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Converted Cars, Campervans and Motorhomes - Everything you need to know

So, you’re planning your next big adventure, maybe it’s a staycation to Cornwall or a longer trip to France. The key thing is wherever you decide to travel you’ll need to decide on a suitable transport. Ferry rides, plane journeys the list can go on and on, however, have you ever thought of driving yourself and having everything you’ll need with you? With no need to book hotels or hostels.

Well welcome to the world of converted cars, campervans and motorhomes. It’s a thriving industry that's becoming more popular by the day. It’s a cheaper way to travel and is super convenient as you have everything with you. Here’s my guide to help you navigate and understand your options…

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Converted Cars

A great DIY project that is relatively cheap, the larger the better is the ideal when choosing what base vehicle is best for you. This is going to become your temporary tiny home- so perhaps a larger car or even a van is your best option. Comfort is key but it’s all about practicality so minimalism might be the best route to take. You also need to decide what layout you want and how this will work with the functionality of your car; your ‘sofas’ and ‘beds’ are probably best to be a 2 in 1 situation. More ideal for staycations or for the odd night’s stay whilst travelling, this handy home on wheels will certainly come into great use.

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Campervans

A bigger and more robust option than a converted car, a campervan is a pre-made vehicle that provides both accommodation and transport. This self-contained home usually includes a small kitchen, beds/sofa space as well as basic facilities for washing. Generally, these homes have no divide between the living quarters and the cab but nonetheless, it has everything you need inside it and is purpose-built. Campervans are much easier to travel around in than the traditional caravan as no towing is necessary- it’s all in one. It’s also much more fuel-efficient than the larger motorhome due to the size difference, this also makes it much easier to store when you’re not using it. From the classic VW to a more modern build there are options for every taste and preference.

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Motorhomes

The king of the travelling homes, the motorhome truly is the crème de le crème. With separate living quarters and a proper dining space, this is at the luxury end of the scale. Although these are pricier than the campervan or converted car, you certainly get what you pay for. From the Winnebago to the Fleetwood Bounder there’s plenty of options to ensure your motorhome is exactly what you’re looking for. It literally will become your home on wheels! No need to move things about to get to your beds, or no compromising in what you can bring or have, the motorhome has it all; your usual kitchen appliances that you have at home will be there, as well as a full-sized sink to help with the washing up! Unlike the smaller options, the motorhome has its own electric shower and fully working toilet, so much cleaner and convenient than the campsite’s alternatives!

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Now you know what type of camper you're looking for, check out our destinations pages for inspiration and ideas for your next epic road trip!

Author: Millie Yeoman - 17th January 2020
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