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Wales – Valley Of The Dams Road Trip

Autumn is here so we decided to get out and about to admire the changing of the seasons. Wild camping was as usual excellent and we found some amazing places to camp for the few nights we were away. We spent most of our days around the Elan Valley exploring the many dams and lakes/reservoirs in the area and the evenings in remote wild camping spots around the fire.

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If you are interested in any of the gear we use in this video it can all be found on the web shop. Thanks for the support in keeping us doing what we do at CVC.



Wales – Valley Of The Dams Road Trip from on Vimeo.

Mercedes Benz Vario 814DA 4×4 for sale

This is without doubt one of the nicest vehicles I have had the pleasure seeing. I fell in love with it the moment I first saw it drive passed the trade stall at the Adventure Overland show back in 2014.

This is a rare opportunity to buy a Mercedes Benz Vario 814da with only 96.000 km.

The truck not only looks brand new but feels and drives like new as well.

Year: 1998

Milage: 96000 km

HP 140 OM904LA Turbo Intercooler

Max speed 80 mph / 130 km/h

RPM at cruise speed of 55 mph (90km/h )is 1550 !!!

Weight 7500 max.

MPG 21,5 mpg / 13,2 ltr/100 km / 7,6 km/liter

Fast Axles

Original 4×4 by Mercedes Benz

8 ton chassis

Complete new interior with swing seats, passenger one on turntable



Single wheel conversion on rear axle

19,5 inch wheels with 285/70R19,5 tires


300 liter fresh water

200 liter waste water

Victron Blue Solar Mppt 75/15 (12/24-15A)

Victron Phoenix MultiPlus 24/3000 70-1

2x Victron AGM Batteries 12V/165Ah

200Wp solar panels

Stainless steel shore power inlet

Relais BS 12/24-160A intelligent Combiner

Seagull IVX-2KB inline waterfilter

Pre-filter water

Hydrofoor 24 liter 4 bar max.

Isotemp 40 liter hot water boiler

Prebit Yacht LED interior lights

Sanibroyeur Macerator Ceramic toilet

Isotherm Refrigerator 130 liter with 8 liter freezer

Marine style roofhatches

3 stove gas burner

Outside gas connection

SMEV oven

Kitchen with 7 drawers

Large overhead storage compartment

Marine stainless steel electric fans


Anti bacterial water pipes

4 mtr canopy

Bicycle carrier at the rear

€79,000 or around £58,000

Please contact Adventure Trucks here if you are interested in buying this amazing vehicle,


Westy front roof section cargo control system

At we have been testing a whole bunch of new stuff this summer.

Everyone knows we use the stuff we sell right! Well this is no exception…. During our travels in the past there have been times when we have all struggled with storage space inside the vans in our videos. We have now freed up a load of space inside the van by having a cargo control system and a bunch of new products that make life on the road more enjoyable.  With this system and the associated products you can double your storage capacity easily and not have tons of stuff in your living space getting in the way.

After years of settling for cheaply made camper van camping equipment accessories and parts being available in the UK CVC are committed to bringing to the table top quality items that we would only be happy using or fitting ourselves. CVC is not just a web shop as you all know.

Here’s a video of some new products that are now available on our shop that you will see more and more of in our future trip videos. We are thrilled to now offer our Westfalia front roof or roof rack storage system and folding safari camping chairs with carry bags  and a great wheel mounted step addition that makes a huge difference to keeping things stored away and easy to get to.


Vw T25 T3 Vanagon Westfalia front roof section cargo carry system from on Vimeo.

The last weekend of summer 2015

This last weekend is always marked down in the CVC calendar as the last weekend of summer. Every year this weekend gets good weather and the seasons turn the day after. We were not disappointed… We kept things pretty local as we were still packing up and sending orders out up until 3pm on Friday.

All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy!

Here is a short video of what we got up to and some of the random things that we found going on along the way, I hope you all like it.


The last weekend of summer 2015 from on Vimeo.

