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JUSALULU – A two year trip across two continents

JUSALULU is a story of an amazing family on a journey to find their roots. I remember following their blog and amazing video productions as the trip was happening a few years back. Some of the videos have been removed from public view, quite a shame I thought as they were amazing to watch and really inspiring.

Luca, Sameena, 4 year old Lusira and 2 year old Giulio travelled a big chunk of the world in an old 4×4 IVECO cam 80 that they picked up in a junk yard and converted to a home on wheels. To read about their whole trip you must check out their website to read more about this family and the amazing trip they did and the situations they got themselves into. It is such an interesting read.

As a teaser of what to expect on the JUSALULU website there are some showcase short films below to get you in the mood before you click on their page that can be found by clicking here.

 

JUSALULU TEASER from jusalulu on Vimeo.

a Taste of Tunisia from jusalulu on Vimeo.

Ethiopia close up from jusalulu on Vimeo.

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African Dust Hopper

It is hard to imagine that the world wide web only became publicly available on August 6, 1991. Before that people who wanted to research long journeys to far away places (before the word “overlanding” itself was ever even given as a name to this pursuit) and have half a chance of knowing what was to lay ahead over the following weeks months or years was to read travel books. They were a bit thin on the ground and hard to find with the info given in them usually being out of date at the time of reading. To receive messages from family back home before email was done by a method called Poste Restante. When travelling in Africa this involved you letting the person you wanted to message you the name of a big city you would be in at a given date and get them to wright you a letter on paper and send it a month before you were due to arrive. They would send it to the post office in that city and you could go along and pick it up and have a read. In theory this should work but the stamps on the letters would often be stolen enroute and more often than not you would never receive your mail. We used to find back then that the only way of getting real time up to date information on boarder crossings, scams and corruption was to talk to other ‘travellers’  heading in the opposite direction than you were.  In a nutshell you never really did know what you had let yourself in for and what you were to expect until you actually set off and met people on the road and the folks back home had no idea where in the world you were for weeks or months at a time.

Back in 1987 three people with a tiny budget set off from Europe and travelled across 21 countries over 14 months and covered 36,000KM on some of the toughest road conditions ever seen by the trio. They did all of this in an old (even for back then) front wheel drive Peugeot J7 diesel van and had no idea what to expect of the road that lay in front of them.

People like these are the pioneers of what internet users call ‘Overlanding’ these days.

Luckily for us they filmed this trip on film using cameras and we would like to share the African Dusthopper experience with you.

 

 

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Syncro Alchemy

So what is Syncro Alchemy I hear you say…

Syncro Alchemy is a showcase of work buy a person who we consider to be the very best bus guy in the business. As well as fitting and creating the lay out of the 1.9 TDI (AFN) engine in the CVC Westy that has taken us all over the place he has personally built some of the best camper vans on the planet. Remember the big gold LT 4×4? That was just one of his builds but he has actually build many more, mainly in the form of VW T25/T3/Vanagon/Kombi vans.

Who is this guy I hear you say..

His name is Russel, he has forgotten more than most people claim to know about building and actually using VW 4×4 vans both on and off the road. If you haven’t ever heard of Russel until now there is probably a good reason for that. He doesn’t really get involved in the willy wagging business, his van build and engine conversion work simply speaks for itself. Russel is taking on work for selected customers who want van builds and engine conversion work and we can hook you up if you are serious about a project you want done on time with no bull crap. Just leave a comment if you are interested in a bit of Syncro Alchemy for your own bus.

So enough all ready about me going on how great Russel is at his job and let us show you his most recent South African, totally rust free van build project. After recently moving back to the UK from his Mother land of South Africa it was time for us to catch up after a few years. What better place than our favourite area of the UK.

Hitting the full screen option is advisable if you have a sold internet connection..

 

Syncro Alchemy from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

VW T25 T3 Vanagon Pop Top Thermal Wrap

After years of using the same van that lots of you also drive it’s time we addressed the down sides of owning and using a Westfalia pop top. It doesn’t matter how good your roof canvas is in really extreme conditions there is scope for it to let some water in. Wind noise is also a major issue as are inconsiderate camping neighbours . With a pop top cold weather is an issue with the roof up and also hot weather with the sun shining in at 6am in the summer. The CampervanCulture.com thermal wrap solves all of these problems to make your life that bit mere comfortable on the road and lets you use your Westfalia pop top 365 days of the year.

 

VW T25 T3 Vanagon Pop Top Thermal Wrap from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

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CampervanCulture.com Arctic Overland Series Part 6

Back in part 5 went high and into the wilderness Norway had to offer.

Part 6 is the final part of the series but fear not.. We are inviting you to ask us all of the questions you may have so we can make a part 7 and answer you directly. Interested in the gear we use? Interested in the van? Interested in us? please ask us those questions you have and we will try our best to include you in part 7

Soooooo… part 6.

