VW T25 T3 & Vanagon Front Runner Roof Rack How To Install

Here at CVC HQ, we chuck out a beer when you fit your rack at the Hangar, CVC HQ.  Take a look at this video to see how easy they are to fit and how good it looks on this very nice, limited edition Magnum.

We are an authorised installer for Front Runner, which means we can also build bespoke racks for your vehicle too, so you get exactly what you need.

Our Front Runner racks can be found here



VW T25 T3 Vanagon Headlight Relay / Wiring Loom Upgrade

If you still have the factory headlight setup on your T25 you will no doubt be well aware that light output is scarily small at best. This is due to a number of factors, but mainly because VW in their wisdom had long runs of cable to the headlights with no integrated relay (unlike all modern cars). This combined with 30 year old wiring results in a massive voltage drop by the time power reaches this headlight units, resulting in….you guessed it. Dim lights!

To overcome this, we have a relay kit to light up the adventure ahead!

Petrol version can be found here

Diesel version can be found here

Lee at Combe Valley Campers kindly put this video together to show you how easy it is to install, check it out..


Front Runner Chair V Old Man Emu Chair

We went head to head with our two favourite expedition camping chairs. Mike had the ARB Old Man Emu Compact Directors Chair and Jed has the Front Runner Expander Chair, but who is the winner? FIGHT! Both chairs are available,

here for the Old Man Emu, https://campervanculture.com/shop/old…

Here for the Front Runner, https://campervanculture.com/shop/fol…

VW T25 T3 Syncro *RHD* 4WD Camper *NOW SOLD*


Good condition RHD T3 Syncro. Lots of modifications make this a very practicle classic.
Originally built as a high spec Caravelle (GL) for a VW dealership, I’ve owned it since September 2012.


  • Camper conversion by Stirlings of Newbury in 2012.
  • 3/4 Rock’n’roll bed with memory foam base
  • 2 way Waeco fridge (drawer type)
  • SMEV cooker/sink unit
  • Thetford Porta Potti Qube in buddy seat
  • All interior built in light weight lamate ply – Puntinella finish
  • Blackout curtains – VW Camper Curtains ‘Fab Poppy’
  • Factory PAS
  • Original GL captains seats (Swivel on passenger seat)
  • VW Passat Mk4 dash conversion (SyncroSport)
  • Porsche 944 steering wheel
  • Sony DAB radio with Kenwood/Rockford speakers
  • Lockable underseat storage drawer on passenger side – Rocky Mountain Westy
  • 240Ah of leisure batteries (2 x Victron Supercycle) charged by 240Wp (2 x 120Wp flexible) solar panels via Victron smart controller
  • Stirling Power battery to battery split charger


Westy type pop top fitted by Space Roofs, Fiamma F35 Pro roll out awning, Rock sliders – strong enough to take the vehicle weight, not just to look good!
16″ lookalike wheel arches – Terra WaggonMatching door locks all round – incl. ignition barrel – one key fits all locks, Lower South African grille etc…


Engine and transmission

Subaru EJ25 n/a engine (165BHP) from 2002 Legacy – rebuilt in 2017 (25k miles ago)
Recent service incl. timing belt/waterpump change
RJES conversion parts used except Small Car short sump and engine bar
LPG conversion – gives much better fuel economy
Custom stainless exhaust with cat. correctly connected to Subaru ECU
Front and rear diff locks – all working
Front and rear gearboxes rebuilt and strengthened (rear) by Aiden Talbot in 2017 incl. RJES output shaft to fit Subaru clutch plate
VC rebuilt by 025 Motorsort in 2017
Recon propshaft in 2018 (Brickwerks – GKN)
930 CV joints all round (not outside fronts – GKN)

Brakes, wheels suspension etc.

Powerflex bushes all round
Audi A8 front brakes (318mm vented discs) + VW Sharan rear disc conversion (025 Motorsport) + 10″ BMW servo
Trailmaster HD shocks with 40mm lift
25mm anti-roll bar
16″ Mefro wheels with 215/60 van rated tyres (wheels regularily rotated incl.spare)

Correctly registed with DVLA as ‘Motor Caravan’
Subaru engine capacity and engine number correct in logbook
Engineers report available for insurance etc.


