The standard interior light bulbs are not very bright at best and have usually deteriorated over time meaning that its pretty hard to see inside your van when you open a door. They are certainly not bright enough to read under without straining your eyes and if left on too long they can easily run down your battery.
We have soured these new type of LED (COB) as they give a uniform light output meaning that they give almost no glare, unlike normal LED’s which always produce a strong brightness/glare from the individual diodes.
This means they are more well suited to the interior of a T3/T25/Vanagon where occupants are always quite near the lights whether map reading, cooking etc etc.
They give off virtually no heat so the risk of fire is minimised and the power consumption is around 90% less than a standard bulb. This means you can leave them on all night and your battery will not be flat in the morning, even after a few nights of stationary camping. Ideal if you have small kids that like that bit of comfort to get them off to sleep.
No tools are required for fitting, simply remove your old bulb and fit the LED festoon bulb in its place.
These bulbs will fit any T3/T25/Vanagon, any Bay window 72 onwards or any festoon type light fitting with contact dimensions of 41-42mm.
They are one of our own products and make an excellent add on when ordering shirts or other heavier gear and can be bought via the web shop here.
Here is a short video so you can see how much better these make your camper van living,
Really happy to share with you guys how to fit our new bed guards for Euro spec Westfalia Jokers etc. We have been field testing this design over the last two years and we are happy to say we have got there. Using the original factory pegs you can fit our bed guards in a few minutes without any extra drilling for that factory feel just how Westfalia would have wanted it. We have them for sale on our web shop for about half of the price other vendors who are selling a similar product that requires loads of extra messing about and drilling. Ours are available in Grey, and unique to CampervanCulture.com they are also available in Brown that only take a few minutes to fit.
We use these ourselves as they are a CampervanCulture.com product.
This time we stayed quite near London and hooked up with good friends H, Ringo, Rob and youngsters Fern and Jules. Jed Louise and Isaac were in their Westfalia Syncro and Ringo and H were in their usual ride, the mighty VW LT Westfalia Florida. Rob left his Westfalia Syncro behind on this trip and turned up in the new high roof rental campervan that his company www.HeathrowCampervanHire.com have just got ready for you to hire and have an amazing time in. I have to say being a Westfalia nerd I was a bit taken back and slightly envious of the massive fridge, grill and this van even has an oven as well as Propex heating, extractor fan and get this…
It’s only done 60,000 miles!
As you can guess by the name Heathrow Campervan Hire is based right next to the UK’s main international airport and when you rent from them you have the option of picking up your fully kitted out campervan from the airport arrivals lounge. This is a great chance for all you guys in the USA, Canada, Australia, and the rest of the world to visit the places we like to go in the UK without the hassles and expense of importing your own vehicle. It’s also handy for all you guys in the UK and Ireland to just grab a cheap flight, pick the camper up and be off on your adventure.
Our first night was spent in a very nice country pub then a short but very steep drive up a gravel track in the VW LT to one of our favorite wild camping spots. After a really nice nights sleep it was off for a quick walk then off to find a random campsite we booked into from the internet. Osney Lodge Farm Campsite was only £45 per night for the eight of us in three campervans and it is a great place to camp with kids. Off the ground open fires are allowed and they have a basic toilet block and a place you can empty your chemical toilet if required. They have a farm shop that does loads of local produce and BBQ items as well as beers and veg. We all had a great time and celebrated H’s birthday in style.
It has been an interesting process reviewing the Gelert pop up kettle.
As many of you know we are planning a North Africa trip and I personally thought it might be good to find a good supplier of some of the things we need and buy things from one place. We tried a seller via Ebay and we got disgusting service from www.camping-online.co.uk that was so bad the owner told us to f*** off when calmly voicing our concerns over the product they sell. One thing is certain, the owner is a moron….
www.gelert.com have some good products and I have used some bits and pieces by them and thought they are as good place as any to find a good pop up kettle. Their customer services were spot on when I had to contact them about the moron at Camping-online LTD and they advised me on my rights as a consumer. They were sympathetic about my concerns about the 2L kettle I had bought and were interested to share them with their development team, so here goes.
