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Abenteuer Allrad Bad Kissingen 2017

OK so this isn’t so much a product review, more an event review but here goes..

Every year the biggest Overland Vehicle travel event in the world happens in Germany at Bad Kissingen. For the last four years we have been desperate to attend the event but with one thing and another it always crept up too soon and we missed it. This year we were adamant that we wouldn’t miss out so we closed the shop for a week and headed over to the event to see if it really was as good as everyone told us it was.

We were not disappointed that is for sure!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you that came over or stopped us at the event to say hi. To be recognised and our work here to be praised so much by people at the event was something we were not expecting and we were genuinely taken back by this. All of your support is always very much appreciated and it is what keeps us doing what we do.

The CampervanCulture.com clothing range can be found by clicking HERE.

Awnings, tents & shelters can be found by clicking HERE.

Campfire Cooking gear click HERE.

Our full shop front HERE.

 

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The CVC Roadii Lightweight Grill Introduction

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.

 

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Recovery kits and what we use and supply

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/

 

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Syncro Alchemy

So what is Syncro Alchemy I hear you say…

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..

 

Syncro Alchemy from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

VW T25 T3 Vanagon Pop Top Thermal Wrap

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.

 

VW T25 T3 Vanagon Pop Top Thermal Wrap from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

A Day In The Life At CampervanCulture.com

CampervanCulture.com has gained a massive following of amazing people through the videos we make and the quality van parts, camping and lifestyle gear we provide. I guess this has always made CampervanCulture.com stand out as being not just another van parts web shop..

The truth is that when CampervanCulture.com set up it was a website that hosted a selection of trip videos we had floating around on the inter web and it was decided to put them all together in one place. The steady growth of what organically developed from hobby shop to a full blown life style shift and grown up business has allowed us to go full time with the shop to support and produce the videos we make. It has been a goal that is far beyond anything we could have ever sat down and planned.

CampervanCulture.com now has a solid network of professional companies that took a chance with us in the early stages of what CVC is today and we will never forget that, it has all worked out well.. Most of all we owe everything to our followers and customers that make this happen. This year will see things step up to a new level all round in both video production and general organic growth in what we do.

More of that as it happens…

For now though the camera was taken out of the case to show what goes on in every day life here at CampervanCulture.com.  Thank you again for your on going support in what we do here and the direction CampervanCulture.com is heading in bringing you even more of what we can offer.

 

A day in the life at CampervanCulture.com from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

VW Westfalia Grey Shower Tap * Upgrade Your T25, T3 & Vanagon*

Originally fitted to T4 models but with adaptions for the T25 or T3 these shower taps allow you to pull that tap out of the kitchen unit and hang it out of the window to use as a shower. This is a very handy upgrade to make to your VW T25, T3 or LT but does require you to make the hole for the original tap slightly bigger with a rough file or correct drill bit. Believe us, it’s worth it!

Take a good look at what is included in our kit, we include the correct connector so you can fit this kit with no fuss to the factory VW T25 or T3 Westfalia van. Our kit also includes the original Westfalia tap holder that fixes to the under side of the counter top.

You can get yours by clicking HERE.

Here is how it works,

VW T25 T3 Vanagon Shower Tap Upgrade from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

New year and brand new CVC exclusive kit. High power LED headlight kits have now been born.

After a whole year of research, development and testing the CampervanCulture.com LED headlight kits are now available to buy.

Research – This one has been an interesting one for sure. After finding the headlights on the CVC Westy from factory are just dam dangerous and trying out the various relay upgrades and related bulbs just not quite good enough for our personal requirements. The round factory headlights are bad enough but we found the square ones even worse and night time driving with no street lights is just ridiculous. When you have to slow down because you cant see at night that’s when we decided to do smoothing about this.

Development – We work very closely with an electronics company. They have all ready made loads of things for us to our requirements and the quality is aways spot on. Of course there are always development glitches before you hit the final product and that is why we like to test things thoroughly before we sell them.

Testing – This kit for example has been fitted to the CVC Westy for the last 6 months and to two other vans for just under that. One has just driven all the way down to the southern tip of Portugal and back so we are now happy with the quality and durability.

 

 

  • CE Certified
  • TUV Certified
  • lumens – 5200LM per bulb
  • Power – 55W per bulb
  • Input voltage – DC 11V-30V
  • Current – 4.5A ± 0.2A
  • Waterproof – IP68
  • 12 Months CVC warranty 

Fitting – Fitting couldn’t be easier. Our kit involves no wiring what so ever, if you can drill a hole and change a light bulb then you can fit our kit in no time. A link on a helpful info sheet will direct you to a step by step fitting guide is included with every headlight upgrade kit sold. You are required to drill just one small hole in the Hella headlight holder at the back that does not effect it’s operation on the unlikely event you decide to swap back to factory bulbs. Factory VW Hella square and round headlights require this on UK and European vans but the aftermarket round headlights we have seen do not require any hole. On square headlight vans the inner spot light bulb holder at the back requires a small amount of filing and again this does not effect the operation of the Hella bulb holder in the unlikely chance you want to go back to standard factory bulbs. All connectors on our upgrade kit use the same size connectors as the factory ones fitted to UK and European spec VW T25/T3 vans.

CampervanCulture.com VW T25, T3 & Vanagon Headlight Upgrade Kit from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

Options – We do both square headlight and round headlight conversion kits. The main headlight parts are the same but the square headlight kits include parts to do the inner spot lights too so are a little more expensive. The lower grill day time running light pods can be purchase on their own and as extras in the drop down option box in the shopping options.

Included in the kit

Round headlight kit –

2 x LED sidelight upgrade bulbs
2 x LED Headlight and main beam bulb units
2 x Ballasts
2 x Adhesive pads
4 x Cable ties
1 x Hex key

Square headlight kit –

2 x LED sidelight upgrade bulbs
2 x LED Headlight and main beam bulb units
2 x Ballasts
2 x Adhesive pads
4 x Cable ties
1 x Hex key
2 x High power Inner spot light bulbs

Lower grill day time running light pods add on option –

2 x pods with day time running lights (requires basic wiring)

 

For full fitting video tutorial please enter the fitting code that you will find inside of your kit here.

 

 

Available now on the web shop right here, http://campervanculture.com/shop/vw-t25-t3-vanagon-high-power-led-headlight-upgrade-kit/

 

Westy front roof section cargo control system

At CampervanCulture.com 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 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.

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.