We’ve Moved!

We’ve Moved!

We are proud to announce that due to our remarkable growth over the past year, we have moved again to new and much larger premises.

We will continue to offer the same friendly service at our new address (Unit 16 Cannon Way, Claycliffe Business Park, Claycliffe Road, Barnsley, S75 1JU), which will allow us to further grow, offer even better customer service and a larger selection of products and services.

We’re easy to find, close to the M1 motorway between junctions 37 & 38. Oh yes, our phone number is still the same: 0800 009 6291.

Window Pods Range Extension Update

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We’re working hard to finalise the final collection of Window Pods for the T5 & T6 and once complete, we will have a FULL RANGE for EVERY window option on the VW T5 and VW T6 range.

The new products include:

    • T5/T6 tailgate pods with motor housings as standard
    • Factory fitted VW OEM glass compatibility, twin slider

We’re currently at tooling stage with production scheduled for mid December in time for the 2017 season.

We will be launching these new Window Pods with some other new products at Campermart 2017 – Telford. Why not come down and see us?

Cheers,
Pete & Team

We’re at BUSFEST this weekend 9–11th September – Come along!!!

COME AND SEE US AT BUSFEST THIS WEEKEND, THE LARGEST INTERNATIONAL BUSFESTIVAL IN THE WORLD!

VanShades are at BUSFEST at Malvern Show ground approximately 8 miles from the M5 and M50 motorways (SatNav: WR13 6NW). For more information see: http://www.busfest.org/busfest/.

See our Original WindowPod® system and bespoke printed screen covers on display AND enjoy a great family day out too!

If you’re going to be there then don’t be shy, say hello and check in with us on Facebook / Twitter / Instrgram…

https://twitter.com/VanShades
https://www.facebook.com/vanshades
https://www.instagram.com/vanshades2016/

Come and see us this weekend at Camper Calling festival – Warwickshire

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO THIS WEEKEND?

VanShades are at Camper Calling, Ragley Hall, Warwickshire this weekend, a brand new family/music festival. For more information see: http://www.campercalling.com.

Why not come along and see our Original WindowPod® system and bespoke printed screen covers on display AND enjoy a great day out too!

If you’re going to be there then don’t be shy, say hello and check in with us on Facebook / Twitter / Instrgram…

https://twitter.com/VanShades
https://www.facebook.com/vanshades
https://www.instagram.com/vanshades2016/

Camper Van Curtains Ideas

Camper Van Curtains Ideas

Camper van conversions have moved on over the past few years and there’s now some great ideas for alternatives to traditional camper van curtains.

alternatives to camper van curtain tracks

There’s no arguing that curtains do their job as long as that job is closing so you can change your smalls but curtains can fail to provide the most basic of functions:

  • quick and easy- they are usually fiddly to close and can get in the way.
  • thermally efficient – they don’t keep you warm in winter and cool in summer and they do often soak up condensation and go mouldy.
  • blackout qualities – they sometimes let in the light when you want stay asleep.
  • look great – curtain-lovers may disagree but they look dated and those unsightly tracks!
  • easy installation – let’s face it, installing curtain tracks isn’t a satisfying use of a weekend.

So what’s an alternative idea for camper van curtains?

NO CURTAINS!

Sorry what did you say?

Hang on we’ve not gone mad and yes we did just say “NO CURTAINS”.

The thing is, we couldn’t seem to find what we wanted, a great looking, stylish, modern, thermally efficient alternative idea for camper van curtains so, we thought outside the box and invented a completely new window blinds system.

Our system solves all of the shortcomings of camper van curtains:

  • they are quick and easy to use
  • they are thermally efficient
  • they are available in blackout and thermal
  • they look great, they’re modern, sleek and stylish
  • they are very easy to install in as little as an hour or less!

Introducing the VanShades Original WindowPod® system.

Designed and developed in the UK and made from automotive grade ABS plastic, VanShades WindowPods® are pre-installed with high quality blinds that are available in a wide range of colours and designs. Currently available for VW T5 (and other makes/models soon), the VanShades WindowPod® system is The Original, The Best and The Only WindowPod® blinds system on the market today. WindowPods® are loved by their owners, you can read what they say about them at our VanShades Facebook page.

window pods are alternatives to camper curtains

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Watch the video and learn more about the new WindowPods® system from VanShades:

VanShades WindowPods® – A modern and stylish alternative idea to camper van curtains.

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What are the modern alternatives to camper curtains?

What are the modern alternatives to camper curtains?

When planning your camper van conversion you will at some point have to consider ideas for which window dressings you’re going to choose but what are the modern alternatives to camper curtains?

