Camper Vans

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How about ambulances?

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I expect this to be a great photo thread! :smile:
 

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This restored gem was in my neighbor's driveway last year. The pics are just snaps, there is no pp.

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Taken at the Warrumbungles National Park, in Australia. Not sure what camera, certainly not M43, since it was 11 years ago. Might have been a scanned negative from my OM1.

Not the best quality, but, hey, there's a camper van on it!

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This restored gem was in my neighbor's driveway last year. The pics are just snaps, there is no pp.

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We talked to my neighbor and my wife did so research after we snapped these pics. It was a complete frame off restoration done by a gentlemen in the neighboring town. This particularly model was not sold in the USA but in Switzerland, as a tourist bus, note the unique skylights, that Scott0487 pointed out, and the unique open roof for mountain viewing.
 

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Man...That one is fabulous! :eek:mg:

This restored gem was in my neighbor's driveway last year. The pics are just snaps, there is no pp.

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Saw this one today - bit of a rust bucket, but charming nonetheless...

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I like old VWs too. Apologies, as here's one that I posted a while ago:

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Camper Van Beethoven

What? :biggrin:

But seriously folks -- we had a '67 VW camper when I was a kid that I wish I had now. We have a Chevy van set up as a camper, but it just doesn't have the same character.
 

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This thread reminds me when I was growing up. My father had several VW wagons over the years (mostly straight wagons, 2 camper vans), and my aunt/uncle in California also had both vans and bugs.

My family lived in Baltimore, Maryland (near Washington DC on the USA east coast) and later Minnesota (north USA, center of the country). My aunt/uncle lived in California north of San Francisco. Every two years one family would pack up the kids (3 kids in the case of my family and 5 kids in the case of my aunt/uncle) and drive across the USA to vacation with the other family.

While many see this this as romantic, each family had their share of mishaps with their VW's. I had the transmission go out as we were crossing the single main street in the small town we lived in while driving the the various kids. I also had the engine catch fire as I was driving back from a doctor's appointment in a town 60 miles away with my mother. We also had the engine seize up when we were in New Jersey.

My aunt/uncle/cousins were driving out to meet us at Yellowstone, and their van gave out in the middle of desert (this was in the pre-cell phone era, where my uncle and one of my cousins had to hitchhike to get to a service station with a tow truck). And my cousin rolled one of his family's bugs down the hill.

I also recall how under-powered the van was, and it was really tricky if you were in high winds (we lived on the edge of the prairie in Minnesota). Nowadays I also realize how unsafe those things could be in case of an accident (this was pre-airbag). We also had the 1960's air conditioning (i.e. open the windows). Living in Minnesota, we became aware how little heat the van had in the back (my then girlfriend, now wife, came out to Minnesota for Christmas, and the 2 hour drive back from the airport was quite an ordeal). In the small-ish town that we lived in in Minnesota, parts availability often became an issue.

So I am sometimes amused by people dreaming of owning one of the classic vans, and tooling around the country, thinking everything will be fine. While I have owned two vans since I moved away, and now own a Subaru Forester, none of my cars/vans have been VW's.
 

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