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The fast and the furnished: A tour of Volkswagen bus campers

Oct 05 2013

the original Volkswagen T2 Microbus set for the days of VW bread loaf conversions appear numbered something like the Bulli comes to fruition. As Gizmag at the Dusseldorf Caravan Salon, the VW bus camper is not only alive in the century, it’s thriving.

The Volkswagen T2 Microbus disappeared more prominent markets ago, after its German run ended in 1979. But it has continued in Brazil to this very making it the longest produced model in history, according to VW. other markets have through multiple generations of vans, up to the current T5, Brazil has out the beloved Kombi continuously September 1957.

Last news reports of a 2013 T2 began surfacing, indicating Brazilian safety legislation airbags and anti-lock brakes officially make the antiquated a thing of the past. Volkswagen last month that the bus will be phased out with a Last Edition version. 600 buyers will get their to buy into the VW T2 bus dream, but after daydreams of concert-to-concert road in brand-new conversion campers officially be outdated.

Or so the “half empty” crowd have you believe. While generations of Volkswagen vans have the distinctive styling or status of the T2, they still sound platforms for small, mobile-living caravans. In fact, the VW appeared again and again the halls of the 2013 Caravan in Dusseldorf, popping-up on everything basic, factory-produced models to a up camper billed as the fastest in the

Der SpaceCamper TH5, World’s Camper

Gizmag covered VW caravan outfitter SpaceCamper in a few years ago, and the company has a few new innovations to its line of multi-use vans since then. At year’s show, it premiered it calls the world’s fastest the SpaceCamper TH5 (pictured at the top of the article). with the help of TH Automobile, a outfit that adds engines to Volkswagen vans, the TH5 is powered by a 542-hp version of a 911 V6 TH also donated other drive components, including the to give drivers confidence at up to 174 mph km/h). SpaceCamper lists the price of the TH5 at an unsurprisingly hefty (US$338,000).

The SpaceCamper TH5 is built on the VW T5-based Open, which the company at last year’s Dusseldorf That model’s name is from the dual side that help to make it and flexible. The kitchen unit out of one of the side doors, getting you outdoors mere minutes you pull into the campsite.

California and Caddy Campers

The car” manufacturer had plenty of its own on display, showcasing a series of vans, as well as the smaller Tramper. Volkswagen does a lot a small amount of space, amenities like stoves, fresh water tanks, and cool boxes into its While Volkswagen’s camper didn’t appear anywhere as rugged as some of the fully off-road rovers of the show. the does offer 4Motion drive and underbody protection

The most notable of the California on display was the California Generation, made its debut at the show. to celebrate 25 years of the California – and 100,000 models produced – the edition Generation packs a list of features, including an deluxe sleeping surface, tinted windows with sound insulation, a four-bicycle holder, a WLAN router in the compartment, and a ParkPilot obstacle system. As equipped at the show, the “Black Berry Metallic” lists at €76,863.29, but less buyers can get started at €58,310.

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It may have been its banana-yellow compact size, 4Motion drive, cool pop-up box, or more likely a of all four, but we liked the 110-hp Tramper over all other VW campers. The small, wagon-like van was with camping amenities a cool box, table and tailgate awning and ventilation The show model lists at and the base model Tramper at just under €21,000.


Terracamper had several off-road SUVs on display in to the Terock that we looked at week. While the Tecraft, on the large VW Crafter van, look quite as armed and as the Terock, due to the lack of a snorkel, it brings plenty of hardware to the including 4Motion AWD, up to differential locks and a 120-mm kit. Like the Terock, it can be outfitted with a winch, and other off-road-specific accessories.

As Terracamper’s other models, a system inside allows the to quickly set the van up with furniture and for camping, rearrange the layout, and it to an empty cabin for cargo The single rear seat is removable. The van includes an 80-liter water tank, inside/outside system, portable toilet and stove.

HymerCar Cape Town

One of the visually interesting VW van campers on in Dusseldorf, the Cape Town German manufacturer Hymer, some wood-style trim to the of a 2.0-liter VW T5, putting a contemporary on classic styling. The Cape includes a generous pop-top with folding double insulated flooring and a 3-kW auxiliary heater for winter a 35-liter fresh water with sink and shower, and a kitchen with 49-liter refrigerator and dual-burner stove. says that it carefully the layout of equipment to ensure space for recreational gear skis and boards. The Cape comes in several interior with seating for up to five, and start at €55,900.

You can tour these VW campers closely in our photo gallery. it’s pretty difficult to every angle of a camper on a show floor, we’ve some manufacturer photos to you a better feel for each

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