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CampervanCulture.com meets Tigerbus

 

Got a Facebook message from my friend Jan in Germany to say he was on his way over to the UK with his girlfriend Jenny, Martin and Sahara of Tigerexped.de. When he asked if we I wanted to meet up for teat I couldn’t resist throwing a day off and showing them one of our favourite wild camping spots. We did plan on doing some more off road driving but the weather turned bad with really heavy rain so the guys got kitted out in new boots and the girls got new coats to deal with the UK summer weather instead!

Just a quick video this time to see where we ended up.

 

 

CampervanCulture.com meets Tigerbus from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

CVC local weekend away showing the latest gear we use.

We get asked all the time about what gear we use while camping. For us camping just isn’t camping without a real fire and to be able to cook outside is a real bonus. One thing that can make things a bit uncomfortable on longer trips is having a fire in a raised fire pit like the BushPig and having all the smoke blow in the side door of the van, especially if the awning is out. Having a fire under the cover of an awning out of the rain while being outside until now has been a bit of a no go for us especially when on a trip when you only have a few items of clothes and you want to make them last. You really don’t realise how much your clothes and hair can smell like woodsmoke until you go into a supermarket or something for supplies and you soon realise how much you pong!  On this weekend trip we are using our trusty stove that can be found right here if you are interested in finding out more about it.

We have recently upgrade our awning set up to the ARB with the CampervanCulture.com fitting kit. We ditched the Fiamma simply because on the F35 pro there are to many plastic parts and 85% had failed in one way or another. Sure You can buy replacement parts for them but they are extremely expensive and not viable when you consider the value of your damaged awning and how much it would cost to repair the parts that are broken. We looked hard at the ARB and there just simply wasn’t anything around that worked correctly to connect the ARB to a T25/T3/Vanagon. You can find bastardised Fiamma brackets around that are bent, re drilled etc in an attempt to make them do but we found them to sit to close to the top of the sliding door so the door catches the bag/zip, they sat to low so the add on rooms for the ARB were to saggy on 2wd vans and you had to hunch over to walk underneath them. The sides of a Westfalia roof would still catch the rubber trim and they also rattled from the feedback we read about and that is enough to drive anyone nuts. Fitting roof rack brackets was especially hit and miss so we took all of this info on board and custom made out own fitting bracket sets so we could offer a complete ARB awning set and a range of add on rooms for the vans we drive on our web shop right here. We then approached ARB wholesale and they loved what we had done and allowed us to stock ARB products (ARB are an Australian company) and buy in stock to have here at CVC HQ here in the UK for quick dispatch. Being an ARB stockist is quite a selective process and we are really happy to be part of this right now as it allows us to bridge the gap of Camper van and overland travel gear. We have all had to put up with plastic or nylon made products for years as camper van owners and our goal is to change this with all of the products we stock.

Camping lighting has been another thing we haven’t been able to settle on now for a few years as lots of lighting set ups are either extremely power hungry or require batteries or fuel. This seams crazy when you have such a big battery bank in the vehicle so we are now settled on our CVC magnetic light bar kits here.

The campsite we used this time is Osney Lodge Farm. It’s a great cheap place that is close to home and very near London Gatwick Airport, ideal if flying into to UK. It is big enough to tuck yourself away if you want some quiet time or if you have kit just park up at the top of the meadow near the trees where the kids all hang out and play nicely. http://www.osneylodgefarm.co.uk

 

The new CVC Square headlight protectors are here.

Because the cost of square headlights now is getting a bit ridiculous especially the right hand drive ones we have something for all of you square owners that will protect your expensive lights. These clip in CVC square headlight protectors are made here in the UK locally and fitment is straight forward enough.

We have made a fitting video just to show what these are all about and how they work and you can grab yours right here,

VW T3/T25 Vanagon/Wesfalia Square Headlight Protectors & Fitting from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

CampervanCulture.com new arrival in the UK

Due to the lack of a decent body mounted rear wheel carrier in the UK and Europe at the moment we decided to hook up with Rocky Mountain Westy in the USA and modify their existing high quality design to fit the UK and EU rear licence plates. Well after the first pallet load we imported selling out on the first 3 days of arriving in the UK we have just received a second pallet of this amazing product and it didn’t stoop there…

We are also stocking the Rocky Mountain Westy swing away tray in left and right sides as well as the much loved side ladder that fixed into the rear jacking point of your van as well as the under front seat locking draws and the bad ass Twin Peaks front and rear bumpers.

We have been posting this stuff out all over Europe Sweden, Belgium, Germany to name just a few countries so we will post straight out to you right now, where ever you are! Just ask…

Click here for the full range.

 

Back in the saddle again!

