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Happy campers: Why van fans have Covid holidays cracked

Demand is soaring for camper vans, which are ideal for socially-distanced breaks. Chrissie Russell meets the devotees of a home on the open road

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Denise Carr from Raheny with her VW camper van. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Denise Carr from Raheny with her VW camper van. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Denise Carr from Raheny with her VW camper van. Photo: Steve Humphreys

At the start of the pandemic, when it looked like lock-down was going to be announced, Declan Feeney made a decision he'd been toying with for a while - he bought a camper van.

"It had been on my radar," says the Sligoman, "But once I knew we were going to be stuck in lockdown for a while, I agreed the sale."

Having owned older camper vans in the past, he decided that this time he wanted something high-spec and reliable with the trust of a recommended dealership behind it. He's now the proud owner of a €52,000 Renault Trafic and already enjoying a break in Connemara with his 11-year-old son and their dog.


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