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Transylvania Shake Down Film Series – Episode 3

This seasons trip is out east and the goal was to reach and travel throughout Transylvania.

This is part three of a three part film series that you guys are invited to watch and be in the driving seat with us and along for the ride. As usual and as a big thanks for the support we get from all of the customers of our web shop and followers of our website in general we are sharing the GPS locations of all the epic camp spots we find. After a slightly rocky start back in part one we finally reached Romania and Transylvania. It was an interesting place that felt like we had stepped back in time.

Part three will see us traveling through Croatia, Slovenia, into Italy and through France before landing back in the UK.

We owe some special thanks in episode one to…

ClassicLine Insurace – www.classiclineinsurance.co.uk

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Transylvania Shake Down Film Series – Episode 2

This seasons trip is out east and the goal was to reach and travel throughout Transylvania.

This is part two of a three part film series that you guys are invited to watch and be in the driving seat with us and along for the ride. As usual and as a big thanks for the support we get from all of the customers of our web shop and followers of our website in general we are sharing the GPS locations of all the epic camp spots we find. After a slightly rocky start back in part one we finally reached Romania and Transylvania. It was an interesting place that felt like we had stepped back in time.

Part three will see us traveling through Croatia, Slovenia, into Italy and through France before landing back in the UK.

We owe some special thanks in episode one to…

ClassicLine Insurace – www.classiclineinsurance.co.uk

ClassicLine Insurace – www.classiclineinsurance.co.uk

Transylvania Shake Down Film Series – Episode 1

This seasons trip is out east and the goal was to reach and travel throughout Transylvania.

This is part one of a three part film series that you guys are invited to watch and be in the driving seat with us and along for the ride. As usual and as a big thanks for the support we get from all of the customers of our web shop and followers of our website in general we are sharing the GPS locations of all the epic camp spots we find.  After a slightly rocky start this time we finally go underway and trucked on through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and Hungry.

Part two will see us traveling through Romania and the Transylvania region and part three will see us in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, into Italy and through France before landing back in the UK.

We owe some special thanks in episode one to…

Please sit back, grab a beer and a couple of snacks and hit the play button to be with us on this epic trip out east.

 

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First official trip out, this time ABENTEUER & ALLRAD 2018.Managon #6

Hey guys..

It has been a full on few months right here to get to this point where we are now ready to give something back to the community. At CampervanCulture.com we are as always in your debt for the support you give us by supporting what we do and allowing us to be much more than just another web shop selling parts. Your direct support is what keeps us stocking and innovating the more interesting products rather than just things with off the shelf part numbers *YAWN!*

Sooo.. the last 6 months has been full on, and it was much needed work so we can slip back into making the short films that we are known for bringing to you for your viewing pleasure, in the hope we may inspire some of you. On the flip side of this coin it also gives a lot of you to reach out to us so you can (and almost 100% of the time) inspire us into doing something or going somewhere via social media interaction.

 

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VW T25 T3 Vanagon Big Shot Shifter Upgrade *FOR ALL MODELS*

Campervan Culture are very excited to introduce you to the BigShot shifter from RS Fab. The very first full CNC’d Vanagon shifter. No more plastic to wear and break. Tired of sloppy shifting, now you can get rid of it! Shortened throw by 39%, Crisp and Tight. When you’re looking for a gear, no more flailing, find it every time. Please note 1″ aluminium shaft and knob are only available in black.

We are on our second or third stock shipment just now and as they are proving so popular we figured it is about time we made a fitting video for you nice folk.

Stock gearsticks have always been prone to snapping at inopertune moments (is there a ever good time) due to their hollow construction. The Big Shot’s heavy duty 1″ aluminium shaft will ensure that there is never a risk of that happening again. Especially suitable for hard driving Syncro owners.

Can be used in both LHD and RHD vans, you just orientate the gear stick to your desired position then lock the nut down.

Campervan Culture are the exclusive distributor of the Big Shot shifter and handle all world wide sales outside the USA.

Grab yours via the links below,

2WD 4 Speed & Syncro, https://campervanculture.com/shop/big-shot-shifter-for-2wdsyncro-fits-both-lhd-rhd/
2WD 5 Speed, https://campervanculture.com/shop/big-shot-shifter-for-5-speed-fits-both-lhd-rhd/

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Driving The Managon back to the UK #6

Well it was time to finally go fetch the truck.

The formalities of doing this are as follows for those interested in how to do it.

