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11 awesome Volkswagen campers from the Adventure & Allwheel show

11 awesome Volkswagen campers ...
Volkswagen makes its presence known at Abenteuer & Allrad 2018
Volkswagen makes its presence known at Abenteuer & Allrad 2018
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Not necessarily a favorite nor honorable mention, but pretty cool, anyway - Campwerk shows a Glambulli VW T1 show bus topped with dual roof-top tents
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Not necessarily a favorite nor honorable mention, but pretty cool, anyway - Campwerk shows a Glambulli VW T1 show bus topped with dual roof-top tents
The Wingamm Micros caught our eye immediately with its bodywork that's bigger than a van but not quite as large as we'd expect from a Type C motorhome
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The Wingamm Micros caught our eye immediately with its bodywork that's bigger than a van but not quite as large as we'd expect from a Type C motorhome
Wingamm now offers Micros campers built on VW T6 vans, but this one is an older T5 model
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Wingamm now offers Micros campers built on VW T6 vans, but this one is an older T5 model
The Micros features seamless integration between the fiberglass camper monocoque and van cab
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The Micros features seamless integration between the fiberglass camper monocoque and van cab
Inside the VW Transporter cab of the Wingamm Micros
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Inside the VW Transporter cab of the Wingamm Micros
Wingamm Micros kitchen area
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Wingamm Micros kitchen area
Wingamm manages to slide a toilet room in the corner
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Wingamm manages to slide a toilet room in the corner
Wingamm Micros refrigerator
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Wingamm Micros refrigerator
The L-shaped dinette of the Wingamm Micros
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The L-shaped dinette of the Wingamm Micros
The Wingamm Micros includes a generous pass-through from cab to camper
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The Wingamm Micros includes a generous pass-through from cab to camper
The Wingamm bed lifts up by hand and drops down when it's time to sleep
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The Wingamm bed lifts up by hand and drops down when it's time to sleep
Classically inspired Glambulli VW camper bus with a modern twist - an iKamper Skycamp roof tent
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Classically inspired Glambulli VW camper bus with a modern twist - an iKamper Skycamp roof tent
Honorable Mention: KEC Motors VW T6 Mountaineer Sport
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Honorable Mention: KEC Motors VW T6 Mountaineer Sport
We like the simple, driver-side camping furniture layout stretching front to back inside the KEC Motors T6 Mountaineer Sport camper van
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We like the simple, driver-side camping furniture layout stretching front to back inside the KEC Motors T6 Mountaineer Sport camper van
Honorable Mention: The Multicamper Medium camper van
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Honorable Mention: The Multicamper Medium camper van
Multicamper expands its living space with a roof-top tent and tailgate awning
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Multicamper expands its living space with a roof-top tent and tailgate awning
Mulitcamper Medium
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Mulitcamper Medium
Along with the Medium camper it showed, Multicamper offers several other Transporter camper conversion packages
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Along with the Medium camper it showed, Multicamper offers several other Transporter camper conversion packages
GehoCab offers a high-end carbon-aramid monocoque camper for the VW Amarok
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GehoCab offers a high-end carbon-aramid monocoque camper for the VW Amarok
The stylish GehoCab Kora mounts to the chassis and offers plenty of windows
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The stylish GehoCab Kora mounts to the chassis and offers plenty of windows
Fischer Octobus with sleeper high roof
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Fischer Octobus with sleeper high roof
This Octobus is based on a VW T6 with long wheelbase
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This Octobus is based on a VW T6 with long wheelbase
Inside the Fischer Octobus - the wall unit contains a two-burner stove, refrigerator and portable toilet
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Inside the Fischer Octobus - the wall unit contains a two-burner stove, refrigerator and portable toilet
The removable dual-burner stove from the Fischer Octobus
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The removable dual-burner stove from the Fischer Octobus
Volkswagen's own mini-camper, the Caddy Beach
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Volkswagen's own mini-camper, the Caddy Beach
No kitchen block, wet bath or refrigerator here - the VW Caddy Beach is just a simple overnighter with folding bed
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No kitchen block, wet bath or refrigerator here - the VW Caddy Beach is just a simple overnighter with folding bed
Honorable Mention: If you thought the Caddy Beach was cute, here's a camper minivan based on an older VW Sharan
