About the Magazine

The original and best magazine for those who live their life with a VW Bus, whatever its generation.

Volkswagen Camper and Commercial was established in 2000, the same year that marked the Fiftieth Anniversary of the launch of the VW Transporter, with the strapline “For those who live their life with a van,” which soon became “Home Is Where You Park It.” Originally quarterly and subscription only, the magazine has flourished, establishing a reputation for informed and well written features, and has available in newsagents and retail outlets since 2008 as well as being a monthly publication since December 2012.

The magazine is rooted in grassroots ownership and as well as featuring and celebrating the VW bus, in all its forms, the magazine caters for all things bus related including maintenance, restoration, new products, campsite recommendations, Travel Stories, archive and promotional materials and show reports. As the title suggests it’s not just Campers that are covered, but working commercial vehicles also, including rare and quirky stuff like cherry pickers and hearses! All Five Generations are covered, reflecting the evolution of the vibrant bus scene where T4 and T5 sit comfortably alongside their classic air cooled cousins. Whether your passion is for Splitty, Bay, T3, T4 or T5, we bring you the best around and not just from the show circuit. Many of our features are buses restored by their owners to be used as daily drivers, some on a budget, some on which no expense has been spared! However, many of the buses featured also happen to be winners on the show field as well!

If you own a Type 2 then this is the mag for you!

Drive your bus; enjoy your bus

David Eccles

Editor - editor@volkswagencamper.co.uk

So what's in the mag?

Feature Buses

Each issue contains six key featured buses, across 60 years of production, which vary from the totally stock and original period piece, to a full on modified bus with a performance motor. As well as the more common Westfalia and Devon campers, we also actively search for the less common and less well known camping conversions ranging from Viking and Dormobile to Sundial and Arcomobile. Other buses featured have bespoke interiors to enjoy and be inspired by, or may simply be a much loved family member – every loved bus has a place in our magazine. Some of the more unusual commercial buses and special models featured recently include fire trucks, police accident vehicle, cherry picker and surveillance buses. Features are written by knowledgeable enthusiasts who are passionate about their subject and who set each model in context as well as telling its story.

Regular Features

News and Products

Brings you the latest gadgets, hard to source parts, lifestyle products and news about upcoming events and what’s happening in the bus world. We also have regular reader give-aways to be won, such as books or products, as well as discounted offers.

The Bus Doctor

Each issue the resident bus doctors answer queries posted or emailed in covering everything from poor running to engine upgrades, from paint codes and colours to carburettor problems.
You can post your question here!

Camper Mail

Your chance to share a picture, or memory, or tell us about your bus.

The Barefoot Chef

Our resident camper cuisine guru shows you how to be a chic camper without being poncey and make delicious food with the minimum of hassle.

Brochure Line

Each issue we dip into the archives to bring you period promotional materials and brochures of campers and commercials from classic Bernd Reuter’s artwork to Selling the Syncro.

How To

These step by step photographic guides cover things to help you maintain and restore your bus. Recent features have included refurbishing steel wheels, battery tray repair, stub axle bearing replacement and fixing leaky IRS boxes.

Travel

From epic journeys across continents or European holidays, to long weekends away at home, readers share their travel stories and pictures.

Events Listing and Show Reports

Find out what’s on and where in the events guide, and re-live a recent event in our show report coverage.

Lifestyle and Special Features

We also throw into the mix a range of other features all about living with and owning a bus, from Martin Dorey’s behind the scenes description of his TV programme “One Man and His Campervan” to “Back From The Dead,” covering the stage by stage process of restoring a barn-find rot box; from coverage of the first UK Barndoor Bus Meet to off road action with Syncros.