Like anything from ARB the quality of this product is very high and from the CARGO GEAR aluminium track & load range. It’s the LK01 set and contains 45mm aluminium track & load rings and lends itself to a multitude of uses but mainly to hold your stuff in place while you’re on the road. This set was bought through 4x4overlander.com at their impressive stall at one of the overlanding shows back at the end of summer which had just about everything you could want to kit your vehicle out for that trip of a lifetime.
Now Christmas is done and dusted my mind is wondering to where the CampervanCulture team will be this time next year (Morocco, North Africa) and although the three of us have made a token start on a few jobs on the Syncro’s already this new year should see us concentrating harder to kit each van out to it’s owners requirements for the trip ahead. Storage is obviously a key issue on any trip and while lots of things can be packed away safely in cupboards and under seats the one bit of kit I seem to have needed to get to and fix simple issues with the van, bikes, kit etc is my trusty tool kit. In the past it has been stored under the back seat but I was wanting it to be in a place I could get to it quickly without having to get my young son Isaac out of his seat and out of the vehicle. This would also free up more space for spare parts under the back seat and things we won’t need on a daily basis.
After a good think about positioning so it isn’t going to eat up too much living space while on a bigger trip and the space under the rear seat and where the tool kit needs to be easy to get to, a suitable position was found and the aluminium track was fixed to the rear facing buddy seat.
It was an easy job and all the fixings and rear spreader plates are supplied with the LK01 kit. The beauty of this system is that when I don’t require the tool kit in this position the tracking on it’s own is not offensive to look at and I can use the load rings on another part of the van where extra tracking is fitted. Some cord was fitted to the two load rings in the kit and when not in use can be stored in a draw or hung up out of the way.
Next to store the tool case in front of the seat you just put it in position and just slide the load rings with the cord fixed to them in place and the tool case isn’t going any place soon and is in a safe position.
Here is a shot of the Cargo Gear in place without the tool case to give you a better idea of how it works.
And here is a video clip to show how easy and quick it is to release the tool case from its fixed position. It’s very easy to use and until you pull on that blue part at the base of the loop, the loop is locked into position. I personally really like this product and if Jake or Alan deicide to use it too then they will add their installations here.
We have now added our own range of cargo tracking like the ARB stuff only cheaper and with a lot more extra via the CampervanCulture web shop
A few of us met from all over Europe in Wales for a spot of wild camping and off road driving. It was wet the whole weekend again but this didn’t dampen the spirits of anyone who visited our camp. Lots of the venue couldn’t be driven safely and winches were deployed on more than one occasion then play had to come to a halt for safety reasons. It was a perfect opportunity to take our new friends from France, Denmark, and The Netherlands down the pub in a nearby village and we had a right old laugh.
We get a few questions about what we use for filming and to be honest our camera stuff is pretty basic and low tec but this time we used our first bit of grown up camera equipment for a good part of this video. The Varavon Slidecam & Crane details can be found here for those interested,
It really is very good and we had a practice with the kit filming one of the most exiting VW T3, T25, Vanagon Syncos out there at the moment. Its owner Dai is a friend of ours we got to know through the Syncro scene and although his background is in custom motorcycles he has built this one off (for now) vehicles using his flair for custom vehicle builds to take his wife Debs and there new dog on wild camping trips both in the UK and Europe.
This is a product from Syncro-Nutz, Scottish based VW specialists.
I have wanted some decent ‘rock sliders’ for my Westy ever since I bought it, I used to have some aluminium ones that just bolted through the jacking points – they were weak, poor designed and bent when using them to jack the van up. When I heard Syncro-Nutz hade made a set I decided to indulge and splash out on a set.