NOW SOLD 1985 Volkswagen T25 Westfalia Joker



Location: London, UK.

Welcome to our beloved van JJ who (through no fault of his own) is looking for a new home. He is a 1985 Volkswagen t25 WESTFALIA JOKER pop top. 4 berth. 5 speed. LHD.

JJ was original a 1.6 engine but in 2015 he had a 1.9 TDI engine conversion which was taken from a 1996 VW Golf which ONLY HAD 29,836 MILES on the clock. We felt so lucky to have found such an incredible donor engine – and it has not let us down. We have photos of the donor engine, mileage and paperwork to prove the goods. Despite purchasing and having the wiring loom completed by SYNCRO-ANDY, we decided to stick with the mechanical TDI, rather than electrical, but the loom is supplied and ready to fit if the new owner so wishes. We have since done 19,625km which is roughly 12.5k Miles in 5 years on top of the original mileage. This mileage may go up slightly as is still used.

JJ has been a part of our family since early 2014. After initially owning a 78’ bay, it was time for more space as our son was growing up fast, and boy does the t25 give you that space! We initially bought JJ as an interim van, thinking we would only have him for a year or so, but we fell hard and fast in love and he has been with us for almost 7 years now. In this time, JJ has taken us yearly (sometimes up to 3 times yearly) down to Cornwall and never let us down. For us, that is a 600 mile round trip. Yes he’s heavy, yes he’s old – but he is an absolute tank and always delivers. We have had so many adventures in JJ around the country and never felt he would let us down. We went to the Peak District in the middle of winter and the Winter Pack Eberspacher Heater was a complete godsend. We were toasty and warm and the cold wasn’t an issue at all. The van has 5 fitted seat belts (3 3pt, 2 lap) which has come in handy for taking our son and his mates away too. JJ has been a great van for many family adventures.

This is a LHD and lived a lot of his life in Germany and France until 2008 before coming to the UK. Huge amounts of paperwork and history throughout.

We have had the van checked yearly (on top of any MOTs or maintenance/upgrades) before any long distance travels, and have had the van looked at before listing to sell. This has resulted in us getting a small piece of welding done on the passenger side door before wanting to sell this to anybody. MOT until Nov 2020. ONLY 2 FORMER KEEPERS.

Work completed:

  • 2015 Engine conversion – VolksFarmers
  • 2015 Cam belt
  • 2016 Wiring loom SYNCRO ANDY – purchased but not fitted.
  • 2016 Intercooler fitted.
  • 2016 Respray.
  • 2016 Alloy wheel upgrade.
  • 2017 LED light upgrade completed at CamperVanCulture HQ.
  • 2017 Exterior air filter fitted for more space in the engine bay.
  • 2017 New alternator.
  • 2017 Accelerator cable.
  • 2017 New insulation wrap fitted behind all door cards.
  • 2018 New leisure and main battery.
  • 2018 New glow plugs
  • 2019 Oil change.
  • 2019 New turbo.
  • 2020 New Fuel Gauge

Standard features & Add-ons:

  • Winter pack. (Eberspacher heater & double glazed windows).
  • Full width bed up top.
  • 3/4 bed downstairs.
  • 5 seat belts. 3 3point, 2 lap belts.
  • Twin hob cooker.
  • Fridge.
  • 240 hook up.
  • Truck mirrors.
  • Headlight Grills.
  • Cab door air vents.
  • CD/Bluetooth.
  • Rail for awning.
  • Comes with full set of interior thermals.
  • Exterior pop top thermal wrap.
  • Paulchen bike rack.
  • Fire extinguisher fitted inside main area
  • Spare paint from respray with code

Small bits to finish:

  • JJ is very solid throughout but does have some mild seam rash in the usual places and around fuel fill-up. These are nothing major and there is left-over paint to complete this.
  • The pop-top canvas is original and could be replaced Although it has no visible holes and works perfectly fine.
  • Sliding door double glazed window is cracked but not holey, and like I mentioned, this did not effect our warmth in the Peak District in the middle of winter.

