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On no… here comes the winter!

Posted on November 12th, 2011

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, once we hit the middle of September we decided to make the most of what we had left of the summer and camp as much as we possibly could. So over the last 6 weeks, we have been away virtually every weekend. Most of our trips have revolved around North Devon as we also tried to pack in as much surfing as we could before hypothermia set in!

Sadly, it is now dawning on us that our camping trips are numbered. We have had an extremely mild autumn which has been great but eventually the weather has to break and the van will have to be parked up for the winter (not strictly true as I use the van as my daily driver, but in camping terms it will get a bit of a break).

As I sit here writing this it is completely dark and it is only 5pm… depressing!! Read the rest of this entry »

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Book Review: ‘My Cool Campervan’ by Jane Field Lewis and Chris Haddon

Posted on September 3rd, 2011

It may not come to much of a surprise to you, but I simply love all things retro, particularly things from the 70’s. As a graphic designer, I follow a lot of other designers blogs and my favourite is the ISO50 Blog of Scott Hansen as it houses some great imagery of 60’s and 70’s design and also some great photography of retro architecture and technology.

However, I most like the many images of retro futuristic vehicles that are often featured. A while ago there was a post about a 1970’s GMC American RV which I thought was amazing and got me wondering where I could find more retro imagery of campervan’s and motorhomes (and not just VW’s which, let’s be honast, get a fair amount of coverage these days!).

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Posted in Uncategorized, VW Camper Van Reviews

Campsite Review: Nicholaston Farm Caravan & Camping Park - The Gower Peninsula, South Wales

Posted on August 21st, 2011

Back at the end of June we had a well deserved week off so decided to head to somewhere we had never been before, The Gower Peninsula in South Wales.

As is always the case with us, we were not very organized ahead of time (and we had to make a quick visit to see Lu’s new God Son Charlie who had been born the day before!) so we had no idea where we were going to stay. So, on Sunday morning we spent a bit of time googling campsites on the Gower Peninsula and after ringing a few which were full we came across Nicholaston Farm. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted in Campsite Reviews

Campsite Review: Hidden Valley Caravan & Camping Park - Near Ilfracombe, North Devon

Posted on August 1st, 2011

Anyone following me on Twitter will be aware that we have just returned from a great weeks camping in North Devon. We had planned to travel further afield but due to a heavy workload which resulted in a lack of planning we decided to spend the week surfing at Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe.

So we started googling and found a few campsites we liked the look of but as this was last minute most of them were either booked up or didn’t take dogs (as we were taking our 9 month old Cocker Spaniel Puppy, Murray). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted in Campsite Reviews, T5, VW Camper Van Holidays

Campsite Review: Tollgate Farm Caravan and Camping Park - Perrenporth, Cornwall

Posted on July 16th, 2011

Now we have our new shiny camper van we can now actually go camping! We kicked off the new season with a trip to Tollgate Farm in Perranporth, Cornwall. We chose this site as the website boasted beautiful dog walks through the dunes - they certainly didn’t disappoint!

Our pitch was level so no use for our brand new chocs! Our pitch looked out onto the dunes and surrounded by hedges and wildlife (the dog spotted several rabbits!).

We hooked up and after just a two hour journey the dog was egar for a walk! We were given a leaflet with several walks direct from the park and decided to take one through a golf course and sand dunes leading onto the beach. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted in Campsite Reviews, T5, VW Camper Van Holidays

My VW Camper Van Conversion - Completed!!

Posted on June 12th, 2011

Regular readers will know that I have been in the process of getting my recently purchased Volkswagen Transporter T5 converted in to a camper van.

Well last week I picked up my completed T5 Camper Van from Torbay Camper Conversions in Torquay and I have to say, I am chuffed to bits with it.

As I have previously mentioned, we have gone for ‘apple inspired’ white gloss look with black and grey leather seats which I think match the exterior of the van really well.

The conversion includes a sink, twin hob, grill, top loading fridge, power management unit, a RIB Altair 3/4 bed system, safe, 3 x spot reading lights on stalks, 2 x rotating strip lights, swiveling leather captains seats and a shower head unit at the rear (for cleaning the dog and the wetsuits etc). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted in Featured, T5, VW Camper Accessories

VW Shows: Big Bang 2011 @ Santa Pod Raceway

Posted on May 23rd, 2011

I have always wanted to go to Big Bang - something about drag racing 50 year old split screens somehow appeals to me!

Unfortunately, due to a never ending work schedule (I know… it’s good to be busy!!!) and not having my T5 (which was being converted to a camper at the time), I wasn’t able to make the show again this year!

However, after putting out a few feelers on Twitter, one of our fantastic followers, Rachel Crooks (@DanceFuzion), was kind enough to take some photos of the event for me to share with you on the blog.

So here you go…

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Posted in VW Shows and Events

My VW Camper Van Conversion - Progress update

Posted on May 9th, 2011

My VW Camper Van Conversion - Progress update

As you may or may not know, as the start of the year I finally made the decision on what VW van to buy (after having sold my VW T25 in February last year).

I purchased a VW T5 Kombi, so the next logical step was to find a company to convert it in to a camper van ready for us to use this summer. A few weeks ago we decided to use Torbay Camper Conversions based in Torquay. One reason for this was out of convenience as they are based a few miles up the road from us, but the real selling point was the choice of finishes for the camper interior. I wanted to be able to choose every aspect of the interior and was able to do so with the wide range of seat coverings, lining choices and furniture finishes available. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted in T5, VW Camper Van News

Can you help a newbie VW camper van enthusiast? - Part 2

Posted on April 28th, 2011

Back in September 2010 we introduced Ben, a VW newbie who was searching for his dream campervan. Six months on and they have a new addition to the family…

So, we were still undecided, but certainly leaning towards a classic camper. You know when you think you know what you want, so you keep looking for bad news and reviews about the alternatives to help justify your decision?

Every evening was spent looking online at reviews, seller’s websites, eBay and anything camper related. Then I found a website that just clicked with me. VW Kampers near Brighton had a website that was easy on the eye and written in a style that epitomised my feelings for the lifestyle. The company seemed perfect too – they specialised in T2’s, across classic late Bay’s AND Brazilian imports. Read the rest of this entry »

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Readers Rides #24 VW T4

Posted on April 12th, 2011

Todays readers rides come from Wim Koelman in Belgium, he shares with us his T4 and his history with the VW scene.

Make/Model: VW T4,
Colour: Green/Blue
Conversion: Westfalia

We live in Belgium and our story is about our Volkswagen T4 Westfalia California Generation which starts with a visit to AutoStadt in Wolfsburg in November 2000. We specially felt in love with that Generation Edition of this California and in May 2001 it was ours.

2 years later we made a little mistake in thinking that the bigger VW T4 Karmann Colorado was the ultimate camper, but after some years we decided to sell the Karmann and travel again with our California which we luckily had held. Read the rest of this entry »

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