These are very nicely made, really well designed and most importantly – easy to fit! They come powdercoated and also have the aluminium chequer plating which is fitted to the shape of the van. For the ultimate finish I am going to fill in the slight gap between the body and the aluminium with some Sikaflex or Tigerseal to prevent any road muck (salt!) getting up anywhere above where the sliders are…
Despite being called rock sliders, it is unlikely I will be sliding over rocks with them, a full kitted out campervan is hardly a rock crawling vehicle, but the piece of mind they provide for basic protection for the offroading I do is a bonus on top of looking awesome. They also make great steps for loading things onto and off the roof AND protecting against those careless drivers who swing there car door open against you in the car park – much better they hit your sill bars then your paintwork!
These would be equally at home on a 2wd van as well as a syncro. You can either use a bottle jack or switch to a hi-lift / Jackall for jacking after fitment. They have have tabs for using with the farm jack to stop it slipping around. A nice improvement would be somewhere circular for a jack adapter to fit through.
Fitting was quick and easy – watch for yourself. Contact Syncro-Nutz directly for further info.. Maybe put them on your christmas list!!
This summer Jed and his family were plagued by aggressive wasps on the tour they did of europe. With temperatures logged above 45*c driving around with the windows wound up was to prove a bloody pain in the backside so we have tried these nifty wind deflectors out. This way you can drive around without sucking the nasty wasps in or letting loads of rain in when driving in the rain with the windows down kind of a poor mans air con system. They are a good price and if you are in the UK you can buy them here, or if your from outside the UK do like it says in the Video and email JP mentioning Campervanculture and they will get back to you with a reasonable world wide shipping cost.
Personally I would have been chuffed if they were bought for me for my birthday or at Xmas and at only £30 per set what self respecting camper van owner wouldn’t? They do them for a wide range of other vehicles too as well as acrylic head light protectors, T4 and T5 bumper protectors, rear spoilers….
For some time now I have worried about the cover plate which hangs down on my syncro gearbox. It it the lowest part of the box, and almost the lowest part of the van. One slight catch when passing over a rock and we are talking nasty damage! Has been on my list for ages to make something up however I found that Syncro-Services in Germany made a special custom aluminium protection plate which covers this vulnerable area along with additional protection plates for the prop.
I ordered a set from Germany so I thought I’d film the fitting. To make it easy to see, and also much easier to drill I removed the bash plate from the van, however you could quite easily mark up and drill and fit this without removing (even easier if you have a lift or ramp to work on and not the floor!)
All in all, an excellent quality item, well thought out, easy in to install (make sure you have a nice fresh drill bit). Also love the additional wings on the side of the rear plate for extra inner CV joint protection.
If you want a set, get in touch with Dina at Syncro-Services, located in Germany but ship worldwide!
(Excuse the traffic noise in the video, only had a driveway to work on!)
If you have raised the suspension on your van, you may well find the knock effect is the you require rear shock extensions and front ball joint spacers.
Here we have the rear shock extenders, which attach to the campers rear swing arm, and lift the syncro lower shock mount – which avoids the syncro rear shock topping out. Available from www.futbus.com.
Also, up front we have fitted syncro specific upper ball joint spacers, there several different suppliers out there, these ones also came from futbus.com, they are the same as available at gowesty.com
Both of these have been on the Westfalia for a few thousand miles now, and have been no problem at all. Don’t forget, if you have raised the suspension on your Syncro to get the alignment / geometry checked over!
Today Jake and Jed hooked up in the vans and took the kayaks off the roofs.
We paddled a good few miles and found a nice pub called The Swan right next to Swan Island in Twickenham. You just wouldnt think you are in London, we felt like we were away on a trip.
We tried out the iDry as we hadn’t used it yet and thought it could be useful as we both use iPhones. The iDry is designed to keep your iphone dry while doing water sports and as keen kayak users we thought we would try the iDry out and review it.