. The downside of the hi-top is that the extra height causes extra drag on the vehicle and the fuel economy is reduced. If doing a super long journey, this will have some impact on fuel bills.
Travellers have 4 versions of hi-top campervans and the main difference is the age and seating options:
The Budget Campervan is the oldest 2-3 berth hi-top in the range. It is nice to see that Travellers Autobarn don't try and cover it up. They openly tell you that it is older, got higher KMs and has more wear and tear. They are the cheapest campervan in the hi-top range for a reason. If you are simply looking for a campervan that will go from A to B with only the basics included and you are not concerned about shiny new objects, then this model may be for you.
Whilst being an obvious name for the campervan model it is a little confusing when there are 2 OTHER kind of hi-tops for 2-3 berth available. But hopefully this little article is clearing all that up for you! This is the 'middle of the range' model in the hi-tops that will offer a slightly nicer interior and will also show off any new design improvements that happened to come along about 8 years ago.
Ideal for bigger families, the Hi5 Campervan is built on a longer wheelbase Toyota Hiace. Though the company claims this campervan to be 5 people, this model is technically suitable for 4 adults or 1 couple with 2 or 3 kids as there are only two double beds. The campervan is the biggest vehicle on fleet that comes with amazing cooking and storing facilities like large fridge, microwave, sink and gas stove. Your cooking sessions can be done inside the vehicle without restraining your movements. Stand up freely while witnessing the scenic countryside.
The difference between the normal Hi Top campervan and the Kuga Campervan is the newness. The Kuga vehicles are newer and hence have overall less wear and tear. The fittings and upholstery are nicer and any recent design improvements are going to be found in these vehicles. One new design element is the slide out bench that pops out through the side door, but that is hardly a deal maker. Generally, there are more lights, prettier laminate on the cupboards, thicker cushions and even carpet on the ceiling but the overall design of the vehicle is the same. So if you like a little more “pamper” on your journeys, this is the one for you. Stupidly, if you want to be able to play your iPod, you will have to rent the Chubby, because you can’t plug into the hi-tech AM/FM radio – it’s a Toyota thing.
Really, Travellers Autobarn should only be on your radar if you are looking for older, or more importantly, cheaper models. Whilst they are introducing models as young as 2013, they are not going to be the majority of the fleet. Generally, there a few complaints about the company and that is a sign that they do things well, but go in with your eyes open. You can’t rent a campervan that is 10 years old and under $45pd and expect great things. If you are looking for the newest kind of vehicle, then you can try and secure one with Travellers Autobarn, but you are more likely to find one at their more expensive competitors. Overall, recommended though if looking in the budget range.