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Volkswagen Camper and Commercial

Volkswagen Camper and Commercial

No. 156
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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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United Kingdom
Jazz Publishing
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in this issue

2 min.

VW gatherings are back! Maybe not the VW show as we know it Jim, but it’s good to see the whole social aspect including enjoying seeing other buses and admiring what people have done to them is emerging from Limbo at last. Inside read all about the Wolfsburg Bus Crew’s gathering in August with nearly 100 buses attending and a small informal Caffeine and Machine meet. Small shoots perhaps after the life we were used to, but a sign of hope and better days to come. September will see some more slightly ambitious events (though still slimmed down) with Stonor Sunday, Kent VW Show and VW Breakout at Santa Pod – and we shall watch with interest how these and others go, and how social distancing and hygiene work at…

5 min.
hector a cautionary tale

As we drove away from the people we’d rented it from Mark said that holidaying in a nineteen sixties bus was the worse idea I had ever had, but within minutes we were laughing and smiling so much! It turned out to be one of the best holidays had ever taken. From that moment we were totally hooked and our lives changed completely!” Kate Burch and her husband joined the splitscreen van club in the summer of 2012. “The friendly forum gave us lots of help & pointers and the search began. Shortly afterwards, Hector came up for sale and after many emails, pictures and phone calls, a day trip to Manchester was arranged. Everyone said; ‘Don’t buy the first one you see’. So in October 2012 we did. “Hector was…

8 min.
news and products

Splitscreen Handbrake Pull Handle Extender With Billet Knob Setting the parking brake on your ride just got a lot easier! These extenders are designed to fit on to the original lever. Say goodbye to leaning over to apply your brake, or setting off with the brake still on because it’s hidden under the dash. Installation takes minutes as they just clamp onto the factory handle. Made from high quality stainless steel and top of the line hardware for a lifetime of smooth operation. Available with and without knobs in black, ivory and billet. $69.95 from kaferlab.com KaferLab is a fascinating site. It’s well worth signing up for their emails, which offer a different product each month at a giveaway price. Portable ozone generator from Power-TEC In these days of social distancing and careful & robust sanitising,…

5 min.
‘old school’ westfalia bay

The history of our bus is varied. I heard that it used to belong to a soccer player who lived in it for a while, and a tale of a cross country trip that was taken in it. Since we’ve owned it, we have been to numerous car shows with our car club Kahiko Kula and enjoy that immensely, but taking it camping is our joy. We try to camp in the bus at least 5 times per year, some are better than others. Being in the woods, in our bus, with our family around us is our happy place. When you are camping in the great state of Washington, keep an eye out for the tie dyed top through the trees. We bought the bus in 2012, while my wife…

4 min.
bus doctor

Got a problem or a query? 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. Speedometer Failure Good morning, Thanks for a brilliant and informative Magazine. I’ve owned my first VWT2 crossover 1972 for just over 12 months now, but loved my dads T2 back in the eighties. In your how to section is it possible to cover reconditioning of clocks and gauges. My odometer struggles to record mileage, obviously down to worn parts, if it’s a DIY fix it would be an interesting article to cover. Many thanks, David Brown • The reconditioning of gauges is something I…

2 min.
camper mail

Email editor@volkswagencamper.co.uk Address Camper Mail, VW Camper & Commercial, The Old School Higher Kinnerton Chester CH4 9AJ Ice Cream Van Hello David I really enjoyed reading about the mobile pub box van in #151. Although I was at the Bundwehr myself, I never had the pleasure of eating from a T3 field kitchen. MAN trucks were used as field kitchens, at least in northern Germany. But you never stop learning and the Bundeswehr had a lot of vehicles hidden in depots. The T3 box van with sales flap was used for many things in Germany, including mobile shops, ice cream vans, coffee and cake stalls etc. and I have enclosed a couple of examples. The ice cream van is still in use, but the others are now no longer used and will probably end…