I acquired a ’96 VW T4 in 2021. It had started life as an electrician’s van in the UK, somehow made its way to Ireland where it was converted for camping.
I drove some 10,000 kilometres in thirty of Ireland’s counties in the first five months. I learned that a camper van is great for introductions and reacquaintances. I camped wild on the Wild Atlantic Way but I also camped in the gardens and yards of friends.
The clocks should have read 216,000 miles but a dashboard meltdown last winter forced their replacement. Secondhand clocks came with 545,000 miles or 870,000 kilometres. My new friends at RDM Motors have swapped those clocks, returned the suspension to the original specifications and replaced the steering rack that had worn out.
And so the van is ready for 2022 which is good because Wexford, Donegal, Galway and Kerry are calling to me.