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What Are the Cheapest Campervans in the UK (The 7 Most Affordable Models in 2022)?

What Are the Cheapest Campervans in the UK (The 7 Most Affordable Models in 2022)?

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  1. Mazda Bongo / Ford Freda
  2. Ford Transit Conversion
  3. VW T4
  4. Mitsubishi Delica
  5. VW T25/3
  6. Vauxhall Vivaro Conversion
  7. Fiat Ducato

For the past 50 years, the campervan has been a great escape for many as they took to the open road, whether adventuring along Cornwall’s many scenic coastal routes, or driving over the open moors of Yorkshire.

But for prospective buyers on a tight budget, buying a campervan affordably nowadays is not always easy unless you know where to look.

With so many models on the market, our experts have tested, driven and insured some of the most renowned and recognisable campervans out there, including nostalgic VWs to modern van conversions. If you’re wondering about the cheapest campervans in 2022, we’ve reviewed the most affordable models you should consider buying.

What makes a campervan affordable?

It’s not always the case that campervans can’t be budget-friendly, in fact, you can sometimes get certain models that need a bit of love for under £5000.

When considering what typical ly makes a campervan “affordable”, buyers will need to think about models and makes, the regular running costs, insurance charges, part sourcing and much more.

Factors that make a campervan affordable

The 7 Most Affordable Campervans on the Market in 2021

  1. Mazda Bongo / Ford Freda

Pay no more than: £17,000
Aim to pay between: £6,000 and £15,000
Engine size: 2.0 or 2.5
Manufactured between 1995 and 2006

An image of a Mazda Bongo courtesy of courtesy of kokoro_the_bongo-instagram

The Mazda Bongo, also manufactured as the Ford Freda, was made in Japan in the late 90’s/ early 2000’s and is reminiscent of vehicles of that time. It looks a bit bulky overall, but the grill is something you can easily fall in love with.

While many Bongos have been extended, with pop tops or extended sleeping space, it’s best to check if your campervan is stock, or whether it has been customised over time. Bongo’s either come with 4 or 5 seatbelts, but five is much more common.

Why should you buy a Bongo?

The Bongo is quite a roomy campervan, giving you more space than it may appear. As they run on Japanese engines, they are reliable and aren’t known to breakdown. They come with more features, such as electric elevating roofs and other driver assistance features that many other models didn’t at the time.

The Bongo is also a pleasure to drive, according to owners. As they have both 2WD and 4WD options, as well as automatic gearboxes, the Bongo is a simple campervan to drive and use (and its size is perfect for UK roads).

The downsides to a Bongo

There are two downsides to a Mazda Bongo: improper conversion for imports and poor fuel economy.

As Mazda Bongo’s were manufactured in Japan and then imported to the UK, unscrupulous importers may not have carried out the correct conversion measures to ensure a Bongo was road legal. Get a trusted engineer to check that all of these are correct before purchasing one.

The second issue is poor fuel economy, with the Bongo only hitting an average of under 30mpg across any speeds.


Here’s some of our favourite Bongo’s we’ve seen on social media:

A Mazda Bongo - image courtesy of Pintrest
An image of a Mazda Bongo courtesy of kokoro_the_bongo-instagram
Camping in a Mazda Bongo image courtesy of maurice_the_bongo Instagram

2.  Ford Transit Conversion

Pay no more than: £25,000 for a good conversion
Aim to pay between: £6,000 and £20,000, depending on conversion/model
Engine size: 2.0-2.5
Manufactured: 1965 onwards

Ford Transit Campervan at a Campsite

For years, Ford Transits have been manufactured as work vans, but it’s perhaps only recently that many have converted old Ford Transits into modern campervan conversions. They’ve got the perfect base for it, being quite square with plenty of headroom for even the tallest users.

Most people take the original panel van and convert it into their dream campervan. Historically, the Ford Transit chassis has been taken and converted into campervans, such as the Buccaneer Clipper and others.

Why should you buy a Ford Transit?

As Ford’s are incredibly popular, and use common parts, replacing things, especially engine and body parts, is often easier than older models. Most drivers describe it as a ‘what it does on the tin’ van, and one that is easy to drive and just as simple to use. However, they are incredibly popular, and you can barely go for a drive without seeing one.

Converting a Ford Transit is also very popular, and there’s many online forums discussing the easy hacks learnt.

The downsides to a Ford Transit

While Ford’s are a popular van, there are many downsides. Honest John, a popular motoring forum, reports the van as having flimsy interior plastics, and AA driver reviews report the van as being incredibly uncomfortable to drive in older models, as well as reacting poorly to wet, icy or snowy weather.


Here’s some of our favourite Transit’s we’ve seen on social media:

An image of a Ford Transit, courtesy of Jennifer-M-Springman-tipsymangodreams-•-Instagram
An image of a Ford Transit van, courtesy of Simon-standerwick-on-Instagram-Life-is-better-in-a-van - instagram
An image of a Ford Transit courtesy of on Pintrest

3. VW T4

Pay no more than: £16,000
Aim to pay between: £5,000 and £15,000 depending on conversion/model
Engine size: 1.8-2.8
Manufactured between 1990-2003

A VW T4 Transporter

As avid Volkswagen lovers, the T4 had to be on this list. It’s easily the most affordable van for upfront cost of all the VWs, and is practical, simple and does the job!

First manufactured in 1990, it was notably different from other Transporters, having a front engine, front wheel drive and all of its engines are water-cooled. Originally made not as a campervan, the T4 is now an incredibly popular vehicle to convert into one. It’s simple to do and can be done as a DIY project, or by a specialist company.