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Honorable Mention: If you thought the Caddy Beach was cute, here's a camper minivan based on an older VW Sharan
This VW Sharan from 4Wheel24 might have made our favorites list if it had been open - from what we understand, the minivan-camper includes a kitchen area with fridge and can sleep a total of four people
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This VW Sharan from 4Wheel24 might have made our favorites list if it had been open - from what we understand, the minivan-camper includes a kitchen area with fridge and can sleep a total of four people
Munich's Bus-Boxx offers camper modules for VW T5/T6 vans
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Munich's Bus-Boxx offers camper modules for VW T5/T6 vans
Bus-Boxx shows its modules in a pop-top VW camper van
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Bus-Boxx shows its modules in a pop-top VW camper van
The Santa Cruz series of Bus Boxxes features a fridge box and kitchen that sit in front of the three-seat bench. The kitchen can slide out the door for outside cooking
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The Santa Cruz series of Bus Boxxes features a fridge box and kitchen that sit in front of the three-seat bench. The kitchen can slide out the door for outside cooking
Bus-Boxx Santa Cruz kitchen
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Bus-Boxx Santa Cruz kitchen
Bus-Boxx Santa Cruz kitchen
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Bus-Boxx Santa Cruz kitchen
Bus-Boxx offers a roll-cover wardrobe unit for the back of the van, along with a bed platform and folding mattress
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Bus-Boxx offers a roll-cover wardrobe unit for the back of the van, along with a bed platform and folding mattress
Bus-Boxx shows off its modules at Abenteuer & Allrad 2018
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Bus-Boxx shows off its modules at Abenteuer & Allrad 2018
Black Sheep Innovations turns the Amarok's tailgate into a storage and cooking area
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Black Sheep Innovations turns the Amarok's tailgate into a storage and cooking area
Black Sheep Innovations has fun with the VW Amarok
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Black Sheep Innovations has fun with the VW Amarok
Honorable Mention: Colorful, lightweight chassis-mount module from Switzerland's Overland Technics
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Honorable Mention: Colorful, lightweight chassis-mount module from Switzerland's Overland Technics
Honorable Mention: The roof-top tent makes VanEssa's tailgate-filling Amarok kitchen set a complete camper truck
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Honorable Mention: The roof-top tent makes VanEssa's tailgate-filling Amarok kitchen set a complete camper truck
VanEssa lost the mini-keg, liter mugs and Oktoberfest wardrobes it showed in the photos last year, but its slide-out Amarok kitchen was still well-stocked
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VanEssa lost the mini-keg, liter mugs and Oktoberfest wardrobes it showed in the photos last year, but its slide-out Amarok kitchen was still well-stocked
VanEssa's teak bed cover doubles as a lounge when topped with a folding mattress
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VanEssa's teak bed cover doubles as a lounge when topped with a folding mattress
A look at the rear bathroom area and kitchen of the Westfalia Club Joker City 4x4. That floor panel removes to open up a shower floor with drain
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A look at the rear bathroom area and kitchen of the Westfalia Club Joker City 4x4. That floor panel removes to open up a shower floor with drain
The "City" variant of the Club Joker includes a pop-up roof instead of a high roof, making it lower and more versatile in tight spaces
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The "City" variant of the Club Joker includes a pop-up roof instead of a high roof, making it lower and more versatile in tight spaces
Westfalia Club Joker City
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Westfalia Club Joker City
Honorable Mention: Some serious storage in the Campmobil VW T6 4Motion
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Honorable Mention: Some serious storage in the Campmobil VW T6 4Motion
Campmobil even offers a special storage area for folding bikes
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Campmobil even offers a special storage area for folding bikes
Campmobil VW T6 camper van
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Campmobil VW T6 camper van
Inside the Campmobil VW T6 camper van
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Inside the Campmobil VW T6 camper van
Westfalia Club Joker City 
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Westfalia Club Joker City 
Westfalia Club Joker City 
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Westfalia Club Joker City 
Westfalia Club Joker City 
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Westfalia Club Joker City 
Westfalia Club Joker City 
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Westfalia Club Joker City 
Inside the Werz Piccolo VW Transporter camper van
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Inside the Werz Piccolo VW Transporter camper van
A look in the load area of the Werz Piccolo
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A look in the load area of the Werz Piccolo
One of the more rugged VW vans on show, this Werz Piccolo includes a snorkel and 4Motion 4x4 system