A massive thanks to you all from

Hi everyone,.

Just a quick update to let you all know that we are now doing a trail week of free shipping on all mainland UK orders over £100. We also set the system so you can now choose local pick up to save on postage fees at the check out.

Thanks for the support guys, with out you we would’t be able to keep doing what we do here and that means a lot to us.


A new product has been born.

Westfalia Fridge Vent Plate with High Quality power points.


This is a product we have been working on for quite a while at CVC and now we are done with months of testing we can now offer what we believe to be the best cover plate power point kit on the market. Because we use the vans we sell parts for and go on trips just like you all do it gives us the edge when developing new stuff as our minds work just like yours.



How we got to this final production model.

Factory look and OEM feel, as Westy owners we all like this right? So thats what we went for.

The double USB point is from Blue Sea, this is a marine water proof application and it’s the very best that money can buy. We have been selling these since day one of CVC and was probably one of the first products ever to be added to our shop. We have sold hundreds with 100% customer satisfaction and like most things on our shop we use them most weekends ourselves. Why go marine grade? Well look how close it is to the sink draining board and the cooker, when cooking meals pans of liquid or kettles will be passed over the area directly above the power points. The Blue Sea USB twin charger is NOT one of those cheap Ebay numbers that melt (Lots about this on the T25 Club Facebook page) and gives out the full 2.1 amps on both points at the same time so doesn’t just keep your cameras, phones and other gadgets alive when plugged in but will actually charge them quickly. The cheapo melty ones half the output on each point when you plug two things in at once, this is probably why those melt at the back!

One power point is never enough… These days most things charge using a USB connection and because we use the Blue Sea double USB one ourself we knew that when we had the vent plates manufactured here in south London the standard cigarette lighter point on your vans dash board is smaller than the hole that the Bluesea charger requires. If you ever see other single power point plates available at the time of us writing this (especially the jazzy looking ones) the chances are the cut out hole is way to small for a quality modern USB power point. It will only take a an old fashioned cigarette lighter socket with the same hole size as the dash board and not much plugs into those these days right! That said we have kept this as an option on the CVC one just incase you do need it for that trusty old 12v DVD player or TV that you bring out on rainy evenings or for the kids. The 12v flip front sockets that only fit in the small hole size like in the dash board are great for in the front where you don’t get any people or kids messing around but in the rear the flip fronts would snap off for sure, especially next to the rear table. We thought of this so the CVC one has a waterproof 12v old style plug connector that matches the Blue Sea USB one . These rubber fronts will never snap off and are a whole lot safer than anything else out there.


We are not into making or supplying crummy budget un considered options here at CVC, if you want those then your best bet is Ebay. CVC has invested it’s time and experience as camper van owners to bring you what we consider the absolute best design and quality available at a realistic price and will continue to do so for you all.

No more reaching for your device only to find it hasn’t charged.

  • Compatible with popular devices (Iphone, Ipad, Smart phones, Go Pro, Sat Nav)
  • Protective caps
  • Easy to use
  • Professionally powder coated in Westfalia grey and brown

CVC HQ to the South Coast Weekend Free Camping

As the end of summer is fast approaching we decided to head out for the weekend with friends for some free camping and to do some foraging. Mid September in the UK is a good time to do this a there are lots of wild berries and mushrooms. The red camper in this video is not a Syncro, it’s a van we lifted using a set of Gowesty 2wd lift springs that we sell on our web shop click here. With this suspension set up it really did open up a lot more options for where this van could go this weekend and use free camp spots that would have not been accessible to a 2wd van otherwise. It drove all the off road sections with ease it has to be said.

It was a very relaxing weekend and yes we can make toast using one of the CVC stove top toasters that is the only one that actually works and toasts as it should rather than just giving hot bread.


CVC HQ to the South Coast Weekend Free Camping from on Vimeo. 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 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. meets Tigerbus from 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 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.


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 on Vimeo. 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.