The importance of your camper windows and the dressings that you choose for them is sometimes overlooked. Your windows and their dressings need to not only look fabulous because after all, you’ve probably spent a considerable amount of money converting your van, they also need to perform well too.

Window dressings perform a number of key functions:

  • to let light in during the day
  • to keep light out when you’re sleeping
  • to keep you warm when it’s cold
  • to keep you cool when it’s hot
  • to provide easy access to privacy
  • to look good

Until recently, it’s been a hard job to find good stylish alternatives to curtains, there have been a number of roller and sliding type solutions but they’ve never quite delivered that high-end fully integrated and modern “limo-look” or “tour-bus” quality that you’ve been looking for in an easy to install or retro-fit package.

Now let’s not be too hard on the humble curtain, they have been a fairly maintenance free reliable solution for a very long time and they do kind of “get the job done” but, there’s the problem, they’ve been around for a very long time and they do come with the problem of those ugly curtain rails or tracks that are also time consuming and tricky to install.

Let’s face it, in the conversion world, style and quality has moved on but unfortunately the humble curtain well, hasn’t. Curtains can now easily spoil the overall look of the rest of your often costly conversion project. Curtains just don’t cut it in terms of thermal efficiency either and they’re just not that quick or easy to close when you need a little privacy. I’m fairly positive that there will be people who still have full-on “curtain-love” and that’s fine, everyone is entitled to choice and their opinion however, there’s no getting away from the fact that the market has moved on. Just like the loveable old “Blackberry”, the poor old curtain has sadly seen it’s day.

alternatives to camper curtains

If you weren’t already convinced that curtains have had their day, here’s a photo of the inside of a 1967 Cadillac Hearse. If your van conversion resembles this, or your conversion company is offering you something that looks like this, then it’s time to embrace a little change and read on!

does your camper look like this 1967 Cadillac hearse?

Credit: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/67/173019610_637bd7043b.jpg

So what are the modern alternatives to camper curtains?

There’s a new and frankly quite sexy alternative to curtains for your camper conversion, namely, the VanShades Original WindowPod® system. WindowPods® are the very latest in design and come pre-installed with quality blinds, pre-carpeted if you wish and they are designed to be super easy to fit. WindowPods® can be specified as part of a new conversion by you or your conversion company, you can use them to give your van a facelift or or, you can use them to quickly and easily add-value if you’re selling your camper van. They can take years off a van!

alternatives to camper curtains, window pods camper van blinds system

VanShades WindowPods® (which are currently available for VW T5 vans and more models such are T4, T6 soon) solve all all of the age-old problems associated with curtains.

Instead of old dated curtain styles with rails or tracks visible, you can now have a modern, stylish, thermally efficient blinds system that’s quick and easy to fit, that looks integrated and part of your conversion and that complements your conversion rather than detracting from it.

window pods are alternatives to camper curtains

Learn More Buy Online

Designed and developed in the UK and made from automotive grade ABS plastic, VanShades WindowPods® are pre-installed with high quality blinds that are available in a wide range of colours and designs. The VanShades WindowPod® system is The Original, The Best and The Only WindowPod® blinds system on the market today. WindowPods® are loved by their owners, you can read what they say about them at our VanShades Facebook page.

Watch the video and learn more about the new WindowPods® system from VanShades.

VanShades WindowPods® – A modern and stylish alternative idea to camper van curtains.

Learn More Buy Online

Show diary for the rest of the year

Show Diary

Our show diary for the remainder of the year is as follows. If you want to save on P&P for your privacy screens, why not order before and pick up from the show. Leadtime on none standard bespoke covers is currently 2-3 weeks.

Dub Mania – 4th – 5th June http://www.bus-types.co.uk/DM-Home/dm-home.html

Deva Dubs – 10 – 12th June http://devadubshow.co.uk/

Mighty Dubfest – 17 – 19th June http://www.mightydubfest.co.uk/

Camper Jam – 1st  3rd July http://www.camperjam.com/

Dubdayz Summer Fest – 8 – 10th July http://www.dubdayz.com/

Dubs at the Castle – 15 – 17th July  http://www.dubsatthecastle.co.uk/

Bugjam – 22 – 24th July http://www.bugjam.co.uk/

Dubtober fest – 29 – 31st July http://www.dubtoberfest.co.uk/

VW Festival – 12 – 14th August http://www.vwfestival.co.uk/

Camper Calling – 26 – 28th August http://www.campercalling.com/

Bust Fest – 9 – 11th September http://www.busfest.org/busfest/

If your find yourself at one of the show, stop by and say hello!

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