4 Reasons To Take A Campervan Staycation in 2020

It seems that summer 2020 isn’t totally lost! According to the UK government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, from 4th July campsites and caravan parks will be allowed to open. While the same can’t be said for Scotland and Wales just yet (Scotland has set an indicative date of 15th July for the reopening of tourism and hospitality businesses and there is no proposed date in Wales yet), it’s safe to say that the possibility of some kind of summer holiday this year is within reach.

And we couldn’t be happier about it! Which is why, in this article we’re going to look at 6 reasons why a campervan staycation could be just the thing to kickstart your summer 2020 plans. Read on!

Reasons To Take A Campervan Staycation This Summer

Admittedly, we don’t quite yet know what the conditions will be on the reopening of caravan parks and camping sites. Presumably social distancing will be in force and there may be restrictions on facilities. But there’s no doubt that a reopening of these spaces even to a small degree will be fantastic not only for families and UK holiday makers but the tourism industry too.

You Have Everything You Need

With a campervan, you have everything you need in one place. From a place to sleep to a place to cook, campervan conversions are the perfect choice for a no fuss family holiday. Even better, with your own kitchen and bedrooms there’s no need to spend any more time than you need to in crowded public spaces, or queuing unnecessarily. Instead, everything is at your fingertips and you are free to enjoy the great outdoors as much as you like.

You Can Support Local Tourism

Taking a holiday is the number one form of escapism. We break away from our routines and take off to a far flung place to forget about work and the daily grind. But have you ever really explored the opportunities for holidaying on or near your doorstep?

Of course, we don’t mean camping overnight on your driveway – although that can always feel like a great adventure for kids. We’re talking about areas nearby that you haven’t yet explored, such as campsites, green spaces, walks and visitor attractions.

We can guarantee that there’s probably more than you think within a stone’s throw of your home. And with a campervan you can hop in at a moment’s notice and head off to explore, no planning ahead or navigating the crowds necessary!

You Can Explore New Areas

If you have always taken your holidays abroad, then you’re missing out on the gorgeous locations we have right here in the UK. Even better, with a campervan you can change up your route at the drop of a hat, take a detour, or just go off grid for a few weeks on a magical mystery tour.

Taking a staycation in the campervan gives you the freedom to truly explore. As long as you have food in the fridge, some warm clothes and a smile on your face, you have everything you need to dive headfirst into the unknown and discover somewhere totally new. What are you waiting for?

You Can Be Totally Flexible

No waiting around at the airport. No lost luggage. No delayed flights. No disappointments.

A campervan offers a totally flexible holiday – whenever you want it. What’s more, following your initial investment, it’s always ready and waiting ready to go. Whether you’re a lone wolf who enjoys the solitude of the great outdoors or an energetic family looking for your next thrill, a campervan offers endless adventure at the drop of a hat.

Campervans For Sale & Campervan Conversions from Denby

So, what’s the verdict? Now we know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, will you be considering a campervan holiday this year? If so, we have a wide range of campervans for sale here at Denby Campervans and we’d be happy to help you find the right one for you. Our current range of campervans for sale are all available with our iconic Balmoral campervan conversion, your choice of elevating or high top roof, and a wide range of optional extras to help you put your stamp on it.

To find out more about campervan conversions and campervans for sale at Denby, contact us today. At present, we are arranging viewings of our vans on an appointment only basis and would be happy to book you in at a time of your choosing to discuss your requirements, so give us a call on 01538 382568 or email admin@denbycampervans.co.uk to get started.

Choosing A Base Van For Campervan Conversions

Our Top Tips On Choosing A Base Van For A Campervan Conversion

If you’re considering a campervan conversion, the first step is to decide on a base van. And there’s a huge amount to consider including brand, model, weight, fuel type, specifications, and of course price!

Tips For Choosing A Campervan Base

There are a number of vehicles available at the moment which are well suited to a campervan conversion. To help you to choose which is right for you, we’ve put together some top tips including key things to consider in your search for the perfect base van.

Size Matters

Of course, first and foremost it’s important to settle on a van that will comfortably fit both you and anyone else you’ll want to take on your travels. The size of your family (or possibly friendship group) will ultimately whittle down your choice of base vans, so take some time to consider this.

As well as this,think about how long your average trip will be. Short breaks and long weekends don’t require huge amounts of storage. While extended trips may require more space for keeping those essentials close while you’re on the road.

Ultimately, the size of the vehicle you choose for your campervan conversion will come down to your expectations, requirements and the size of the party you’re most likely to travel with.

