Living in a Campervan
Like most campervan enthusiasts, we have all imagined what it would be like living in a campervan. A campervan is essentially a house on wheels that can take you wherever your heart desires (as long as it's accessible by road!).
No longer is it solely a vehicle for family road trips or summer adventures; the campervan can actually be lived in comfortably for a period of time. If you are ready to take the plunge and move into a campervan, we have weighed out the pros and cons you will need to consider.
There is no question about it– living in a campervan is cheaper than living in a house or flat. If you are planning on parking your camper for long-term at a campsite, you might want to consider getting a pass. However, this will still likely cost less than a mortgage. Additionally, you will see savings with electricity and heating.
Easy to Clean
While a campervan has all the essentials: a loo, kitchen, bedroom, and eating area, they are much smaller than their brick-and-mortar counterparts. This means keeping them clean requires only a little bit of elbow grease. It should only take an hour or two to clean your campervan from top to bottom.
Mobility and Freedom
A campervan can move around with no strings attached; you simply pack up and start driving. You can enjoy a free life by living in a mobile van. A house is nice, but inevitably one can feel tied down. Therefore, if you enjoy knowing you can travel at any given moment, a campervan will be a delight to live in. Plus, with a new view out your window every day, who could be unhappy?
Imagine cruising around and getting the opportunity to stare out your window each day at a new beautiful scenery. No matter how stunning your view is from a house window, a campervan provides a new one each day. Imagine parking next to a waterfall in the morning and camping out under the stars at night… how vibrant would your day be?
Driving Skill Required
If you have no previous experience of driving a larger vehicle, you should take extra care before you venture out into the wilderness. Those with a full UK license do not need a special license to drive a campervan, though it's recommended that you practice beforehand and take all necessary precautions.
No Fixed Postal Address
This poses as one of the most frustrating issues with living in a campervan– no address. You will not be able to receive packages, receive bills in the mail, or even send out payments via postal service. It also makes it challenging for others to contact you via mail.
Yes, you do save money by living in a campervan, but you will be spending it on fuel. Depending on the size of your campervan, the amount of petrol you will need to fill it varies.
If you are single or a couple, purchasing a smaller campervan is a better option to save petrol money and trips to fill up.
Exclusion from Community
When you live in a neighbourhood, you belong to a community; a campervan does not allow for this luxury. It is slightly trickier to build relationships with locals or be involved in the local community. While you have a chance to meet a plethora of locals in the places you stay in, you will likely not be staying long enough to feel a sense of belonging.
If you decide to live in your campervan for a long period of time, such as a year or two, you will have to insure it under a special full-time insurance. The cost will depend on a variety of factors, including your provider, age of your campervan and your personal history. Shop around for various quotes on insurance to ensure you get the best deal.
A campervan is a unique abode on wheels. While it may not be for all, it is a great option for those individuals looking for a change in scenery. The only way to truly find out if a campervan is fitting to your lifestyle is to try it out for yourself! If you know someone who owns a campervan, inquire with them to see if you can drive it around or camp out in it. That way, you can gauge if a campervan is a good choice for you.
VW Campervan Holidays UK
We hope you have enjoyed this guide to living in a campervan. This website offers tips and information to help you plan your campervan travels throughout the UK. Please get in contact if you have questions about our VW Campers so that you can begin planning your own journey.