As the largest privately owned recreational vehicle operator in the Southern Hemisphere, you can rest assured that you are travelling with the best when you choose Apollo for your RV holiday – at least that’s what Apollo claims.
Apollo Campers Everywhere
Next to Britz, you are probably going to see more Apollo vehicles on the road than any other campervan/motorhome rental mob. Currently they have over 4000 vehicles. Which makes playing Marco-(a)pollo an easy game to play. But seriously, this is a large company, with plans to add another 1500 vehicles to the fleet. Whilst they do have smaller campervans – in particular a hi-top Hiace, they tend to be more heading for the motorhome market. Their larger campervan should probably be in their motorhome list, but they seem to have kept in their campervan list. Probably more for balance than any other reason. Their leaning toward motorhomes could also be explained by the fact they own and operate Cheapa Campa and Hippie Campers too, which satisfy the middle and lower priced segments of the market.
Apollo’s vehicles are manufactured in their own factory in Brisbane, giving them an edge over all those who just have to retro-fit a standard vehicle, and also meaning that they have great service-ability. That means greater piece of mind for you, the renter, knowing that they will be able to get parts based in Australia. Those companies using imported motorhomes don’t have that luxury.
You definitely want to give Apollo a look in to if you are traveling with 3 or more. Their motorhome range is squarely aimed at family groups and as such they have all the little luxuries that you hope to have as a family traveling together.
They also have a competitor in the 4WD market that is different from most the others. They are NOT using the Toyota Landcruiser troop-carrier as a base model, rather the Toyota Hilux 4×4. This is the kind of vehicle that has a flat-bed rear and Apollo have put a separate shell on it for the living space. Advantage: lots more living space than any other 4WD, making this vehicle a the Taj Mahal of 4WDs. Disadvantages: You have to get out of the vehicle to get in to the back, it is HEAVY and it has pretty lame mileage. Combine this with only having 117 ltrs across 2 tanks and you will be filling up on diesel a lot (Troop carriers tend to have 180 ltrs). Also, it has less ground clearance, so you will bottom out sooner if on those really rocky or rutted dirt roads. This can also be a bummer on soft sand. Put it this way, if you are planning on staying on sealed roads, simple unsealed roads or hard sand when going outback, then this luxury liner is the way to go. If you are going hard core, then get a troop carrier from someone else.
Overall it’s hard to fault Apollo. They tend to have a vehicle to suit most desires and have a reputation of being clean and having good service. But like all the other major players, they are aiming at the traveller who values quality and cleanliness over budget constraints, so prices are not the lowest.
Huge company with massive fleet.
A quality company
Plenty of depot locations
Can book out in peak periods due to popularity.
Mid to high price range
People complain about how long it takes to get deposit back.
SUMMARY: This is a benchmark company that the others measure themselves against. You will almost certainly find a vehicle style to suit you but they book out quick in high season because of their popularity
By Tim Ahern