VW Camper - The Inside Story: A Guide to VW Camping Conversions and Interiors 1951-2005 ハードカバー – 2006/4/23
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David Eccles has been around VW campers since he and his wife, Cee, journeyed to India and back in 1976, travelling and living in a 1967 Canterbury Pitt. They have owned their current VW Camper, a 1966 walk-through Devon Caravette since 1978. After twenty years of family holidays, the camper is fully restored and is used for travelling to VW shows and events. David is well known for his passion for the VW Bus and is currently the editor of Volkswagen Camper and Commercial magazine. He is a resident of Leicestershire, England.
I do have some criticisms. Many of the photos are so small you just can't really see the detail. Understand that this is basically an exhaustive catalog of the many small long-gone conversion companies. The major famous converter of course was Westfalia and there are about 20 pages devoted to them at the end. Though my 2001 Eurovan Weekender Westfalia is not even mentioned, there are some similar models.
For those not interested in the catalog approach I'm afraid this will get kind of old and boring listing all these obscure companies and models so similar to each other, yet individually quite rare that there may now be only a couple if any left extant. Still, fascinating look especially at the early era campers that were so popular.
THIS book however is a wealth of knowledge. It shows many different layouts from back in the very beginning to the end, all different sorts of conversions too. In my opinion it's more information for someone who would be trying to figure out how to convert their own van than the one supposedly written for that.
This is basically a picture history with good documentation on the campers available in Europe and the USA which were based on the Volkswagen Bus/Transporter. The author is very knowledgeable, the pictures are all documented with good information, and it's a beautiful book. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject. I bought this probably a year ago or so and still pick it up and thumb through it from time to time, it's a nice book to have around.