We haven’t been able to make many travel videos here this year at CampervanCulture.com as the CVC Westy has been sick since last year. With loads of parts that simply got worn out inc the gear box due to the amount of miles put on it and abuse given through Europe and North Africa over the past few years lots needed fixing. It has given us some extra much needed time to sort out our product development and product range as well as tinker with the web site.
Last night an email was received from gear box guru Aiden Talbot with a heads up to let us know the new gear box was being built over this weekend so that is expected to arrive during next week so we can fit it back. Once this is done CVC is back in video making mode once again.

Sorry for the delay with fresh new videos. With a vehicle down and some positive much needed changes here this year, CVC will be back doing the camper van travel videos that we love to make and share so much real soon.

 

Tom Dibb and his trip from the UK to Australia in a VW T25/T3/Vanagon

Let us tell you about Tom Dibb.

We have known van dwelling Tom for a short while after meeting him while we opened up shop at some of the VW shows last year. Tom is a very talented musician and song writer that wants to find his own way in the music business by avoiding all of the X Factor style avenues that he and CVC hate. You will have heard some of Tom’s tracks on some of our videos and you can listen to more on his website here. In 10 weeks time Tom will be setting off from the UK in an attempt to drive to Australia with very limited funds and needs help to finance his trip on the road and make his dream of musical success happen his way!

Below is a video of Tom’s story, and the trip blog is right here.

Tom Dibb and his trip from the UK to Australia in a VW T25/T3/Vanagon from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

Westfalia Pop Top Skylight Dismantling & Reassembly

This video is to mainly show you how to replace the operator on a VW T25/T3/Vanagon Westfalia pop top camper van. More often than not the plastic rollers snap off with age but fear not, now we have new ones on the CampervanCulture.com web shop if you click here. We do pretty much every part for a pop top roof so if it is broken we are the first place you should try with prices that are rarely beaten.

There is also a little extra gadgetry and insight into other products that we are working on right now at CampervanCulture.com.

Westfalia Pop Top Skylight Dismantling & Reassembly from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

CampervanCulture.com Clothing & How It’s Made

The latest CampervanCulture.com​ clothing design has just been finished last night and is on it’s way to us. We carefully select the best quality heavy weight garnets for durability and fitting. Our clothing is NOT just a crappy iron on transfer, each one is screen printed with ink by hand!

Here is how they are made,

CampervanCulture.com Clothing & How It's Made from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

Get your Gowesty orders in now!

We are having real trouble keeping hold of Syncro lift springs and Fox suspension in stock from Gowesty Camper Products here at CVC HQ. We got a stack of it on the last pallet and it lasted about 3 days before it all got sold and went out of stock again! We are about to get another pallet shipment order in with Gowesty this weekend so if any of you followers want anything on pre order please get in touch through the contact form on the CVC web site. We will get right back to you and add your order to the pallet on reserve so we can connect you with your Gowesty swag.

http://campervanculture.com/contact/

CVC are away making another video series this summer so will be closed for August and will not be getting any more pallet orders in from anyone state side until we return in September. If you want anything this summer, this is your last chance to jump on board before it all gets snapped up again.

 

 

Gowesty 2wd lift springs fitting.

These days people are using their T25/T3 vans for travel rather than sitting in a field at a VW show doing not very much at all. In the past lowering vans was a trend that hung around for a while but with limited ground clearance these vans were useless for anyone looking for adventure and good wild camping opportunities.  At CVC we have been watching what people have been doing in the USA for quite a while and last year we became the UK and EU importer and distributor for Gowesty in America. As a result we have been selling lots of Gowesty lift springs for the T25/T3 van and as we are the only people selling these springs in the UK and Europe we figured it was about time we filmed how to fit them yourself for when you buy a set.

It really isn’t that hard and can be done in a day as long as you have a decent spring compressor. The lift springs can be found right here,

If you have any questions then please ask.

The only way is up!

Fitting Go westy 2wd lift springs. from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

Rocky Mountain Westy products coming to the UK and Europe through CVC

Got some exiting news here at CVC HQ. We have hooked up with Rocky Mountain Westy and designed a brand new wheel carrier and carry tray system for the UK and European market. They have the same well made and designed look of the existing RMW set up only the catches locate so you can use a UK or European registration plate. We have a pallet all packed and ready to leave Colorado full of the new swing away systems, as well as the sexy Twin Peaks metal bumpers and the very nice under seat slide out lockers.

We will be taking orders on any Rocky Mountain Westy engine conversion stuff people want on our next pallet in the near future so we can hook the UK and Europe up with the quality equipment that you deserve exclusively through CampervanCulture.com.

