Tag: Camper van

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What do you take in your camper van ?

The beauty of a camper van is that you can just pack a few clothes and a toothbrush and then you’re off on your travels.  The van is your bed on wheels, already kitted out so that you can take off at just a moment’s notice. Sounds idyllic doesn’t it ?  Well yes it can be – but it also requires some forward planning … Read More What do you take in your camper van ?

VW Camper Van – Future Design Concept

Wondering what the clever designers at VW are thinking about for future camper vans ?  Take a peek at this great video. I love the fold-out kitchen and the awning protruding from both sides of the pop-up roof.  Could you even buy one with wood veneer finish, like the 1960s US station wagons … where and when can I order one ?! I’ve just … Read More VW Camper Van – Future Design Concept

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25 Years of the VW California

VW are celebrating 25 years of the VW California this weekend at the Techno Classica exhibition in Essen.  Over 100,000 Californias have been produced since 1988 and are still going strong. While it’s absolutely right that VW exploit the heritage of their VW-based camper vans I think there’s a bit of editorial licence involved.  In actual fact, it was Westfalia who first used the … Read More 25 Years of the VW California

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VW Waving Etiquette

As with many ‘sub-cultures’ there are certain rituals that define whether you’re ‘in the club’, so to speak.  The customary “VW wave” is one such ritual, and a highly enjoyable way to reinforce the sense of VW community.  However, delve a little deeper and people quickly learn that it’s not quite as simple as it would seem.  In fact, it can be a bit … Read More VW Waving Etiquette

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VW California Options and Accessories

You may have just decided to take the plunge and buy a VW California (or another camper van) or you may be just about to take ownership.  Either way, it’s a very exciting time and you’ll be looking forward to planning camping trips away.  At this stage many people start to think: “so what else do I need ?”. This is the subject of much … Read More VW California Options and Accessories

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The VW California – An Owner’s Review

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

I want a modern, reliable camper van

  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

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Wouldn’t it be cool to own a VW 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 ?

60 Years of the VW Camper Van: Part 3 – Into the 21st Century

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

60 Years of the VW Camper Van: Part 2 – Coming of Age

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

60 Years of the VW Camper Van: Part 1 – The birth of an icon

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