The best campervans to buy this year

Written by

Tara Covell

Monday 26th April 2021

With the recent boom in staycations and the popularity of becoming a campervan or motorhome owner, Brits up and down the country are changing their travel habits to get on board with self-contained holidays that allow more freedom to explore the UK.

According to data released by the National Caravan Council, there has been a record number of sales with many of the purchases being made by first time owners. Registrations from last July were up by a staggering 71% compared to 2019 and are showed no signs of slowing down.

So, to celebrate this year’s National Camping and Caravanning Week, we’ve put together a list of our favourite campers that we think you should consider buying.

Volkswagen California 6.1 Beach Camper

Popular amongst surfers and adventure seekers alike, VW campers are one of the few motorhomes available that come factory built and don’t require any conversions to make them road ready.

The California 6.1 Beach may appear compact from the outside however looks can be deceiving. There's plenty of space to relax, tons of clever storage and even a pop-up roof, making no better place to spend time with the family.

Opting for the upgraded ‘Camper’ model over the ‘Tour’ means you’ll benefit from up to five seats, an exclusive fold-out mini-kitchen with a single-ring gas hob, pop-up hydraulic roof, pull-out awning and a single sliding door on the right hand side.

Bonus - There’s also a hidden compartment in the boot door to store a couple of folding chairs and a small table can be stored away in the sliding door.

  • Sleeps up to 4 people
  • Dual clutch gearbox
  • 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 148bhp

Prices start from £55,399*

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo

Hit the road in style with the very sleek V-Class Marco Polo. Equipped with a full kitchenette, two built-in beds, pop up electric roof and all the mod cons when it comes to tech, you'll be surprised how much has been packed into such a small space.

In the main cabin, there’s a compact unit which houses the sink, hob, fridge with some useful storage space to keep everything you need for your cooking on the move tidy and out of the way. Let’s not forget that this camper also comes with an external socket which will come in handy when you want to get that electric heater out on an evening.

All in all, this snazzy campervan really feels like a home away from home with the small touches of luxury and spacious sleeping living areas.

  • Sleeps up to 4 people
  • 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel
  • Choice of 161bhp or 236bhp
  • 9-speed automatic transmissions

Prices start from £57,980*

Ford Transit Custom Nugget

Unlike the VW and Mercedes, the Ford is full of hidden surprises. From the outside it may look like the iconic transit van that we’re all familiar with but on the inside, it’s cleverly designed to make the most of the space available.

Two double beds mean that you can sleep up to four people with one of the beds folding away into the kitchen section.

There’s also a built-in awning, a camp table and chair set stored away in the boot door as well as an external electric point.

The living area comes equipped with a mini kitchen including a small fridge, double gas stove and a cutlery drawer. The front seats also rotate so everyone can sit at the table to enjoy meals together without feeling left out.

  • 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel
  • Choice of two outputs of 128bhp or 183bhp
  • Own freshwater fill-up supply connector
  • 400-watt adjustable fuel fired heating system

Prices starting from £59,608*

Manhattan/Paradise (Renault Trafic)

If you’re on a budget but don't want to compromise on elegance and comfort, then a professional conversion like the Manhattan/Paradise by Horsham-based Sussex Campervans is just the ticket.

The Manhattan and Paradise are two of their most popular builds and we can assure you that they haven’t skimped out on quality or style.

Each model comes with a classic side-kitchen unit comprising of two gas hobs and a sink with a clever modification making the back seats fold down into a huge king-size bed (and let’s not forget the bed in the pop-up roof).

  • 1.6-litre turbo diesel
  • 143bhp
  • Six-speed manual gearbox

Prices starting from £41,995*

Campervan Conversions

If you're after something unique and personal to you, there are plenty of conversion companies around the UK who specialise in custom builds to suit their customers needs.

From providing support with select parts of your build to completing the entire conversion, companies like Quirky Camper and Love Campers can help make your dream a reality.

This is also a great option for those on a tighter budget as campervan conversions usually cost less than a factory built model.

Campervan & Motorhome Finance

If you’re ready to hit the open road in your brand-new campervan, our low cost campervan and motor home finance options can help. You can borrow between £1,000 and £35,000 with competitive rates from as low as 3.1% APR Representative.

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