As many of us know, in October the DVLA released a new motor caravan checklist. This list details 4 categories a converted vehicle must meet to be recognised as a motor caravan, as well as the external permanent features for a change to the body type.
Amendments for body type change to ‘Motorcaravan’
In October 2019, the DVLA introduced new, additional requirements for body type changes to ‘Motorcaravan’. At the heart of this, the requirements were added to ensure that vehicles on the road can be distinguished within traffic.
The DVLA will expect to see certain external features which are commonly seen in motor caravans. These include:
- Motorcaravan style graphics on both sides of the vehicle
- An awning bar attached to either side of the vehicle
- A high top roof (this does not include a pop-top elevating roof)
That being said, if your preference is to include an elevating roof, please do not worry. Your camper can still be classed under the campervan insurance policy. Motorhome/campervan insurance specialists will class our conversions under the campervan policy, regardless of roof type.
Please also be aware that Motorhome/Campervan insurance specialists may not be listed across price comparison sites for vehicle (campervan) insurance. At Denby, upon purchase of your new campervan, we can provide you with our recommended list should you require it.
What to do if you’re unsure
We know everything there is to know about camper van conversions and will talk you through the requirements and understand your wants and needs to create a bespoke vehicle you’ll love! As well as our bespoke camper van conversion service, we also offer pre-converted, ready to drive away converted camper vans for sale, and you can browse our current selection here.
In the throes of winter, is there anything better than planning your summer holidays? Yes, it may be dark and dreary outside, but the sun will shine again. And when it does, you want to be ready.
So, if you’re chomping at the bit to get ahead of the game this blog will give you a heads up for the best caravan and camping sites by the sea in the UK.
South West England
Ayr Holiday Park
Cornwall is synonymous with camping, and it’s not hard to see why. St Ives is a popular seaside resort that’s won many Best UK Seaside Town awards over the years. Not only that, but it has a thriving culture with plenty to do for families, couples and lone travellers alike.
Ayr Holiday Park in St Ives is situated along 30 miles of stunning coastline, which instantly makes it a hit for beach lovers. It boasts pitches for tents, camper vans, and touring caravans, many of which feature awe-inspiring views across the bay and out onto the sea.
For families, Ayr Holiday Park also has an adventure-style playground, picnic tables, and a games room. As well as important facilities such as an amenities block and on-site launderette.
Located near Falmouth, Tregedna Farm offers campers 12 acres of lush green fields for their tents and tourers. As a family-run campsite, it’s the perfect location for families and couples to visit not least because of the vast amount of space for playing and exploring that it offers.
While you may not be as close to the sea at Tregedna Farm, you’re only a short while away. Just half a mile away you’ll find the beautiful Maenporth Beach, as well as The National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Pendennis Castle and a myriad of National Trust gardens and properties nearby.
In Peak Season, facilities include a shop, toilet blocks, showers, sinks, washing machines and tumble driers. Everything you need to have a great time!
Cliff House Holiday Park
Cliff House Holiday Park can be found on the breathtaking Suffolk Heritage Coast, and features direct beach access. It’s also surrounded by idyllic heathland and woodland that’s perfect for exploring on endless summer days.
Here everything goes. Tents, tourers, and campervans are more than welcome in the lush green surroundings of Cliff House Holiday Park, with 120 pitches available by the night.
What makes this location so stand-out is not only the beauty but the facilities on offer. Guests staying at Cliff House can enjoy tasty cuisine at the on-site bar and restaurant, while kids young and old are sure to enjoy the children’s playground and family room featuring TV and pool table!
Skysea Caravan & Camping Site
A beach-side caravan and camping site based on the South Gower Coast, Skysea is nothing short than picturesque. Boasting a magnificent fifteen acres of land flanked by cliffs and coastline, it’s the perfect spot to pitch up for your summer holidays.
One of the great things about this resort is that it’s super family-friendly. The site features two sanitary blocks, an outdoor wetsuit shower area, and family washrooms that are accessible to both wheelchairs and prams.
For beautiful scenic walks, the Wales Coastal Path can easily be reached from the site which offers breath-taking views of Swansea and Gower.