Why should you buy a T4?

It’s got a more robust body than older models, and looks like a typical VW, reminiscent of older Golf models or similar. For the nostalgia value, coupled with more modern and reliable engineering, the T4 is popular with owners for their versatility and are commonly self-converted. The 1.9 diesel engines are great on economy and remarkably strong for their age and mileage, the petrol engines can be thirsty, so do your due diligence on higher mileage ones.

The downsides to T4s?

The T4 is known to corrode in certain spots, largely across the base of the vehicle. Where a campervan has previously used as work vans, they’re often more prone to corrosion, as they will have been used for heavy duty work. If the bonnet has been chipped with stones, then there is also a chance of rust.

It’s also important to check that the dials on the dashboard are working correctly, as there is a voltage regulator that is known to fail, and the easy way to spot this is with unexpected dial workings.

There’s also known issues with the electric windows and central locking. While this doesn’t affect the ride quality and may not greatly impact your life, it can get annoying and cause more issues further down the line.

Here’s some of our favourite T4’s we’ve seen on social media

An image of a VW T4 Transporter courtesy of PUGWEB on Instagram
A picture of a VW T4 Transporter by the beach courtesy of 𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦-𝘪𝘴-𝘯𝘰𝘵-𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘵𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦-on-Instagram
A Red VW T4 Transporter courtesy of lady_red_bullion Instagram

4. Mitsubishi Delica

Pay no more than: £18,000
Aim to pay between: £15,000 and £17,000 depending on conversion/model
Engine size: 3.0
Manufactured: 1968 – present

A Mitsubishi Delica 2800

A favourite with JDM drivers who want a more practical vehicle, the Mitsubishi Delica is a fan favourite with a cult following. Head online and you’ll find forums of owners, whether imported or second hand.

The Delica is known for its adaptability and customisation. From off-road mods to more conservative campers, the mods made have kept the Delica rolling off the production line, something that has been happening since 1968. And, with the revival of 90s trends, a Delica has never been more popular, with purchasing prices heading upwards of 10,000 for a well maintained one.

You can get a Delica, either new from an import company, or second hand from previous UK owners. As they’ve never been manufactured or sold in the UK, you will purchase an imported one, but it’s whether you want to import your own, or buy from a previous UK owner.

Why should you buy a Delica?

First and foremost, they’re more spacious than you may expect. Unlike van conversions, the Delica is designed as a campervan, so it’s got space for living in, as well as a good driving position. It comes with up to seven seats, but with the ability for endless customisation, many have adjusted seat capacity over the years.

It’s also a pleasure to drive, thanks to its 4×4 capabilities, as well as many people choosing to upgrade it to have greater suspension or ground clearance.

The Delica Downsides

One well known quality about Delica’s is their fuel consumption. For shorter journeys, you’re looking at no more than 20mpg. Longer journeys, it can be up to 25mpg at a push. It’s petrol for pleasure, rather than performance, with the Delica’s.

As most vehicles on the second-hand market are older, from the late 90s or early 2000’s, you will need to replace parts, perhaps when you get it, or soon after.

Here’s some of our favourite Delica’s we’ve seen on social media


A Image of a Mitsubishi Delica from on Pintrest
A picture of a Mitsubishi Delica from on Pintrest
A Mitsubishi Delica Camper image courtesy of on Pintrest

5. VW T25/3

Pay no more than: £21,000
Aim to pay between: £5,000 and £18,000 depending on conversion/model
Engine size: 1.8-2.8
Manufactured between 1979 – 2002

A VW T25 Joker Edition Campervan in Green


Moving on from the traditional styling of the T25/T3 (used interchangeably), was a van for the 80s. This campervan has a very unique look and is instantly recognisable anywhere one goes. While it didn’t have the original silhouette that many associate with the T2 Split or Bay, it still became a firm favourite with owners, and is still popular today thanks to the extra headroom it offers.

For many, the joy of a VW was the nostalgia value. While a T25 doesn’t have that original, heritage look, it’s got its own cheeky 80’s charm, and more importantly, it’s still practical today.

Earlier versions are air cooled, while more modern versions are water cooled. While German production ended in 1992, production in South Africa carried on for another decade, allowing for a thriving import market.

Why should you buy a T25?

It’s got the old school VW charm, but in an easier to maintain and roomier way. The high top and Caravelle models are ideal for those looking for a spacious campervan and give you more options for customisation. There’s also a well-supplied aftermarket parts supply system, with some original parts still available if you know where to look.

The downsides of a T25

There’s known gear stick issues, as the synchromesh can be worn easily in both the four and five speed units. As part of this, the long gear lever can be bent, but it’s easily fixed.
Another important point to check is that any conversion carried out has been done correctly. As conversions may have been carried out over the years, hastily fitted out VWs may now be falling apart, or not holding their original structural integrity.


Here’s some of our favourite T25’s we’ve seen on social media.

An image of a VW T25 Auto Sleeper from Hettie on Instagram
A VW T25 in the woods. Image courtesy of projectmaxus on Instagram
A slammed VW T25 image courtesy of Timmy Tiereliers on Pintrest

6. Vauxhall Vivaro Conversion

Pay no more than: £35,000 for new vehicles
Aim to pay between: £10,000 and £30,000 depending on conversion
Engine size: 1.6-2.6
Manufactured between 1990-2003


The Vauxhall Vivaro is probably one of the smallest vans that you can convert into a campervan, as it’s more commonly used as work van. However, for those who don’t want to pay out for a Ford Nugget, the Vauxhall Vivaro may be a good option.

