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
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.
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.
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.
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.
All the way from Australia we are now happy to announce that we can not only offer you directly from CampervanCulture.com the 2500mm x 2500mm ARB awning but a CVC designed gutter mounted fitting kit too. We listened to all the feedback before we designed our own fitting kit that makes sure the awning doesn’t catch the side door of the van and keeps the awning as close to the Westfalia pop top as we could without lifting it being a problem. As our fixing kit is gutter mounted fixed hightop roof vans can use our kit without having to drill into the side of there pride and joy. Tin top vans can also fit the ARB awning without the need of a bulky roof rack too.
Hang on it gets better…
We can also hook you up with add on rooms with or without a built in floor and add on side wind breaks. We got fed up with all of the plastic caravan stuff that is currently available for our vans and offer something more deserving.
Specifically designed for harsh Outback conditions, the awnings are rugged but lightweight, and provide fast and convenient protection from the elements
Shade cover manufactured from 300gsm PU coated poly/cotton ripstop canvas to ensure that the awning is both waterproof and UV protected Self standing awning takes 30 seconds to deploy Awning is secured in a heavy duty nylon reinforced PVC bag Mounts easily to the side of most roof racks or roof bars as well as our custom made gutter mount fitting kit. The Awning height is adjustable with telescopic legs.
This CVC product is available directly to you right here and the amazing add on room options here.
See what the fuss is all about in this short video. We made the effort to make these fit because we got fed up with the plastic caravan stuff that was only available up until now to fit our VW camper vans.
ARB Awning Instal & Fitting Kit for a VW T25/T3/Vanagon, Designed & Manufactured by CampervanCulture.com from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.
Well we solved another problem.
This time we have developed a way of getting into the roof top bed without standing all over your pride and joys kitchen unit. This is not just a step, oh no! it is also a great place to make your morning coffee while everyone is still asleep.
Check this short video out to see this brilliant product in action. It is available on the CampervanCulture.com web shop, just click here for full details.
VW T3/T25/Vanagon Westfalia front table roof step. from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.
Another Campervan Culture exclusive product is our new table stowing brackets made in Westfalia grey or beige option. We made this kit available because putting that spare table behind the drivers seat cuts down on leg room and allows you to have your seat in a less upright position. You also don’t have the table flying out while going around corners and knocking when pulling away or stopping sharply. Why Westfalia didn’t offer this as a factory option we will never know so CVC have finished the job for you guys. They are in stock and we post world wide every day do don’t miss out completing your camper vans conversion and be impressed with the is easy to install solution to your front table woes. The kit can also be used in other camper vans and 4×4 overland vehicles.
Click here to be directed to the CVC web shop.
VW T3/T25 Vanagon/Wesfalia front table stowing table brackets. from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.
There are a lot of roof canvas options out there all around the world, they all have various pros and cons, some fit some don’t. We are always on the look out for quality products to add to our own web shop so you guys can buy with confidence.
We put the GoWesty roof canvas to the test and in our personal opinion it is one of the best fitting roof canvases we have fitted so far. The fitting instructions say to remove the roof but this is not always an option if you are used to working alone so we made this video to show how to fit a canvas with the roof in place. We contacted Gowesty yesterday and got them to add some roof canvases to our regular pallet we get sent over so they will be on their way to us today and will with us in the next 12 days depending on what mood the customs lady we deal with is in this end.
If you like this or any of our other products please feel free to check out our web shop
If you would like to pre order please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and a deposit can be taken.
GoWesty roof canvas from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.
I have fairly recently fitted a set of Gowesty Camper Products progressive springs and Fox 2.0 shocks to my van. It took a lot research before i decided on a shock and spring set up due to a few reasons which i will explain.
Jargon (Techy stuff)
My main reason for looking for a new set of springs was that for sometime i had been running spring spacers to lift my van. This is a very common way of gaining some ground clearance on a syncro, It’s a great cheap way of gaining some ground clearance, but it has its compromises.
By adding spacers you are moving the position of the spring which gains you ground clearance, however the range of movement in the spring does not change, it is just moved in relation to the other suspension components.
I wanted to fit a set of springs that would give me the ground clearance i required without any/bare minimum of spacers The Gowesty progressive springs seemed to fit the bill. I have fitted the 2″ lift version on the rear of my van and zero lift to the front (i’ll explain why in a minute). Continue reading
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,
interior LED from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.
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.
Find them in the Campervan culture webshop here
Westfalia pillow guards from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.