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  • Writer's pictureManchester Camper Hire


(Soon, soon, soon.)

Anyone else totally over all these zoom meetings? I’ve just come off a call with the team, as well as my lawyer, local councillor, and doctor to confirm what we can do when.

Manchester Camper Hire monthly Zoom meeting

We’re all looking forward to things getting back to some sort of normality and being able to see customers again! Since the government published their roadmap I’ve had lots of emails asking about availability, when we can travel, and what happens if we go into lockdown again, so here’s a quick run down!

Can we book now?

YES! You can book now for trips after lockdown, risk-free thanks to the Covid guarantee, but availability is limited.

What can we do when?

These dates are only provisional, but...

When can we go camping 2021

From the 12th of April you can stay away from home in self-contained accommodation, so you can take the vans to campsites. However, there won’t be any shared facilities open, so you’ll need to take a chemical toilet, and be prepared to go without a shower for the duration of your trip! (Wild Swimming, anyone?!) You can also search for campsites that have ‘en-suite pitches’ with your own toilet.

If that doesn’t sound like your idea of a holiday, then…

From the 17th of May, campsites in England should be able to open toilet and shower blocks, and you’ll be able to meet up in groups of six, or two households. Availability is limited from May onwards!

From June 21st all restrictions will hopefully have been eased, but as is the case every summer, we’ve got very little availability in July and August. As a number of our bookings are for specific events and festivals however, this year cancellations are more likely due to events not going ahead, so keep an eye on the Facebook page for last minute cancellations, or check back on the bookings page.

At the time of writing, the Scottish and Welsh governments have yet to announce dates that they expect campsites to open, but as soon as I hear anything I'll add the info here. We're expecting more information from both of them by the 12th of March.

How safe is campervan hire?

Last year we made some video tours of the vans. Please watch the video tour before collecting the van. This will reduce face to face time, and will also mean you can get on the road sooner.

Even though the situation across the country is improving, all vans will be sanitised with an antibacterial spray between hires, as well as going through the usual cleaning process.

We no longer do same day changeovers. This gives me a bit more time for cleaning, and also means you can collect your van in the morning and drop it off in the afternoon, which is better for everyone!

We're struggling to find a campsite!

Don't panic! Whilst many campsites are booked up, there are plenty that don't take bookings due to their size. I've also put together a list of my favourite campsite websites which will hopefully be useful too.

I really hope this was useful, and that I'll be able to get you booked in for the dates you want. If you're thinking about a trip in September or October, I'd really recommend booking now!

Thanks for reading,

Nick 🚌 😄


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