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We had a great week touring the highlands in Liz's campervan.
The location in North Glasgow is ideal as its only a short distance from the highlands. On arrival we were met by the owner (Liz) who was very welcoming and showed us all the wonders of our first campervan.
Handling. The van itself was very clean, the equipement generous and was easy enough to drive when my head eventually discovered I was driving a heavily laden van and not a car. The automatic gear meant I had one less thing to think about and could focus on handing the van.
DooDahs. Teh van is equiped with all sorts of things. Automatic sliding doors, shed loads of compartments, an expandable roof space, a passenger seat that swivels round to face the rear seats, a detachable dining table. Lots of curtains and lights. Gas cooker, electric fridge, a gas canister for the hobs and heating and leisure battery that can be charged on site for the lights and plug sockets. The fridge is a bit bigger than a hotel fridge and can store a few beers, milk, OJ and butter. I would not go buying lots of fridge stuff as it wont all get in.
Space. In terms of accomodation the van can quite comfortably hold two people and two small children or one other adult. We were a group of three (Mum, Dad and 18 yr old). The rear seats pull out into a two person bed and the roof canopy expands into a tent space for one adult or two small children. When the rear seats are folded back up they can comfortably fit two adults or one adult and two small people. The seat also has rear seating so you can lift the rear door and sit facing backwards admiring the view with the door acting as an awning from the rain (if it ever rains in the highlands).
The van has lots of wee compartments that you can use to store your stuff. I know this is a fact known to seasoned campervanners, but if this is your first time travel light. When your have packed, unpack chuck half of it back in the drawer and come with few possesions, in this way you will have less stuff to pack, less things to put away and more room for the person in the rear seat. When we do this again we will travel much lighter/smarter.
Extras. There is also an awning which when fitted can be used to decamp all your luggage to give you more room in the van. The awning itself was tricky to put up the first time, but once mastered was easy enough to do the second time. Attach the awning to the vehicle first then blow it up then peg it out. We didnt do it in the right order the first time and so took a wee bit longer to get it upright.
Returning the Van: After we cleaned out the van we arranged to meet liz back at the drop off and went round the van to check we hadnt had any misshaps. All checks were done and we handed back the keys to Liz.
Owner: Liz was very helpful and was attentive during our trip when I couldnt work out how to switch on the gas or how to switch off the child locks. She was very professional and friendly. I would highly recommend Liz and her van and we will be back :)