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I didn't realize how emotional it would be to make the decision to offer campy to a new home.  Campy has been part of my travel family for six years now and has been in my loving care as well as the loving care of our partner, GoWesty.  

Max and I traveled with a 4 runner and a tent for two years before campy and we are going to go back to that for a while.  Before Max, my dog Maggie and I traveled in a teardrop trailer for a year.  We don't know exactly what's next but we know for sure that whoever is Campy's new caretaker will be in for some amazing #vanlife experiences.  I will never forget the times I spent with her.  Below are some of the amazing images taken with Campy.  

The details:

2002 VW Eurovan Full Camper Arctic White

145K Miles 

Asking $39.500 

 

The good:

Campy has been in the care of GoWesty for much of her life. As such, she has had extensive work done over the years.  Most recent work and included amenities: 

New:

Fiamma Awning - 10 ft

GoWesty Lift Kit & wheels - This has been a game changer

New Brake Pads

New Battery and Aux battery

Includes additional passenger bench seat

After market stereo with AUX plug

Two inch memory foam mattress topper included

Trailer Hitch

Rebuilt Transaxle (have all receipts if you want more technical info)- Including...

Chain Lower and upper timing

Rail for tensioner

Guide rail timing chain 

Guide rail EV upper between cams 

Guide Rail lower left

Gear, timing chain 12v & 24V

Gear, Intermediate Timing VR6

Valve Cover Gasket

Valve cover bolt seal

Seal, upper chain cover

O-Ring Upper timing chain cover

New Coolant

Oil Filter and Oil change 

Seal Crankshaft

Flywheel Bolt

Air Filter 

Cabin Filter

Outer CV Bolt Kit 

Tensioner Upper timing chain

Timing chain guide rail

New PopTop Struts

New Ignition Coils - 6

New Spark Plugs

New AC Compressor 

New refurbed NorCold Fridge

All Appliances work - 

Including, Heater, A/C Water Pump, Aux battery, outside shower pump, 3 way Norcold Fridge, two burner stove. Sink, Grey tank.

Includes all original manuals and receipts from work done from my 6 years of care taking as well as the previous owners care taking.  I bought Campy in 2012 at 30K miles from an older professor who kept it in his garage.  That's the good news, you can park it anywhere...even a garage and she runs like new. 

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The Not so good:

Skylight is cracked so it’s sealed shut - needs to be replaced

There are a few one inch pop top screen tears - I have screen patch kit I will include or eventually you can purchase a new pop top canvas from gowesty HERE.

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All Eurovan Campers are built the same way so you can see detailed interior shots online.  I will be happy to show more interior images to serious inquiries, by request.  I will also consider delivering her to a serious buyer. 

If you are interested or have additional questions, please email me at alisontravels@gmail.com

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Jo's famous "I love you so much" wall graffiti

I just returned from a long weekend in Austin, Texas.  As I mentioned in my last blog, I've been to Austin in the past, but when Travel Texas asked if I'd like to take another look, I didn't hesitate to say yes!  In just four short years, I can't believe how much the city has grown and yet, the feelings I have will always remain the same.  Austin has become the hub for many up and coming companies and several established companies have migrated to Austin.  Because of this, as well as general city growth, it seems to have doubled in size.  With people comes progress, but what I love most about Austin is that no matter how large it gets, the heart and soul of the city will never change. 

I ventured  on this trip solo and decided to make up my agenda as I went along,.  Each time I would get a recommendation, I would ask for another at the recommended place.  I arrived at the Austin Motel, (which was my home base for the next few days) and asked the staff where I should go to eat.  Immediately, he looked at me with wide eyes and told me to go to Veracruz and Dee Dee.  Being that I was hungry, I decided to take a trip to both.  So far, this trip is off to a good start. I know I will be eating way too much but isn't that the point of experiencing a city?  Yeah, I thought so, too.

Being that we're on the subject of food, this takes me to one of the handful of reasons of why I love Austin so much... the food.  Sure, you can eat well in a lot of major cities, but there is just something special here.  I'm a casual dining person so most of the places I went to weren't "wear a dress or tie" fancy, but I think they all deserve a mention here.  

My top 10 favorite restaurants/eating establishments from my Texas adventure weekend :

6) Amy's Ice Cream 

7) Elizabeth Street Cafe 

8) Magnolia Table 

9) The Leaning Pear 

10) Dee Dee  

1.) Torchy's Tacos 

2.) Café No Sé 

3) Velvet Taco 

4) Veracruz

5) Jo's Coffee 







These establishments were just what I uncovered over the weekend, but I'm sure I would have discovered more hidden gems as time went on.  I have to say that I can highly recommend each one on this short list.  Just a tip for some, if not all, of these places... there is a wait.  With all good things, patience is key. 

Moving along... another favorite activity to do in and around Austin is swim. Even if you're not a swimmer, take note because each of these places is a sight to see and explore.  I wouldn't hesitate in a heartbeat to go back.

