Denby Guide To Used Campervans

Used Campervans For Sale: The Denby Guide

If you’ve been dreaming of buying a campervan for a while, you may have already considered new vs used campervans. In this buyer’s guide, we’ll give you the low-down on our used campervans for sale, and what you need to consider when buying a new or used campervan.

Used Campervans: Things To Consider

Before you dive in and start searching for used campervans for sale, it’s worth a moment to stop and think about what it is you want from your vehicle. This could include:

  • Make & Model
  • Mileage
  • Age
  • Level of finish
  • Colour
  • Conversion specification

Buying a used campervan doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your wants or needs. In fact, here at Denby, we offer personalised conversion packages on all our campervans for sale. With us, you can personalise your selection from the upholstery of the seating down to your choice of elevating roof or high top roof.

When buying one of our used campervans, you have the flexibility and scope to make it your own from front to back!

Mileage Matters

Or, does it? Engines in modern vehicles are more robust nowadays. Which means, even with a few thousand miles on the clock you can still get a lot of bang for your buck. That being said, it’s worth considering an upper limit to help you refine your search.

Many of our campervans for sale are relatively new and have low mileage. This is because they are mostly used a few times per year – much less than your average commuter car, of course! For that reason, it is perfectly possible to pick up a newer make and model with low mileage at second-hand prices. Plus, finance options can make buying a used campervan easier than you ever imagined!

Know Your Specs

While we have a huge range of campervans for sale here at Denby, a large majority of our stock includes variants of the Volkswagen T5 & T6 Transporter vehicles. If you are new to the world of campervans and their specifications, head on over to our campervans for sale page and browse our wide selection. Here you will find a full breakdown including make, model, mileage, price and special features.

When you’ve found the campervan that you’ve been dreaming of, you can head over to our showroom in Leek to see it in person and chat to us about conversions and optional extras to make it all yours.

Tips for buying a used campervan

At Denby, we want to make your experience of buying a used campervan as fun and as seamless as possible. That being said, we want you to find the right vehicle and campervan conversion for your needs too. So, we’ve put together our top tips for buying a used campervan to help you get started.

1. Have a budget

Regardless of whether you have been saving to buy a campervan or you plan to take advantage of a finance offer or form of credit, it’s important to have an idea in mind of how much you want to pay for your new purchase. It may be that you are willing to pay more for a vehicle that really catches your eye – but make sure you quantify this so you don’t run into any nasty surprises during the buying process.

2. Take it for a spin

You’d do it for a car, and you most certainly should do it for your campervan. No matter where you’re buying from, make sure you take it for a spin and listen carefully as you go. Like anything else, you want to be 100% sure that what you are about to purchase will go the distance, is comfortable, and drives like a dream!

3. Have a good look around

Before you commit, take a good look around the inside your chosen campervan. Be nosy and take a look inside and around all of the nooks and crannies to make sure everything within the interior meets your expectations in line with the price.

4. Ask questions

If you aren’t sure of something or need clarification, then ask questions! A good dealer will be able to confidently answer any and all questions relating to the campervan you’re looking at, and if it’s important to you then it’s definitely worth asking.

Browse Used Campervans for Sale With Denby

If you’re on the hunt for used campervans for sale, then make Denby Campervans your first port of call. Not only do we have a huge range of used (and new) campervans for sale at our showroom in Leek, we can also work with you to find the perfect campervan conversion for you along with a wide range of optional extras too.

To find out more, browse our campervans for sale, give us a call or plan your visit to our showroom!

Campervan Conversions: New Volkswagen T6

Campervan Conversions: The Volkswagen T6.1 Transporter

Have you heard the news? Of course you have! The Volkswagen Transporter T6 has had an upgrade in the form of the cutting-edge Caravelle T6.1. Revealed at the world-famous Geneva International Motor Show in March this year, it joins a line-up of iconic Transporter vehicles. And it is sure to be a winner in the campervan community! And you can read all about here. What’s more, you can find out all about campervan conversions for this new model here at Denby too!

What’s New?

Starting with the outside, the chassis of the T6.1 boasts a redesign that brings it firmly into the 21st Century. From high-intensity H7 headlights and brand spanking new rear LED lights. The stunningly futuristic front end is hard to miss when you’re out and about. And the new-look alloy wheels go a long way to complement the stylish interior.

