VW Camper Buyers’ Guide


Richard Copping

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‘If you are considering buying your first camper, or changing from one generation to another, then this Guide is just what the doctor ordered! … Don’t buy a bus without checking this book out first!’

Volkswagen Camper & Commercial

Ever fancied a VW Camper?

We’ve all seen them – VW Campers hurtling along, loaded to the gunwales with smiling people and all the trappings of summer holidays, weekend getaways and good times. More than a few will be classic air-cooled models of the ‘Split-screen’ or ‘Bay window’ variety, perhaps half a century old (or more) and still going strong thanks to cosseting owners and a simply gigantic community of fellow enthusiasts and specialists. Others are smart, modern uber-wagens built for utility, comfort and speed, their owners claiming, with some justification, that they have found the ultimate family vehicle. And with four-wheel drive available on some models, who needs an SUV?

VW Campers are generally built by specialist conversion companies and only in the last ten years or so by Volkswagen itself, but many are created by competent owners using off-the-shelf kits, or relying on their own DIY skills, either way the range of options available proving practically infinite. Of course, each and every one is based on Volkswagen’s Transporter, a vehicle that has been around since 1950 and has now entered its sixth incarnation. Though a ubiquitous and popular vehicle in its own right, there is no doubt that the Transporter owes much of its success to the iconic status of the VW Camper.

So, are you tempted? Have you always fancied a VW Camper but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you own one already but secretly crave something with the latest creature comforts, or maybe a head-turning classic air-cooled model. Whatever the dream, the VW Camper Buyers’ Guide will help you on your journey to making it reality. This handy paperback will acquaint you with the history of the VW Camper and give a rundown of the best conversions over the years. This will help you understand the benefits of each generation, from the earliest split-screen Campers to the latest new models. Which ones will suit your needs and which ones won’t? It’s time to assess your requirements and decide on the ideal VW Camper for you and your budget, before learning what to look for when viewing vehicles for sale and, or course, how much to pay.

Whether you are new to VW Campers or a seasoned enthusiast, the VW Camper Buyers’ Guide is the only source of in-depth advice spanning the first five generations of this iconic vehicle.

Richard Copping is Britain’s leading Volkswagen author and historian. With more than 25 books to his credit, he has written extensively on both the Volkswagen Transporter and the Volkswagen Camper.


Additional information

Weight 0.42 kg
Dimensions 21.0 × 14.8 × 1.1 cm
Publication date

May 2015








224 pages


250 b/w & colour