Very reluctant sale, selling due to taking on a sprinter conversion. We have a lot of love for JJ and really want him to go to the right home.

NOW SOLD 1987 VW T25 RHD 1.9L Petrol 4WD Syncro Transporter; AutoHomes Komet Hightop conversion.

Price: £14,500.00 ONO
Location: East London, UK.

Well looked-after and mechanically sound; complete service history from Jack’s Garage London since we bought it in 2013. MOT valid until 27/02/2021.

  • New engine in 2004, full rebuild in 2013 – just 46,911 miles on the engine.
  • New rebuilt AAN Gearbox from VW Bulli Parts Bernd Jäger fitted by Jack’s Garage in 2014, 30,000 miles since.
  • New body panels (both rear wheel arches, offside side panel, offside middle inner sill and foot-wells) fitted in 2017; partial respray (some still in red oxide). Some minor rust behind front bumper and around window seals but otherwise excellent.
  • New exhaust fitted in 2017.
  • New main battery in 2016 and leisure battery in 2018.
  • Fitted with battery isolation key and GPS tracker last year after it was stolen and then recovered – ignition lock replaced too.
  • Diff-locks not operational but in-place AFAIK.
  • Replaced dash for newer version with rev-counter and fitted LED illumination; new blower motor and PCB step-less control dial; main and leisure battery voltmeters fitted on dash; removable Pioneer bluetooth CD stereo with power isolation button and rear speakers (wired to leisure battery)
  • On-board water tank removed to make extra under-seat storage
  • Wood laminate flooring; original Autohomes interior inc fully-functioning Electrolux 3-way fridge, sink (no tap), 2 ring cooker and grill; new LED lights; 12v and USB charging point in rear; water-heater and Propex heater are in place but disconnected (I don’t know if they are operational or not).
  • Rock-and-roll bed with 3 fitted seatbelts (2x 3-point and one lap-belt)
  • Swivelling passenger seat
  • 240v mains hook-up
  • Complete set of curtains
  • Spare gas canister.

This van has been a reliable and trusty friend, we have camped with two kids through France and the UK in it and have many happy memories. Starts and runs great. Storage in the hightop takes all your bedding etc and there’s loads of space for gear, even fully-loaded it will cruise happily at 65. And because it’s a Syncro it’s happy venturing off the beaten track to find wild camping spots.

The new ULEZ rules for London have forced a reluctant sale but if you’re looking for a low-mileage go-anywhere van with a young gearbox that’s in great mechanical condition with no nasty surprises waiting, this is the one for you.

FOR SALE: VW T25 1.6 RHD Syncro Transporter Campervan

Price: £17999 GBP
Contact (please contact seller directly, not CVC) : David on 07832 338817
or email dsjpropertyservices@hotmail.co.uk
Location: Chester-Le-Street, UK.

VW T25 syncro 1.6 RHD in great condition well looked after and maintained to a great standard. Bodywork is in great condition also.

  • Only 4 previous owners.
  • New head gasket and skim timing belt kit injectors service in 2016
  • Full repsprair in 2014.
  • Brand new 15 inch wheels and tyres only done 700 miles,
  • It’s a 1.6 turbo diesel engine the original one done only 128000 miles Starts first time every time runs like new.
  • New pop up roof vent.has working sun roof.
  • 2 keys which open all doors ect.wheel carrier,
  • Brand new drive away owning
  • New full luxury car cover.
  • DAB hands free radio.
  • Captains chairs.
  • Full Bentley stitched leather 5ft 6 inch wide rock and roll bed. Becomes a 2 seater with seat belts.
  • Leisure battery for LED lights.
  • Electric hookup.
  • Water tank underneath.
  • Wax oiled in all panels and floors.
  • In fantastic condition must be seen.
  • 12 months MOT.