Age Before Beauty

Yes, a campervan that looks the part is fantastic. But if you’re looking for a campervan conversion that will go the distance, think carefully on both the age and mileage of the vehicle. An older vehicle doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be more prone to breakdown and in need of more repairs, however it is a factor to consider.

If you’re looking for a vehicle with character, classic VW campervans are very popular. Due to their popularity, it’s not too difficult to get hold of spare parts. However, if you’d like the character of a VW without the uncertainty of constant breakdown, the newer Transporter models are very recognisable and reliable.

Prioritise Your Priorities

At the end of the day, a campervan conversion should be made for you. Therefore, your base vehicle should be able to accommodate all of (or at least most of) the things that you would like. So, when it comes to picking the right base for your conversion, first prioritise your priorities. Is a separate toilet/shower room important to you? Do you need lots of storage? Will you be travelling with your kids?

Take some time to write down a list of your top priorities and ask questions about the vans you look at. Some of them might be totally unsuitable for the things that you want or need, which will pretty quickly knock down your long list into a short list.

Thrash Out Your Budget

Finally, thrash out your budget. Work out how much you are prepared to spend on your base van and conversion, and work from there. Like anything else it’s very easy to get carried away when you start shopping around. But there’s nothing so disheartening as being bought back to Earth sharply when you realise everything you’ve dreamed of falls way out of budget.

For this reason, set a budget. If you’d like flexibility, think about the highest amount you’d be prepared to spend and then consider what boxes a van would have to tick to warrant spending that amount. That way, if you come across a van that perfectly suits your needs you’ll be able to work out quickly whether it falls into budget and whether you can get the ball rolling on purchasing it.

Campervan Conversions from Denby

Here at Denby, we provide a flexible campervan conversion service. Whether you would like to source your own base van, or would like us to help with finding one for you, our expert team knows everything there is to know about campervan conversions – and a bit more too. From our popular Balmoral conversion to the Denby Weekender, we’ve got campervan conversions for every need and want. To see some examples of our vans in action, check out our campervan conversions gallery.

For help on your search for a base van, contact us today. We have a wide range of campervans for sale which can be personalised with your choice of campervan conversions. Alternatively, we have a wide range of contacts throughout the country we can draw on to source the van you have in mind.

VW Transporter Campervan Conversion

4 Reasons To Choose A VW Transporter Campervan Conversion

If you’re reading this, you know that here at Denby, campervan conversions are our thing. We eat, sleep and breathe all things van life. And we love breathing new life into a van by creating stunning bespoke conversions designed for exploring and adventure.

One of the most iconic types of conversions that we create for customers are VW conversions. From the Balmoral to the Buckingham and the Denby Weekender, we offer a wide range of customisable campervan conversion packages to suit your needs. To see them in action, check out our gallery of campervan conversions.

In our line of work, we work on a lot of VW Transporters. And in this blog, we’re going to give you a run-down of the reasons why you should choose a VW Transporter campervan conversion.

The Benefits Of A VW Transporter

VW Transporters are one of the most recognisable and most commonly seen types of campervan out there. And for good reason too! They come with a whole host of benefits that make them well suited to a conversion, and living the van life.

Unrivalled Quality

The first reason why you should choose a VW Transporter campervan conversion is because of the build quality. If your main goal for purchasing a campervan is to head out and about, go exploring and make happy memories with your family, then the VW Transporter comfortably fit the bill.

VW T6 Campervan Conversion With Elevating Roof

Put simply, VW Transporters are made to last. They are sturdy and reliable with high standards of safety built in at every turn. This means that when you make the decision to hit the open road and head off on your next journey, you can do so with the peace of mind that the vehicle you have chosen won’t let you down.

Fantastic Driving Experience

Every new Transporter that hits the market is jam-packed with the latest technology. For example, the new T6.1 Transporter boasts a whole host of high tech features designed to deliver a driving experience that is second to none. This includes safety features such as Sidewind Assist and electromechanical steering, as well as built in DAB+ radios with 6.5” touchscreen.

Candy White T6 Transporter With Elevating Roof

VW Transporters are designed to make driving a pleasurable experience, which is exactly what you want when considering a campervan conversion. After all, you’re going to be spending a lot of time on the open road, why not choose a vehicle that makes getting behind the wheel a joy rather than a means to an end?

Flexibility In Conversion

Purpose built campervans are great, but they’re not made with you in mind. With a VW Transporter campervan conversion, you are the master of how it looks and how it is finished. Rather than put up and shut up with aspects of a ready-made campervan or motorhome, you have complete control of optional extras, upholstery finishes, worktops and more.

