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Campervan Culture partners with Classic Line insurance

ClassicLine Insurance

As of this summer CVC are very happy to announce our partnership with Classic Line insurance. Both Jed’s Syncro Westfalia and Dan’s 2WD Westy are now fully covered, as well as having the security of an agreed valuation (an essential in our eyes) via Classic Line. You’ll start seeing their name pop up in our videos and newsletters and well as leaflets in your orders etc, along with the odd competition or two for good measure. If your insurance is due soon we suggest you check them out.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

 

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2018 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 2017, 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 1. Those chosen receive a free calendar.