Why Name Your Campervan?

When I first started exploring the idea of owning a campervan I scoured classic car magazines, checked out club forums and chatted to other campervan owners. It didn’t take long to notice that owners referred to their much beloved mode of transport not as “it” or “the van” but by a given  name. This is not usual among modern car owners. I’ve never been introduced to Freddie the Ford Focus or Albert the Astra. Perhaps it is because a name suggests character, something that is missing from most Euro Boxes. On the other hand an old campervan is personality plus.

Driving a campervan is so unlike driving a modern vehicle. There’s the added frisson at the outset of a journey; will she start, will she get you from A to B and back again? Once on the road your senses come alive and you can actually hear the engine; taste the air as it rushes in through all those little gaps you’ve yet to seal; feel your biceps tightening as you tussle with non-power assisted steering; see all those envious faces as you hurtle by at 45 miles per hour; smell burning engine oil. Come on, your faculties won’t be assailed like that in a poncy Picasso!

A campervan is so much more than just a vehicle; you’re driving with a pal and as with all best friends not always reliable. Why only the other day on a trip with my buddy, the door handle came off in my hand, the front number plate dropped down and the windscreen wipers packed in. But we laughed. Yes, you’ve gone and bought yourself a living breathing companion and that companion deserves a name.

But how to choose one?

Native Americans watch the personality and quirkiness emerge in their children, and then choose a name that reflects this. However, that way could lead to your campervan being referred to by a string of expletives. You could use your number plate as inspiration. My first car was a mini whose reg was POG; so endearing. The second, a highly unpredictable mini Clubman estate, had an equally influential number plate; FKU suited it down to the ground. Some owners loiter around homes for the elderly in order to stimulate their imagination resulting in a lot of Maud’s, Ethel’s and Olives. Admittedly these are elderly vehicles so a pre-war moniker (or should that be Monica?) are quite apt.

What name has been given to my chum? He’s a VW Splitscreen and the previous owners had dubbed him Harvey however,  inspired by the pale yellow paintwork and cheery faces of passers-by we christened him Sunny. The perfect name for a bright, radiant and downright brilliant old friend.

If you own a campervan or old classic vehicle what name have you given yours?

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10 thoughts on “Why Name Your Campervan?

  1. Many years ago, in my teens in fact, I had a friend who had a rather old Morris Minor in 2 shades of green ( because one of the doors had been replaced with the wrong colour !) She called it Lettuce !

  2. Our latest bus is called Taiga Lily, based on her taiga-green and creme-white paint job. She is a 1976 T2b 5-seater which we bought 18 months ago. The other bus id now the Old Lady. She is a 1978 panel van-converted-to-campervan.Bought her 16 years ago as my first and only car. She was actually just “the Bulli” (german for VW bus) for the first 15 years and we changed her name only when Taiga Lily entered the family and I started blogging abbot three rebuilding in English.

  3. Beautiful camper… I’ve not seen many split campers, and Sunny is among the nicest I’ve come across. I’m currently restoring a ’66 Type 3 Fastback. His interesting personality begs for a unique name, but I’ve not discovered it just yet. Unfortunately, my license plate, 7•17550A, is little help.

    • Thank you for the kind words Tyler. But wow, I love your VDub and loads of hard work restoring what is quite obviously going to be a great buddy. And being a girl I’m going to have to say it….love the colour 😉

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