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One of the more rugged VW vans on show, this Werz Piccolo includes a snorkel and 4Motion 4x4 system
Werz Piccolo
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Werz Piccolo
Schwabenmobil's Crafter-based Florida Tango was one of the more elegant-looking vans on show
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Schwabenmobil's Crafter-based Florida Tango was one of the more elegant-looking vans on show
Inside the Schwabenmobil Florida Tango - we particularly like the minibar curio, though we're not sure putting it right behind the driver is the best idea!
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Inside the Schwabenmobil Florida Tango - we particularly like the minibar curio, though we're not sure putting it right behind the driver is the best idea!
Schwabenmobil Florida Tango
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Schwabenmobil Florida Tango
A look at the upper cabinetry in the Schwabenmobil Florida Tango
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A look at the upper cabinetry in the Schwabenmobil Florida Tango
Schwabenmobil Florida Tango
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Schwabenmobil Florida Tango
The GehoCab Kora was packed the first time we made our way through the Volkswagen tent, but we got a look inside later on
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The GehoCab Kora was packed the first time we made our way through the Volkswagen tent, but we got a look inside later on
GehoCab offers an optional microwave and inbuilt coffee machine and standard induction cooktop. The grate over top the sink extends the usable countertop space
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GehoCab offers an optional microwave and inbuilt coffee machine and standard induction cooktop. The grate over top the sink extends the usable countertop space
GehoCab Amarok-based Kora expedition pickup 
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GehoCab Amarok-based Kora expedition pickup 
A peek in the midships bathroom on the Schwabenmobil Florida Tango
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A peek in the midships bathroom on the Schwabenmobil Florida Tango
TerraCamper shows the rugged, modular VW T6-based Terock 2.0
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TerraCamper shows the rugged, modular VW T6-based Terock 2.0
The TerraCamper Terock pictured has a single rear seat with two front swivel seats. TerraCamper's Tecamp package includes two rear seats
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The TerraCamper Terock pictured has a single rear seat with two front swivel seats. TerraCamper's Tecamp package includes two rear seats
TerraCamper Terock 2.0
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TerraCamper Terock 2.0
Buyers can choose from several roof options, but this Terock 2.0 has the pop-up roof with stargazing hatch
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Buyers can choose from several roof options, but this Terock 2.0 has the pop-up roof with stargazing hatch
Landmesserbus is more a custom builder, less a full-blown camper van conversion shop, but it's VW Transporter buildout was as impressive as any we saw
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Landmesserbus is more a custom builder, less a full-blown camper van conversion shop, but it's VW Transporter buildout was as impressive as any we saw
The focus of Landmesserbus's display was its retro-inspired Tectum42 roof, a cross between a high roof and a pop top
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The focus of Landmesserbus's display was its retro-inspired Tectum42 roof, a cross between a high roof and a pop top
Inside, Landmesserbus gives its VW van a camper conversion that's distinctively rounded
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Inside, Landmesserbus gives its VW van a camper conversion that's distinctively rounded
Inside the Landmesserbus VW camper van with Tectum42 roof
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Inside the Landmesserbus VW camper van with Tectum42 roof
The Tectum42 roof has a smooth, sporty appearance
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The Tectum42 roof has a smooth, sporty appearance
The Tectum42 roof is reinforced to hold sports gear, spare tires, solar panels, etc.
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The Tectum42 roof is reinforced to hold sports gear, spare tires, solar panels, etc.
A bird's eye of the TerraCamper Terock 2.0 floor plan
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A bird's eye of the TerraCamper Terock 2.0 floor plan
The TerraCamper Terock 2.0 keeping things breezy
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The TerraCamper Terock 2.0 keeping things breezy
The Terock 2.0 has a single cabin bed, plus a double roof bed for a total of three sleeping berths
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The Terock 2.0 has a single cabin bed, plus a double roof bed for a total of three sleeping berths
Schwabenmobil kitchen area
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Schwabenmobil kitchen area
The TerraCamper Terock 2.0 out in its element
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The TerraCamper Terock 2.0 out in its element
A better look at the Schwabenmobil Florida Tango dining area and minibar 
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A better look at the Schwabenmobil Florida Tango dining area and minibar 
The single-bed duo floor plan on the Schwabenmobil includes the option of a hinged bed that creates bicycle storage
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The single-bed duo floor plan on the Schwabenmobil includes the option of a hinged bed that creates bicycle storage