Rib Bed Upholstery Upgrade

With a bespoke Transporter conversion you get full flexibility in conversion without compromise.

They Look Fantastic

As we said, the VW Transporters is iconic and is guaranteed to catch the eye of any campervan enthusiast. One of the most recognisable vehicles on the road, Transporters are available in a huge range of colours and finishes, from bright and vibrant red or yellow to more understated (but still great looking) grey and black.

Reflex Silver VW T6 Transporter Campervan

If how you look out on the road and at camp sites is a top priority for you, plumping for a shiny, colourful VW Transporter is a fantastic option. What’s more, your interior can be customised to suit the exterior for an overall finish that looks great and functions fantastically.

Buying a VW Transporter Conversion

If you’re looking for Volkswagen Transporter campervan conversions, then look no further. Here at Denby Campervans we have a range of T5 and T6 vehicles for sale that are ready to drive away. What’s more, each vehicle at our showroom can be kitted out with the campervan conversion of your dreams!

We even have the latest VW T6.1 available for purchase in all colours and specifications. Fully converted with our iconic Balmoral conversion and your choice of elevating or high top roof, we can work with you to build a VW Transporter campervan conversion that meets your needs and looks just how you’d dreamed it would.

For more help and information about our campervans for sale and our conversions, please contact us. Our team would be more than happy help with any questions you may have.

Ilusion XMR 590 Exterior

Ilusion Motorhomes Now Available From Denby Campervans

At Denby Campervans, not only are we ardent fans of campervan conversions and VW campervans, we also offer a range of other motorhomes for sale, along with campervan conversions for all types of vans too! In fact, we are proud to now be the sole UK distributor for Ilusion Caravaning! In this blog, we’ll give you a first look at the XMK series from Ilusion Caravaning and give you details on how you can find out more with our team.

About Ilusion Caravaning

Ilusion Caravaning is a manufacturer of compact motorhomes. Based in Spain, this is the first time their motorhomes will be available in the UK, and we are so excited to be a part of that. As the sole distributor for the manufacturer here, Denby Campervans is the only place in the country at present you will be able to get your hands on motorhomes created by Ilusion. And we’re here to give you the first look at the Ilusion Caravaning motorhomes that you can buy from us at the moment.

XMK Series

The XMK Series of motorhomes are the most compact on the market at present. Not only that, they come with a wide range of features that are well-suited to van life. Inside each model you will find a fully fitted kitchen kitted out with soft-closing drawers, 150-litre AES fridge and an oven/grill.

Ilusion XMR 590 Hob And Sink

As well as this, the Ilusion XMK features both direct and indirect LED lighting, 5 seats, diesel heating, and anti-vibration systems within the furniture. All upholstery is also treated with a Protech stain-resistant finish to safeguard against spills. This high quality finish ensures every journey is a pleasure, with comfort at the top of the priority list.

Interior of the Ilusion XMR 590 Interior

And the outside is just as impressive. One of the biggest benefits of an Ilusion motorhome is how compact it is. The low-profile body of each vehicle in the XMK series features a slightly rounded profile for improved aerodynamics, as well as to prevent water from accumulating on the roof.

Ilusion XMR 590 Exterior

XMK Models Available From Denby

The XMK range features 12 models, which range between 5.99m in length to 7.40m. The 590 sits at 5.99m long and features a half-dinette lounge complete with electric drop down bed. The 590FT is similar to the 590, however the key difference between these two modes is the rear U-shaped lounge which takes the place of the fixed bed.

Interior of the Ilusion 590ft motorhome

Other models include the 590L (which features rear bunk beds), 690 and 740 (both with fixed single beds), 695 and 730 (with island beds), and the six-berth 760 which also features rear bunk beds.

Interior Of Ilusion 590Ft Motorhome

To see the Ilusion Motorhome range in more detail and learn more about its unique features, click here. 

Affordable, High-Quality Motorhomes

We chose to represent Ilusion Motorhomes here in the UK because we’re passionate about giving our customers excellent quality motorhomes and campervans at fair prices. For over 20 years we have committed our time and energy to creating stunning bespoke campervan conversions and VW campervans for our clients. Now, we are pleased and excited to branch out to providing these new high-quality motorhomes too.

To see our current range of vehicles for sale, head over to the campervans for sale page. There you will find a complete collection of the campervans and motorhomes we have on sale currently, along with full specifications and prices. Alternatively, contact our team today to have a chat about how we can help you kickstart a conversion of your current campervan or find out what we can do to source the campervan you’ve been dreaming of…

Campervan Conversions Made To Be Driven By You

Campervan Conversions That Are Made to Be Driven By You

There is something deeply personal about campervan conversions. They are your very own home from home out there on the road. More than just a vehicle, a campervan is a place where you make memories. It is a place to eat, sleep, relax, and (most importantly) have fun!

