Category: VW Camper Van
Post updated July 2015 Having owned a VW California SE for 4.5 years I’m now able to provide a pretty comprehensive review of the camper van. You’ll see reviews by motoring journalists who happen to take one away for a weekend but they haven’t had a chance to ‘live with it’ in that time. Here, I’ll try to provide a balanced review so you … Read More The VW California – An Owner’s Review
Want a camper van but have realised that you want a good balance between reliability, practicality and style ? Well, if you’re like us you’re on a journey that has probably started with yearning after a T1 splitscreen or T2 bay window van but have now come to appreciate that there are certain drawbacks to such a romantic notion. Like comfort, for example. Or confidence that … Read More I want a modern, reliable camper van
This is a question that has been uttered by many people across the world, I’m sure. This post could also be subtitled “my personal journey to owning a VW camper van” since it tells the first part of my story to researching and testing out various versions of VW campers. In my next VW camper vans post – Act 2 – I’ll review the … Read More Wouldn’t it be cool to own a VW camper van ?
By the time the VW California was launched in the UK in 2005, VW camper vans had a heritage stretching back over 50 years. In Part 1 and Part 2 I traced the history of the camper van from the humble beginnings of the earliest splitscreens in the 1950-60s through to the burgeoning popularity of the bay window and subsequent variations from the 1970-2000s. In this post I bring the … Read More 60 Years of the VW Camper Van: Part 3 – Into the 21st Century
The first ever meeting of Scottish VW Californias took place in mid-November at a cold and decidedly icy campsite in Blair Atholl. Here are four of them, with Lydia nearest. It was a great chance to meet up with other members of the VW California Club – the UK California Owners’ Club – to have a nosy at other people’s vans and to talk … Read More Scottish Cali Meet
In my previous post charting the history of VW camper vans I described how the T1 Splitscreen camper van was born from humble beginnings but rapidly found a market among campers the world over. During the period 1950-67 Westfalia alone produced 25,000 camper vans with Devon, Danbury, Sun-Dial and others producing their own versions. A new model – the T2 with its distinctive Bay … Read More 60 Years of the VW Camper Van: Part 2 – Coming of Age
The VW camper van is one of the most iconic vehicles ever produced. Few other vehicles have the ability to turn heads and conjure a spirit of freedom, adventure and open roads. This is the first of a three-part series providing you with a potted history of the VW camper van, told both in text but particularly through the imagery created by VW’s own advertising over … Read More 60 Years of the VW Camper Van: Part 1 – The birth of an icon
Getting out and about across Scotland (and elsewhere of course) is a whole lot easier with a camper van. You have everything you need conveniently stowed – including the kitchen sink – and a roof to put over your head when the weather turns nasty. It’s camping in style and comfort, without the draughts, wet patches and leaky lilos. We got Lydia from new just … Read More Meet Lydia !