Behind-the-scenes: Channel 5’s Million Pound Motorhomes
With season two of the programme underway we couldn’t be more excited to share the news that Hey Campers will feature on Channel 5’s Million Pound Motorhomes.
Due to air on Sunday 18th and 25th September at 8pm, it will then be available to watch on demand via My5.
The film crew from Banijay Productions joined us in July and August, which are our busiest two months of the year. The crew, Tim and Becky, captured all of the goings-on in our Leicestershire depot and our journey to Southampton to collect our latest motorhome.
They even shot us on a dash cam driving round Poole, only to realise the camera wasn’t on and we needed to film again! We learnt a thing or two about patience that day.
They did really feel like part of the family during the months they were with us. What was great was that they put themselves in our shoes, taking the time to understand what it means to run a luxury motorhome hire company and sharing some laughs and mishaps, along the way.
So, what was it really like filming for Million Pound Motorhomes?
It was great but exhausting – a once in a lifetime experience that we’ll always remember. The filming crew behind Million Pound Motorhomes made us feel really relaxed – ensuring we were having fun. Despite lots of retakes and requests for ‘can you just do that again’?
What struck us was just how much management goes on, setting up shots. We never realised there would be so many different ways to tell the same story – from this other angle, looking into another camera or standing in an alternative position. By the end of things, we felt like actors!
Adam wasn’t very comfortable in front of the camera at the start, but he definitely found his confidence over time. We tried very hard not to bicker while they were filming, and we mostly achieved that – although I can honestly say it was a real test of our relationship. But it also made me realise, just how much Adam and I do enjoy working together.
On occasions, we were perhaps just a little bit too relaxed – with the odd swear word needing to be edited out! And a few mistakes when I was left in charge – which coined the use of the regular ‘don’t tell Adam’ phrase!
The air did turn a little bluer than normal when one customer delivered their motorhome back to us, all smashed up. The race to get the vehicle ready for the next customer was chaotic, but we managed it and we can’t wait to watch back the reaction of the family who took it away afterwards. They had a little boy who was literally bursting with excitement for his holiday.
There were definite up and downs, but it was a special time. We got to share the experience with our families and fantastic team too, plus all the great friends who helped make things perfect. With it being over the summer, my 21-year-old daughter, Sarah and 16-year-old son, Matt, rolled their sleeves up too, making themselves useful over the busy holidays.
Doing the Hey Campers’ brand proud were Kevin who handles valeting and maintenance, Steve – the plastic welder (who pristinely repaired our battered and bruised motorhome and even bought new overalls especially for filming!), our neighbour Joe the pilot, and his partner, Lauren. Emily, another neighbour donned her rubber gloves for motorhome cleaning and our friends Jon and Serina provided invaluable support. It was definitely a community effort, with most of the people on our street getting roped into help with something! We can’t thank them all enough.
What do we expect from Million Pound Motorhomes?
We have no real expectations from the show, except we hope it makes viewers realise how much fun and magic there is in having a motorhome holiday. While the show does focus on lavish vehicles, ours are top-of-the-range but affordable – meaning anyone can experience just how much adventure can be had on the open road.
Obviously we hope to get bookings from it too – especially as we launch lots of great winter deals and have released reservations for 2022.
Will we be watching the show?
Yes! We are nervous to watch ourselves back, but it was such a big part of our summer that we can’t wait to see it on the small screen. To celebrate the hard work of our team, family and friends, we’re going to watch the show together over some food and drinks in our depot, Googlebox-style. Stay tuned for some footage from that!
Wish us luck!