QUEST FOR A NEW CAMPERVAN: Good Progress at the New Forest DIY Van Converters Meetup

Yay, good news at last! We made some really good progress on converting our Vivaro campervan,  ‘Big Red’, at a DIY campervan converters meetup in the New Forest in March. We had been feeling stuck for a while but, with the help of the Dorset/Hampshire/Sussex Self-Build Get Together Facebook group, we were able to get some of the more scary things done like, putting a solar vent in the roof and cutting a hole in the side of the van for the hook-up panel. And the great thing is that this has now given us the confidence to try more of the DIY work ourselves and we can see how to do some of the trickier parts as we have our ‘converters eye’ switched on now.

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Win the Spring Edition of Campervan Magazine: What is Your Favourite Camping Accessory?

Well, it looks like I have subscribed twice to Campervan magazine this year (senility is a terrible thing!). So I now have the spring edition to give away as the prize in my new competition – ‘What is the best camping accessory that you have found?’. Just let me know in a comment or by email and I’ll post the magazine to the winner. Intrigued to see what you come up with…

You can email your answer to thecampercookie@gmail.com

CAMPERVAN RECIPES: A Taste of Spain

When I worked and lived on a charter yacht in Barcelona harbour many years ago, I fell in love with everything Spanish, including the cuisine. So when I got the chance to do a ‘Taste of Spain’ cookery course at Vaughan’s Cookery School, I jumped at the chance and hoped that there would be some ideas I could adapt for campervan recipes. There was –  the flavours are a bit different but very tasty…

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QUEST FOR A NEW CAMPERVAN: Getting Harder to Find Good Vans

We are getting closer now to buying the base vehicle for our next campervan and Barry, our van-hunter extraordinaire, asked us if it was important to have air con in our van. Just thinking about camping in the extreme hot weather that we had recently means the answer was a big “Yes” but getting air con is not always so easy. In fact finding a good van these days at all is not so easy …

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Expert Q&A: "Choosing the Best Campervan for YOU" by Dave Hurrell, Motorhoming Journalist

So how do you choose the right camping vehicle for you? It could be anything from a micro camper like a converted Doblo, a sexy VW campervan, a super-comfy coachbuilt motorhome or an RV fit for a celebrity.  Dave Hurrell, a freelance journalist and well known motorhoming expert who also writes for the ever-popular MMM Magazine, has been campervanning in one form or another since the 1970s and has pretty much seen it all, So I asked him to share his wisdom on how to choose the best camping vehicle for you and your camping style…

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Campervan Shows: Cooking Demo, Special Vans and Gorgeous Smells at The Harrogate Motorhome Show, Yorkshire

Last Weekend, Glyn and I went north to beautiful Yorkshire as I was giving a campervan cooking demo at The Harrogate Motorhome Show. There were some unusual vehicles at the show and we inevitably bought new bits of kit for the van at the stalls. We arrived a couple of days early to explore the area a bit first and really enjoyed our day in Harrogate (serious cake as you will see later)….

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