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URGENT: The future of VWCamperFamily.com
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Hey all - I have an update about this site that we probably need to address as a group. So I am looking for feedback and ideas (and action?) on how to move forward.As you know, this site is powered…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shari G-E Sep 26.

Artwork for Bus City 9

Anyone want to design the artwork for Bus City #9? I usually do it (Allison did it this year) but we thought we'd give others a try if they feel the creative pull.Has to be 10.5” x 6”,  high res PDF…Continue

Started Jun 8

Bus to rent for photoshoot in Sacramento?

Any of you Sacramento folks know someone who would rent a bay window or split for a engagement photoshoot? Someone from there reached out to me yesterday asking. I think it's just a few hours in the…Continue

Started Jul 26, 2013

Buying a bus sight unseen, on the other side of the country...
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Is there some advice for this? We found another bus on the East Coast. I talked to the owner and it seems legit, but I am slightly nervous about handing over money and hoping a bus shows up someday…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Big Blue's Driver Jul 28, 2011.

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Bus City 2016 - the Eighth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA

 

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS RESERVATIONS FOR THIS EVENT.
Simply RSVP here so we have an idea on how many might show up and then show up! No worries!

For those of you who have been, you know why you come back.

Schoolhouse Canyon Campground
12600 River Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446

Prices:
Campsite - first 2 people and 1 vehicle - $35/night
Extra people $5 per person/night
Extra vehicle $5/night
Dogs $5  - no Pit Bulls or aggressive dogs/night
RV or Trailer Up-charge $15/night
Late Checkout Fee $5 per person Day Use / Visitor Fee $5 per person or dog
Electricity $7/night
Seasoned Firewood Bundle $6
Hot Shower just 25¢ per min.
Forms of payment: Cash only
*All Prices Subject to County Occupancy Tax

ADVENTURER AWARD
We will be announcing the winner of the Schoolhouse Canyon Park / VW Camper Family "Adventurer Award". The award will be awarded to the bus that drives the most miles between Bus City 7 and Bus City 8. Buses must be present at the campout in 2016 (and had to be at 2015) to win!
Also Schoolhouse owns 30 acres across the street and a private beach just for the campground. It's just a five minute walk down the river trail. So bring your swim suits!
Schoolhouse Canyon Campground
12600 River Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446

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photos of another 1968 Roadrunner Conversion

Well, we'll end our forced hiatus with a post that is the basic reason why this blog still exists: documentation of history.

And this is a fascinating edition to the California Road Runner Camper history. We had these photos sent to us by "Mike" a few weeks back. I had never seen the Road Runner sticker on the side of the door before these photos (last photo).

For more California Road Runner Camper history, click here (we'll add these photos to that page as well).

-Brett
















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Camping Gear Reviews

A place to discuss camping gear, homemade or bought, that you think applies to VWs and VW campers.
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Camping Gear Reviews

A place to discuss camping gear, homemade or bought, that you think applies to VWs and VW campers.
Nov 10
Kevin Hibbs might attend Big Blue's Driver's event

Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA at Schoolhouse Canyon Campground

May 19, 2017 to May 21, 2017
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS RESERVATIONS FOR THIS EVENT. Let me explain that further - the campground is closed to the general public until Memorial Day. But Ranger Chris opens the campground Friday morning JUST FOR US. It's secret! It's special. We've been doing this for 6 years!!!! Trust us. The campground will be open on Friday. There will be space for you. Thanks! Simply RSVP here so we have an idea on how many might show up and then show up! No worries! For those of you who have been, you…See More
Nov 10
Paula Whitney might attend Big Blue's Driver's event

Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA at Schoolhouse Canyon Campground

May 19, 2017 to May 21, 2017
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS RESERVATIONS FOR THIS EVENT. Let me explain that further - the campground is closed to the general public until Memorial Day. But Ranger Chris opens the campground Friday morning JUST FOR US. It's secret! It's special. We've been doing this for 6 years!!!! Trust us. The campground will be open on Friday. There will be space for you. Thanks! Simply RSVP here so we have an idea on how many might show up and then show up! No worries! For those of you who have been, you…See More
Nov 5
Marty Ambrose is attending Big Blue's Driver's event

Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA at Schoolhouse Canyon Campground

