Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Calling all campers. Let's get this show back on the road.


Hello! How are you all? Getting ready for the new season of camper van adventures, fun and frolics in the sun? I hope so. This winter seemed to go on forever. It didn't stop us from camping though. We've been testing motorhomes and camper vans for MMM Magazine for a new series of articles that comes out very soon. In November we camped on the Lizard Peninsula then, in February, we took a trip to the Isle of Purbeck. At Easter we headed for the Lakes and North Wales. It's been really interesting to sleep in and experience some other vehicles and has really opened up our eyes to how the other half live. Some of you really are enjoying a world of luxury previously unknown to Mrs D (trooper that she is).

She's a changed woman. And that could prove costly.

The experience has also been really useful for my next book project, which I have just started. It is provisionally entitled 'The Camper Van Bible' and, as the name suggests, will cover all things camper van - and things about all camper vans that we haven't already done with my first two books. We'll look at some of the more practical aspects of campers, what to think about if you're buying, where to camp if you're camping and - as you'd expect - a bunch of recipes for cooking up on the BBQ, your two ringed stove or over a camp fire.

Of course my old Type 2 will feature heavily, but we'll also look at other four wheeled camping options on the premise that 'it doesn't matter what you drive, it's getting out there that's important'.

Amen to that.

On that basis then I need to ask you for your help. I shall be looking for campers, micro campers, stealth campers, VWs and classics to photograph for the project. I don't care if it's a split or a T5, a Mazda Bongo or an old Bedford rascal, an eighties A Class or a Karmann Gypsy. I don't even care if it's shiny or ratted, lowered or ready for an off road adventure. If it's interesting, you can sleep in it, has got a story to tell and a place in the camper van story, then I want to know about it.

We'll be arranging a day or two in a photographic studio (a big one) later in the summer to get beautiful shots of as many interesting and varied campers as we can. And I hope that some of you will be able and willing to pop down (location TBC) so I can photograph your vehicle (and you).

I am very, very excited about the whole project and can't wait to get camping, cooking and clicking.

Let's get this show back on the road!

Leave me a comment below or email me at hello at copymonkey.biz

Thanks.





17 comments:

  1. Sounds a great idea , let us know when you're thinking of doing it....You should stage it some where in Wales..:-)....Anglesey??

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  2. Happy to help! Anglesey would be a great shout...

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  3. Any chnace this could be near the scottish borders? :)

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  4. Let me know if you want to add a Brazilian to your photo shoot. www.c13mpr.com

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  5. I don't know if my previous comment & suggestions published or not.. of not here it is again...
    Jane's book 'my cool campervan' - this company http://www.inspiredcamping.com/camping-in-cornwall-in-a-british-made-retro-campervan/ and my own green bean... a VW Westfalia hightop 4 berth. A couple of other thoughts too.. The Beer Moth in Scotland - it was a military fire truck, now turned camper and the Big Green Bus - now a fixed location camper near Brighton - Hope it helps. Sarah :)

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  6. We have a VW T4 Trident Autosleeper 1996 if your interested

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  7. Yeah camping is something which even excites me today. When we were kids our Dad used to hire a RV from a local campervan hire Australia firm and then we used to camp for couple of weeks. It was really awesome and I miss that time so much!

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  8. Hi. We're awaiting the arrival of our first camper. A brazibay from Danbury. A beautiful van we've called Nev. if you would like a newbie view we will be in bude the week of the 18th July ( visiting the in laws who live there)

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  9. We've been without a van for a couple of months and I really miss it - but all being well we'll be picking up the new one next week and making up for lost time.

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  10. I have both of your books and I constantly have them beside my bed or with me in the bath for a bit of escapism. I will look forward to your next tome! After being inspired by you and the TV series we bought a big black LWB 2012 T5 (called Denzel because he is big, black and very handsome - just like Denzel Washington) that we had converted by a local company. We love the look of the vintage but we are no spring chickens and we wanted a bit of reliability and comfortable driving so it was a compromise - and we love it!

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  11. I love the freedom my campervan gives me. I've got a Berlingo that I converted a couple of years ago and when anyone sees it from the outside they see a little white van and assume it's a builder's van. It looks nothing like a builder's van on the inside! Because it looks so nondescript I can park up pretty much anywhere and no-one suspects a thing.

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  12. Hi - have just spoken to Dan Abbotts (I'm the HT at his son's school in Leam) thank you for the signed book from the weekend.
    Will be in Bude with 'Nev' week of the 18th July. Just been rewatching your series so all good.

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  13. We have recently taken on a 1978 Dormobile conversion VW T2. Dormobile are important in the history of camper vans, being almost synonymous with camper vans in the UK in the 1960's and 1970's. They spotted that people who used a van for work could, with the right kit, use the same van for taking their families on holiday. The Dormobile pop-top with its windows is perhaps one of the best designs of pop-top, even available on Devon vans for a while.

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  14. Found your blog looking for anything useful prior to a hoped for (health - mine and camper - allowing) 4,000+ mile trip to and around Romania July/August. 'Lofty' is a 1972 crossover Bay with LPG conversion. Pre-trip preps etc on latest post on http://grumpytyke.com. There's also now a Facebook - Lofty2Romania - for a trip diary.

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  15. Found your blog looking for anything useful prior to a hoped for (health - mine and camper - allowing) 4,000+ mile trip to and around Romania July/August. 'Lofty' is a 1972 crossover Bay with LPG conversion. Pre-trip preps etc on latest post on http://grumpytyke.com. There's also now a Facebook - Lofty2Romania - for a trip diary.

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  17. Hi Martin I met you at the Type 2 Detectives maintenance course. I have an extremely photogenic 1972 Bay ex-ambulance still in possession of the flashing blue light and sirens etc.If you would like to use this you can check it out on my blog SickbayDays.com Just let me know.

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