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
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
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!
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EN – One of the fundamental things for me in choosing a van is to have enough openings ! I can’t stand to be locked up, especially in a small space 😐 And you ? Team openings or Team safe ? . . FR – Une des choses fondamentales pour moi dans le choix d’un van c’est d’avoir suffisamment d’ouvertures ! Je ne supporte pas d’être enfermé, surtout dans un espace aussi petit 😐 Et vous ? Team ouvertures ou Team coffre fort ? 😄 . . . #vanlife #fiat238 #vanlifediaries #vanlifeideas #camperlifestyle #fiatclub #adventuremobile #natureaddict #vanlifestyle #vanlifeexplorers #vaninterior #vansoldskool #vanconversion
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!
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There's something just so satisfying about homemade cooking in camper – opening the doors & windows & taking in the views. We love #CampervanCooking, & we want to share a few tips from our time on the road https://bit.ly/2PqxiaW #Volkswagen #VW #VWLove #VeeDub #CampervanLife #CampervanRoofs #CampervanConversions #VanLife #VanLifeDiaries #StandByYourVan #DoItLikeDenby #DenbyCampervan
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!
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.
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!]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Campervans. Speak 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.
Camping has always been a huge part of my life growing up! Most school holidays we’d pack the car and go camping for the week or a weekend. Come rain or shine we’d head out into the outdoors, sitting, chatting and enjoying our time under the stars!
I have always enjoyed camping and now I get the opportunity, as my mum and dad with me to take the kids. Although we camped in a tent – nowadays the family loves piling into our Volkswagen campervan. A great runner, reliable and comfortable our camper eats up the miles on the motorway, but its not all plain sailing.
The first and probably the most common question we get asked is: “how do you all fit?” and I won’t lie it can be tough, but with planning and years of experience, it’s a piece of cake.
So here is an insight into the camping adventures we go on in our Volkswagen campervan and our guide to campervanning with kids to keep them entertained and ready for the great outdoors. As we want you can experience the same thrill we get when we head out with the kids.
How to get the Best out of your Volkswagen Campervan
Campervanning with the kids sounds idyllic but it requires a lot of planning before you set off. Everyone always talks about the scenic views and wonderful places you visit. However, there are a lot of dull motorways and traffic jams in between.
There’s so much to love about camping in a Volkswagen Campervan with the kids. So here are a few tips we’ve learnt along the way to keep spirits and morale high on the road.
It comes to no surprise that space in our Volkswagen campervan can be tight, but it all depends on how clever you are when you’re packing. A long trip with a full camper can be tricky so, minimal packing is key! I’m guilty of overpacking and I’ve made that mistake so take it from me you don’t need 4 pairs of shoes.
Some of the clothes you pack will depend on where you’re going but it’s safe to say if you’re camping in the UK, you’ll need waterproofs and all-weather clothing! So, assuming you are camping in the UK, the essentials are; a raincoat or all-weather clothing, wellies, walking boots, shorts, jeans and a warm jumper.
Another tip is to pack a washing line and washing tablets – and we take every opportunity to do a bit of laundry.
Plan where you’re going to Stay
There are hundreds of campsites across the UK and Europe with fun activities for kids and they are key for a pleasant trip. If there isn’t anything for the kids to do in and around the campsite it can be difficult to keep a smile on their faces. Amenities such as a swimming pool, parks, games rooms, sports facilities are not only fun for you and the kids but a great chance for them to make friends.
Know the Area
Camping is all about exploring new places and getting out and about on foot. If you need to drive 30 minutes or so to the nearest attraction it defeats the point a little. Not only that if you’ve spent time setting up your little campsite as your home from home, with lights, awning, pop up table etc and then have to pack it all away every time you head out, but you’re also wasting valuable holiday time.
This jumps on the previous point but a little bit of prior planning and researching the campsite and the local area means you’ll know all the nearest spots for a coffee, ice cream, activities, attractions and more without tearing down your camp.
Keeping the Kids Entertained
As much as camping is a perfect opportunity to break away from technology, that doesn’t mean you have to go completely off the grid. Kids are still kids at the end of the day and a little bit of technology in the downtime doesn’t hurt. We like to pack an ‘entertainment box’, which we like to fill with games, books, toys and so on. If the weather takes a turn and you’re stuck in your campervan a bit of tech can be a lifesaver.
Must pack Items
As we’ve mentioned space is limited in a Volkswagen campervan and clever packing is pivotal. One thing we learnt on the road is to pack pop up tent. You’re probably wondering why we need a tent in a campervan?
A pop-up tent is a perfect home for bulky items that to de-clutter the van when you’re parked up. Items such as car seats, pushchairs, bikes/ scooters, foldable chairs, sports gear, dirty washing, muddy wellies or wet clothes can all be safely stored inside the tent.
