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Volkswagen Camper and Commercial

Volkswagen Camper and Commercial No. 152

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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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3 min.

Email editor@volkswagencamper.co.uk Address Editor, VW Camper & Commercial, Jazz Publishing The Old School Higher Kinnerton Chester CH4 9AJ www.volkswagencamper.co.uk Well here we all are still, currently into week 5 of lockdown. As well as all the inspiring stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things for others, from putting their lives on the line to helping deliver supplies or even food to those in need, the overwhelming majority of us are also doing our bit by simply staying home, apart from exercise or vital shopping. “Help people survive; camp on your drive” is the new motto for us bus owners – and the internet has actually enabled a sense of community in the VW world to continue. Dubs in Wonderland had been scheduled for the Easter weekend and faced with just cancelling and letting everyone…

6 min.
“oh sandy, maybe someday…”

It was only a rumour, but keen to get started on a splitscreen project, David Lloyd discovered that the owner was none other than Steve Gilbert at ‘One on One Restoration’ in Burnley. He arranged to visit and was shown a ‘67 bulkhead and this ‘67 Walkthrough. “Steve had taken the bus in part exchange from the chap who had imported it from New York in 2012. It had been completely stripped by its last owner apart from the very badly worn front seats. This was to be the first project that I was involved in. To be honest, it was my first project that involved lots of metal fabrication and bare shell restoration and it had been buzzing around it in my head for years. I had been tinkering…

5 min.
news and products

Foxwing Awning from Oztent. At last, an interesting & exciting awning! The Foxwing Awning is a brilliantly designed, one piece, easy to operate swing out awning that will shade both the side and rear of your vehicle in seconds. The unique design means one person can set up or pack it away in just a few minutes, making it ‘the’ perfect solution to quickly protect you from the elements. Made from the same high quality rip-stop polycotton canvas as the Oztent, the Foxwing is waterproof and mould resistant. The rugged frame is anodised aluminium with corrosion resistant hardware, perfect for the avid Camper, Caravaner, Traveller, Tradesman or Sports Fan. The Foxwing awning is 2.6m in length and comes with the standard fitting kit and all necessary poles, pegs and guy ropes in their own…

3 min.
alternative summer days out

Even assuming that lockdown restrictions are relaxed, enjoying the summer is going to be a challenge this year, without the usual plethora of Volkswagen shows and festivals to visit. In place of our usual show guide and previews, here’s a handful of places in both country house gardens and in the wild blue yonder where you stand a fair chance of being completely alone with nature. Travel in your bus, take a picnic and continue with social distancing, and check in advance as many places may be making decisions on whether to remain open on a day-by-day basis. Errwood Hall Ruins, Peak District Errwood Hall was once a thriving estate with beautiful views built in the 1830s. It is now a ruin having been demolished in barely a century later in 1934.…

5 min.
back to the future… in a jürgens!

Steve and Jackie Lambert originally acquired this unusual vehicle in 2018 from a friend who had imported not one, but two of them from South Africa. “As soon as we saw it, we knew that the past was going to be our future, so off we went, back in time… The much larger capacity of the Jürgens provides us with the option of taking our grandchildren on camping holidays with us, whilst at the same time enabling us to travel in our usual classic Volkswagen style. “Regrettably, I don’t know much about its history, other than the fact that the previous owners’ names were ‘Jan & Francien’. They were obviously fond of the Jürgens and looked after it very well, they’ve even painted their names onto the back panel. I have…

4 min.
bus doctor

Steve Leatham answers some of your questions… Email info@volkswagencamper.co.uk Address Bus Doctor, VW Camper & Commercial, The Old School Higher Kinnerton Chester CH4 9AJ Steve Leatham has been working on and restoring VW buses since 1997, tackling just about every job over the years. He has been resident Bus Doctor for the mag since 2003. Bleedin’ Brakes! Dear Bus Doctor, In what order should I bleed my brakes? I asked a mechanic and was advised to start with the furthest from the cylinder to the closest. This would mean; NS rear, OS rear, NS front & OS front But I double checked the Haynes Book of Lies which listed the bleed order as; OS rear, NS rear, OS front & NS front. Which seems to make no sense? Roger Mays The order you were originally told; NS…