It’s easy to get hold of the Vauxhall Vivaro, thanks to its British heritage, and it’s a decent size for what you pay. For the same size, you could get an old school VW, but if you’re not fussy about heritage and want a modern drive with notably good driver convenience, then the Vivaro is probably a good bet for you.

Why should you buy a Vauxhall Vivaro?

Despite the size, you can get a full width bed in! This is a huge bonus in itself, and it’s a good-sized van without taking up excess space when parking, so you won’t have to pay for two parking bays in busier areas.

As Vauxhall is a very common brand in the UK, you’ll be able to get parts and repairs done pretty much everywhere, especially engine side. Another great thing about the Vivaro, is that it looks like a work van, so you can create a stealth conversion that won’t draw attention in car parks.

The downsides to a Vivaro?

The ride can be stiff with no furniture in, according to existing users. However, if you’ve got a loaded-up campervan, you should find that more comfortable. The other downside is that it isn’t that tall for those who want to spend time in their van long term, and you won’t be able to stand to full height.

Here’s some of our favourite Vivaro’s we’ve seen on social media.

An image of a Vauxhall Vivaro camper at the beach. Image courtesy of on Pintrest
An image of a Vauxhall Vivaro courtesy of traficclub on instagram
An image of a Vauxhall Vivaro in the snow courtesy of frankieroe on instagram

7. Fiat Ducato

Pay no more than: £45,000
Aim to pay between: £15,000 and £30,000 depending on conversion/model
Engine size: 2.0-3.0
Manufactured from: 1981

A Fiat Ducato

The Fiat Ducato is the same size as a Mercedes Sprinter, but without the same price tag. It’s a staple in the work world for good reason, as it’s a large van, that does the job without screaming about it, unlike some of its counterparts.

The Ducato commonly comes as a panel van or a chassis cab. The reason why it’s becoming more popular in the campervan world is because it can be easily converted with little hassle. The inside is the right height, and because it’s a common shape, parts and fit-outs can be done as a DIY job, or by a converter.

Why should you by a Ducato?

The Ducato does the job it needs to, and does it well, and this impressive testimony comes from owners who already have one.

It offers good fuel economy, especially on newer models, when compared to other vans. And because of its size and build, there’s a good payload for those who want to live in their van full time.

The downsides to a Ducato?

There’s limited storage around the driver’s area, so you are pretty much confined to what’s already existing with no room for drastic change, and depending on configuration, swivel seats. There’s also limited flexibility to amend the interior space, and not much imagination can be applied to layouts.

If you’re wanting a van that’s got looks and performance, a Ducato may not be for you, as it’s definitely function over fashion.

Here’s some of our favourite Ducato’s we’ve seen on social media

An image of a Fiat Ducato Camper courtesy of molly.thevan on instagram
An image of a Fiat Ducato courtesy of fiat.ducato.camper on instagram
An image of a Fiat Ducato courtesy of fiatducatoconversion on instagram

What else do I need to know before buying affordable campervans?

How affordable are VW campervans?

VW campervans are surprisingly affordable. If you’re not fussy about generation, you can get a VW campervan from upwards of about £5,000, although older models may need work.

A T25 or T4 is going to be your best bet for an affordable VW campervan, with both starting from £5,000.

How cheap are older model’s vs newer campervans?

Older models are considerably cheaper to buy than newer models. Models like the VW T25 or the Mitsubishi Delica work out much cheaper, but you do also run the risk of more expensive repairs and harder to source parts.
Models older than 40 years won’t need a formal MOT, but it’s worth regularly servicing them anyway.

Is it cheaper to buy a converted campervan?

No, it’s often not if it’s a self-build, as the amount of materials and the cost of those materials will quickly add it up to someone who isn’t buying wholesale or with trade discounts. A good conversion can cost upwards of £40,000 for historic models, and much more for new vans.

Which is the most affordable campervan?

Well, it depends. Affordability as we’ve looked at it only covers the initial purchase cost. While a T25 or T4 may be cheaper upfront, the cost of mechanical faults and repairs could quickly work up more of a cost than a brand-new Ford Transit or Fiat Ducato conversion, and without the manufacturer’s warranty.

Lifelong affordability, when considering things like specialist campervan insurance, petrol/diesel, MOTs (or the lack of for models over 40 years old), servicing, campervan parts availability, maintenance costs and so much more.

Just Kampers Insurance can help with the affordability of your campervan insurance. With our experience providing insurance for over 20 years, we can insure your campervan, whether self-build, classic, modern, or something else. Get an online quote today.

The 7 Best Places to Take Your Campervan in the UK

Whether rugged coastline, rolling hills, peaks and lakes or sprawling farmland, a campervan allows you to unlock and explore some of the most remote places in the UK and experience the best the county has to offer.

As we head into camping season (where mid-season, typically, starts from the Early May Bank Holiday), you may be tempted to get out and explore the sites and scenes of the UK. Whether you’re new to campervanning or you’re something of an expert when it comes to the open road and its adventures, there’s always new places in the UK to explore and memorable ones to revisit.

Here at Just Kampers Insurance, we’re avid campervanners (and campers!), and we have rounded up some of the places and routes we’ve visited over the years, as well as ones we’ve got on our list to visit.