We get our last taste of wilderness camping before crossing back over to Sweden, into Denmark, through Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and onto France. Sweden still had an absolute gem of a place to visit and Denmark threw up a few cool places too. Before we we set off south from Norway we bumped into Sion from Australia in his van who is a customer of ours who had called into CVC HQ before he left for a grand European tour of Europe. We had fitted his van out with a bunch of stuff and his CVC ARB awning was going strong and was a must have item for him on his own trip. For us the CVC log burning stove was earning it’s keep once more, keeping us warm in the evening when we were sat outside at high altitude. If you are interested in those check them out right here.

Oh and we also got to go truck shopping in Denmark thanks to our good mate Jason.

As promised we have added the actual GPS locations of the free camp spots we found in part 6 as a thank you for your ongoing support. We will continue to do this through the following five or more following episodes. If you are interested in any of the equipment you see us using in this series please feel free to check out the Cooking & Camping Equipment section on the web shop. As most of you will all ready know the only things that ever end up on there is the equipment we actually use ourselves. That’s how CVC became the trusted brand we are today and not just another van parts web shop with no soul just stocking catalogue parts.

It’s that time of the week again to grab yourself a cold one, sit back and come and join us for the ride with us in part 6 of the CVC Arctic Circle Overland Film Series..

 

Arctic Overland Series Part 6 from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

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CampervanCulture.com Arctic Overland Series Part 5

Back in part 4 we found paradise.. You all remember that place right? The one next to the crystal clear sea in the fjord?

We always say that the camp spots are just getting better and better as this series unfolds but it happened again! It would be hard to even imagine how we could trump the spots in part 4 but as we enter the south west part of Norway we get to the area where the huge fjords are located. Lots of up and down driving, some of it kept us on the edge of our seats but between the cloud cover we picked out some epic vistas. To get out of the van and stand with our feet on the ground and be part of this environment was a humbling experience. Isaac was introduced to fishing and picked up a valuable life skill . While we did leave out the part when the ultimate in free range food took a few harsh blows to the head (it was kind of graphic but very quick and humane) We had no idea just how tough the hard core sea fish of Norway could be. I know it’s just nerve impulse but to have a fish flap around long after it had expired with no head in your fridge was just weird! We all know that food from the super market isn’t born with wrapping on right! so please go easy with us on this one, it wasn’t farmed and was 100% free range. I never did get over not being allowed to eat that free range squid back in the CampervanCulture.com Morocco Overland Series so it was important to me to get Isaac involved in this opportunity. For kids to see where food actually comes from is important for kids I think so thy can make their own choices in life through their own experiences.

It was delicious by the way…

We were meeting up with more and more people randomly at the side of the road. Hooking up with CampervanCulture.com followers and subscribers is the best thing about doing what we do, especially in places were you think you are totally on your own.

As promised we have added the actual GPS locations of the free camp spots we found in part 4 as a thank you for your ongoing support. We will continue to do this through the following five or more following episodes. If you are interested in any of the equipment you see us using in this series please feel free to check out the Cooking & Camping Equipment section on the web shop. As most of you will all ready know the only things that ever end up on there is the equipment we actually use ourselves. That’s how CVC became the trusted brand we are today and not just another van parts web shop with no soul just stocking catalogue parts to feed a machine.

It’s that time of the week again to grab yourself a cold one, sit back and come and join us for the ride with us in part 5 of the CVC Arctic Circle Overland Film Series..

 

CampervanCulture.com Arctic Overland Series Part 5 from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

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CampervanCulture.com Arctic Overland Series Part 4

Back in part 3 we went as far north as we could get in Sweden and crossed into Finland and then over into Norway.

The camp spots we find are just getting better and better as this series unfolds. A tip when watching part 4.. to get the most out of it you will be better choosing to view this in full screen. You while know why when you get to the good parts. On our journey back down south along Norway’s coastline we had to take a lot of ferries to the connecting islands and headlands that joined up the roads between the fjords. This area doesn’t have the huge fjords that you will witness in future episodes but the scenery is truly stunning. We were starting to have to put a little more effort into finding those perfect camp spots as Norway didn’t have the thousands of miles of open forest tracks that Sweden and Finland had and it wasn’t unusual for tracks to be locked by chain.

As promised we have added the actual GPS locations of the free camp spots we found in part 4 as a thank you for your ongoing support. We will continue to do this through the following five or more following episodes. If you are interested in any of the equipment you see us using in this series please feel free to check out the Cooking & Camping Equipment section on the web shop. As most of you will all ready know the only things that ever end up on there is the equipment we actually use ourselves, that’s how CVC became the trusted brand we are today and not just another van parts web shop.

It’s that time of the week again to grab yourself a cold one, sit back and come and join us for the ride with us in part 4 of the CVC Arctic Circle Overland Film Series..

 

Arctic Circle Overland 4 from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

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CampervanCulture.com Arctic Overland Series Part 3

Back in part 2 we had hit the tree line and crossed over and into the Arctic Circle.

