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..
Every year CVC pack up the vans and head to Busfest, the world’s largest gathering of VW vans, held at the Three Counties Showground in the shadow of the Malvern Hills here in the UK. This year was no exception, even with Jed’s van off the road due to a knackered gearbox. Enjoy!
With the CampervanCulture.com webshop closed for 2 weeks the CVC team went there separate ways for a well earned break. Anne, Noah and I (Dan) headed off from the south coast of England, up to Holyhead, then across the Irish Sea to Dublin to explore the west coast of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way. Enjoy.
With the first sprinkling of snow dusting the ground it was time to get out for a spot of weekend camping and the first camp of 2017.
Since we launched the Arctic Overland Film Series our feet haven’t touched the ground and although being flat out is a good thing we are solidly keeping things in check and focused on why we do this. Dan turned around at work and announced out of the blue that he had booked us onto WoWo campsite for a night so we could get away from CVC HQ and out in the great outdoors. We packed the vans, filled up with food, drinks and fire wood and headed off.
Although WoWo campsite may not be the kind of place that we would head to in the summer months it is a perfect stop over in the winter when you pretty much have the entire place to yourself. It gets really full in the warmer months and probably for good reason as it is an amazing venue but ‘Glamping’ isn’t really our thing so are more than happy to pitch up in the colder time of year. The cold weather isn’t so much of a problem and van camping doesn’t have to be just a summer pursuit if you get equipped with our Deluxe thermal window mat set here and pop top thermal wrap here.
The two vans headed their separate ways on Saturday but we met up again on the Sunday at Shoreham Airport for the RollingSlow (VW T25ers around Brighton area) meet. What a nice bunch of people they were.
Syncro Alchemy is a showcase of work buy a person who we consider to be the very best bus guy in the business. As well as fitting and creating the lay out of the 1.9 TDI (AFN) engine in the CVC Westy that has taken us all over the place he has personally built some of the best camper vans on the planet. Remember the big gold LT 4×4? That was just one of his builds but he has actually build many more, mainly in the form of VW T25/T3/Vanagon/Kombi vans.
Who is this guy I hear you say..
His name is Russel, he has forgotten more than most people claim to know about building and actually using VW 4×4 vans both on and off the road. If you haven’t ever heard of Russel until now there is probably a good reason for that. He doesn’t really get involved in the willy wagging business, his van build and engine conversion work simply speaks for itself. Russel is taking on work for selected customers who want van builds and engine conversion work and we can hook you up if you are serious about a project you want done on time with no bull crap. Just leave a comment if you are interested in a bit of Syncro Alchemy for your own bus.
So enough all ready about me going on how great Russel is at his job and let us show you his most recent South African, totally rust free van build project. After recently moving back to the UK from his Mother land of South Africa it was time for us to catch up after a few years. What better place than our favourite area of the UK.
Hitting the full screen option is advisable if you have a sold internet connection..
This summers CampervanCulture.com Arctic Circle Video Series is creeping up fast. We took this opportunity to give the CVC Westy a bit of a shake down with some off road driving and chill time. This would hopefully flag up any weak points with the van so they could get sorted before we head north in a few weeks. It also gave the opportunity to test out some of the new camera gear we bought with the profit we make from the web shop that goes directly back into making the videos you guys and girls like to watch and we love to make.
Because we are more that just a web shop here at CampervanCulture.com we took a week off over Easter and headed out on another video making trip. We don’t really go out with making a video as the main priority on any of our trips away we just usually film where we end up as most of the time we have no idea where we will be sleeping that night until we find it.
This time it was back to Wales as we had unfinished areas to explore and wanted to carry on from where we left off on our last Valley Of The Dams video. We started in the Brecon Beacons and found some really nice spots and some fantastic walks. Lambing season is early this year and it was nice to see lambs being born literally at the side of the road. We have never explored Pembrokeshire so we headed west and boy where we in for a treat with what that area had to offer. The weather was the usual four seasons in one day and as the days unfolded you would think that we were stringing together a video of a mixture of different trips from throughout the year.