New Volkseagen T6 Front End

Speaking of the interior, the Caravelle T6.1 is made for driving. Featuring a digital dashboard, infotainment system, and online connectivity (thanks to the integrated SIM card), drivers will also enjoy a veritable feast of driver assistance systems to keep them firmly on the road. This includes Cross Wind Assist, Lane Assist and Park Assist. The latter of which steers automatically for you. Leaving you in charge of the pedals and focused on the task in hand!

In fact, safety is paramount in this vehicle. The integrated eSim, in the event of an accident, will automatically send the location of the van to an emergency response centre. And, if the driver doesn’t respond, will inform the emergency services. Full internet connectivity within the vehicle also gives drivers access to music streaming and internet radio, for a myriad of entertainment options while you’re on the road!

New Volkswagen T6 Interior

What’s Under The Hood?

As well as improved comfort and connectivity, the T6.1 also features a redesigned cab with 230V power, even more lockable storage and an under-seat load function. Under the hood, you’ll find a reworked engine with a range of options available to buyers. The front wheel version of the T6.1 boasts a super efficient 2.0L turbodiesel engine, which is compliant with the Euro-6d-TEMP-EVAP emissions standard. Buyers can also choose from engine and gearbox combinations, including a DSG dual clutch gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

Campervan Conversions With The T6.1

As usual, we are hugely excited about the release of the new T6.1, and with all the mod cons available the scope for a campervan conversion in this vehicle is huge. Here at Denby, we can help you get your hands on all models (and specs) of the new VW Transporter, whose colour range includes stunning Indium Grey, Cherry Red, Starlight Blue and Oryx White!

Whether pre-registered or new, we can supply this brand new vehicle. And that’s not all – we can hook you up with a campervan conversion too! Fully converted, this vehicle typically starts from £43,995, which includes:


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In fact, we offer a huge range of optional extras in all our campervan conversions!

New Transporter For Sale At Denby Campervans

If you’re ready to hit the road and just have to have the brand new Transporter T6.1, then contact us today. We can provide you with a no obligation quote, as well as listen to your requirements and recommend the best type of campervan or campervan conversion for you.

Alongside our most popular conversion, the Balmoral, we also offer our Denby Weekender and Buckingham Conversions, alongside customisable Day Van/Kombi conversions and the outdoor loving Olympian Sportsmobile.

3 Campervan Conversions to Inspire Your Next Adventure

3 Campervan Conversions To Spark Your Imagination

Who doesn’t love good campervan conversions? And if you’re all about that van life, we’ve put together a run-down of 5 VW conversions that will spark your imagination and have you dreaming of your next adventure.

You ready? Let’s dive in!

Sunny Chrome Yellow Campervan Conversion

Colourful, fun and kitted out for just about anything, we finished this gorgeous chrome yellow transporter with our iconic Balmoral conversion. Finished with a grey and black gloss wood finish and black spark worktop, it’s a truly unique camper that’s ready to take you anywhere you want to go!

Interior of Chrome Yellow Campervan Conversion

This T6 Highline Transporter comes with all the mod cons you’ve come toknow and love from VW. That includes air conditioning, cruise control, rear parking sensors and DAB Bluetooth Touchscreen radio for the backseat DJs. On top of all this the Balmoral conversion transforms this ready-for-anything camper into a home from home. It includes a rock & roll fitted bed, 2 burner gas hob and sink, laminated table and sleek-as-you-like LED lighting.

Chrome Yellow Campervan Conversion

Check it out in more detail here

Modern Reflex Silver Tailgate Highline Conversion

Sleek and modern, this 2018 VW Transporter conversion is perfect for the on-the-go family. Finished with wood and co-ordinating upholstery, it’s got everything you need to get cosy and hit the road. Alongside the regular vehicle specs, it features side units in the kitchen area along with a 2 burner gas hob for copious warming cups of tea! And also comes with an integrated wardrobe decked out with hanging rail that’s perfect for safe storage of your thermals.

Interior of Highline Transporter Campervan Conversion

This Tailgate Highline also comes with a full set of custom made curtains, privacy glass and hardwood ply flooring covered with high grade non-slip vinyl. In short, it’s the perfect place to kick back, relax and escape from the 9-5. 

