Anybody used Standbyrelocs.com?
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Feb 6, 2012 8:01 PM
Anybody used Standbyrelocs.com?As the title suggests, I am wondering whether anybody has experience of using http://www.standbyrelocs.com?
I called them up and despite having loads listed on their site as potential hires, they had just one available for my route. They would 'swipe' my credit card for $2500 as insurance - this seems fair enough under the circumstances, but would be interested to hear of people's experience prior to going ahead with it. The cynic in me has visions of them finding a tiny scratch and charging me the the full $2500 insurance...
Feb 6, 2012 8:27 PM
1I have used them and also other hire companies direct a few times and found them good enough to deal with and it is not minor blemishes they will look for and you have the opportunity to have a good look at the vehicle before you depart.
You'll find there'll still be insurance you will want to decide on and last time I did a relocation I think it was about $30/d for full cover and may have been a $10/d option for which you then had an excess and would have to pay for tyre damage or windscreens.
On top of that, if you have a campervan with a loo on board and decide you want to use it instead of somewhere else, then you either do the emptying at the end or there was a fee, possibly a $100 so it's encouraging to consider the alternatives.
They are very well equipped and you get to use all bedding etc. supplied just as if you were doing a hire and in fact you are as you still sign a hire agreement and it's just a reduced rate that applies.
Once parked in Bondi overnight, a teatree branch decided it was too low for the high rise top to fit under so I had more than a little scratch but it wasn't too noticeable from ground level fortunately.
Another occasion, I had an incident with a proppy driver and my swipe was $1000 at the time and I just put it down to experience, a good trip otherwise being had.
The main pain you'll find is that you might have to wait a bit before they're organised to send you off as they'll normally deal with their higher paying rentees first and especially if the vehicle you're to take has not been in long and servicing needs to be finalised and because you have to get to a destination before 3 pm. your two nights/three days between Capitals where that ammount applies is more like just two nights and two days available for driving..
But you can get lucky depending on the depot and get away to a reasonably early start.
Feb 6, 2012 8:36 PM
Feb 7, 2012 1:42 AM
3I have been using standbyrelocs on and off for 3 years or so , always been a great experience, they only hit me for $1,000.00 bond , and i waived the insurance . Mostly between Cairns and Brisbane Cairns and Darwin etc , very proffesional and main thing is to walk around before trip and make sure any dings are noted. Have a few friends who do same thing and have never heard of any bad experiences . If you are flexible it can be a great way to get around. Last trip I did was Cairns to Darwin, $1.00 a day and they gave me back $260.00 in fuel rebate , had 6 days to get there , so cruised and enjoyed the trip.
Feb 7, 2012 4:10 AM
4Regarding damage excess and insurance.
If you have travel insurance check the policy as it may include hire car damage excess as a part of the policy (most policies issued in Australia do). They will in all probability still want a deposit/bond (such as a card swipe/debit) and you will still have to pay any damage up to the excess level. However you can then claim that amount back from your insurance company. Reduces your risk or the need to take out their excess waver insurance coverage.
Bear in mind that the "swipe" on your credit card may well be a debit on your card - this is the case for campervan hire. This then reduces your credit limit by the swipe amount.
Feb 7, 2012 4:33 AM
5Yeh habby they do debit the credit card but they are really good at getting that swipe back to you after return , mine was back in my account within 36 hours . cost a few bucks as its considered a purchase but over all was well worth it. Main thing is be sensible driving , dont go off road , and you will be fine .
Feb 7, 2012 10:52 AM
6When I have done relocations, it has varied, on a few occasions no swipe at all, another where there was a debit and then credit back on delivery and then on one they did a holding over but that was with the old paper system and now probably different with full electronic transactions where once it has been swiped, it's on the way through.
Feb 7, 2012 4:44 PM
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Feb 7, 2012 6:49 PM
9Make sure you have a look at doing an interesting route and not just stick with the Hume Hwy.
