VW Kombi’s last wishes

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There can’t be a camper van nut in the world that doesn’t know that VW has switched off production of the VW Kombi…forever. This video is something of a whimsy from VW…a kind of eulogy as spoken by the VW Kombi herself…it’s a really sweet video, worth a few minutes of your time.

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April 15, 2014 |

Our new Hobby 750 Motorhome

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Finally, we’ve got a new van.  We’ve said goodbye to our lovely American motorhomes for the time being (very thirsty, ergo very expensive) and have returned to a European model.  Our first van was a Hymer, which had great build quality, and so we decided to go with a German manufacturer again.  Having had a 31ft American RV we wanted something with a bit of space and the Hobby 750 seemed to fit the bill very nicely.  Finding a left hand drive van proved quite tricky and took a few months of searching to find just the right one.

Eventually we found one in the Midlands.  Left hand drive, garage, fixed rear single beds, immaculate condition inside and out,  18,000 miles, 2006 plate.  We’re very pleased.  We’ve called her Wilma.

Last weekend we went up to Lincolnshire to stay with relatives who’ve just bought a dilapidated bungalow in two acres.   ... Read more

November 19, 2013 |

Remote Controlled VW Camper Van – OMG!

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Remote Controlled VW Camper Van

It almost *had* to happen, didn’t it?  Why did no-one think of this super-cool idea before now? A remote control VW classic camper van! It’s perfect for those camper-van nuts who get withdrawal symptoms if they haven’t seen their beloved camper in a few days – now they can get a little shot of VW love right there in the living room!  Don’t for a minute think you could buy this for the kids…Dad will want to play with it himself, and may display examples of ‘how not to share’.

These cute little vans are from Maplin, and come in red. Sadly no other colours at the moment, but you never know! They do however have working front and rear lights – how cool is that?

If I haven’t persuaded you yet to start your Christmas shopping early, there’s even a little video to show the camper in action!  ... Read more

October 23, 2013 |

The Ultimate Glamping Caravan – TripBuddy

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The TripBuddy was launched at last year’s Motorhome & Caravan Show at the NEC but as I was away on my own adventures in Europe I didn’t get to see it.  So I’m a little behind the times but I thought I’d take a look.

So, the TripBuddy is the most beautiful ‘caravan’ I’ve ever seen.  With its sleek curves and shiny shell, it pulls you in to take a better look.  Up close it’s not disappointing, and taking a peek inside, it just oozes luxury and sophistication, with its leather trimmed seating, mood LED lights and beautiful wooden floor.

This aerodynamic little beauty has been designed and built by Bill Davis, engineer and entrepreneur, using the most sophisticated CAD design software out there.  Its monocoque moulding, a design process usually used in aeroplanes that I can’t begin to really understand or explain, means that there are no external joints, preventing that age old issue with caravans and motorhomes, the leak.   ... Read more

October 21, 2013 |

Motorhome & Caravan Show 2013

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 Here are some of the cool caravans and motorhomes at the Motorhome & Caravan Show 2013 at the NEC Birmingham.   It was a great day out even though we weren’t in the market for buying a new van.

Cool Caravan from Dub Box

Cool Caravan from Dub Box


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Foldaway camping from Opus


A super sleek caravan from Trip Buddy

A super sleek caravan from Trip Buddy


Opulence from Niesmann + Bischoff

Opulence from Niesmann + Bischoff


New season Hobby

New season Hobby


Slide-out on a Van Conversion!

Slide-out on a Van Conversion – from IH Motorhomes


Another van from IH Motorhomes

Another van from IH Motorhomes


The Iconic Airstream

The Iconic Airstream


My perfect American RV - Winnebago Via

My perfect American RV – Winnebago Via


A tiny Teardrop Caravan

A tiny Teardrop Caravan

The Camping and Caravanning Club were teaching people the ropes, hopefully before they’d bought their first caravan.

