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Officially Vanless! | VW Camper Van Blog

Officially Vanless!

Posted on February 14th, 2010

Officially Vanless!!

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.

Ship shape and ready to be viewed

Ship shape and ready to be viewed

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.

Sitting Pretty at her new Home in Tunbridge Wells

Sitting Pretty at her new Home in Tunbridge Wells

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

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Posted on Sunday, February 14th, 2010 at 6:22 pm
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10 Responses to “Officially Vanless!”

  • Tim on February 15th, 2010 said:

    Hi Steve

    I can completely understand why you’re feeling gutted about letting your T25 go - if you spend a lot of time in and on your ride you really do build up an association with it. It’s happened to me loads of times with cars.

    I think you should write down what you really need from a camper and then see which model suits best. Having got used to the space in your T25 I think a Bay is going to feel cramped for you to be honest - regardless of whether you go for a Classic or Brazilian T2. I’d go to some shows - Volksworld’s coming up shortly - and wander around the car park and have a look at what other folks have. At Vanfest last year I fell for a gorgeous late T25 that was for sale and know that if I ever decide to move on from my Bay - that’s the direction I’ll be heading in.

    Whatever - finding your next van is going to be fun!

    All the best,

    Tim

  • Kat B on February 15th, 2010 said:

    OOOh I can totally sympathise with you, I too have been toying witht he idea of selling my beloved wiggle (T25) but am finding the decision very hard, you really do get attached to them. But it sure does sound like it has gone t a very good home.

    If you are looking for a splitty give me shout as I am looking to sell one on behalf on my father, it is a 1965 EZ camper.

  • Paula Robson on February 20th, 2010 said:

    Why not hire a bay for a week????? If you like There’s a one here for sale
    http://www.durhamdubbers.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9474
    T4’s are better than the T5’s as the 5’s quality is dubious.
    If you look after them bays can be reliable and who needs praticality when you got……well a bay!!!!! Both have pluses and negatives!!!
    If you bought a T5 would you still long for the bay you should have bought????

  • Steve on February 21st, 2010 said:

    Hi Guys and thanks for the comments!

    Tim,

    I agree a Bay will feel cramped compared to my T25. However, I would happy to sacrifice some space to get the van I want. Already planning to attend Volksworld so that should help. The trouble I have is I want the best of both worlds. I want the reliability of a new van but the looks and style of an old van. I know most people would say go for a new Brazilian but I just not sure about the quality of them (and the price!!) but a new(ish) T5 does have some attractions!

    Kat,

    It has definitely gone to a good home so that makes me feel better. Had not considered a splitty - how much is it going for?

    Paula,

    I already have a Bay Window hire van booked in for the start of the season for an article I want to write about hiring VW’s so that should help. I am not sure the level of reliability is achievable in a Bay (although I might be wrong) as I want it as a daily driver and something we can go safely in to europe in! Do you thin this is doable?

    And yes… I probably would always long for the Bay Window Van!

    Thanks for all your feedback

  • Tim on February 23rd, 2010 said:

    Hey Steve

    One of my pals on brazilianvwbay.com has decided to sell his 55-plate tintop Aircooled Bay. It’s not got a roof conversion - yet - so it’s a blank canvas on that front. He’s done some neat work on the Bay. Might be the starting point you’re looking for at the right price. Have a look in the classifieds section.

    All the best

    Tim

  • Steve on February 23rd, 2010 said:

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the heads up - will take a look!

    Steve

  • Tim on February 25th, 2010 said:

    Hey Steve

    Another one you should look at - again blank canvas effectively - plus it’s a left hooker - which may or may not be your bag!

    http://users.autoexposure.co.uk/vehicle.cfm?Account=AETA13580&Style=6&Id=AETV21368759&Image=http://images.autoexposure.co.uk/AETA13580/AETV21368759_1a.jpg

  • gordon on May 10th, 2010 said:

    how about another nice T25 with a subaru conversion,I am saving up for an LPG conversion on my Autosleeper and maybe one day will be able to afford a subaru conversion myself

  • Mitchellsfold on August 18th, 2010 said:

    Hi, Loved the photo’s of your van - weve just bought a Westy in dire need of a some body work and a respray. In hinsight would you recommend the garage in Brixham - we’re in West Somerset and prepared to travel a reasonable distance to get a great ob done… Andy

  • MMR.J.F.ANDREWS on October 19th, 2010 said:

    thinking of selling my t25 holdsworth converted CAMPER fitted out as a villa type 1917cc AUTOMATIC wHAT CAN i expect to get price wise it is mot until may 11 colour white and no rust good runnung order. I HAVE JUST GONE OVER TO MOTORBILTY through illness so can no longer manage otherwise I would not be selling it has an awning sink cupboards two burner and grill and Z bed we have owened it for the last seven years.. The last job I DONE on it was new master cylinder and rear drake cylinder new linings ANDY

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