What is a Westfalia?

Vintage Surfari Wagons’ fleet consists of Volkswagen camper buses. Not all of them are Westfalia campers. In fact, we have come realize that many folks seem to be a wee bit confused about what a Westfalia is. So here’s the dope… Sometimes referred to as a Westy, it simply denotes the type of camper configuration inside the camper bus. Westfalia camper configurations can be found in VW’s ranging from the 1950’s through the early 2000 model year buses, some are pop-top campers, some are tin-top campers (sans pop-top) and then there are the newer Weekender Westy campers. The name Westfalia comes from the region in Germany - Westphalia, where Westfalia-Werke, the contractor that built the vans, was headquartered. Westfalia began converting Volkswagen buses in 1951.

Other types of campers found in VW buses are the Winnebago, Sundial, and… feel free to add to the list via comments ;)

 Example :: Westfalia Camper Interior [with a Vintage Surfari spin]

Example :: Westfalia Camper Interior [with a Vintage Surfari spin]

Buses by the Bridge Road Trip

20 peeps, 2 canines, and 11 Vdubs gathered outside VSW headquarters - stoked and ready to roll along in a California quintessential sorta way out to Lake Havasu for one of the biggest VW events on the planet, Buses by the Bridge. Joshua Tree, Route 66, Havasu, Parker Dam, Le Haut Desert Aerie (cherry on top), and cruising thru the Cali desert were our expedition hi-lights. Chef and famous rock n' roll photographer Ed Caraeff (@thebucketlisttrip) joined our crew supplying us with savory vittles as we journeyed together. The takeaway, new friendships forged, and a road trip to be remembered for a lifetime!

RV's aren't just for Grandad

"Recreational vehicles used to be as fashionable as sandals and socks. That's all changed, as millennials find their inner nomads - Instagram feeds such as van.crush (117,000 followers) or vanlifers (245,000 followers) give a sense of the cool factor. Retro campervan rentals, via companies such as Vintage Safari Wagons, will ride the revival next year, as nostalgic travelers don't necessarily want to drop thousands on a rig they'll use only a few times a year..."

First Comment: Stoked to see an article mentioning little old us in an American Airlines publication!

Second Comment: Tsk, tsk, the spelling of our name is incorrect, it's SURFARI, you didn't do your homework did you?

Third Comment: We've been riding the revival wave for 13 years now, and hopefully it will continue far on into the future. We kinda think so... VW's simply ARE nostalgic... Inherently iconic, the quintessential California road machine, there's nothing that compares.

Fourth Comment: For those of you that don't know (that would include the writer of this American Airlines article), we, at Vintage SURFARI Wagons, ALSO turn VW interiors into 'high-end interiors' and 'camping beasts'. Amen.

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Happy Trails Desert Campout

This past March we experienced the Super Bloom as we wandered through the Anza Borrego desert landscape on our group journey, of at times up to 12 VWs, 20 peeps and 3 pups! We hiked, swam and partook of handcrafted libations & camp vittles, and campfires every day of our adventure. In the end new friendships were forged and once in a lifetime memories were made that we'll carry with us on into the years ahead. Here's a peek...

Special Delivery

For the past few months we've diligently poked, prodded and ultimately transformed this neglected VDub into a beauty of a Bay... it's hard to say goodbye, but it's time to hand Buscation back over to it's Mummy 'n Daddy.

 'Buscation'

'Buscation'

 Buscation's Daddy, Val [left]

Buscation's Daddy, Val [left]

 A room with a view.

A room with a view.

 Client wishlist:  Southwestern vibe - check!

Client wishlist:  Southwestern vibe - check!

Happy Trails Desert Campout

We're getting ready to roll out our May 23-27th camp tour and have a few spots left for either tag-alongs or Vintage Surfari Wagons' rentals. See our Campouts page here for more details, you won't want to miss the bloom in our California desert this season!

 Lake Cahuilla, just one of the destinations on this expedition!

Lake Cahuilla, just one of the destinations on this expedition!