For urban camping, it’s curtains for me


Perfectly parked up. Discreet and private. For short stops and urban camping, it’s curtains for me.





I have watched the discussions/debates toing and froing on the forums around the pros and cons of wild camping versus campsites and it’s certainly a fraught topic. I’m not even sure that there is agreement on what is the definition of ‘wild camping’? But that’s one for another day.
I have seen motorhomes occasionally parked up around the city but they require space and do stick out like a sore thumb, potentially making them a target for unwelcome attention.
Eighteen months and 26 thousand kilometres on I’m so delighted with our campervan and the conversion carried out by Vanderlust in Co. Clare. Compact and convenient lines make for discretion and with a bit of cop-on opens up a lot of urban parking/camping options which might not otherwise be possible.
A lot of good calls were made at the outset around design, features, fittings, fixtures and fit-out and only two items have had to be retro-fitted, both down to ourselves and not the Vanderlust team.
Firstly, for some convenience and shelter we added a Fiamma (F45S) wind-out awning to the drive-away awning (Outwell Daytona Tall) already on board. That has worked out well, even though it required an adaptor kit to mount the awning to the roof racks as the best option. (It cost €679 all in).
The second retro fit was for cabin curtains to block off the living area from the front driving section. I can’t believe we didn’t think of it in the first place but it turns out to be the best €94 we ever spent. Vanderlust again to the rescue for a good fabric and tidy rail fitting which matches the original décor and colour scheme of the van. It’s worked a treat.

A tasty cabin curtain retro-fitted by Vanderlust.

Yes for full privacy, insulation, heat reflection and some sound proofing, the silver lined and padded units that stick on to the windscreen and side-windows are grand, although the suction pads can leave marks. They are a little unwieldy and take a bit of time to put in place and remove and that’s fine if you are not planning to drive and are in situ for a while.
However, for short stops and urban camping, it’s curtains for me.
They are perfect, offering full privacy and yet really discreet all the while and not attracting any unnecessary attention from thieves or traffic wardens or just plain old nosey parkers.
So along with the campervan, the curtains are a perfect fit for urban parking and camping options, where quite simply there are no camp site option available, one way or the other.

A room with a view. Urban camping is possible with a bit of discretion and cop on.