Exterior of Volkswagen Transporter Campervan

Summer Blue Transporter Conversion 

We don’t know about you, but seeing colourful campervans always make us happy. And this one is no exception. First of all, let’s talk about the hue. Vibrant and totally unmissable, this showstopper, this T6 van in summer blue is ready and waiting to whisk you away in style. Not only is the colour popping on the outside, you’ll also find coordinating emblems on the headrests for that perfect finish. 

Exterior Summer Blue Campervan Conversion

In fact, inside it gets even better. With black and grey gloss and vinyl upholstery, it offers a luxurious travel experience. And once again, this beauty has enjoyed the Balmoral conversion treatment. As well as an elevating roof because – why not?!

Interior Summer Blue Campervan Conversion

Explore Campervan Conversions with Denby

The beauty of a campervan conversion is that it can be tailor-made to suit your needs. And with stunning finishes and mod cons to keep you comfy on the road – you truly can have it all. What’s more, you don’t have to buy the newest, most expensive models to join the club!

We specialise in campervan conversions here at Denby. And we’re always on hand to help you find the perfect fit. Whether you already have a van that’s in need of an upgrade or would like to start from scratch, we can either convert your existing van or source the right one for your requirements.

Check out our campervan conversions here to see all we have to offer. From our ever-popular Balmoral package to the simple but effective day van conversions, we know you won’t be disappointed.


New Campervans from Volkswagen - Grand California

Everything You Need To Know About New Campervans From VW

We’re big fans of everything Volkswagen here at Denby. So of course the prospect of new campervans heading our way is an exciting one.  Are you curious about the new VW Grand California? Of course you are! In this handy mini-guide, we’re giving you full access to the specs, layout and price of Volkswagen’s newest kid on the block.

What to Expect From The New Campervans

As you may already know, the design of the Grand California motorhome is based on the Volkswagen Crafter. And it’s USP is definitely space! The basic 600 model measures in at a not-so-modest six metres. And within that you’ll find a fully kitted out bathroom with shower, toilet and space-saving sink. As well as a living room and enough room for beds to sleep 2 adults and 2 children.

As you might imagine, there is some size difference between the standard 600 model and the Grand California 680. When it comes to your sleeping arrangements the 600 is a winner for families living the van life. All thanks to  the rooftop sleeping space. The perfect area for bedtimes stories and sneaking midnight snacks, a sliding mechanism in the roof transforms the interior space into a cosy bedroom complete with ladder, built-in lights and the (optional) skylight.

Loft Space in the New Volkswagen Campervan

Get To Grips With The Mod Cons

Alongside the extra space and clever details, the Grand California also comes with a range of mod cons. And just a quick look at them will make you wonder how you ever lived without them! The standard 600 model features motion-sensing lights, USB plugs (for all-important phone and camera charges), gas hob, 70 litre fridge and a warming air and water-based heater powered by gas or electricity.

There’s also lots of clever storage spaces to be discovered, including integrated shelving and storage in the bathroom and outer built in storage that’s perfect for stowing away your camping chairs and other equipment.

Storage Space in VW New Campervans

Under The Hood

If you’re a sucker for the specs, we’ve got those too! Clever touches such as Front Assist, front and rear parking sensors, Crosswind Assist, and Driver Alert will make your travels to and from any adventure a breeze. And under the hood you’l find a powerful 177 PS diesel engine with front-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic gearbox!

How Much Is The VW Grand California?

And now for the question on everyone’s lips. How much will the VW Grand California set you back?

The 600 model will cost you a cool £68,899 inc. VAT (without on-the-road charges and optional extras). And the 680 model rises to £78,145 with the inclusion of VW’s 4Motion 4 wheel drive system.

You can check out the Grand California in the flesh between October 15th – October 20th at the Motorhome and Caravan Show at the Birmingham NEC.

Buy New Campervans From Denby

New Campervans from Denby

If the Grand California doesn’t quite fall within your budget, but you’re still dreaming of living the van life, check out our selection of new campervans for sale at Denby Campervans. We’ve got a huge selection of motorhomes including T5 and T6 models, all of which can be kitted out with our high quality conversions and pop top roofs for the ultimate campervan experience.  So why not come and check us out? Our new premises in Leek, Staffordshire is the place to be when it comes to new campervans, and we can help you find the best model for you that falls within your budget. Click here to plan your visit now, or drop us a line through the online form to request a callback.

