Freedom is a VW camper! 

We’ve just received this lovely piece of interactive artwork of an all-time classic favourite – the iconic Volkswagen T2 campervan!

For me, just looking at it conjures up a thousand happy images and memories of sunlit camping fields, festivals and picnics by the sea.

I went to South Cornwall in a beautiful orange and cream Danbury Surf campervan recently (Practical Motorhome magazine, Dec 2012 and Jan 2013). It’s such a comfortable van, and it has plenty of power to get up hills, because it’s based on the larger VW T5. It’s not as pretty as a classic T2 Bus let alone the older ‘splittys’, so purists probably won’t approve, but it’s great fun to drive and Danbury’s build-quality is brilliantly robust. Cornwall is probably the spiritual home of the VW camper – so I certainly felt at home. 

I love the fact that VW campervans come in a variety of sunny colours and the way that when you’re driving any VW camper complete strangers will turn, smile, wave, toot and flash their lights as you pass. (No, it’s not my driving, cheeky!) There’s even a special wave.


Celebrity Chef’s choice

Plus there’s something mouth-watering about a T2 camper. It’s positively born for multiple tea-brewing-stops. And TV chef Jamie Oliver went off in his own VW camper for Jamie’s Great Escape on Channel 4, rustling up delicious meals wherever he stopped.  

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Martin Dorey, the author of The Campervan Cookbook – and his BBC2 TV series – also chose a 1979 VW campervan for his 2,500-mile tour for the programme.


So here it is – the VW T2. Put the kettle on and run your mouse over the target shapes on this illustration… then follow the links for top facts and stories. Read this bluffer’s guide to the VW T2 and before you know it, you’ll be an expert.





Quick guide to the VW T2 Bus



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Kate Taylor, Practical Motorhome
7 Feb, 2013


Image courtesy of, who used some of our web stories for reference.

Read more about VW campers:


Volkswagen T2 campervans

Volkswagen Doubleback campervan with slide-outs

Volkswagen Doubleback – our Test Editor Jeremiah’s video tour

Build a camper – fitting side windows to a VW campervan



Find the best dealers and van converters

Plus – before buying a new VW van conversion or an older VW campervan read our Owner Satisfaction Awards stories to find out which motorhome dealers and converters were rated the highest by our readers.



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