Monthly Archives: February 2008


We found our first fraudulent bus listing today. We found a 23 window Samba listed in New York for $4900.00! For those in the know…. the bus in this condition is 30k+. I showed this listing to Marilyn and was all excited. She noticed that the pictures had a Cardiff Classics watermark. We immediately went to their website and saw that indeed Cardiff was selling the same bus in an auction. Marilyn called Cardiff to alert them what was going on.  The man at Cardiff thanked us and all three of us flagged the Craig’s list posting.  He gave us some more tips on how to buy a bus.  Have the people call us and makesure the caller ID matches the person, have them send a pic of their driver’s license and registration to make sure they match, and finally have a third party mechanic look at the bus.

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Posted by on February 10, 2008 in the begining


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Wakarusa Music & Camping

We’re on this great list called the Buskatiers, and several of them posted a cool upcoming musical extravaganza called Wakarusa, 6/5-6/8 this year, which is a Native American word meaning “Ass-deep”. Its held in the Lawrence Kansas area, and refers to the Wakarusa River, which, oddly enough, is about “ass-deep” in depth. Too funny! This sounds right up our alley, we love this kind of camping.

I used to attend the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, aka MichFest 8/5-1/10 this year, with the kids, camping and music for a solid week was fabulous! And back in the day, when I lived in Austin, we attended South by Southwest, aka SXSW 3/7-3/16 this year, then when we moved to Chicago and got married on 3/13/96 we traveled back for our honeymoon:)

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Posted by on February 6, 2008 in Things To Do


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What Will We Do?

As folks are planning their 2008 camping season, we are beginning to see some of the activities that they have planned. I have spent hours visiting websites, reading reports, and looking at pictures. How did we find all of these events? Well, we belong to the following Yahoo groups: Ohio Valley Tribe, Westfalia, WetWesties, and Buskatiers (which isn’t a yahoo group). Finally and certainly not least is The Samba!

The event that I just finished exploring is a event called BusFusion this event is being held in Altmont, Ontario, which is on the Mississippi River scheduled for the middle of June. This looks like a lot of fun. They have a jam session, swap meet and Arts and Craft sales by the participants. Something like this could motivate me to do more with my photography. We probably won’t make this year as we have a tentative plan for Yellowstone Park with some neighbors.

Another one I looked at was BBB (Buses by the Bridge), this event was in mid-Jan in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. This looks like a lot of fun, too. Look at the photos from this trip and you will find a very cool bus interior. Marilyn is in love with this one.

And the final one for today is the VW Buses N Boat Bash.  This trip features a 6 mile canoe trip on the Little Miami River just North of Cincinnati and hosted by the Full Moon Bus Club. The thing that is the most amazing about these places are that they are all in small towns, which personally I like.  I have some more I’ll write about later.  I have a migraine that is asking me to shut down . . . .

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Posted by on February 4, 2008 in Things To Do


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Decisions….. Decisions

This is beginning to get a little harder. We are finding many buses in our price range that have bench seats without any camping interior, or no interior at all. I have spoken with Woody (I need a kitchen too) and he mentioned that he is a custom cabinet maker and could build an interior for our potential bus. We also spoke to a gentleman in Denver with a nice bus without an interior. He mentioned that we could buy a camper box from some of the businesses that advertise in the back of VolksWorld magazine. Marilyn set out to find this magazine yesterday.

She found it….. it is a UK magazine….. $8.75 a copy and it is November’s issue! I really appreciate Barnes and Noble giving us a discount on a publication that is 4 months old!

Well, I looked through the ‘zine and it was very interesting if your thing is Bugs. There was only ONE bus in the issue. There were a few more advertisements for buses and campers, but I did not find what I was looking for as far as a Westy Camper Box. Although that isn’t completely true I found that VolksWorld has a separate ‘zine dedicated to buses and campers. We will begin our quest for that ‘zine next. The subscription is a little tall ($50 / yr) until we have a look at one. I suppose that was the ‘zine that the gentleman from Denver was referring to


Wow…. I just found another ‘zine… called Volkswagen Camper & Commercial. This ‘zine is by David Eccles who also wrote the book VW Camper – The Inside Story mentioned earlier. What a bonus! Now I have two ‘zines to look for. If anyone…. really reads this… we would be interested in other ‘zines….. we are very hungry for information

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Posted by on February 2, 2008 in the begining


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