May 19, 2017 to May 21, 2017
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS RESERVATIONS FOR THIS EVENT. Let me explain that further - the campground is closed to the general public until Memorial Day. But Ranger Chris opens the campground Friday morning JUST FOR US. It's secret! It's special. We've been doing this for 6 years!!!! Trust us. The campground will be open on Friday. There will be space for you. Thanks! Simply RSVP here so we have an idea on how many might show up and then show up! No worries! For those of you who have been, you…See More
Oct 17
Kim Riggs is attending Big Blue's Driver's event

Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA at Schoolhouse Canyon Campground

May 19, 2017 to May 21, 2017
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS RESERVATIONS FOR THIS EVENT. Let me explain that further - the campground is closed to the general public until Memorial Day. But Ranger Chris opens the campground Friday morning JUST FOR US. It's secret! It's special. We've been doing this for 6 years!!!! Trust us. The campground will be open on Friday. There will be space for you. Thanks! Simply RSVP here so we have an idea on how many might show up and then show up! No worries! For those of you who have been, you…See More
Oct 13
Maria Cordell is attending Big Blue's Driver's event

Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA at Schoolhouse Canyon Campground

May 19, 2017 to May 21, 2017
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS RESERVATIONS FOR THIS EVENT. Let me explain that further - the campground is closed to the general public until Memorial Day. But Ranger Chris opens the campground Friday morning JUST FOR US. It's secret! It's special. We've been doing this for 6 years!!!! Trust us. The campground will be open on Friday. There will be space for you. Thanks! Simply RSVP here so we have an idea on how many might show up and then show up! No worries! For those of you who have been, you…See More
Oct 7
Big Blue's Driver updated an event

Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA at Schoolhouse Canyon Campground

May 19, 2017 to May 21, 2017
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS RESERVATIONS FOR THIS EVENT. Let me explain that further - the campground is closed to the general public until Memorial Day. But Ranger Chris opens the campground Friday morning JUST FOR US. It's secret! It's special. We've been doing this for 6 years!!!! Trust us. The campground will be open on Friday. There will be space for you. Thanks! Simply RSVP here so we have an idea on how many might show up and then show up! No worries! For those of you who have been, you…See More
Oct 6
Big Blue's Driver commented on John LaTorre's event "On the Bus" Book signing and release
"I don't think I can make it as the wife is out of town and the kids won't be quiet for your reading. But Save me a copy! I can't wait to read it. Congrats!"
Oct 3
Shari G-E replied to Big Blue's Driver's discussion URGENT: The future of VWCamperFamily.com
"Hey, it looks like I missed the window to chip in. I have used the site a few times, and I want to see it continue (even though I am no longer a VW'er, all y'alls good people. I'll be glad to chip in for something in the future.…"
Sep 26
Mike Fernandez might attend Big Blue's Driver's event

Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA at Schoolhouse Canyon Campground

May 19, 2017 to May 21, 2017
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS RESERVATIONS FOR THIS EVENT. Let me explain that further - the campground is closed to the general public until Memorial Day. But Ranger Chris opens the campground Friday morning JUST FOR US. It's secret! It's special. We've been doing this for 6 years!!!! Trust us. The campground will be open on Friday. There will be space for you. Thanks! Simply RSVP here so we have an idea on how many might show up and then show up! No worries! For those of you who have been, you…See More
Sep 26
KampnKing replied to Big Blue's Driver's discussion URGENT: The future of VWCamperFamily.com
"Howdy! I'd be willing to sponsor the Napa Drinkfest. The main challenges are the continuous amounts of rain in the winter and bees in the spring. One April I had to change campsites due to swarming. Maybe I just hit it at the wrong time. Damn…"
Sep 25
Michael Tice might attend Big Blue's Driver's event

Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA at Schoolhouse Canyon Campground

