Tag: VW Camper

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The Clever Camper Cookbook – Review and giveaway competition

If you’ve ever taken a campervan away you’ll know that cooking quick, easy and tasty meals is not always as straightforward as it seems.  Those trusty staples from home might rely on that extra burner or grill that you’re lacking, or perhaps some spices or other ingredients that make it just a little too complicated.  Alternatively, keeping things too simple – relying on that … Read More The Clever Camper Cookbook – Review and giveaway competition

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

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Scottish VW California meet, May 2016

  After previous weekends at Blair Atholl and Loch Morlich (Aviemore) the third camping meet involving members from the VW California Club took place at Glen Nevis in late May.  There’s now a regular group of owners who take part, from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow and various places in between. Nine vans came along this time.  I was a little surprised there wasn’t more interest, … Read More Scottish VW California meet, May 2016

T6 VW California Review

  The VW California remains the ‘gold standard’ camper van with a reputation for flexibility, a 60 year pedigree of design innovation and support from a worldwide dealer network.  I’ve driven my own T5 Cali on a daily basis for five years and so was keen to see how the new T6 Cali compares.  Here’s my first look at the new T6 VW California … Read More T6 VW California Review

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A Beginner’s Guide to Renting a Campervan or Motorhome – Part 2

Part 2 of my guide to renting a campervan or motorhome has just been published by Cool Camping. The first part of the guide covered trip planning a trip: how to choose the right rental campervan or motorhome to suit your needs, what facilities to expect, the costs involved and some essential hints and tips.  Part 2 moves things on and focuses on the trip … Read More A Beginner’s Guide to Renting a Campervan or Motorhome – Part 2

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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?

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My BBC radio interview – Hiring and owning a campervan

My debut on the radio talking about camper vans took place this week.  A BBC researcher found my blog and I was delighted to be invited on to Friday’s ‘Out for the Weekend’ programme, a fairly light-hearted take on outdoor interests and activities. You can listen to the programme on BBC Radio iPlayer (starting at 1 hour 24 to 1 hour 45). A reporter had … Read More My BBC radio interview – Hiring and owning a campervan

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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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Space-saving campers

For a bit of fun I’ve taken a look at space-saving campers, researching a selection of compact yet functional ways to travel and camp out overnight.  This post has been inspired by articles sent to me by Zero to Sixty … Eventually in the States and my brother in Zambia, both of whom quite rightly knew that this kind of thing intrigues me. Way back in the early … Read More Space-saving campers

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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’