Many outdoor adventurers dream of having a home on wheels. A camper van gives you the freedom to take off on a whim and head to the hills. It has plenty of advantages. Unlike camping in a tent, you can store almost everything you need in a van. So you needn’t spend hours sorting out your kit before you hit the road. It also means you don’t have to worry about packing up a wet tent before moving on. In many ways, a camper is the perfect base for any adventure. But before buying your first camper van, there are a number of things you really need to know.
“A camper van gives you the freedom to take off on a whim and head to the hills”
For one thing, there are so many different types of camper vans around. And increasingly, they aren’t just conventional campers, RVs or motorhomes. Adventure-seekers across the globe have become far more creative in fitting out their own bespoke vans to create homes to suit their lifestyles, as well as their budgets. For many, it’s become a way of life that has even spawned its own social media hashtag. Just check out #vanlife on Instagram, for example.
Things To Consider Before Buying Your First Camper Van
So where do you start when thinking about buying a camper van of your own? You’ve likely heard the odd horror story where people have splurged all their savings on the van of their dreams. Then something serious and costly goes wrong. That’s why it’s so important to do your research. Take all the steps possible to make sure you are buying a reliable and affordable van.
When it comes to buying your first camper van, there are three main options. These are to buy a new camper van, buy a used camper van or buy a commercial van and convert it yourself. This decision will most likely be led by your budget. Do your sums to see what you can afford and go from there.
“If you plan to convert your own van, be sure you understand the scope of the project you’re taking on”
It might sound obvious, but it’s a good idea to take a weekend trip in a camper van first. Make sure it’s something you actually enjoy before committing to buying your own. If you plan to convert your own van, be sure you understand the scope of the project you’re taking on. For many it will be a labour of love and really satisfying to see your van taking shape. Others may find it a slow, arduous and sometimes thankless task.