It was only last week I actually experienced life on the road in a Vintage VW Camper myself, and I did so with my mum for four days, as we explored the beauty that Cornwall (here in the UK) has to offer.
Feel free to hop on over and see what we got up to here.
With endless comments on how gorgeous Lilly (our camper) was, and also on how much of a bucket list adventure a VW roadtrip is to you all, I thought i’d give you more of an insight in to what life is actually like in a Vintage VW Camper!
Details of Lilly, our Vintage VW Camper
We hired Lilly from The Cornwall Camper Company down in… you guessed it, Cornwall. TCCC are based just 2 minutes from St. Austell Train Station so if you were to hop on the train to pick up your camper – it’s super easy OR you can obviously drive down.
Lilly is a revamped 1973 VW Camper which made her super unique and extremely fun to adventure in. But don’t get me wrong, technology and mechanics (or whatever you car people call it) has advanced a LOT in the last 43 years and so she did come with some difficulties.
Down at TCCC Ben, one of the owners, gave us a little driving lesson to learn the differences and to work out exactly how to control Lilly before she was left in our hands. Don’t worry though, within about 5-10 minutes you’re totally used to the
new old way of driving!
Within Lilly we were provided with pretty much everything we needed for our adventure barre: food, clothes, toiletries and cameras (obviously want one of those).
Our Lilly came equipt with:
A stove, water pump, refrigerator, pans, pots, a kettle, cutlery, utensils, a free bottle of gas, a fold out bed for two, a table, 2 deck chairs, a 2 man tent (just incase), sleeping bags, pillows, bed sheets, aux in cable and all the cables you need to hook up on the campsites.
The Best Things About Life In A Vintage VW Camper?
The Downsides To Life In A Vintage VW Camper?
Our Funniest Memory?
Tips + Tricks when hiring a VW Camper?
– Bring a towels to lay across the driving seats.
Our trip landed on an English heatwave (you don’t have to worry about this happening often) and it got pretty sweaty when driving. Bringing a towel, or similar, will save your flesh sticking to the seats (you know the feeling).
– Allow for additional time driving
Simply leave extra time to what time Google predicts the journey will take.
– Going uphill is hilarious
Just embrace it, laughing is the only way through (and capturing it on camera).
– Face the door to the sunrise when you pitch up
This will ensure you have the driest section of ground when you step out of the door and will avoid dirty feet or wet feet entering the van..
– Bring a mat/towel for the floor
When it’s dewey in the morning (it sometimes cannot be avoided) lay this down in the kitchen area to avoid slipping / getting everything wet and dirty.
– Bring a Sat Nav or Map
You’ll need it!
– Make sure you like the person you’re going with
It gets pretty cosy sleeping in the back of the Camper!
– Bring your best dose of patience!
Whether it’s the knob falling of the gear stick, the traffic piling up behind you or the inability to keep up with the BMW in front – these VW Campers are most certainly a patience test 😀
Still down for a VW Camper adventure?
YOU WON’T REGRET IT 🙂
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Love as always + happy adventuring