Just Because Winter Is Here The Fun Doesn’t Stop Some Of The Best Camper Van Hire Holidays Are In The Winter
Now that the clocks have gone back, the winter nights are closing in, and the temperatures are dropping rapidly many people think that hiring a campervan is not an option until the spring rolls around. However this couldn’t be farther from the truth and although it’s fair to say you are unlikely to need to pack your bikini, there are still many fantastic holiday opportunities available for campervan enthusiasts in the winter months.
There are, however, a number of additional things you need to take into account when hiring a campervan in the winter as opposed to the summer months. This article will discuss those options and help you to prepare for a holiday or trip that will hopefully last forever in your memory.
Hire From a Reputable Company
Although it can be tempting to hire a campervan from a family friend, or a friend of a friend, but when it comes to holidaying in the winter months you want to be completely confident about the quality and water tightness of that campervan. When you hire a campervan from Campervanhire.com, in association with Outdoorsy our partners complete a full and comprehensive check of every campervan before it goes out on the road.
This includes searching for and filling in any gap or crack where that cold winter wind could try to enter, and perhaps just as bad where your nice warm air could escape. We also check that the heating systems work as expected and that the tyres are in excellent condition. It is this attention to detail and determination to ensure that all of our customers have a memorable and enjoyable experience which has helped our company grow year on year since we opened for business. We already have the campervan bug, and we want to introduce that passion and enthusiasm to as many people as possible.
How To Ensure That You Stay Snug And Cozy in Your Campervan
If you have never stayed in a campervan in the winter there are a few things you need to do to ensure that you and your family are always warm. Always make sure you have at least one full gas bottle on board, and depending on the length of your trip, it might be an astute move to have two, just in case. A thick continental quilt with a high tog is also an excellent investment that every member of the family will appreciate. If you or any member of your family are known to suffer from the cold, buy a couple of old-fashioned water bottles to warm up the bed before you snuggle in at the end of the day.
Finally, layers are the key when it comes to clothing choices. In our experience rather than buying one extra heavy coat, you are better served by wearing thinner clothes with multiple levels. Finally don’t forget to pack gloves, scarves, hats, thick socks and good quality waterproof shoes. Canvas trainers are probably not a good choice in this scenario!!
Don’t Let Your Water Pipes Freeze
At Campervanhire.com all of our campervans which are not being used in the winter are totally drained down to reduce the risk of the pipes freezing. Before we hire out a vehicle, we ensure that the pipework is all sound and good to go. In our experience, if you are staying anywhere overnight in Sub-Zero conditions, then our recommendation is to drain the water tanks, to prevent the pipes from cracking.
By following this advice you dramatically reduce the risk of any such issues happening, but we also want to cover all of the bases. So our second recommendation is to always carry a supply of drinking water just in case your taps or pipes do freeze up. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Be A Little More Thoughtful About Where You Intend To Stop Every Night
One of the key benefits that many people enjoy about hiring a campervan is the complete flexibility that it offers. You can stay an extra night if you find somewhere magical, or alternatively, keep moving safely in the knowledge that there are a virtually unlimited number of locations where you can stop should the notion take you.
Whilst this is still an option in the winter months, our advice would always be to plan better to take into account fluctuating weather conditions. These include spending a little time researching which campsites are open and available in the specific area you intend to visit.
You can opt for wild parking which is totally legal in Scotland for instance, but it may be a more shrewd decision to stay in an official campsite so that you can benefit from mains power supplies especially during the cold nights where your electrical usage will inevitably be higher.
The other significant advantage of parking up in an official campsite which permits campfires is the sheer pleasure that a campfire can provide when the weather is cold. It is a totally different experience to a campfire in the summer and in our experience far superior.
Make Sure To Eat And Drink Properly
Regardless of whether you are staying in a campervan, a hotel or even at home it is of course essential to pay attention to your food and drink intake. Once again a nice hot chocolate before bed in front of a campfire while toasting marshmallows is an unbeatable experience that every member of the family will love.
As you can see there are actually significant advantages to hiring a campervan in the winter months, and in many cases the cost will be significantly less, because many people don’t even consider hiring a campervan outside of the summer months.
If the thought of a hot chocolate in front of a bonfire on a crisp December evening in Scotland is tempting you then contact our friendly customer service team and start putting your dream into reality.