A better look at the Schwabenmobil Florida Tango bathroom
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A better look at the Schwabenmobil Florida Tango bathroom
Westfalia Club Joker City
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Westfalia Club Joker City
The Westfalia Club Joker City keeps things more compact on the streets by relying on a pop-up roof with bed
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The Westfalia Club Joker City keeps things more compact on the streets by relying on a pop-up roof with bed
The Club Joker City kitchen floor panel removes to open the shower floor
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The Club Joker City kitchen floor panel removes to open the shower floor
Inside Westfalia's Club Joker City
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Inside Westfalia's Club Joker City
The Tectum42 roof from Landmesserbus was up the whole show, but here's a photo of it dropped down and ready to drive
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The Tectum42 roof from Landmesserbus was up the whole show, but here's a photo of it dropped down and ready to drive
Despite its curvy design, the dinette inside Landmesserbus's VW Transporter camper does indeed compact into a bed
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Despite its curvy design, the dinette inside Landmesserbus's VW Transporter camper does indeed compact into a bed
Westfalia Club Joker City floor plan
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Westfalia Club Joker City floor plan
A good look at the window-lined GehoCab Kora camper
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A good look at the window-lined GehoCab Kora camper
Floor plan of the GehoCab Kora with rear living/dining area, midships bathroom and kitchen, and alcove bed. The dinette also transforms into a bed
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Floor plan of the GehoCab Kora with rear living/dining area, midships bathroom and kitchen, and alcove bed. The dinette also transforms into a bed
Up in the GehoCab Kora's alcove bed
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Up in the GehoCab Kora's alcove bed
A better look at how all those windows open things up in the GehoCab Kora
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A better look at how all those windows open things up in the GehoCab Kora
Black Sheep Innovations doesn't make campers, but its modified Amarok tailgate can hold a camp kitchen in place
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Black Sheep Innovations doesn't make campers, but its modified Amarok tailgate can hold a camp kitchen in place
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A look at another Wingamm Micros bathroom treatment
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A look at another Wingamm Micros bathroom treatment
Wingamm Micros bed lowered down
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Wingamm Micros bed lowered down
Wingamm Micros on the road
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Wingamm Micros on the road
A look at the four main uses of the Fischer Octobus - everyday driver, camper van, sports gear hauler/overnighter, and business van
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A look at the four main uses of the Fischer Octobus - everyday driver, camper van, sports gear hauler/overnighter, and business van
Volkswagen makes its presence known at Abenteuer & Allrad 2018
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Volkswagen makes its presence known at Abenteuer & Allrad 2018
Volkswagen's smallest van can also be a camper van - the Caddy Beach
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Volkswagen's smallest van can also be a camper van - the Caddy Beach
The VW Caddy Beach has a simple overnighter interior
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The VW Caddy Beach has a simple overnighter interior
Caddy Beach options include the tailgate tent and table and chairs
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Caddy Beach options include the tailgate tent and table and chairs
The Transporter and Crafter may get more camper conversion attention, but the tiny Caddy can camp out, too
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The Transporter and Crafter may get more camper conversion attention, but the tiny Caddy can camp out, too
Like the iKamper Skycamp, this Ocean Supply roof-top tent features a hardshell cover and an expandable design
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Like the iKamper Skycamp, this Ocean Supply roof-top tent features a hardshell cover and an expandable design
Apparently classic VW T1 splitties with expandable hardshell roof-top tents were a thing this year. Along with the Glambulli and iKamper Skycamp, we found this red T1 with expanding hardshell RTT from Ocean Supply
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Apparently classic VW T1 splitties with expandable hardshell roof-top tents were a thing this year. Along with the Glambulli and iKamper Skycamp, we found this red T1 with expanding hardshell RTT from Ocean Supply
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We didn't see as many Volkswagen campers as expected in the parking lot, but the other side of the Abenteuer & Allrad (Adventure & Allwheel) gate was a very different story. There was an entire tent dedicated to Volkswagen campers and other upfitted vehicles, and there were plenty of other VWs scattered about the show. And we're not just talking the ubiquitous Transporter camper vans and buses, but also larger Crafter campers, Amarok pickup campers and chassis-based Class C motorhomes.

