4X4 camper vans are ordinary camper van conversions with the addition of a four wheel drive. If you need a tough, compact and fully equipped all purpose vehicle for any kind of reason...this is what you will probably be looking for.
These camper van conversions can be used for many purposes. Adventure sports, photography, journalism or just you running far away from the rat race world. Just about anything out of the ordinary life comes to mind here.
Some 4X4 camper vans come fully equipped with a fridge, sink, stove, cabinets and cupboards, sleep 2-4 people comfortably and will fit just about anywhere and go places no other vehicle can. They come either with a hard top or a pop top roof.
One of the most popular 4x4 camper vans is the legendary Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro or the T3/25/Vanagon Syncro as it was named in Europe and the U.K. The chassis was initially build for the German army by the Austrian Steyr-Daimler-Puch company. A common device, the viscous coupler as it is known today was installed back in the mid 1980's. Together with an independent suspension, excellent ground clearance and a short wheel base this amazing camper van has inspired many travelers around the world.
This is a video from the SyncroNutz crew, just to let you see what an old and fully overhauled VW Syncro is capable of...
The original vehicle had an underpowered engine though. But with enthusiasts like Syncro Nutz or this German Syncro enthusiast you can have a VW TDI diesel or a Subaru boxer engine installed for more power. And did I mention all the off-roading gear these guys have to offer?
And if you think spare parts are hard to find...don't worry about it too much. There is a large community available on the Internet such as the Californian GoWesty or the British Just Kampers , the number one Volkswagen Westfalia stores in the world.
A very popular vehicle among many enthusiasts can reach high prices on the used camper van market. But if you have a soft spot for VW camper vans and need a real high clearance all purpose vehicle, the Syncro is something you may want to consider.
The Syncro name was also used for the new VW T4/Eurovan model, while the current VW T5 is named 4 Motion (not available for the in the U.S.). Both models are widely used around the world for rescue vehicles, ambulances, police vehicles and so on.
New vans don't have the army based chassis anymore but nevertheless Volkswagen is constantly improving it's four wheel drive technology. These are still tough, all- purpose vehicles and an excellent base for a 4X4 camper van.
While you're here, watch and enjoy this video of the Volkswagen Cape 2 Cape edition on an excellent off road tour in the desert of Tunisia. This is basically the VW California 4Motion based on the VW T5 van and dressed up in a Special Edition outfit.
Another great vehicle that is often used as an excellent base for a 4X4 camper is the Mercedes Sprinter Van. Like the Volkswagen, this vehicle has been used over and over again for every kind of heavy-duty work. Camper van conversion companies such as the German La Strada use this vehicle as the base for their work of art.
And if you're looking for the ultimate adventure camper van conversion, the North American Sportsmobile or the GTRV will probably know how to meet your needs. Custom build and usually riding on Ford chassis, this fully equipped and self contained camper vans are ready to go just about anywhere.
Sportsmobile 4x4 adventure camper van
Listed above are some of the most common 4X4 camper vans that will allow you to explore the world. Other chassis are also used of course. The European Iveco has a good reputation with off road vehicles and some Japanese camper vans appear mostly in the Asia-Pacific region.
Remember that these all purpose camper vans can take you further than any other vehicle. They will let you discover the most hidden corners of this world.
And while enjoying yourself...remember to fully respect the natural environment and the wild life around you!
4x4 Volkswagen Vanagon and LT from the 1980's ready for action
An increasing amount of people choose to live the true freedom of this life. They cut the ties with the system that we live in, sell all their material junk they had to work for (and probably only used it on rare occasions) and head out to a brand new adventure.
Is it the right thing to do?
The system is broke and it's falling apart before our own eyes. It's not what we need nor deserve. These are changing times and if you want to step out, this is one of the many ways you can do it.
The Volkswagen Syncro paved the way of 4x4 Camper vans back in the 1980's. Today there are many different 4x4 camper van conversions to be seen on the road and beyond.
So if you have your own favorite 4x4 camper van, and want to share it on this page, I'd love to hear from you! And people around the world always like to see and read about something new and inspiring.
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