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Volkswagen finally kill the T2

I’ll be honest, it brought a lump to my throat when I heard the news that the original VW Camper van is to have production halted.  Many people are unaware that you could still buy these from South America. Well, yes you can and I’ve seen them, they ain’t bad buses at all. Also known … READ MORE

Volkswagen finally kill the T2

Cheap Volkswagen camper van

What can we say about this most venerable of all campers that hasn’t been said already? Reliability is about as good as it gets for any van as some of these engines are good for 200,000 miles without major rebuilds. With about as much ‘street-cred’ as you can get in a camper, high residual value, … READ MORE

Cheap Volkswagen camper van

Build your own motorcaravan, motorhome or camper

Building your own motorhome or motorcaravan used to be the preserve of specialist coachbuilding companies. Well, surprisingly people are doing this more and more as DIY projects. The availability of good tools and bespoke fitments means that DIY motorcaravans and campers are a distinct possibility now. With the help of a good book you can … READ MORE

Build your own motorcaravan, motorhome or camper

Colim campervan turns into a car

This unique German designed campervan has a great feature.  It turns into a car! From being able to comfortably sleep four people, the Colim campervan is able to transform into a 2-seater city car.  Not yet in full production, the designer Christian Susana is looking for investors who will turn the dream into a reality.

Colim campervan turns into a car

Fiat Ducato motorhome

Hugely popular because of their incredible value, the Fiat Ducato motorhome is a well built and reliable option for the entry to mid range motorcaravan market. In 2009 this was voted “Which motorcaravan best base vehicle”.  No surprise then that 2 out of every 3 motorhomes sold in the UK are built on this robust … READ MORE

Fiat Ducato motorhome

VW type 2 T2

In 1968 we saw the first T2 camper. This broke from the earlier van by having a single windscreen, not a “Splittie” as before. This one piece window led to the term “Bay window” being coined. Wish I had a pound for each person I’ve explained that to….. A funnier although less endearing term is … READ MORE

VW type 2 T2

Winnebago auctions

Winnebago was founded in 1958 and with the first production machine rolling out in 1966, the company has become synonymous with luxurious motorhomes. I had my first one about 15 years ago. It was a 70’s “Minnie Winnie” (which some purists might argue wasn’t a real one) but I thought it was great and it … READ MORE

Winnebago auctions

Old VW Camper magazines and back issues

Old magazines are always nice to read, especially when they contain campers. In my collection I have hundreds of reference articles which really give you a feel for what the camper was all about way back in the day, some which I even authored. Notably good quality articles can be found in Practical Classics and … READ MORE

Old VW Camper magazines and back issues

Volkswagen T1 – the beginning…..

The venerable T1.  So what is the history of this van that started it all? Nicknamed the “Splittie”, “Bulli” or “Microbus” this van was to be a revolution just like its then stablemate the early Beetle.  It had an enviable production run from 1950 right up to 1967.  The “Splittie” name comes from its distinctive … READ MORE

Volkswagen T1 – the beginning…..