Campervanning vs Camping

Campervanning vs Camping

Campervanning vs. Camping

Camping in the rain

 

Are you dogged by horrible memories of being forced to go camping as a child? Well, if you’re looking for a family-friendly holiday right here in the UK, how about hiring a campervan instead?

Here at Rockinvans, we love campers (obviously). We don’t mind camping in a tent, but we’d much rather spend our evenings curled up in the van. We’re going to try and tell you why we think campervanning is a million times better than any smelly old tent.

Comfort

Camping can seem romantic. The thought of relaxing under a moonlit sky full of bright stars with the sounds of the crickets chirping in the background… this pleasant scenario can soon be scuppered by the thought of sleeping on hard ground with the midges buzzing around you. A campervan allows you to have the fun of camping, but without all the negatives. Enjoy a night under the stars before retiring to the comfort of your van.

Peace & quiet

You might fancy a family holiday, but if all of you are packed into a cramped tent for days on end, relationships can start to become strained. Instead of suffering with the little blighters for a week or so, you could just escape into your bedroom for some ‘me’ time if you’re travelling in a camper. Family holidays are great fun. They’re an awesome way to spend quality time together, but without a chance to escape, you’ll be fed up of the whining and complaining within a couple of days.

Toilet

Picture the scenario… it’s the middle of the night. You wake up desperate for the toilet. You think about holding it until the morning, but know that’s not really going to happen. So, you unzip the tent, scramble around for a torch and trek down to the communal toilets. Sounds like a right hassle, doesn’t it? If you’ve hired one of our awesome Rockinvans, you won’t have to think about a thing. Just pop to the loo in the van and be back in your bed in minutes.

 Cooking

Forget about eating cold baked beans out of the can for your breakfast, if you’re staying in a camper, you can cook right out of the van. Although you might want to treat yourselves to a nice meal in a restaurant a couple of times, the ability to cook from the van is a real bonus- especially for breakfasts and lunches.

Freedom to explore

Forget about booking B&Bs or campsites for every single night. In a campervan, you can explore the whole country in a week. The freedom to drive around and stay wherever you like will give you a real sense of adventure. Many places will allow you to park up by the side of the road or in a car park, so you don’t have to worry about pre-booking all the time.

Weather

If it rains on your trip – which is highly likely in Scotland! – what are you going to do in a tent? Sit there in the cold and try to stop your bum going numb? It’s not really a pleasant thought. Obviously, you’d rather it didn’t rain at all, but if the weather is bad, at least you can relax in the van and catch up on a bit of TV in a campervan.

The Future of Campervans

The Future of Campervans

How future gadgets might shape campervan holidays

Where the future in campervans lies

 

Where does the future lie with Campervan and Motorhomes? Campervans and Motorhomes have been around for nearly a century now; from the first time someone thought it would be a great idea to add an extended body to their Ford Model T in 1915.

If you’re a campervan lover, but struggle to live without your phone, tablet or laptop for more than a couple of hours, you might like what campers are doing to keep up with modern life.

Wi-Fi

As internet addicts, it would be ridiculous to think that we could spend any time at all on a campervan holiday without Wi-Fi access. We use this to chat to friends on Facebook and Twitter, but also even to text these days, with apps such as Whatsapp overtaking SMS.

The internet is also used for anything from directions to listening to music. It only seems logical that the next steps for all campervans is to have Wi-Fi connectivity.

 Alternative power

We’ve seen electric cars starting to penetrate the market, but there is still a lack of power stations. How long do you think it will be until we start waving goodbye to the traditional combustion engine found in campers?  Volkswagen’s new electric van is called eT. This van can even drive itself.  Perfect for our International visitors, “Skye Please”

Electric Van Concept

Battery power might be more economically friendly than diesel, but it does have some disadvantages. In order to produce enough power, the camper would need quite a few batteries, which take up valuable space and add unnecessary weight.

eT Concept van

A more viable option might be hydrogen fuel cells, as the only emission from these is water!

RFID tags

You may have heard of Radio Frequency Identification tags, you may not. Either way, you probably will in the near future. This technology was once seen as only useful for tracking farm animals, but it is now being incorporated into just about everything, from how much you spend in the supermarket to our preferred driving position.

Campers might start utilising this technology to personalise each holiday, so that every single campervan hire is completely unique to the renters. Crazy, huh?