Depending on where you pick-up from, it'll be easy enough to pick up the Western Ring Road or Wesdtgate/SE Fwy and the coastal route could allow you to take in Phillip Island with a longer drive the second day or just get out as far as Lakes Entrance or Cann River.
If you go coastal, you will already have seen plenty of East Gippsland forests by Cann River and there's plenty more beyond but heading inland from Cann River is an interesting drive too and then you can choose to have a look at Canberra as it is a quick enough drive direct to Sydney from there or for some more interesting driving you could head down to the coast at Batemans Bay and up to Sydney from there, additional km. quite possibly still within their usual allowance.
Alternately, if you're heading north out of Melbourne, you look at heading off into NE Victoria from Wangaratta via Beechworth which is a lovely town and would make for a good overnight area or at Wodonga, you mcan take the Murray Valley Hwy and on to the Alpine Way and up to Canberra that way, though you may be using up a few more km.
But use sites like http://www.travelmate.com.au/index.php , to put a distance on your options and either way, around the coast fully or some coast, some inland or through the alps, they'll all beat the pants off using the Hume.
Feb 7, 2012 9:04 PM
10Hey Ranjon thanks for the tips....
I am thinking of this route:
Day 1: Melbs to Lakes Entrance 314km
Day 2: Lakes Entrance to Batemans Bay 442km
Day 3: Batemans Bay to Sydney 288km
I think it's totally do-able in the time I have, and as you say a lot more interesting that the Hume Hwy option. DO you happen to know any particularly nice camping spots en route? (Slightly offtopic...)
Feb 7, 2012 10:18 PM
11Not too sure how policed the Lakes are is re overnighters but I suspect they'll have a more casual approach.
Just as you leave the main shopping strip there which ends adjacent to where there is a longish footbridge across main arm inlet to the surf, there is quite a lot of parking space which faces the inlet and a toilet block if you need it at the footbridge and could even be another a bit further along in the parking area.
You should be OK there and other alternatives would be to take a right turn before you descend down the hill to the entrance, a motel there and you could have a look about there or just as you come to the bottom of the hill and cross what they call North Arm Inlet, in on the right there is a bit of commercial development including a fish co-op abd to the left there is park lands up along the North Arm, so just go exploring a bit before it's dark, a great Fish'n Chips shop in the street opposite the footbridge and you could walk over to the beach and have them for tea with the seagulls and then as it is getting quieter, go to your selected spot.
In Batemans Bay, again not too sure how much it gets policed, but use the same principle and check out parking area on left just before the bridge and again a toilet block there.
There's also parking on the right hand side before the bridge and opposite the shops but it is a metered system now and it is more out in the open.
Again there are a heap of alternatives in the area, two parking areas, one at McDonalds as you are on the highway and also a quieter spot adjacent to the Visitor Information Centre which is adjacent to Mc Donalds.
Also, just along from there a bit, you can turn left off the hwy at the Bowling Club and go around behind the Swimming Pool which will be on your left.
Other areas can be found if you turn right at Mc Donalds as you come down the hwy and drive out through the shopping area and along the estuary, about a kilometer out look for the sign for the library and there's some sports facilities and quite a bit of parking, also an area from memory where there's a boat ramp.
If you cross the bridge from Batemans Bay, there's a Caravan Park on the right, down a bit from the bridge but parking before there and possibly after too, or keep going about five km. out and you'll see a sign for Long Beach and if you follow that right to the end and then turn left and head right to the end it is a dead end but with some parking bays along there, right on the sea and if you pull in just on dusk you should be OK, not too many houses likely occupied so not many people to be bothered.
Just before the left turn at the end of the Longbeach Road there is another street that goes in opposite direction along the beach but with houses/blocks between the street and the beach, quite possibly still a few vacant blocks that you could pull into.
Also out that side, before you start going down the curving bit to Long Beach, you'll see a sigh for Mahoneys Beach, another street with a few curves but follow that right along and you'll find some vacant space by the beach.
There's goof burgers and fish'n chips to be had at a shop in there too, in on your left as you come on to the flat and Alan I think it is would probably not mind you parking just along from his shop.
