Just found a photo of our first camper van

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  1. Allanm

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    Looking through the loft for something, I came across this photo of our first van, a blue VW Camper 2 berth with a Devon conversion.
    We loved the van ( I had a VW Beetle at the same time) and travelled extensively through France, it never let us down and we sold it on very easily before we bought our 4 berth pop top.
    This was taken around 1987 on the west coast of Brittany ( Pointe de Raz, I think) as Mrs A is getting the plastic stopper out of the cheap plonk while preparing lunch.
    I also remember this was there place with the smelliest toilet I have ever been in.........
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    Great pic, yellow headlamps, another strange French idea.
     
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    The classics are so iconic aren't they? Bet you had lovely trips in her and although basic they were luxurious compared to a tent! My aunt and uncle had a pale blue Bay and used it a lot he made us a tea once and it tasted of petrol ! He had used his spare petrol can instead of his water can to fill the tank! Needless to say I never use our tank for drinking water!:LOL:
     
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    Great campers and probably worth more now than it did then....(y)
     
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    Ah the old ones are the best arn't they. Lovely photo. Was in town today in a car park and there was a brilliant old Austin car there in British racing green.. I so wanted to photo it to put on here but thought the owners might think I was a weirdo gushing over it so much. :)
     
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    I think they would have been chuffed to bits Joy @movan

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    I find that most owners are pleased and proud when we show an interest so gush away Joy!!:)
     
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    SNAP.

    Our first camper van was this blue & white '75 Devon conversion, photographed on the west coast of Brittany (Penhors) c.1999. Happy days.

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    @Allanm, you say "..Pointe du Raz (I think).." - looks very similar to the headland at Pointe de la Torche to me.
     
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    Our second one was a yellow VW van, with 2 fold out bunks in the roof. It also had yellow headlights!
    My youngest daughter, now 24, still remembers spending most of the summer falling out of the bunk and worrying where we were going to spend the night. We never bothered, even in the height of summer on the coast, there were plenty of spaces in Municipal sites.
     
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    Our first , I still miss Buster like mad , wish I'd never sold him .
     
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    Not really a camper van as we had to sleep in a tent but this little van took us over 7,000 k across through UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Lichtenstein, Italy and down to Sicily on a 2 month trip in 2014 Albert_alpine_pass.jpg
     
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    The owner of the van on my sign in pic* was delighted at our interest. Some recognition and recompense for the hours he had obviously spent working on it.

    *What do you call those pics - avatars, signatures, sign ins?
     
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    Avatars! Love yours have seen them converted into coffee ,
    cafe stalls
     
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    This van stayed on site last summer.
    Love it :)

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    image.jpg My first camper was a VW type 2 bay window but our first family one when I was a kid was a converted mini bus.
     
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    I bet you did it would be worth loads!
     
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    I never liked those Commers even in the day but that one looks fab.
    My uncle used to convert those, and their contemporaries, as just one side of his business, mostly as coachbuilts.
     
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    My first thought was that it was a Commer too but it has an Austin badge on the front. Cracking looking campervan whatever it is :happy:
     
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    You people with your big VW vans. My first was a Daihatsu 55 (it's top speed was 55mph with a 2 cylinder 550cc engine) in 1982. It had a self-built cooker unit operated from outside under the rear tailgate. To sleep the roof was raised and the bed pushed out so a gap was created to allow access to it. Half the bed (my side) was therefore hanging over the outside of the van and my wife was convinced that we would one day topple over.

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