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Right to Roam

There are two kinds of people that own camper vans. There are the people who have them as a thing.. They rarely sleep in them and if they ever do sleep out it is usually in a tent pitched next to it so they don’t get the vehicle dirty. These people usually have no interest in travel and the pure freedom owning a vehicle that you can sleep in gives you.
The other kind of people who own camping vehicles are the ones who have a sense of adventure…

Jump in the van with Marie-France Roy and Alex Yoder as they weave their way through Scotland, exploring how personal accountability allows for universal land access and the old farm shelters that support mountain folks to rove freely.

Video by WRKSHRT

Right to Roam from Patagonia on Vimeo.

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VW T25 T3 Vanagon Westfalia Syncro FOR SALE *1.9 TD AAZ*

NOW SOLD – Price £13,000

Location: West London near Heathrow Airport

As with all the vehicles we list on CVC, please do not contact the owner unless you have the actual funds to pay for it. No part exchange offers, no “I just need to sell my bay window first to get the money” no turning up without being able to pay the asking price.

The owner says –

It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to sell my beloved VW T25/T3 Westfalia Joker Syncro.
It has given me great pleasure over the past seven years and I will truly miss her.
She needs a bit of work on the seems and could really do with the rear quarter being
replaced due to an incident with fuel pump protection bollard..oops.
She had a full body and roof respray in 2011 and featured in CampervanCultureulture.com “Syncroshopping” video series.
The paint job is starting to show it’s age and could do with a freshen up tbh ,it is no way rotten just cosmetic.
Virtually all wearable parts were replaced with OEM replacements and poly bushes used in most areas.
She is fully functional & ready to go with most of the desireable add ons including
rear mounted wheel carrier and decoupler, as you should know the Westfalia Syncro comes with both front and rear difflocks.
A little money spent on this would see a great return due to the appreciation of these vehicles,
and I think it would be a great investment. Sadly as I am only using it for maybe two weekends a year it is not financially viable for me anymore
As my child has grown out of wanting to go camping and that was the main reason for purchasing it.
I want her to go to a good home and am in no rush to sell,these are a very rare and unique vehicles, she is taxed and tested and in good working order.

Work done –

  • 1987 Westfalia Syncro Poptop
  • 1.9TD AAZ
  • External oil cooler with up front radiator
  • Double glazed windows
  • Underslung factory gas/LPG/propane tank
  • Front Captain seats with twin swivel mounts
  • Decoupler
  • Good VC & Spare
  • 15″ AT BFG’s x 5 on Mefros
  • Spare wheel carrier with mounted Farm jack
  • Square headlights
  • Mph Syncro odometer with rev counter(very rare)
  • Syncro truck mirrors
  • Opening quarter light windows
  • New telescopic prop shaft
  • CV joints all replaced apart from front outers
  • Pair of new Bosch 100ah batteries
  • 100w solar panel & regulator (needs repair)
  • Eberspacher heater (working)
  • Alpine stereo & speakers
  • Poly bush lower track control arm bushes, steering and drop link bushes
  • New wishbone bushes
  • All bushes replaced with Lemforder
  • Stainless steel front to back water pipes
  • Reconditioned fuel pump with custom pin less than 500 miles
  • Reconditioned front diff by Aiden Talbot
  • Front & rear working difflocks
  • Silicon water hoses (blue..lol)
  • New turbo (not reconditioned)
  • New exhaust
  • Vw reconditioned gearbox
  • Brakes recently overhauled
  • New handbrake cable
  • New heater fan
  • Working fridge with fan mod
  • Poptop A frame repaired with solid ends and powder coated

Work advised to be done –

Some Parts of Bodywork need attention was quoted £1300 to repair.

CampervanCulture.com says –

This camper is well known to us. A few years ago we were involved in the rebirth of the vehicle and since then lots of extra work listed above has been carried out. Back when we got involved and helped Rob with getting the van to a decent usable standard we made a video series of getting it up to scratch.  Check them out below,

 

Syncro Shopping from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

Syncro Shopping 2 from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

Syncro Shopping part 3 from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

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Christmas Opening Times

We will be closed between December 23 and January 7 (reopening Monday  January 8).

Yes, we will all be taking a well earned break over the Christmas and New Year period to spend some time with our respective families (and hopefully get some much needed camping time squeezed in).

We will be keeping the webshop open during this time, so you can still while away the drunken hours on Boxing Day buying yourself the “gifts” you’d been hoping to get for Christmas, but didn’t 😉

Any orders placed during this time will be dispatched the week commencing January 8.

The phones and email will be off with all correspondence being dealt with on our return.

May we just take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the last year. We really do appreciate it!!

Have a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Jed, Dan and Lou.

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This Slow Truck Is Quickly Turning To A Fast House #5

Man what a full on two days that was…

This is going to be an update of very few words as I am just so sleepy after a full on couple of days.. In a nutshell I got the windows and doors into the habitation box and fitted the new exhaust by routing it under the truck rather than up out of the top where it was before.

