Why you shouldn’t wait until spring to get out in your van!

Why you shouldn’t wait until spring to get out in your van!

Vanshades have you covered for camping in all conditions, so why wait until spring to get out?

The winter months provide the perfect opportunity to head out and experience new sights and places, often with less people around!

Before heading off on your winter adventures, make sure your van is insulated correctly with a range of products from Vanshades.

Window Pods

Window Pods® have been created by Vanshades to provide an easy to install, stylish privacy solution for your Volkswagen T5 and T6 campervan.

The foil-lined cellular pleated structure of Window Pods® not only offers a sleek style to your van, but they’re also designed to keep your van insulated. The foil-lined honeycomb design holds a layer of air which acts as an insulator, retaining heat throughout winter.

As well as excellent thermal qualities, Window Pods® are designed to reduce condensation, reduce noise pollution and provide blackout properties – everything you need for a peaceful night’s sleep!

Visit our Window Pods® page now!

Insulated Pop Top Wrap

If, like us, you like to pop your roof to ensure you’re experiencing maximum room and comfort, you might be concerned about a draft! With Vanshades there’s no need to worry, we’ve designed our Insulated Pop Top Wraps with this in mind.

Our Pop Top Wraps are designed with a variety of elevating roofs in mind. Designed with a special insulated layer between the outer and inner hydro coated polyester, our wrap provides you with a much-needed extra layer of insulation for your campervan.

Head over to our Insulated Pop Top Wrap page for more information.

Screen Covers

For customisable screen covers that are completely unique to you, choose Vanshades! Not only can you choose the design, but you’ll also experience an extra level of privacy and insulation throughout your trip. Our screen covers are designed with additional velcro fastenings, ensuring there’s no movement, even in the stormiest of conditions!

Order yours today here.

Other winter camping essentials include a wooly hat, a travel kettle and plenty of teabags!

Are you ready to start your campervan conversion project?

Are you ready to start your campervan conversion project?

If you can hear the call of the wild and fancy heading out into the outdoors but you’ve had enough of your tired old tent, it might be time to take up vanlife.

If you’re a campervan newbie, taking up a conversion project can be daunting. Once you’ve chosen your van, there are so many elements to think about that will truly make your campervan a home away from home.

Before You Begin

Start by setting yourself a budget, this will make it easier when it comes to planning things like floors, walls, electricity, and the interior. From there, you can plan a timescale, giving yourself goals and aims for when you’d like certain parts of the campervan completed.

Once you have a budget and timeline set, and a place to work, check out your toolbox. Take a look at what you’ve got and what you need to purchase or borrow from friends. Don’t forget to enlist those holidaying with you for help too – and if you’d like a professional opinion there are plenty of conversion companies out there who can support you

The Basics

The first step of your conversion is stripping the van and taking out its existing interior to make way for your new cabin. Once everything out, you can begin laying your insulation, a vital step that will keep your van at the right temperature whether it’s high summer or bleak winter.

Next, you’re onto the floor, ceiling, and walls, so it’s time to get creative and choose some materials and colours that will make your campervan pop. Wood, vinyl and tiles are fantastic options and will all start to bring your van to life.

The Technical Stuff

To give more of a glamping experience, electricity is a necessity and also one of the trickiest parts of a conversion project. Solar panels are a great option to consider, allowing you to be as self-sufficient and as sustainable as possible.

Don’t forget your ventilation either – it prevents mould and ensures that there is always air flowing through the campervan. There are plenty of options to choose from including wind-powered roof vents, pop-up roof vents and louvered air vents.

The Interior

Now it’s time to really make your campervan – from the sleeping area to the kitchen, put your unique stamp on your interior to make the van personal to you. Think about different fabrics, homely furnishings, fairy lights and more that will give your van that wow factor.

How Can We Help?

The Window Pods® from Vanshades are an easy-to-install, stylish alternative to curtains that have been specially designed and manufactured to bring privacy and insulation to your campervan.

These Window Pods® are available on the Volkswagen T5 and T6 campervan, delivering a flawless, modern finish which is completely bespoke to you.

Find out more about our Window Pods® now!

Why choose the Window Pod®?

Why choose the Window Pod®?

Since the 60s, holidaymakers and camping fanatics have been decorating their camper vans to suit their own individual styles and tastes.

In the years that have followed, trends have changed and manufacturing capabilities have improved but one thing that has stuck around, is curtains.

With a cheap and untidy look, curtains no benefit to the comfort of the camper van, making Window Pods® from VanShades are the must-have alternative to curtains that will transform the look and feel of a van’s interior.

The made-to-order Window Pod® system is an easy-to-install blind and frame system which not only looks far more stylish than standard curtains, but also offers blackout and thermal qualities to ensure that any trip in the van is a comfortable one.

But what goes into building the Vanshades Window Pods®?

Whether you’re a trader completing camper conversions or you’re a camper van owner looking to spruce up your interior, each order is completely tailored to deliver an individual product every time.

The Window Pod® starts its journey in our 6000sqft factory as vacuum formed ABS recycled plastic, before going through eight quality-driven processes to deliver a blind pod that curtains just can’t compete with.

Each process brings value to the product – from to cutting the components to choosing the fabrics and assembling the blind, we take care every step of the way.

All elements of the Window Pods® are manufactured in house, including the blind build and the pod carpeting, and goes through a stringent quality check once completed to ensure appearance and performance is perfect.

The process doesn’t stop there either, we continuously operate a company policy of improvement, allowing us to grow and learn new procedures, practices and protocols within the business.

The Window Pod® takes two weeks from the placement of the order, giving our dedicated and passionate team time to deliver a product that is as individual as the van it is being fitted into.

Here at Vanshades, we aim to deliver a product that not only performs, but that is also easy to install, to save you time no matter what the project you’re working on.

Window Pods Range Extension Update

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** STOP PRESS **

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

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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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?

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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

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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