5 Campervan Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire Your Next Adventure

Here at Denby Campervans, we eat, sleep and breathe all things…well, campervan! From conversions to pop top and elevated roofs, our day-to-day is filled with campervan related fun. So, of course, we love nothing better than keeping up with the adventures of other enthusiasts on social media. 

If you’re looking for some serious van life inspiration, then Instagram is the place to be. And in this blog, we’ll be giving you a rundown of our top 5 favourite accounts that will most definitely fill you with the urge to hop in the van and head off on a new adventure.


Alongside her popular travel blog, 29 year old Brina from Germany documents her adventures on Instagram, too. A quick scroll through her grid reveals many pictures of Brina and her husband, Igor, living their best van life in their bright yellow Mercedes Benz Vito 115 CDI.


We love seeing the campervan conversions posted by Van Clan! One of the best things about conversions and van life is the creativity shown by enthusiasts, and this account is definitely one to watch for inspiration on campervan decor, cooking, and van life too!


Travel bloggers Theo and Bee along with their cat Ginjey Bear are well and truly living their best van life with their off-grid lifestyles. Their Instagram account documents the wonderful scenery and experiences they encounter while on their travels and is a source of serious inspiration.

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🏔 In awe of these mountains, fjords, scenery, landscape, cabins, forests, clouds. Just everything! It sounds so obvious, but it’s not until you’re here; immersed within the very place that you feel it right down to your bones. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I had no idea mountains like this even existed in Europe until we first hit the road in 2014, crossing into Norway and not knowing where to look because everywhere was just picturesque. If you have the chance to visit Norway just do it, you won’t regret it 🇳🇴 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #vanlife #homeiswhereyouparkit #campvibes #vanlifeeurope #getoutstayout #travelstoke #vanlifediaries #lifeofadventure #vanliving #wildernessculture #mountains #adventuremobile #ourcamplife #lifeontheroad #landscape #freedomvessel #campervan #projectvanlife #scandinavia #vanlifers #adventureculture #wildcamping #camping #homeonwheels #stayandwander #themountainiscalling #getoutside #theoutbound #theindieprojects #vanlifeexplorers

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David and Nadia are a couple of personal growth experts traveling the world and making it their mission to say yes to life. Experts in off-grid living, you’ll find them touring Europe in their iconic red VW T2 snapping photos along the way!

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The town of Bibury feels more like a movie set for a Disney fairytale than a real life village, but a village it is! Last week, our insta buddy @readysetjetset came to visit, and as she’d never set foot in the Cotswolds before – we took it upon ourselves to be her tour guides and show off some of the gems that the Cotswolds has to offer. Surprisingly only 627 people call Bibury home, but maybe I’ll convince David to move over there and we can bring it up to 629! Visiting the adorable little village of Bibury never gets old, and no matter how many friends we take there – it’s just as fun to pack up the bus and head over each and every time. I mean, come on – could you ever get used to how cute these houses are?! If you’re planning a visit to the area, make sure to try and spend your money with locally owned business. Actually, I might just write a blog post highlighting the local establishments to make it even easier for you! 📸 photo by @readysetjetset #sayingyesto #cotswoldlife #cotswolds #guardiantravelsnaps #visitengland #visitbritain #lovethecotswolds #staycation #discovercotswolds #englishhouses #fairytale #englishcountryside #ukpotd #capturingbritain #cottage #thisprettyengland #idealhome #countryfilemag #britishtraveljournal #vanlife #vangirlsrule #projectvanlife #vanlifedistrict #vanlifejournal #goexplore #lovetotravel #wonderfulplaces #travelmore #adventureseeker

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Since 2003, Ben and his van (Poppy) have visited 26 countries, taking stunning photos along the way. You’ll find that his beloved Poppy features in most of the photographs, too. Perfect for a little bit of vanspiration throughout your week! 

Bonus: @denbycampervans 

Denby Campervans (that’s us!) is a family-run business based in Staffordshire in the UK and we’re all about the van life. Our grid usually features stunning pictures of our most recent campervan conversions, with a few special furry guests along the way!

Autumn Campervanning Checklist

Your Handy Guide To Autumn Campervanning [Free PDF Checklist]

Autumn has arrived. And what a beautiful season it is! Despite the cooling temperatures and shorter days, as we make our way through the coming months the world around us will begin to change in an explosion of colour. But when it comes to campervanning in Autumn it can be decidedly more difficult to handle the transition – mainly due to the colder, more unpredictable weather! 

