Von Juli 2018 bis Februar 2019 sind wir mit einem Campervan von Alaska bis nach Nicaragua gereist. Hier stellen wir euch unseren Bulli “Bärtha” einmal vor. Gekauft haben wir Bärtha in Alaska und verkauft schließlich in Honduras. Alle Infos dazu findest du in unserem separaten Erfahrungsbericht zum Thema Autokauf in den USA sowie im Erfahrungsbericht zum Vanlife in Zentralamerika für den Verkauf.
Wir haben den VW Bulli als Familienauto mit Sitzen gekauft. Umgebaut haben wir ihn selbst innerhalb von 4 Tagen direkt vor Ort in Anchorage. Der Bulli hat uns 4500 USD gekostet und etwa weitere 500 USD haben wir in Umbau und Ausstattung gesteckt. Während der Reise kam dann noch einiges an Reparatur- und Wartungskosten hinzu 🙂
Allgemeine Daten für unseres Volkswagen Eurovans
- Volkswagen Eurovan (Bulli / T4 / Transporter)
- Built 2001 in Germany
- Colour: Blue, original tinted windows in the back
- We have a clean title & plate from Alaska on hand which is good until November 2020 (!). Transfering the title is very easy and we can also assist you with the registration process from outside of the US and/or we will help you with all needed documentation (Poder) to travel through central america with the van.
- Autocheck report from July 2018 can be provided on request
Technische Daten unserer VW Campervans
- Milage will be at or slightly above 140.000 miles (=225.000km)
- Automatic transmission
- Good fuel efficiency: V6 engine with 204 HP (Great advantage – drives like a hotrod but still gets you to 25 MPG (~11,5 l/km)
These engines are built for 300000+ miles (100% dry engine) !
- The van is in a great technical condition and had a full mechanical check in Seattle at 130k miles (mechanical inspection report before repairs can be accessed here) and another mechanical check in Playa del Carmen at 138k miles.
- The strong engine did a great job in the steep mountains of Guatemala, the transmission sometimes needed some time to cool off on hot days though
- Cruise control (really useful for long distances!)
- Air-Condition (awesome in the humid areas of Mexico and central america)
- Daylight headlights
- Electric roof window
- Strong battery, no issues with extensive overnight use
- Only issues which did not bother us too much (that’s why we did not repair them):
- Some rust, dents and scratches on the exterior (it’s a 17 year old car, so what do you expect :)?)
- Break pad and engine light will always pop up. The brake pad sensors have been installed incorrectly with the new pads and disks at 122k – however brakes are in great condition & break pads>90% according to the last mechanical check at 138k miles. It also always shows the same code P0411 which suspects a malfunction of to the secondary air pump – however as we replaced the pump with a new one at 130k miles this issue is acutally fixed. According to the mechanic it must also be a sensor issue as we drove with this code for >18k miles without issues!
- The A/C is currently not working. The issue (detected by a mechanic) is only a faulty A/C control module which costs only about 30-40 USD but we could not get this part short term in Mexico. I have the part number on hand, if you bring it, I can build it in in 5 minutes
- Recent repairs (receipts on hand):
- At 122k miles: New brake discs and pads + new front tires (40k miles warrenty) + wheel alignment service
- At 130k miles: New O2- and mass airflow- sensors, new secondary air pump, drive belt and tensioner, brake service, transmission service
- At 134k miles: New transmission valve body and ABS unit+pump, wiring + new speakers l/r door
- Regular oil changes (always with high quality Castrol 5w30 oil; last one at 138k)
Convertion into a campervan
- When we bought the van, it was a family van with 7 seats. We removed 5 seats and built a bed into the back which is quite comfy and can easily sleep 2 people. Includes mattress / bed sheets / linens / pillows.
- Laminate flooring
- A easy “fold-out-kitchen” in the trunk –> see video for details
- Gas grill (incl. new 15lbs propane bottle) with two stoves
- 2×5 gallon/20l water container
- Kitchen supplies like pots, pan, cutlery, chopping board, etc.
- Solar-powered camp shower to facilitate dispersed camping
- 110V-converter to charge your laptop or other electronics, see video for details
- Cassette-adapter to listen music from your phone, see video for details
- 12V-USB-converter incl. voltage-control to charge your phones etc., see video for details
- 3 large boxes underneath the bed to store stuff (food, clothes, etc.)
- Cooler box (non electric)
- Two camping chairs
- A tarp for rainy days
- 15m electr. extension cable
- A small library 🙂
- A tool box incl. many spare parts/fluids
- 2 unused spray cans of bear spray (quite useful for hikes in the northern US and Canada)
- One spare tire (never used)
- New warning triangle
- Updated interior with a nice turquoise color theme
- For nice lighting in the evening, we attached fairy lights (see video)
- Some “cosmetic faults” from the video, e.g. B-column missing cover, have been repaired meanwhile