This was more than just a trip away for us, it was a chance to try out some of our new product ideas and test out some of our kit in preparation for this summers long trip video series. These trip videos would not be possible without the amazing support you all show us by ordering from our web shop. We would also just like to say an extra big thanks for all of you that have sent us kind emails and messages recently in support of what we do here, it really does mean a lot and keeps us doing what we do here at CVC.
We are very much in tune with Vanlife and what Campervan Culture represents to us as both a family and as a business. At the very heart of what we have ever done here at CVC is getting out there having adventures and making videos, it doesn’t matter if it’s for a weekend or for months at a time.
Sooo.. the kids are off school for a week and what better way to take advantage of this than head out for a few nights wild camping. Mid February is a great time of year to head out, it’s started to stay lighter again in the evening and it’s usually too cold for fair weather campers to sleep out in their vans. The up side of this is that you can usually get away with camping in places that you wouldn’t be allowed to in the warmer months and everywhere is deserted. I expect any restrictions set in place to discourage free camping are not policed in the winter due to the enforcers being tucked up at home in front of the TV’s with their heating on thinking nobody in their right mind would be sleeping in a van below 0..
Come drive with us again while this time we head south west along the Dorset coast for winter walks, good food and stay at some killer free camp spots that we stumbled upon by pure chance.
It is worth clicking the HD tab if you have a solid internet connection and viewing in full screen.
A new year always encourages new beginnings and resolutions that head everyone in the right direction in life. At CapervanCulture.com we are no different. We spent the whole of 2015 putting most of our efforts into laying a solid foundation to the web shop selling only quality products so we could develop what we love to do the most and that’s to bring you the Vanlife travel videos that CVC has become so well known for. All the hard work has now paid off and we have just moved into a brand new unit here in South London to run the business side of things from the 4th of January 2016.
This now leaves us enough elbow room to get back to what we love to do the most and that’s using our van and filming our adventures out on the open road. Everything that is left after we pay our income tax and living costs will be put right back into doing trips and filming what we do, so we get to give a little back rather than just take your money and keep CampervanCulture.com far removed from being just another UK and European VW van parts web shop with no soul. It’s always been this way but you will notice that from this video onwards we have put our money where our mouth is and you can see that profits have gone directly back into something you can all enjoy to watch for free. By choosing CampervanCulture.com you have allowed us to invest in better, more advanced film making equipment so CampervanCulture.com can develop our skills and we have all of you to thank for this so we can keep on doing what we do and have you all along for the ride.
This first video of the new 2016 season was made after we originally wanted to carry on from where we left off on our previous ‘Valley Of The Dams’ video. We really had a feeling that we had unfinished business out in Wales as it felt like we were just not ready to head home last time. This Christmas the weather has been terrible up north and out west so after sitting down and looking at the Met Office web site there looked to be a small pocket of decent weather towards the south east so headed that way for four nights and see the new year in.
Autumn is here so we decided to get out and about to admire the changing of the seasons. Wild camping was as usual excellent and we found some amazing places to camp for the few nights we were away. We spent most of our days around the Elan Valley exploring the many dams and lakes/reservoirs in the area and the evenings in remote wild camping spots around the fire.
If you are viewing using a solid internet connection it is well worth viewing the HD option.
If you are interested in any of the gear we use in this video it can all be found on the CampervanCulture.com web shop. Thanks for the support in keeping us doing what we do at CVC.
This last weekend is always marked down in the CVC calendar as the last weekend of summer. Every year this weekend gets good weather and the seasons turn the day after. We were not disappointed… We kept things pretty local as we were still packing up and sending orders out up until 3pm on Friday.
All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy!
Here is a short video of what we got up to and some of the random things that we found going on along the way, I hope you all like it.
As the end of summer is fast approaching we decided to head out for the weekend with friends for some free camping and to do some foraging. Mid September in the UK is a good time to do this a there are lots of wild berries and mushrooms. The red camper in this video is not a Syncro, it’s a van we lifted using a set of Gowesty 2wd lift springs that we sell on our web shop click here. With this suspension set up it really did open up a lot more options for where this van could go this weekend and use free camp spots that would have not been accessible to a 2wd van otherwise. It drove all the off road sections with ease it has to be said.
It was a very relaxing weekend and yes we can make toast using one of the CVC stove top toasters that is the only one that actually works and toasts as it should rather than just giving hot bread.