A Shrewsbury vehicle hire firm has doubled its fleet of Volkswagen California camper vans after being inundated with bookings from people trying to enjoy their holidays closer to home.
Jolly Good Van Hire, based in Bayston Hill, is expecting demand to continue to soar as people shun trips abroad because of job uncertainty and the difficult economic climate.
And business is already good at the firm with bookings from people wanting a “fun, flexible break on the open road in a camper van classic”.
Jason King, Shrewsbury’s branch manager, said: “When we added two unique camper vans to our fleet last year we had no idea how popular they would be with people wanting to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
“We decided this year that we would have four of the California camper vans available to hire to ensure fewer people were left disappointed at not being able to get hold of one for their holiday.
“We have been delighted at the amount of bookings we have already had for June and July. “I think the unseasonal bad weather during March and Easter is partly the reason for this because people were unable to get away for breaks.”
Mr King said: “What is also interesting is that when we speak to those ringing up about our camper vans they are often looking to stay in the UK and enjoy the beauty right on our doorstep.
“They also don’t want the stress of waiting at airports for flights or the delays and then the costs when they arrive.
“With job security at an all-time low they also don’t want to risk going abroad and are hoping to take advantage of good summer weather at home when it eventually arrives.
“Although as our Jolly campervans can be taken abroad, we have also had bookings from people who are venturing further afield.”
The Volkswagen California camper vans are available to hire until October and Mr King said the vehicles had all the modcons to ensure people could holiday in comfort and convenience.
Mr King added: “A camper van is an ideal holiday vehicle and gives you flexibility to go where you want without being tied to a hotel.
“The camper vans include deck chairs and tables, bike rack, pots, pans, cutlery, glasses and even a corkscrew to enjoy a bottle of wine and watch the sunset over the horizon.
“Unlike larger motorhomes its size means it fits in car parks and multi-storeys and its easy to drive both around town and in the countryside.
“It is fitted with everything you need - they are home from home just a little smaller but double the fun!” “The beauty of a camper van is it gives you the freedom you need to have a really relaxing and enjoyable holiday at a reasonable cost,” Mr King said.
For more information visit www.jollygoodvanhire.co.uk or call 01743 770035.
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