 

VW T25 T3 Syncro Doka for sale *SOLD*

1990 Left hand drive VW T3/T25/Vanagon double cab Syncro (DOKA) , 1.6 Turbo Diesel 14”

 

The owner says, 

“It’s with a heavy heart that the decision to sell this syncro  has been made, I use it as my daily driver but on occasions my wife has to use it as well, this just isn’t a vehicle for my wife to use regularly, so we have bought a new defender. When I started to look for a Syncro Doka I wanted something original that hadn’t been messed around with, I looked far and wide until I found this little gem, owned from new by a farmer in the arctic circle!! Its been very well looked after and serviced by the supplying dealer all its life with all the service stamps and original books to show! The Doka starts and drives absolutely faultless, in fact I encourage any potential buyer to go and test drive some other I have had many many VW’s including T3’s and this is by very far the best I have driven. I bought this Syncro with the intention of keeping it for a long time, absolutely nothing has been done half heartedly everything I have had done or bought for this truck has been nothing short of the best available.”

The truck was first registered on the 14th of December 1990, its running its original 1.6td JX engine, its got full service history by the supplying dealer until 2009 when it was taken off the road due to clutch failure. The condition of the syncro I would describe as genuine and original, its got its fair share of bumps and grinds but its 25 years old and all original, to me I would rather see this than a restoration hiding all sorts, the under side of the truck is absolutely solid, no corrosion etc just the original paint and remains of some under seal, its got nothing to hide. The locker is spotless inside, the interior is spotless without any damage to the trims etc, rear bed is boarded to the drop downs from new, and chequer plated over the bed, again no corrosion at all.

Specification,

EVERY SINGLE new part that’s gone into this is less than 1 year old and have seen nothing more than 500 miles.

  • Brand new mefro wheels
  • Brand new BF Goodrich MT tyres
  • Brand new Go Westly 2” lift springs from CampervanCulture.com
  • Brand new Fox upgraded shocks from CampervanCulture.com
  • Brand new roof rack
  • Original vindic rear canopy
  • Brand new CampervanCulture.com upgraded washer jets
  • Brand new dash top/tidy
  • Brand new digital compass/mph GPS speeedo
  • Factory fitted rear cab space heater Wabasto coolant heater
  • Genuine VW matching front Tri star seats (with arm rests, all in as new condition)
  • Brand new Ring spotlights (not wired in yet)
  • Original dealer option giant Bosch yellow spots (very rare item!, not wired up yet)
  • Genuine Lucus yellow headlight protectors (period rare item)
  • factory fitted (from new) head light washers
  • Terrawagen 16” wheels arch kit from CampervanCulture.com
  • New clutch
  • Brand new Alpine CD stereo with Bluetooth, full ipod control and new front speakers
  • Aux battery (100amp) controlled by an intelligent split charge system
  • Aux fuse board
  • Primary and secondary VDO voltage gauges
  • Brand new alarm with remote central locking (on front to doors)
  • Brand new custom built stainless steel exhaust
  • Original three point tow bar , standard uk ball, US ball and nato hitch selectable
  • Every single dash bulb has been upgraded to CampervanCulture.com LED’s
  • Led rear work light
  • Ring rear aux/reversing lamp
  • Brand new heated mirrors
  • Original supplying dealers rear number plate surround!
  • All underbody protection and rock sliders are present and correct

Rear diff lock is fully functional and without fault

Viscous coupling is lovely and working exactly as its intended to.

When this syncro was imported into the UK it was overhauled mechanically to be sure that it was all good and ready for action. New oil filter, air filter, oil pump, oil change, cam belt kit, head gasket, glow plugs, thermostat, injectors, 2x oil pressure switch’s, fuel filter, water pump, thermostat, rocker cover gasket and im sure there was more, it doesn’t use a drop of water nor does it leak… not at all. The rear diff lock is fully functional and without fault and the viscous coupling is lovely and working exactly as its intended to.  I have spared no expense building this truck and if your looking you will see the thousands and thousands that have gone into this, it has a confirmed millage of 227688kms (141000 miles) from new, she drives absolutely amazing, starts first time evry time without fail, the gear box is faultless and the brakes are perfect, the interior seats, headlining and flooring are absolutely faultless. This old girl is as honest as they come, she has absolutely no chassis seam of arch corrosion or rust issues and has NEVER been welded or repaired ………nothing to hide and is ready to take you anywhere you want to go. This is the real deal go anywhere ready for anything syncro with only 1 previous owner to me, ready to get in and enjoy.

This vehicle is in Somerset UK and can be viewed with with a view to buy only. Please don’t take this the wrong way but please only make contact if you have the actual money available to make the purchase. NO, “I just need to sell my Bay window camper first”, No, PX for any other combinations of other vehicle, the vehicles of sale on the CVC vans for sale are for full payment buyers only.. As always this Doka can be shipped over seas if the buyer wants to arrange shipping.

Taking into consideration how hard it is to get a good base Doka in this condition these days and with all of the ultimate accessories taken care of, this Syncro can be yours for £13,000

DEPOSIT TAKEN

VW Syncro Doka