If you’re new to van life or are still thinking about getting a motorhome, RV or campervan you’re in the right place.
On this site we’ll share our van life knowledge and experience, telling you what we got right – and what we got wrong – from our travels in our old VW T4 Cree.
And if you’ve been a van-lifer for some time we’d love to invite you to share your wisdom. We’re all in this together…
Along with the many practical motorhome living tips in our free ebook – vital reading if you’re just starting out – we’re going to delve into the psychology and culture of van life by asking, “What’s it really all about?”
To our way of thinking, van life is about freedom and reclamation. Freedom from the 9 to 5, freedom from the system, and the reclamation…of your own life.
Being in a motorhome, camper or RV has to mean more than just driving to a site, pitching up and watching TV all evening… as if you were still back home!
It’s got to nourish your soul in some way! It’s got to make you feel more alive than anything else you do!
This is what van life means to us and if this resonates with you please read on…
Old van – ancient wisdom
Our slogan, ‘old van – ancient wisdom’ tries to encapsulate what we’re about.
You could think of van life as a call to adventure, as if your soul is yearning for something much richer than the mundanity of every-day life.
Every journey contains the seeds of ancient wisdom, as if the knowledge of the ancestors is calling you forth out of your comfort zones into unknown worlds.
So, we’ll look closely at how each adventure affects you mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
We want to help you not only get the most from your RV, motorhome or campervan on a practical level, but to also get the most from each adventure so that your soul feels re-awakened.
Motorhome adventures – journeys into freedom
We picked up our old VW T4 Autotrail motorhome for £6000 back in 2017. It was all we could afford at the time.
We’ve spent almost as much again getting her fixed up properly, but this is nothing compared to the cost of much newer motorhomes that are way out of reach of average folks like us. We simply didn’t have a spare £50K sitting in the bank!
One of the main points we hope to get across on this site and in our ebook is that motorhoming – and the freedom it brings – can be done on a budget!
There are plenty of good older vans out there, as we highlight in our vintage vans and motorhomes gallery.
Take a look for some inspiration!
Since getting our old van she’s taken us wild camping in England, Scotland and Wales and we’re looking forward to our first journey across the water to Ireland or France.
And when time is limited, we’re happy to visit places local to us on the Suffolk Coast, just as long as we’re out in the van. That’s all that matters!
The thing is that you enter into a relationship with your campervan. She’ll show you things.
It might seem a bit strange to anyone outside of van life, but we see our van as travel guide, teacher and guru, leading us to where we need to go and what we need to learn about life.
You’ll come to know what we mean, if you don’t already!
Download our free ebook and latest newsletter!
When you subscribe to our mailing list you’ll get our free ebook ‘Getting Started on the Freedom Trail – what your motorhome, campervan or RV manual probably won’t tell you‘ and our latest newsletter – exclusive to subscribers only.
The ebook is nearly 60 pages of van life hacks, hints and tips to help you get the most from your motorhome adventures and it includes vital information if you’re still in the process of looking for a van or are just starting out.
The ebook will help you…
- Decide what type of motorhome or campervan best suits your needs
- Look out for all the right things when viewing and test driving a motorhome
- Choose which van life essentials you’ll need before you hit the road
- Feel safer and more confident as a motorhome driver
- And learn from the mistakes we made!
So, whether you’re still considering getting a van, have just acquired one and feel like a newbie, or are an old hand at motorhoming, we’re sure you’ll enjoy reading it.
Would you like to try a motorhome before you buy?
If you’re really keen to get into van life but haven’t yet bought a van for yourself have you considered renting a motorhome or camper before you buy?
RV rental offers you the chance to hire a van for a few days to see if you like it, rather than diving in at the deep end and spending thousands on a motorhome. And, of course, renting an RV gives you the chance to have an incredible road trip adventure at the same time.
The thing is that you can hire a good-sized campervan for less than you think.
However – and this is the important bit – there are several things you need to know before you go ahead and hire an RV…
We’ll tell you all you need to ask a motorhome hire company before parting with your hard-earned cash.
Want some gear for your motorhome or campervan?
If you already have a van of your own you will, at some point, want to buy some accessories for it. We’ve bought a number of things over the last three years, from simple products costing just a few pounds, to more expensive items like solar panels.
So, whether it’s essentials you’re after before you hit the road or more expensive items like satnavs, we’ve got it all in our accessories shop.
And the good thing is, this is a family run business.
Hit the button below to find out what we’ve bought for our VW Cree and open up a world of possibilities for you and your beloved van! Give her the love and attention she needs!
Van life health and wellbeing
We’ve recently added a new section to our site that helps to address your emotional needs and mental health on the road. This is an area that has been overlooked for too long.
The thing is that more and more folks all over the world are living in vans – and it’s not always a bed of roses!
Just as with a more conventional lifestyle, van life has its own challenges and sometimes us van-lifers can feel run down, overwhelmed, or stressed out.
Van life health and wellbeing looks at some of the things you can do to maintain (or get back to) good mental health so you can enjoy being on the road even more.
Get in touch with the Motorhome Hobos!
We’re always adding more content to this site so make sure you subscribe and get your free ebook so that you don’t miss a thing.
As a subscriber you’ll be the first to know about new content and you’ll get exclusive stuff, not available to anyone else.
And if you have any questions or suggestions for new content you’d like to see on our site, please contact us. We welcome all enquiries and would love to hear of your van life adventures.
We’ll see you on The Freedom Trail!
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