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Buying a VW Campervan

I’ll never forget when I bought my first campervan.  It was one of the best decisions I ever made.  In this blog, we’ll help you do the homework so you ensure you get the right van for you.

1) How are you going to use your camper?

Will it be occasional trips with the odd overnight stay or is solely for camping and trips away? Or are you going to use your camper van more for day to day transport?

If it’s a campervan you want to use as a day to day vehicle, you want to think about the comfort issues.  VW offer three variants Startline, Trendline and Highline.  Startline is the most basic van. The Highline is the most luxurious.  If you’re going to be spending a lot of time driving your van, you might appreciate a more car-like ride or considering fitting Sportline suspension for greater comfort.

If it’s occasional use and you are going to be using campsites you might not need to consider fitting toilet or hot water facilities.  You still should consider fitting a leisure battery to the vehicle.  If you are planning to go off campsites or wild camp, a solar panel helps keep the leisure battery topped up when you have no access to power.  So if you go to a festival you can keep your fridge going.

If you will be camping regularly and for long periods, you should consider fitting an awning and privacy room to provide extra space.

2) Are you going to be using your van all year round?

Blown air heating extends the season for camping because you can stay warm and toasty in your van.  Great news when winter seems to drag on for ever.  Whilst it is an expensive addition to a conversion you will potentially benefit from greater usage throughout the year.

3) Are you looking to convert or buy a ready made van?

There are many choices for any VW lover looking to buy a van.  You could choose from VW, their California.  Secondly you could buy a van from a convertor. Or if you are looking to go bespoke you could commission your own conversion.  All of these have advantages. It all depends you want to customise your van to your own requirements and how much  budget you have.

4) Try before you buy

Unfortunately VW campervans are expensive but that’s because they are so popular and hold their value so well.  It’s important to do your research.  A good way to do this would be to rent a few vans with different configurations to see what works best for you.

Moovans have been helping many customers “try before you buy” so that they get the right van for them.  We’re real van geeks so get in touch if you are planning your own campervan adventure.


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