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Van fan Sam is driving profits; BUSINESS: Rental role makes dad a happy camper again after redundancy.

Byline: Jonny Greatrex

A NEW dad who lost his job due to the recession has turned his passion for classic camper vans into a livelihood.

Volkswagen fanatic Sam Roberts, from Selly Oak, set up 25 Seven Camper Hire last month after being made redundant from his marketing manager role in January.

The 34-year-old rents out his professionally-converted Type-25 vehicle, called Fergal, to holidaymakers wanting to take short breaks anywhere in the UK.

Sam, whose daughter Maya was born in March, said that the idea to set up the company dawned on him after a number of his friends had asked if they could borrow 18-year-old Fergal for their summer holidays.

He said: "Many of my friends can't afford an expensive holiday this year and neither can we, so we were going to use Fergal instead.

"I quickly realised the country is full of people in the same boat so to be very interested in the business so I'm delighted I've made the move.

"I've learned so much about running a company within just a few weeks and I'm loving every minute of it - especially as I'm getting to work with my favourite thing everyday." The wagon boasts a gas powered hob, grill, fridge, freezer, heating, running water and two double beds..

Made in the 1980s and early 90s the vans are slightly more roomy than their 1960s counter-parts.

Sam added: "T25s are becoming the classic VW camper because they are more roomy and practical than the earlier vans.

"Yet you still get the feeling of a classic VW camper and attract lots of waves and compliments from passersby." For more details visit * www.25sevencamperhire.co.uk

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In the driving seat: Sam Roberts, from Selly Oak, with Chrissy Brown and daughter Maya. Picture: Emma
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Date:Jun 11, 2009
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