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Happy campers: what are the top tips to know before booking a campervan?

Demand for campervans has boomed during the pandemic. So how can you find one and how much do they cost? Here’s everything you need to know

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A motorhome from Bunk Campers

A motorhome from Bunk Campers

A campervan from Lazy Days

A campervan from Lazy Days

The Glen of Aherlow Camping and Caravan Park

The Glen of Aherlow Camping and Caravan Park

Holiday hire: A Buckled Wheel trailer

Holiday hire: A Buckled Wheel trailer

The interior of the Buckled Wheel

The interior of the Buckled Wheel

A McRent camper

A McRent camper

A smaller van from Ireland West Motorhomes

A smaller van from Ireland West Motorhomes

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A motorhome from Bunk Campers

There’s nothing quite like a campervan holiday. Throw everything you need into the back and hit the road, going wherever the wind takes you. The feeling of freedom that comes from following your nose. The joy of drifting between pretty bays and fairy-tale forests, with the ability to pull over and make a cup of tea whenever you please.

If all of that sounds like it’s right up your alley, you’re not alone. The demand for campervans has sky-rocketed since the first lockdown eased, and that interest has only strengthened in 2021. Campervan rental company Bunk Campers (bunkcampers.com) says it saw a stonking 236pc increase in Irish web traffic throughout 2020 compared to 2019, as people saw the appeal of taking to the country roads in their very own roving accommodation.

That’s not to say that all hope is lost for this summer. Despite the surge in interest, there is still availability, even in the peak months of July and August. The Irish Volkswagen camper-hire business Lazy Days (lazydays.ie) would ordinarily be fully booked for the season right now, but were only about 75pc full as we went to press.


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