If the kind of New Zealand experience you’re looking for entails finding remote landscapes where the only sign of life is grazing sheep and singing birds, then the Base Jumper was designed for you. Forget the bustling holiday parks and head for the hills in your backcountry explorer.
European Style and Comfort
From the front bumper to back, the Base Jumper is head and shoulders above the rest. Compared with other motorhomes, the cab has more room, more visibility, better ergonomics and functionality, more drawers, more storage compartments, more shelves, more comfortable seats for driver and passengers, and less noise. And when you’re on the open road, the 320N of torque will keep you at the front of the pack.
Set up for Remote Camping
If you're going to build a campervan that can tackle the most remote roads, then you've got to have pretty special energy supplies. Conventional vans are built to transport you from campground to campground. At the end of the day, you hook up to mains power and everything works - voilà. We wanted a campervan that allows you the freedom to camp over anywhere - without being reliant on a 240V hook up. So we installed a unique long life energy system. The combination of a 600w 12V inverter and two 220A/H 6V batteries means you can use all your equipment and appliances anytime, anywhere. The batteries supply the power and the inverter transforms it into the current you need to run the appliances and equipment. The campervan’s energy system will give you adequate power to last up to four days without starting the engine or hooking up to the mains. So, when you're in your Base Jumper camper, the wilderness is yours to explore.
The Chef’s Kitchen
The Base Jumper campervan galley is designed with the home gourmet in mind. It's fully equipped with all the essentials you need to whip up a storm wherever you are - just bring the local produce or freshly caught seafood. The knives and other utensils are chef-quality and there's plenty of space to spread out while you work. The fridge with separate freezer compartment is spacious and quiet plus the efficient hot water heater ensures there's plenty of hot water for both cooking and showers. So why no microwave oven? The Base Jumper campervan is designed for remote camping so we didn’t want to clutter it with any appliances that only work when hooked up to mains power. That’s why it has a four burner gas stove with grill instead of the standard two burner.
The Unique Drying Room
The campervan bathroom has a swivel seat toilet which swings out of the way when not in use plus a slide-rail shower and heated towel rack. No kidding! But the truly unique feature of this campervan’s bathroom is its ability to double as a drying room because serious adventurers get wet sometimes. The heater outlet supplies warm air (regardless of whether the engine is running) and the heated towel rail provides express drying for towels and clothing. It’s easy to spot the motorhomes that don’t have drying rooms – they’re the ones with underwear hanging from the wing mirrors!
Being able to kick back and relax when the adventure is done for the day is key to the Base Jumper experience. We've gone to a lot of trouble to ensure that you have the gear, layout, and comfort to really 'chill out'. Not only is the wraparound couch inviting, it's exceptionally comfy thanks to the premium upholstery specially designed for dual purpose sitting and sleeping comfort. When sitting in the van with the rear doors open, the view is all the more enjoyable because the high doors swing out of the way giving you an uninterrupted view of remarkable spot you’ve chosen to stop at.
Lay back, pick up the remote, and switch on the home theatre system. Watch your favourite DVD or view your photos on the 15" flat LCD screen. Or, if music takes your fancy, the system can handle just about any format you could think of (CD/MP3/MP4 or radio). What's more, you can listen to it in 4-channel surround sound and hook your iPod into the auxiliary input.
There's no better way to see how the Base Jumper stands out from the crowd than to take her away in winter. This fully insulated camper has thermal backed curtains plus a diesel heater ensures the whole vehicle stays toasty, day and night, without the need to towel off the moisture build up on the windows. The diesel heater is so effective that you can comfortably sleep in your motorhome on a mountain in the middle of winter. It draws diesel from the vehicle’s fuel tank so you don’t have to be hooked up to use it. But don’t worry – it’s not going to annihilate your entire fuel tank in one go. It costs about 30 cents for the first hour and as the air heats up, the cost decreases. Unlike gas and electric heaters, you can run the diesel heater while you’re driving. This means your back as well as your front stays warm – you won’t get that “who left the door open” feeling. The whole vehicle stays toasty warm day and night.
If you’re planning an epic road trip, the Base Jumper campervan is not only the most comfortable and functional 2-berth rental you’ll find, believe it or not, it has considerably more storage space than a much bigger motorhome. In fact, you could probably fit more luggage than the airlines let you carry. The overhead lockers and cupboard with hanging space in the living area are best for the gear you use every day while extra-large storage area under the rear lounge (accessed from interior or exterior) works well for bags and other items. There’s plenty of space to store ski and snowboarding gear (even skis and snowboards up to 185cm long) in the rear storage compartment so you won’t have to trip over them in your living area.
While the amount of storage in the vehicle is generous, we recommend you carry soft bags so which are easier to fit in the rear storage compartment than hard suitcases.
You can add optional extras including compact hooded barbeque, outdoor furniture and snow chains in winter.
Read why travellers who have hire the Base Jumper 2 campervan rave about it. Here’s what warmad from Australia wrote in his online review:
"Wilderness Motorhomes were recommended from our friends who have used them in 2010 so after checking Rankers, the choice was easily made for us. From pick up to drop off they were brilliant. The handover of the Base Jumper 2 in Christchurch was very concise and patiently handled with recommendations for places to stock up. Oh how we loved NZ particularly the south island and the driving/touring experience could not have been better from the armchairs of our wonderful car like Fiat 120 Multijet. It handled lika a car, great torque, flexibility for safe overtaking and extraordinary economy. 10.1 -10.3 litres including the heater on most nights! This returned about 600 km plus per tank in the almost 5000 km we did in 16 days (saw a lot of both islands!) It was just the right size and was so good to pull up anywhere and make our lunch/coffee break with the rear backed up to yet another scenic marvel. We should have availed ourselves of more remote camping as it was brilliantly set up for it - and there are so many places to do so. Great heater, great sound/DVD/TV system, all the oddments necessary for being completely independant. Auckland return also brilliant though we decided a motel (final clean up etc) at Manukau Motor Lodge (Neil) on the Great South Road close to Wilderness/Airport/gas refill/huge shopping centre/cheap restaurants was fitting. Best camp park - Te Anau Fiordland and Big 10 in lovely Russell at Bay of Islands. Camping for 2 $32-49/night. Fuel was $1.60 - $1.72 for diesel. (Petrol $2.25!) Also good not having all the attention seeking signage on our van. We will do this again. Fabulous staff and camper. Many thanks!"
Reviewed on Rankers, 03 May 2011
And Paul Harvey had this to say about his Base Jumper 2 experience:
"We rented a Base Jumper 2 for two months at the start of the year and were very pleased with our experience. On the road you sometimes get to compare your van with that of other campers and we definitely had the best deal in terms of comfort and fit out. The only minor electrical problem we had was solved quickly and efficiently in a way which suited our travel schedule. The van was reliable and economical. We found the travel advice on their website most useful. If we ever return to NZ then there is only one company we would consider using - this one."
Reviewed on Rankers, March 2011