That’s why we put 110% into making campervan conversions that are made to be driven by you. While we have a suite of conversions to choose from, each one can be customised to your own individual preferences. From colours and finishes to optional extras and accessories, we’re as flexible as your version of van life needs us to be. So, you’ll always find a campervan conversion to suit your needs with us. To see a selection of customer campervans, check out our campervan conversion gallery.

Campervan Conversions from Denby Campervans

We offer 5 campervan conversion packages here at Denby Campervans. In this blog post, we’ll give you a run down of each, exploring which types of campervans and lifestyles they are most suitable for. But please don’t think you’re limited by anything you see here. Our team love a challenge and would be excited to hear your ideas, so please contact us with any specific questions and we’d be more than happy to help!

Balmoral Conversion

Balmoral Campervan Conversion

Our Balmoral Conversion is the iconic and most popular campervan conversion. It is the one you will see most often over on our campervans for sale page. This is because it has everything you need to hit the road and enjoy an adventure, however long you plan for.

Suitable for short wheelbase or long wheelbase vans, this full side conversion creates a fully equipped campervan. The kitchen area is fully decked out with side kitchen units, SMEV 2 burner gas hob and sink, 48 litre compressor fridge/freezer and laminated table, so there’s more than enough room to cook and enjoy a family meal comfortably. As well as this, a rock and roll bed is included for cosy nights sleep after active days along with matching seats in both leather or vinyl options depending on your style.

With our Balmoral conversion, our aim is to build in all of your creature comforts for an affordable price. To see the full spec list for this campervan conversion, head over to the Denby Balmoral Campervan Conversion page for a full run down.

The beauty of the Balmoral is that it is versatile and functional. And it starts from only £12,995!

Buckingham Conversion

Buckingham Campervan Conversion

The Buckingham campervan conversion really is as royal as it sounds. Another versatile conversion, it will fit into a variety of vehicles, including long wheel base versions of the Volkswagen Transporter and other similar vans.

Decked out with hardwood ply flooring covered with high grade vinyl, rear kitchen units and cupboards in a variety of finishes and featuring 2 single beds, it is a family friendly conversion with a range of customisation options.

Our starting price for the Buckingham Campervan Conversion is just £13,995 and this includes your choice of elevating or high-top roof!

Denby Weekender Conversion

Denby Weekender Conversion

Sometimes the 9 to 5 means that you’re living the van life only at the weekends – for now! Which is where the Denby Weekender conversion comes in. Perfect for a quick and easy weekend getaway but robust enough to withstand the rigours of an extended break, the Weekender comes with all the home comforts you need including a fully lined interior, compact kitchen with a dual hob and sink and a full width bed.

The Weekender is a great place to start as you begin your journey into the wonderful world of campervan adventures. What’s more, it’s well suited for a range of vehicles from Volkswagen Transporters to Vauxhall Vivaro vans! What’s more, a whole host of extras can be built in to this campervan conversion to ensure it’s just right for your needs and ready to hit the road when you are.

Day Van/Kombi Conversions

Our Day Van/Kombi Conversions are totally bespoke and extend to a large range of vehicles. Whatever modification you need, just speak to us and we can assist you in making your vision become a reality. From fitting cycle racks for when you hit the dirt tracks or entertainment systems to keep little ones quiet en route to your next adventure, we will work with you to understand what you need and make it happen!

Olympian Sportsmobile Conversion

The Olympian Sportsmobile is for the cyclists, runners, dog walkers, motorcyclists and all round adrenaline junkies out there. Whether you’re heading out to the coast to catch some waves or taking on your next track for motocross, the Olympian Sportsmobile campervan conversion has the space and the amenities to keep you comfortable throughout the journey.

The beauty of the Olympian Sportsmobile is that you can chop and change it’s configuration as much as you need. Need a shower? No problem with the Sportsmobile! Somewhere to rest your head after a hard slog? You got it!

Find out more about the Olympian Sportsmobile conversion here.

Campervan Conversions Made To Be Driven By You

At Denby, you are our focus. Your comfort, your family, your adventures, your choice. Which is why we are extremely flexible when it comes to all kinds of conversions. As well as this, we also offer a range of optional extras from awnings to upholstery upgrades. With us, you can get the finish you’re looking for and the help of our expert team who will ensure it’s all safely fitted to the highest of standards.

