How do you name a campervan?
Campervan r us. Note the singular. Campervan not campervans. At least not yet. The Davies campervan empire is still in its early days. We currently have just the one. Her name is Betty. Campervan is us didn’t sound right.
How do you name a campervan? Not all vans merit a name but old ones do and Betty dates from December 1971. We wanted a funky name. Fun. To reflect the fun nature of the van itself. She is great fun for a weekend or week away. Betty seemed right. Not Bert or Brian, although both are good names. Our van seemed to be female.
Betty is also to some extent named after Anne because her middle name is Elizabeth. She never uses it, other than in the naming of the van.
We never call Betty “the van”. That would be impersonal for something that feels to us like a living thing with her own character. Betty looks after us. When it is chucking it down outside we sit securely inside looking out at the rain beating down on the window. Same at night. It’s great to cuddle up on the rock and roll bed just listening to the rain on the popup roof.
Conversely when the sun is shining we sit outside on our picnic chairs, faces soaking up the warmth. This is especially good at breakfast time whilst you are waiting for the bacon to cook. Steaming hot cup of tea in hand. Or coffee.
After breakfast one of us saunters over to the wash block to do the dishes whilst the other chills out. Assuming there is a wash block, if that’s what they call it. A stream is equally good if you are out in the wilds. I have a vision of a valley surrounded by mountains with a stream meandering along the wildflower meadow below. Apart from the wilderness backdrop the only thing in view is our Betty.
You have to be able to dream. You don’t need to own a campervan to be able to do this. Our campervan, Betty, is for hire. She is a 1971 VW T2 bay and is a dream to drive. See our campervan hire page for available dates.
Anne’s Vans is a Lincolnshire based vintage VW campervan hire company.
What you think
Had a great time in Norfolk in Bertie thanks AnneLee Hancock
Betty was admired and envied by fellow festival attendees and was of eminently appropriate vintageSue Topham
Despite wind and rain of biblical proportions we were assured of a warm, dry, snug bed on emerging fSue Topham
Had a great time with Betty at Cropredy Music Festival.Sue Topham
We had a great time in Betty - Cathy didn't want to give her back:)John W
We had a vantastic time with Betty this bank holiday in EdaleDan Ellin
The van was fantastic had a great weekend. Rachel xRachel
Wow - the pictures of Betty don't do her justice - she is a beautGraham Wilson
Betty is an absolute delight and has a personality all of her own. We will certainly be back.Mark Smith
Literally you have to go to Germany in Betty. So many fans, beeps, waves and pictures!Jimmy Vestbirk
Hi Anne we've had a lovely weekend in Betty. The awning has been a godsend to give the extra space.Amanda
Anne's Vans were a pleasure to deal with the hiring of our van. Highly recommended!Claire Smith
I was amazed at how comfortable it was to drive Betty the van.Dave Cooper