The best tip we can give is, make it fun, enjoyable and memorable. Start by limiting your journey times. Short journeys make it less stressful for the driver and the kids appreciate smaller journeys.
Secondly, make it flexible. Home life is often a routine with set bedtimes, mealtimes or curfews. Camping is all about being flexible, fun and embracing the freedom of the great outdoors. We’re not saying you should abandon all the rules and turn camping into a Lord of the Flies’ experience, but a couple of late nights under the stars isn’t the end of the world.
You’re on holiday and you’re out to make memories so make the most out of your valuable time with your family – and let a Volkswagen campervan be the vehicle to help!
Discover all the Wonderful Qualities a Volkswagen Campervan has
We love campervanning with our kids! It takes me back to my childhood days and its brilliant chance to see the world, experiencing the cultures of the area you are in whilst escaping modern comforts at home!
If you’d like to know more about our Volkswagen campervans and customising them for a weekend or week away with the kids, please speak to Denby Campervans. Whether you’re seeing more of Britain or heading into Europe – our T5 & T6 VW campervans have helped countless families make lasting memories that have brought them together.
We love sharing our customer’s stories so if you’ve purchased one of our campervans and have lots pictures of your adventure – please share them with us and we’ll publish them all over our social media pages.
We have recently written a blog on the packing essentials for a campervan. So, if you feel like this has helped you with your next trip why not take a look at that one too.
Life on the road doesn’t mean you can’t live a healthy lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong I love a pub lunch as much as the next camper – but having one every night can become a bit tiresome. Travelling gives you the perfect opportunity to try new recipes and ingredients! Whether you want to try your hand at the local dish or looking to experiment with something new – if there is a kitchen you can make anything. A Denby VW Campervan comes with a fully equipped kitchen, so there is no excuse to not give it ago. Cooking gives you personal satisfaction at seeing your creation come to life and if you add that to the scenic surroundings of your campsite it’s even better. Here are a few quick and easy recipes to try when on the road.
Try these Simple Recipes in Your VW Campervan
Start the day with a healthy breakfast – the perfect fuel for a day exploring. These breakfast burritos pack a little punch to wake you up and get you raring to go.
- Tsp Olive Oil
- Half Red Onion
- 1 Pepper
- 1 can of Black Beans (Drained and rinsed)
- 6 eggs
- Half a cup of grated cheese
- 2 tortillas
- Sour cream
- 1 Tomato (diced)
- 1 Avocado
- Heat half the oil in a frying pan on a medium heat – Throw in the onions and peppers and cook until soft (7 minutes). Add the black beans and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and place in a separate dish for now.
- Whisk the eggs and throw in the cheese and mix. Heat the remaining oil in the frying pan and scramble the eggs until cooked. Spread the salsa and sour cream into the tortillas and top with the eggs, beans/ peppers/ onion mix and the chopped avocado.
- Roll the tortillas into a burrito and get stuck in! For extra flavour add a few chilli flakes or serve with Chipotle or Tabasco sauce.
Classic and simple Chili con carne – packed full of flavour and can be cooked in less than half an hour. Ideal as a quick lunch or dinner after a day out – there may even be enough for leftovers.
- Tsp Olive Oil
- 750g Beef Mince
- 2 Onions (Diced)
- 2 Peppers (Diced)
- 3 Garlic Cloves (Crushed or diced)
- 1 Red Chilli (Chopped & de-seeded for a milder taste)
- 2 tbsp Chilli Powder
- 1 Can of Chopped Tomatoes
- 400g can of Kidney Beans
- Topping choices – Rice, Jalapeno, Sour Cream, Coriander, Cheese, Salsa, Tortilla Chips.
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. When hot add the mince and break up and stir until brown. Add and mix in the peppers, onions, garlic, chilli and cook for a further 5 minutes, then add the chilli powder.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and bring to boil and then reduce to a medium/ low heat. Simmer until sauce is nice and thick.
- Add the beans and increase the heat back to medium. Then serve with the toppings of your choice.
The ultimate camper and VW campervan meal whether you’re an inexperienced chef or a master. Who doesn’t love a bit of pasta? – so a recipe guide wouldn’t be complete without this much-loved classic.
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Chicken Breasts, (Sliced into strips)
- 2 tbsp Garlic, (Chopped)
- Salt and Pepper
- 3/4 cup thick Cream
- Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1/4 cup Pesto
- Penne pasta (Cook before you start)
- Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
- Fresh Basil, (Chopped)
- Heat the oil in a pan over high heat. Add the garlic, chicken, salt and pepper. Cook the chicken until there is no pink. Then stir in the thick cream, parmesan and pesto until combined. Bring the mixture to boil and cook until the sauce has reduced.
- Add the pasta and cherry tomatoes, stirring until everything is evenly mixed
- Add any remaining parmesan and basil on top to serve.
