avatar Jonathan May 14, 2021

How crossing off one item on your bucket list can lead to a longer list – of attractive destinations

John Smith and his wife Lyn are no strangers to the outdoors, and have always been into camping. About eight years ago they decided to hire a motorhome so they could attend a triathlon event in Germany, and then spend three weeks touring around Europe. “It was the best holiday we’d had,” John said. “That put the idea of owning a campervan into our heads.”

Flash forward a few years, with their children grown, John and Lyn wanted the ability to take three or four holidays per year without too much planning. They also thought it would be a treat to bring their cockapoo puppy Hamish along on these modest adventures, if possible.

Though they’d never owned a campervan before, they’d had exposure to Volkswagen vans back when they used to drive a T5 around for their daughter’s cycling events.

As they kept thinking it through, they struggled with one dilemma, in particular. John and Lyn worried that a motorhome can be a big investment if you just let the vehicle sit there most of the year.

“A campervan had been on our retirement bucket list for ages,” John said. But like a number of people, it was the COVID-19 pandemic that pushed them to get more serious about their little campervan dream. The situation “made us realise there were lots of places in the UK we’d like to see.”

Actually, leading up to that time, John had already been putting in lots of research, but hadn’t pulled the trigger. “Honestly, I contacted a few converters. But I had been holding onto a few full order books for about a year.“

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His advice is to know what you want in a camper based on how you plan to use it. For example, would you want an oven or microwave? What kind of wheelbase length is best for you – short or long? You might not think it at first, but these are important questions to have answers to!

For John and Lyn, a campervan seemed a better option than a motorhome, because they could use it as a spare vehicle year-round. So, they decided to move forward, and soon enough they were in touch with the team at Revolution Campervans.

From there, “We got a bit lucky on the timing,” John said. Andy Burgess managed to source a brand new Volkswagen T6.1 fairly quickly. And because they have a big production facility it meant we wouldn’t have to wait too long.”

Asked why they chose to move forward with Revolution, John said, “Andy and everyone at Revolution were superb.”

“They took our car as a trade-in and organised the finance, so it was like a one stop shop. The Revolution team was really flexible – and it made the whole process easier. They now own a beautiful 2021 VW T6.1 Revolution Ricos and say they’re, “over the moon with it.”

“We live in Scotland and are lucky enough to have many beautiful places within one to two hours from home. In the first month of getting the campervan we went on our first trip only 25 miles from home and then Aviemore – about two hours away.” John said, “We love the freedom and flexibility to go away for a few nights. Now we can do what we want, when we want.”

John and Lyn already have six or seven other trips planned!

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Revolution Campervans: customer testimonials

Name: John and Lyn Smith
Campervan: 2021 VW T6.1 Revolution Ricos

Is this your first campervan?
Yes, it is, although we had a Volkswagen T5 when our daughter did a lot of cycling events.

Have you owned a caravan or motorhome before?
No, but we have always been into camping. We hired a motorhome in 2013 to go to a triathlon event in Germany and then spent three weeks touring Europe. It was the best holiday we’d had, and put the idea of having a campervan into our heads. A motorhome is a big investment to let it just sit there most of the year, whereas we will use our campervan every day as our second car.

What will you be using your campervan for? (work/holidays/day trips?)
Now our kids have grown up, we plan on getting three or four holidays a year.

What prompted you to buy a campervan this year?
A campervan has been on our bucket list for ages for our retirement, but the COVID pandemic made us realise there were lots of places in the UK we’d like to see. We love the freedom and flexibility to go away for a few nights and do what we want, when we want.

Who will you be using your campervan with?
My wife, Lyn, and Hamish, our cockerpoo puppy

Have you got any trips in your campervan planned?
We live in Scotland and are lucky enough to have many beautiful places within one to two hours from home. In the first month of getting the campervan we went on our first trip only 25 miles from home and then Aviemore – about two hours away. We already have six or seven other trips planned. Hamish has already discovered that he can jump up onto our bed at night!

Did you do lots of research before choosing your campervan?
Lots! I contacted a few converters but many had full order books for a year.

How did you first hear of Revolution?
I saw Revolution on Instagram and liked the look of them, so I contacted them and Andy Burgess got back to me very quickly.

Why did you choose a campervan from Revolution?
Because Andy Burgess and everyone at Revolution were superb. I couldn’t fault them. Andy managed to get a brand new Volkswagen T6.1 fairly quickly and because they have a big production facility it meant we wouldn’t have to wait too long. They took our car as a trade-in and organised the finance, so it was like a ‘one stop shop’, which we appreciated. They were really flexible and really, really good. I genuinely could not fault the process. We have a beautiful van and we’re over the moon with it.

Do you have any tips for anyone buying their first campervan?
I think it is important to know what you want and how you’re going to use the camper. For example, do you know if you want an oven or microwave, or a short or long wheelbase? We hired two campervans last summer which helped us know what we wanted. Hiring a campervan first is a really good idea. It’s a big investment, so make sure you know what you want.

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