Category: Happy Campers

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A beginner’s guide to renting a campervan or motorhome

Cool Camping have just published the first of two articles I’ve written for their website on hiring a campervan or motorhome and I thought I’d share this on my own blog.  This first article is all about planning a trip.  It includes how to choose the right rental campervan or motorhome to suit your needs, what facilities to expect, the cost involved and some essential … Read More A beginner’s guide to renting a campervan or motorhome

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Happy Campers – Erik, Martha and ‘Moby’

Erik and Martha have had a relationship with VW buses for a long time and they’ve painstakingly restored ‘Moby’ over the last five years.  They enjoy the way the world passes by at a gentle pace in an old bus, taking them up and down the US Eastern Seaboard.  They don’t see restoration work and repairs as a chore but simply part of the joy … Read More Happy Campers – Erik, Martha and ‘Moby’

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Happy Campers – Mark, Lauren and ‘Bumblebee’

Since buying ‘Bumblebee’ last Autumn Mark and Lauren have aleady put in a lot of work to make their van ship-shape for the camping season.  The helpful advice they found on the T4 Owner’s Forum has been invaluable.  So far, their trips and weekends away have been fairly local – in preparation for this summer’s Big Trip to Ibiza and back ! ‘Happy Campers’ … Read More Happy Campers – Mark, Lauren and ‘Bumblebee’

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Happy Camper – Brenda and ‘Suzie’

Brenda drives a converted Suzuki Wagon R – perhaps the smallest campervan on the roads today – and has packing it off to a fine art.  It’s her daily vehicle: economical to run, easy to park and can easily be spotted in the car park!  In spite of her small size, Suzie has been the perfect base for exploring the backroads of France and the … Read More Happy Camper – Brenda and ‘Suzie’

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Happy Campers – Liz, Ian and ‘Snowy’

Liz and Ian are keen campervan owners, having previously owned a converted VW T4 Multivan. When they needed a van that could be insured for business purposes they swapped the Multivan for a brand new VW California Beach, spending their kids’ inheritance in the process !  The Beach has a similar layout but with many more features.  Being experienced owners, Liz has been kitting … Read More Happy Campers – Liz, Ian and ‘Snowy’

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Happy Campers – Richard and ‘The Bus’

  Richard and his family swapped their caravan and tow car for a converted VW Transporter camper van and haven’t looked back.  They use it for family holidays elsewhere in Europe as well as weekends in the UK. “The Bus” is also Richard’s daily vehicle.  They’ve already explored the south of France and are eyeing up Norway – to see the northern lights – … Read More Happy Campers – Richard and ‘The Bus’

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Happy Campers – Rowena and Bertha

Whether wild camping in a remote Scottish glen or having an overnight stay before an early morning flight, Bertha is the perfect functional camper van.  Rowena loves the practicality of being self-sufficient – the simple pleasures in what she calls her “micro-world” – which enables her to get out and about enjoying Scotland’s outdoors. Happy Campers’ is a series of posts featuring camper vans and … Read More Happy Campers – Rowena and Bertha

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Happy Campers – An Introduction

  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 … Read More Happy Campers – An Introduction

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Happy Campers – Alen, Anne and the Van with No Name

  Alen and Anne McFadzean live in Barton, North Yorkshire. They’ve just bought an old Volkswagen T4 and plan to drive off to a new life in the Sierra Nevada mountains, in Andalucia, Spain.  Alen’s passion is climbing mountains and writing about them in his blog, Because They’re There.  Anne intends to soak up the sun and do charity work. Happy Campers’ is a … Read More Happy Campers – Alen, Anne and the Van with No Name

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Happy Campers – Geert, Mia and ‘Basilio’

  Geert and Mia live in Belgium and named their VW California ‘Basilio’ after their grandson, Basiel.  They settled on a Cali for its convenience and love the flexibility of being able to wild camp away from campsites.  Theirs is a well-equipped 4Motion camper and they particularly appreciate the additional accessories they have specified.  And their van is clearly a ‘keeper’ since they fully … Read More Happy Campers – Geert, Mia and ‘Basilio’