  • The Vehicle needs to be registered to the person you are buying it from.
  • The vehicle needs to have a valid Dutch MOT.
  • In our case we managed to get it registered in Holland as a Motor Caravan to save hassles here in the UK later.
  • You need to get export plates from the Vehicle registration office in Holland before you can drive it out of Holland (this takes 10 minutes and is very easy). You need the previous owners documents, your driving licence and your passport.
  • Unlike Germany insurance is not possible to buy with your export plates at the vehicle registration office, no matter what people tell you. You need to arrange your own insurance before you leave in the UK.
  • The Caravan and Motorhome Club will give you insurance using the chassis number. They were the only one apart from one other place (the other places quote was over £2000!) that would issue this pollicey. Other companies will issue on chassis number but the vehicle has to be on UK soil so no good for export.
  • If you have RAC recovery for UK then The Camping & Caravan Club (different company to the Caravan and Motorhome Club) will give you a code if you join (£45 per year) that you can give to the RAC and they will upgrade your UK policy to cover trucks for the UK and for full European cover for an extra £80 per year.
  • The Channel Tunnel crossing can be as little as £55 for a truck each way. This can be done by buying a ‘Frequent Traveller’ package. You buy 10 crossings up front for £44 each way and pay a £11 surcharge on top per crossing when booking your crossing time. I had my time booked for 7.30PM and arrived at 4.30PM. They let me cross for free at 4.50PM and the crossing takes just over half an hour. You just need to book one day in advance. You stay in the vehicle all the time so can have a quick nap or make food in the truck.

 

I thought I was really on the ball this time but after booking everything I realised last minute my passport had expired! This then meant everything was the usual mad rush to try and pull this off.

Did I manage it?

Check out the blog below to see how things unfolded,

 

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Right to Roam

There are two kinds of people that own camper vans. There are the people who have them as a thing.. They rarely sleep in them and if they ever do sleep out it is usually in a tent pitched next to it so they don’t get the vehicle dirty. These people usually have no interest in travel and the pure freedom owning a vehicle that you can sleep in gives you.
The other kind of people who own camping vehicles are the ones who have a sense of adventure…

Jump in the van with Marie-France Roy and Alex Yoder as they weave their way through Scotland, exploring how personal accountability allows for universal land access and the old farm shelters that support mountain folks to rove freely.

Video by WRKSHRT

Right to Roam from Patagonia on Vimeo.

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VW T25 T3 Vanagon Westfalia Syncro FOR SALE *1.9 TD AAZ*

NOW SOLD – Price £13,000

Location: West London near Heathrow Airport

As with all the vehicles we list on CVC, please do not contact the owner unless you have the actual funds to pay for it. No part exchange offers, no “I just need to sell my bay window first to get the money” no turning up without being able to pay the asking price.

The owner says –

It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to sell my beloved VW T25/T3 Westfalia Joker Syncro.
It has given me great pleasure over the past seven years and I will truly miss her.
She needs a bit of work on the seems and could really do with the rear quarter being
replaced due to an incident with fuel pump protection bollard..oops.
She had a full body and roof respray in 2011 and featured in CampervanCultureulture.com “Syncroshopping” video series.
The paint job is starting to show it’s age and could do with a freshen up tbh ,it is no way rotten just cosmetic.
Virtually all wearable parts were replaced with OEM replacements and poly bushes used in most areas.
She is fully functional & ready to go with most of the desireable add ons including
rear mounted wheel carrier and decoupler, as you should know the Westfalia Syncro comes with both front and rear difflocks.
A little money spent on this would see a great return due to the appreciation of these vehicles,
and I think it would be a great investment. Sadly as I am only using it for maybe two weekends a year it is not financially viable for me anymore
As my child has grown out of wanting to go camping and that was the main reason for purchasing it.
I want her to go to a good home and am in no rush to sell,these are a very rare and unique vehicles, she is taxed and tested and in good working order.

Work done –

  • 1987 Westfalia Syncro Poptop
  • 1.9TD AAZ
  • External oil cooler with up front radiator
  • Double glazed windows
  • Underslung factory gas/LPG/propane tank
  • Front Captain seats with twin swivel mounts
  • Decoupler
  • Good VC & Spare
  • 15″ AT BFG’s x 5 on Mefros
  • Spare wheel carrier with mounted Farm jack
  • Square headlights
  • Mph Syncro odometer with rev counter(very rare)
  • Syncro truck mirrors
  • Opening quarter light windows
  • New telescopic prop shaft
  • CV joints all replaced apart from front outers
  • Pair of new Bosch 100ah batteries
  • 100w solar panel & regulator (needs repair)
  • Eberspacher heater (working)
  • Alpine stereo & speakers
  • Poly bush lower track control arm bushes, steering and drop link bushes
  • New wishbone bushes
  • All bushes replaced with Lemforder
  • Stainless steel front to back water pipes
  • Reconditioned fuel pump with custom pin less than 500 miles
  • Reconditioned front diff by Aiden Talbot
  • Front & rear working difflocks
  • Silicon water hoses (blue..lol)
  • New turbo (not reconditioned)
  • New exhaust
  • Vw reconditioned gearbox
  • Brakes recently overhauled
  • New handbrake cable
  • New heater fan
  • Working fridge with fan mod
  • Poptop A frame repaired with solid ends and powder coated

Work advised to be done –

Some Parts of Bodywork need attention was quoted £1300 to repair.