Is there any technology that you would like to see incorporated into campervans in the near future? Do you think that tech will change how you travel?

Top 5 Tips for Staying Safe in your Campervan

Top 5 Tips for Staying Safe in your Campervan

Top 5 Tips for Staying Safe in your Campervan

Campervan Safety

 

Whether you’re planning your first campervan trip or you’re a seasoned professional, we’ve compiled a list of some top tips for staying safe.  It’s important to remember that driving a van is very different to a car, so it will take some getting used to. It’s also likely that you’ll be driving down roads you don’t know, so don’t worry about taking your time. We celebrate the fun and freedom that a roadtrip can bring, but it’s also essential that you’re aware of the dangers too. So, before you hit the roads, check out these campervan safety tips.

 Make sure you are fully insured

When you hire a van with Rockinvans, insurance for one driver aged 23-75is included, but additional cover can also be arranged. If you have your own camper or you’re hiring from another company, it’s important to ensure that you are fully protected with adequate van insurance .

Drive at a comfortable speed

As driving the van will feel so different to a car, it’s a good idea to take your time. There’s nothing wrong with heading down a single carriageway at 40mph, if that’s all you’re comfortable with. As you get used to the camper, your confidence will increase and you can drive at a speed that you’re happy with (as long as it’s within the limit!).

 Think about other traffic

We always think that it’s nice to be courteous. After all, how many times have you been stuck behind a camper or motorhome wishing they’d pull over? Probably quite a few. However, do not feel under pressure to speed up because of cars behind you. If you are holding up the traffic, pull over where possible to allow them to pass.

 Watch out for the weather

If you’re campervanning in Scotland you will probably have to endure our weather I’m afraid. Although we do have the occasional sunny day, we also have a lot of wind and rain. It’s safe enough to drive a camper in bad weather, you just have to be a little more aware.

 Give yourself more time

A road trip is just as much about the journey as it is the destination, so don’t rush. When planning your trip, allow yourself plenty of time to take in the scenery. Scotland has beautiful coastlines and landscapes so shorter distances will likely take a lot longer than you think

Explore the Home of Golf

Explore the Home of Golf

Explore the Home of Golf

The home of Golf

 

Scotland is home to some of the world’s best golf courses (no real surprise considering we have over 500 of them). We may not be able to compete with England and Wales in the Six Nations and don’t even mention the football, but golf is one thing we are good at… sort of.

Our nation is going to become the focus of the sporting world next year, as not only is Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth Games, but the Ryder Cup will also be held at Gleneagles.

Origin of golf

The term ‘golf’, the rules of the game and the first course were all originated in Scotland. In 1552, the Archbishop of St. Andrews John Hamilton,  gave the people the right to play golf at St. Andrews Links. The oldest playing course in the world is thought to be Musselburgh Links, where Mary, Queen of Scots played in 1567.

Golf getaways

If you were thinking of something to do this summer, how about hiring a campervan and explore the world-class facilities on offer in Scotland. After a day out on the fairway, you can always head back to the club for the 19th hole.

A golf getaway is a relaxing way to spend a few days away from the grind of daily. A campervan doesn’t just give you the freedom to visit a number of courses without worrying about accommodation, but it provides adequate space to store your clubs.

St. Andrews Links

Although Scotland as a whole has plenty of excellent courses, Royal Troon is just one of many that spring to mind. However, it’s St. Andrews that is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. After all, this is where the game first started. It has now been developed into Europe’s largest golf course.

 There are seven public golf courses in total, including one nine hole course. The most prestigious of them all is the Old Course, but there are other courses suitable for both families and beginners.

 If you are planning a day out to St. Andrews Links, make sure you dress appropriately because you won’t be able to step out onto the course in scruffy gear. It’s not quite as formal in the clubhouse, but you’ll still be expected to dress smart casual.

 Where to stay

If you’re planning a trip to St. Andrews to discover the home of golf and take in the spectacular scenery, you’ll need somewhere to stop over. You could just park up somewhere suitable, but if you would like access to facilities a campsite might be a better option.

Take a look at Clayton Caravan Park, Mount Melville and Kinkell Braes as they’re some of the best sites in the local area.

If you want to hire a campervan, but are unsure of what Scotland has to offer, contact us here at Rockinvans for some unique ideas.