Category Archives: Product Review

Square Headlight Protectors

Imagine a stone flicking up, hitting your headlight and causing it to crack. Now imagine being on a back country road with 1 headlight running and the cost of a new headlight..

We didn’t want to imagine that, so we fitted these

Available in clear or copper, you can keep the headlights protected during your next adventure.

Check out this video on how to install them;




Westfalia Fridge Vent Power Point Upgrade

Phones, iPads, eBooks, Bluetooth speakers, GoPros..  The list of electrical stuff you might carry on a trip can go and grow.   The Westfalia was built before the dawn of portable devices and as such, Westfalia didn’t really give any power points in the back, never mind USB.

This is where the Fridge Vent Power upgrade point is a winner for us.  It’s subtle, cables are ran discreetly and best of all, it can be used when the table is in or out.  Kitted out with decent quality power points, including two USB connections, it ensures you or your rear passengers have the power available.

Check out this quick video to show how simple installation is.  You can order this CVC product here in  Grey or Brown


VW T25 T3 Vanagon Westfalia Front Cargo Rainfly/Sunshade

If you like to carry luggage in the Westy tub at the front, then you need to check this out.

Our Westfalia poptop rainfly/sunshade attaches to your existing roof braces to give you a taut, waterproof canopy over the front cargo area in front of your poptop window.

This has the benefit of acting as a windbreak, sunshade and waterproof canopy enabling you to have your poptop window open in all weathers as well as providing added privacy and protected access to whatever you might have stored in the Westy cargo space.

This way you can remain dry when getting stuff from the front cargo tub, or have the shade needed to keep everything cool, when the roof is popped and the sun is shining, making full use of a shaded window.

Here’s a handy video which shows you exactly why we stock them here

VW T25 T3 Vanagon Backlit Gauge / Instrument Upgrade Kit

The standard VW dash lighting is weak at best, the bulbs have a tendency to blow and finding replacements all the time can be irritating.
This kit has been developed to bring your Transporter T3/T25/Vanagon dash lights up to date and in line with modern vehicles by providing back-lit style characters on all of the instruments and an illuminated needle like you see on current vehicles.

These plasma gauge faces are direct reproductions of the Miles per Hour (MPH) units originally supplied by Volkswagen on the T3/T25 Transporter or Vanagon which have markings for both MPH and KMH. This means they provide an option for those people who currently have a Kilometers per Hour (KMH) speedometer and wish to change to MPH without needing to buy an entire speedo unit. The bonus being that all the lighting is upgraded as well as changing the units of measurement!

They are available here

Check out this demo video to see how good they look;


Dash Clock Hard Wire Upgrade: How to save 9.5 hours

So if your blue ribbon is causing your dash to malfunction, you are faced with a few options..

Option 1:  Find a second hand part that might or might not work, but you know it will fail soon and then you are back to square one.

Option 2: Spend hours learning about the VW circuit and then begin a full rewire which is around 9-10 hours of work, if you know what you are doing.


Option 3: Install a Cluster Master kit and spend around 30minutes installing it with an easy guide to follow!

We would go for option 3 ourselves, which is why we stock the cluster master for World Wide models.  Simply visit here, select the one you need and then watch this video and install.


VW T25/T3 Westfalia bed/pillow guard

The Westy Pop top is iconic, instantly doubling the sleeping capacity of the camper.  Sometimes we just sleep in the top on a summers evening, with the canvas windows open.  But… we always seem to loose a pillow in the night and we end up folding our last pillow to make up for it.  It can be a real pain.   This is when the bed guard earns its’ stripes.  Not only will it keep everything in the bed, so you can get some well earned rest, it can also provide an extra level of safety for any kids sleeping up in the top, along with any pets that might choose the top bunk!

Before you order, please make sure your Westy is already kitted out with the pins that these slot onto (see pic below). These were commonly fitted to Westfalia Jokers, Club Jokers, Californias and Atlantics.

They are both available here in Brown and Grey



Westfalia Front Table Bed Step

During the earlier years of CVC,  we focused on solving the problems we faced when out and about on our adventures.  One of those problems was getting into the top bunk, in our Westfalia.  That’s why we created these handy steps, which fit securely onto the front table leg (we now sell those too, in  grey or brown).

You can find the step here

and here’s the video below, find out what else we use this clever little step for;


New Updated VW T25 T3 & Vanagon ARB Awning installation *NO DRILLING REQUIRED*

You all know we love the ARB awning.  With so many people now opting for the quality overland choice, rather than the plastic caravan options, we thought it would be good to update the video on how these are installed.

We have our own brackets made within 1 mile of the CVC hangar.  These brackets have stood the test of time and demonstrated that they work in all conditions.  They don’t require any drilling and they ensure the awning sits at the perfect angle for deployment.

We feel no camping rig is complete until the ARB is added, so check out this video on how to install one.  They don’t just fit T25’s too, they can be fitted to all the transporters and many more vehicles.  You can check out the range of ARB awnings here

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,…

Here for the Front Runner,…

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 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.