April 23, 2014
Well, after owning a Mazda Bongo a few years ago i decided to take the plunge and buy a proper camper van. This VW T25 is 31 years old and is in remarkably good condition for his age. He is called Pippin and a video of the previous owner can be seen above and on youtube.
He has a reconditioned engine, seats four people with belts and sleeps 4. He has a fridge, a grill, a sink, electric hookup and a drive away awning. He also has a great stereo with an ipod dock – see the video.
He has no power steering and the wheel is huge, its like driving an old bus but i love it, he has lots of character and that classic VW sound. Its the water-cooled version so hopefully a little more reliable but joined the AA just in case 😉
When i collected him last weekend a mint condition T2 camper drove past and gave me the thumbs up and we exchanged a wave. Wow, i haven’t enjoyed that vehicle recognition since owning an old fiat Coupe.
Hopefully plenty of adventures lay in wait and i’m already planning a trip to the coast, the New Forest and a trip to Dorset. I also have grand plans of restoring it so if anyone has any recommendation for garages, mechanics, or vw specialists around Bristol I’d love to hear them.