But if you’ve caught the bug and are chomping at the bit to get out and about in your van, check out our handy guide to autumn campervanning. You can also get your hands on our free PDF Autumn Campervanning Checklist here.

Preparation Is The Key To Success

We all know the old saying: ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’. And a successful campervan trip throughout autumn hinges on decent preparation. We don’t like to catastrophize, but when planning your van trip it’s best to pack what you need, and a little bit extra just in case you find yourself in a position of needing emergency supplies. We’re talking more clothes, food, blankets and (of course) water than you need, just to be sure.

In recent times, we have experienced some extreme weather throughout the seasons, especially in autumn and winter. For the seasoned campervanner, planning your route may seem a little unnecessary, but it’s worth knowing some key areas on your way that will provide a safe stopover point should stormy weather or even flooding occur. And while technology may be a wonderful thing, don’t rely on it! Make sure you pop in a paper map or A-Z before heading off on your travels – you never know when your smartphone or satnav may decide not to play ball!

Stay Cosy

Hitting the road and going wherever it may take you is a fantastically freeing adventure that provides a welcome change from the 9-5 life – but it’s no fun if you’re freezing cold. If your campervan has heating, then this will help you to stay warm but don’t forget the basics either. Before you set off be sure to stock up your van with hot water bottles, hand warmers, socks, hats, sleeping bags and extra blankets to make sure everyone stays cosy.

It’s much easier to take off a layer if you get hot than find a layer you haven’t got, so over prepare when it comes to staying warm. And don’t forget waterproof clothing and wellies for during the day time – no one likes sitting around in cold clothing after a downpour, even if you are propping up a bar at a nearby local!

Upgrade Your Campervan

A campervan conversion can be a gamechanger for your adventures throughout the year. For example, our Denby Balmoral Camper Conversion includes side kitchen units with Tambour Space Saving doors to make cooking a breeze and a comfy rock & roll bed for an even cosier nights sleep. And our Denby Weekender can be installed with a compact kitchen unit with a dual hob and sink to make cooking breakfast, lunch or dinner less of a hassle and more of a delicious occasion. 

We are also able to fit a range of options you may not have considered before, such as an elevating or high-top roof, awning, cycle racks, heating and more! To speak to us about upgrading your campervan today then give us a call on 01538 382568 or email us with your requirements.

Have Fun!

At the end of the day, getting out and about in your campervan is all about having a fun and relaxing time. And with a little bit of planning and heaps of enthusiasm you can be sure to enjoy the trip of a lifetime whatever the time of year!

[Download the Autumn Campervanning Checklist here!]

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Campervan Conversions – It’s What We Do!

Since the beginning people have been coming to Denby Campervans to ask us to help them create their own beautifully handcrafted Volkswagen campervan conversions. And we gladly accept.

At Denby Campervans, we don’t just create a campervan; we create a lifestyle. We take your likes, your personality and your character and create the VW campervan conversion to match.

Campervan Conversions – Made Just for You!

One thing we’ve always strived for at Denby Campervans is that we never want you to be limited by choice. There are a full range of conversion packages, accessories and roofing options to choose from. Either bring your van to us ready to be converted, select a van from our stocklist or request a vehicle and we’ll try and source it for you. Our Volkswagen campervan conversion service is both adaptable and flexible.

A Quick Glimpse at Campervan Conversions

One of our most popular VW conversions is the Balmoral package. Based on the VW T6 and T5 model van, this signature Denby conversion gives you a fully equipped camper including a side kitchen unit (SMEV 2 Burner Gas Hob and SMEV Sink with matching smoked glass lids.). Rock & Roll Bed fitted with 2 three-point seatbelts, upholstered with your choice of high-quality fabric. 48-litre compressor fridge/ freezer (sizes vary depending on the vehicle). Plus, many, many more.

Take a look at our website for NEW arrivals, vehicles with low mileage and vehicles which are ready to drive away today. Not only that, there are images of a few camper conversion we’ve completed in the past.

Come and See Denby Campervans for Campervan Conversions

Choosing a Denby Campervans as your van converter. You’re choosing a company with lots of experience designing, building and creating your van conversion. We take care of every aspect of the conversion dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s – so you can rest assured you’re in safe hands.

We want you to be completely happy with your VW campervan conversion. So if you’d like to know more about our services or take a look at our work first-hand. Come and see our stunning campers at our NEW showroom in Leek, Staffordshire.

