Thanks for these replies . This gives me a lot of information to research.
To clarify the ‘small budget’ - it’s about half the amount of a new campervan and to us it’s actually a huge amount (the entire lump sum from one of our pensions) which is why we can’t afford to make costly mistakes. We currently drive a 14 year old car!
We prefer petrol just because I think diesels could become increasingly difficult to sell on. And petrol vehicles are likely to be less polluting than diesel. I would rather pay more for fuel and be kinder to the environment. (But I wouldn’t be a martyr to the cause! It’s just a preference.)
Thank you for the heads up on the sliding door thing. I kind of assumed it’s a problem because of caravans, but maybe that’s because caravan doors swing open, rather than sliding…?
I wonder if anyone has experience of driving a RHD camper in Europe? People advise us to buy LHD. I was kind of hoping that the extra height might in some way overcome some of the difficulties of RHD. It will be our only vehicle when we eventually get it.