VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 2 CAMPER
Corrosion is the number one enemy for all camper owners. Get up a ladder and look at the roof – especially if there’s a pop-top or lifting section – and guttering. Work through all the panels and doors before taking a thorough look at the chassis. The condition of the paintwork can reveal many maladies. Look out for any or all of the following: orangepeel effect, cracks, dimples and microblistering. Damage to a gloss surface can often result from rust lurking beneath. VW power units are rugged and simple and if well maintained can give you years of fine service. Look out for signs of dispersed oil within the engine bay; check the surrounding tinware and rubber seals. If the interior’s tired, take into account that, while there are many products available to remedy this, they come at a price. So do budget accordingly. Find someone who knows all about aircooled engines and get them to survey a potential purchase even if you have to pay them for this service – it could be the best money you’ve ever spent.
BEDFORD CA DORMOBILE
Rot is one of the reasons why you don’t see too many of these on the road; scarcity of parts is another. You’ll find used panels occasionally, otherwise you’ll have to repair what you have or get new ones fabricated. The hinged, elevated roof needs to be in tip-top condition; and that equally characteristic stripy plastic material doesn’t come cheap. If water has got in through the roof it could affect the interior/floorpan. The engine is reached via an external bonnet hatch and a panel between the front footwells. Motors are either a hard-working 1508cc units in early models, 1594cc in later ones. Loud gearboxes will need rebuilding or replacing altogether. If lubricant levels have run low the transmission will be vocal; look for leaks from oil seals. Original external brightwork and internal fittings will not be easy to source. Early furniture was made from thin wood covered with melamine that rotted easily. Ensure the folding seats that make into beds work as they should.