Old and new camper vans


There’s a timeless appeal to a campervan.  The lure of the open road; new places, adventures and roadtrips; and all with the compact self-sufficiency that a campervan offers.

If like me you hankered after a campervan for a long time, you eventually get past the “I’d like to get one someday ...” phase and start to plan it for real.  You’ve saved up and you’re at a time in your life when a camper will fit into your life.  But what kind of campervan should you be looking for ?

There’s a bewildering range of vehicles out there.  From the classic ‘splitscreen’ VW camper from the ’50s to late ’60s to a brand new all-mod-cons VW California; from an imported Mazda Bongo to your own bespoke van conversion.

The ‘Happy Campers’ series is designed to inspire and inform by profiling real-life stories about real-life campers and their vans.  It’s intended to give you warts-and-all information about what’s it’s like to own and use different types of campervans:

  • what’s great and what’s not so good about particular campervans ?
  • what tips and recommendations do others have ?
  • what dream journeys do these owners have ?

In the ‘Happy Camper’s section of my site you can find information voluntarily provided by members of the WildaboutScotland ‘community’, categorised according to type of campervan:

So whether you’re on the road to buying a campervan, or already own one and are looking for some useful tips and inspiration, ‘Happy Campers’ is for you.

My own journey to buying a campervan took several years.  After a long time enviously eyeing up campervans on campsites we eventually hired a 1970s Bay but this disasterous holiday put us off old vans completely.  Realising that only a modern, reliable campervan was going to fit into out lifestyle we then looked at the modern Brazilian-made T2s and T5 conversions before falling in love with the California.  Once we saw the space-saving design ingenuity of the Cali and the quality of the build then nothing else came anywhere remotely close.  Elsewhere on this site you can read about our own experiences together with my owners’ review of the California after four years of ownership.

So please have a browse around the site – hopefully you’ll pick up some ideas and inspiration.  And if you’re willing to share your own stories then please get in touch using the form on the right hand side of this page.

Happy Camping !


VW camper at Volksfling 2013



VW California

Sunset at Kintra Beach, Islay

Sunset at Kintra Beach, Islay






10 Comments on “Happy Campers – An Introduction

  1. I’ve camped for years, mainly in tents even with temps hovering around zero. I owned a pull behind camper but it just wasn’t my style. However, you’ve inspired me to do some campervan research! The vans and pictures are awesome, great post!

    • Great – and good luck with your search ! I’m sure you’ll find something suitable. I should be on commission…

    • It was a chance meeting when I parked next to a hired split screen. My van’s homing beacon drew her to park side by side …

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  6. would it be odd to take our car with us on our campervan holiday? just thinking we can then set up van with awning and leave it like that for the week… and then drive our car when we want to go out for a few hours…. weird or practical?! just cant be faffed taking awning down every day and don’t want to go without it as gives so much extra space… thoughts?

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