The Seven Best Places to Visit in Your Campervan

1.   The Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

We begin our recommendations with one of the most far-reaching, remote places in the UK. The Isle of Harris is one of the islands that makes up the Outer Hebrides and is reachable by the Ulg-Tarbert ferry.

The Isle of Harris is known for its sandy beaches, which are reminiscent of the Caribbean on a good day, and for the rugged mountains that offer sweeping views over the stunning islands. Rich in history and tradition, and known for its strong, self-sufficient communities, exploring the Isle of Harris at any point of the year promises sunsets, uninterrupted views of unending landscape and a sense of serenity like no other.

Where Should I Stay?

Horgabost Campsite may be a basic campsite (which means it offers no electric hook-up), but it’s situated right on the beach with level pitches. Facilities include drinking water, showers, toilets, and a washing up area on-site. The campsite even has convenient access to a stunning beach that spans the curve of the bay.

The Hebrides consists mostly of single-track roads, so if you plan on traveling with a larger campervan, you tow a caravan, or you are a nervous driver, this may not be the right spot for you. However, for those with a sense of adventure and a desire for a slower-paced, scenic escape to remote UK, this is the place for you.

What Is There to Do?

First and foremost, we recommend that you simply explore the rugged landscape that’s just outside the door of your camper.

But for those wanting something more to do, there’s plenty on offer. Renowned for its food and drink, the Isle of Harris has a very popular gin distillery, a wide array of shops that provide local produce and fine dining. There are also opportunities for rare bird watching, sea cruises, water sports and other adrenaline-fuelled activities.

Who Should Go?  

While small children may enjoy the Isle of Harris, if you live outside of Scotland, the drive may be too long for rewards of its open, rugged landscape. However, for older families, couples and those with a sense of adventure and a willingness to travel, the Isle of Harris is an ideal place to explore in the UK.  

What Campervan Will I Need?  

The Isle of Harris is mainly single-track roads, especially if you want to explore freely. So, the smaller the campervan, the more easily you’ll be able to get around. Just be cautious that garages are few and far between, so it pays to have a working mechanical knowledge.

2. The Wye Valley, On the England/ Wales border

Nestled on the border of England and Wales, the Wye Valley offers unparalleled views over sloping valleys and deep woodland.

Running from the edge of the Severn River, where the River Wye joins it, the Wye Valley snakes its ways along the border, covering historic villages and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) ending near Hereford. If you’re planning on visiting the Wye Valley, there’s plenty of beautiful landscape to explore.

Where Should I Stay?

If you can, stay at Beeches Farm Campsite, which is situated near Tintern. The site offers electric hook-up, showers and toilet facilities, a free on-site fridge and freezer, and charging lockers for phones and tablets.

With convenient access to Offa’s Dyke and the Devil’s Pulpit, which can be reached via a footpath running along the edge of the site, you can unlock spectacular walks (without needing to park up). Beeches Farm is a rustic postcard; most pitches even include a fire pit, where you can cosy up warm at night to take in some of the best views of the Wye Valley.

What Is There to Do?


Explore Tintern and its historic Abbey, either from the ground or from the famed Devil’s Pulpit or take a drive to Chepstow for the castle. Public footpaths stretch for miles, including views that are as rich as the historic architecture found across its landscape. With an array of quant villages and hamlets that feature traditional Welsh buildings, there’s plenty of exploring and sightseeing to do.


Who Should Go?  

The Wye Valley is perfect for the whole family; this means, where it’s rich with nature trails and more, there’s plenty to do for younger people. But for those who desire a peaceful, quiet escape from tourist hotspots, campsites are known to get busy in the summer.

What Campervan Will I Need?  

The Wye Valley, if you’re not venturing too far off known routes, can handle all makes of campervan. However, a campervan with good handling will be more convenient when it comes to navigating the narrow roads that lead into the valley, especially in hilly areas.

3.   The Chiltern Hills, England

Covering 324sq miles just outside of the M25 and spanning four counties, the Chiltern Hills are known for their traditional rolling green hills, hiking trails, and cycling routes, as well as quintessential farming and communities built on agriculture.

For those wanting what could only be described as the “picture perfect” English landscape, the Chiltern Hills offer this in abundance. From market towns, to cycleways, bluebell woods, mills and local producers, there is something for everyone.

Where Should I Stay?

Orchard View Farm is a rare breed’s farm situated near Princes Risborough. Whilst there’s no electric hook-up, there is an on-site café and shop, including a butcher, offering fresh farm produce and hot meals.

There are seven grass touring pitches, which have a grid surface above the grass for easy manoeuvring. You can also partake in the bushcraft course offered on-site; and, if you’re a fan of detective drama series ‘Midsomer Murders’, location spotting is aplenty in the surrounding areas.

What Is There to Do?

Explore the infamous Hell Fire Caves in West Wycombe or head to Bletchley Park to learn about the history of modern-day computing. Visit the old town of Aylesbury to explore the pokey side streets.

There’s walking and cycling on offer as well, and in springtime, an abundance of bluebell woods to see. You can scale hilly landscapes, or wander in their shadows, never too far from a traditional farming village.


Who Should Go?

The Chiltern Hills is suitable for the whole family, from the very young to those who are interested in history, fresh produce, and the outdoors. It’s a great destination to visit in the UK because the walks are memorable and accessible.

What Campervan Will I Need?

You can pretty much take any campervan here and it’s an ideal spot to test your driving too!

