VW Campers in Germany

#1
I am thinking of buying a VW camper and touring the UK and the Continent now that I find myself with time on my hands. I have always liked VW reliability and therefore fancy one of their campers but the prices charged for used ones in the UK are sky high. There are dozens on the interweb that are being sold by people who have gone to the continent and brought them back to the UK. I think I can live with a left hand drive as for years I drove RH drive vehicles in BFG. Does anyone have experience of buying of buying a camper on the Continent? Did you save much money? Are there any pitfalls? Can you recommend any dealers. I am not interested in the large campers (Hymer etc)
 
#3
Thanks for that info Steven, which is new to me and gave me an idea of the difference in prices. What I was really after was details of any dealer who is not a rip-off merchant. It is bad enough to privately buy a second hand vehicle from a Brit so I thought I my try a dealer in Germany a I understand by German law they have to give some kind of warranty. I have a neighbour who is German and she could give the German dealer a bell to clear up any concerns I have before purchase. I could then get a cheap flight to Germany and possibly get ADAC to give the vehicle a once over and then drive it back to the UK.
If any Arrser has any kind of info that may be of help, please feel free to chip in.
 

ugly

LE
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#4
Just dont buy a used one from the cloggies!
 
#5
AT55, i have just bought a VW Camper this Friday if you want i could give you all the information you need.

email me at thelewisfamily17@yahoo.co.uk and i'll send you loads of useful links and where to look for the vehicles.

VW are only reliable if you are prepared to get your hand dirty and do a lot of maintenance yourself, otherwise they can cost you a lot of money.

speak soon.

John
 
#6
Hello AT 55, I'm interested on how you got on with your posting on searching for a good VW in Germany, I am in a very similar circumstance of looking for a tidy and reasonably priced VW possible a 4 berth T4 with 'boxter' engine.
I am hoping to take my family camping in the UK and the continent and like you I don't like most of the prices I see offered here in the UK.
Regards,
 
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I've done a few self builds in the past and would be hard pushed to buy a vehicle and then fit it out to that advertised standard for £25k
I wouldn't mind seeing this Nissan, even if it does sound like a "grey" import but you know what the old adage is "If it sound too good to be true..."
Caveat emptor as is said in old downtown Baghdad :)
 
#14

Funny enough, that just the sort of vehicle I was thinking of buying & converting myself. Those Nissan buses are more compact than an A-class, but have a lot more grunt than most commercial vans. IIRC they do a 4WD model - used all over the developing world - which would be a good base for an "adventure camper" (fnarr...).

Currently, I use a bargain-basement ex-railway maintenance Transit: practically fully equipped (seating, wash unit, microwave, water boiler, heater, etc, etc) for about GBP 4k auction price.

 

jarrod248

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#15
I've done a few self builds in the past and would be hard pushed to buy a vehicle and then fit it out to that advertised standard for £25k
I wouldn't mind seeing this Nissan, even if it does sound like a "grey" import but you know what the old adage is "If it sound too good to be true..."
Caveat emptor as is said in old downtown Baghdad :)
It'd be worth a look or a phone call at least.
 

jarrod248

LE
Gallery Guru
#16
Funny enough, that just the sort of vehicle I was thinking of buying & converting myself. Those Nissan buses are more compact than an A-class, but have a lot more grunt than most commercial vans. IIRC they do a 4WD model - used all over the developing world - which would be a good base for an "adventure camper" (fnarr...).

Currently, I use a bargain-basement ex-railway maintenance Transit: practically fully equipped (seating, wash unit, microwave, water boiler, heater, etc, etc) for about GBP 4k auction price.

Maybe they're not easy to sell as do look coach like but it interests me.
Go for it, take pictures.
 
#17
Hello AT 55, I'm interested on how you got on with your posting on searching for a good VW in Germany, I am in a very similar circumstance of looking for a tidy and reasonably priced VW possible a 4 berth T4 with 'boxter' engine.
I am hoping to take my family camping in the UK and the continent and like you I don't like most of the prices I see offered here in the UK.
Regards,
For a family, you're much better off with a coachbuilt: far roomier per unit of wonga. Winter is a great time to buy, especially the private ads. Just HPI it, get the mechanical bits checked out as if buying a commercial van. Then get a professional habitation service done. If it's all clear, then you're off to a flyer and buy it. If not, then the seller has had a free service but you've saved yourself a very expensive mistake.

However, if you fancy the romantic notion of a VW then I get that as well (and they're useable every day too.) Plus, with no habitation box dropped on, there's less issues with damp ingress etc.

Taking my big white bus to the continent for the first time this weekend...:biggrin:
 
#18
These Nissans definitely look like they're a "grey" import. The spares back up will be sketchy at best.
It ticks all the boxes and that sort of money makes some of the off the shelf Motorhomes look pretty sick.

Just a tip I was given with an A class Motorhome with a large windscreen. Get separate windscreen insurance. The big Niesmann screens can cost £4k for the screen alone and are not covered by your normal Motorhome insurance
 

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