Preparing your VW camper van for an epic summer adventure

Summer is almost here, fellow VW camper van enthusiasts! It’s time to awaken your beloved 8ball wheels, roll down those windows, and embark on a journey of a lifetime.

But before you hit the road, let’s ensure your van is primed and ready for the adventure that awaits.

With the unpredictable British summer looming ahead, preparation is key to ensure a seamless experience on the road. At 8ball, we advocate for a pre-summer trip to ensure your van is in top-notch condition and equipped for any scenario that may arise. Booking a short getaway to a nearby campsite serves as a refresher, allowing you to reacquaint yourself with your van and assess any necessary preparations. It’s the perfect opportunity to inspect your utensils, awnings, and camping gear to ensure they’ve weathered the winter months intact.

Start by performing routine checks: oil, water, washer fluid, tyre pressure, and gas bottle levels. Consider scheduling a service if needed to address any maintenance issues before embarking on your summer adventures. Once the essentials are squared away, pack your van as you normally would and set off for a mini trip.

This allows you to identify any areas for improvement in your camping setup, whether it’s upgrading to new camp seats, investing in a campsite-friendly fire pit, or simply adding coat pegs to your van for convenience.

Reflecting on past experiences, consider valuable additions like a Remo rail for easy tent setup or a sturdy bike rack for exploring new terrain. Personalise your van with accessories that complement its aesthetic while enhancing functionality.

One game-changing addition we’ve discovered is portable drawers, perfect for organising clothes, camp essentials and utensils. We keep them in the garage and can then pack them inside the house and transfer them into the van, simply move them to the side tent upon arrival, maximising interior space for relaxation and enjoyment. We keep anything in here that’s often forgotten. We keep things in the draws year round we could forget when going on a trip, midge spray, uno, a lighter, pen knife washing up liquid, bin bags, the list goes on.

For a unique pre-trip experience, consider staying at pub stays, where you can park for free with a meal purchase. It’s an ideal option for a preseason getaway, providing shelter during unexpected showers and an opportunity to strategise over pints while awaiting better weather.

As you prepare for the summer ahead, embrace the spirit of adventure and spontaneity that comes with VW camper van living. Whether you’re cruising along coastal roads or venturing into the countryside, let your journey be defined by moments of discovery and camaraderie. With proper preparation and a sense of wanderlust, your summer escapade is sure to be nothing short of extraordinary.

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8 Ball Camper Conversions have been converting VW vans into stunning campers and surf-day vans for over 20 years. We pride ourselves on our build quality and simplicity of our designs. Only the highest quality lightweight materials are used.


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18 Rowley Road
Little Weighton, Hull
East Yorkshire
HU20 3XQ
T. 01482 848236


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