FOR SALE: Syncro Doka 1.9TDi AFN *NOW SOLD*

PRICE: £17,500
Location: Swansea, UK.
Contact: SOLD

Probably one of the highest spec RHD Dokas’ on the road. Selling her to fund another Syncro build. Will come with a Black Vinyl top for the rear, and 8 No’ 15″ Mefros with Maxxis Big Horn 764 tyres

Here is a link to a video of a great day off road, taken a few years ago, hope you enjoy,

Has a huge spec as listed below and believe well worth the asking figure of £17,500

  • 1987 Doka, Original owner was an Electrician in Surrey who had the van from new until Sep 2010 when I bought it.
  • Twin headlamp grill, very bright lights.
  • Originally 1.9DG, but now 1.9TDi, AFN pushing approx. 130BHP, by Mario at MV Engineering.
  • V5 still shows as Petrol so the vehicle can still go into Low emission zones like central London!!
  • 15000 miles on new engine.
  • 2 Diff Locks with .543 gearbox. Both working.
  • Raised Suspension.
  • 15” Mefros with Maxxis Big Horn 764, 8 No’ included in sale
  • Extra door added to Crew cab so now a very rare 4 door RHD Syncro Doka.
  • 2x 110amp batteries in treasure locker.
  • Slide out draw to nearside in treasure locker
  • 3x Discovery 2 seats fitted to rear cab. This gives a load area as well as three seats or maybe load and one or two seats.
  • Alpine Bluetooth Stereo
  • CB radio
  • Central locking.
  • Stainless Steel fuel tank straps done when engine conversion was installed.
  • Captains seats up front, both swivel.
  • Westfalia front table bracket and arm with custom table
  • 2x Vindic canopy loops and black PVC soft cover.
  • 3KW inverter on Anderson connector in rear cab.
  • Tow bar.
  • Passat speedo and rev counter set up.
  • Undergone a full body restoration in 2017 and still looking good.
  • Over 100 historical photos of works done since I have owned her

VW T5.1 (T32) 4 Motion, 2015 LWB

Location: Warrington, UK.
Contact: SOLD

For sale, this unique, lovely freshly converted campervan.

The conversion has been based on a Highline (very high spec) 2015 long wheel base Volkswagen T5.1 (T32) with just under 114k miles, it has a full service history and is an attractive colour – Olympic Blue.

This camper is equipped with the 4 motion – four wheel drive system, upgraded volkswagen approved suspension and strong alloy wheels fitted with all terrain tyres. This camper will never leave you stranded in a muddy field, it will be very capable in reaching those perfect off the beaten path wild camp spots. 