Wingamm Micros T5 camper

The Micros from Italy's Wingamm seems the epitome of a Class B+ motorhome, since it's a bit larger than a Class B camper van but not quite as large as the typical chassis-built Class C. At 209 in (5,300 mm), the model on show was only slightly longer than a long-wheelbase T5 van (and 4 mm shorter than a long-wheelbase T6), but it packs plenty of space thanks to the high, wide fiberglass monocoque camper body that expands naturally out from the van cab.

The Micros features seamless integration between the fiberglass camper monocoque and van cab
The Micros features seamless integration between the fiberglass camper monocoque and van cab

Wingamm puts that space to good use, packing in a toilet room, kitchen and dinette lounge area. The drop-down bed pushes its way up to the ceiling by hand to free up space during the day.

The model we checked out at the show was based on a Volkswagen T5 Transporter with 138-hp 2.0-liter TDI engine and 4Motion 4WD. It was originally priced at €73,940 (approx. US$87,100) but was drastically dropped to €49,000 ($57,750), as shown on the window sticker. Wingamm now builds T6-based Micros models and continues to offer the 4Motion option.

GehoCab Kora Amarok camper

While the Wingamm Micros did have 4WD, it didn't strike us as the most rugged, go-anywhere Volkswagen camper around. If you want a monocoque camper built specifically for off-roading, you'd be better off looking into GehoCab's impressive Kora. Designed specifically for the Amarok pickup, the sleek, chassis-mounted Kora features a monocoque construction of carbon-aramid composite.

GehoCab Amarok-based Kora expedition pickup 
GehoCab Amarok-based Kora expedition pickup 

The Kora's design language follows the Amarok's, and the color matched to the truck cab. The baker's dozen of tinted windows looks stylish on the outside and delivers plenty of light and views inside, where GehoCab has created a functional living space with convertible dinette, alcove bed, bathroom and kitchen.

The Kora comes standard with 200 watts of solar panels, a 250-Ah lithium-iron-phosphate battery bank, heating, an 85-liter compressor fridge/freezer and an induction cooktop. As listed on GehoCab's website, prices start at a cool €134,000 ($158K) ... without the truck. Options include a suspension lift, snorkel, full-wall rear lift-gate, built-in Jura specialty coffee machine, microwave oven, hardwood flooring, air conditioning, and extra solar and battery capacity.

Fischer Octobus

Chassis-mounted monocoques are cool, but the classic definition of a Volkswagen camper is still the Transporter camper van. Fischer Wohnmobile offers a compelling take on this classic concept with its multifunctional Octobus. With integrated floor rails, removable bucket seats and a removable fold-out bed, the Octobus converts easily between six-person everyday driver, four-sleeper camper van, overnight sports support van, and mobile business lounge. The sleek kitchen block and cabinet stretches from just behind the driver's seat to the load area in back, keeping equipment like the dual-burner stove, refrigerator and portable toilet organized and concealed. There's also an outdoor shower that stretches out the lift-gate.

Fischer Octobus with sleeper high roof
Fischer Octobus with sleeper high roof

The Octobus package is based on T5 and T6 vans and available in long- and short-wheelbase versions. Buyers can opt for high roofs with or without a bed or a pop-up roof with bed. Fischer's online price list puts starting price at €21,200 (US$25K, conversion only), and the complete model we saw on show wore a sticker of €78,990 (US$93,100).

