If you have read my previous blog post you will know that I recently had the opportunity to spend a few nights in a VW T5 campervan at a local beer festival. When I asked to use my motor home my wife put her foot down and said no, so rather than having to borrow a pop up tent and a roll mat a buddy took pity on me and loaned me his campervan to test. If you missed my previous post and want to find out what I thought take a look at “A VW T5 camper van conversion isn’t for me”.
Whilst I was using the VW T5 campervan I was constantly comparing it to my motor home (a coach built Elddis Accordo) and I have to say the campervan didn’t cut it for me. I know there will be some people reading this getting hot under the collar and won’t see where I am coming from because the VW campervan is THE campervan/motor home to own, but I have to admit that overall I am not a fan of the VW campervan.
Whilst I prefer staying in a coach built motor home rather than a VW campervan I have to say that I don’t think the VW campervan is all bad, and it does have some good points.
Firstly, the VW T5 campervan looks bang up to date and modern, and I love the way it looks. There’s something about the T5 that just looks so damn cool, and when it is an unusual colour and rides on 20 inch alloys it looks even better. The VW T5 campervan is a head turner that attracts a lot of attention, however there are times (most of the time actually) where I don’t want to be the centre of attention.
The VW T5 campervan is really nice to drive, and I found it is the perfect vehicle to set the seat back a little, load up the summer tunes on the ipod, crank up the volume and cruise. Driving the VW T5 campervan is relaxing and there is “something” about cruising along at a steady 50mph – 55mph. When I was driving the VW campervan I wasn’t in a rush and drove like I had all the time in the world with no need to get to my destination as fast as possible. The other thing I found about driving the VW T5 campervan is that I never got “pushed along” by other motorists, like I sometimes do when driving my motor home. When I was driving the T5 I drove at the speed I wanted to and I didn’t care whether the bloke behind me was a mile behind or sitting on the rear bumper – I didn’t change my speed. Even as streams of motorists overtook, of which some thought it appropriate to beep their horns, shout abuse or make hand gestures at me I let it wash over me, and I simply carried on.
The VW T5 campervan is an ice breaker and I found many random strangers coming over to have a look, ask questions, tell me about the VW van they had years ago etc. My wife and I struggle talking to other campers when we are away in our motor home and on-one seems interested. When I was in the VW T5 making conversation was easy and people seemed friendlier towards me than when I am in my own motor home. Personally, I found this a blessing and a curse since I am the sort of person who likes to keep myself to myself and spend the time away with my better half rather than speaking to fellow campers. I do speak to people on site, I just keep the talking to the bare minimum which does sometimes appear rude and stand-offish. The thing is I don’t go camping to make friends (I keep the important people close to me), I go camping to spend time with my wife. I simply couldn’t deal with people constantly coming over and asking questions/wanting to talk about VWs etc. and this is another reason I wouldn’t want a VW campervan. This may make me seem like a miserable, unsociable git unable to communicate with other human beings, but I assure you I am not like that at all. I just want some peace, quiet and space to myself when I go on vacation.
The above are the plus points of the VW T5 camper van for me, and when I compare it to all the things I don’t like about the VW T5 campervan I think you’ll see that I can justify my reasons for buying a coach built motor home and preferring to use one of these. I know there are many people who love their VW campervans, and I know the campervan is perfect for these people, it’s just that I am not one of them. I don’t see this as a bad thing because different people like different things, which makes campsites far more interesting places, right? I mean, if a campsite was full of just VW campervans or just coach built motorhomes or just caravans for that matter, they would be pretty dull. Variety is the spice of life after all.
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A total motor home newbie with a six year camping background in a folding camper. A keen blogger sharing my experience of researching, choosing, buying and owning a motor home. and every thing that goes with it.
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