Whether you’re looking to put life on hold and go travelling for a year or just enjoy weekends away, a camper van gives you an unrivalled freedom. Picture the scene; it’s a Friday lunchtime and you manage to knock off work early. So you jump in the van and hit the road. There’s no need to book anywhere to stay, stick to a schedule or even get home much before work starts on a Monday morning. It’s idyllic. But unless you get the right van for you and your family, it could be more hassle than it’s worth.
How many people?
You need to get a van big enough for the whole family to sit in safely, and one that also provides sleeping space for them all. Ideally, you won’t want too much extra space because the larger the van, the more you will pay in fuel. Plus, there’s always the issue of parking it. For many couples, the natural choice is the iconic VW camper van. Sadly when there are children and pets in tow, this often doesn’t offer enough space. The natural alternative is the newer and more practical VW Transporter camper. This can be purchased with a pop-top roof to offer additional sleeping space. Many other makes have also followed suit in creating a camper style van. These are often cheaper because you do pay for both the trusted name in camper vans with a VW.
There is always the option to buy an ordinary van and have it kitted out into a camper van yourself. The advantage of this is that you will get exactly what you want in terms of space, layout and style. If you have a large family or intend to travel with dogs, you may wish to look at a longer panel van. This would allow plenty of space for both beds and storage. Alternatively if you are on your own, a car camper can be a cheap and economical option.
What to look out for
It is always advisable to buy from a reputable dealer, whether purchasing a camper or a van to convert. This way, you can ensure that the van hasn’t been in an accident and it will be safe and reliable. Many used vans can come with a warranty, which offers extra peace of mind when you are on the road.