When you hire a campervan, you have a certain idea in your head of how you want the trip to go. For me, I wanted to experience van life in a small camper to decide if we should downsize our motorhome or not. So the lovely guys at Spaceships Rentals lent me one to try out for a few days. I planned to stay off-grid or use Britstops and experience all the best things about having a small ‘stealth’ van. Except… it didn’t happen like that. At all. 0:00 Intro 01:17 Campervan Hire- Collecting the van 05:06 Driving the camper for the first time 09:23 My big mistake! 14:26 Tips and tricks for camper van hire Want a low watt electric blanket?! Here’s one very similar to ours (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/3jgNlYI And here’s one even lower- just 70w!: https://amzn.to/3Kj3DvZ Hiring your own campervan?

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15 Replies to “Campervan hire – this did NOT go as planned…”

  1. Whoever has hired that out as a campervan wants ๐Ÿ‘Š doesn’t even look insulated those curtains are atrocious and that’s just for starters! ๐Ÿ™ˆ

  2. I think you went for too basic a van. Always take the heating option. You should have tried one that had heating and a wet room, it would have given you a better idea.

  3. Felt so sorry for you awake at 4 am due to the cold but love the electric blanket great idea and lol when you cute dog found the warmest spot in the van ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  4. Good video but donโ€™t understand why you didnโ€™t hire a proper campervan which already had heating, cooking facilities etc built in.

  5. Even in the summer itโ€™s usually freezing at night in the UK.๐Ÿคฃ your dog is so cute. ๐Ÿ˜

  6. My goodness Kat, what a baptism of fire – or should that be ice? Who would ever have expected it to get so cold? That was such a basic van too. Honestly it looked so basic as to be uncomfortable. You did so well to power through it – literally. Iโ€™d have been off staying at the nearest hotel! I love my T5 campervan – it doesnโ€™t have heating, (yet – but soon!) but it has so much more than the van you hired, things like tons of insulation, solar power (I can go off grid for days), an internal fitted kitchen, proper fitted window blinds, etc etc. If itโ€™s cold I have a Vango heating pad that powers off a power pack, and also have that one essential supply that I rarely travel without – an old fashioned hot water bottle. I also have a great 12v kettle so can boil up hot water whenever off the leisure battery. A little oil filled radiator keeps things toasty warm if on hook up – not forgetting thermals, and a thick warm top like a Snuggly or an Oody if not. Love your electric blanket though -what a find. You should be so proud of yourself getting through such a trial – but itโ€™s definitely not the same experience as staying in an equally sized but better equipped campervan. I hope you can find someone to lend you a VW California Ocean next time – (the Rolls Royce of campers, but at ยฃ85,000 plus new definitely not a cheap option).

  7. Must admit, donโ€™t understand why you hired what is basically a car! Looking for a 5 metre camper van? Try the wildaxe pulsar. Winterised so is warm, can stand up, shower, toilet , proper kitchen. A proper campervan. X

  8. Loved the Video Kat, the tips you made are useful, not sure if a camper is for us just yet though.

  9. That looks horrific.. I’ll keep my compact 6.7×2.2 motor home … I think once your living in a basic van you may as well use hotels and a VW Caddy..

  10. You parked up a couple of pitches away from me at Sandringham (Sunlight V66) although I left for Wells before the snow (Wednesday I think). Nice site, great for dog walking. Me and the dogs were toasty ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Brilliant video. SO helpful to me. I’ve gone from a typical vw campervan with a poptop down to a day van with fold out bed like your hire one. (It’s a long story but two huge dogs now and me not prepared to sleep up in the poptop was a major factor)! Anyway, not used the ‘basic” setup yet and you’ve convinced me I need a heating arrangement even for the Summer. I’d forgotten about those cold nights in a metal box many years ago! Keep up the good work.

  12. Great vlog, Kat, as usual but what a poor example of a campervan conversion. Surely they could have let you have something better with swivel seats, heating, cooking etc and blinds instead of those awful curtains.

  13. Great video. I have had a converted VW T6.1 for almost a year and it’s fab. It’s my main (only) vehicle and I’ve done numerous trips. OMG, though, a diesel heater is essential. I could ditto everything you said. Underline ‘organisation’! very essential too. I’ve upgraded to a better quality sleeping bag, so don’t need a quilt now and that saves a lot of prime space. One tip though, what’s underneath you, i.e. a good mattress, is key for warmth.

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