Every time we find a new epic camp spot we think that things can’t get any better but we are proved to be wrong time and time again. In part 3 we head into Finland and then into Norway and onto the island of Senja. The Mosquitos are still chomping on us right up until we leave Finland and although we missed the dense forest and lake areas, it was nice to experience the landscape and free camp spots Norway had to offer.

As promised we have added the actual GPS locations of the free camp spots we found in part 3 as a thank you for your ongoing support. We will continue to do this through the following five or more following episodes. If you are interested in any of the equipment you see us using in this series please feel free to check out the Cooking & Camping Equipment section on the web shop. As most of you will all ready know the only things that ever end up on there is the equipment we actually use ourselves, that’s how CVC became the trusted brand we are today.

It’s that time of the week again to grab yourself a cold one, sit back and come and join us for the ride with us in part 3 of the CVC Arctic Circle Overland Film Series..

 

Arctic circle 3 from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

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CampervanCulture.com Arctic Overland Series Part 2

 

Back in part 1 we had left CVC HQ and after boarding numerous ferries across northern Europe we set out GPS to head north.

Before we left we had been warned about mosquitos being a problem the further north we got and although they were an annoyance I am not sure they were quite as bad as everyone made out they were going to be though. That said we would have been happy if they didn’t make a show, regular as clockwork every evening. In this second part of the series we detour away from the E45 and drive the “Wilderness Road” that takes us into Swedish Lapland and with that came a visit to a traditional Sami village, epic water falls and rapids and reindeer.  We were still well on track with our mission to free camp the whole trip and the spots we were now finding were having a more remote feel to them, especially the times we wandered off the main roads and along the many forest tracks that branched off the narrow highway.

As promised we have added the actual GPS locations of the free camp spots we found in part 2 as a thank you for your ongoing support. We will continue to do this through the following five or more following episodes. If you are interested in any of the equipment you see us using in this series please feel free to check out the Cooking & Camping Equipment section on the web shop. As most of you will all ready know the only things that ever end up on there is the equipment we actually use ourselves, that’s how CVC became the trusted brand we are today.

It’s that time of the week again to grab yourself a cold one, sit back and come and join us for the ride as we enter Lapland, cross the Arctic Circle and find more epic camp spots  in part 2 of the CVC Arctic Circle Overland Film Series..

 

Arctic Circle Overland 2 from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

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CampervanCulture.com Arctic Overland Series Part 1

So here goes..

This is the CampervanCulture.com Arctic Overland film series. Over the next few weeks you will be introduced to a set of short films of a trip that was a long time in the planning. In fact this would be the third time we tried to do this trip but for one thing and another it just never seemed to materialise. When we realised that for the third time it may not happen again, due to the Brexit happening just before the planned departure date, we really didn’t know what to do. Rather than accepting defeat for the third time we put a shout out on our social media outlets and the orders started to flood in!

You all made this trip happen..

It’s now time to show our thanks to you all because buying from our web shop allows us to live this Vanlife. CampervanCulture.com is more than just another van parts web shop. As you all know, we run CVC so it allows us to make the money ourselves so we can invest this and make these short films happen and try to inspire people the best way we know how. Usually we are pretty secretive about the exact location of the camp spots we find but do leave subtle clues so you can find them if you really wanted to. In this series as a thank you to you all we are going to show the exact GPS ordinates of each place we free camp at so you can use them yourself if you ever wanted to do a similar trip yourself. Hell you could even just cherry pick the best ones!

OK, so now with all that said this is the lowdown of the trip ahead. The idea was to try and do a trip from London to up and over the Arctic Circle to see if we could find if there are any true wilderness areas left in Northern Europe/Scandinavia. We wanted to see if we could do this by being totally self contained and not paying to stay anywhere. As the series unfolds over the next few weeks, the three of us will show the set up we have and the gear we use to stay safe and healthy on the road. Travelling through what are supposed to be the most expensive countries in Europe really doesn’t have to be expensive if you do it our way, in fact this ended up being the cheapest trip we have ever done!

We want to make a final “Questions & Answers” video and get you as involved as we can. Please ask any questions you have in the comments section under the video and we will try to answer you directly in the Q & A final video that we will make at the end. Just say who you would like to answer the question,  Jed, Lou, Isaac or Dan the question itself and where in the world you are from.

Now grab yourself a cold one, sit back and come and join us for the ride as we get a couple of thousand miles under our belt on the drive north to see what’s going on up there in part 1 of the CVC Arctic Circle Overland Film Series..

 

VW T25 T3 Syncro Panel Van FOR SALE

 

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VW T25, T3 Syncro Panel Van

  • 1600 cc turbo diesel
  • 4 speed + G
  • 2 x switchable differential lock (front and rear)
  • Power steering
  • no rust
  • New rear bumper

Located in Belgium, transportation to other countries can be arranged.

Price €8800

Contact Tom for more details via email quoting CampervanCulture.com

info@garagetomlaureyns.be

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