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With the UK festival season set to get underway shortly, thousands of music lovers will be beginning their preparations, ensuring they have all the essential camping equipment, that their tent is in full working order, and that have the correct gear to shield them from the elements.
However for motorhome owners across the country, the summer festival season represents the perfect opportunity to take their vehicles out for a long weekend and enjoy camping in comfort. For those with a sense of adventure, there truly is nothing better than waking in your motorhome of a summer morning surrounded by fellow festival-goers.
Winter is always a challenging time weather-wise and recently we’ve seen floods hit across the world. In the UK it tends to be severe rainfall that causes rivers to burst their banks and cause flooding in towns, but elsewhere in the world a combination of high rainfall, melting snow and ice can cause severe problems. New Zealand is the latest part of the world to be hit by flooding and a number of campers have recently had a lucky escape.
In one particular incident this week, the Waimea River overflowed and burst its banks, washing away a campervan and all its contents. Thankfully the four campers were unhurt, but they will be left with quite a campervan insurance claim and a few difficult nights trying to recover what they can.
Flooding has caused severe damage to the campervan and motorhome industry over the past few months and it’s not just the tourists who have suffered. Many campsites both in the UK and in popular destinations like New Zealand have been completely flooded, leaving them without business and with a serious recovery job to undertake. Often this leaves campers without a place to sleep and many have had to be evicted from campsites over the last few weeks.
Persistent rainfall is not just dangerous to the campervan community at present, it could have serious long term effects. Campers aren’t going to be inclined to invest in motorhomes or campervans for the long term if rain continues and the risk of flooding will really detriment the off-peak demand for tourist areas.
We can only hope that over the next few years we see some improvement in the weather and the flood protection for campsites and that hopefully campers can return to their favourite areas without fear of being washed out.
Fortunately, campervan thefts are not as common as they might be. Security measures have considerably improved over the last decade or so and there are a plethora of secure parking areas available across the UK. In theory, campervan owners have never felt safer. However, over the last few days you may have seen a couple of worrying news stories concerning thefts of vintage campervans.
Last week a stolen van was involved in an accident in North Yorkshire; fortunately the van had been abandoned by the thieves and nobody was seriously injured. Equally, a vintage two-tone van was stolen in Kent just after Christmas. The police have been investigating both incidents and we’re yet to hear news of recovery.
Though only a small minority of campervan owners are ever affected by thefts, these incidents are worrying for owners and it shows that there are people with both the will and the expertise to break into an drive off with a van. It really goes to highlight the importance of the right campervan insurance policy which protects you from vehicle theft as well as contents and accident cover.
In particular, those who own vintage campervans could be at risk. Not only do vintage vehicles fetch a good deal more when they are eventually sold off – whether as vehicles or as spare parts – but they don’t tend to have the modern security mechanisms you’d expect on a newer model. It’s considerably easier for a thief to start an old VW Transporter without a key than it is to disrupt the computer systems of many later models.
Owners should be thinking about where they’re storing their campervans and how they can discourage thieves. Steering locks and central alarm systems can be retrofitted to vintage models and it’s often advantageous financially to do so.
Vintage campervans will always attract interest and though we’re fortunate enough to have many more security measures available to us that ever before, it’s important that owners are doing all they can to make use of them and to make theft as difficult as possible.