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Wherever I park my dub…………

Being self employed generally means you don’t get too many genuine holidays.  Even when you do manage to escape you’re constantly checking your phone for emails, quotes, money hitting the bank etc.

The team here at Kev’s Kampers fully understand this as we’re exactly the same. However, we do feel we have an advantage – our campervans.  We can work in comfort inside a VW T2 camper when we’re away and at the same time put it down to market research!

Having electrical hook up so you can run all your electricals means the laptop never runs out of charge.  More importantly the gas stoves mean you can pop a brew on anytime.  Never again do you have to buy a Cost-a-lot coffee at a service station (to be fair Kev & I are partial to a skinny Cortado now and again).

Then, there is the view from the “office” window.

Well, it can be anywhere you like, beach, countryside, cityscape, car park……… and it can change whenever you want it to. To paraphrase Paul Young, “wherever I park my dub, that’s my office”

The facilities at campsites across the UK are amazing these days and many have WIFI facilities, so you don’t need to use up your data for the whole month in a day.

This is true flexible working. Particularly for the self-employed who need to get away, but still need to keep in touch. It also means that if you have an unexpected quiet spell, why not give us a call, see who’s available and make best use of your time.  One of the things we have learnt over the last 6 years, is that instead of worrying that things are a little quiet at times, that is precisely the time to grab a getaway.  Relax. Refresh. Recharge the batteries.  After all, as long as we have WIFI we can operate.

So, what do you do if you don’t have WIFI – like the Cadbury’s Caramel Bunny used to say, “Relax, unwind…..”  One of our favourite campsites Holden Farm, Cheriton, on the South Downs advises you to turn everything off, enjoy the scenery, the dark skies and the silence.  We feel another blog coming on……….

Truly #flexibleworking in a #vdub #campervanlife #camping #workingholiday #staycation #workingfromhome #selfemployed #kevskampers

Posted by Kev's Kampers on Monday, 23 April 2018

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Here comes the sun…..

What a difference a day makes!  It’s been such a long, cold, miserable Winter, hasn’t it?  Don’t get us wrong, we love snow, but the cold & wet can do one now, we’ve had enough – humph!

Saturday was a gorgeous day – it reminded us that if we’re patient, Spring will be sprung – eventually.  The warmth in the air, that big yellow disk in the sky, the trees and bushes sprouting green shoots.  Suddenly, the hedgerows are colourful instead of that dreary grey/brown.

It makes you feel all warm and fluffy inside *sighs*.  Winter is great to give Enzo and his pals, Boris, Otto, Sky, Freddie, Dylan and Matilda a rest, have a few check ups with Matt the mechanic and a spa day with Marcus the Masseur (valet to you and me).  However, they are now ready to rock and roll!

Depending on the size of your family, whether you’re taking the dog or whether you want heating – we have a van for you.  Check out their profiles at www.kevskampers.com and choose which campervan you would like to take for your camping holiday in Summer 2018.

In fact, the sun must have gone to our heads – just for reading our blog we’ll give you a 10% discount if you quote the code #KKBLOG0418 – keep camping!

 

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Let our campervans “carrie” you to the school prom…

Sorry for the awful pun, but it is imperative you know who is taking your children to the school prom.

Of course, if your friends or family want to take your child in your own vehicle, that’s fine.  You know them and no money is changing hands.

It’s when cold, hard cash comes into the equation that things change.  Once money changes hands that then becomes driving for hire or reward and depending on the circumstances the driver/operator may need a PHV licence.

Weddings & Funerals are exempt from this  licencing (although there are insurance implications) however proms are not.  Anyone taking money for prom transport to a fall under the private hire regulations and should be licenced appropriately.  This should also include a DBS check, where the individual’s background has been checked to make sure they are suitable to be working around vulnerable people and minors.

Kev’s Kampers don’t have this private hire licencing – that’s why we offer self-drive for prom transport.  That way not only do you get to see your teenager in all their glory but you have the chance of more value for money by having the vehicle for at least 3 days – that’s a family weekend campervan getaway!

A 3 night hire costs £399 including insurance for two drivers and unlimited mileage.  We have extra availability this year as Glastonbury isn’t on – that’s normally around prime school prom time.  So, check your prom transport has the right licencing with your local council – or check suppliers such as PromDay Online.

 

 

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Dylan’s dash to Normandy

You may be aware that we recently brought Dylan, the 1972 Dormobile conversion on board. He’s not quite ready for his public yet, so we took some time to road test him – to Normandy, France and back – the long way.

The first leg was a dash to the Channel Tunnel. Our VW camper vans are classed as larger vehicles, Tip! You don’t have as much flexibility on Channel crossings, but they do give you a two hour window each way. Once we were in France we started off to Normandy, using a mix of toll roads (peages) and minor roads. It wasn’t long before Kev mastered the art of lining me, his rather short wife, up to the ticket/card machine on the Peage. Although, there were a couple of Forward! Back! Closer! Bloody seatbelt!! moments.

The great thing about camping holidays in France, is that you can sleep in many of the “Aire” service stations. Park spaces that give you privacy, with basic facilities such as toilets. Some even have electrical hook up. Now, not all toilets in French service stations are the same. Some are still a hole in the ground with two feet marks to show where to stand/squat. Tip! Make sure it’s not an automatically cleaning one – shimmy back too much and you may get an surprise akin to being “douched” by an errant garden hose on sprinkler!

We finally arrived at our destination – Le Chateau de Monfreville. This is an idyllic French campsite, run by our friends Paul & Zoe. Once a year we visit, offer our menial labour in return for food and alcohol. If you would like to find out more visit www.chateaumonfreville.com.

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Four days later and we’re touring France in Dylan again. Considering we hire our vehicles for 10 months of the year, we rarely get the opportunity to spend any quality time with our VW camper vans. But Dylan was a dream. It rained, thundered, shone, blew – some days there may have been more than 4 seasons in one day….. Yet, we were warm and dry. In fact, the weather makes the experience more enjoyable.

Once back in Blighty we visited Jimmy’s Farm (www.jimmysfarm.com) and Tiptree Jam Factory (www.tiptree.com) Then finished off with a trip to Southend on Sea.

A couple more tips:

  • Buy decent sleeping bags!
  • Get at least a 3 season one
  • If you have old sleeping bags give them to a homeless charity such as www.launchpadreading.org.uk
  • Take a tea towel!
  • Egg boxes are ideal for holding fiddly things in place such as eggs… lemons, bits of change etc.
  • Write a holiday journal – it will help you remember the happy times you had

Over a thousand miles in 9 days… we lost count of the smiles per mile 🙂

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