Talk To Us About Your Campervan Conversion

If you’re considering a campervan conversion, either for a van you already own or a completely new one, please get in touch. As well as advise on your current vehicle, we can also source a range of used and new models into which we can place your very own, bespoke conversion.

With us, your vision can become a complete reality. And, what’s more, the conversion of your dreams will be fitted to a high standard and made to be driven by you.

Campervan Storage Hacks

5 Campervan Storage Hacks To Try

Minimalism seems to be a trend that never goes out of style. And the ‘van life’ style lends itself well to it. There’s nothing more freeing than leaving the grind behind, taking only what you need and hitting the road- whether it’s for a day, week, month, year or lifetime!

That being said, there are some things we do need to take along with us for the ride. And no one likes to feel overwhelmed by clutter. But a clever solution to this is clever campervan storage hacks that will not only save space but ensure you have everything you need to hand when you’re out and about.

Campervan Storage Hacks

If you’re looking for ways to live a more streamlined van life, then check out these 5 campervan storage hacks. Then give them a try yourself!

First Of All – Declutter!

First things first, if you’re looking to maximise the space in your van then start with a declutter. If you’ve been travelling in your campervan for a while, it’s inevitable that you’ve built up more than a few things you don’t use or need. So have a look around and identify any items that you don’t need.

Some items may be obvious, of course. While others may need a bit more consideration. For example, cutlery, crockery, pots, pans, towels, even bottles of shampoo can take up huge amounts of space. To effectively cut down, think about how many of these things you actually need – you’ll probably surprise yourself with what you can afford to take away and be amazed by the space it frees up.

Worst case scenario when you declutter is that you realise you’ve left behind something you could probably use in the future. No problem! Just add it back in again when you get home. Most likely, though, you’ll see that you probably don’t need as much as you do have, which presents real opportunities to cut down on clutter.

Look Up

Not just the roof but also on the undersides of shelves and cupboards. These areas aren’t often used, however with a bit of creative thinking they can make secure homes for many things. For example, if you’re keen campervan cook, then screwing the lids of your spice jars to the underside of shelving can make them accessible and less prone to moving about during transit.

What’s more, it looks fantastic too and keeps them from taking up valuable space on the worktops – especially if you reach for them often!

Consider Storage Containers

When you’re living the van life, storage containers are your friends. Handy, versatile and cheap they can be used almost anywhere and hidden away easily for a clutter free space. Hook on storage has become very popular recently because it’s so versatile, from bringing your very own herb garden with you on the road to a handy place to store your keys when not in use, hanging storage can be used for all sorts and is very quick and easy to install.

Hello Hooks!

Coats and bags can often needlessly take up huge amounts of space. But being an essential on the road there’s no way you can simply leave them at home. Hooks are a great way to give you a dedicated space to leave your coat and bag when you return to your campervan, and they can be used almost anywhere, including on the backs of doors.

Netting can also be used on the ceiling as a place for bags and coats, leaving ample space for you to kick back and relax.

Pop It Real Good

This one is more of a permanent fixture, but a good one nonetheless. An elevating roof is a great way of giving yourself some extra head room. Pop top roofs can also be used as a sleeping space, which is fantastic for kids as they can get the full camping experience from the comfort and safety of the van. Oh, and it gets them from under your feet too!

Clever Conversions

A clever campervan conversion can make all the difference when it comes to space saving hacks in your campervan. Our Balmoral conversion, for example, comes with a vast array of clever storage options from side kitchen units, a wardrobe (complete with hanging rail) with Tambour Space Saving doors, an elevating roof, roof bed, or high top roof, under water tank and a built in Fridge/Freezer.

With all the basics in place, you can easily find a space for everything and use clever storage hacks to create a spacious, enjoyable interior that you can’t get enough of. See how our customers are making the most out of their campervans over at our Customer Gallery.

Talk To Us About Campervan Conversions

If you’re considering an upgrade on your van, or are taking a few tentative steps into the van life community, then contact us. We specialise in bespoke campervan conversions, whether that be for your existing van or a totally new one sourced by us.

From VW Transporters to a range of other vehicle types, you will find a mixture of ready converted campervans for sale here on our website. Or, speak to our team and chat about how we can take your existing van and convert it into the campervan of your dreams with our bespoke campervan conversions.

Sharing Good News From The Van Life Community

Sharing Good News From The Van Life Community

There is no doubt that everything feels a little strange at the moment. Normally around this time of year, we are heading off for Easter breaks, enjoying some much needed R&R times with friends and family. Sadly, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, this isn’t possible. But it is amazing to see the ways in which communities, both local, virtual and nationwide, are responding to the ongoing situation with compassion, empathy, and creativity.