Schwabenmobil Florida Tango

The Transporter may get all the fame, but the Crafter is the modern-day VW van that offers a roomier interior for camper van floor plans. The Schwabenmobil Florida Tango – an odd mix of German and English if ever we've read one – takes full advantage of the Crafter's space to offer an elegant motorhome with midships bathroom and kitchen area, along with a 6.6 x 5.9-foot (2 x 1.8-m) longitudinal double bed or dual longitudinal singles at the rear. Photos show that the passenger-side single bed can fold to the wall, creating room for a bicycle or two. In place of a convertible dinette, the Florida Tango has a front dining area with swivel driver cab seats ... and even a minibar alongside it!

Schwabenmobil's Crafter-based Florida Tango was one of the more elegant-looking vans on show
Schwabenmobil's Crafter-based Florida Tango was one of the more elegant-looking vans on show

Florida Tango amenities listed on the spec sheet include a 69-L refrigerator, 240-Ah battery and cassette toilet. There was no sticker on the show van, and the brochure does not include pricing information.

Bus-Boxx Transporter modules

Offering a fully modular take on the Volkswagen T5/T6 Transporter camper van, Bus-Boxx specializes in individual cooking, refrigerator and wardrobe modules. It offers the Naxos series for sliding beside a two-seat rear bench and the Santa Cruz series for standing in front of a three-seat rear bench. We particularly liked the Santa Cruz, which puts the kitchen module on a slide for outdoor use. The fridge module mounts next to it in front of the rear bench, leaving space for people to sit. The roll-top wardrobe goes in back.

Bus-Boxx Santa Cruz kitchen
Bus-Boxx Santa Cruz kitchen

Each module is priced individually, and the prices we've pulled from Bus-Boxx's website put the sliding kitchen at €2,039 ($2,400), a Dometic CF40 fridge with floor mount at €834 ($985), a tall, cabinet-style refrigeration module with 36-liter Webasto at €1,298 ($1,530), and the wardrobe at €849 ($1,000). Kitchen options include a sink lid, sound system and electrical hookups. The company also offers folding mattress solutions for the two- and three-seater bench vans.

Werz Piccolo

Some of the fancier, more highway-oriented VW campers made us momentarily forget where we were – at Abenteuer & Allrad, a show all about off-road and expedition vehicles. Vans like the Werz Piccolo brought us right back. The rugged little T5/T6 Piccolo Slimline that Werz had on show included 4Motion 4-wheel drive, a snorkel, all-terrain tires and underbody protection to make it a more confident all-roader.

One of the more rugged VW vans on show, this Werz Piccolo includes a snorkel and 4Motion 4x4 system
One of the more rugged VW vans on show, this Werz Piccolo includes a snorkel and 4Motion 4x4 system

Werz offers a variety of 2-/4-person Piccolo camper van packages, and the Slimline features the pop-up roof, a sleek, compact kitchen area with slide-out stove and sink, and plenty of storage in back. Werz's website puts Piccolo packages at a starting price of €41,900 ($49,400), and the ruggedized Slimline model on display wore a delivered price sticker of €91,260 ($107,675).

Black Sheep Innovations Amarok

Black Sheep Innovations has fun with the VW Amarok
Black Sheep Innovations has fun with the VW Amarok

Not so much a fully converted camper, but a rugged expedition-ready pickup with some intriguing components, this deep-blue Amarok on display at Switzerland's Black Sheep Innovations' booth wore a variety of upgrades, including the roof lights and snorkel. What really caught our attention was the Amarok aftermarket specialist's upgraded tailgate, which replaces the simple tailgate with one that includes integrated storage. Buyers can use it to store anything from tools to recovery gear, and here Black Sheep shows it outfitted as a camping tailgate with stove, dishes and wine bottle. Combine that with the roof-top tent and you have a light, simple camping truck ready for road and trail.

Black Sheep Innovations turns the Amarok's tailgate into a storage and cooking area
Black Sheep Innovations turns the Amarok's tailgate into a storage and cooking area

The empty Tailgate Conversion kit retails for CHF1,353.76 (approx. $1,373) after Swiss VAT on Black Sheep's online shop.

Westfalia Club Joker City 4x4

Westfalia is the unmistakably timeless name in Volkswagen Transporter camper vans, and it continues to impress to this day. The Club Joker line is its modern take on the Transporter camper and the "City" variant features a pop-top that allows for a lower ride height than the standard high-roof Club Joker.

