How do I winterize my RV?

There are several things you must do to your van before the cold of winter sets in, otherwise troubles may ensue. There might be cracked water pipes (caused by frost), condensation and damp problems, lack of solar energy (with fewer daylight hours), and if you’re travelling in Europe there are additional winter driving laws you READ THE FULL STORY…

Are VW campervans worth the money?

The classic VW campervans first rolled off the production lines way back in 1950. They proved popular right from the off and more than 70 years on, their appeal is still enormous. The early ‘splitty’s’ sell for crazy money. Later models in top condition still sell for in excess of £20,000. And you’d have to pay READ THE FULL STORY…

How long does it take to convert a van?

Buying a panel van then converting it into a campervan has become more popular over the last few years. Although many van-lifers do convert their own vans, there are specialist companies who can do it for you but these, as you can imagine, are expensive. You can buy yourself a van then spend as much again READ THE FULL STORY…

Which is the best campsite club to join?

In the UK the big two campsite clubs are the Caravan and Motorhome Club and the Camping and Caravanning Club. We’ve been members of both and slightly prefer the former, though there’s not much difference between them. They both have large campsites (some with over 100 pitches) and smaller 5-pitch sites (the types we prefer READ THE FULL STORY…

Is van life as good as it looks on Instagram?

Quick answer: NO! On Instagram van life is depicted as some sort of utopia: sunny skies, stunning scenery, peace and tranquillity, amazing road trip adventures. It all looks so incredible. Don’t get us wrong – van life can be like this. Indeed, it often is, but there is a darker side to van life that’s READ THE FULL STORY…

How can I keep my motorhome safe and secure?

Unless you’re able to keep your motorhome on your own driveway, we feel it’s most secure kept at a registered motorhome/caravan storage yard. Such places have locked security gates and CCTV cameras. We keep our van at one when we’re not away on road trips. But if you park your RV at home or out READ THE FULL STORY…

How can I earn money as a van-lifer?

We’re only part-time vanlifers so we’re going to answer this question with what our friends and some of our newsletter subscribers tell us. It seems that yes, you certainly can earn money if you live full time in your RV. We know motorhomers who look after campsites (as wardens) throughout the year, spending a few READ THE FULL STORY…

Is wild camping in a motorhome illegal?

Wild camping in a motorhome has become a contentious issue since the pandemic, not helped by the law which is far from easy to understand. Suffice to say that in the UK wild camping is more tolerated in some areas than it is in others. For example, Scotland has a more relaxed attitude about wild READ THE FULL STORY…

What equipment do I need in a motorhome?

There are basic items you’ll need in your RV, especially before going on longer road trips. Indeed, some of these are essential. There are basic safety items such as… High-viz jackets in case of breakdowns Fire extinguisher and blanket (most new vans will have these as standard) Smoke detector Carbon monoxide detector A well-stocked first READ THE FULL STORY…

What is a habitation check?

A habitation check (often shortened to ‘hab check’) is usually carried out yearly by someone qualified to do so. They check for damp in the motorhome, as well as making sure the appliances are safe to use (such as the gas appliances like the oven, fridge and heater). You don’t want gas spewing into your READ THE FULL STORY…