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Readers Rides #21 1989 VW T25

Posted on October 19th, 2010

This weeks readers rides come from Martin, who’s sharing with us his 1989 VW T25 - Boris.


Model: T25
Year: 1989
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.

Then we saw Boris, (Julie named him). It looked pretty clean, some surface rust but on the whole quite good.  There was a chap sat next to the van reading a book, he said feel free to have a good look around.  The price on the window was £4,700, Julie whispered go on see if he will take less.  Now that’s not normally me, but after walking away and then going back I finally plucked up the courage and said will you take £4,200, he nearly bit my hand off and so we agreed the deal.  He wanted £200 deposit so off we went into Malvern to find a hole in the wall.  So we paid the deposit and agreed to pick it up the following weekend from Coventry.  So I drove the van back to South Wales and Julie followed in the car.  So that’s how the van came into our possession.

We have had some fantastic times, we joined an online club called Club 80-90 and over the last 4 years met some really nice people.  Not long after we joined the club we had a weekend away with 30 other T25s in St Agnes Cornwall and enjoyed it so much the following year we booked for the whole week.  In July 2007 we went to Germany and Austria, had a fantastic holiday 3 weeks and nearly 3000 miles and no problems with the van.  The following year July 2008 we thought we would give France ago again 3 weeks starting at Dunkirk and making our way down as far as Provence.  Mileage for this trip was about 2800 and again no hiccups with the van.  We love Austria and Germany, so in 2009 we decided to go back.  Again we did nearly 3000 miles with no hitches whatsoever.

Our favourite place is Heiligunblut, a small village below the Grossglockner mountain (the largest mountain in Austria) we stay on a lovely campsite and have done for the last few years.  Each time we arrive at the site the lady smiles and hugs us, she remembers us every time they are so welcoming.  They have a small restaurant on site that does really good food.  The scenery is spectacular, you are on a campsite in a valley surrounded by mountains, we wake in the morning and are faced with a typically beautiful Austrian church.

We didn’t use the van for our main hols this year as we had the opportunity to go to Canada and stay with Julies relatives, it was a fantastic experience somewhere I have always wanted to go. And as much as I enjoyed Canada, I did miss our Europe holiday and as you have probably guessed we will be going back next year.

We have had lots of weekend fun in the van, going off to VW shows or just weekend camping trips with friends.  We plan to be at Oktoberfest in Cheddar, this will be our 3rd year.  This will be our last trip this year, as yet we have done very little in the way of restoration apart from having it regularly serviced and we are planning to spend some money on the van.  I have made enquiries and booked the van in to have a nice new stainless steel exhaust system and then as I said Oktoberfest will be the last for this year.  The plan is to have the van re sprayed, nothing fancy same colour white but we want a really good job done.  New window rubbers then and if we can afford to tidy up the interior. Well that’s about all I can tell you about our van at the moment until the work begins on doing the van up, hope you have enjoyed my little story.

Thanks Martin, it’s great to hear about your van and where Boris has taken you. What does everyone think of Boris?

Posted by Steve

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Posted on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 at 4:26 pm
Posted In Amazing VW Journeys, Readers Rides, T25, VW Camper Van Holidays, VW Shows and Events | Tags: , , , , , ,

2 Responses to “Readers Rides #21 1989 VW T25”

  • philip clayton-smith on October 20th, 2010 said:

    what a great van you got, gr8 holidays as well by the sound of it.
    sounds like you got a good van for your money, good luck with the improvements.

  • martin on October 20th, 2010 said:

    Thanks Phil,we are very pleased with the van. I think we were very lucky, I dont know a thing about vw and what to look for. We had some great hols and met so many lovely people. Martin

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