After a couple of months of the CampervanCulture.com Westy Syncro being out of action due to yet another shagged gear box we had a stoke of luck. It was expensive luck but we did find a rebuilt Syncro gear box for sale at Busfest a couple of weeks back. Because of all the support we get from you guys and girls who support us from buying from the CampervanCulture.com web shop and at the shows we trade at we had enough to buy the gear box. Believe it or not at £3000 this gear box was a bargain! and not only has this put us back on the road but we should be able to get the old one rebuilt so we have a spare… With a spare rebuilt Syncro gearbox sat on a pallet we can really travel with a bit more confidence knowing via our UPS or DHL shipping accounts we can receive a new gearbox anywhere in the world in under 5 days!
We realise that all of you recognise CampervanCulture.com as not just another internet web shop and totally appreciate your support. With the support you give us it means we are completely self funded and it allows us to give something back via the short films we make so you can watch them any time you like and as often as you want for free.
This trip is just a short one. A quick weekend away into the Surrey Hills, we really hope you enjoy being with us in the passenger seat or virtually walking side by side with us on our hike.
This short video is more than us just getting out for a weekend exploring, it has been a bit of an experiment. Been thinking for ages just how viable daily or 3 times weekly video logs would be on our next trip. I like just picking up the filming gear and making a film series for you all for when we get back but…. let’s say… just for fun it would be possible to put together a series of regular video logs from out on the road and launch them every couple of days. It would be a lot of work but just as a tester this short film was put together to see what could be done which just an hour and a half of editing as a tester to see what is in reach..
Every year CVC pack up the vans and head to Busfest, the world’s largest gathering of VW vans, held at the Three Counties Showground in the shadow of the Malvern Hills here in the UK. This year was no exception, even with Jed’s van off the road due to a knackered gearbox. Enjoy!
With the CampervanCulture.com webshop closed for 2 weeks the CVC team went there separate ways for a well earned break. Anne, Noah and I (Dan) headed off from the south coast of England, up to Holyhead, then across the Irish Sea to Dublin to explore the west coast of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way. Enjoy.
As you know at CampervanCulture.com we love to share the adventure camper films that have inspired us. Loads of them are so underground they take a lot of effort to find, sometimes even years of searching. We find the best ones ever made are from people like us who never went to film school and just tell a real life story of a trip to share with others.
This one is especially good..
A normal family that have filmed and made an extraordinary short film and shared it back with normal people like us.
Grab a couple of beers and a few snacks and get inspired like we did watching this..
Four friends embark on a 10,000km journey to find the nomadic tribes of Mongolia. They plan to honour their traditions, learn from their wisdom, and tell the world about their endangered way of living. But with four people in an old army truck, it’s not going to be easy.
The maker of this amazing bit of work gets the usual stick that you find from internet trolls that most probably will only venture out of the county they live in four times a year. Youtube creators quite often get this from people who have never actually contributed anything to the platform themselves. It gets a huge thumbs up from us and I am sure you all will find this short film very interesting.
We would like to credit our friends at Vanagon.org for this excellent way-out map.
The map itself shows the free camp GPS locations we found on the trip. Grand total, we traveled is roughly 5,083 miles (8,180 km) and we stayed at 30 different campsites. If you’re interested in a particular campsite, just click on the icon (using the Campsites layer) and it will show you the GPS coordinates, the video it’s located in, and a timestamp of where it’s located.
The route shown on the map that joins all of the camp spots together is a rough guide to the route we took. The exact route we took does differ slightly, especially around the south west of Norway as we took a couple of ferries so we didn’t have to back track in fyordland but in the most part the route is fairly spot on. It is enough to get you going and get you into some out standing areas for sure and from there you can find your own feet.
With the first sprinkling of snow dusting the ground it was time to get out for a spot of weekend camping and the first camp of 2017.
Since we launched the Arctic Overland Film Series our feet haven’t touched the ground and although being flat out is a good thing we are solidly keeping things in check and focused on why we do this. Dan turned around at work and announced out of the blue that he had booked us onto WoWo campsite for a night so we could get away from CVC HQ and out in the great outdoors. We packed the vans, filled up with food, drinks and fire wood and headed off.
Although WoWo campsite may not be the kind of place that we would head to in the summer months it is a perfect stop over in the winter when you pretty much have the entire place to yourself. It gets really full in the warmer months and probably for good reason as it is an amazing venue but ‘Glamping’ isn’t really our thing so are more than happy to pitch up in the colder time of year. The cold weather isn’t so much of a problem and van camping doesn’t have to be just a summer pursuit if you get equipped with our Deluxe thermal window mat set here and pop top thermal wrap here.
The two vans headed their separate ways on Saturday but we met up again on the Sunday at Shoreham Airport for the RollingSlow (VW T25ers around Brighton area) meet. What a nice bunch of people they were.
It was a good few years back when I first stumbled across this video series.
Quite often when on a trip you find yourself in a situation that feels like a show stopper. Some how these times when they happen feel the worst they could be but later on reflection these times turn out to be the highlight of ones adventure and the story you quite often tell people about the most.
OK so not many of us end up on the roads of Zaire but for those of us that have know how treacherous they are and how quickly things can go pear shaped. In the Walkabout Worldtrack series a big show stopper happened when a ferry got washed away leaving the travellers stranded, how they felt within it is very impressive. Old videos like these are always full of inspiration for anyone in this ever changing world we live in we say.
JUSALULU is a story of an amazing family on a journey to find their roots. I remember following their blog and amazing video productions as the trip was happening a few years back. Some of the videos have been removed from public view, quite a shame I thought as they were amazing to watch and really inspiring.
Luca, Sameena, 4 year old Lusira and 2 year old Giulio travelled a big chunk of the world in an old 4×4 IVECO cam 80 that they picked up in a junk yard and converted to a home on wheels. To read about their whole trip you must check out their website to read more about this family and the amazing trip they did and the situations they got themselves into. It is such an interesting read.
As a teaser of what to expect on the JUSALULU website there are some showcase short films below to get you in the mood before you click on their page that can be found by clicking here.
It is hard to imagine that the world wide web only became publicly available on August 6, 1991. Before that people who wanted to research long journeys to far away places (before the word “overlanding” itself was ever even given as a name to this pursuit) and have half a chance of knowing what was to lay ahead over the following weeks months or years was to read travel books. They were a bit thin on the ground and hard to find with the info given in them usually being out of date at the time of reading. To receive messages from family back home before email was done by a method called Poste Restante. When travelling in Africa this involved you letting the person you wanted to message you the name of a big city you would be in at a given date and get them to wright you a letter on paper and send it a month before you were due to arrive. They would send it to the post office in that city and you could go along and pick it up and have a read. In theory this should work but the stamps on the letters would often be stolen enroute and more often than not you would never receive your mail. We used to find back then that the only way of getting real time up to date information on boarder crossings, scams and corruption was to talk to other ‘travellers’ heading in the opposite direction than you were. In a nutshell you never really did know what you had let yourself in for and what you were to expect until you actually set off and met people on the road and the folks back home had no idea where in the world you were for weeks or months at a time.
Back in 1987 three people with a tiny budget set off from Europe and travelled across 21 countries over 14 months and covered 36,000KM on some of the toughest road conditions ever seen by the trio. They did all of this in an old (even for back then) front wheel drive Peugeot J7 diesel van and had no idea what to expect of the road that lay in front of them.
People like these are the pioneers of what internet users call ‘Overlanding’ these days.
Luckily for us they filmed this trip on film using cameras and we would like to share the African Dusthopper experience with you.