VW Camper has become an iconic part of motor history. The first models went on sale in the early 1950’s, and since then people can’t seem to get enough of them. As well as being aesthetically appealing, these vans provide a perfect camping experience, with its large interior and comfortable living space. A VW camper can make your holiday, which is why it is such an iconic model today.
The VW Camper has become a retro icon during recent times, probably due to its association with hippies in the late 1960’s. Many people now look to buy to restore them into their original forms, and then can live the culture that they created in the 60’s. The Volkswagen Camper is a fun and fantastic option if you are looking to go on a holiday which requires you to travel as well as find your own accommodation.
VW CAMPER VAN BUYING GUIDE
The most important thing to look for on either model or it's spares is rust as it the most expensive and time consuming in repairs. The bottom 6" of VW Camper usually suffers all round. Look for signs of serious rust on chassis box-a valuable camper parts of your VW Camper,especially at the front near the front axle - an important camper spares and up to the front bumper, but also on the front and rear outriggers up to the sills. The roof guttering, sills, rear bottom corners, front panel edges (especially at window bottoms), wheel arches - all can disappear with rust.
Floors can usually be reasonable, but could have patches anywhere in front of the VW Camper 's wheels and also a common floor rust place is side to side behind the front seats (above a box section that gets wet from driving wind blast). If there are cover plates under the floor this can hide a horror story of trapped moisture and rust. Look for signs of filler/repairs all around in your VW Camper, because if they've been done badly, they'll rust through in no time, and it's expensive/time consuming repair work. Check for rips in lifting roofs.
Any VW Camper that has been 'lowered' be wary of, because badly lowered or adjusted suspension can be dangerous, and the ride may be harsh. It may look 'cool' but you'll be uncomfortable on long journeys and you won't be able to see over hedges or over other cars, which is part of the fun. Neither will you be able to crawl underneath for any impromptu repairs.
Engine oil leaks near the gearbox flange usually mean an 'engine out' job to change the flywheel oil seal. Gearboxes are usually tough and synchros usually last, but listen for bearing whines, floppy gearchange is usual, but check all gears work and don't jump out of gear (accelerate and decelerate sharply in each gear with warm engine). VW Camper engine should not blow out smoke. Knocks are bad, rattles usually less serious. Lots of oil inside the engine compartment is bad news. Pull and push the bottom pulley wheel - if you feel a loud 'clunk - clunk' the engine needs a rebuild and will not last very long. Very very small movement is OK.
Watch out for inoperative heaters and controls, that often means it needs new heat exchangers and/or lots of new cables/pipes/grazed knuckles.
Petrol tank leaks - a smell of petrol inside the car usually means the rubber breather pipes in the tank chamber (in front of the engine behind a fire wall panel) need renewing - an 'engine out' time consuming and fiddly job. Or it could be the flexible filler pipe. Also tanks can rust through underneath if exposed to other rusty bits of bodywork underneath.
Steering should be direct with hardly any play. The steering box can be adjusted or replaced, but check it hasn't been fully adjusted and it's still wonky.