If you're looking for camping areas inbetween or out of the towns a bit, just keep an eye out for signs saying rest area etc. and though not all of them are legally for overnighting at, quite a few are and you're not likely to have a copper or council person knocking on your door through the night.
There are some legal ones on the highway between Lakes and Orbost and up near Orbost if you get that far on the first night, there are some down along the Snowy River south of Orbost, Snowy River Rest Areas 1 & 2 they're called, one 4 km. from Marlo which is where the Snowy heads into Bass Straight and the other 8 km. from Marlo, and they are 8 km. and 12 km. from Orbost.
You need to turn off the hwy after you've just gone down a huge hill and road sweeps around first to left and turn into Orbost is well marked and instead of going right in to there unless you want to find a pub for tea, you'll probably do a left turn somewhere on to the Marlo Road.
There're not going to be so many rest stops west of Lakes but there're still a few to keep an eye out for.
Heading up Batemans Bay way or beyond, you'll likewise find a few rest stops in reasonable locations, a couple of legal overnight locations being Benandarah which is just 9 km. north and has toilets and a fireplace and then about 6 km. further on there is Kioloa which has a fire place but no toilets.
You'll find the traffic along the Prices Hwy exceedingly light after nightfall so you should have a restful nights sleep just about anywhere and in fact if you are used to cities, you could find the quiet quite eerie.
Also keep alert for all the road signs re advisory speed for curves etc. as if you arrive too fast, some corners can be a bit scary and particularly in a campervan.
Between Orbost and CannRiver and then Cann River to Eden, and onto Batemans Bay in particular as there are some quite nasty curves that people have come to grief on.
Feb 8, 2012 1:43 AM
12From Lakes Entrance you really should leave the Princes Highway at Nowa Nowa and head north up thru Buchan, Gelantipy, Suggan Buggan, Willis on the Vic/NSW border, Pinch River, Ingebyra, to Jindabyne.
From Jindabyne u can make your way back to the coast or head up thru Canberra to Sydney.
The drive up along the Snowy River is campervan heaven with lots of free bush camping reserves out in the wilds. You must be self sufficient with food and water when camping out here. Water is OK to drink straight out of the Snowy River or its smaller tributaries.
Before u get to the Snowy River and after the road leaves the river it gets up quite high with some great views on a fine weather day.
Where the road runs beside the river there are designated camp sites every 3 or 4 km. A great place of camp onite is where the Pinch River joins the Snowy where there are many campsites or even drive 2 or 3 KMs up the Pinch River road and camp on the small trout stream the Pinch.
You can view a bit of this route here: http://wikimapia.org/#lat=-36.7875664&lon=148.4201431&z=12&l=0&m=p Click on the pics for a looksee! And there are Google Earth pics of this road from Buchan to Willis on the NSW border.
Its 209 km from Nowa Nowa where u would leave the Princes Hwy to Jindabyne. About 70km is good dirt road, campervans travel it all year round.
This is a much more scenic route than taking the coast road, as from Lakes Entrance to Eden you won't see the coast anywhere, until just out of Eden.
PS: Great caves to see at Buchan.
Edited by: VillianChaser
Feb 8, 2012 2:42 AM
13Three days is a bit rushed, you should contact them tomorrow and see if u can buy an extra day, says u can depending on when the camper is needed at destination.
Whichever way u go, when stopping to camp, DON'T park under the overhanging branches of large gum trees. Huge branches can come down and flatten a campervan.
Enjoy the trip. I'm gonna relocate one of these myself one day and fly home on a budget airline :-)
Feb 8, 2012 3:49 AM
14It is a great drive Villian Chaser but as you say, to really appreciate you do want to have a few days to relax along the Snowy.
The only problems though are that a fair bit of the route is one curve after another, for about 50 km. from memory before you get to the river coming from the south and then plenty more bends along the Snowy.
And campervan hires are not for off the sealed surfaces.
Stick with the coastal route amberz to keep yourself out of trouble and especially if this is your first time driving something like a 4 berth campervan.
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