Meet Cathie

Now She’s Retired From Teaching, Cathie is Free to Explore at Last – and She Loves Using Her Nv200 Campercar From Sussex Campervans Every Day – Near Home in Beautiful Devon, and Beyond.

She’s had her camper since March 2017, and says: “I’ve always been a tent camper, but this is limited to summer. I wanted a longer camping season, so my NV200 CamperCar was the answer. I wanted something small and economical, because I use it for everything, but I really only go camping in it from March to October.” 

Cathie finds her CamperCar useful every day. She says, “I use it locally because I live in a beautiful part of the world. I’m not far from Woolacombe and Croyde, on the North Devon coast. In May, June and September, when you haven’t got as many holidaymakers, it’s a good time to explore. I live in a beach area, so when friends visit we take the CamperCar and use it as a changing room for the beach, out of the wind, and make drinks in it. My friends love it.”

They had their compact Nissan Camper conversion built to order by Sussex Campervans and collected it in August 2015. Steve asked for no stag livery, but instead embellished the sleek Twilight Grey bodywork solely with his favourite creature – a lizard.

Why a lizard? “I like climbing with lizards – it means that I’m in a warm and dry place,” says Steve with a smile. He enjoys climbing, especially calling into Fontainebleau on the way home from the Alps, an area just outside of Paris used by many Alpine mountaineers for training. There were certainly lizards climbing alongside Steve as he tackled the famous boulders in the region. 

Warm, dry weather is clearly a luxury for Steve. He recalls a more typical camping trip, which really made him appreciate the shelter of the campervan: “In North Wales I was climbing on Cader Idris, which was cold, wet and miserable. I was belayed on a ledge and watched a slug beat me up the rock!”

Exploring Exmoor and North Devon is Bliss in Spring and Autumn, When There's Very Little Tourist Traffic, Says Cathie, as This Exe Valley Road Photo Shows

Using the NV200 CamperCar every day as a car is something that many owners enjoy doing. Even if you only fill the cupboard and fridge with basics such as coffee, hot chocolate, tea, soup and baked beans, it will keep you warm, safe and well fed whatever the weather, all year round. On a hot day it’s wonderful to put milk, cheese, cooked meats, chocolate bars and yogurts in the 50-litre fridge to keep it fresh until you’re ready to make lunch. It’s the ultimate reviver after a day on the lovely sandy beach at Woolacombe, or a bracing walk along the Devon Coast Path or striding out over Exmoor, taking photos of the famous Exmoor ponies and magnificent Red Deer, while drinking in that fresh sea air. 

The Nv200 Campercar Seats Four People, So It’s Perfect for a Day at the Beach With Friends

Silver campervan interior
Silver campervan back photo