RV owners prepare for staycation 2021

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

WITH more people than ever expected to holiday in the UK next year, an interiors firm is helping owners transform their caravans, motorhomes and campervans.

Ghyll House Upholstery and Design offers a full refurbishment service for owners looking to spruce up their tourers ahead of next spring and summer.

The firm has a range of professional upholstery options in different fabrics and colours to ensure vehicles are ready for action next year.

Joe McAlpine, general manager of Ghyll House Upholstery and Design, said: “With a winter of restrictions ahead, now is a good time to think about any updates your caravan, motorhome or campervan might require before the spring so you’re ready for the new holiday season.

“Many people are buying a caravan or campervan, updating it and making it their own home-from-home for their holidays. New upholstery can give it a new lease of life. The better the quality of the foam and fabric, the more comfortable it’s going to be.

“We’ve fitted many different vehicles and caravans over the years,” said Joe. “Campervans have become more popular in recent years, with people investing in them as DIY projects to create their own space.”

Joe McAlpine

Ghyll House Upholstery and Design, which is based at Mealsgate, near Cockermouth, said the upholstery service was also popular with owners of static caravans looking to update their holiday homes.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, staycations in caravans, motorhomes and campervans have experienced a boom during 2020.

Gill Haigh, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, said: “The popularity of this kind of visit is clearly on the rise, with 10 per cent of visitors to The Lake District, Cumbria this year choosing to come in their motorhome or campervan, according to our recent survey.

“With so many campsites offering motorhome pitches right across the county, word is clearly spreading about the wide range of facilities available and that Cumbria, with its wide open spaces, spectacular scenery, culture, heritage and adventure, as well as first class food and drink really is #theperfectplacetobe all year round.

“We’ve been delighted to see so many of our campervan and motorhome visitors choosing to explore our coastal and less well-known parts of the county, as well as the more familiar places and we know from our own surveys that those who’ve holidayed here this year have strong intentions to return.

“We’d encourage our motorhome owners to sign up to our newsletters so we can keep them posted on facilities, places to visit, and experiences to enjoy.”

The Caravan and Motorhome Club reported a 35 per cent increase in bookings over the summer; a trend which is expected to be repeated next year.

A spokesperson for the organisation said: “This demonstrates how keen campers, caravanners, motorhomers and campervanners are to enjoy the great outdoors and the freedom and peace of mind that touring holidays provide.”

Classic 1979 Viking Fibreline caravan

Andrew Bell, from Wigton, has enjoyed caravan holidays since he was a child and now owns two tourers - a caravan which he and his wife Jane use for UK breaks, and a vintage 1979 Viking Fibreline which they take to classic car shows, along with their 1977 Ford Granada 2.0 GL.

After buying the Viking on the internet 10 years ago, Andrew had only some small renovation work done to the vehicle and chose to keep the original upholstery. However, last winter, the caravan was fully restored with a full respray and timber frame repairs and Andrew decided it was time to get the upholstery refitted too.

He said: “The foam was so old it was getting uncomfortable to sit on so that’s when we approached Ghyll House. They did a superb job keeping the original vintage look of the cushions, while also making it much more comfortable. We’re delighted with the end result.

“Because of Covid-19 we haven’t been able to take it to the places we would usually go, but hopefully next year we’ll get a chance to.”

The interior of this classic 1979 Viking Fibreline caravan

Due to current restrictions, Ghyll House offers a service where caravan owners can arrange to send measurements to the company, which will then be used to create made-to-measure cushions to the customer’s choice of fabric and design. These will then be delivered directly to the client.

“We’re doing everything we can in the current climate to help make life easier for our customers,” said Joe.

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