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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:53 pm    Post subject: anyone owned both a Bus Camper and a Vanagon Camper Reply with quote

If anyone has owned both these I would love to know which one you kept or would keep?
Also like to know going forward for the next 5+ years which one would be a better value and perhaps less "trouble" to keep up. I only drive a camper about 5,000 miles a year at most. Usually go up and down the coast from Vancouver to Santa Monica so only a few big hills to conquer.

I guess a question that all can answer is what to expect to spend on an annual basis for upkeep over time assuming everything is in good shape but still mostly original ?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a good thread on the subject Wink
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=5608240
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've owned both. Your going to get a bias opinion on either one. Personally, I find Vanagon's ugly. But there are those who find them the opposite. I prefer a pre '79 bus... but then again, I prefer a pre '67 bus in compared to that!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Drive what you want to and carry a Muir book at all times. Very Happy


And bring colored pencils with you so you can color in the illustrations while you wait for the tow truck.

Carry a Bentley or stay home. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I own both and will be keeping both! Reasons, I can afford it... Laughing
Actually like them for different reasons.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

busdaddy wrote:
Here's a good thread on the subject Wink
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=5608240


And of course this one also. http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=492536
Maybe there are more somewhere.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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busdaddy wrote:
Here's a good thread on the subject Wink
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=5608240


And of course this one also. http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=492536
Maybe there are more somewhere.

Oh there are, seems we've got a bit of buyers remorse or just can't make up our minds. If you have to think about something this hard maybe it's something you shouldn't be doing it at all?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will have more fun in the pre 79 buses for sure and just my two cents Vangons are a bit ugly. Sorry. I like seeing them but would not own one.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd rather look at a Bay Window.
I'd rather camp in a Vanagon.

*shrug*
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

from what you wanted in your last thread you should of not sold the euro van and gone rid of all the others.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Esher127 wrote:
I'd rather look at a Bay Window.
I'd rather camp in a Vanagon.


I'd rather go uphill in a Vanagon.
I'd rather winter sleep in my insulated Bay Window.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been on the hunt for a Vanagon as of late. Not as a replacement to my 77 westy but more as a commuter.

I like the Syncro and the ability to put in a 2.5 Subby conversion. I've always thought modern accouterments in a bay window look out of place. But in a Vanagon-game on!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The syncro sounds cool till you start finding out what it takes to keep one going. the tranys are a nightmare I know I rebuild them they cost a fortune and alot of the part are no longer available. I just don't know why anyone would want one but if you got the money go for it.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I love the IDEA of owning a Syncro. However you have to be Bruce Wayne money to deal with the reality of owning a Syncro.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:14 am    Post subject: type 2 versus type 3 Reply with quote

hi as mentioned above each have merits of its own . i own splitty ,bay and a vanagon love them all Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a 79 camper and an 85 Vgon. I love them both! If I HAD to sell one it would be the Vgon. I would miss it very much though.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks all for the input. I is alot to think about and reality set in about only being able to keep one of them so I can support the upkeep on the other.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know just sell both and start all over again. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've owned them all through the years.

Having kids and traveling, the Vanagon Camper ( both my 80 and 83) was the best for space and moving kids down the road.

My bay windows always got us where we going in style, albeit, a bit cramped with a dog and 5 kids on the road.

If I could still have only one; I would keep my 58 tin-flap-pop-up camper with wood and Screaming red interior and 40 horse motor. Used to drive cross country at 50 miles per hour all day. Miss the small rear window and side doors.

You will find your own in time. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a 65 panel, 86 syncro and a 74 westy. I have had the westy for 12+ years. I am currently travelling in the westy because I know I can fix it with parts on hand. I drive the syncro in the winter. It's actually not to expensive to fix if you keep on it. I bought it for $500 and only big fix was the upgrade to OME shocks and springs. I also won't drive it outside of AAA plus free tow zone Embarassed
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