Now the habitation box can be lifted onto the back once the last bits of trim are fitted to the edges.

Let the the video do the talking while I catch up on some sleep.

 

This Slow Truck Is Quickly Turning To A Fast House #5 from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

VW T25 T3 Vanagon Square headlights

Brand New VW T25 T3 Vanagon H4 Square Headlight Kits

Who would have thought this would ever be available..

Through CVC, brand new VW T25-T3-Vanagon H4 Square Headlight kits for both LHD and yes…. RHD! Complete with brand new backing plates and adjuster screws and tips.

VW T25 T3 Vanagon Square headlights

This is not a wind up, and also get this… Brand new grilles with or without badge.

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The headlight prototypes have been running around the UK for a good while now under top secret conditions (actually not really, they have been on full view the whole time but they are that good nobody noticed 😉 ) and production has been underway and due to land with us at CVC ready to ship out at the end of January 2018. Stock will be limited so we are giving you the unique opportunity to pre order a set.

Remember USA customers who spend under $799 don’t pay import duty if they buy from us and you don’t pay the UK VAT at 20% so this is especially amazing for you guys even before you consider the epic exchange rate you get just now.

UK you still get an amazing deal and a chance to own what has been up until now the holy grail of VW T25 parts.

On the continent? You guys get a excellent exchange rate with the Euro v Pound right now too and we give good shipping rates.

If you would like to take advantage of the pre order cost please order via this product category page, http://campervanculture.com/product-catego…/vehicle-parts/…/

There are only so many that are being produced so don’t miss out. Oh, and you might want to tag your friends in this to share the love so they don’t miss out too.

If you have any questions or queries drop us an email.

Please note that the headlight image is for illustrative purposes only.

VW T25 T3 For Sale

VW T25 / T3 / Vanagon For Sale (SOLD)

FOR SALE – Priced reduced to £7500
Contact: Colin Staniford via email here or call on 07889 976812.
Location: Beckenham

VW T25 Camper van professionally converted by East Dulwich Campers in 2014 to an Urban Camper.

  • The engine is a 2.0L petrol from a MK3 Golf GTI with a five speed manual gearbox. It also has been converted to run on LPG as well as petrol (£0.59 a litre!)
  • Power steering, remote central locking.
  • 4 new Crossclimate tyres 2k miles. LHD
  • Full stainless steel Powerflow exhaust system fitted this year. £500 lifetime guaranteed.
  • Six seats, 4 inertia reel seat belts, two lap belts.
  • The bodywork was completely refurbished and sprayed Anthracite Grey (an original VW colour) very solid body. A few marks, as we use it for what it was built for.
  • Gas hobb runs off separate LPG tank. 3 way fridge. Loads of storage.
  • Runs perfectly, just completed 2k miles through France and didn’t miss a beat or use any oil.
  • Will cruise along at 70mph all day.

Any questions please email me. Selling to pay for our wedding next year. So I’m not in a rush to sell but if you’re serious and want a good looking van with the benefit of a few modern touches get in touch.

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The Start Of Autumn Weekend 2017 & Some Trip Vlog Testing..

After a couple of months of the CampervanCulture.com Westy Syncro being out of action due to yet another shagged gear box we had a stoke of luck. It was expensive luck but we did find a rebuilt Syncro gear box for sale at Busfest a couple of weeks back. Because of all the support we get from you guys and girls who support us from buying from the CampervanCulture.com web shop and at the shows we trade at we had enough to buy the gear box. Believe it or not at £3000 this gear box was a bargain! and not only has this put us back on the road but we should be able to get the old one rebuilt so we have a spare… With a spare rebuilt Syncro gearbox sat on a pallet we can really travel with a bit more confidence knowing via our UPS or DHL shipping accounts we can receive a new gearbox anywhere in the world in under 5 days!

We realise that all of you recognise CampervanCulture.com as not just another internet web shop and totally appreciate your support. With the support you give us it means we are completely self funded and it allows us to give something back via the short films we make so you can watch them any time you like and as often as you want for free.

This trip is just a short one. A quick weekend away into the Surrey Hills, we really hope you enjoy being with us in the passenger seat or virtually walking side by side with us on our hike.

This short video is more than us just getting out for a weekend exploring, it has been a bit of an experiment. Been thinking for ages just how viable daily or 3 times weekly video logs would be on our next trip. I like just picking up the filming gear and making a film series for you all for when we get back but…. let’s say… just for fun it would be possible to put together a series of regular video logs from out on the road and launch them every couple of days. It would be a lot of work but just as a tester this short film was put together to see what could be done which just an hour and a half of editing as a tester to see what is in reach..

 

The Start Of Autumn Weekend 2017 from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

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Subframe Built And Other Snippets #4

The building of habitation box has been ever so slightly delayed due to Erik breaking his wrist while doing an overland trip down to Greece. The good thing about this is at least he did it having fun so not so bad.