As you will know, at Denby Campervans we made the decision to close our showroom until the lockdown is lifted. This was a necessary step to protect our staff, customers and the community. And while it breaks our hearts that we can’t be there to help you decide on a new campervan or campervan conversion right now, we know this is only temporary and by complying with the government’s guidelines we will be back in operation sooner, rather than later.

Amazing Community Initiatives

Amazing Community Initiatives

While we have stepped away from the showroom, we have been keeping an eye on the van life and campervan communities on social media. And we have been happily surprised and overwhelmed by the wonderful ways in which people are supporting each other during this period of uncertainty. Here we give a rundown of the best initiatives we’ve seen so far.

Big Little Tent Festival

As we approach festival season, many of us will be feeling a little bit sad that our favourites are cancelled. But the Caravan and Motorhome Club have stepped in to help us bring those festival vibes to our home.

The Big Little Tent Festival is a festival that everyone can enjoy (entry free) from the comfort of their own home. Made for little and big campers, caravanners and motorhomes alike, all you have to do to get involved is pitch up your tent in the back garden and download the Big Little Tent Festival pack.

The downloads pack features a whole range of activities for all ages. From colour-your-own festival wristbands to bunting, puzzles and the Big Little Tent Festival Challenge, everything you find in there can be done from your own gardens and it’s a perfect way to keep the little ones entertained while they are at home.

Big Little Tea Time Festival

Another initiative from the Caravan and Motorhome Club is the Big Little Tea Time Festival. If you have a campervan or motorhome there’s no doubt you’ve probably looked out forlornly out at your campervan over the last few weeks. Well, the Big Little Tea Time Festival is a way to get your van fix without leaving your driveway.

Every Wednesday until the end of April 2020, the Caravan and Motorhome Club are encouraging van owners to step out of their homes and into their vans and have dinner (on the driveway of course) inside.

If you take part in the Big Little Tea Time Festival you can share your snaps on social media using the hashtag #BLTF20. There’s also a download on the website that features a range of recipes including ‘Martin’s Easy-Peasy Lockdown Burgers’ as well as helpful hints and tips to help you stay in touch with friends and family during isolation.

Big Little Tent Festival

Tentival 2020 by Tentshare

This one has been and gone but it’s worth a mention. On Saturday 4th April, Tentshare held Tentival, the world’s first virtual camping festival. From 10am until sundown people from all over the UK could log on to Zoom and enjoy live music from a range of artists (performing remotely from home). Throughout the duration of the festival there was fun, games, and competitions taking place to create that whole festival experience – without having to pay an arm and a leg for a burger and a drink!

Emergency Accommodation for NHS & Key Workers

Quirky Campers are a well known company that hires campervans to holiday makers throughout the year. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Quirky Campers have grounded all of their campervans until the end of April, however they are offering campervan hire at a reduced rate to NHS staff and key workers who need emergency accommodation.

This is just one example of how communities and businesses are adapting to what is happening and using their resources to support those who are working on the frontline to keep everyone safe.

The Motoroamers’ Well-Being Resource Library

It goes without saying that living in lockdown isn’t easy for most of us. We are so used to seeing our family and friends whenever we want and, as social creatures, we crave contact with others.

In response to this, full time roamers, Myles and Karen, have created The Motoroamers’ Well-Being Resource Library. These videos have found a home on their YouTube channel (which you can find here) and include short videos on keeping fit and looking after your health and wellbeing through Covid.

Raising Money For Charity with the Great British Camp-Out

Masterminded by Ian Alcorn from Nottinghamshire, the Great British Camp Out saw thousands of people take to their campervans, tents and even their front rooms to raise money for the NHS. Everyone who took part was asked to donate a £2 ‘pitch fee’ to Ian’s JustGiving page to raise money for NHS Charities Together.

The event was a huge success with people sharing their photographs on social media as they took part in quizzes, yoga classes and enjoyed a virtual concert from Richard Howell!

Ian intends to keep this campaign running, with over £100,000 raised at the time of writing!

Keeping In Touch With Social Media

Keeping In Touch

Social media is such a wonderful thing, especially at this time. It is vital for helping us to stay in touch and connect with like-minded people all over the world. During this time, we’re using social media to keep up to date with the latest information and get our van life fix as and when we can.

If you would like to keep in touch with us on social media, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

As you can see, the whole community is pulling together at this time doing wonderful things to stop the spread, support key workers and raise money for charity. We sincerely hope that you are keeping well, and if you happen to see anything we haven’t mentioned in this blog that you think we may be interested in, let us know!

