Arctic Circle Explorers Join The Redline Family

By Dean Ronnie on May 10th, 2024

With the purchase of a Redline Trekker, we’re pleased to welcome the Arctic Circle-exploring Butler family to the extended Redline family!

Whilst new to Redline and new to campervans, the Butlers are no strangers to us though. In fact, they are very loyal customers, having purchased four caravans from our sister company, Venture Caravans, over the past 14 years. It is for this reason that we are so pleased to see them in a Redline conversion, as we know how crazy their camping adventures can be and how the Trekker suits them down to the ground.

Arctic Circle Explorers

So why Arctic-Circle exploring? For those unaware, the Butlers make it their own personal mission to visit some of the most far flung destinations Europe has to offer. This includes the Arctic Circle, which they have visited three times in Bailey caravans purchased from Venture Caravans.

The Butler family’s trips to the Arctic Circle has seen them experience the area in spring, summer and winter, take their pet cats along for the trip, and has seen them caravanning in temperatures right down to -26℃.

Getting to the Arctic Circle on all three occasions saw the family travelling through France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, and covering around 5000 miles.

We’ve got to say, we are probably as excited as the Butlers are that they now have a Redline conversion. We just know that they are really going to put this vehicle to the test and will be taking it on some long adventures all over the UK and across Europe.

Camping and Caravanning Obsessed

As the faces behind the popular Facebook group, Wobble Boxers Unhitched, and the Facebook page, Arctic Circle Caravanning, it’s fair to say the Butler family are camping and caravanning-obsessed. So obsessed that husband and wife, James and Katy first met through their mutual love of caravanning.

It was on the Caravan Club’s (now known as the Caravan and Motorhome Club) letters page that the couple first met. Katy asked the question does anyone else go away in their caravan alone and James responded, inviting Katy to join the online forum he ran at the time, ‘Young Caravanners’.

Three months later, Katy moved from South Wales to live with James and just six weeks after that, the couple bought their first caravan together from Venture Caravans.

Since then, it has been a life of caravanning and camping for the couple and their young daughter. First of all there was a caravan themed wedding, then there was the honeymoon in the caravan, and of course there have been a lot of caravan trips, including many skiing holidays.

James admits that they are a bit “caravan mad” but followed this by saying they “love the freedom, views and variety of holidays” a leisure vehicle can give them. We know this is going to continue with their new Redline conversion. Of course, they won’t be getting rid of their caravan just yet but they will be using it in conjunction with their new VW Transporter.

Why the Redline Trekker?

Posting on their Wobble Boxers Unhitched Facebook group, the couple had the following to say about the reasons for choosing their new vehicle and their reasons for choosing Venture and Redline:

“So why a VW van? Simple really! Ish! We needed something newer to tow the caravan. But what do we go for? Spec required had to be; 4×4, reliable, proven to be tough, big boot, decent payload, no silly high road tax, well known around Europe, especially in Sweden for repairs if any crop up, adaptable for engine block heaters etc, easy to source winter tyres.

This is when Venture lured us in with their brand new model they have started making. Their Trekker version. Pop top with a rock and roll bed on rails. No kitchen so a day van type arrangement. When we went along it was a 2 wheel drive with a small engine. No good for us. But the sales chap called Webby, who we have dealt with 4 times before and was the first person outside our family to hold our daughter as a baby, said to us, “we have a 4 motion van in blue we haven’t converted yet.”
Every time these guys pull the rabbit out the hat!

14 years we have been Venture Caravan customers. This is our 5th vehicle we have bought from them. Every time the experience has been smooth, no stress, no hard sales pitch. Just all done at our own pace. And the craftsmanship the guys have done in house to fit windows and the pop top etc is amazing. Very skilled people.”

We are extremely happy to see the Butler family join the Redline family and are looking forward to seeing where they head on their next adventure.

Interested in learning more about the Redline Trekker?

Find out more about it for yourself by taking a look at the Redline Trekker page on our website. Whilst should you have further questions, feel free to get in touch with us. You can call us on 01327 703371 or email us at

Written by

Dean Ronnie

Redline Campers