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PostSubject: HELLO DUBBERS   Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:01 am

I am Yabbit, I currently live in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. I am the sole driver of "Adie" my Dandury Rio camper. I have been driving my T2 for 3 months now as our everyday vehicle. She is turquoise and white, with a sweep of daisies starting on her front, sweeping down her lower sides onto her rear panels and a BIG handpainted daisy on her nose,(Front fake wheel-cover.)
I quite liked the idea of driving a T2, my wife REALY wanted one and my mum-in-law (who actualy bought Adie) was into the idea, as she went touring Europe in a spitty in the fifties. Having never driven a T2, or any bug, I was looking forward to collecting her in may, but boy was I unprepaired for the reality. No-one had told me that they dance, or that there is no power steering, servo brakes, syncronisity between first and second, or about the inbuilt personality. As a result we left danbury's site at around four O'clock and headed up the dual-carriageway. Mum and hedgie (wifes pet-name) were sat there happily burbling about how nice she was. I'm sat there, trying to keep Adie straight on the road, as she dances and dodges to the left whenever a lorry approaches,( She doesn't like lorries,) thinking "OH MY GOD! IT'S TRYING TO KILL ME!" My first few hours were spent in terror, trying to keep her on the road and figure out what was going on! She wobbled up minor roads al 20mph (Dare not got faster. I needed the reaction time!} REALLY worrying whenever we needed to get her through a tight space, and freaking when I had to park her. By the end of the day we were starting to come to an understanding, I had realised that it is possable to negotiate with her, (LOOK! don't dodge the trucks, leave the steering to me!)
Day 2 I'd sort if got into the stage that i was REASONABLY confident I could get from A-B without crashing. HOWEVER, we decided to visit Acton-Scott, the victorian farm of TV fame. Acton-Scott is at the top of a REALY steep hill, Adie froze in panic. She was an ex-demo vehicle, she had never seen a hill, she had only been round the block to demonstrate how wonderfull T2's were.(and then it was another T2 that left with a new family Sad ) We explained that she better get used to hills, as she was going to Derbyshire a county that specialised in hills. she set off cautiously, we twisted and turned up the hill. Adie soon realised she liked hills, ever since she has climbed hills like a mountain goat!
Three months later I have got used to driving Adie, I expected that, What I didn't Expect was how much She would get under my skin. I LOVE MY ADIE! I have developed a T2 addiction. We have joined Sheffield VW owners club, been to a couple of Bug-fests, weaved our way down a beach and chased seagulls, done several thousand kilometers. we still have to negotiate with Adie, we have never got her to go faster than 55mph, she slows down on pretty roads, loves fairgrounds and sulks if we dont tell her where she is going and accellerates MUCH faster if boy racers sit next to her reving their engines at traffic lights. She does lots of things that don't make sense and is odd and quirky. None of which I can explain rationaly, but it doesn't matters as Adie is part of our family and we love her.
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PostSubject: Re: HELLO DUBBERS   Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:46 am

Welcome Yabbit. That has to be our most entertaining intro yet - thank you!

You're in good company here for folks who are nuts about their Brazilians. Cool

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PostSubject: Re: HELLO DUBBERS   Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:22 am

Hi & welcome Smile
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PostSubject: Re: HELLO DUBBERS   Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:10 am

Welcome to the forum.
Had the same experience when I left Danbury for the first time as well. It had just started to snow and was pretty windy. Nothing like jumping in at the deep end.Wouldn't change Ginger for the world now. As the girlfriend says "She's the other woman in my life".

Let the good times roll sunny

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PostSubject: Re: HELLO DUBBERS   Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:08 am

Ah yes, that first drive from Yate to Reading in March (you remember that REALLY windy day...) still gives me a cold sweat when I think about it.

Driven 5000 km since then and LOVE IT!

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PostSubject: Re: HELLO DUBBERS   Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:55 pm

very warm welcome yabbit-great storey!

my first experience was driving from kent to newcastle last year in the snow to pick mine up and then travelling back in the same day!!! Im still alive to tell the tale and the wind and cold in the van going keep me awake all the way. It was my first expeience of driving a vw van and whilst a bit of a shock at first, like you ive got used to mine driving her everyday too. From your vans description i might have seen you near oxford earlier this year in a services area and you left as i pulled in. Similiar colour to yours :-)
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PostSubject: Re: HELLO DUBBERS   Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:14 pm

Welcome Yabbit.

I bet we all knew immediately what you were talking about!

It is strange how soon you get used to driving our Bays although Mrs B is still trying to work out the mystery of how to avoid 4th gear when you want 2nd on the way down!

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PostSubject: Re: HELLO DUBBERS   Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:17 pm

Hi and welcome.
Strangely we bought Magda from Chesterfield, and I drove all the way back to Surrey in high cross winds and driving rain , I was so scared I didn't stop at all on the 5 hour journey home in case I didn't dare get back in the driving seat. I now love her . She quite easily will go at 70mph on the motorway, but mostly likes travelling around 60-65mph. Jill
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PostSubject: Re: HELLO DUBBERS   Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:00 am

Loving the front dummy wheel cover. That's super

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PostSubject: Re: HELLO DUBBERS   Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:45 am

Brilliant - I pick my van up fron Danbury TOMORROW - woo hoo!!!!

drive from Yate to Bournmouth first, then back to Essex on Sunday..

Hopefully in good weather - wish me luck !!!

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PostSubject: Re: HELLO DUBBERS   Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:14 am

Dont forget guys rack and pinion steering and power steering are 2 options now and can also be retro fitted , but most people do get used to the standard steering fairly quickly...Its great how the T2 gets under your skin and becomes part of the family! Most owners have names for their campervans so perhaps we should have a survey of the most popular names used?
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PostSubject: Re: HELLO DUBBERS   Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:31 pm

jj123vw wrote:
Most owners have names for their campervans so perhaps we should have a survey of the most popular names used?

I'm trying to think if I know any two the same. It would be interesting to hear how people thought up the name for their van as well.

In our case: the name is BLUE SEAGULL because it's blue, it lives near the sea and it flies along. We also hoped that the name might put the local seagulls off cr*pping on it. It didn't.

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PostSubject: Re: HELLO DUBBERS   Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:37 pm

Ours is Absinthe; The Green Fairy - partly for the colour and also partly because I suspect too much and she'll drive you mad!


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PostSubject: Re: HELLO DUBBERS   Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:37 pm

Hello and welcome Smile

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PostSubject: Re: HELLO DUBBERS   Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:37 am

stephenjedward wrote:
Brilliant - I pick my van up fron Danbury TOMORROW - woo hoo!!!!

drive from Yate to Bournmouth first, then back to Essex on Sunday..

Hopefully in good weather - wish me luck !!!


journey to Christchurch complete, see my profile pic.
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PostSubject: Re: HELLO DUBBERS   Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:42 am

Hi & Welcome to the Forum
Your intro reminds us of our first drive
We picked Scooby up in Nov last year
There was snow & ice all around as we drove from Derby to Reading!
As we always say "Scooby likes to wander now and again"
Happy Days Cool

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PostSubject: Re: HELLO DUBBERS   Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:33 pm

It so reminds us of our first drive from Sheffield to central Scotland, all I could think is what have I done, this is awfull. However towards the end of the journey I was smiling from ear to ear.

We named ours Phileas because it takes 80 days to get anywhere.
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