Tag: camper vans


Review: The Jerba Tiree Campervan

I think I first became aware of campervans in 1977 when a friend’s family bought a bright orange bay-windowed VW. Even in the 1970s, when orange furniture and curtains adorned our living rooms and orange melamine kitchenware jostled for attention, their bright, brand spanking new campervan stood out. It made a statement. So fast forward forty years, and I find myself walking up to … Read More Review: The Jerba Tiree Campervan

Home is where you park it

  Camper vans have a habit of getting under your skin.  Old vans in particular have a certain character and have a knack of creating an emotional physical – even spiritual – connection to those to own, drive and live in them. The latest online edition of Influx Magazine caught my eye recently and celebrates van life.  In a series of articles it reviews … Read More Home is where you park it


Campervan colouring book competition

It’s competition time ! The campervan-daft among you will no doubt be aware of the quirky appeal that is Kludoman.  Kludoman is Karl Udo White, a British teacher, artist, musician and surfer who has successfully self-published his range of VW colouring books. He’s just brought out his latest colouring book and I have a copy to give away to one lucky winner of the … Read More Campervan colouring book competition

A versatile van

  A mobile bedroom.  A kitchen.  A load-lugger.  A changing room.  The VW camper van is all these things and more. I was reminded of this last week when I attended a black tie dinner in Glasgow.  Now, I’ve often used my van to change into walking boots, to put on a wetsuit and to change into cycling or ski gear.  But this was … Read More A versatile van


Volksfling 2015

It’s great to have the chance to see prized VWs up close and so I paid another return visit to Volksfling this weekend which takes place in May and August each year at Biggar.  This is a weekend when VWs of all sorts are polished up, let out of their protective garages and taken out to be shown off. This is an event for enthusiasts. … Read More Volksfling 2015

Is the new VW T6 California for me?

  The latest version of the VW California goes on sale in the UK this month.  With 50,000 Californias sold over the last decade alone it’s proved a real winner for outdoor enthusiasts.  But if you’re looking to buy a new camper van should you buy a new T6 Cali ?  Here’s my personal ‘take’ on the introduction of the new T6. Introducing the … Read More Is the new VW T6 California for me?


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


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


Happy Campers: Ewan and ‘Lydia’

A tent camper for many years, Ewan and family researched various camper van options before finally taking the plunge and buying a VW California in late 2010.  His Cali serves as his daily vehicle as well as the basis for spontaneous and planned trips around Scotland and beyond. ‘Happy Campers’ is a series of posts featuring camper vans and their owners.  It’s designed to offer … Read More Happy Campers: Ewan and ‘Lydia’


Happy Campers: Rachel and Paul

Rachel and Paul live in Queensland, Australia, with wonderful scenery on their doorstep.  With a fully kitted out camper van they’re strong advocates of the spontaneous approach to taking off at a moment’s notice, parking up at a scenic spot, throwing open the doors and enjoying the view.  They converted a Toyota Hiace minibus into a fabulous, self-contained camper van.  It looks stunning … as is the view … Read More Happy Campers: Rachel and Paul


Happy Campers: Richard, Nikki and ‘Stone174’

Nikki and Richard are both self-employed graphic designers and have inherited their passion for VW vans from their parents.  Theirs is a five-year story of converting a basic T5 panel van into a ‘no compromise’, unique camper with all mod cons. ‘Happy Campers’ is a series of posts featuring camper vans and their owners.  It’s designed to offer advice and inspiration to new and existing … Read More Happy Campers: Richard, Nikki and ‘Stone174’

Happy Campers: Lydia, Keith and ‘Bluebell’

Lydia and Keith are both self-employed musicians and together with their dog, Jazz, they take off in ‘Bluebell’ at every opportunity.  Having explored Scotland and Italy their dream trip is to take off and never return ! ‘Happy Campers’ is a series of posts featuring camper vans and their owners.  It’s designed to offer advice and inspiration to new and existing camper van owners … Read More Happy Campers: Lydia, Keith and ‘Bluebell’