CampervanCulture.com says –

This camper is well known to us. A few years ago we were involved in the rebirth of the vehicle and since then lots of extra work listed above has been carried out. Back when we got involved and helped Rob with getting the van to a decent usable standard we made a video series of getting it up to scratch.  Check them out below,

 

Syncro Shopping from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

Syncro Shopping 2 from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

Syncro Shopping part 3 from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

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This Slow Truck Is Quickly Turning To A Fast House #5

Man what a full on two days that was…

This is going to be an update of very few words as I am just so sleepy after a full on couple of days.. In a nutshell I got the windows and doors into the habitation box and fitted the new exhaust by routing it under the truck rather than up out of the top where it was before.

Now the habitation box can be lifted onto the back once the last bits of trim are fitted to the edges.

Let the the video do the talking while I catch up on some sleep.

 

This Slow Truck Is Quickly Turning To A Fast House #5 from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

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The Start Of Autumn Weekend 2017 & Some Trip Vlog Testing..

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..

 

The Start Of Autumn Weekend 2017 from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

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Subframe Built And Other Snippets #4

The building of habitation box has been ever so slightly delayed due to Erik breaking his wrist while doing an overland trip down to Greece. The good thing about this is at least he did it having fun so not so bad.

We have had a crazy busy couple of months at work with CampervanCulture.com.. Like really busy, all of us have been feeling the burn… And just now can see the light at the end of the tunnel with all that, now we have got Busfest and The Adventure Overland Show behind us. CVC trades at those two shows every year and as well as giving us a much needed boost in income it also gives us the chance to meet face to face with you good folk and get to know you. Some of this years extra pennies we took at Busfest went on buying a new gearbox for the CVC Westy Syncro after the old one threw it’s toys out of the pram again on the trip over to Adventure Allrad in Germany a couple of months back. Just the weekend before last I headed down to Doug’s VW Werks were Doug and I swapped the gear box on his ramp one Saturday and changed the clutch set up.

The extra sales we took at The Adventure Overland Show will go to the final payment on The Managon habitation box so a massive thanks to all of you amazing people who are buying from us and making this happen.

Of all the hundreds of people we got to speak with at both Busfest and The Adventure Overland Show this year the most asked question was, “Hows The Managon Build Going?”. Well here is where things are at…

I wanted to do this update now as the pace of the build is about to gather some speed and momentum. The panels for the habitation box are due to be ready today and to be picked up tomorrow so here is an update of what has been going on in Managon land since the last update.

Subframe – As previously mentioned in the other updates a trucks chassis flexes and if you just bolted a box to it the box would just get torn apart. There are a few tried and tested ways of mounting the box so it will allow chassis flex and The Managon is having a subframe with spring mounts. It was all made a few weeks back and part of it was sent away to be moulded into the floor of the habitation box.


High Roof Over Cab – Remember back in the previous update that VW LT I chopped bits of the roof from in that scrap yard in Oxford? Well I worked some magic and got those bits all bonded together on top of a single cab roof chop I managed to get my hands on. This also gave me a chance to mess with a few colours and I am pretty sure I have now chose the final colour the truck is going to be. As soon as I know the distance the habitation box will be from the cab I can trim the back of the high roof I made to fit in with what is going on. Then I can decide if to do a full hight walk through or just choose a couple of storage options instead.

 

Interior Units – I really need to keep the weight down on this truck as much as possible to keep it under 7500KG. I have Granddad rights on my car licence so can drive a truck up to 7500KG, but the truck is good for over 9000KG so when driving in remote areas we can really load up on cargo to see us through. The interior will be made to be as light as possible. Made pretty much entirely of 3mm aluminium composite sat inside an aluminium square tube frame it will be super light. I built the kitchen unit just to get familiar with the materials while I had the spare time waiting for Erik’s wrist to heal.

 

All of the interior will be made using this system, I really like the utility look of it. I have been in a nice position with extra time on my hands to look for stuff over the last month or two so grabbed most of the primary and secondary back up heating systems as well as the hot water system from Ebay and get some knock out deals. This has saved a lot of money for sure!

Support Vehicle – Because The Managon is a big old slice, popping out down the shops or along to a local market may be a bit of a mission. It was always part of the plan to have a motorised bike of some kind. One Sunday morning I bid £430 on Ebay for a year old monkey bike and to my surprise won it! I named it ‘The Looser Cruiser’ but despite the name this little bike with fold down handle bars and knobbly tyres is a little gem and somewhat of a pocket rocket! Both lightweight and small I have plans to how this will fit into this project for some added extra freedom on trips to explore local areas. You can carry two people at a time and after burning around all week on this thing the whole family are totally smitten with it.

 

So that is it for just now. Fingers crossed there will be an update real soon with the habitation box on the truck and now there is a working gear box in the CVC Westy Syncro I can zoom over to Adventure Trucks HQ in NL to do some work on the less interesting areas so the registration can get underway over there to make the registration swap over happen this end.

Stay tuned and don’t forget to use the subscribe feature so you get alerts of when new content has been added to the website so you can follow the adventure.