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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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Syncro 16 rebuild by Phil Jefferies

Here is longtime customer of CVC Phil Jefferies and his completed 1990 16″ Syncro renovation. We think he’s done a fantastic job and we’re chuffed to have so many CVC products make it into this beast. Enjoy the photographs below and keep a look out for links to the featured products.

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  • Trasharoo Storage for rear wheel (or bike rack).

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Credit to  Mcfade Photography for the rather nice images.

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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..

 

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My Favourite VW T25/T3/Vanagon Mods and Upgrades Pt 1

I’m sure a lot of you will know these already. New owners… maybe not. So here are a few of my favourite, subtle upgrades that make a world of difference. Modifications I’d like to think Westfalia / VW would include if they were still making these vans today. They’re things I’m so used to now that if I ever bought another van I’d make these changes straight away.

Let us know in the comments if there’s any additions we need to have on here.

These vw t25 t3 squre headlight protectors are the bees knees

Square Headlight Protectors
Stop those rather expensive headlights from any nasty cracks.
BUY HERE

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Twin Windscreen Washer Jets
Double your squirting power, you know… like modern vehicles have.
BUY HERE

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Fridge Vent with High Quality power/USB points
Get some power up the back next to the seat/bed where you need it most.
BUY HERE

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LED Dash Bulbs
One of the cheapest and simplest upgrades, and boy what a difference it makes. While you’re at it why not replace all your van’s light… we have replacement LEDs for all your lighting.
BUY HERE

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Westfalia Grey Shower/Tap upgrade
Swap between shower and regular water flow plus have the added versatility of being able to run the shower out of the kitchen window to use it outside.
BUY HERE

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Westfalia Table Stowing Brackets
Get the front table out from behind your drivers seat and stored up back out of the way.
BUY HERE

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Intermittent wiper upgrade
Enter the modern age… in addition to fast and super fast speed add the ability to adjust your wiper speed to suit the weather conditions.
BUY NOW

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Westfalia Front Table Leg Step
Give yourself (and your kids) a helping hand to get up into the roof.
BUY HERE

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High Power LED Headlight Upgrade Kit
Replace your tired, dim headlights. It’ll be like day vs night once you’ve experienced the difference these make to your night driving.
BUY HERE

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Under Seat Storage Drawer
Make use of that wasted space underneath your front seats with these handy unobtrusive lockable drawers.
BUY HERE

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Terrawagen Terrapodz Day Time Running Lights
Why buy an expensive and hard to find South African grille when you can get a set of Terrapodz?
BUY HERE

Keep a look out for Part 2.

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VW T3 Vanagon Westfalia Atlantic 2WD Adventure Camper For Sale (SOLD)

VW T3 Vanagon Westfalia Atlantic 2WD Adventure Camper for sale

1990 LHD imported in 2006 from Germany log book and history present MOT until Mar 17.

Click or paste the link into your address bar to see the van in action on YouTube: https://youtu.be/zP2HdQ52lRM

  • One of the last T3 models to come off the production line and as a result only a limited number were made. It’s fully loaded and ready for camping.
  • Comes with 15″ Mefro Steel wheels and BFG Goodrich AT tyres as well as the Gowesty lift kit with prerunner and 2WD decals.
  • Old Leisure battery and wiring stripped out and fitted with a new battery, split relay, power distribution unit, volt meter and modern fuse kit, but still maintaining all the old control panels. In addition 4x USB power sockets, 3x 12V power sockets and a 300W inverter. All lights in the rear including 2x new LED lights in the boot area run from the leisure battery. She also comes with a DAB radio and antenna.
  • As an Atlantic she comes with double glazing, Eberspacher Night heater, LPG gas tank, two hob cooker, sink and tap with water tank, swing out table, captains chairs up front with swivel bases, original three quarter rock and roll bed with seat belts and another two birth bed in the poptop (4 birth all up), all curtains present including the cab.
  • The interior of the van is in great condition and very clean. The exterior is in great condition for its age, having been resprayed a few years back from its original Calypso Green to a flame red, some seam rash in the usual places but the body and underneath are solid.
  • Engine is a converted 1.9 AAZ TD which runs like a dream currently at 108k. Recent full service, coolant flush and check over by VW specialist. The JX was changed out for the AAZ in 2006 when the original JK had approx 179k on the clock. The VAG service plan was stamped every year up until this point and there after paper copies from UK garages etc.

I use this Atlantic daily for work, and travel a few hundred miles on a regular basis at weekends visiting family and trips away in the UK. At the extreme end of the spectrum we took her all the way to the South of France and across to Corsica this summer. Did a lap of the island and came back. She performed without fault, with the exception of an altanator belt which snapped. She’s reasonable on fuel and does not burn oil. She has a small oil leak (thumb nail over a few days when standing) that has never caused us any trouble, I’ve had a few seals changed but never felt the need to get it fully diagnosed as it never worried me.  Such is life with these buses. If you need a second opinion on her, all the servicing is carried out by Doug at VW WERKS.

Selling to fund the next project, we will be sad to see her go.

Priced competitively at £10,995. Sensible offers welcome.

Contact no. 07732489249 quoting CampervanCulture.com

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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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Now accepting entries for the 2017 Campervan Culture Calendar

We are now accepting photo submissions for the first CVC calendar! Ideally they need to be horizontal, with just your van and mother nature (let’s leave those pesky humans out of them). Please email your photos to enquiries@campervanculture.com. Please also include a few details as well. Get snapping!

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

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Follow Us to the Arctic Circle

A quick update as some of you may not be following Jed, Lou and Isaac’s journey to the Arctic Circle on our Facebook page. The video series will follow in the coming months but in the meantime here is some of what they have been up to. Thank you again for all the support you have all shown, you have made this trip possible!!! Oh yes, make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel, you won’t want to miss this!