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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 regis101 Jan 17.

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

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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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Big Blue's Driver commented on Big Blue's Driver's event Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA
"Hey all. Great seeing all of you and making it the largest Bus City ever with 60 buses there! One favor:If you like the campground as much as I do, give chris some 5 star awards on Google, Yelp and TripAdvisor. 4 star reviews don't help, and…"
May 23
Caroline Chau liked Big Blue's Driver's event Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA
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Carole & the 'YesWeCanCamperVan' commented on Big Blue's Driver's event Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA
"For anyone else wishing to post a link, after you put it here in this box, highlight it, then go to the little menu above this comment box, click the first option "LINK" and copy the complete url (http:// ...) into the pop up box. This…"
May 23
Carole & the 'YesWeCanCamperVan' commented on Big Blue's Driver's event Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA
"Hi, I found the link to find your photos, Bryce and Kathy .....  because it is very long, when you post in the comment box it shows only the first part. Any url needs to be linked for it to work as a hot link. I have posted your link here and…"
May 23
Bryce & Kathy commented on Big Blue's Driver's event Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA
"Hmmm... it doesn't look like I can (add them to the facebook page) unless I do one at a time, and I have about 25. Here's your bus, however:"
May 22
Carole & the 'YesWeCanCamperVan' commented on Big Blue's Driver's event Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA
"Bryce and Kathy, thanks for taking the photos. I tried the link you provided but it doesn't take me to the photos gallery. Can you post them on the VWcamper family facebook page? https://www.facebook.com/VWCamperFamily/"
May 22
Carole & the 'YesWeCanCamperVan' commented on Big Blue's Driver's event Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA
"Wonderful weekend, thanks to Big Blue and to all the lovely people I met. It was a treat to buy John's book and to see a few faces from two years ago and make new friends too.If any of you come up to Lakeport or Clear Lake, you are always…"
May 22
Bryce & Kathy commented on Big Blue's Driver's event Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA
"Many, many thanks to the wonderful organizers, and to all the kind and fantastic folks who attended. I've placed some of the snap-shot photos I took on TheSamba if you are interested. Couldn't photograph all the buses, so I am sorry if…"
May 22
Craig & Barbara commented on Big Blue's Driver's event Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA
"Thanks to all who participated, for such a great time.  Very nice group to hang with for the weekend.  Will see ya next year at the next one."
May 22
Jamez commented on Big Blue's Driver's event Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA
"TONs of Van Fun with ya'll. Syd and I Thank you for a wonderful experience and all the kind sharing and laughter from such a great group of people. See you up at Halsted!"
May 22
Doug Vincent commented on Big Blue's Driver's event Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA
"We had a GREAT time, and while our plans for this year probably wont have us winning The Adventurer Award next year, our kids are super excited about the trophy we won this year!! ....... get out and put some miles in, and have fun everyone!!! "
May 22
Amber Elliott commented on Big Blue's Driver's event Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA
"Happy Monday! I miss it already!!!I just have to comment on what an AWESOME weekend Rich and I had. We absolutely LOVED the event. Thanks so much to all that are responsible for allowing this weekend to happen. MUCH Appreciated :). "
May 22
Carole & the 'YesWeCanCamperVan' commented on Big Blue's Driver's event Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA
"LOL! That's a great comment Big Blue. Must remember that "too-much-wine-at-previous-night's-campfire ... VW speed" phrase for another time.This weekend in Lakeport its our annual "Lake County Wine Adventure"…"
May 19
Big Blue's Driver commented on Big Blue's Driver's event Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA
"Hey guys - Chris wanted me to pass on that he's going easy on us for checkout times on Sunday, since there is no one coming in behind us. Don't overstay your welcome, but feel free to move at…"
May 19
Carole & the 'YesWeCanCamperVan' commented on Big Blue's Driver's event Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA
"Yes, as Bryce and Kathy say, Lakeport Show and Shine 16-18 June is a great event .... and I live there! It is a stunningly beautiful area, lake, mountains, vineyards and wineries, and breweries too! I'll be at the show on Sat 17th June. I…"
May 19
Greg M. commented on Big Blue's Driver's event Bus City 2017 - the Ninth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA
"Coming down from up north.  One bus,  maybe two if it decides to run. "
May 19

Comment Wall (18 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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From Regis:

 

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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