My top 3 swimming holes in and around Austin:

A couple jump into Jacob's Well



1.) Jacob's Well

A swimmer jumping into Jacob's well.  Be sure to jump in the right spot!

2.) Blue Hole




3) My hotel pool at the Austin Motel




Once I was done swimming for the day, I knew immediately where I was headed next.  The best place to spend dusk is either on or below the Congress Avenue bridge to watch the bats come out for the evening. Believe it or not, Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in the world.  Once you see it for yourself, it will be easy to believe.  With millions of bats living under the bridge, it's no wonder that hundreds of people come out each night to see it for themselves.  I spent one evening on a boat tour that I would highly recommend.  For $10 on Capital Cruises, you will get an evening cruise on Ladybird Lake with a guide that will give you as much history and facts about Austin as you want to know.  It was worth every penny.  Of course, the highlight of the evening is the bats.  I even went back the following evening to watch them from the bridge.  Both viewpoints are amazing. 

Congress Street bats from the bridge




View from Congress Bridge

When I get the chance to watch TV, I have to admit that I'm a big fan of the show, "fixer upper" on HGTV.  I don't know when it happened, but I just loved the design style and chemistry between Jo and Chip.  I'm not much of a reality show watcher or even a watcher of TV, but it was the one thing I wanted to watch, when I got the chance. The show is over but that didn't stop me from seeing first hand the empire they have made for themselves in Waco. I took a day trip from Austin and my plan was to have breakfast at their restaurant, Magnolia Table and then spend the afternoon at the Silos.  After doing some research, I was warned that both places are extremely popular and the common tip was to get there early.  I did and yes, there was a wait just as expected.  Like most people there, I decided to stick it out until I was able to get a seat to eat and enjoy the atmosphere. They say that good things come to those who wait and I have to say that yes indeed, good things came my way. I was truly impressed with the friendly staff and delicious food.  Not able to decide on one thing, I ordered the kind breakfast and avocado toast...both delicious. After lunch, I then headed over to the silos a short drive away to experience the shopping, see the garden, and try a blended watermelon from one of the food trucks scattered throughout the grounds.  The shared tables at the silos and at Magnolia Table was just the thing to get people talking,  Even as a solo traveler, you won't be lonely or bored here... I had some enjoyable conversations and laughs with strangers, just by sitting next to them.


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As a frequent traveller, I’m often asked where my favorite place is.  As you can imagine, it’s difficult to list just one place, and over time, my favorite place can change.  However, there are just a few destinations in my mind that have been a favorite over time.  Austin, Texas is one of those places.  When Travel Texas asked if I wanted to take a trip to Austin to explore and uncover some hidden gems, I didn’t hesitate to say yes!  My trip is just a few weeks away and I would love your help to find some interesting places you found to be unforgettable. 

Wall at Jo's

 

I traveled to Austin for the first time in 2009 for only 24 hours.  It was one of the few places that left a lasting impression on me.  With just that small amount of time in the city, I witnessed the bats flying out from under congress bridge, ate tacos out of a food trailer, walked around Zilker park, took Max to a local dog park, and strolled around the shops on South Congress street.  To a local or even a visitor, this isn’t much of a city tour.  A day is certainly not enough time to get a feel for a city, immerse yourself in the culture, and experience it properly.

 

I am so excited to go back and take a closer look.  Both times I’ve been to Austin have been in the Fall months.  This is my first Spring visit so I am looking forward to perhaps taking a dip at the barton spring pool, or maybe soak in a secret swimming hole?  

Austin Street Art

 

What I love best about not really having an agenda is being open to suggestions and recommendations from the locals.  Even though I am creating a loose list of places to see and restaurants to try, I’ve found that it’s best to let the locals build on my itinerary.  Perhaps you have a tip of a place you stumbled upon that was unforgettable.  If that’s the case, I want to hear about it!

Max (my dog & sidekick) came along with me the last two visits, but this time I will be flying solo.  Perhaps I am biased since I travel so often by myself, but I strongly feel that it’s the best way to travel if you want to see everything you can, while giving yourself room to roam and time to wander into those unexpected places.  When I think back at my most memorable experiences in travel, it happened because I asked a local, or just turned down an unknown street on a whim.  As you might have gathered by now, I’m not one to plan every moment since I like to see how things unfold.  Being open to the unexpected and taking the time to explore and unplug is something I think we should do more often in our lives. 

Snuggling Maxie in East Austin

There have only been a handful of cities that I’ve felt a sense of belonging.  Austin is one of those rare places.  From the artists to the trailers, and the surrounding nature, it has always felt like a home away from home.  What is your favorite thing to do in Austin?

Hamilton Pool

Downtown Austin

Couple enjoying the view at Hamilton Pool

 

With Campy and Max at Top Notch in Austin

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