Ooo I am very I've always wanted to get a camper van. The only piece of advice I can give that people always mention is to take bikes too so that you don't have to move around in the van whenever you want anything from shops etc and possibly lose you place at camp site? Don't know if this is of any use.
taking bikes, thanks - that's a good tip, especially for oldest ds. Note to self - must ge good bike locks.
My dh is very happy but at the moment he is the only one who can drive the camper, so that's a bit of a downer. I have driven a people mover on holiday and used to have a volvo estate, but dh thinks I'll find it scary to drive the camper. Tells me to have a go, though. Apparently you have to hit the brakes very hard in order to stop and moving the gear stick is like stirring custard.
I am sure I'll be ok eventually - won't risk dribving it on streets though. Will try to practise in a deserted bit of waste ground somewhere. Anyone here driven a camper like this?
tigermoth, we had one of these when we were children, and we went on hols every Easter summer and october holidays. Memorable moments, snow on the beach in the North of Scotland at Easter and my bro and I still sleeping in the bunks in the expandable roof. Sleeping with all our clothes on - including hats - cause it was so cold.
Sweating in the same roof space in France as sooo hot. oooh the lovely memories
Me and the bears want one and DH and I went to a showroom today (for a laugh) to have a look. Anyone got £26,500 they can send me because that's how much the new one is that we had our eye on! I think we will setting our budget at under five grand though!!
My parents had a camper when we were growing up. It was fantastic. We'd go up to Scotland every year - taking a couple days to get there, stopping wherever we liked. Anyone hungry, dad would pull in a lay-by and mum would make bacon sarnies and cups of tea. Perfect family holiday IMO which is why I want the same fun for my kids.
Tigermoth, we are in SE London, got room from the Kbears?
Oooh, I remember the first time I drove one of these, though not a camper, just a minibus - your seat is ahead of (or just on top of) the front wheels so you you have to steer differently, otherwise you go over kerbs and people's toes . I think that was the only main difficulty though. (It was somebody else's and I don't remember parking it.)
Your boys will love it, tm, campervans are like wendy houses on wheels, kids are drawn to them! You will have some great trips
more food for thought - thanks!
We've got to sort out the spares and get the fridge working before we go anywhere, and there's a big festival happening in Greenwich Park this Saturday, so we'll stick arounf for that. Itching to go out and sleep overnight in it, though.
NTL have messed up our phone line, so I have no computer access at home for a little while, but will check back soon.