4.   Norfolk Coast, Norfolk, England

Home of the famed Norfolk Broads, the lesser known but still as stunning area of the Norfolk Coast offers quieter holidays and a chance to explore an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Home of the Sandringham Estate and numerous RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) areas of protection, the wetlands and beaches offer a variety of landscapes to explore.

Compared to other areas in the UK, the Norfolk Coast is flatter terrain, and is a great area for those wanting to get to grips with campervan driving while still enjoying the beauty of the UK.

Where Should I Stay?

Bircham Windmill and Campsite offers a unique experience, with a restored windmill on-site that you can visit for a discounted price if you’re a guest. As well as getting to stay in the shadow of a five-storey windmill, you can also visit the on-site bakery at any time and take part in a make-and-bake experience.

Bircham campsite is conveniently situated centrally to either side of the Norfolk coast and is a short drive to most of the coastal areas.

What Is There to Do?

Explore the royal Sandringham estate for something a little different, or head to one of the RSPB reserves for some wetland bird spotting. If you’re lucky, you may also get to see the local seals that frequent the beaches. There are also two very rare chalk rivers to sightsee, which is ideal if you enjoy exploring unusual areas far from the beaten path or like places of geo and biodiversity.


Who Should Go?

The Norfolk coastline is ideal for those with different accessibility needs or those who use a wheelchair. The coastline is flatter terrain and so there’s plenty to do that doesn’t require extraneous walking.

What Campervan Will I Need?

Like the Chiltern Hills, the Norfolk coast is another perfect one to test your campervan driving out and explore a flatter area, where the landscape is full of excitement and promises.

5. Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland, England

Kielder Water and Forest Park is known as the best ‘dark skies’ spot in the UK, with minimal light pollution and the opportunity to see stars year-round (permitting the conditions are right). Kielder itself is the most remote village in England, so for those looking for that off-grid experience, you’ll be escaping the trappings of tourist destinations.

Kielder Forest and Water park has a human-made lake, a wide range of art and architecture situated amongst the lakes and forests, and there’s plenty more to explore under its deep night skies.

For many though, the main attraction appears after dark. Visit the observatory to see the night sky, or simply watch from the comfort of your campervan. Kielder is a designated ‘Dark Sky’ spot, and at nearly 580sq miles, the Gold Tier area known as Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, is the largest area of Dark Sky in Europe, the first of its kind in England and one of the biggest in the world.

Where Should I Stay?

Kielder Campsite is the closest to the national park. Whilst it has no mobile signal, there’s hardstanding pitches and electric hook-ups aplenty.

You’ll need to be a good navigator to access this site, as satnavs (as per the site owners) don’t often work near the site. There are signposts, and the site offers clear directions on how to get there, although they do advise leaving more time for your journey.

With a network of walking routes and trails that span across the site, which link to the national park, you’ll never be too far from an adventure.

What Is There to Do?

The best thing to do in Kielder is to wait for nightfall and watch the stars overhead. Owed to its remote location, you’ll have to rely on paper maps and walking routes for navigation, so it’s perfect for that quiet, laid back holiday for those who want to do nothing more than explore the local national park.


Who Should Go?

Kielder is a place of peace and quiet, which means it’s less ideal as a distraction for animated children than it is an escape for those looking to adventure off the grid. As Kielder is best at night, we recommend going if you’re comfort with late nights, so you can see the stars and landscape at its best.

What Campervan Will I Need?

Take a campervan that works off-grid (which means bringing along the right equipment)! There’s not much internet and access to navigation systems, so be prepared to travel with a map. If your campervan is quite high-tech and you’re reliant on that, you might find it less enjoyable.

6.   The Gower Peninsula, Swansea, Wales

Home to some of the best beaches in the UK, the Gower Peninsula spans the area behind Swansea. It’s a designated AONB, and contains rugged coastline, sandy beaches, and inland mountains to climb.

Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast, photographer, an explorer by heart, or a keen walker, there’s something for the keen outdoorsy person on the Gower.

Where Should I Stay?

Hosting campers and tourers for 100 years, the Nicholaston Farm Caravan and Campsite is the place to stay on the Gower. With a dreamy breach front on your doorstop, and Cefn Bryn behind you, there’s a lot of opportunity to get out and explore.

With grass or hardstanding pitches available (both with electric on offer), the coast of the Gower can be reached from this campsite. Located near a main road, it’s suitable for experienced campervanners and newcomers.

What Is There to Do?

The Gower has the famous Worm’s Head, which can be accessed during low tide in summer. Viewing it from the famous Rhossili Bay, which Doctor Who fans will instantly recognise, the Worm’s Head provides a stunning sunset that gives it its unusual name.

There are sea adventures awaiting, historic forts to explore and a coastal path that’s ideal for a gentle, sundown saunter.


Who Should Go?

Avid explorer, families, and groups wanting to explore will find something waiting for them. The Gower has something for everyone.

What Campervan Will I Need?

Some of the coastal roads can be narrower depending on your route, making it tight for larger vehicles. But, if you’re comfortable with walking and adventure, you can travel however you like.

7.   Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England

Situated in the Cotswolds, Chipping Norton is the highest village by elevation in the Cotswolds and a thriving market town. Unlike other towns and villages in the Cotswolds, where tourism has overshadowed their way of life, Chipping Norton (affectionately referred to as ‘Chippy’) is a thriving local authentic Cotswold town.

For those who want a village break, rooted in history and a chance to village hop some of the most idyllic British villages, Chipping Norton is a fantastic place to situate yourself. With smaller villages and hamlets dotted around within easy driving distance, there’s plenty to see and do for families, explorers, or those wanting a laid-back trip.

