Archive for the ‘VW camper interiors’ category

Bespoke Interiors by vwbusbits in Dorset

December 14, 2014

These guys just added me on Twitter, so I went over to their website, as one does, and found this interesting video. I love simple high quality camper interiors. This one put together for a 2010 water-cooled Volkswagen Brasil bay window camper .

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Installed Original Factory Radio in my Bus!

April 21, 2012

A while back I picked up a period radio from a guy who was parting out his rusty orange ’79 Westy. Sadly his engine had blown up, and with it his wife’s dream of continued camping in a Westfalia.  I suspect the use of a poorly tuned Weber single carb may have played a role in the van’s demise. She said it was her dream car which made me feel all the more guilty as I took parts off it. In a week it was being sent to the crusher for scrap. I grabbed a lot of bits and pieces and he gave me a good price on everything. I think I paid 5 dollars for this AM only Volkswagen radio. Tough to see but it says “Volkswagen” on the face. I miss the old AM/FM cassette deck that was in there before, but this gets the van closer to original condition. Are you like me? I love the sound of AM radio, it’s dynamic and compressed, besides, that’s where all the oldies stations are. Perfect for a Sunday drive in the country behind the wheel of your VW bus.

Country Homes Campers California

July 19, 2011

Country Homes Camper - VW Cross Section

It was too good to be true, Country Homes Campers in California stopped doing van conversions years ago, but they still maintain their website for posterity and parts supply. What really impresses me is the frugal and sensible layout of their VW campers. They’re most like the old Riveria conversions from Oregon. Here’s a cross section look at the layout, with closet/sink/fridge tucked up behind the drivers seat where it won’t block the view. The ’70s style flip up table, and three full seats at the rear which also makes for a bigger bed.

You can tell someone really put a lot of time into this design, taking the best and simplest ideas from past decades.They also converted Ford Aerostar vans and VW Eurovans. Here’s a shot of their Aerostar sink/fridge set up with table. This is great design, located away from the sliding door making for easy entry/exit and cargo hauling.

Here are some other shots of a 1985 conversion recently for sale.

VW Replica Camper with Pop top Roof

February 25, 2011

From Japan, I believe this is a Subaru Sambar van dolled up to be a mini VW replica camper.  Although unusual, I know the Sambars are done up new as campers in Japan for somewhere between 25 to 30 thousand dollars without the VW customization.  I saw one at a Tokyo RV show a few years back. This faux Volkswagen treatment seems appropriate as the vehicle design was obviously inspired by VW years ago.  I love the deluxe style rear bumper and the pop top which actually has a bed you can lie down on.

Saved From The Crusher – ’73 VW Van

February 13, 2011

I cringe every time I see a Volkswagen van being parted out, even though I’m glad to find things I need. You’re recycling pieces of a vehicle that will never roll again. The Youtube post I originally had here was  a happy one documenting the rescue of a 1973 bus, unfortunately the video has been taken down.  In his written comments the author, Rob, mentioned some of the typical things that affect a VW that’s been sitting for a long time like leaky push rod tube seals and a failing mechanical fuel pump, but what made me smile is the bit about removing a rat’s nest from the engine bay.  That dark and warm cubbyhole is a welcome mat for rodents.  I had a similar experience with a van that had squirrels living in the air filter area, thankfully in my case nuts were readily available on nearby trees.  There were a lot of shells to remove, luckily no wires were chewed through.  Rob wasn’t so lucky but was able to repair the damage.  Here’s another video of a similar theme, a banged up old ’73 Westfalia that finds renewed purpose. Happy viewing!

Calypso Campers custom fitted VW van interiors

September 5, 2006

It’s always great to find another business in support of the classic Volkswagen van.   Have you ever noticed that Vanagon drivers don’t usually wave back at bays and splitties?  However oSplitty new interiorne did the other day, in fact the driver initiated the wave I simply returned it.  I grew up like many people with a bay window in our family’s driveway. Calypso Campers is a family business located in Salisbury, Wiltshire in the UK. They have a standard interior with kitchen and all “Fully fitted for £1950 inc vat” or about $3,700 US. I plan to put up about $5,000 to have mine redone, but that will include a total strip down, paint inside and out, a new windshield, window rubber and a top of the line pop-up canvas. Calypso are truly interior specialists just look at their site. This photo shows an interior they did for a splittie, amazing! Great motivation for anyone thinking of redoing a VW camper, unfortunately they only do the vans themselves and don’t sell DIY kits.


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