Budgy Campers Review

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What Budgy Campers Tells Us

Unlike the other motorhome brands offered by their parent company, Budgy Campers offers reliable vehicles at a cheap cost. Their old but very economical campervans are ideal for those who wish to travel on a shoe-string budget. Thus, you can utilize your money on more significant attractions and activities.

Aside from their affordable rates, a very enticing package, or what they call as the ‘Goodies Package’ keeps them on top of other budget campervans on the road. Such package features unique additions like a phone with local SIM Card, GPS, Wi-Fi, Internet modem, fuel discount card and camping table & chairs, which are all very rare for a budget-range campervan hire in New Zealand. And if you think that's all they could offer, well think again because their insurance already covers the tyre and windscreen replacement, underbody and roof damage and an extra driver!

Fleet

Budgy Campers supplies older but reliable campervans at a low price. They only have 3 campers on offer and a motorhome borrowed from their other brand, Euro Campers. The Budgy Sleeper and the Budgy Traveller are the core campervans available for rent but there is also the slightly stepped up Traveller Plus which is just a newer camper but at circa 2005, it's not really NEW. The campervans are technically 2-berth, but the Budgy Traveller (and Plus model) can accommodate up to three, if you are travelling with a child. Their fleet is pretty old, ranging from 1994- 1999 with some newer 2005 campers creeping in from late 2017, so you may want to lower your expectations because these are totally different from mid-range to top-end campervans on the road. Well, the name itself, Budgy Campers, gives you a hint of what the company offers— budget campervans. Despite of the older campervan versions, they always make sure to put an effort in servicing and maintaining their vehicles.

And take note that all their campers are self-contained, which gives you the flexibility to camp for free at designated camping locations in New Zealand and is definitely a bonus.

Vehicles

All Budgy campervans have one thing in common— they are all self-contained. These vehicles give you the freedom and flexibility during your vacation on the road. You can access certain camping locations in New Zealand without paying additional campground fees, making your road trip more exciting and money-saver. Each campervan also provides outdoor and vehicle maintenance equipment for a more reliable campervan hire.

Budgy Sleeper Campervan

Since Budgy Campers only have two campervans (really), let’s start off with their Budgy Sleeper, which is run by a 1994/ 1997 Toyota Lucida. This campervan features an automatic transmission, making it very easy to drive for people that are used to driving on the right hand side of the road (drive on the LEFT in NZ). Aside from the fully-equipped cooking and sleeping essentials, you will also be happy with the spacious storage underneath the bed, which can fit at least two backpacks. Being a “sleepervan” there are few bells and whistles and like most in this class, it is simply a modified people-mover van so be careful as there is no 2nd ‘house battery’ added to this sleepervan meaning if you run too many DC items out of the cigarette lighter overnight, you won’t be able to start the car in the morning. 

Budgy Traveller (and Plus) Campervan

The Budgy Traveller, on the other hand, is operated by a 1999 Toyota Hiace with the Plus model being newer, but not, new. This particular campervan is ideal for couples travelling with a kid as it features a child seat that can be fitted in the driver's cabin. This roomy campervan is a hi-top camper so no need to crouch over when inside - fully upright standing is the go – which is a nice element often overlooked by budget model camper brands. Unlike the sleepervan mentioned earlier, this vehicle is a fully equipped campervan with 2nd house battery, build in fridge, sink, cupboards and the like. It was purpose built to be a campervan, not a re-imagining of a mini-van.

Budgy Familia 6 Motorhome

Obviously the owners thought that having only 2 berth campervans available was stifling business a little, so why not just drop a motorhome from one of the other brands in to the Budgy brand. Makes good business sense to me and hence we now have the Familia 6 Berth Motohorhome available through Budgy Campers. It is a fairly standard 6 berth motorhome based on the Mercedes Benz brand circa 2010. It's fairly standard across the board for kitchen, toilet, shower and sleeping facilities but I must admit I do like the seating arrangement, which is not really that standard. To read more about it and the whole Eurocampers fleet click here.

Insurance

Budgy Campers assures of a peaceful and one of a kind road trip in New Zealand through their complete insurance coverage that includes— tyre and windscreen replacement, as well as underbody and roof damage and extra driver coverage. You will only be liable with the insurance excess at NZD$250 per incident.

Reputation

Over the years, Budgy Campers has maintained a 9- 10 rating, making it one of the top choices for bugdet-ranged campers in New Zealand. Yes, Budgy Campers features older campervans, but these vehicles are still very brilliant and reliable on the road. There may be minor issues because of the aged models on fleet like run-down exteriors, curtains falling down, faulty fuel gauge and the like but the company assures an exciting road trip even with those drawbacks as they provide unique additions to the normal campervan hire.

Summary

Budgy Campers focuses on providing affordable campervan hire through their limited yet self-contained campervans. The old-fashioned vehicles may be an issue for sophisticated travellers, but all these campervans are serviced regularly by their maintenance team. The 'Goodie Package' is also a plus factor, which features technology bundle such as as GPS, Wi-Fi, Internet modem. And of course, the carefree insurance is seriously a great deal because only few companies in New Zealand include tyre and windshield replacement and even extra driver in the insurance coverage. Thus, Budgy Campers is on top of other budget campervan hires in the country.

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Pros

  • Affordable campervans, ideal for travellers on tight budget
  • Self-contained vehicles, giving more freedom to limited camping sites
  • Exciting inclusions with their Goodie Package

Cons

  • Older fleet than other campervans on the road
  • May come with some minor hitches because of older versions being used
  • Really only 2 person campervans

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