The "City" variant of the Club Joker includes a pop-up roof instead of a high roof, making it lower and more versatile in tight spaces
The "City" variant of the Club Joker includes a pop-up roof instead of a high roof, making it lower and more versatile in tight spaces

Westfalia makes impressive use of the Transporter's interior, shoehorning an open bathroom with fixed toilet and shower into the rear. It's not the most private bathroom you'll ever use, and its location next to the kitchen will definitely turn some off, but these are the sacrifices you make when loading amenities into motorhome that's small and nimble enough to navigate city centers and parking decks. The Club Joker City sleeps up to three people on its pop-up roof bed and convertible-seat bed. The model on show included 4Motion 4WD.

As listed in Westfalia's 2018 online price list, the Club Joker City starts at €52,840 ($62,300), and the 4Motion version starts at €59,340 ($70K).

Volkswagen Caddy Beach

Volkswagen's own mini-camper, the Caddy Beach
Volkswagen's own mini-camper, the Caddy Beach

Even Volkswagen's smallest van can get in on the camper van fun. The Caddy doesn't make for the roomiest, most feature-filled camper van, but there's no reason you can't overnight in it. Volkswagen's own Caddy Beach features a folding-seat bed, folding tables on the front seat backs, and window shades to make for comfortable, well-protected nights in the wild. Additional options include the tailgate tent, an outdoor table and chairs, and an Alltrack package with underbody protection, 17-in wheels, and plastic wheel arch and side sill trim. Best of all, this cute-as-a-button Caddy camper starts at just €21,135 ($24,925), according to VW's website.

Landmesserbus Tectum42

Custom camper project builder Landmesserbus highlighted its Tectum42 hybrid roof design at the show. Created for the T5/T6, the new carbon/fiberglass van lid is a cross between a high roof and a pop-up, inspired by the hybrid roofs popular on old T3s. Even when closed, the Tectum roof provides for a clean 6 feet (1.8 m) of standing height. It has also been reinforced to carry surfboards, solar panels, or the spare tire it held at the show and includes a sleeping area with integrated storage.

The focus of Landmesserbus's display was its retro-inspired Tectum42 roof, a cross between a high roof and a pop top
The focus of Landmesserbus's display was its retro-inspired Tectum42 roof, a cross between a high roof and a pop top

Landmesserbus is a custom camper module and interior specialist, and the interior on the show van doesn't come with the Tectum42 roof, but we really liked how the distinctive design brought a few curves to a camper van market that's full of straight lines.

TerraCamper Terock 2.0

TerraCamper has been making its way into the American market with Mercedes campervans, but Germany is still the place to see its lineup of rugged Volkswagen camper vans. The T6-based Terock 2.0 is a follow-up to the original T5-based Terock, and the model at the show drew visitors in not only with its bright "viper green" color, but also its rugged stance and front-tilting pop top with viewing/ventilation hatch.

Buyers can choose from several roof options, but this Terock 2.0 has the pop-up roof with stargazing hatch
Buyers can choose from several roof options, but this Terock 2.0 has the pop-up roof with stargazing hatch

Inside, TerraCamper uses its signature combination of floor rails and camper boxes to create a tough but comfortable living area. The standard Terock 2.0 floor plan includes a single rear seat that folds down to create a single bed, a double roof bed, a kitchen block and plenty of storage cabinetry, including a cubby for a portable toilet just inside the load area.

The Terock 2.0 is also designed for flexible indoor/outdoor living, with an outdoor shower connected to the water tank, a slide-out fridge just inside the sliding side door, and a removable camping stove. The floor rails mean that owners can pull the camping modules out and turn the Terock into a five-seat everyday driver.

According to a news release from October 2017, the Terock 2.0 equipped with a 148-hp 2.0-liter diesel engine and 4Motion prices in at €116,000 ($137K).

We grabbed many more photos of the interiors and exteriors of those VW campers, and we've added some company photos for the angles that we couldn't quite capture at the show. We've also dropped in a few honorable mentions. So hit our Abenteuer & Allrad photo gallery for an entire summer worth of Volkswagen camper action.

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