39 Buying a VW camper? Read this first – three mistakes to avoid.

I lay claim to being the person most qualified to give advice to anyone about to buy an old VW camper. This is because I committed most of the cardinal errors in the process of buying mine, yet was lucky enough to end up with a half decent bus. As a result I have come to […]

38. What the hell is so great about Manchester?

There is a scene in ‘The Inbetweeners’ where four teenage boys on their first holiday abroad are trying to make progress with a group of local girls. The dopey lad is asked where he lives and the sharp one hisses, ‘Tell ’em we’re from Manchester.’ The first one doesn’t quite get it and tells them […]

37. The fifteen things you need to tell your kids when they want to borrow the camper

Both my kids borrow the Sick Bay from time to time. Adele was the first, to go to a weekend music festival at Port Merion and Johnny uses it to go off to the Peak District with his wife, Carolina. Being a keen footy fan, (albeit of City), he is also planning to take it […]

36. Am I too old for my campervan? Are old bays for old boys?

I am 63 years old, I have just retired and so finally I have got the freedom to wander the world in the Sick Bay. Our trips don’t have to be subject to the two week holiday strait jacket back in the day when I was a corporate wage slave. (To be honest I always […]

33. Now that I’ve retired I don’t know how I ever found time to go to work

I used to hear this from recent retirees all the time but I usually took it with a pinch of salt – nobody wants to admit they have got time on their hands and don’t know how to fill it. That is until I retired from Kelloggs a month ago. Now I honestly wonder how […]

31. Can you go skiing in your campervan? (Yes you can).

I retired from Kelloggs at the end of 2015 and a friend of Joy’s made the remark that there was snow at Glencoe so, if I wanted to, I could go skiing. It was quite a significant remark because it was the first time that I was properly conscious of this strange new freedom I […]

29 Wharfedale revisited – a sentimental journey

Here’s a chicken or egg question. Do people with a pressing desire to travel get campervans or does owning a campervan make you think about getting away in it, and in fact lead you to making trips that otherwise you probably wouldn’t have considered?  If you like walking do you get a dog, or, if […]

28. Andy’s story Part Two – the Happy Ending

On my way to the tip recently, (my van isn’t only for holidays), I noticed a really attractive Type 2 coming in the opposite direction. The driver, as usual, was waving at me and I was just about to wave back when I realised it was my friend Andy. The owner of the terminally ill bus […]

27. Andy’s story Part One – ‘the Dead Ramp’

I keep the Sick Bay at my son Johnny’s house as he has a small garage. At first the up and over doors would not accommodate the size of the van and I toyed with the idea of lowering the garage floor, raising the door height and other equally daft notions to squeeze it in […]

26. Campervan Heaven or the Poor Relations?

  I used to go to Leeds Poly with a lad called John. He was probably the brightest student on the course and was also a staunch socialist. We were doing a post graduate course in Personnel Management, back in the days when the power and the glory was in the field of ‘Industrial Relations’. […]

21. What’s so great about Techenders?

The best piece of advice I ever received after entering the VW camper fraternity was to join TheLateBay. This is an online forum that provides technical advice, details about VW events and a ‘general’ section where members can just blow off about anything and nothing. Apart from the invaluable support, which can range from how […]

20. The largest naturist resort in the world…

We first went to Cap d’Agde over 40 years ago. We were on a naturist beach in St Tropez and met a couple from London who were travelling in a converted ambulance – not a VW but one of those traditional English ones. Joy and I were on a 125cc Yamaha and they suggested  we should drive […]