When driving a camper, it helps to think ‘Hippy’…

If you want to get the most of your driving experience, it’s time think a bit hippy and it’ll all come good….man (as our 5 year old now tags on the end of all sentences!).

It’s like a living, breathing animal….cosmic…..

There aren’t too many animals that have internal combustion engines, granted, but classic vehicles have a personality like they are alive!  Get into a new car, stick the keys into the ignition, twist and go, getting from A to B without any enjoyment or involvement.  Dull, dull, dull…

Get into a classic GlamperVan, talk to her (they like compliments…), ease out the choke, give three pumps on the accelerator, then turn the key, wait for old girl’s coffee (aka fuel) to fire and, just like us after a double shot cappuccino, she’ll kick into life!

Chill out dude….what’s the rush

Most of our vans are 40 odd years old and as any of us who have reached that age will confirm, it’s not cool to rush around EVERYWHERE any more.  Old sports field injuries (ahem) start to niggle, there’s a chance you’ll tire out disappointingly quickly, and as each day passes you realise more and more that time is precious and moments should be savoured, so slooow down…

Too often we are so preoccupied with the destination, we forget the journey, so if you are planning a three day hire and want to go to Cornwall, think very hard about this because you’re not going to see much of your final destination!  Don’t get so excited about where you’re going that you forget about how you’re getting there.  Driving a campervan and waving to your enthusiastic, adoring crowd is just lovely…for a while.  But sitting in a campervan for hours on end is no fun.

It’s like a parallel universe…but it’s not…cos I’m here… looking for first gear

This is not a modern car.  You drive it, it doesn’t drive you.  Finding the gears in a classic vehicle can be an altogether new driving experience for many.  One golden rule is not to drive a campervan if you are stressed.  They can just tell!  But this is a good thing – for a start, you are forced to chill out, then you’ll get a good workout physically, and for many, you’ll develop new driving skills such as occasionally having to double declutch (very useful next time you’re racing at brand hatch) and driving without power steering.

I need to stop and rest, or it’ll all get too intense…

Like many ageing hippies, the mind is willing but the body is not as able.  Our girls are getting on a bit and they need regular breaks.  We limit you to 100 miles a day for good reason.  Anything more than that and your campervan might have a bad trip…man…

Be prepared.  We don’t mean bring a car blanket, Thermos and cucumber sandwiches…

The 60’s and 70’s was a while back now and our girls do need to prepare for a journey these days.  As a rule, always check the oil, water (if it has any!), lights, indicators and tyres and make sure you know where the fuse box is and how to change a fuse.  It’s the way driving used to be.  You know…involving…

Heating?  In my day central heating was a kaftan and a bowl of porridge…

Campervan heaters are a bit rubbish .  Sorry, but we can’t lie.  All our vans have cab heaters but be prepared to wrap up for driving.  However, when you make camp, you can switch on the Propex thermostatically controlled heating which is joyous, making you lovely and toastie. Unfortunately, Officer Dibble doesn’t like you driving with it switched on…

 

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