- July 18, 2011 at 8:56 am #106013MSParticipant
I have just joined the forum and can see there are some seasoned campervanners out there so hoping to draw on your knowledge and experience!
I was brought up with VW campervans but that was a long time ago! Now looking to get my own van (doesn’t have to be a VW) for weekend breaks with my man and/or my 7 year-old son and hopefully longer trips during the school hols once I get into the swing of it.
Will sadly have to part with my wonderful ’93 Mercedes estate when I do buy – so I’m used to a good drive! This means the van will be my sole vehicle – and will be parked on the roadside (UK).
A friend has recommended I get a pop-top for convenience of parking etc I presume. However I am also seduced by the idea of having a loo and even a shower on board! But clearly I don’t want to go too big. I’ll also need two rear passenger seats with proper three-point safety belts (or the ability to fit them) so I can carry people in the same way I would with my car. I don’t use my car that much actually, but enjoy the convenience and thought I’d get a lot more out of having a camper.
I’d welcome opinions on:
1: Pop-top versus high-top?
2: Van types to look at – I’d like something practical, reliable and fairly easy to maintain as I won’t have knowledge/time for mechanics, though I don’t mind smartening up the interior a bit.
3: When to buy – I don’t want to rush into something and thought I’d buy off-season when prices may not be hiked, but that’s no good if nobody sells their van at that time!
Oh, lastly, I don’t have a big budget!
I really welcome all advice and am excited about my search.
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