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.
I’m sure a lot of you will know these already. New owners… maybe not. So here are a few of my favourite, subtle upgrades that make a world of difference. Modifications I’d like to think Westfalia / VW would include if they were still making these vans today. They’re things I’m so used to now that if I ever bought another van I’d make these changes straight away.
Let us know in the comments if there’s any additions we need to have on here.
Square Headlight Protectors
Stop those rather expensive headlights from any nasty cracks.
Twin Windscreen Washer Jets
Double your squirting power, you know… like modern vehicles have.
Fridge Vent with High Quality power/USB points
Get some power up the back next to the seat/bed where you need it most.
LED Dash Bulbs
One of the cheapest and simplest upgrades, and boy what a difference it makes. While you’re at it why not replace all your van’s light… we have replacement LEDs for all your lighting.
Westfalia Grey Shower/Tap upgrade
Swap between shower and regular water flow plus have the added versatility of being able to run the shower out of the kitchen window to use it outside.
Westfalia Table Stowing Brackets
Get the front table out from behind your drivers seat and stored up back out of the way.
Intermittent wiper upgrade
Enter the modern age… in addition to fast and super fast speed add the ability to adjust your wiper speed to suit the weather conditions.
Westfalia Front Table Leg Step
Give yourself (and your kids) a helping hand to get up into the roof.
High Power LED Headlight Upgrade Kit
Replace your tired, dim headlights. It’ll be like day vs night once you’ve experienced the difference these make to your night driving.
Under Seat Storage Drawer
Make use of that wasted space underneath your front seats with these handy unobtrusive lockable drawers.
Terrawagen Terrapodz Day Time Running Lights
Why buy an expensive and hard to find South African grille when you can get a set of Terrapodz?
Keep a look out for Part 2.
A quick update as some of you may not be following Jed, Lou and Isaac’s journey to the Arctic Circle on our Facebook page. The video series will follow in the coming months but in the meantime here is some of what they have been up to. Thank you again for all the support you have all shown, you have made this trip possible!!! Oh yes, make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel, you won’t want to miss this!
This is one of the first videos we ever made a few years ago when CampervanCulture.com was just a couple of mates goofing around in our 4×4 VW Syncro camper vans. We put it onto Youtube but due to some copyright issues (Yeah, Youtube can be annoying like that!) it has only been available to watch in the UK. Because Vimeo is amazing we are able to share this video with the rest of the world and this is why we now choose Vimeo to host all of the videos on our web site rather than Youtube.
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We hope you guys and girls like it and feel free to comment.
The CVC Team
Dungeness is one of the largest expanses of shingle in the world and is classified as Britain’s only desert by the met office. There have been five lighthouses at Dungeness, at first only a beacon was used to warn sailors, but this was replaced by a proper lighthouse in 1615. As the sea retreated, this had to be replaced in 1635 by a new lighthouse nearer to the water’s edge known as Lamplough’s Tower. There are two nuclear power stations at Dungeness, the first built in 1965 and the second in 1983. They are within a wildlife sanctuary deemed a Site of Special Scientific Interest and birds flourish in the warmer water created by the station’s outflow.
It seems an unlikely area to head off to for a weekend in any camper van but the area is in fact really interesting and feels like your in Arizona in one of those places that mad people go and live when they want to be alone.
We really liked it, what do you guys think?
I really injured making this video. It was made before any of us went full time with CampervanCulture.com and a great way of logging how any of our previous lives used to be.
The Morocco trip is sneaking up and money for it needs to be earned. Jed was approached by a guy who lived quite a way off who was having trouble finding anyone local with the confidence to take on some tricky plastering work. It meant working away for a few days so his Westfalia Syncro was used as accommodation and some cool wild camping spots were sniffed out. All three of us use our camper vans in our every day lives. Alan lives in his van in his job setting up and taking down all the staging and structures at the music events that some of you might attend in the UK. Jake’s work is web based and he can often be found using his van as an office on one of the many beaches in Cornwall.
This was a great chance to test out some of the new kit we have and once again the Trasharoo has turned out to be one of the most useful bits of equipment for wild camping, I really do wonder how we all managed before without one.
So grab a beverage and check out this latest video and feel free to comment,
This time we headed west and onto Dartmoor National Park. Alan and Jed arranged to head into the park not really knowing where they would end up as usual.
A meeting with a cool group of guys called www.flyonix.com was arranged for a part of this trip so a big thanks to Alex and Rupert. We were able to step the video making up this time and it is all due to the fantastic support we have received from the CampervaCulture.com community and subscribers through the sales of our cool tshirts, Westfalia Skylight parts and other goodies over the last couple of months. You guys made this happen and a big thanks to your ongoing support.
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We are really happy to announce that we have teamed up with The Skylight Guy and CampervanCulture.com can now offer Westfalia skylights and replacement parts. We will be able to supply all of the UK and Europe and are aiming to be the cheapest too. You can buy directly from the web shop, we take paypal, and we ship from the UK so postage should be attractive for everyone.
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All you guys on the other side of the pond still get to buy from the best supplier of Westfalia skylight parts via The Skylight Guy. Both Jake and Jed have had the single pane skylights fitted to their vans for over a year now and they are amazing, the fit is as good as original. Ideal if you have a cracked or leaky skylight.
The owner says,
“Reason for sale is simply that the double cab is not ticking enough boxes with the family and i will be looking out for a syncro van with camping interior to replace it
The crew cab is a lovely smooth drive with plenty of power and a great sound to match.” Continue reading
The owner says,
“This was a safari style bus in the Kalahari and has ten (all original) seats in total, though the rear triple are basically for kids, facing backwards and do clip in and out easily and/or fold up.
It is registered as Congestion Charge Exempt, due to its seating capacity,
and is not subject to LEZ either as some are, this is a great saving in London. Mechanically the van is very sound, it was bought by me from SyncroSpares as it was their show off van and daily runabout. Continue reading
This is the last in the series covering the aftermath of a serious gearbox failure. In this episode the box is put back together and we get up close and personal with all the parts of a locking differential.
I sincerely hope that none of you ever end up in the situation that brought about the creation of this video series, but if you are unlucky enough to experience something similar then hopefully these movies will at least give you a bit of an insight into what may have gone wrong and what is required to put it right.
Here’s the second episode in the three part series covering the strip and re-build of a VW Transporter Syncro gearbox.
In this edition we get up close and personal with the failure that caused a complete loss of drive in 4th gear. (It’s not pretty….)
Once again thanks to Aidan Talbot for allowing us to film this and broadcast it to the world. It’s an amazing insight into the workings that go on inside a Syncro transmission.