We have one fully restored 1965 Splitscreen, three Bay Window VW Camper vans,
built between 1972 and 1975 and one 80's VW Type 25. The Dormobile is a true classic and is tax exempt.
All the vans have had some degree of restoration and have original
features. The vans have a rather retro feel to them – including
Our expedition van, which is available for a limited time, is a 1995
LT35 conversion – it looks like a big Scooby Doo van and definitely
On arrival we will show you round the van and demonstrate how to
operate the cooker, heater and pop top, etc. We’ve found that 10
minutes doing this is worthwhile for avoiding that desperate erection of
sleeping compartment in the dark or worse in the rain!
Depends on the van – our Westy is designed to take 5 adults, and
the others 4 or will take 2 adults and 2 children. Each van has the
same number of seatbelts as berths.
The expedition van is for two people with baby cot, if required.
The standard van inventory is detailed in the van’s section. However,
we aim to provide all the equipment to allow you to make full use
of the van’s facilities during your holiday.
Each van has a twin hob gas cooker. There’s also
a sink with pumped water and a cool box or fridge.
Not necessarily, but we only ask you to return the van with roughly the same as what you were given it with.
We do offer mid week and weekend options and details are in the Tariff’s
section. However, during peak time we can only accept bookings for
full weeks only.
Never wanting to disappoint anyone though, we may have part weeks
available and will identify these in our Special Offers section.
The easiest method is Paypal's secure online payment service through
our on-line booking form, however we can also take postal orders
or cheques, made payable to Escape Campers. A deposit of £100
is required to secure your booking with the balance to be paid in
full 4 weeks before
Yes, this covers you in the event of accident and there is a mandatory
security deposit of £350 which is paid as a Security Deposit prior to the commencement
of travel, this will be returned to you on the safe return of the van.
Each hire includes fully comprehensive insurance for 1 named driver.
Each driver must be aged between the ages of 25 and 70 (please see
terms and conditions for more details).
The insurance excess stands at £500. However there a Collision Damage
Waiver which can reduce this to zero for £17.50 a day, or to £350
for £7.83 a day. Driven safely and with the respect these older vehicles
require this should never be a problem.
The vehicle can be collected from 12pm on Saturdays and must be returned
by 4pm the following Friday. This is to ensure that we have enough time
to turn the van around for the next booking.
Regretfully, we can only deliver the campers to within a 20 mile
radius of Irvine and there is a charge of £30 for this.
You can leave your car with us, this service is free of charge but entirely at your own
risk. Alternatively we can pick you up (or drop you off) at a fully insured
secured airport parking facility which is about 8 miles away from the yard
where our business is based.
Certainly, we are happy to meet you at the local train station, Glasgow Airport or Prestwick Airport. There is no charge for this service,
but please do arrange this with us at the time of booking. If you
would like to be collected from somewhere else, please contact us and we
see what we can do.
Please call the office on 07785 532280 if you think you are going
to be late. Failure to advise us may result in you driving uninsured and
you will then be breaking the law. You will also be delaying the start
of someone else's holiday! A charge equivalent to one day's rental will
be payable for all late returns.
Yes. There is a refundable security deposit of £350. This is to cover
any damage caused to the van or its contents whilst in your hands.
This deposit is payable by cash, traveller's cheque or credit card (via
paypal.co.uk online system). The security deposit can also be paid
by cheque if received at least 7 days in advance.
This deposit is fully refundable upon return of the vehicle as stated
in the rental agreement, with the interior clean (including all cooking
appliances) and the fuel replenished to level when hired.
Each driver must bring a valid Passport and a full driving licence
(including the paper part if you have a new licence).
Also you will need to provide your bedding as this is not included
in the hire. A duvet is fine for the main bed and we recommend sleeping
bags for the bunks. If you prefer then we have laundry packs available
at an additional charge provided they are booked in advance.
Please remember these vans are over 30 Years old. All have had their
engines replaced in the past few years so should be fairly reliable.
They have been professionally maintained, but are still very old and should
be treated with the respect that they deserve. They do not have power
steering, but are none the less extremely enjoyable and fun to drive.
If you are unsure we can arrange a quick lesson before you head off
and after an hour or so on the road you will be an a complete expert!
VW Campers are not built for speed, but are more designed for a leisurely
driving experience. We recommend 50mph. We ask that you respect the age
of the van and drive considerately – remember you are on holiday not
in a race!
The Type 2 Volkswagen Transporter is one of the most reliable vehicles
ever made, after each hire the vehicle has a 30 point check and is fully
serviced every 3000 miles. It should however be remembered that vehicles of this age are subject to occasional minor glitches.
All vehicles are regularly serviced by a specialist VW mechanic,
but in this unlikely and extremely unfortunate occurrence then the
vehicles are covered by AA relay support where they will take you to the
garage and we will arranged repairs if the AA can't fix it.
Each van is also equipped with jump leads as it's easy to forget
and overuse the power when parked up. Instructions are provided within
the van and there is a 24-hour answer phone that you can always use
to get in contact with us if necessary.
Sorry, our insurer does not cover for travel other than the UK mainland.
We can provide a customised itinerary to guide you around some of
the best sights in Scotland specific to your interests. The hire
includes free mileage up to 500 miles which is ample to travel around Scotland
the lake district. However, we would hope that you would respect
the feelings of the vehicles and don't push them to the limit. A mileage
excess of 22p/mile
is chargeable upon your return should you overdo it.
There are a wide variety of campsites in Scotland with excellent
facilities. The link below samples some Scottish campsites and we
can supply detailed information on sites as part of your custom itinerary.
a camping guide book
in each van. If you are staying in Scotland you can camp almost anywhere.
However, please respect other people’s privacy and land when choosing
spots to pitch (especially if livestock are about). Please abide by the
code and remove all litter, leaving the area as lovely as you found
it ready for the next adventurer.
We can’t guarantee the Scottish weather and even though it can be
glorious during the day, at night we can get cold snaps up to the end of
June. We therefore have portable Propane gas heaters available for each
van on request. These come with a spare gas cartridge and this will keep you toasty
for about 4 hours. If you anticipate that you’ll suffer please advise
and we can supply a few more cartridges at extra cost.
Safety note: Please remember you must provide adequate ventilation when using
Each van has a CD/MP3 player and multi speaker arrangement for your
Yes. Bike racks can be supplied and is included in the price of your
rental. Each rack holds two bikes.
If you are unfortunate enough not to be able to make the exciting
holiday you have booked, then we will arrange a partial refund if we are
notified 28 days prior to the date of actual hire. If we are notified within
the 28 days then the deposit you paid on booking is unfortunately non refundable.
See terms and conditions for specific cancellation terms. In all cases
the deposit is non-refundable.
Yes. Our insurer allows for up to three different people who can
be named drivers. There is an extra charge for this. We will need
to see their driving licences and passports too.
Again, they must be over 25 years of age. Please contact us for further
While every effort is made to ensure that the FAQ are accurate, where a conflict exists between the FAQ and terms and conditions, the terms and conditions prevail, and these should be carefully examined before hire commences.