a camper van is not just for shows

Although there are a myriad of Volkswagen shows dotted all over the place here in the UK and Europe, the humble VW camper vans life is not just one all about the glamour of show and shine! These classic campers are actually incredibly versatile and practical vehicles. They are no ‘one trick pony’ just for the more obvious camping holidays or trips to the coast, all part of the seductive ‘living the dream’ image that the iconic vintage VW camper encapsulates. Sometimes they need to just roll up their metaphorical sleeves and get stuck in with a bit of hard graft!

a mobile room with a view at Bexhill beach
a mobile room with a view at Bexhill beach

So after a happy honeymoon of road trips, car shows and days at the beach, my camper was forced to show a more rugged and practical side to its nature! Recently we had the dubious joys of moving house, and because we had a few days grace to when the actual move could take place, we decided we should move things over in stages over a few days. Enter my trusty camper van. It’s no ‘show queen’, it’s a much-loved, used and enjoyed camper, but now it was time to do some work.

Because of it’s somewhat unique shape and ingenious use of internal space (a big box on wheels!), it’s easy to forget just how big an internal volume it actually has! Slowly, but surely, load after load, we made a number of return trips dropping stuff off at the new place, charity shops and even the local dump. It was amazing what we could actually fit in.

a dishwasher might be a bit too much for a camping trip!?
a dishwasher might be a bit too much for a camping trip!?

Initially we thought that there were a couple of very tall, and fairly large Ikea bookshelves which we assumed were just not going to fit, but even with these, we were wrong! Open the rear hatch and you could simply slide them in over the rear seats, simple. In the end, nothing actually proved to be too big to fit inside and before you knew it, we had actually moved the entire contents of our old 5 bed house into the new place! To be honest, I was quite amazed at how well it had all worked out in the end. Retro removals anyone?

After all the hard work of moving, the ‘camper’ had certainly earned it’s keep! However, with all the stress and hassle of moving, it was really nice to get back to using the camper for more pleasurable pursuits, like going to the beach for a relaxing swim on a hot summers day – pure bliss!

a beautiful sunny day by the beach at St Leonards-on-Sea…
a beautiful sunny day by the beach at St Leonards-on-Sea…

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