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11 years 7 months ago #803 by Christine
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OK, I'll try to get this one started. My husband and I are starting our retirement and fulltime RVing soon. Before we buy a rig here in the States, we want to travel to Europe, and then to Australia, to RV first for 6 or more months in each place. We plan on purchasing a used "Caravan" for our use and then resell when we leave. We have researched prices, commerical campgrounds, "petrol" and other considerations for both places. However, other than the "Military Campgrounds" book, we can't find any info or any military families that have attempted this or have camped while stationed in Euorpe. So, my question is.... Has anyone stayed in any military campgrounds outside of the US? Any info would be helpful. Such as... Can you buy fuel on the base where the campground is if you are not stationed there? Are reservations hard to get? Thanks for any input. Christine
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11 years 2 months ago #1847 by BMCM
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Are you still looking for info on European camping?
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8 years 2 months ago #7724 by dddlin
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Did you ever go to Australia? My husband and I want to RV in Australia and New Zealand, probably in early 2012 or 2013. We would like to swap RVs with someone there. Do you have any info or suggestions? Thanks,

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8 years 1 month ago #7729 by larryf
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dddlin wrote:

Did you ever go to Australia? My husband and I want to RV in Australia and New Zealand, probably in early 2012 or 2013. We would like to swap RVs with someone there. Do you have any info or suggestions? Thanks,

Linda Garnett


We RV'd in Australia for 30 days a few years ago. We rented a "camper van" (Sprinter) and greatly enjoyed our trip. Just not enough time! We were rushed just to see the SE corner (Melbourne, Sydney, and Tasmania).

You can read a little about our Australian RV adventure here:
Article on RV'ing in Australia
Our travel log for that month.
View our Photo Gallery of this trip.


I don't have any suggestions on a RV exchange, although a Google search will get results.

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8 years 1 month ago - 8 years 1 month ago #7734 by johnandmari
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DDDlin, how long do you plan to spend in either Australia or New Zealand? We visited New Zealand several years ago for three weeks. Nine days on the South Island and eight on the North, which was not nearly enough for either island – we would liked to have spent several months on the South Island alone! We want to return, probably in three years. While there previously, we rented a class C type Maui camper- the only way to see NZ. When we return, we are seriously contemplating purchasing a camper on Maui’s “buy back” program, as we plan to remain in NZ a minimum of six months, possibly as long as ten. Daily rental for that period of time would be cost prohibitive. Maui will buy the unit back for 55% of the sale price, provided you comply with their conditions for buy back. Quite possibly, camper renters in Australia have similiar programs.

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8 years 1 month ago #7738 by dddlin
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Thanks to both of you for the info. I'll look at Larry's info more thoroughly when I have a little more time. We planned to spend a month in New Zealand and up to three months in Australia. But we might have to re-think this after hearing from you both that it will take more time. Did you use Space-A to get there, or commercial air?
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8 years 1 month ago #7740 by larryf
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dddlin wrote:

Thanks to both of you for the info. I'll look at Larry's info more thoroughly when I have a little more time. We planned to spend a month in New Zealand and up to three months in Australia. But we might have to re-think this after hearing from you both that it will take more time. Did you use Space-A to get there, or commercial air?


We could easily spend a couple years in Australia alone!

We took a commercial flight at $900 each RT. The problem was we had to return within 30 days, which is why it was a short trip. That, and the weekly rate on the "Maui" camper van was another $100+ a day.

Interesting to hear about the "buy back" program.

Another of our life goals is to spend a couple years in Europe RV'ing. Hopefully, the exchange rate will get better.

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8 years 1 month ago #7742 by johnandmari
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We flew from LAX to Auckland, and then on to Christchurch where we picked up the Maui Camper; on the return trip we stopped in Fiji for four nights - $1100 R/T each. There are military air / Space-A flights into Christchurch in support of Antarctica, but they are infrequent, and space is very iffy!
Regarding the buy back program (and most of the NZ campervan rental companies offer it), you buy a used camper from Maui (or whomever) and sign their buyback agreement. You need to have prearranged this before traveling to NZ!!. Campers offered under the program are used, typically six to eight years old and run the gambit from small two berth vans up to well equipped class C campers. Used camper prices vary, according to what you want to purchase, from approximately 20,000 NZD (15,000 USD) up to 100,000 NZD (75,000 USD). The seller will agree in writing to purchase the unit back from you for 55% of the original sale price, provided the unit has not traveled more than 30,000 kms (approximately 18,000 miles), that you have maintained and serviced the unit, no accidents and that you obtain a certificate of road worthiness to prove its acceptability, under NZ law. Renting our camper required that we purchase Maui’s insurance, at about $5.00/day - not very cost effective. Should you purchase the camper, the insurance will be considerably less expensive. One note: I did not think to ask back then about reimbursement of the NZ GST (as Canada will do).
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8 years 1 month ago #7762 by dddlin
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Thanks for all the info. certainly a lot to think about and I'll have to get started on research soon. I'll keep you posted as our plans develop.
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8 years 1 month ago #7780 by jackray
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OK, this thread is 3 years old, but now I am interested. My S.O. and I would like to camp in Europe, and have heard that there is camping at some bases or MWR sites. Is there any information on that?
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6 years 10 months ago #9318 by jmcgarity
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We rented a "Minnie-Winnie" Sprinter Mercedes Class C for a month, spent a week in the Red Center, where we found the "Rock" a must see but boring but the McDonnell Range NW of it truly inspiring to camp. Then an air hop down to Adelaide and followed the Coastal Highway around. After Melbourne took the ferry to Tasmania and spent five days there before catchung it back to Melbourne. Continued east to Bribane, stopping in the Snowy River Counrty, Surfer's Paradise and Sydney (Only hotel at the RAAA) next to the Opera House, then on to Brisbane and the flight stateside. Camped at regular campgrounds, state parks, and roadside taverns. The only way to see Australia. Our intent is to return and try the route from the west coast north along the coast to Cairns and on around to Brisbane. Stayed at military service clubs (think like our old - style mess') in Adelaide and Brisbane. We are welcome there.
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