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.
But would I regret it if I sold it? Possibly! Would I find another van as good as mine? Maybe! And whilst I love the looks of a Bay Window VW, would it ever compare to my T25 which is without doubt an excellent camper? Perhaps not! I had been throwing these questions around in my head for a few months. I even sat down in November and sorted through all the paperwork and history that I had on the van and wrote a very lengthy blog post outlining everything that I knew about the van ready to officially advertise it! But then I changed my mind and the blog post sat in my drafts for a few months.
Then, after Christmas I started to get the feeling again so I decided that after a holiday that I had coming up at the end of January, I would put the van up for sale. If it sold, great, if it didn’t then it was a sign that I should hang on to it for a few more years.
So why aren’t I posting that incredibly long blog post now I hear you say! Well the truth is, before I even had chance to put the van up for sale… I had sold it!! Yes, I am officially vanless!
Back in December, I had tweeted that I was thinking about selling my van. I received a reply from Sue (also known as thebumshuffler on Twitter) saying that they were looking for their first T25 Camper. I admitted to Sue (via twitter) that I was not entirely sure if I wanted to sell my pride and joy and as such she carried on looking at other vans.
However, after returning from my holiday at the end of January, I once again had a message from Sue asking if I was still thinking of selling the van. So after a bit of tweeting, a few emails and lot’s of photograph taking, Sue’s Husband Simon had booked a train ticket to come down from Tunbridge Wells to have a look at the van.
So after collecting Simon from the station, having a test drive and looking over the van for a few hours, the deal was done and we had the very sad duty of waving simon off as he drove into the distance to start the next phase of our / their vans life!
I must say it was extremely painful letting the van go and very sad watching it being driven off our drive on route for Tunbridge Wells. We later received a test message from Simon saying that after 5 hours he had made it back home safe and sound.
As I said, it was very sad but we were equally very happy to have our van going to a great new home and to a family who were really going to look after it. Sue and Simon (and their 2 year old daughter Jessica) already have some trips planned for this coming summer so be sure to give them a wave if you see them out and about (G923 VPP) and also be sure to let me know if you spot the van.
So what’s next?
At them moment, I am not sure. The plan was to sell the van and look for a good condition Bay Window Van, and this is still a strong possibility. However, I have also been looking at some T5’s as we are planning to take our new van further afield to explore Europe and the reliability of a T5 does have some attractions.
But what do you think? Bay Window? T5? Or should I have never sold my Type 25 in the first place?
Posted by Steve