I love the great outdoors with a passion, come rain or shine we are always climbing hills or jumping in woodlands puddles. But the thought of sleeping under canvas? Gives me the heebie jeebies. My husband meanwhile has dreams of us pitching up somewhere and sharing camping adventures with the kids.
I came up with a compromise; hire a motorhome. Hurrah! Motorhome rental is the perfect way to give your kids a taste of life outdoors, even if you’re a bit of a wimp about campsite toilets (like me).
Bunk Campers invited us to test out one of their 6 Person Grande Motorhomes for the weekend and so, we took if for a spin for 3 days around Kent and the south coast. Great I thought, a chance to cram in heaps of exciting sights and places we’ve never been to before. Hmm. I kind of missed the point. More on that in a moment, first the motorhome itself.
Watch the video for the full tour here:
The Motorhome Facilities
The Grande has a huge double bed above the cab (where we slept) and single bunk beds at the back (where the kids slept). You can also use the table and sofa area to make another double. I couldn’t quite believe how comfy and cosy the beds were. All really good sizes and maybe it was the fresh air or the travelling, but we all slept so well.
The tiny kitchen is small but perfectly formed. Gas oven and grill and under counter fridge. I happily cooked for us all in there on one evening (nothing terribly glamorous, but I’d love the challenge of cooking more in there next time).
There’s a small shower (no campsite shower needed woohoo!) and a small (chemical) loo.
Mobile Wifi is available to hire from Bunk Campers if you can’t live without it and whilst you’re plugged into the electrics on a campsite, you can use electrical plugs as normal (oh hello hair straightners!)
Life on the Open Road
I realised quite quickly, that I’d missed the point about a motorhome and why it’s so perfect for a family holiday. I thought it would be brilliant to cram in as many activities as possible without having to worry about how much we’d pack or dragging kit from here to there.
What I realised was, it’s about doing less, not more. Because your whole little world is condensed into this vehicle for a short while, suddenly life becomes more simple. It’s a real chance to slow down. Look at the world from your window and stop and enjoy glorious stillness. You can have a cup of tea, from your own kettle, overlooking rivers and mountains and valleys. Those are the moments that make a motorhome trip special, especially for families where stillness is few and far between.
Am I converted to ‘camping’?
In a motorhome?! Yes! We loved it.
Next time, we’d plan to do less. I’d embrace the absolute freedom that a motorhome gives you in a way that no other holiday can. We’d pack up the van and drift about in the Highlands of Scotland or the Lake District. Embracing nature at the sights and scenes that are normally reserved for day visitors.
I’ll be back tomorrow with the story of where we went and what we saw in beautiful Kent and East Sussex.
Are you a camping fan or phobe like me? Could you be converted with a motorhome?!
The Grande Motorhome from Bunk Campers sleeps up to 6 people and is available to rent from £75 per night.
Disclosure: We were gifted the hire of the motorhome for the weekend in return for our honest reviews. As always all opinions are our own.