A Brief History of VW Campervans

A Brief History of VW Campervans

In 1947, a Dutch importer named Ben Pon was working at a Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. While he was there, he took note of the motorized trolleys (made from stripped down Beetle chassis) that were being used to transport parts around the factory. This innovative design caught both his eye and imagination, so he started to sketch. The end result? A drawing of a Beetle-based van.

A year later, on 1st January 1948, Heinz Heinrich Nordhoff was appointed Managing Director of the Wolfsburg Volkswagen plant. This move brought great change to Volkwagen. In his first year, Nordhoff doubled car production. And within 13 years, annual production at Volkwagen had exceeded a million vehicles. It’s no surprise then, that when Nordhoff caught a glimpse of Ben Pon’s sketch his interest was instantly piqued. So much so, in fact, that he took on the idea and in November 1949 the first vehicle (known as the T1) made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Introducing The VW Transporter

A campervan interior

Following its success at the Motor Show, the T1 Transporter went into production very swiftly. From 8th March 1950, the Wolfsburg factory began producing these vehicles at a rate of 10 vehicles per day. The simplicity of the T1’s design allowed Volkswagen to create a whole range of body combinations and execute these simply. So, when production began there were already two different models available; a commercial transporter and the Kombi, which was fitted with two side windows and removable back seats.

Initially, the T1s were built in the factory at Wolfsburg. But, due to their popularity, production was moved to Hanover in around 1956. The T1 was no stranger to conversion as more body combinations were conceived and put into action. These include the Panel Van, Microbus, Samba, Kombi, Ambulance, Pick-Up and Double Cab! Changes also happened to the exterior as well as the interior. Most notably, the option to add sliding doors to the T1 was added from 1964.

Evolution in Action

Quite clearly, the T1 was a roaring success. And, of course, Volkswagen was keen to continue in this way. So, in 1967 the T2 Transporter was unveiled.

The Evolution of The Transporter Campervan

This new iteration of the VW Transporter flaunted a few key differences that set it apart from its predecessor. The biggest was the disappearance of the split windshield, which had gained the T1 the affectionate nicknames of ‘Splitscreen’ or ‘Splitty’.

Nearly 13 years after the release of the T2, the T3 made its entrance in 1979. A bigger, heavier imagining of the original, it was noticeably boxier and bought with it a range of technologically advanced features – including power steering and air conditioning! This version of the iconic VW was known by many names worldwide such as the Transporter/Caravelle, Microbus and Vanagon.

Volkswagen In The 90s & The Millennium

Production of the T3 Transporter continued until 1990 in Germany, and in the same year, it was succeeded by the Volkswagen T4. The first transporter to feature a water-cooled engine, this fourth-gen imagining of the T1 was hugely successful with production lasting for 13 years! It also could be customized with a range of options including a high top roof, sliding doors and a permanent 4WD system.

View of sea from inside a campervan

Then, in the new Millennium (2002, in fact) the T5 was launched. This new van fully embraced everything the Transporter could conceivably be. The production line saw a vast array of variants in the T5 including short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase options alongside a plethora of configurations too. It even enjoyed a minor facelift throughout its lifetime with cosmetic changes being made to the vehicle and an engine upgrade.

Transporters In The Present Day

The T6 is the most recent variation of the Transporter. Released in 2015 it is the sixth-generation of this vehicle to be produced. And it’s no surprise that it’s the most slick and modern of its family.
In 2019, the new Volkswagen T6.1 made its debut. An improved and updated version of the T6, it not only enjoyed a facelift on the interior but inside, too. To get the full lowdown on this newest vehicle, click here.

VW Transporter Campervan Conversions

Even in its infancy, the VW Transporter was well suited to campervan conversions. For example, the Volkswagen Westfalia camper was a conversion available for both the T2 and T3 variants which were in production for well over 5 decades! These conversions featured a range of interior options including foldout seating, sinks, water storage and curtains.

The Westfalia campervan conversion became the blueprint on which many campervan conversions are based today. For example, the Denby Balmoral conversion, which is suitable for T5 and T6 Transporters, features many similarities – with a few upgrades of course!

Denby Balmoral Campervan Conversion

A Denby Balmoral Campervan Conversion

VW Campervans From Denby

Here at Denby Campervans, we eat, sleep and breathe campervans and campervan conversions. Our team dedicate all of their time and energy to making stunning bespoke campervan conversions that allow individuals and families to live their best van life through the seasons.

To see what types of campervans we’ve got available in our showroom, take a look at the VW Campervans we have for sale currently here. Alternatively, check out our full range of campervan conversion options here.

