Please observe this when you go with a camper van

Please observe this when you go with a camper van

The camper van is gaining popularity. Over the past ten years, the number of registered mobile homes have almost doubled, according to figures from BOVAG and Camping and Caravan Industry (CIP). At the end of 2006, there were still about 50,000, in 2016 there were more than 97.000 campers registered. Do you also go with a camper van on the road? This you must remember.

Not every bus lends itself to be converted to camper van. Except the space and the comfort, there is also legislation which you should be aware of. That keeps a lot of people there with the camper van on the road.

According to Arno Huidenkoper of Camperfixx the last few years, certainly the small bus dioramas “almost not dragging”. The desire for independence and comfort as main reasons of this growth.

The best camper van for you

The most important tip according to Frans Hoofwijk of the Dutch Camper Club: “first, Go rent it, go experience what camping is. If your years have collected and finally that motorhome purchase, it is sin if he does not suit you. So rent a few times. Do you think it is nothing? Then you have a holiday and go the next time you do something else. It Is something for you, then try a few campers out until you get the format you droomcamper. In that way, do not bargain.”

How many people

“Also important in the choice of a camper van is whether you are there with two or four people want to sleep and how wide the beds,” adds Huidenkoper. to “1 meter 20 was maybe fun when you are a student, but for older people is 1 metre 40 a lot better.”


In Europe is not a uniform policy with regard to the spend the night in a camper van. In the Netherlands it anywhere outside the designated areas. If you do and you get caught, you wait a hefty fine. Checks are usually not take place during the day, but at night. Then you must be in the middle of the night looking for a place to sleep with a speeding ticket in the bag.


The most kampeerbussen driving on diesel as a result of the lower diesel prices and the greater fuel consumption of the buses. Depending on the bus consumption by approximately between 1 in 8 to 1 in 12 litres of diesel. In clever ways, that consumption as low as possible during the trip. Ride light. Loos, for example, some water from your water tank before hitting the road. And keep the speed low. When long-distance travel can be the difference between 110 km/h and 120 km/h for one kilometer per liter fuel care.

Environmental legislation

“Furthermore, it is recommended to take a bus from after 2005 to buy,” says Huidenkoper. “According to the environmental laws are buses that for 2005 are not made more welcome in Utrecht and Rotterdam. In Tokyo also, but I don’t think there are many people driving.”


Hoofwijk see the inspection of the RDW as an important stumbling block in the aaschaf of a camper. “People think the egg of Columbus to have found solutions that they are on the internet. They lay hoses to and create links which will then not be approved. Then you run the risk that you take the bus again and need to break in pipes. For this reason, a craftsman in the arm for the construction of electricity and gas systems.”

The same goes for other things than gas and electricity. “Someone can chairs with belts to buy and this in the bus places, but if they are not properly attached, you won’t get by that inspection.”


There is, incidentally, some confusion about the seats in the bus. In old vans for 1970 should you during the trip on all of the seats in the bus, also the places without a belt. It is, of course, the question whether this is so is safe.

Over the past decades is the law in that regard have changed. Looking good, before you leave, what are the rules for your bus in the countries through which you travel. For children shall be governed by separate rules.

And make sure you during the trip, no loose items stuff in the bus.


In the Netherlands and abroad are a number of things that you default in your bus. Therefore, please always have a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, fluovestjes and a warning triangle next your vehicle registration, id and driver’s license.

For a bus with a maximum weight of 3,500 kilos, with seating for up to eight people and is your driver’s licence B is sufficient. The issue here is the empty weight including payload. For heavier buses or buses with more than eight seats in you have a driving licence (C, C1, or busrijbewijs D or D1 is required.


By the use of bright colors looks the space is larger. Further, it is useful to have articles in your bus multiple functions. A boodschappenkrat as a side table, a bed and a bank, and the space underneath as storage for example.

With some curtains, pillows and a lichtsnoer give you the camper van quickly a personal touch. Online is a great community where kampeerbusfans meet and share tips. On Instagram and Pinterest you can find, for example, with the hashtags #vanlife #wanderlust a lot of inspiration.

Don’t save on seating space. If the weather is bad, you will spend a lot of time.

The best place

You go to a campsite, please specify that you are with a small camper van, otherwise you run the risk between the large mobile homes to be placed.

Apps like Campercontact and Pro Mobile to help you further with finding a place that suits you. “No motor home owner’s home is the same,” concludes Hoofwijk. “Everyone wants to be very individually travel that they have in common.”

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