If you’re thinking of having an outdoor holiday this summer, you might want to avoid the hassle of packing up a tent and all the associated camping paraphernalia – and hit the road in a motorhome instead.
And whether you’re embarking on a family adventure or getting away from it all on your own, you’ll want to make sure you have the right set of wheels to fit your needs – so here are three of the best motorhomes to go camping in…
VW California SE – from £45,000
If it’s a campervan you’re after, it has to be a VW. But that doesn’t mean to say the romantic notion of setting off into the sunset in a 1960s T2 Samba or a 1970s Westfalia is for everyone. Although very appealing to look at, they can be pretty ‘challenging’ to drive and any 40 or 50 year old car is going to be prone to breaking down.
So, provided you’re not hell-bent on a vintage camper, it makes more sense to pick up a brand new one.
The latest VW California Camper Van has the lot – room for up to four adults, a fully fitted kitchen and dining area, outdoor seating and an awning, among other things – the perfect way to get away in compact style.
Swift Escape 686 – £42,965
If you’ve a family of five or six then you’ll need something bigger than a campervan. The Swift Escape range fits the bill perfectly, and is one of the UK’s best-selling motorhomes to boot.
Combining great build quality with practicality and reliability, the 686 model comfortably sleeps six. It’s a highline (meaning it has a bed above the cab), and is home to a fitted kitchen featuring gas hobs, a combi-oven and grill, a fridge/freezer and plenty of storage space.
It also features a roomy, fully-fitted bathroom to make sure it really feels like a home-from-home. All the extras are taken care of: the beds even have memory foam mattresses to ensure all the family gets a good night’s sleep.
Niemann-Bischtoff Flair 920 – £130,000+
If you like to travel in nothing less than first class, it’s unlikely you’ll want to slum it on a camping holiday. And if you have upwards of £130,000 to spend then you won’t have to, either: the Niesmann-Bischoff Flair 920 will have you glamping like an A-lister.
Although only a 4-berth motorhome, the lounge comfortably seats seven, so there’s lots of space to spread out. With a huge bathroom, kitted out with domestic-sized facilities – and even a built-in 3,000kg-capacity ‘garage’ – you’ll never be short of room in this motorhome.
Featuring mix and match upholstery, it can be customised to suit your style, and has both mid and rear LCD televisions. The main draw of this luxury camper, though, has to be the bedroom, which is built around a huge island bed. With heaps of storage and wardrobe space, you won’t feel like you’re on the road in a Niesmann.
So there you have it – three of our favourite motorhomes to hit the road in this summer. Thinking of selling off your car in order to finance one of these? Find out how much your car is worth here.