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October 19, 2013 |

CaSSOA Caravan Storage

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CaSSOA Storage

When I woke up this morning there was a definite chill in the air.  It’s bright and sunny but that sun is sitting just a bit lower in the sky, which is pale now rather than the bright blue of summer.  It can only mean one thing,  autumn’s here and winter is just around the corner.  I know some of you will be packing up your caravan or motorhome and heading for Spain, Portugal or even Morocco but some of us have to brave it our here.  Yes, some of you will be out and about in your van throughout the winter but for a lot of us it’s time to put them away for the winter.

I live in a city and so don’t have the luxury of a driveway to park my  motorhome on and so I have to put it into storage until the Spring.   ... Read more

October 15, 2013 |

Airstream Trailers

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I’ve gone on about how great RVs are and have slightly neglected the caravanners among our readers, so I’d like to make amends by featuring The Airstream International Trailer (caravan to us here in the UK), as iconic an American brand as Coca Cola, Chevrolet and Hershey Bars.  And while the American RV usually has a look of 1980’s Dallas about it, The Airstream is definitely New York sophistication.

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The Airstream is a thing of beauty and so achingly hip that I almost genuflect if ever I see one for real.  The sensuous curves, the rivets, the shiny aluminium shell, just everything about the Airstream is awesome.  If you have a look on Ebay USA there are pages and pages of  second-hand Airstreams for sale, here in the UK they are harder to find and attract premium prices.  However, if you fancy the Airstream experience, without having to re-furbish a model from the 50’s and 60’s, then look no further than Airstream & Co, with showrooms in Cumbria and Gloucestershire, for the ultimate caravan experience. ... Read more

October 9, 2013 |

Selling Our Motorhome

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In the last two years I have bought three motorhomes and sold three, so I feel like a bit of an expert now.  However, it has highlighted one major thing which I had never understood before. I can now appreciate why some people opt to sell their motorhome to a dealer for a knock-down price.  I haven’t actually bought a motorhome from a dealer and I have never sold one to a dealer but that’s not to say that I wouldn’t.

One of my sales doesn’t really count.  I swapped/part exchanged my Hymer  584 for an American TrailLite RV.  It was a private deal.  They wanted to give up motorhoming but selling an RV can be quite a lengthy process.  The number of buyers out there is a lot smaller than the number of buyers for European vans.  We liked their Trail Lite but had to sell our Hymer in order to buy it.   ... Read more

October 4, 2013 |

Looking for a New Motorhome

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Here at Campingly we’re vanless.  Our mini American RV Eugene Jnr has gone off with her new family for some new adventures, and so this is the first time in a long time that we don’t have a van.  It feels slightly strange, and a bit uncomfortable, as we would like to be making the most of the autumn and heading out for a bit of camping.  We’re even talking about trying to get away to Spain in the winter for a few weeks, not without a van we won’t.

Our first van was a Hymer 584, 20ft long, drop-down bed, end kitchen.  Our next van was an American RV, 30ft long, island bed, big kitchen, big living room.  Then we had Eugene Jnr, a little American RV, 18ft long, bench seats that convert to a bed, middle kitchen.

So what is our ideal motorhome now.   ... Read more

September 6, 2013 |

The Etiquette of Waving

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The Etiquette of Waving

If you own a motorhome then you probably know about waving to other motorhomers you pass on the road.  We didn’t know about this until we got our first van and people started waving to us.  We thought it was great and waved back.  Since that first day we have come to realise that there’s an etiquette to waving.  Someone wrote a very funny article about it in Motorhome Monthly Magazine, so it’s definitely part of a motorhomers life on the road.  

We’re now in a bit of quandry, people have stopped waving.

When we had our first van, a Hymer 584, everyone waved.  When changed our Hymer for an American RV most motorhomers waved and we usually got lights flashing and honking horn if we passed another RV.  Now we have our little Chevy RV which is really a big camper van, no one waves except RVers and we don’t see many of them. ... Read more

July 15, 2013 |
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