I was not someone who ‘always wanted’ a campervan. I have enjoyed tent camping for many years. We have camped in a tiny two man tent, a slightly bigger two man dome tent and a medium sized 4 man family tent. So I do understand and wholly support the desire for campsites free of caravans and motorhomes. Recently there has been a surge in the use of bell tents and sites with yurts, I love this too.
I constantly fight the urge to buy a bell tent, I don’t need one because we have a campervan. We decided to buy a campervan because we love camping, we love being outdoors, we love campfires and we love the way that even one night away can seem like a mini holiday. When you have two young kids the stuff you need to take camping increases dramatically as does the energy required to retrieve all the required stuff out of the loft, pack it into the car, unload it other end and set it all up, then do it all again when you come home. This meant we were likely to camp only a couple times a year. Finally, it dawned on us that a campervan could solve our problems.
Getting the van (a mazda bongo) was an adventure in itself which I will relate another time, but when it finally arrived imagine my disappointment, as I eagerly started to research campsites, only to discover that a signifcant minority of the the type of campsite we love do not allow campervans. Usually it occurs at sites that ask that cars be parked away from the camping area, but please, campervans are unoffensive aren’t they? People who love to camp are being prevented from enjoying some of the best campsites. It’s campervan prejudice so come on, lets start a movement, be kind to campervans!