COVID-19 Update from Denby Campervans

Dear Customers,

We’d like to take this opportunity to reassure you that we are taking a pragmatic and professional approach in dealing with Coronavirus. We take the health and safety of our customers, staff, and visitors very seriously. Therefore we have implemented new policies and procedures to limit the spread of the virus.

We would like to reassure our customers that, with these measures in place, there should be no need for concern when visiting us. We are still open for business as usual.

That being said, we understand that you may not feel able to visit us at this time. If you are self-isolating or practicing social distancing, we are also available via telephone or email to discuss your campervan requirements. So, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Campervans For Sale From Denby

With that in mind, if you’re considering packing up the family and escaping to the country for a few weeks in a VW campervan – we don’t blame you! It’s the perfect way to make the best of this difficult time.

At Denby, we have a choice of ready-converted VW campers ready to drive away and panel vans ready to be converted with your own choice of bespoke interior options.

We are also the UK’s only supplier for Ilusion Motorhomes. So, if you are looking for something slightly different, check out these compact motorhomes. They have everything you need in a vehicle that’s less than 6 metres long.

All of our vehicles are available with great finance packages too, to help make the leap that little bit easier. Should you require any further information regarding VW campervans for sale from Denby, please don’t hesitate to drop in, give us a call or email us.


4 Reasons Why You Should Buy A Campervan in 2020

4 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Campervan in 2020

Campervans are enjoying a rise in popularity of late. Why? Perhaps it’s because we are becoming more conscious of the impact travelling abroad has on the environment. Or maybe the nomad lifestyle appeals more to those among us that are striving to achieve a better work-life balance? Whatever the reason, van life is increasingly enticing individuals, couples and families alike.

Here at Denby, we love campervans and the van lifestyle for many reasons. The main being that jumping in a campervan and hitting the road opens up a whole world of possibilities beyond that of a simple package holiday. If you’re considering giving the van lifestyle a go this year, we’ve compiled our top 4 reasons why you should buy a campervan in 2020 to give you that final nudge.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go

If you often find yourself with itchy feet and chomping at the bit to explore new places, a campervan gives you the freedom to do just that. With a van, you don’t have to worry about spending a gazillion pounds on upgrading your luggage allowance in order to pack more than a pair of flip flops and a towel. You’re ready and raring to go at the drop of a hat.

Oh, The Places You'll Go

Fancy a trip to the Lake District at the weekend? How about climbing Snowdon? Hop in the van and off you go. No in-depth planning, no overspending on flights, transport and hotel rooms. Just the freedom to do whatever you please, whenever you please.

For more van life inspiration, check out our Denby Customers Gallery!

Travel In Style

With a campervan conversion the world really is your oyster when it comes to mod cons, upholstery and decor. Not many of us can say we get the opportunity to travel First or Business Class when we fly, but in a campervan you will travel in style all day, every day if you like.

For example, our iconic Balmoral conversion comes complete with all the luxuries you could need (and a few optional extras, too), including a Rock & Roll bed, side kitchen units and wardrobe, gas hob and sink, and fridge/freezer. The Balmoral conversion also comes kitted out with USB power points, so you can charge your phone or tablet on the go and enjoy in-flight entertainment at your fingertips!

Balmoral Campervan Conversion

Keeping It In The Family

Taking off for the weekend usually involves cramming the kids and the dogs into the car, along with the tent and all your home comforts. We’ve all been there, and it’s no fun! With a campervan, heading off on family escapes is easier and more spacious. What’s more, you don’t have to wrestle with the tent when you get to your destination. Just pitch up, sit back, and enjoy a brew before heading off to explore the local area!

Switch Off From The Everyday

Family Campervan Holidays

Life is more hectic than ever right now. Many of us work long, unforgiving hours. And technology means we never really get to switch up. One of the best things about living the van life is being able to up sticks, switch off your phone, and get some much-needed rest and relaxation. Recent studies have shown the spending time outdoors is hugely positive for our mental health. With a campervan, you’re never far from a bit of fresh air, a long walk, and a pub lunch to round it all off if you really want to treat yourself.

Convinced? Contact Us To Talk Campervans!

Have you been bitten by the campervan bug? We don’t blame you if you have! At Denby Campervans, we have a whole range of Volkswagen campervans for sale at our showroom in Leek. And if you can’t find the one you want on our forecourt, we can also source and convert your dream campervan for you! Easy, peasy.

Alongside that, from our campervan conversions to our high-top and elevated roofs, we have a range of high-quality options available to help you create a home from home the whole family will love. To find out more, take a look at our campervans for sale right here on our website. Or contact us to discuss your requirements.

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