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Summer Of Love If you’re an old hippie at heart you’ve probably fantasised about packing up a classic VW camper van, hitting the
Whether you want to put flowers in your hair and pretend it’s the 1960s or live in the lap of luxury onboard an A class motorhome, Living North have picked out some campervans to help you live the dream

Summer Of Love

If you’re an old hippie at heart you’ve probably fantasised about packing up a classic VW camper van, hitting the open road and pretending – for a summer at least – that it’s the 1960s again. The thought of salvaging a classic camper and restoring it to its old glory is a dream for many but if you do want to adopt this classic approach to camping be prepared to invest a lot of time and money into any restoration project. The end product may look fantastic and turn heads wherever you go but strap in for a slow, thirsty and often unreliable drive. VW campers come in all shapes and sizes, from the Type 2 split screen models that were manufactured in the 50s and 60s to the T2cs with a slightly raised roof that are still manufactured in Brazil. Prices for a roadworthy Type 2 will start at around £10,000 but make sure you buy one with a long MOT, get an expert to run the rule over the engine and check for rust and leaks – and after that be prepared to regularly dip into your wallet to help run the thing! It’ll all be worth it when you fire it up at the start of the summer, but make sure you’ve renewed your breakdown cover before you set off. Volkswagen Type 2 Camper Van, from £10,000 approx 

We Are Family

This Ford based motorhome picked up the Family Coachbuilt of the Year 2012 and it’s not difficult to see why. Launched last year, the model was adapted to be even better for 2012. The sleeping arrangements for the six berth motorhome offer a comfortable bed for adults in the rear at mid height to allow for a decent amount of storage below, while the kids rest their heads in exciting den-like berths in the overcab which push up during the day for a better feeling of space. The front dinette incorporates swivel driver and passenger seats together with a side bench seat and there is a central kitchen with a fridge, three-burner gas hob and grill oven, while at the rear is a wash / shower / WC room and a separate shower cubicle. Another feature is the ‘sport pack’. Fitted to all 2012 versions, this includes: an Omnistor awning, rear sport spoiler, TV aerial, mains 240 volt blown air heating, dashboard embellishment, two scatter cushions, heated and electrically operated exterior mirrors, removable carpets and sports decals. A great all rounder and a firm family favourite. Tribute T-725 Sport, from £35,995 

Short But Sweet

With most campers built on long-wheelbase vans, measuring six metres or more, squeezing one into a supermarket parking bay can be a perilous experience. The Autocruise Jazz measures in at just 5.41 metres long but despite the compact packaging, makes excellent use of the available space inside. This thoughtfully assembled van conversion (based on the Peugeot Boxer MWB 110bhp) is easy to drive and has two sleeping berths. The interior is modern and with the cab seats swiveled there is as good a lounge as you’ll find in the class. There is also a generously sized L-shaped kitchen with a three-burner hob, full-size oven and grill and good sized sink, while at the rear you’ll find a bijou toilet compartment and shower area. The number of amenities coupled with the short wheelbase setup mean storage is compromised somewhat, but that is to be expected in a motorhome of this size. At night the double bed is created by folding down the rear cab seats and you can enjoy the full length of the mattress–provided you’re not Big Foot as the end of the bed stretches beneath the wardrobe, but a gap has been left so you can make full use of the length. Autocruise Jazz, from £39,885

A Class Above

The Burstner Aviano 870G would be more at home in the tour bus than the motorhome category, with four berths and all the mod cons including a fridge freezer, leather upholstery and rear island bed making this one of the most luxurious ways to travel. The low profile A class motorhome also includes a spacious front dinette – incorporating the swivel driver and passenger seats and bench seats behind the driving position – central kitchen with three-burner gas hob and remote grill, centrally positioned shower cubicle and seperate WC, with ample cubby holes and storage throughout. Reversing the sizable six wheel vehicle is made easier by the reversing camera with the whole vehicle powered by a Fiat Ducato 2.3-litre engine. Roughing it doesn’t come into the equation when you holiday in one of these. Burstner Aviano 870G, from £76,995 

Slide Away

This futuristic incarnation of the iconic VW boasts an impressive party trick that will make you the envy of the campsite. At the press of the button this T5’s living area virtually doubles in size thanks to a ‘slide out’ feature – known as a Doubleback – which makes room for a generously-sized double bed. With the pod deployed and the roof raised there’s room for two double beds with the kitchen and lounge area kept free, meaning you don’t have to wake anyone or fold beds away to get going with the morning breakfast orders. The kitchen has a 50-litre fridge and a two-hob burner / sink combo with full standing headroom and decent floor space for the chef. Stargazers might be interested in adding the clear roof for a romantic night under the stars, with the diesel-fired space heater another extra that you should give some serious consideration to if you’re planning any winter camping. The standard Doubleback has a 2.0TDI 140bhp engine, air-con, alloys, electric folding mirrors and improved soundproofing. While the T5 might not offer the same level of romance you would get from camping in a classic Veedub, it knocks it for six in terms of comfort and practicality. VW Transporter T5 LWB, from £54,995

Published in: December 2013

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