Speak to Denby for more Advice about a VW Campervan
If you’re ready to start a life on the road, cooking in plenty of wonderful places and trying local recipes. You need a vehicle to get you there. That’s where one of Denby’s VW Campervans comes in! Our VW Campers when fitted with a Balmoral conversion package come with a fully functioning kitchen unit – perfect for any of the recipes listed above.
If you’d like to know more about our VW Campervans for sale or the finance packages available, please speak to a member of the Denby team today. We’ll point you in the right direction of the perfect vehicle based on your criteria.
VW Campervans are our life! We love these versatile, functional and stylish vehicles as they offer so many benefits to budding travellers and adventurers. The beauty of a campervan is that you can make it your own. You decide the make, model, colour, fittings, accessories and more. Not only that – you pick the destination. Campervans can take you to beaches, forests, mountains cities or towns. Whatever and wherever you want to go, they’ll get you there.
Just a few of Many Reasons we LOVE VW Campervans
Each of us has our own reasons for adoring these amazing vehicles, we’ve asked around and here are our top answers to ‘why do you love campervans?’
Freedom and spontaneity
Possibly the number one answer for most people but campervans are the ultimate tools in going wherever and whenever you want to go. Pick a place, pack your bags and off you go. It’s as simple as that.
Tying in with point one, but a campervan is perfect for packing up and heading out for the day. Whether it’s the seaside, hills or parks. You can be out there enjoying an adventure for the day in moments.
No more hotel nightmares
We’ve all been there, spending hours looking for review sites of hotels wondering what it will be like when you arrive. Your campervan is both a hotel and transport rolled into one – so you’re in no doubt about the quality of your accommodation.
Comfort and convenient
Camping is freedom of the great outdoors at its absolute best, but tents aren’t for everybody. Personally, we prefer not to wrestle with a ground sheet or tent in unpredictable weather conditions. We much prefer to arrive, park up and make the bed in no more 15minutes. It’s a no brainer really. Not only that but a double rock and roll bed over a thin foamy sleeping matt. I know which I’d pick.
Doors open cooker on
One of my personal favourite aspects of a campervan is the idea of parking up somewhere scenic and enjoying delicious home cooked meal – immersed in your surroundings. The washing up I don’t enjoy as much.
Solo, duo, family
Campervan adventures can be enjoyed whether flying solo, a partner or with the kids. Not to show my age, but kids these days are stuck to their gadgets and gizmos. Campervans are a great chance to break away from the glowing screens and enjoy quality time outdoors and with family.
VW Campervans are Just Cool… End of
VW Campervans are just cool and that’s a fact, the original VW T1 is arguably one of the most iconic and coolest vehicles going (we might be a little bias there). The shape may have changed over the years, but the badge and values remain the same.
At Denby Campervans, we specialise the sale of new and used VW campervans, particularly the stylish VW T6 model and the equally impressive VW T5. Based in Leek, Staffordshire, we’ve been helping customers for many years to find the perfect vehicle to take them on the adventures and road trips they’ve always dreamed of.
Our Denby campervans are built with an eye for detail, quality materials, expert craftsmanship, but most importantly, with you in mind. Our aim is to make your VW campervan unique to your requirements and specifications. Whether you’re a thrill-seeking adventurer or looking for something understated – speak to Denby Campervans today. And we’ll work together to great the perfect campervan.
Holidays are all about getting away and de-stressing yourself from day to day life! So why does the planning and packing a for holiday stress you out more? It always feels like there a gazillion things to do before you set off on an adventure in a Volkswagen campervan holiday. Do you go back and forth of whether you’ll need certain items or not? Well, you’re not alone, we’ve spent (wasted) numerous evenings fretting over what to pack.
As we discussed in a previous blog, one of the big campervanning mistakes is to overpack – so we thought we’d bring a comprehensive list of must-pack items for the perfect campervanning holiday.
Volkswagen Campervan Checklist
Setting and planning out a list of everything you’ll need helps take the pressure off by getting organised early. Plus, you can check off as you go. The earlier you start to plan the easier the job will be closer to the time of your well-earned holiday. Depending on where you’re going or how long you’re going for will mean you’re packing checklist will differ from the next campervanner. So, we’re tailoring our list to the must-have Volkswagen campervan essentials.
Your Volkswagen campervan is going to be your home for the duration of your holiday, and it can only hold so much gear. So before packing anything, think, is there a lighter or small version? One of our top tips before setting off is after you’ve packed anything into your camper, make sure it is either locked away or packed away to make sure the contents don’t fly about your campervan when on the road.
To make things a little easier to follow we’re breaking down the checklist into sections and categories.