Chipping Norton and the surrounding areas are famously home to celebrities, from Jeremy Clarkson to David Cameron, and the luxurious Soho Farmhouse is not too far away

Where Should I Stay?

There’s a Camping and Caravanning Club Campsite in Chippy, right next to Diddly Squat Farm Shop (Jeremy Clarkson’s famed farm), so there can be a lot of road traffic in high season.

However, if you want a quieter trip, then head to nearby Shipston-on-Stour for Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe, which allows small campervans and tents who don’t require electric hook-up.

What Is There to Do?

From exploring local farmland, to village hopping around the Cotswolds, there’s plenty to see and do. Head to Blenheim Palace for a chance to see local history or visit Heythrop Park in local Enstone and take a walk around the estate.

In May, local artists hold Oxfordshire Artweeks around the villages, and it’s a perfect way to village hop with a difference. You can also explore Oxford and its dreamy spires from Chippy with ease.

Who Should Go?

Car enthusiasts will enjoy the stay, but for those desiring an idyllic retreat to the UK countryside, Chippy is central to the Cotswolds and even within a reasonable distance to Oxford.

What Campervan Will I Need?

Chipping Norton is an area of heritage, so if you’ve got a classic VW, here’s an opportunity for you to snap a memorable photograph.

Where Will You Be Going in Your Campervan?

Campervans afford you the opportunity to explore the UK and further afield without needing to centre yourself in one spot or find a campsite every night. 

Get Campervan Insurance for Your Trip

Before you head off on your campervan trip, make sure your campervan insurance has the best coverage.

The team at Just Kampers Insurance are campervan specialists and can insure you, from self-builds to heritage vehicles. Get a quote today.

The Complete Campervan Insurance Guide

What is a Campervan?

This may seem like a silly question to open with, but campervans require certain parts and appearances to classify as a campervan.

Classes of Campervan

In the UK, there are three classes of campervan, A, B and C.

  • Class A: The kings of motorhomes, these are your RVs and large, luxury campervans
  • Class B covers all campervans, including self or professional build and converted from a panel van.
  • Class C: Standard motorhomes that are seen across the UK every summer.
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DVLA (Re)Classification

The DVLA classes motorhomes and campervans as the same thing: motor caravans. Motor caravans are seen as the same thing by the DVLA, as they have the same features:

  • Windows into the living area
  • Separate door for access to the living accommodation
  • Awning bar on the vehicle
  • Seats and a bed inside the vehicle
  • Cooking access
  • Storage facilities

Mark from Just Kampers Insurance says :

 “A large amount of the vehicles we cover are self-build campers, and we’ll always find the right policy to suit you and your vehicle. We cover the vehicle for what you tell us it is, not what the DVLA has it down on the logbook as. For example, you may have a converted van that has a rear seat/double bed, cooker, sink and fridge, but decide you don’t want side windows for security, as you want to carry high value bikes inside. Or you may have a fully converted camper with pop-top, full kitchen etc, but the logbook still says ‘van’.”

How to Get Classification as a ‘Motor Caravan’

There’s three main points you need to cover to get classified as a motor caravan:

  • A body type in your V5C that’s on their list
  • You’ve made the required external changes to your campervan
  • You’ve made the required internal changes

Once you’ve made these, and can prove your conversion should be a campervan, you need to send photo evidence to the DVLA, who can then refuse or accept your conversion.

It’s important to remember that the classification on your V5C does not impact insurance. If you use your self-build or converted van as a campervan, then you will need to insure it as a campervan, not a van.


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Do I need to insure my self build van as a campervan?

Yes, you will need to insure your self-build van or converted van as a campervan. Insurers need to know about your usage of the van, rather than the outward appearance, unless it affects the performance of the van.

How do I insure my self build if my application is rejected?

To insure your self build campervan, if the DVLA has rejected your application, you’ll need to make sure you get specialist insurance. High street insurers are more likely to provide an inaccurate quote. So how do you best pick campervan insurance?

Choosing Campervan Insurance

When it comes to choosing campervan insurance, doing your research is incredibly important. You’ll need to look into:

  • Underwriters and customer experience
  • Policy benefits as standard and what extras are available
  • What you can use the campervan for and mileage limits
  • Agreed value of your camper, especially if it’s a classic or self-build
  • Security discounts, such as for additional trackers or alarms
  • European cover and breakdown policies
  • Contents insurance for your campervan
  • Gas and explosion cover
  • New for old policies, if you’ve bought your campervan from new
  • Transferring NCB (No Claims Bonus) from your car over

All these factors can be tailored, depending on how you use your campervan, and any modifications you may have made.

Things to Look Out for When Choosing Campervan Insurance

Customer service, reviews and underwriters

When using an insurance comparison tool, or researching potential insurers, it’s important to check existing customer experience and reviews. Defaqto often rates larger insurance companies and provides customers with an idea of what the company may be like. Sites like Trustpilot and Google also provide you with useful feedback.

With smaller independent brands, they often need underwriters to create their insurance policies, as they may not have the in-house ability to do some themselves. At Just Kampers Insurance, we use Herts Insurance Consultants to underwrite our polices, as we know they are of repute and feel they offer our customers good value.

