Cornwall Living 2018

A great adventure

Experience the freedom and excitement of a campervan holiday with Kernow Kampers.

I’ve long since been a motorhome convert and we’ve been holidaying and exploring both close to home in Cornwall and further afield across Europe for many years now in our trusty VW. For some, taking the plunge and buying a campervan or motorhome can be a big step so when I found about Kernow Kampers I was excited to find out more about this Cornish campervan hire company who are helping customers enjoy the holiday of a lifetime, on four wheels.

Kernow Kampers’ owner Nolan is originally from the Midlands but moved to Cornwall after meeting his wife. When asked how the business began he replied: “I was teaching in Cornwall at the time and we were about to get married. We wanted to hire a campervan for our wedding car but couldn’t find anyone who was doing it and it was from this that the original idea of Kernow Kampers was born.” Nolan had always had an interest in vans and vehicles and while searching for a vintage van to start the business he came across a modern version from Japan. “After some research we found that the middle of the campervan market was already well-catered for across the country and so we knew we would have to offer something no-one else was, something niche. The Japanese minidubs were ideal. They are customised to take on the appearance of a vintage camper and can be insured by people under 25, something not normally possible for full sized vans.”

Three were purchased and, alongside a brand new motorhome that catered for the premium market, Kernow Kampers has gone from strength to strength hiring vans out for weekends, weeks and longer-term rentals for those wanting to tour abroad. With Cornwall Airport Newquay expanding, the international market has started to open up for them as well. “With regular flights from Frankfurt we are seeing a lot of German custom and have worked with the Department of International Trade to ensure we take full advantage of this opportunity. We have also developed one-way tours to cater for this market. This means our overseas customers can fly into Newquay, take a leisurely three to four weeks making the iconic road trip from Lands End to John’O’Groats and then fly home from Aberdeen.”

It’s not just visitors that take advantage of Kernow Kampers’ great range of vehicles.

A lot of people living in Cornwall have hired premium motorhomes for festivals and events such as Badminton Horse Trials. “We’ve hit the ground running at a time when there has been a growth of interest in the more glamorous side of camping,” explains Nolan. Taking the leap from tent to motorhome can be daunting as the initial investment in a top end unit is significant, but the ability to hire locally means you can try before you buy.You can also benefit from receiving the cost of your hire back if you decide to buy a motorhome from Adria, Kernow Kampers’ motorhome of choice.

Kernow Kampers pride themselves in taking the hassle out of campervan touring and so can offer their customers route guides and campsite bookings as part of the package. Add to that bedding, Cornish hampers, surfboard and wetsuit hire and even SatNav if you want it, and all you have to do is literally turn up with a suitcase of clothes.

For me, one of the most attractive offerings from Kernow Kampers is the ability to hire a motorhome to take to Europe during the winter months. As avid skiers, this would be a cost effective winter sports holiday for us as a family. All the larger motorhomes are winterised, with upraded insulation and heating so you’ll be snug and warm after a day on the slopes with the added bonus of not being confined to one resort. Similarly if some winter sun is more your style then a road trip to southern Spain could be just what the doctor ordered!

Not one to rest on his laurels Nolan is pushing the business ever forward and Kernow Kampers has just qualified for an EU grant which means they are about to purchase six more mini campers and two brand new motorhomes. So, if you’re an explorer at heart and would love to experience life on the road then get in touch with the Kernow Kampers team today – you’re just a phone call away from your next adventure!

Kernow Kampers 

Minidub and campervan hire in Cornwall, the South West or further afield.

Riverside Garage, Grampound, TR2 4RX
01726 884689
07747 481418