Here’s a list of all the key features of the camper:
  • Austop poptop with roof bed – professionally fitted by Custom Campers in Halifax and TUV approved. A 12v led touch dimmable light is fitted.
  • The gloss white interior units are complemented with oak work tops table and window surround. There is plenty of storage and has a shelf above the sink with a downlighting led strip light.
  • Rib altair 112cm rear seat/bed. This is probably the best/most versatile bed on the market, very comfy too!
  • It benefits from having integral inertia reel seat belts and adjustable headrests. The seat base is contoured which makes long journeys enjoyable. The bed is fully certified for crash/pull testing, why would you consider anything less?
  • The bed is finished in black leather with alcantara on the rear.
  • Up front, the captain drivers seat and single passenger seat have been professionally re-trimmed in leather to match the bed. The passenger seat is fitted with a sportcraft TUV approved swivel plate to make a sociable seating layout.
  • Smev 9222 twin hob and sink with cold running water from an onboard container. Cooking using Calor butane gas in a 907 size bottle (isolated and regulated). 
  • Webasto Elegance Cruise 12V 49 litre fridge with freezer compartment.
  • Planar diesel night heater with thermostatic control – perfect for year round adventures and arguably one of the best things you can fit in a camper. This complements the insulation packed into the side cavities of the camper.
  • Non-slip oak effect safety flooring – very hard wearing and easy to clean.
  • 12v led lighting for the living area with over bed reading light (with integrated USB charger socket).
  • 110AH AGM Leisure battery with a Ring battery to battery charge control system which uses the engine the charge the leisure battery whilst on the move. The battery to battery charger will also allow the fitment of a solar panel.
  • Privacy glass and black out curtains.
  • 240V hook up which also charges the leisure battery and has a socket for camping essentials – hair dryer or straighteners!
  • 12V USB dual socket for charging phones/tablets.
  • KMC Holeshot alloy wheels and BF Goodrich All Terrain tyres, load rated and very strong not to mention awesome looking.
  • Seikel upgraded and Volkswagen approved suspension. This gives you a bit more ground clearance but the road holding remains confident and doesn’t have a boaty feel unlike the cheaper lift kits.
  • Air conditioning to keep those summer trips cool.
  • Factory colour coded bumpers.
  • 2.0 turbo diesel engine with 140bhp and mated to the 6 speed gearbox for great motorway cruising. It is euro 5 rated and has stop start technology but not the bluemotion technology that the euro 6 category vehicles have (essentially ad-blu injection).
  • Multifunction leather steering wheel that allows you to access the multifunction computer, bluetooth handsfree telephone etc.
  • As this is the highline model, there are a few other nice options that have been specified from the factory – Headlamp washers, HID headlamps, front fog lamps, electric windows, heated electric mirrors.
  • Please come and take a look and have a brew when it’s safe to do so. I can do a video tour of the camper if required.
  • MOT and a fresh service will be carried out as soon as the garages open.
Perfect for those weekend escapes, longer adventure trips, festivals or just days in the hills or at the beach.
The camper is in Warrington, Cheshire if you would like to come and take a look round.
Payment is preferred by bank transfer. Finance for campervans is available from Pegasus Finance (I am not a broker but they are a recognised, reputable finance provider).
I don’t wish to swap/trade/part exchange for anything other than a bank transfer, this sale is to fund a house purchase.
Please send an email with any questions about the camper.
Thanks for looking – keep safe.

CORONAVIRUS & CampervanCulture.com

COVID-19 *UPDATE 19th August*

So COVID has stuck around a lot longer than any of us ever wanted. We are very much still up and running and having vehicles booked in for roof rack and awning fitting by appointment only. You are able to pick your web shop orders up from our place to save you the shipping but social distancing measures are in place and need to be respected. We do ask that anyone who does swing by to please wear a surgical mask and please no pets or small children on site unless they can be kept inside a vehicle at all times. 



COVID-19 *UPDARE 15th April*

We are undergoing a temporary time of a few days  (15th -17th of April) where no new orders can be placed while we under go a health and safety assessment. This will also allow us to catch up on the huge influx of orders we are now experiencing also so we can still give you the great service you have become used to from us over the years. We will be back with you shortly.

Thank you so much for your understanding.

We are writing to wish you well and let you know that CampervanCulture.com remains open for as long as we are allowed to.

We have implemented home working across part of the business, including the taking of orders when you call us, so please don’t be surprised if you hear children in the background.

We have also implemented social distancing in our warehouse to ensure the smooth running of our warehouse. We are also taking protecting measures in line with Government recommendations.

We use a number of courier companies for shipping and all of them to date are operating but there could be a few delays over the coming weeks. Our main courier is DHL and a majority of the mid size items we ship within the UK and around the world are through them. Apart from the obvious high standards of shipping times and quality delivery, DHL are unlike the other couriers where they use their own airline fleet and not just domestic airlines or 3rd party cargo aircraft that are being grounded more and more in the recent days. The only issue you may find is that although your shipment will leave us and get to your local depot for local delivery with your DHL courier you need to find out if your own local couriers are indeed delivering to your door if you find yourself in a lock down situation. At the moment DHL will hold parcels at your local depot if there is a lock down locally to you but this won’t be much good if you are not allowed to collect them if they are not allowed to deliver. If you can still receive deliveries then you have nothing to worry about just yet.

Our own supply chain may be affected over the coming weeks. We have done our best to keep an eye on this and we have been making provisions by holding as much stock as we can to be able to accommodate your orders to repair your vehicle or to get those upgrades done while you find yourself at home or workshop where you work on your vehicle. As our own stock starts to run low and our own supply chain slows down this could cause some stock issues, so now is the perfect time to make sure you order what you need. If you have had your eye on something for a while or you plan to get started on that project over the coming weeks and months, get the parts you need ordered now so that you can be sure they are delivered to you as soon as possible.