Serenity Camping can be found in the traditional seaside town of Hinderwell, which is located on the North Yorkshire coast near Whitby. As you can imagine from the name, this campsite is all about reconnecting with nature, unwinding and enjoying the simpler things in life.
A bit of a hidden gem, Serenity is open from 1st April until the end of October – although can’t accommodate motorhomes until mid May due to ground conditions. That being said, there’s so much to do and see it’s definitely not one to be missed.
On foot guests have access to a vast array of activities and entertainment. Less than a mile away there’s Runswick Bay and a whole host of coastal walks to choose from. Back at the village, there’s also two welcoming pubs, a chip shop, and a local butcher shop for those morning fry ups!
If you truly are looking to get away from the rat race in a far flung place, Sunart Camping is about as good as it gets without leaving the UK. Located on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula in the Scottish Highlands, it’s deliciously isolated and oh, so peaceful.
A family run (and family-friendly) campsite, it’s the perfect place to explore the surrounding areas, including the lochside village of Strontian just a short while away, and the Isles of Mull and Skye.
Home-from-home comforts are the order of the day here, with plenty of room for tents, caravans and campervans to stake their claim for a holiday. And the communal bothy, with comfy sofas and cosy wood burning stove, is a nice little sweetener too.
Are you planning your next campervan adventure? If so, where will you be exploring on the list? Have we missed anywhere super special? We’d love you to share with us your top picks for campervan holidays, particularly those by the sea. So, leave a comment down below or catch up with us on Facebook or Twitter.
Happy new year from the team at Denby Campervans!
We can’t wait to see what the new year, and the new decade, brings!
Moving into 2020, we’ll be forging ahead with even more bespoke conversions for customers. As well as converting our campervans for sale.
Where Will 2020 Take You?
Have you been considering a campervan conversion? Is 2020 going to be your year?
We hope so!
From our Denby Weekender to our Olympian Sportsmobile, we’ve got a whole load of tricks up our sleeve. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or you want to embark on your very own van life journey, our bespoke conversions have everything you need to live comfortably on the open road.
Denby Weekender Campervan Conversion
The Denby Weekender campervan conversion is compact and ready for anything. Perfect for those weekends where you want to hop in the van and leave the world behind, we offer a range of bespoke finishes and additional interior extras available to really make it your own.
The basic Denby Weekender conversion has everything you need for the open road, including hardwood ply floors covered with high grade vinyl, a full-width bed, LED lighting, a laminated table set and custom made curtains. Of course, this conversion can also be upgraded with the addition of new windows or high top roof!
Denby Balmoral Campervan Conversion
Give your van the royal treatment with the Denby Balmoral campervan conversion. Compatible with the Volkswagen T5 and T6 transporter models, it can be fitted to a whole range of other SWB or LWB vans, too.
This regal conversion typically includes a Rock & Roll bed, matching seats, elevating roof and roof bed, gas hob, sink, fridge/freezer, electric hook up, table and gas storage cupboard.
If you want to embark on a nomad lifestyle, the Balmoral is definitely a great place to start!
Denby Buckingham Conversion
Buckingham palace in campervan form? Well, if you say so! The Denby Buckingham campervan conversion is compatible with a wide variety of vehicles, making it a really versatile addition to any van.
It features two single beds, a rear kitchen and (the pièce de résistance) a flushing C200 toilet! Alongside this, vehicles are also fitted with a burner gas hob, under floor water tank, power management system, laminated table, and rear kitchen units and cupboards in a choice of finishes.
Campervan Conversions from Denby
If we do say so ourselves, there’s nothing quite like a Denby campervan conversion. Our team works tirelessly to ensure that each one is finished to the highest of standards with the customers vision in mind. And, of course, each of our standard packages can be chopped, changed, built on and customised with a huge range of optional extras.
So, is a campervan conversion on the cards for 2020? If so, contact us! We’re always happy to have a chat about conversions. And whether you’re looking for a bespoke conversion for your current van, or fancy a brand spanking new vehicle with the Denby treatment, we’ve got just the thing for you!