The Classic Volkswagen Camper van
Volkswagen was one of the first manufacturers of the camper van. The VW camper van, also known as a minibus, was first introduced in 1950 and gained in popularity as an inexpensive way to take the family on vacation. In the 1950s, the Volkswagen camper van, also know as Type 2, was one of two car models produced by Volkswagen. The VW camper van is not only a classic but also holds iconic status in recent American history, as it was closely associated with the counter-culture of the 1970s.
The VW touring van inspired some imitations in the United States. Similar models came out from Ford, Dodge, and Chevy. Still, the VW version remains the most widely recognized.
The VW camper van can be found either used or new. It was originally marketed as a family vehicle, and so was designed to sleep 2 adults and 2 children. New models now sleep up to 4 adults. In addition to sleeping quarters, VW camper vans also have a small kitchen with a sink, gas stove, a small water tank to provide running water, and refrigerator. Some models also have satellite TV, wireless internet, pop up roof, sliding side door, privacy curtain, rotating front seat, large windows and additional cabinet space. They also come in numerous different color combinations.
The VW camper van has some advantages over other RVs. Firstly, it is far more affordable than your standard RV. Second, it can serve as a second vehicle for family, in addition to being a vacation vehicle. Lastly, it gets much better fuel economy than other RVs, making the overall cost much lower.
To find a used VW Camper van, begin with classifieds. You can also get vintage models in classic car magazines or from classic car dealers. Collector's magazines are another excellent option. Craigslist and eBay are other good options. Sometimes you can purchase VW mini bus and have it converted into a camper van, which is a good option if you want to customize the features.
If you decide to buy a VW Conversion van, be sure to find proper insurance. Insuring a camper van is not the same as insuring a car, and you will need to find insurance that reflects that. And your policy should be similar to car insurance and home owner's insurance combined. In addition to covering accidents, natural disasters, and personal effects, you also need a policy that offers 24/7 roadside assistance, emergency assistance, vacation liability and graffiti.