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Discover Our Campervans For Sale

Finding the right campervan for sale can be quite hard! But it doesn’t have to be. Scrolling through endless websites of vehicles and there isn’t anything to match your style. Well at Denby Campervans make finding the right campervan to match as easy as possible. With an easy to use filtering system, simply insert the information you require and see the results.

If there isn’t a vehicle to match, then speak to us directly and we’ll be happy to try and source the campervan you’re looking for.

Campervans For Sale – All You Need to Know

We’ve been providing campervans for sale for many years now and we love what we do. We firmly believe that we’re not just selling campervans, but also selling a lifestyle.

Some of our most popular campervans for sale we provide are the signature campervan, the Volkswagen T5 and T6 models. Volkswagen campervans are an iconic vehicle, the original T1 is a timeless classic, and although the look may have changed over the years. The T5 and T6 model still captures the freedom and an open road feel that was synonymous with the T1.

They have remained an incredibly popular choice among camper fans for years, due in part to their enduring, classic appeal, as well as the longevity of the vehicles. Browse our website for NEW arrivals, vehicles with low mileage and campers which are ready to drive away today. Additionally, take a look at our images of a few camper conversion we’ve completed in the past.

Campervans for Sale and Campervan Conversions

We are one of the top campervan for sale companies with an extensive selection of VW campervans. Our aim is to make your campervan unique to your style. In addition to our diverse range of campers, we specialise in the conversion of these amazing vehicles.

Working with us we’ll help you create a campervan that matches your personality and individual style. If you’d like to know more about our conversions, speak to a member of the Denby team today and we’ll be happy to discuss our conversion service in full.

Come and see our showroom in Leek, Staffordshire for more information and to see our campervans in all their glory.

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Keeping your VW Campervan in Top Condition

Here’s a scenario to think about… It’s time for your holiday. You’ve worked hard all year for a few weeks of freedom on the open road. The camper is packed and you’re ready to go and a few miles in BANG, a breakdown. It’s only natural that breakdowns will occur, it comes with the territory of life on the road, so whether you’re a full-time vanner or a weekender, it’s just part of the adventure.

Whilst you can’t avoid breakdowns, there are some simple and basic tips, tricks and safety checks you can adopt to make life on the road a lot less stressful and hassle-free. Better yet, you don’t need to be a full-time mechanic to complete them.

Is your VW Campervan Ready for the Road?

Campervans are designed to chomp up the miles over the course of their lifetime. Their purpose is to take you serene places and adventurous hotspots in comfort and style. Whether you head out in your campervan once or twice a year, or your camper is an extension of you as you’re in it that much – it is vitally important you keep on top of the maintenance and safety of your van.

Our first and probably most obvious tip for keeping your vehicle well maintained is to make sure it is regularly serviced. Depending on the age of your camper, we would recommend at least two services a year. One with its annual MOT and one around 6 months later. On top of that, we would advise a mechanical check every 2 months or so.

The checks listed above are tailored for mechanical minds and garages, however, there are some basic checks you can keep on top of such as…


An absolute must is to check your tyre’s treads and pressure before every journey. If you’ve been travelling up and down the country for months on end, you’re bound to have worn rubbers. Check your tyres to make you’re within the legal limit, look out for nails, cuts or bulges as well as checking your tyre pressure.

Engine Oil

Your engine’s oil levels are another important check before any big journey. If you think you’re topping your oil up frequently, you might want to take your campervan to a garage and have them take a look.

Engine Coolant

Make sure you stay on top of the temperature of your engine. Your engine’s coolant should be somewhere between the minimum and maximum levels.


Look out for blown bulbs and cracks or dirt on the lenses (and don’t forget the fog lights!). Your dashboard is full of warning lights alerting you to this, however, it’s still good practice to manually check them over.

Wipers and Windscreen Wash

Over time you’ll notice your wipes might start to smear dirt or water rather than get rid of it. If this is the case, it’s probably time to replace them. In addition to your wipers, you want to make sure you stay on top of your washer fluid. If you’ve got the room, you should pop an extra bottle of screen wash in your van just in case. The last thing you need is to run out on a long journey.

More Camping and Campervanning Tips from Denby Campervans

Despite your best efforts and no matter how many checks you do, all vehicles are susceptible to an error or breakdown. But so long as you’re prepared and have reliable breakdown cover, help is never too far away. So, don’t let this put you off.

