Archive for the ‘T25’ Category
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!! (more…)
This weeks readers rides come from Martin, who’s sharing with us his 1989 VW T25 - Boris.
Colour: Off white, creamy colour
Engine: 1900cc petrol 4 speed
Camper conversion: Holdsworth 2 berth
We had been thinking about buying a VW camper and decided to go to Vanfest for the day back in 2006. We had approached my bank to see if they would loan us £5,000 which they agreed to, so off we went to Vanfest on the Saturday with the intention of buying a van. We had a good look around and then went to the sales area. We saw some really nice vans but were out of our price range and we also saw some very rough ones that would have needed lots spending on.
Tags: Amazing VW Journeys, Camper Van Holidays, Readers Rides, T25, VW Shows, VW Shows and Events, VW Van
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Back in December, I asked you to vote for your favourite van featured on the VW Camper Van Blog throughout 2009. We had a wide range of different vans to choose between from Split Screens and Bay Window Single Cabs right through to Type 25 Campers and T4’s.
Well… the votes have been official counted and verified and I am pleased (and not surprised) to announce that the winner of the VW Camper Van Blog Readers Ride of the Year 2009 is… (drum roll), Bob’s 1967 21 Window Split Screen Microbus which was featured back in August.
Coming in a close 2nd was Amy’s 1969 Low Light Early Bay Window Camper Van from September and in 3rd place was the unusual 1979 VW Type II Bay Window Camper Van owned by Orville which was featured in November. (more…)
Well… I had intended to be publishing a blog post this weekend advertising my VW T25 Camper Van for sale. After 5 years of ownership I was feeling like I needed a change. I had been toying with the idea for a while and as I had originally wanted a Bay Window Van when I stumbled across my T25, the thought had always been in the back of my mind that perhaps I should have gone for a Bay instead.
This is not to say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed the time I have been a ‘wedge’ owner as I have. We have had many great holidays away in our Type 25 Autosleeper and have completed a great deal of work on the van over the last 5 years, so much so that the van is in much better condition now than when I bought it! I was just starting to get the feeling that I wanted a change.
We have had a wide variety of vans submitted in to the Readers Rides section throughout 2009 from pristine Split Screen Vans through to stunning T4’s with a whole load of T25 Work Vans, Bay Window Pickups and Custom Built Camper Vans in between. So I thought it was about time to figure out just which one is the best.
We have had photos of 16 VW Vans sent in during the last 12 months, each of them unique and loved dearly by their owners, but which one deserves the crown of the VW Camper Van Blog ‘Readers Ride of the Year 2009′?
The nominees for Readers Ride of the Year 2009 are shown below. Once you have had a good look through them, you can cast your vote at the bottom of this article. The winner will be announced on the 31st January 2010. (more…)
This weeks Readers Rides comes from Jim Cox who runs the cool gift ideas company, giftlab.co.uk. Jim is lucky enough to own 2 Volkswagen T25 Vans, both of them very well restored. Jim was kind enough to send in some photos of his VW Vans for us to see:
Model: Type 25 (T25)
Color: Nissan Figaro Lapis grey
Engine: Reconditioned 1900 waterboxer engine
Wheels: Audi S4 18″ wheels (later changed to porsche teledials), 45mm drop (more…)
Following on from my blog post back in December, I had another exciting moment in WH Smiths the other day. I had received an email from another VW Camper Van Owner (’68 Devon) congratulating me for my van being featured in this months copy of VW Camper and Bus.
It was at that point that I remembered that I had sent in some photos a few weeks earlier thinking (or hoping) that they might be of interest.
So I jumped in the car (which was blocking the VW on the drive and is much easier to park in town) and headed off for WH Smiths. I rushed in a grabbed a copy and ripped open the sealed bag and headed straight for the Readers Rides section.
I was going through my iPhoto library the other day and could not believe how many shots I had of random VW Camper Vans. It seems every time I see one I have take a photo of it (those of you who follow the VW Camper Van Blog on Twitter will know this as I often tweet the photos straight from my phone).
As I have so many photos I have set up a VW Camper Van Blog Flickr account so please feel free to take a look and follow me on Flickr. I have also set up a VW Camper Van Blog Flickr Group for anyone who wants to upload there own photos of VW Vans.
Anyway, I thought I would go through all the photos I have and post some of them here. Some are from the various shows I attended last year and others have just been shot on the roadside. Oh, and I have thrown in a couple of shots of my own van for good measure!
This weeks guest post comes from Sum Doood, a regular reader of the VW Camper Van Blog and a member of the VW Camper Van Blog Facebook Group. In this article, Sum Doood tells of his lifelong dealings with VW Camper Vans:
In 1959 at the age of three somewhere in Gloucestershire I was introduced to my first VW, a Kombi in which the family took holidays in wildest Wales and highland Scotland. I remember sleeping over the engine and waking to dodge the overnight condensation dripping onto my ex-WD sleeping bag.
We progressed to a comparatively sophisticated Devon Caravette and in 1966 moved to Wales where, with our hip-displaced Labrador puppy, we lived for three very wet autumn months in an old, crudely converted and totally immobile Bedford bus, what some might call a non-starter home. Perhaps for adults it represented too much camping because shortly afterwards the Caravette was sold.
In this weeks guest VW blog post, Grenville Strickland tells the history of the rare but rather cool Karmann Coach Built VW T25 Camper Vans:
The roots of Karmann-Mobil can be traced to the Southern Hemisphere. During a visit to South Africa Wilhelm Karmann Jr. (b. 4th December 1914 Osnabrück, Germany in Osnabrück, Hannover, Germany) saw a Jurgens motorhome built on a VW Type 2 chassis and was so impressed with them, he requested licensed production (it is possible to see some similarity in the badges of early Karmann’s and that of the Jurgens). The Jurgens motorhomes had been launched in 1973.