VW Bus: Stylistically Unrivaled. But Is It The Best Family Campervan?

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"The Bus" Trailer from Firewater Film Company on Vimeo.

Do I even need to say anything? I'll try . . .

If dog is man's best friend, then automobile is his girlfriend.

I'm the type of guy who believes that cars - when you treat them right - have seductive idiosyncratic personalities that work their way into your heart and force you to fall in love with them. I'm not talking about appearance, or road mannerisms, or the mechanical parts that Dockers-clad engineers craft into a product to sell.  I'm talking about a by-product of the process of buying, owning, maintaining, and driving a car; it's something they just can't put into a bottle and stock on shelves. For instance, you ever notice that a car always drives better with a fresh coat of wax?

If cars had tails, they'd wag when you step into the garage with keys in hand. If all goes well, you two will be in love for a long, long time. That's what I believe about car ownership.

So it should come as no surprise to you that I'm kind of a junkie for campers with style - considering how campervanning is one of the coolest and easiest ways to dirtbag with the kids travel as a family. But the Volkswagen Transporter community - sorry, excuse me, Volkswagen Bus community . . . well, shit. They're way more whacko than I am about automobiles. What they have going, though, is that there is no other camper in existence that radiates the same happy vibe thanks to its history, culture, and, well, the reverie it elicits. You spot a 21-window bus and you're going to stop, smile and stare no matter how rusty. You will, you will.

Apparently this documentary will be out later this year.  The subject matter alone ought to be enough to make this one worth watching - I hope the storytelling rises to the occasion. For the moment, enjoy the trailer.


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# Martin 2011-03-14 14:40
Personally I think it makes a great alternative to your usual overland prepared vehicle. Plus it has the added benefit of sleeping more people (ie family) in comfort. Easy to drive, plus can cover majority of overland routes when needed.
A couple recently went around the world in their old vw - see www.africa-overland.net/.../
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# Mark 2011-03-20 11:38
And nothing else spells F-U-N like a van. Thanks for posting, Martin.
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# jake 2011-10-14 17:59
I bought an '87 Vanagon Westfalia one month after my son was born. It kept us outside and sane the whole time. Best purchase ever
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