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/
With the first sprinkling of snow dusting the ground it was time to get out for a spot of weekend camping and the first camp of 2017.
Since we launched the Arctic Overland Film Series our feet haven’t touched the ground and although being flat out is a good thing we are solidly keeping things in check and focused on why we do this. Dan turned around at work and announced out of the blue that he had booked us onto WoWo campsite for a night so we could get away from CVC HQ and out in the great outdoors. We packed the vans, filled up with food, drinks and fire wood and headed off.
Although WoWo campsite may not be the kind of place that we would head to in the summer months it is a perfect stop over in the winter when you pretty much have the entire place to yourself. It gets really full in the warmer months and probably for good reason as it is an amazing venue but ‘Glamping’ isn’t really our thing so are more than happy to pitch up in the colder time of year. The cold weather isn’t so much of a problem and van camping doesn’t have to be just a summer pursuit if you get equipped with our Deluxe thermal window mat set here and pop top thermal wrap here.
The two vans headed their separate ways on Saturday but we met up again on the Sunday at Shoreham Airport for the RollingSlow (VW T25ers around Brighton area) meet. What a nice bunch of people they were.
It was a good few years back when I first stumbled across this video series.
Quite often when on a trip you find yourself in a situation that feels like a show stopper. Some how these times when they happen feel the worst they could be but later on reflection these times turn out to be the highlight of ones adventure and the story you quite often tell people about the most.
OK so not many of us end up on the roads of Zaire but for those of us that have know how treacherous they are and how quickly things can go pear shaped. In the Walkabout Worldtrack series a big show stopper happened when a ferry got washed away leaving the travellers stranded, how they felt within it is very impressive. Old videos like these are always full of inspiration for anyone in this ever changing world we live in we say.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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..
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..
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.