Here at Cruisin’ we receive numerous calls a day from
customer asking us what technological devices they should bring on
their Australian motorhome hire adventure with us. We have compiled a
list of 4 items that you should pack in your suitcase to ensure a smooth
sailing and hassle-free motorhome adventure.
1. FM Transmitter
What’s that you ask? We regularly receive phone calls from
customers asking whether we have a USB port in our motorhomes/campervans
to connect phones or music devices to. The answer is yes most do but we
highly recommend that customers purchase an FM transmitter to ensure
high quality audio all holiday long. An FM transmitter allows music or
audio content from a portable media player or system to be played
through a nearby FM radio. Your music is then broadcast through the
transmitter on an FM broadcast band frequency and picked up by the
receiver. You can purchase one of these handy devices at popular
electronic providers including Dick Smith, Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi. Depending on the complexity of the device, the transmitter ranges from approximately $20 – $80 AUD.
In Australia, reception varies in rural and mountainous
areas, especially in the state of Tasmania. If you are hiring one of our
vehicles with an on board television we do recommend that you bring
along some DVDs for entertainment. All our televisions have an in-built
DVD player for your convenience. They also have a USB port.
3. Pre-Paid Telstra Sim Card/Mobile Phone
Although reception is strong in our capital cities, it is
always a good idea to purchase a Telstra sim card if you don’t already
have one or want to rely on being able to get reception outside of
populated city areas. You can purchase a Telstra sim card or pre-paid
phone at a broad range of providers including JB Hi-Fi, BigW, The Telstra Shop, Harvey Norman and selected post offices and supermarkets.
4. Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband
Many of our customers ask us whether they will be able to
access the internet while they are travelling around Australia. This
depends on reception signal and the network that you are connected with.
Motorhomes are not equipped with Wi-Fi but there are ways to gain
internet access while you’re on the go. Telstra provides a range of
pre-paid mobile broadband services including USB devices that provide up
to 5GB of data. All data must be used in thirty days and you can
recharge the device if the need be – they are the perfect option for
your holiday internet needs. Don’t forget that most caravan parks also
have internet access which you can connect to.