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Policy Benefits: Standard and Extras

For campervans, there will be some policy benefits that you may not see on a car policy:

  • Contents cover
  • Personal effects cover
  • Spare parts cover

Aside from the above, the policy benefits are largely the same as a standard car policy. This doesn’t mean that a high street insurer is able to cover you, as while the benefits are the same, the nuances that campervans have, such as them being homes and cars at the same time, make high street insurers less willing to provide insurance.

Use and Mileage Limits

Many campervan policies won’t cover you for commuting purposes, simply social, domestic and pleasure. Therefore, if you are planning to commute in your campervan, it’s important you specify this to your insurer before you confirm your policy.

Mark Reynolds of Just Kampers says :

“Lots of insurers only cover campers for social and domestic use. So, if you drove it to work or to the station to commute, you’d find you’re not covered. At JK Insurance, in 99% of cases, we can tailor the policy to suit your unique circumstances, including using it for work.”

Similarly, with mileage limits, it’s important to read the small print before you agree to a policy. While you can negotiate limited mileage discounts on a policy if you’re only using it at weekends, for those who want to rack up the miles, it’s best to check this before you get a policy.

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Agreed-Value Cover

Agreed-value cover of a campervan is a favoured option for those with classics, especially for those with classics, rare models and self-builds. Agreed-value cover essentially means that you can agree a value of your campers’ true worth when the policy is set, and if the worst happens, your insurer will pay out based on your agreed value rather than another valuation.

Security of your Campervan

Some insurers will offer discounts for additional security measures, especially in regularly stolen makes such as Ford or Fiat. By adding in aftermarket additions, such as an alarm or wheel lock, you may be able to negotiate a cheaper policy.

Similarly, parking it in off-season in secured campervan storage rather than your driveway can reduce premiums as it provides more security against theft. It’s important to consider your regular parking situation when you insure your campervan.

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European Cover and Breakdown

While pre-Brexit, it was easier to simply drive in and out the EU, now the insurance side is slightly different. You’ll need a green card, issued by your insurer, to drive, and specialist EU breakdown cover. Where before you may have been able to use one policy to cover you in the EU, its important to check the limits of your policy in the EU, especially now the six-month post Brexit period has happened.

Contents Insurance for Campervans

Unlike a car, campervans have higher value contents, as they are like a home on wheels. Things such as TVs, gas bottles, microwaves, storage, any aftermarket additions, even accessories like awnings, all add value to your campervan contents.

Therefore, getting an appropriate amount of campervan contents insurance is key, and also valuing everything in your campervan is key. Provide your insurer with accurate information before you agree a policy, and you will get an accurate quote based on your information.

Gas and explosion cover

While this isn’t something that people might want to think about, considering the risk of any heaters, gas bottles etc, in your campervan before you get insurance will help. By accurately considering this risk, you can ensure that you are covered in case the worst, while unlikely, is considered in your insurance policy.

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New for old policies

New-for-old policies is only applicable if you bought the campervan from new. It means that the insurer will replace your campervan with the most recent version of the make. There’s often specific stipulations, such as the mileage or age of campervan at point of insurance.

Transferring NCB from another policy

If you’re making your campervan your primary vehicle, then you may be able to transfer your NCB, despite it not being a like-for-like policy.

Some insurers offer this while others may only offer it if you have multi-car insurance with them. It does vary, so do check before you take out a policy.

FAQs about Campervan Insurance

How much is campervan insurance?

As every policy is custom, and campers undergo a lot of customisations, its dependent on individual circumstance and a multitude of factors! You can always get a quote to find out.

Is it cheaper to insure a van or a campervan?

Van insurance is more expensive than campervan insurance, as vans often contain more expensive contents when used as work vans. For vans, you’ll often also need business insurance as well, or one that covers you for business use, something campervans don’t need.

Can you insure a campervan as a van?

If your campervan meets the DVLA requirements for being a motor caravan, regardless of what your logbook says, you need to insure it as a campervan, if that’s what you’re using it for. This means you get appropriate cover for your use.

Can I drive a campervan on my car insurance?

No, you can’t drive a campervan on your car insurance. Your insurance needs to be appropriate for the vehicle you drive, and a campervan isn’t the same as a car. Even if you have a converted campervan, then you need to get campervan insurance, rather than relying on your car insurance.

What won’t campervan insurance cover?

Car insurance won’t cover the following:

  • Infestations of rat, mice, bugs or other vermin
  • Wear and tear
  • Theft, if you’ve left your keys in it, windows open or door unlocked

It’s always worth giving your policy a read to check.

Do I need different insurance if I’m planning to live in my van?

No, you don’t need different insurance if you plan to live in your van. You will need to ensure you have the correct cover, such as contents insurance, and the insurer is aware you will be living in your van.

You may want to consider taking out a life or home insurance policy that covers you for van living, in case of an emergency.

Can I insure a car and campervan on the same policy?

You can only insure a car and van on the same policy if you have a multi vehicle policy. It’s important that you have the correct policy type for your needs, and that you get a bespoke policy tailored.

If you’re looking for campervan insurance that gets you the right cover, speak to Just Kampers Insurance

With over 20 years of experience, we can source campervan insurance for you that is bespoke to your needs. We understand campervans, and their owners! So, whether you’re living in a van, or wanting to head out for the occasional weekend, speak to us today. 

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Campervans Vs Tents: Which Is Better?

Campervans Vs Camping: The Just Kampers Insurance Guide

A staple tradition of the British holiday, camping in any form whether motorised or not – has been around for years. For just as long, the argument as to which is better, camping or campervanning (and even caravanning) has created healthy and lively discussions by those passionate for the outdoors.

