Please note that we will be closed from August 4 – August 20. Dan will be heading to Ireland and Jed will most likely be off to work on the Managon. You’ll be able to order on the web shop now and we will try to get your order to you now but we won’t be all systems go until we get back on the 20th.
One of our most treasured products is the The CVC Roadii Lightweight Grill. We have never really shown you how amazing these are mainly due to them not being mass produced in China. We were always a bit worried that if we did make a fuss about them that our supply of stock would just dry up and we would never be able to keep on top of demand.
Things have moved on quite a bit now in the 3 years we have been operating the web shop and as we are growing you will find out product range shrinking as we ditch a lot of generic vehicle part items we don’t need to sell any more. Our goal is to bring to the table unique innovations that we use ourselves that we are proud of.
Made exclusively for us at CampervanCulture.com the CVC Roadii Firegrill Lightweight grill is a complete portable fire cooking system, perfect for wild camping, overland travel, or just get together’s with family and friends. You have seen us use this set up many times in our videos.
Set up in seconds, the Roadii can be used just about anywhere and it’s been specially designed to fit inside your spare wheel so that no valuable storage space is taken up inside your vehicle. Whether enjoying a glass or two around the fire, toasting marshmallows or creating a fantastic outdoor feast, its your call.
This is perfect for use where you want to cook and have a campfire that doesn’t burn or damage the ground. The firepit consists of a tripod with three two part legs, reduced weight wheel hearth and height adjustable stainless steel grill.
The tripod contains the clever single handed operation grill height adjustment system and has an integral hook at the top for the chains or for a pot to be hung etc. This enables you to place the grill at the perfect cooking height without burning your fingers or risking your food ending up on the floor after a fumbled grab with a tea towel.
We think things you buy should last. The CVC Roadii Lightweight Grill uses quality materials of heavier gauge than is common with imported products and the grills are made in Britain from solid stainless steel plate. It comes direct from the steel mill with a great natural finish, so we leave it that way.
Where possible we have avoided energy wasteful polishing and finishing methods making things in a low impact way avoiding bad or polluting processes. These are made in batches using local suppliers supporting local jobs and keeping product miles low.
We are now able to put in bigger production runs on key products to support the demand of the products you all deserve. The CampervanCulture.com Roadii Lightweight Grill is available to you now via this web shop link CLICK HERE…
See for your self why this product really turns us on by watching the video below.
Four friends embark on a 10,000km journey to find the nomadic tribes of Mongolia. They plan to honour their traditions, learn from their wisdom, and tell the world about their endangered way of living. But with four people in an old army truck, it’s not going to be easy.
The maker of this amazing bit of work gets the usual stick that you find from internet trolls that most probably will only venture out of the county they live in four times a year. Youtube creators quite often get this from people who have never actually contributed anything to the platform themselves. It gets a huge thumbs up from us and I am sure you all will find this short film very interesting.
The thing is with trucks is that the chassis is made to flex, so if you bolted the box directly to the chassis it would basically be ripped apart the first time you drive off road, so a sub frame or three or four point mounting system has to be applied. A basic example of the twisting can be seen in the video clip below.
Dan and I make a point of having a long lunch break on a Wednesday and take in a pub lunch to keep work fun. We sat in our usual booth and made adjustments to the drawing before it was submitted for a final costing of its construction. I guess this is where things get a bit expensive and the biggest single most outlay for the whole build. Not our pub lunches (we do have a few) but the habitation box and the lay out of it drawn up in our booth on one of our Macs
I am going to cut back on some weight by fitting the Seitz windows over the more meaty, more expensive ones, that to be quite honest I can not justify the cost of on this build. Same goes with the door a conventional door made for an overland truck has a retail price of nearly £2000 so I am going to have to look into some of the higher end motorhome doors. Some of the German companies have some options that will fit in and save a load of money.
Our list of requirements and the important things that make up the design of the habitation box are as follows,
Permanent fixed double bed
Fold down double bed in the dining area
78L+ fridge freezer
250l Fresh water tank
50l Waste water tank
Diesel powered hot air heating
Diesel powered water heating
Back up gas/LPG/GPL heating
Solar and large battery bank with other intelligent charging
Lots of storage space
Crawl through into drivers cab
I already fitted the truck itself with a second auxiliary fuel tank with some help from Erik at Adventure trucks so will now be able to carry near on 400L of fuel. The theory behind this is that we can fill up in fuel cost friendly countries like Morocco for example and be able to drive all the way back to the UK on cheap 65p a litre diesel. The same goes with driving north.. At the time of writing diesel in the UK is £1.18 a litre. We can do a slight detour and fill up in say Luxembourg for £0.81 a litre or Denmark at £0.96 a litre. It is also worth noting that when heading south Andorra has some really cheap diesel prices at £0.78 a litre and even mainland Spain is just £0.91 a litre. The engine will have a coolant heater fitted that will be plumbed directly to the habitation box’s hot water system and this will give us the added advantage when travelling in arctic conditions if we go back to the far north in the winter to check out the northern lights one winter.
The jury is still out on an air-conditioning system…
Because space is so tight in the CVC Westy and all small vehicles I guess we do have to rely on external storage in the form of wolf boxes, jerry can holders, roof racks to carry extra stuff etc..
