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2019 Calendar Submissions

It’s that time again to get your submissions in for the second CVC calendar! Photos need to have been taken at some point in 2018, be horizontal and high resolution, and with just your van and mother nature (let’s leave those pesky humans out of them). Please email your photos to submissions@campervanculture.com. Include van year/model and where the photo was taken, plus any other interesting details. Get snapping!

Deadline is November 4. Those chosen receive a free calendar.

Campervan Culture 2018 Calendar from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

BusFest 2018

Who is going to Busfest 2018? *BIG NEWS*

Before we give you all the lowdown on the show please read the following. We will only be bringing limited stock to the show this year. So if you would like anything delivered to you at BusFest (or the Adventure Overland show) please place an order through the webshop and choose “For Local Pick-up” as the delivery option. Finally just add an order note specifying that you would like to collect at the festival. 

Listen up ya’ll.. CVC will be there, inside The Avon Hall supporting ‘Well Travelled Transporters’. This year for us will be a little different as we will not be setting up shop for trading on the same scale as previous years. The reason for this is that when we are 3 people deep and constantly serving people we don’t get a chance to speak with you. We don’t want you to be kind enough to come and speak with us and us not being able to give you any of our time. You will be able to pre order though and we can bring your gear to the show with free shipping and will have some stuff with us for you to buy and take away on the day. That said we have a lot on offer this year.. We are currently two thirds of the way through our Transylvania trip and this will be the first official reveal of The Managon. You have a chance to ask all about it, get in it, get under it.. Hell you can even get on top of it if you like! You want to build something like it? Just ask.. all the info and knowledge we have put together on this build is yours, just bring a note pad and scribble down the answers. See The CVC 2WD Adventure Camper now it has been fully restored and newly equipped ready for adventure. Meet Canadian Vanlifers Live.Travel.Play and ask them anything about their van and their 3 years travelling around the world. Meet Westfalia Digital Nomads the makers of the famous ‘Vanlifers’ movie ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRQamLSFTy0 ) these people really do inspire and are a must see. Meet Tom Dibb talented musician and all round nice guy who drove his VW T25 camper Pickle from the UK to Australia. He has so many interesting things to say we couldn’t even start to mention them in this post. We might even get treated to a mini gig 

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😉 Meet ChefCampers.com who have just sold or given away everything they have (including their house!) and are just now starting a new life travelling the world searching out culennary sensations from other cultures as well as adventure in their VW T25 California Syncro. There will be even more people and well travelled VW Transporter vans to meet in the is area but this is just a little heads up of a taste of things to come.

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Introducing the “Westy Bravo” organiser

With the Westy Bravo, the valuable, under utilized space on the rearmost panel of your Westfalia wardrobe cabinet becomes a practical, well organized and even beautiful storage space.

Offering 3 flap-top, snap close pockets and 16 3D patterned open tool slots, there’s space for everything you need, conveniently next to the engine bay where easy tool access is most helpful.

Made of high quality ‘Crazy Horse’ saddle leather that only gets better with age, the Westy Bravo features heavy duty stitching, reinforced, riveted corners, durable construction and two colors to complement the standard brown and grey Westfalia interiors.

A bold and functional organizer for the rearmost face of the Volkswagen T3/T25 Vanagon Westfalia cabinet.

  • Premier quality saddle leather, aka: ‘Crazy Horse’.
  • Designed to take a beating and always look great!
  • Hand-crafted in Mexico
  • Heavy-duty stitching
  • Reinforced and riveted corners
  • Built to last!

We have very limited stock of these available in grey and brow. Buy yours here.

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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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Christmas Opening Times

We will be closed between December 23 and January 7 (reopening Monday  January 8).

Yes, we will all be taking a well earned break over the Christmas and New Year period to spend some time with our respective families (and hopefully get some much needed camping time squeezed in).

We will be keeping the webshop open during this time, so you can still while away the drunken hours on Boxing Day buying yourself the “gifts” you’d been hoping to get for Christmas, but didn’t 😉

Any orders placed during this time will be dispatched the week commencing January 8.

The phones and email will be off with all correspondence being dealt with on our return.

May we just take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the last year. We really do appreciate it!!

Have a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Jed, Dan and Lou.

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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.

VW T25 T3 Vanagon Square headlights

Brand New VW T25 T3 Vanagon H4 Square Headlight Kits

Who would have thought this would ever be available..

Through CVC, brand new VW T25-T3-Vanagon H4 Square Headlight kits for both LHD and yes…. RHD! Complete with brand new backing plates and adjuster screws and tips.

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This is not a wind up, and also get this… Brand new grilles with or without badge.

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The headlight prototypes have been running around the UK for a good while now under top secret conditions (actually not really, they have been on full view the whole time but they are that good nobody noticed 😉 ) and production has been underway and due to land with us at CVC ready to ship out at the end of January 2018. Stock will be limited so we are giving you the unique opportunity to pre order a set.

Remember USA customers who spend under $799 don’t pay import duty if they buy from us and you don’t pay the UK VAT at 20% so this is especially amazing for you guys even before you consider the epic exchange rate you get just now.

UK you still get an amazing deal and a chance to own what has been up until now the holy grail of VW T25 parts.

On the continent? You guys get a excellent exchange rate with the Euro v Pound right now too and we give good shipping rates.

If you would like to take advantage of the pre order cost please order via this product category page, https://campervanculture.com/product-catego…/vehicle-parts/…/

There are only so many that are being produced so don’t miss out. Oh, and you might want to tag your friends in this to share the love so they don’t miss out too.

If you have any questions or queries drop us an email.

Please note that the headlight image is for illustrative purposes only.