Campervanning is a truly rewarding experience and there are so many positives to packing a campervan and hitting the open road. We’ve been providing VW campervans for many, many years. And we’ve seen our campers take our customers on the adventures of their lifetime.

If you’d like to be part of a huge list of happy and fulfilled campervanners, speak to the team at Denby Campervans. Or come and see our VW Campers for yourself at our NEW showroom in Leek, Staffordshire.

Our team will be happy to discuss your requirements and point you in the right direction of a suitable vehicle to match. Not only that, we’ll discuss how we can make your VW campervan truly unique with a conversion package that matches your style and personality.

If you’d like any further information, please speak to us or take a look through our blog for more tips and guides to life with a campervan.

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Sun’s Out, Denby’s Out

School’s out for summer! No this isn’t an Alice Cooper song but more of a guide to enjoying the summer with a Denby Campervan. Whether you’re heading abroad or staying on the British Isles a VW Campervan is the perfect vehicle to take you there.

For those who have never considered a campervan holiday this quick read could be the inspiration you need to try campervanning for the first time, and rather a lot like our VW Campervans, you might end up being converted. Now you might think that getting a full family in the back of a camper might be a bit of a squeeze! or you’ll all go a bit stir crazy and on top of one another. Well, the truth is that simply isn’t the case, with careful packing, planning and our ergonomic designs (you’re welcome) you’ll be far from claustrophobic.

Campervans have come a long way from a simple mattress in the back. They’re packed full of features making camping and driving stress-free. Take a look at our guide to summer in a Denby Campervan.

Our Guide to Summer in a Denby Campervan

Planning is Key

Don’t get me wrong, planning every aspect of your trip is ludicrous, as you can hit bumps along the way that can disrupt your plans. However, striking a balance between a go with the flow attitude and a bit forward planning just leads to an enjoyable summer.

Campervanning is all about exploring, however during the summer chances are campsites will be busier than any other time of the year. So tipping up and expecting a spot to be vacant is a dangerous game. A little route planning and pre-booking can be a big stress reliever and time saver.

Not only that, driving around aimlessly looking for a place to stay or even something to do for the day can take its toll on the mood of the party. We’re all human and long journeys can affect us all, no more so than children. If you plan and organise your trip well, you can do most of the driving when they’re having a nap. Win, Win!

Travelling with Children

Continuing on from the previous point, travelling with your children is a truly rewarding experience. You can open their eyes to new adventures, cultures and so much more. However, we hate to be the one to break it too you, but it can be difficult – although it doesn’t have to be!

Following a few simple parenting hacks, you’ll keep your children entertained and engaged for the whole summer. Our first tip is to pack an entertainment bundle. Although camping is about escaping the modern comforts of home, this doesn’t mean you have to completely cut yourself off from the digital world. Pack plenty of books, board games, magazines, tablet devices (with chargers). Even if you don’t end up using them for most of your holiday, they’re good to get out on rainy days or quiet days.

Another top tip is to plan where you’re staying! If the campsite doesn’t have any child-friendly amenities or it is a long drive to a point of interest – it will be difficult to turn that frown upside down. Plus, you’ll be wasting valuable family time driving to and from places.

Pack the Essentials

It’s easy to get carried away when packing, we’ve all done it. Space is limited and those extra pair of trainers or your second denim jacket chips away at your space – and you could sacrifice something important.

Your campervan is your home for the duration of your holiday, and it can only hold so much. Always consider is there a smaller or lighter version when packing. ‘What to pack’ will be determined by the length or destination of your trip – but a quick tip is to write down everything you’ll think you’ll need. Review it. Then ask yourself ‘do I need it?’ You’ll save yourself so much space and time.

Speak to Denby or Take a Look at our Blog for Further Tips

The common theme in our guide is planning makes your summer holiday stress-free and I can’t stress that enough. But the most important tip we can give is to make it a summer to remember. Campervan holidays bring so much joy to families and we believe everyone to experience it, although we might be a bit biased.

If you’d like more tips about how to enjoy your campervan or if you’d like to take a look inside one of our VW CampervansSpeak to the team at Denby Campervans today. We have a tone of experience and a portfolio of happy customers! who have set off for family adventures in a campervan.

We’re based in Leek, with a fully stocked showroom of VW T5 and T6 models. Alternatively, take a look on our website at our stock list.

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