We are pretty lucky in the VW T25/T3/Vanagon market that there is a wide range of options available to us, most through our very own web shop in fact but there is nothing for the Managon. That said because of the size of it we shouldn’t really need anything fixed to the outside of the vehicle such as storage boxes for personal items and supplies for example. I have seen most of the big overland trucks with a roof rack over the tilting drivers cab with aluminium storage boxes up top but these are still on the outside of the vehicle and slipping back into the habit of what we do with smaller Adventure Campers. Because the habitation box does stick up quite a way above the truck drivers cab (50-60cm) it does look kind of weird and I didn’t really want to angle the top of the habitation box to make it look nicer only to lose a load of high level storage space over the dining/fold down bed area. I had a bit of a brainwave and thought that if I took the front part of a fibreglass hightop from a VW LT1 and the back part and stuck them together and fitted them to the drivers cab on The Managon it would solve two things. Extra storage space inside the vehicle (or even an extra small self contained sleeping area) and filling that big gap over the cab with something that will protect the expensive habitation box from taking a whack and help with aerodynamics.
It was hard to visualise so I did a quick Etch A Sketch style drawing just for fun and to get my head around if this would work (the blue and purple colour isn’t the the colour the truck is going to be). At this point it is also worth noting that the plan is to get this truck looking as VW LT as possible so the VW LT headlights and grill are going to be fitted at high level but only wired up as spot lights to keep things road legal.
With the VW LT headlights and grill, I couldn’t make my mind up for a while if to go square or round but the decision was made for me when I had a member of the VW LT Owners (VOLT) Facebook group put up a set of squares for sale at a decent price so I grabbed them.
On the way back from our Arctic Circle Trip we called in to see our good friend Jason who lives in Denmark. Part of the tour he gave us of the town he lives in was drop in to a massive army surplus store and that is when we got inspired. Across the road from the store were a bunch of trucks that were basically a MAN 4×4 Chassis with a VW LT cab that were a collaboration effort by the two motor companies to replace the Unimog for military and utility usage. This is something that we could go far as it dent take us away from pretty much what we are doing right now anyway.
We had seen people driving the bigger overland trucks when we had done our Morocco Overland trip and liked the idea of more room but didn’t have much interest in them back then as we loved to be nimble in the VW Syncro. Now we have done the far north and now that Isaac is getting a bit older we could do with a bit more room and be able to carry more cargo to be fair. This build is not to make a vehicle to replace the CVC Syncro Westy but to have something for longer trips where we don’t have to be so agile. On the Arctic Circle trip we had to make the difficult decision, shall we take the bikes? Or shall we take the Kayak? We don’t really want to have to make a choice we want to take both as there were times that the Kayak would have been a good choice over the decision to bring the bikes. That said taking the bikes was the best decision on that trip and we wouldn’t change that if we had to do it all again in the Syncro but in a 4×4 lorry we could take both.. Hell we could even take some motor bikes too!
Via Facebook my friend Erik at Adventure Trucks in The Netherlands gave me the heads up that he had a base truck that was exactly what would suit us squirrelled away in a barn at his place. After a bit of flapping around I eventually went over to see him and here is how that one went..
Please note that we will be closed from lunchtime on April 13 – April 23. The website will operate as normal, but any orders placed during this time will not be dispatched until the week beginning April 24. Happy Easter everyone and as ever thank you for your support!
We would like to credit our friends at Vanagon.org for this excellent way-out map.
The map itself shows the free camp GPS locations we found on the trip. Grand total, we traveled is roughly 5,083 miles (8,180 km) and we stayed at 30 different campsites. If you’re interested in a particular campsite, just click on the icon (using the Campsites layer) and it will show you the GPS coordinates, the video it’s located in, and a timestamp of where it’s located.
The route shown on the map that joins all of the camp spots together is a rough guide to the route we took. The exact route we took does differ slightly, especially around the south west of Norway as we took a couple of ferries so we didn’t have to back track in fyordland but in the most part the route is fairly spot on. It is enough to get you going and get you into some out standing areas for sure and from there you can find your own feet.
When searching for a recovery kit that included everything we consider to be essential for a Syncro or 2wd Adventure Camper we couldnt find anything that fitted the bill. So back when we first set up CampervanCulture.com we put this kit together to not only cover the Syncro, but any vehicle or 4×4 of a similar weight (2.5T). It has been one of our top sellers ever since and with good reason. We use our own gear and you have been able to see us put our kit through it’s paces and it has stood the test of time.
Colour coded straps to avoid confusion in recovery conditions. The red and black 4m straps can be connected WITHOUT THE USE OF A SHACKLE using the method in the attached photo to give the option of an 8m tow strap.
Use the 1 ton safety straps around the towing strap and fix to a second safety point in case of tow point failure.
The 4.75 ton shackle is for heavy recovery,
Use the 3.75 for light weight and towing recovery as the towing loops on a 2wd car are to small to take a 4.75 ton shackle,
The 2 ton is for recovering any light weight items such as quad bikes etc or can be utilised in tree strap combinations and more involved recovery techniques.
Gloves are to be worn at all times.
Full recovery kits include:
1 x Black 4m 5 ton tow strap
1 x Red 4m 5 ton tow strap
2 x Purple 2m 1 ton safety straps
2 x 4.75 ton Shackles
1 x 3.25 ton Shackle
1 x 2 ton Shackle
1 x Dry bag
1 x Safety Gloves
Get equipped.. The Product link is right here, http://campervanculture.com/shop/full-vehicle-recovery-kit/