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The difference Between Self-Contained and Non-Self-Contained Campervans

What type of campervan should you rent out when traveling in New Zealand?

Should you go for a self-contained campervan, with all its bells and whistles? Or should you opt for a more compact, non-self-contained vehicle?

We want you to make an informed choice, so here are the differences between a self-contained and non-self-contained campervan:

What Is A Self-Contained Campervan?

As the name suggests, a self-contained campervan is a vehicle that’s capable of containing its own grey water and sewage. Aside from that, a van should also the following features to be certified as “self-contained”:

  • Freshwater tanks capable of holding 12L per person for three days
  • A wastewater tank for greywater and sewage
  • A sink
  • A refuse container which is sealable
  • A portable or fixed toilet
  • An evacuation hose

The Pros

The biggest advantage of renting a self-contained campervan? You are able to go freedom camping!

Since they’re capable of holding their own waste water and are therefore more environmentally friendly, self-contained campervans are the only types of vehicles allowed to stay overnight on freedom camping sites.
If you love taking the road less traveled, this is your vehicle of choice.
These vans are also more spacious compared to their non-self-contained ones. Having a toilet on-board is also convenient, especially if you’re planning to be out on the road for days.

The Cons

The downside, however, is that they can be a more costly rental than non-self-contained vans, however this is not the case with Escape Rentals. These vans do come with a higher ferry fee, so remember to include these costs into your budget..

Having your own tanks and sewage facility within the van means you’ll have to be responsible for disposing your waste properly. You’ll have to make sure to only dispose of your waste water at an official dumping station.

What Is A Non-Self-Contained Campervan?

Non-self-contained campervans, on the other hand, do not have their own contained waste and sewage facilities. Freedom camping is a big no-no, unless you want a hefty fee. They’re also smaller in size and are less spacious.

The Pros

Despite this small hiccup, non-self-contained campervans still come with a lot of advantages. Since they’re smaller, they’re more energy efficient and are easier to drive. They also cost you less on ferry and toll charges.

They also have tons of cool features. Escape’s non-self-contained campervans all come with freebies like bedding, cookware, a cooler, camp chairs, road maps, handbooks and more!

The Cons

The biggest downside to non-self-contained campervans, really, is that you can’t take them to freedom camping sites. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy New Zealand, however. There are dozens of stunning camp sites and holiday parks all over the country that can tickle your fancy.

The Final Verdict

So, which vehicle should you go for? The choice is entirely up to you!

The Escape Rentals fleet has the best of both worlds, so whether you want a self-contained vehicle or a non-self-contained one, we have you covered. All you have to do choose one that best fits your needs.