May 19, 2017 to May 21, 2017
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS RESERVATIONS FOR THIS EVENT. Let me explain that further - the campground is closed to the general public until Memorial Day. But Ranger Chris opens the campground Friday morning JUST FOR US. It's secret! It's special. We've been doing this for 6 years!!!! Trust us. The campground will be open on Friday. There will be space for you. Thanks! Simply RSVP here so we have an idea on how many might show up and then show up! No worries! For those of you who have been, you…See More
Sep 21
Craig & Barbara replied to Big Blue's Driver's discussion URGENT: The future of VWCamperFamily.com
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Sep 16
Big Blue's Driver replied to Big Blue's Driver's discussion URGENT: The future of VWCamperFamily.com
"Yeah - solid donations people. I got about $60 through Paypal as well, so the total is a little higher. I'll shut down the gofundme this afternoon - as soon as I figure out how to do it! Perhaps the Bothe-Napa campout holds a…"
Sep 16
westywoman replied to Big Blue's Driver's discussion URGENT: The future of VWCamperFamily.com
"I vote for a planning meeting at Bothe-Napa State Park sometime between now and next May."
Sep 15

Comment Wall (16 comments)

At 11:01am on November 11, 2009, Jenn Frederick said…
I manually copied and pasted recent blog entries which were about the bus or baja only. I couldn't figure out a way to automatically link my blog to the vw camper family site.
At 10:24am on November 17, 2009, Shari G-E said…
A little agricultural town called Knight's Landing. It's on Hwy 113 north of Woodlland on the Sacramento River. I drive through there all the time on the way to visit friends and family where I grew up. There's a steel deck bridge over the river and you make a left onto the levee rd.--can't really see it from the road.
At 12:06am on November 18, 2009, Shari G-E said…
It's on the Sacramento River just outside a small agricultural town north of Woodland called, Knight's Landing--I go by when I go home to see family and friends. I took the picture on the way home from the Trainspotting I campout, June '09.
At 5:50pm on November 23, 2009, Aaron Quinn said…
I have heard about the parking in the pines but have not had the chance to go yet. I know Troy by name only and there are a couple others from thesamba that go too. It sounds like a good group of people and they have a good time.
At 12:28am on November 27, 2009, Casey Gerstle said…
thanks!
At 10:54am on December 5, 2009, Elaine Long Vandiver said…
Yeah, we got lucky and found a deal on a '67 a few years back. Couldn't bring ourselves to get rid of the '78--too many memories! Actually, our '78 is a little famous (in my humble opinion). It was used as the image for several Dave Matthews Band concert posters. Check out my blog: www.bill-the-bus.blogspot.com Very excited to have found a new VW community!!
At 1:06am on December 6, 2009, busboss said…
Thanks for the welcome! My bus is sitting comfortably on jack stands in the garage right now. I'm working on some interior projects and will begin an engine rebuild in the Spring. You probably won't see me until Summer but you will see me as soon as we are on the road again.
At 10:14pm on January 27, 2010, Nick Maiorsky said…
I was super busy last few days.Moving/Work/Snowboarding...
I pormise a good post as soon as I get some time.
Cheers:) I'm so lucky to be #100
At 9:26am on February 19, 2010, westywoman said…
Be prepared for an onslaught of new members...I posted this website on the Vanagon list today. :-) Melissa
At 5:51pm on December 12, 2010, doug said…

hello bret

thanx for the greeting! i am looking forward to meeting some of you folks in the future for some camping and good old chewing the fat !  have a wonderful safe holiday!                            

                                                                                                            doug

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Welcome to all those who have found this site.  Get settled making your page with info and pic's about yourself.

Then click onto the Groups and join any and all that appeal to you.  There will be additional, sometimes more exacting, info within the various groups.
Happy trails, Regis
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Posted on December 16, 2010 at 9:08pm — 1 Comment

Our Northern-most member!

Posted on August 26, 2010 at 10:26pm

300 Members! Have you seen the Member Map?

Have you guys seen the member map function of the site? It's under the "Fellow Bussers" tab. You can put your city on there. This function can be used as a way to help you get camping advice for specific members. It also can help know who is in the area in case you break down. NOTE: you don't need to put an address - you can just put the city if you are comfortable with that.



Think of it as an easy to update AIRS list:…



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Posted on July 28, 2010 at 10:34pm

SUMMER NEWSLETTER: WEBSITE UPDATE AND T-SHIRT CONTEST

Hello VW Camper Family!



It’s been a great spring and summer of VW camping though it’s never enough. I hope that you are using the site to organize events and share photos of your happenings (or, your documenting your attempts to get the ol’ bus back on the road).



WEBSITE UPDATE:

You’ll notice the site no longer has ads! That’s cool! But it’s because we plunked down $180 bucks to keep the community alive. Ning, who hosts our little… Continue

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

 
 
 

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