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Volkswagen Camper and Commercial

Volkswagen Camper and Commercial No. 136

Founded back in 2000 VW Camper and Commercial is the original VW Bus magazine out there. Written by approachable, passionate bus owners, it has an established reputation for quality writing, drawing on a wide knowledge base, and for bringing together some of the best and most inspiring buses from around the world.

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2 min.

www.volkswagencamper.co.uk Another pic I recently rediscovered from years ago (when a restored 23 window Deluxe was quite an uncommon sight!) is Colin Dulson’s Samba in the Schoolyard, something to bring a smile to your face as we enter freezing February and think about the good times to come in the year ahead. Hopefully. To kick off the New Year this month we have both Camper Mart and Dubfreeze to look forwards to. It’s not too late to come on down and display your bus at Camper Mart, a posh heated venue and a great way to start the show season and meet up with friends. New this year will be an outside show n shine – just go to www.zcampermart.co.uk to join in either or buy tickets. As usual another fine crop…

7 min.
custom show-stopper

It’s an honour when an owner allows you to photograph his bus, agrees to be interrogated about it and then confirms that the ‘words like wot you have writ’ resemble at least an approximation of the vehicle’s story. And let’s be honest, there are buses and… There’s Richard Jackson’s customised show stopper. Wow, sumptuously stunning; one alleged wordsmith feels especially privileged to recount its tale. First, wind the clock back to 2010, for that’s when Yorkshire born and bred Richard Jackson bought what at the time was advertised as a 21 window bus in blue and white, ideal for wedding hire. His plan was to have his purchase resprayed after any blemishes had been cured and fit a Subaru engine, but to limit any further activities to a Red 9 Design…

6 min.
news and products

Adonit launches a 2 in 1 Auto-Clamping Wireless Car Phone Charger. A fully automatic built-in infrared sensor recognises and automatically opens for your phone to be placed on the charging pad. The silicone rubber lined grips auto-retract to a custom fit to securely cradle your phone in place. It combines a fast wireless charger and a 360 phone holder, which is easy and safe for you to grab your phone like using GPS navigation while you’re driving. Includes an air vent mount kit and a suction mount kit. Very clever and just £75 from Amazon or en.adonit.net Introducing Lifos; The New Generation Lithium Battery LiFOS, a new and advanced lithium battery, is set to transform off-grid energy supply to campervans thanks to its incredibly long-lasting power in a super lightweight package. Making use of…

2 min.
upcoming shows

Dubs Collective An all new show Dubs in Wonderland! April 19th to 22nd Himley Hall, Dudley, DY3 4DF A great family vibe across not 2, but 3 days camping over the bank holiday weekend The theme for the weekend is Wonderland! So let’s see some amazing costumes on the Sunday for the fancy dress parade. It’s Easter and on the Sunday there will be an egg hunt, so come prepared with the little ones to go in search of goodies. There is the return of the ever popular Slippers the Split, this epic DJ splitscreen set up will be bangin’ the tunes out into the night, but in a very different themed set up… Expect lasers, expect lights, expect fog and expect the unexpected in the Wonderland Marquee. There will be snow! It’s going…

1 min.
show diary

FEBRUARY - 2019 3rd February CAMPER MART The International Centre, Telford, campermart.co.uk 16th/17th February DUBFREEZE Bingley Hall, Stafford, ST18 0BD. dubfreeze.co.uk MARCH - 2019 16th March UK CRUISE TO NINOVE Folkestone (UK) to Ninove (Belgium). facebook.com/ukcruisetoninove/ 17th March FREDDYFILES 2019 THE SEXY SEMAPHORE SUNDAY Ninove, Belgium facebook.com/events/327983784448863/ 23rd / 24th March VOLKSWORLD SHOW Sandown Park, Surrey. volksworldshows.com/volks-worldshow-home APRIL - 2019 12th/14th April VEE DUB FAMILY BIG BIRTHDAY WEEKENDER CAMP OUT Brean. veedubfamily.org 18th/21st April CAMPERFEST Chester racecourse. camperfest.co.uk 19th/21st April BUS TYPES VW SHOW Oswestry Showground. bus-types.co.uk 19th/22nd April DUBS COLLECTIVE DUBS IN WONDERLAND Himley Hall, Dudley, DY34DF, dubscollective.com For full listings visit www.vwshows.com. Please check details/dates with organisers before setting off! If you have a show and want it listed please contact:editor@volkswagencamper.co.uk…

6 min.
‘we’ll just freshen it up a bit…’

“It looked to be a fair bus and with ‘all the work done’, it was the best we’d seen. Curiously there was white paint everywhere that there should be chrome. And all the locks were clogged up with dry paint…” From 2005 until 2012, Keith Jones and his wife Karen, used the bus regularly, keeping on top of maintenance and repairs, they also upgraded the original engine & transmission to a very nicely dressed, normally aspirated 2.5 litre Subaru. It was even pressed into service throughout the winter of 2011 when one of their daily drivers was sold. Then after seven years of ownership, at Brighton Breeze, they thought that it was probably about time to smarten the bus up a bit. “We planned to start with a new roof canvas…