The magnificent vehicle featured in the photo below is my dad’s 1973 Volkswagen Camper Van. I spent a great deal of my childhood cruising around and camping in this blazing beauty and it absolutely kills me to see it sitting in the woods untouched. Well, that’s not completely true–the rodents have definitely been keeping it company on cold and lonely nights, burrowing into the seat cushions, creating nests for their little ones.
So why do I even care about this hunk of junk? It’s rusting, rotting, and completely falling apart! The inspection sticker even dates back to the year 2000. That means this van has been sitting in the woods for 12 YEARS. I can’t believe it. Most people have told me I need to give up on this “camper van idea” and that it is a lost cause. I see potential, even if it does cost a lot of time and money. I am willing to pay the price to revive some of the best days of my life and to bring back my childhood again.
It has been my dream for eight years now to start assessing the damage and repairing this van. For eight summers in a row, I have started the month of May with optimism and hope of finally working on my project! For eight years I have dreamed of driving this car across the country, stopping in every state to camp along the way. Eight years is long enough. It’s time to bring this baby back to life!
This will not be an easy task to take on, so stay tuned for future updates and developments!