Just joined as warm weather camping season is kicking off and the trailer bug has got me again. My name is Ollie and I live in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Until a few years ago I had a 1968 Eriba Puck from Germany, an aluminum-skinned, fiberglass-roofed tiny trailer with a cult following in Europe and among the Volkswagen crowd on this side of the pond (they came painted cream from the factory, leading most folks to assume they are fiberglass). I also still have a 1980 VW Westfalia which has a fiberglass pop-top. My tow vehicle is a 1999 VW New Beetle named Felix with 300k miles (love to drive, love roadtrips and roadside Americana!). I'm on the hunt for a new camper and as soon as I find one, I'll post pics here-
Thanks! I am fond of all the interesting molding in the Burros- especially the rounded contours of the taillight fins/ribs, round door corners, etc. The Puck was only 700lbs so pretty much any fiberglass egg will be considerably heavier but I had no trouble pulling the Puck cross country and through the mountains. I also plan on getting a diesel engine when the time comes. I was hoping to have a trailer for a Beetle club trip to the Tail of the Dragon in Bryson City, NC this weekend but it doesn't seem to be panning out as the seller wants to go camping too/has had several offers. I guess it might be better this way before I get into any sight-unseen floor issues, etc. as I live in an apartment complex (in grad school) and no time or space for a full resto... but was really looking forward to surprising the beetle crowd
Oh- I drove past the Pin Oak fountain every week for seven years when I lived in Cumberland, MD..very pretty area but Paw Paw was a total speedtrap, I know!
Well, patience is not my strong suit apparently... Will post pics when I bring it home
Shopping done so far:
Two side markers
25' of window molding/locking strip
locking strip tool
150' of 3/4" butyl tape
Hengs Elixir escape hatch
Curt 5" rise drawbar
15 yards of upholstery cloth
2 cans of white (icebox) plastic paint
1/2 of one trailer.
Ok- still waiting on taller drawbar to arrive, so going to post pictures in the meantime
Pretty funny-looking Burro, huh? Well, I'll keep looking for Burros and Eribas but for now, just happy to have a camper again!
It's a 1991 Scamp 13'
Checking out the skylight, née vent..more on this in a bit
Interior.. rat fur smells pretty funky.. will remove the ceiling fur and wash it, try to steam the rest for now- cabinet removal will be somewhere down the road.
Cabinet doors look ok from a distance but I think new ones are in order
Some more shots- as I mentioned, vent screens and cover were gone and there is plexi there now. I have a new aluminum framed Heng's vent waiting for it. Also managed to get a pair of factory taillights which I'll polish up and try to fit a set of the 4" 61-LED lights inside of. I like the stock look. Also, the stickers will be going, but I'll save them for the history of the camper- maybe inside a cabinet door, etc.
Here's something you don't see every day- Turtle Hurdles!.. just before catching first sight of the trailer
Cool old store down the road from it
Here's Felix, pondering his new traveling companion
Welcome from another VW enthusiast and fiberglass camper owner! We have a 2003 Eurovan that is our tow vehicle and hubby's daily driver. We also have a 2007 Salsa red New Beetle convertible, my daily driver. We have a 1968 VW pickup that does not run and a 1960 autostickshift Beetle that does run.
Are you stopping at Effingham in a couple of weeks? We will be there with our Uhaul and Eurovan. Not sure if we will show or not. I had been working to give a subtle Native American look the convert in case we wanted to take it too to show. The '69 is a rust bucket and of course, the pickup awaits work.
Good to meet you!
We are thinking about Funfest.. may be picking up a couple parts from a friend in Ohio on the way/way back if we go. It would be cool if we could meet up!
I love the pickups 'always wanted one with the bows and canvas cover.
The autostick is a '69, right? You said '60 at first and I just saw in a book a couple days ago that VW offered an autostick in Germany as early as '61.. would love to see one of those! I have an "Automatic Stickshift" decklid badge I've been saving in case I ever get a VW with a tiptronic transmission
Intrigued by the Native American theme! Please post pics if you do it!
Are you on thesamba or newbeetle.org?
It's good to see another member from Williamsburg. Congratulations on the scamp. I have owned five scamps and have really enjoyed them. I've traded up for my current lil snoozy, but there are pluses and minuses to all the trailers. I wanted a trailer that needed a minimum of repairs.
Good to meet you Ruth- Are you in Williamsburg? I live off Richmond Road behind the old Princess Anne motor court (near Staples). Love the look of the Lil Snoozy!
I don't know where camping will take us.. I took the Puck out to the Southwest twice and into the mountains, down the Outer Banks, etc. We have bikes and kayaks that ride on the bug, too. I went to a Tin Can Tourists gathering at the KOA here in Williamsburg and one in Salisbury, NC and to the first Vintage Trailer Jam in Saratoga Springs.. would love to get to more egg/vintage camper get togethers.
We just strap the kayaks on top of the car. I love the state parks..many of them have exemplary facilities and great sites. Not sure what's going on with the Virginia Rally thread but I'd definitely be game for something like that.
Hey Felix, welcome to the gang! There's quite a few VW lovers in here.
I have a 1971 Single Cab I just put a 2.3L Ford engine in. Just finished it yesterday!
I switched engines to pull my 13' Trillium. The 1776cc just wouldn't do it (well).
Does your new bug have problems pulling your camper?
I did not see your reply until now. We will be at FunFest with our Eurovan and Uhaul. We stay in the campground near the Fest, I am blanking on the name right now. Love that campground. Spotless. They put us in the same spot every year (except last year when our granddaughter was born and caused us to miss).
Yes, you are correct. My typo about the year of our old Beetle. Our autostickshift is a 69. It is our go-to car for when the others are in the shop; I don't drive it anymore, but the hubby will. It does run. The skateboarders love it when they see it.
As for the convertible, it has a long ways to go before it looks any different than most red New Beetle convertibles. We put two stickers on the window, hung a beaded thing that we bought the last time we were volunteering on Pine Ridge, and put a Pendleton blanket steering wheel cover on it. That is all so far.
I do watch The Samba but I am not a member. Nor am I a member of New Beetle, at least not that I remember. I may have joined in the past, likewise with The Samba, but I don't participate. On the other hand, the hubby does belong, and I think to both forums. He is Kevin A here.
So, if you go to FunFest, let us know. Maybe we can get together. We usually go on Friday, go golfing, hit the town on Friday (big disappointment, but the Walmart is fun. Clean and not picked over, not like those in Chicago). We have not done the Friday night drive in yet, but who knows, we may this year. On Sat, we spend the whole day there, checking out the VWs, the parts, the museum, and the toys. Usually, we end up with lots of toys and nothing to fix the pickup to make it run, because we can't get at it to fix it. It is full of and buried in camping things.
Sunday is pretty disappointing. Many people leave. I used to be able to only go on Sunday; big disappointment. So if you go, be sure to go on Sat. If you are camping, call Camp Lakewood, although I am guessing that they are full with a waiting list by now.