- Mats for wiping your feet
- Container for shoes
- Washing up materials (sponges, washing up liquid, tea towels)
- Surface cleaner
- Bin liners
- Mini vacuum (dustbuster)
- Bag for dirty washing
- Clothesline, pegs and washing powder
- Bag for life
- Kitchen utensils (cutlery, tongs, peeler, chopping board, kitchen knives)
- Storage containers
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer
- Bath towel
- Leisure items (games, cards, sports equipment)
- Reading materials
- Fold away chairs
- Clothes for all weather types (raincoats to sun hats)
- First aid kit
Tools and Spares
- Old rag (checking the oil or campervan maintenance)
- Penknife or Stanley knife
- Travel tool kit
- Puncture repair
- Tyre pressure monitor
- Cable ties
- Torch/ lamps
- Camera memory card (if needed)
These are merely our personal preference essentials, and you think we’ve missed anything, let us know on our social media pages.
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This may seem like a lot to pack but if you pack smart there will be room for so much more including your own personal items that we may have missed off our list. If you’re thinking about a Volkswagen campervan ort going on a camper holiday, speak to Denby for campervan conversions. We specialise the T5 and T6 Transporter models – customising them to our customers specific and individual requirements.
Come and see Denby Campervans at our new showroom in Leek for more information and the many benefits a Volkswagen campervan. They are more than a camper they are a lifestyle!
Sitting down for a well-earned meal after a day driving or exploring is one of the many perks of campervanning. There’s something just so satisfying about homemade cooking at your stop – opening the doors and windows and taking in the views. Meal times are a great chance to swapping stories, plan your next stop and enjoy each other’s company.
To some, when they think of campsite cooking, their first thought is of the painful memories of the scouts or guides eating beans from a tin, or bland stew. So, we’re here to tell you that just isn’t true. With a Denby Volkswagen Campervan, you’ll get a fully equipped kitchen and eating area – so you can enjoy your mealtime in luxurious comfort and style.
We love campervan cooking, and we want to share a few tips and tricks from our time on the road. That we hope will help you with your cooking!
Volkswagen Campervan Cooking: Our Tips
At Denby, we specialise in campervans and campervan conversions. Cooking is a big part of the camping experience. So, we have put together a helpful guide to cooking and living in a Volkswagen campervan.
When we say sensibly it has multilayers. To start, stock up on non-perishable items with long shelf lives, these will last you the entire journey and are great for a midtrip snack or meal.
Secondly, supermarkets are much cheaper than a corner shop, so take full advantage of their savings and multipacks. You’ll pick up fresh food at a good price meaning it’s a win-win on both savings and taste. Although don’t overstock and get carried away – we’ve all done it.
Store Food Properly
Once you’re stocked up with food, be mindful of how your store it. The last thing you want is ants or worse mice. Tupperware is your best friend for items such as cereal, rice, pasta and so on. These magical food storage boxes will not only keep pests away, but they’ll also keep your food fresh and easier to store/stack.
Clean Up ASAP
This could be one of the most useful tips we could give, but don’t leave your dishes dirty. Washing up is by far and away from the most irritating part of cooking and it is so easy to just say I’ll do it tomorrow – but trust us you’ll regret it.
Water is limited so you need to be smart with the washing up. When the pan is still hot, add water and washing up liquid immediately, sparing minimal effort to clean up. This could save you hours excess scrubbing and water when your food has hardened.
For example, porridge turns to cement when left too long and you’ll spend water and energy scrubbing.
An extra tip which ties in with cleaning up is – be mindful what you put down the sink. The odd bit of veg or egg is nothing to worry about, but large chunks will not only clog the drains but stink out the van. Our tip: buy a basin.
You Cook Where you Sleep
This is one we learnt the hard way but now we can pass it on to other campers so that you don’t make the same mistake. Think before cooking in a campervan, a curry is a nice smell to wake up to… salmon not so much.
Smells cling to the furnishing and upholstery! So, be aware if you make a smelly meal, it may be in the van for a few days.
Remember you are Part of a Community
Camping is a shared experience with you and other holidaymakers. If your holiday is coming to an end or you’re packing up for a long journey and you’ve got perishables such as meat, veg or cheese that won’t last the trip. Offer them out to campers in the area – and hopefully, somewhere down the road, you’ll be repaid in kind.
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A Volkswagen campervan is not only the perfect vehicle for a season of adventure! but a Michelin star kitchen and 5-star hotel all rolled into one!
We hope we’ve provided you with a few tips and tricks that you can put into practice. The best recipes we’ve come across during our time are one pan recipe – quick, simple and tasty.
If you’d like to know more about our T5/ T6 campervans and Volkswagen campervan conversions, speak to Denby today. We’re based in Leek and have a fully stocked showroom with a plethora of high-quality converted campervans. If you can’t find a camper in our stock, we regularly source vehicles as per our customer’s requests or requirements.