We all love the iconic Volkswagen Retro Bus; it’s what started the vandwellers movement in the first place, and without it we’d have no van life stories to talk about! But if you want a little more power and a lot more space then this Volkswagen Westfalia Camper might be of interest. It’s still got the iconic badge, but it’s also got a fully fitted bathroom. Interested? Read on!
Volkswagen Westfalia Camper – Same Iconic Brand, Big New Ideas
Meet the Sven Hedin, a Volkswagen Westfalia Camper with a fact sheet as long and impressive as the Bayeux tapestry. It’s an incredible machine with secrets hidden in every corner, and we were lucky enough to have a look around one at the South West Motorhome Show in Shepton Mallet. As big VW fans it was great to tick this beauty off our wish list, and even better to know that the price tag isn’t out of our reach!
But enough about that, lets have a look inside and check out a few of the gadgets and van life essentials first hand!
What’s Inside the Volkswagen Westfalia Camper?
Ok, we’re not going to play around today. We’re getting straight into the inner workings of this Volkswagen Westfalia Camper. Prepare to disect the Sven Hedin (that’s the van, not a mountain that we just made up).
So the Sven Hedin is built on a VW Crafter, which means you’ve got a solid vehicle before you even start adding all of the cool extras. At 5.98 m (L) x 2.05 m (W) x 2.59 m (H) it’s a big camper, so you better be ok with your parking if you’re going to be using it in the city. This Volkswagen Westfalia Camper comes with a large transverse bed as standard, a 70l compressor fridge and a 4.8 kW diesel heater to keep your toes toasty. You’ll never be thirsty with 100 litres of fresh water on board, and you have the option of installing underfloor heating so you can stay warm whilst laying/practicing yoga/meditating (delete as necessary).The Model that we were lucky enough to look around also comes with the following gear (if you’re thinking that we might be leading up to an ‘it’s for sale’ post then SPOILER ALERT – scroll to the bottom).
- Passenger Seat with lumbar support
- Power heated outside mirrors
- Seats with heating in driver cabin
- Tyre pressure monitoring
- Cruise control
- Heating for windscreen washer nozzles
- Air conditioning “Climatic” in driver cabin,
- Rear Bed “Comfort” with electric Westfalia Pop-Out rear left
- Flyscreen door,
- LED Ambient Light Package:
- Multi-functional display “Plus”
- Multi-functional steering wheel
- Navigation system “Discover Media”
- *Light and Vision Pack : £402.00
That’s More Tech Than My House! What Else Does This Beast Have?
- High Beam Control “Light Assist”
- Daylight running lights with automatic headlight activation, “Leaving home“ function and “Coming home“ function
- Rain- and Light-Sensor
- *Winter Pack: £1,651
-Heated grey water tank, insulation of rear doors and sliding door, isomat for rear doors and windscreen, additional convector in drivers cabin, underfloor heating, heated shower tray
Mud flaps, Park Pilots, Rear View Camera – we could go on all day long! It’s safe to say that we love this camper, but theres more to look at than just the gadgets. The Sven Hedin also makes clever use of space too. There’s overhead storage everywhere you look, and VW have even included push out handles to help minimise space on their drawers – a few inches can make all the difference (we’re not permitted to make smutty jokes, but if you have one then be sure to send it on to us).
What really makes us feel like school kids in a sweet shop is the awesome Westfalia compass sign near the back of the van. If you’re a modern day digital nomad travelling the globe then this sign should resonate with you like nothing else (apart from a free washing machine sign or get cheap donuts here – those are also valid signs). VW have spared no expense on making this camper look and feel amazing, and you certainly get a lot of camper for your money.
Just Tell Us How Much It Is Already!
This Volkswagen Westfalia Camper is currently on sale over at Camper Sales and weighs in at £75k. Now before you click off onto eBay or back onto Netflix just think about how much you’re getting for your money. Not only are you getting a state of the art camper on an extremely reliable vehicle that kicks supreme ass, you’re also purchasing a vehicle that is made by one of the most iconic names in van life history – pause for the fanfare of awesomeness.
Sure, if you’re rich beyond your wildest dreams then you could just buy an EarthRoamer, but for us honest, hard working folk the Volkswagen Westfalia Camper provides luxury at an affordable price, and we for one can’t recommend the Sven Hedin enough. Check out Camper Sales online and get yourself a bargain today!