We have had a crazy busy couple of months at work with CampervanCulture.com.. Like really busy, all of us have been feeling the burn… And just now can see the light at the end of the tunnel with all that, now we have got Busfest and The Adventure Overland Show behind us. CVC trades at those two shows every year and as well as giving us a much needed boost in income it also gives us the chance to meet face to face with you good folk and get to know you. Some of this years extra pennies we took at Busfest went on buying a new gearbox for the CVC Westy Syncro after the old one threw it’s toys out of the pram again on the trip over to Adventure Allrad in Germany a couple of months back. Just the weekend before last I headed down to Doug’s VW Werks were Doug and I swapped the gear box on his ramp one Saturday and changed the clutch set up.

The extra sales we took at The Adventure Overland Show will go to the final payment on The Managon habitation box so a massive thanks to all of you amazing people who are buying from us and making this happen.

Of all the hundreds of people we got to speak with at both Busfest and The Adventure Overland Show this year the most asked question was, “Hows The Managon Build Going?”. Well here is where things are at…

I wanted to do this update now as the pace of the build is about to gather some speed and momentum. The panels for the habitation box are due to be ready today and to be picked up tomorrow so here is an update of what has been going on in Managon land since the last update.

Subframe – As previously mentioned in the other updates a trucks chassis flexes and if you just bolted a box to it the box would just get torn apart. There are a few tried and tested ways of mounting the box so it will allow chassis flex and The Managon is having a subframe with spring mounts. It was all made a few weeks back and part of it was sent away to be moulded into the floor of the habitation box.


High Roof Over Cab – Remember back in the previous update that VW LT I chopped bits of the roof from in that scrap yard in Oxford? Well I worked some magic and got those bits all bonded together on top of a single cab roof chop I managed to get my hands on. This also gave me a chance to mess with a few colours and I am pretty sure I have now chose the final colour the truck is going to be. As soon as I know the distance the habitation box will be from the cab I can trim the back of the high roof I made to fit in with what is going on. Then I can decide if to do a full hight walk through or just choose a couple of storage options instead.

 

Interior Units – I really need to keep the weight down on this truck as much as possible to keep it under 7500KG. I have Granddad rights on my car licence so can drive a truck up to 7500KG, but the truck is good for over 9000KG so when driving in remote areas we can really load up on cargo to see us through. The interior will be made to be as light as possible. Made pretty much entirely of 3mm aluminium composite sat inside an aluminium square tube frame it will be super light. I built the kitchen unit just to get familiar with the materials while I had the spare time waiting for Erik’s wrist to heal.

 

All of the interior will be made using this system, I really like the utility look of it. I have been in a nice position with extra time on my hands to look for stuff over the last month or two so grabbed most of the primary and secondary back up heating systems as well as the hot water system from Ebay and get some knock out deals. This has saved a lot of money for sure!

Support Vehicle – Because The Managon is a big old slice, popping out down the shops or along to a local market may be a bit of a mission. It was always part of the plan to have a motorised bike of some kind. One Sunday morning I bid £430 on Ebay for a year old monkey bike and to my surprise won it! I named it ‘The Looser Cruiser’ but despite the name this little bike with fold down handle bars and knobbly tyres is a little gem and somewhat of a pocket rocket! Both lightweight and small I have plans to how this will fit into this project for some added extra freedom on trips to explore local areas. You can carry two people at a time and after burning around all week on this thing the whole family are totally smitten with it.

 

So that is it for just now. Fingers crossed there will be an update real soon with the habitation box on the truck and now there is a working gear box in the CVC Westy Syncro I can zoom over to Adventure Trucks HQ in NL to do some work on the less interesting areas so the registration can get underway over there to make the registration swap over happen this end.

Stay tuned and don’t forget to use the subscribe feature so you get alerts of when new content has been added to the website so you can follow the adventure.

 

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2018 Calendar Submissions

It’s that time again to get your submissions in for the second CVC calendar! Photos need to have been taken at some point in 2017, be horizontal and high resolution, and with just your van and mother nature (let’s leave those pesky humans out of them). Please email your photos to submissions@campervanculture.com. Include van year/model and where the photo was taken, plus any other interesting details. Get snapping!

Deadline is November 1. Those chosen receive a free calendar.

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Exploring The West Coast Of Ireland

With the CampervanCulture.com webshop closed for 2 weeks the CVC team went there separate ways for a well earned break. Anne, Noah and I (Dan) headed off from the south coast of England, up to Holyhead, then across the Irish Sea to Dublin to explore the west coast of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way. Enjoy.

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Busfest & The Adventure Overland Show

This September come visit Campervan Culture at both Busfest and Adventure Overland shows.

Busfest runs the weekend of  September 8, 9 and 10. You’ll be able to find us in our usual spot in the Avon Hall. The Adventure Overland show is the weekend of September 23 – 24.

To save on postage costs we are happy to bring along any preordered items ordered through the webshop. Just choose “for local pickup” when ordering and add a note mentioning which show you wish to pick up from. Please bring your order number on the day to speed things along.

Make sure you come by and say hello. Jed and Dan.