With our collective desperation to get away in some form or another having grown by the day over the past ten months, UK-based holidays, or staycations, have enjoyed a strong resurgence over the period, and also put the home nations back on the radar as great places to visit.
That influx of new domestic holidaymakers has also led to the rise in sales of campervans, which make a great investment piece for those looking to continue enjoying the UK even once the pandemic is well and truly in the history books.
If, like many people, you’re new to the idea of campervan ownership, there’s plenty to consider. You’ll want to find a quality campervan that offers affordability, longevity and meets all of your needs, while you’ll also need to find a bespoke insurance policy that does the same.
To help you with those first steps into the world of campervans, we’ve come up with a list of models that will tick most, if not all boxes for budding staycationers.
The VW campers of old are true icons of the industry, with some of the brand’s original models in the category still in operation today and harbouring massive vintage appeal. Forgetting the early stalwarts for a second, VW’s latest effort comes in the form of the California, a super-safe bet for anyone looking for a jack of all trades camper.
The California combines the brand’s penchant for classic German efficiency with modern driver tech and ergonomic takes on the best features of their traditional campervans. That means you get things like driver assist and clever parking alongside a space-saving design that will comfortably sleep four people on your perfect campervan trip.
It’s still got the classic VW pop-top roof, but the California isn’t afraid to use modernity to its advantage in order to create a superb all-round option with long-term viability.
Ford Transit Custom Nugget
While we’re not too sure about the name, the Ford Transit Custom Nugget is a direct competitor to the VW California and worthy of similar praise. The term “Nugget” is actually a long-used moniker by the brand for any campervan based off of the evergreen Transit van, and anything built off the back of the Transit is usually a fine piece of kit.
While VW made the California all on their own, Ford have actually collaborated with famous campervan makers Westfalia to create the Nugget, meaning it has some highly reputable specialist counsel behind it. The Custom Nugget benefits from Ford’s latest technological developments in the wider Transit range (SYNC 3 connectivity and entertainment system) and sleeps four people, boasting a kitchenette, spacious living and dining area and built-in cassette toilet.
- Mercedes Benz Marco Polo: a supremely stylish camper that’s packed with technology, the Marco Polo features a fully equipped kitchenette, complete living area and two built in beds to create a mini-luxury home on wheels.
- Winnebago Revel 4×4: a rugged camper built to take on every adventure and store all the necessary gear as well, the Winnebago Reveal boasts solar powered roof panels to create an ethical energy system from one of the biggest names in the business.
- Fiat Ducato Campervan: if you’re looking for customisation, the Ducato Camper offers over 600 layout options to choose from. An excellent camper to drive as well as spend time in, Fiat also offers its customers live phone assistance in 15 languages from 51 countries, 24/7.
Deciding on a campervan is a big deal and big investment, so it’s not something you want to rush. The good news is there are countless fantastic options out there for 2021, meaning you’re almost guaranteed to find something you love.