- Reviewed 11 months ago
Very happy with our van and the service we received.
Mighty Campers is part of the Britz family of campervans and motorhomes. Mighty is aimed more at the mid-range to budget traveller and supplies 2 berth campervans through to 6 berth motorhomes. They have a total of 5 models at time of writing compared to around 6+ models in Australia.
The parent company of Mighty, Britz and Maui - THL - have started introducing a summer peak program where they rent newly built campers for the period rather than buying them. This has already started in Australia and should happen in New Zealand soon. In the mean time you will just have to deal with the 1740! vehicles they already have floating around the land of the long white cloud.
You should know that when you deal with Mighty you are dealing with a huge corporation not a mum and dad show or even a small team. Revenue for Financial Year 2016 in NZ alone was NZD$68m and for the whole company across all its operations it was NZD$279m. THL is listed on the NZ stock exchange.
Mighty tout 'cheap camper rental' as many places as they can. They want to offer as many options as possible so that you are comforatble in knowing that they will be able to accomodate you no matter what you are looking for. They have small and compact and large and homely. Most come with toilet and showers, but of course they have options with out. They are quite keen on trying to get you involved in as many online social ways as possible and are spending considerable time and effort to do so. All in all they are looking for a younger crowd who are not just in it for a campervan hire but a whole social experience online and off.
Unlike so many other campervan hire companies, Mighty has not branched into crappy car rental - they are wholly campervan and motorhome. As mentioned they have small 2 berth up to 6 berth motorhomes. Unfortunately, no 4wd campers. Vehicle age is generally getting on a bit as they are the hand-me-downs from Britz mostly, but not always. There is at least one design in here, the Jackpot, that is not in the Britz fleet, but more often then not expect the vehicle to be 3 to 6 years old.
The Jackpot camper is something a little different. Based on the Toyota Hiace, it holds 3 people and has a layout that is different from any other. It has seats along the rear door which is quite rare, and then L-shapes along one side wall. This allows for a large table to fold down from the other side wall and then the rest of the wall folds down to form the downstairs bed. The bed for the 3rd person is a "hammock" that hangs above the main bed. This is a wonderful design making for storage along both sides and the rear of the camper, an easy-to-make bed and a table that is very easy access. It also has a fridge which is not really standard for a campervan this size. The downside of the vehicle is that there isn’t built in cookers. You will be cooking outside with a butane based single cooker on a little table that sticks out the side door – and there is no awning. Better hope it doesn’t rain! But overall this is a great camper! You can expect this camper to be approx 4 years old and there will be natural wear and tear in that time.
If you want lots of room and some luxuries like toilet and shower then you have to move up to the Deuce. Based on the Mercedes model, this thing is screaming top end with a whopping 80 ltr fridge, 120ltr water tank, and automatic transmission. Some of the luxuries only work when connected to mains power – like A/C whilst stopped and microwave oven. Now don’t be too fooled by the shower and toilet concept, whilst they exist on board, having showers every day will mean stopping and filling the water tank every day. If you are going to far-flung parts of New Zealand, then this is not always available (especially not freely) and emptying a toilet cassette can be quite off-putting if you haven’t done it before. Also, you may have to be in a caravan park to empty the cassette, defeating the purpose of free camping in the first place. Anyway, the Deuce is the largest of the 2 person vehicles, so if you like to spread out on holidays, then this is for you. Recommended as a 2 person camper if you can afford it. But remember that it will be 3 years or older, so expect some wear and tear like tatty cushions and cupboards that might not latch properly. And as a side note, this kind of 2 person camper is EVERYWHERE now as the camper-de-jour for 2 person luxury. So if you don't like the Mighty price, move on, you WILL find it elsewhere.
This is the smaller of the Might Campers 4-berth options. Built on a long wheelbase Toyota Hiace it has the essential hi-top roof. This allows for fully upright standing but is also where passengers 3 and 4 sleep. If you are travelling with kids, then this campervan could be for you. This model can take 2 child seats for under 3yo and also 2 booster seats for 3-7yo. The kids, or passengers 3 and 4 are strapped into the forward facing seat along the rear of the camper. Whilst driving the travel noise will make it difficult to communicate from front to back but on the bright side, it if is just bickering kids back there, it could be a major benefit :-).
The campervan internal design is pretty standard and other companies will be running this kind of model if you want to shop around.The kitchen area is directly behind the driver's cabin and the campervan comes with fridge, microwave, internal double gas burner, linen, and bedding.
Overall this a campervan that works well for a group of 4 travelling on a budget. Remember the camper could be as old as 6 years old, so expect some wear and tear and remember to take soft bags for luggage as there is little room for hard case suitcases. Recommended if you can handle the 'simple life', 4 peeps won't fit much in.
This the smaller of the motorhome models for Mighty Campers, but is the largest of the two 4-berth options. It is the first vehicle of Mighty's that is certified as 'self contained' by the New Zealand motorhome rules. (If you want to know more about what 'self contained' is go here, but basically you need to be able to store enough water for 3 days and then store that water once it has been used and the toilet must cope with 3 days of use without being full)
Being a motorhome you are moving into a camper with more room to move around inside and walk through capability from the front. It is standard for any motorhome to come with a microwave, fridge, main cabin air-con, toilet, shower and grey water tank and this model is no exception. After all a few years ago this model was serving the customers of the higher priced Britz or Maui brand. There's one bed permanently set up above the driver cabin and the other is converted from the rear dining area - also a very standard setup. There are a plethora of companies offering very similar models so if you are looking at this model you should shop around, but this is where things that Mighty Campers do that the others don't could kick in - things like the depots all over the country, a lot of vehicles in the fleet and competitive pricing as well as good opening hours in most cities and the online pre-check in.
This model is great for a family or a bunch of mates travelling together but remember the motorhome could be up to 6 years old so don't expect everything to be totally schmick and you won't be disappointed.
The Big 6, strangely enough, is the biggest motorhome in the Mighty range and is also certified 'self contained' but only for two people. Again a standard kind of configuration and many 6 berth motorhomes have in New Zealand, it has a permanent bed above the driver cabin and the 2 table seating areas convert to beds. Naturally shower, toilet, microwave, air-con included and Mighty throw in bedding and linen which is not always the case with its competitors. This is a fully enclosed vehicle so there is a grey water tank as well as the cassette for the toilet to be considered.
There's everything you want and need in this motorhome, it's an apartment on wheels, the only problem is parking a 7m long vehicle and I think the rear undercarriage storage is a little small. These are minor issues compared to the comfort you get from this motorhome, though. Sometimes if bookings are tight you can end up with one of these when you book a 4 berth and if you do you will definitely appreciate the extra bit of space.
As with all Mighty Campers vehicles, expect it to be between 3 and 6 years old that will, in turn, mean some wear and tear, so don't expect perfection all round and you won't be disappointed. I've spent time in same model with a different company and I was very happy with the space available.
Overall, Mighty Campers is well suited to those who want a nice vehicle that is well designed but are happy to put up with things not being 100% perfect with the vehicle in order to save some money. Really the only thing that sets is apart from its family members of Britz and Maui is that this is where all their campers go when they start to get tired. Mighty is a large company with plenty of vehicles so the other advantage with Mighty Campers is their availability, however, in peak periods, even these guys can book out, so don't wait too long to book one.
Very happy with our van and the service we received.