Here at Just Kampers Insurance, we have a reputation for being passionate about campervans, particularly classic or modern VWs, and most of our staff own at least one kind of VW camper. However, we’ve put aside our passion of VW campervans, and are looking at the wider outdoors market to provide you with the essential knowledge you need to accurately decide which you’d prefer.

A Brief Overview of the Classifications  


Often when we discuss campervans, the likes motorhomes and other luxury touring vans can seem interchangeable. But to simplify this guide, we’re expanding our definition of a campervan. Therefore, any vehicle where the living space and driving space is combined can be considered a campervan in this article.

In fact, there are differences between campervans and motorhomes, such as speed limits, or the kinds of equipment available.


Tents are now highly engineered, precision bits of kit. For many years, they have been popular amongst explorers and adventurers, those wanting a space-saving way to go on holiday, and people who enjoy the simpler things in life.

Camping vs Campervan: Best for Mobility

When on holiday, the last thing you want is a lot of work and hassle before you can settle and rest. The level of mobility you can enjoy from camping or campervanning will vary depending on your preferences. But it will also be impacted by your confidence as a driver, as tents can be easily stowed in the boot or backseat of a car, whereas a camper requires careful driving, especially on winding roads.

Mobility of a Tent

If you’re on a long trek or a holiday where you’re moving around a lot, and not staying in one location for long, a tent will be your best choice. Once established, a tent doesn’t need much more care. Instead, you can set-up your campsite, and you won’t need to pack it away again until you move on.

Certain high-performance tents weigh less than 2kg and can be packed and stored into units smaller than a water bottle (excluding poles). For mobility purposes, you can be as flexible you need. You can even save space when you travel with a tent, because this piece of kit is often lightweight and highly portable.

Mobility of a Campervan

Campervans are fantastic for their park up and unpack ability. You can simply park your campervan and then enjoy the convenience of having your living essentials, including food, stored in the back. Even better, the time taken to set up your camper is often minimal if you’ve prepared it beforehand.

The only drawback is, when you drive off to explore the local area, you will need to ensure everything is secured down and packed away before leaving. Depending on how much supplies you travel with, this process can be painless.

To overcome this, some families choose to take a car with them as well and park their campervan at a campsite separately. Travelling with another car can make off-site travel easier, especially for those with young children that may need additional car seats.

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Tent vs Camper: Privacy and Security

Campsites are often located in wide-open spaces, such as fields, potentially with no protection from wildlife or the outside world. For those camping in the New Forest, for example, might discover that wild animals, including horses, will be roaming around on-site.

However, the other side of this debate is the matter of privacy.

Privacy and Security in a Tent

When in a tent, it can feel daunting at times as you are very exposed to the outdoor environment. This fear is compounded when protection seems limited, or restricted, to a couple of zipped access points. However, most official campsites are managed with honour policy, meaning campers will look out for, and respect, one another.

After a few overnight stays on a campsite, you’ll quickly realise how safe and reassuring a tent can be.

Similarly, privacy can be easily achieved with the help of visual aids, such as windows or curtains that zip and close. Yet, if you don’t want people overhearing your daily conversations, you may want to choose a camper, which offers even more layers of privacy.

Privacy and Security in a Camper

The main difference of a campervan when compared with a tent is the ability to securely lock doors and fasten curtains over windows. This makes them a popular choice for single campers, as well as young families. They tend to be more secure by design, which makes them the first consideration for some people.

The only disadvantage to a campervan is the large windows that, to be private, must be covered and this often removes all-natural light from the cabin.

Tent vs Camper: Initial Costs

When looking to buy a tent or a campervan, an initial stumbling block for many is the setup cost. A brand-new Volkswagen Camper California 6.1 starts on the market from £54,665. Classic models can be secured at lower costs, but this depends on market rarity, condition and the availability of what you’re after.

In comparison, a brand-new top spec tent, such as the Vango Oakmere TC 600XL, which is a six-man polycotton tent, has a cost of £840.

But which offers more value?

Initial Cost of a Tent

The initial cost of a tent isn’t just for the tent itself. You’ll also need to buy sleeping bags, sleeping mats, camping kitchenware and so much more. As you’re sleeping in a thin fabric dome, your home duvet isn’t very practical. Even the warmest sleeper will get cold once the sun goes down.

While you won’t need specialist kit, investing in good quality items from the get-go will last longer and keep you comfier.

Initial Cost of a Camper

Campers are slightly different. As you’re buying a car and caravan combined into one, the initial cost will be higher. However, you can use a camper like a car, whether that’s for a holiday, or a trip into town. Therefore, the cost per use may be lower.

However, there is maintenance and roadworthiness to maintain. Regular costs for a camper may be higher, as the parts cost more. But you also have unique benefits, such as a mode of transport and a warmer living area, along with greater security.

So, which is better?

The answer is… it depends on your preferences, lifestyle and what you’re looking for.

If you want a packable option that offers more openness to the outdoors and the ability to pitch and go anywhere, then a tent is better for you.

However, if you want a more luxury approach that acts as a second vehicle, or even as a home on wheels, then a campervan is simply perfect.

If you’re looking for insurance to cover you in a camper while you try it out, Just Kampers Insurance has a Hire Insurance policy for you. Or if you’re looking to get expert-led insurance for your campervan, get a quote today.


For more information about tailoring insurance policies to your campervan or motorhome, whether you’re after affordable premiums, or something with that little bit more protection, consider coverage from the experts at Just Kampers Insurance.