Cheers everyone, stay safe and we will keep you updated on any changes.


Kombi Life vs Campervan Culture

Well we couldn’t have Ben and Leah from Kombi Life setting off on their round the world adventure in their new bus Boomerang without a strong set of wheels, could we?

Ben reached out to CampervanCulture.com for advice last summer before they set off on their adventure to Australia asking if the wheels we stock would fit a Bay window van and allow decent all terrain tyres. We took the challenge on and supplied a super strong set of 15” Mefro rims and a VW T2 wheel fitting kit. The looks alone were stunning but the practical upgrade means they will be able to go further and for longer.

We also set them up with a pair of recovery tracks for those extra sticky situations. We also now offer ARB awnings with a Bay fitting kit included so all you T2 owners can get in on the action. Check out the new Kombi Life video above. All product links can be found below.

1983 VW T25 Westfalia 2WD Adventure Camper with Subaru 3.0 Conversion (SOLD)

PRICE: £21500 ono
Contact: Gareth on 07985944315 or garethtreharne@hotmail.com
Location: Glasgow, UK.

I have owned this van for 5 years and have gradually modified and improved it at considerable expense. The result is a bus with modern driving characteristics, reliability, power, and the “cool” factor of a classic VW.

Originally a 2.0 air-cooled engine was fitted, but even with twin Dellorto cars it became clear that there was insufficient power to keep up with modern traffic. I considered a 2.0 Subaru engine initially, but research concluded that the extra power and refinement of the flat six boxer engine would be optimal. I was lucky to discover an engine with only 7000 miles powering a Subaru Outback at a Subaru specialist in Chesterfield, and snapped that up for the conversion.

All conversion and mechanical work has been done professionally by Robert McKenna at V-Worx in Ayr. The van is completely rust free, and everything works as it should.  It is left hand drive, as all genuine Westies of this vintage are.

A summary of the work done follows: 

  • Subaru 3.0 H6 engine (208bhp), with custom fabricated and powder coated engine support bars, header tank, and custom stainless steel exhaust.
  • The van is serviced annually, with oil and filter changes performed regardless of mileage, which averages 2000 miles per year.
  • New radiator and piping to convert to water cooled configuration.
  • New petrol tank and pipework.
  • TY756 6-speed gearbox sourced from a low mileage Subaru 2.0tdi with a 4.44 final drive ratio, and flipped with Subaru gears components.
  • Larger diameter front disc brakes, and rear disc conversion. A more powerful servo and T4 brake system has been installed.
  • 1.5″ GoWesty lift springs and new dampers from CVC. New ball joints and all worn suspension bushes replaced.
  • 15 inch Mefro steel wheels from CVC with all-terrain tyres
  • Westfalia towbar with electrics.
  • New half shafts and CV joints.
  • Electric power steering conversion by Lite-Steer.
  • Externally, there is no rust whatsoever. The vulnerable parts have been professionally rust proofed by Preserve and Protect in Johnstone. Wheel arch liners and VW mud flaps have been fitted.
  • Syncro truck wing mirrors have been fitted to replace the inadequate stock mirrors.


  •  Seating for five. Sleeps 4 people.
  • 3-way Electrolux fridge (works on Lpg, 12v, or mains power). I replaced the noisy original cooling fan with a virtually silent computer fan.
  • Propex Lpg powered blown-air interior heating.
  • CVC pop-top lift assist struts, to allow effortless elevation even with load bars fitted.
  • Artificial rain gutters fitted to pop-top and Thule bars included.
  • 270 Fiamma F35 Pro pull-out awning included in sale (removed for winter)
  • Vango Airbeam driveway awning included in sale.
  • Mains leads, and levelling blocks included. CVC pop-top thermal wrap, and window thermal blinds included.
  • Alpine stereo with Bluetooth hands free calling.
  • CVC Solar powered extractor fan in skylight.