Mick McDonald campervan : Mechanic’s grim apparition as becomes first person to use VW hearse he built

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  • Mick McDonald, 50, converted a rusty old VW campervan into a hearse for his friend’s business, Retro Farewell
  • He joked that the work would kill him before dying last month
  • he was carried from Darlington funeral parlour to Middlesbrough crematorium in hearse on September 28

By Helen Pow

A mechanic appears to have predicted the circumstances surrounding his own death when he died from a heart attack after completing work on converting a VW campervan into a hearse.

Mick McDonald, 50, had joked that the job would ‘be the death of him’ but then he became the first person to use it.

Mr McDonald had carried out the work for his friend Carl Bell’s business, Retro Farewell.

After the fatal cardiac arrest he was driven for his own funeral from John Meynell parlour in Darlington to Acklam crematorium in Middlesbrough.

Rest in peace: Carl Bell, pictured, stands with the VW hearse his friend Mick McDonald built before he died and was driven in it from his funeral

Rest in peace: Carl Bell, pictured, stands with the VW hearse his friend Mick McDonald built before he died and was driven in it from his funeral Continue reading »

Article source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2214984/Mick-McDonald-campervan-Mechanics-grim-apparition-person-use-VW-hearse-built.html?ITO=1490

Return of the VW Camper ?

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Now this is how to hitch a ride in a VW.

The Dub Box is a faux Volkswagen Microbus that has been reimagined as a travel trailer.

The 12-foot-long fiberglass creation can be outfitted in a variety of configurations, including a double bed sleeper or food truck.

It weighs about 1,300 pounds and comes with integrated trailer brakes, gas stove, sink, retro refrigerator and an audio system for a starting price of $17,990, but optional extras include heating, a pop top roof and even hinged safari windows. A do-it-yourself rolling shell is available for $8,990. Continue reading »

Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/10/17/vw-style-travel-trailer-is-perfect-for-long-strange-trips/

BMW MINI goes camping

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BMW MINI goes camping

It is summer and it is camping season for all those who love spending time with the bears and mosquitoes. Now, if you are headed to the great outdoors in your MINI you take all the comforts, well some of the comforts, of home with you with MINI’s new camping add-ons.

MINI has announced its arrival among the ranks of European camping outfitters. An appointed caravan with two sleeping bays and a roof-top tent (also designed for two) in the classic John Cooper Works color scheme will wet the appetite for do-it-yourself summer vacations peppered with spur-of-the-moment detours along the way. Continue reading »

Article source: http://www.sportscarillustrated.com/News_2012/C/news12_0233.html

Not a exactly a Westy, But They’re Pop Ups!

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On a beach, at a farm, or on the grounds of a country house, all the world’s a bubble (when you’re in France).

Les Bivouacs de la Reine are space-age accommodation capsules on the grounds of a chateau that was built for Josephine, wife of the Emperor Napoleon, just outside Paris. These chic white-and-clear spheres (the smaller bubble can be used as a bathroom) offer a cozy spot for star-gazing, and some open intimacy – you can see everything, but only the animals can see you. French chateaux are certainly leading a revolution in avant-garde accommodation styling. Continue reading »

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Best Camping Spots Near Los Angeles

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There are so many beautiful places to go camping in Southern California it can be hard to choose. Just a few short hours from downtown Los Angeles campers can wake up to the sounds of gentle waves or ride bikes in the cool mountain air or the climb rocks in the dry desert. Here is a list of the best camp sites that are close to (or not too far from) Los Angeles. Some of these spots are popular and reservations must be made months in advance. Continue reading »

Article source: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-camping-spots-near-los-angeles/

Dub box introduces retro-styled trailers for campers and foodies

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Dub box USA offers a new solution for nostalgic folks yearning for a camper as cool as the Volkswagen Type 2 of the 1950s and 60s. Its line of camping trailers is inspired by the classic VW buses, and is offered without the expense and headaches of restoring an old Type 2. You get out-of-the-box convenience with timeless, retro looks.

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Article source: http://www.gizmag.com/dub-box-retro-styled-trailers/21623/

Happiness is…a Camping Holiday, Research Reports as Park Resorts Confirm …

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As David Cameron announces plans to measure the nation’s happiness, a recent study has revealed that the simple joys of camping can help to ward off stress and improve well-being. Indeed, caravan sales and UK holidays experts, Park Resorts, can confirm a continual rise in the number of their holiday bookings and static caravan sales.

In the ‘Real Richness’ study carried out by Liverpool John Moores University on behalf of The Camping and Caravanning Club, people who camp were found to be healthier, happier and less stressed, and reported feeling more socially connected while benefiting from closer family relationships. Continue reading »

Article source: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/12/22/4140149/happiness-isa-camping-holiday.html

Home-Made Camping Wind Turbine

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Power your gadgets with the wind using a lightweight, home-made turbine

Depending on where you are in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s either getting to the end of the camping season, or finally cooling down enough to enjoy being outdoors the whole day. So it might be the perfect time to build the Camping Wind Turbine, a tiny, portable propellor which will charge small gadgets.

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New Portable Tailgate System From Dish Network Perfect For Camping

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New Portable Tailgate System From Dish Network Perfect For Camping

New Portable Tailgate System From Dish Network Perfect For Camping

The DISH Network company recently announced the new Tailgater system that has been under development for many years. This portable satellite television system is designed to keep DISH Network fans watching their favorite shows even while camping, tailgating, traveling in an RV or other fun outdoor past times. With the new Tailgater, you don’t have to be indoors to watch high quality television programming. The $350 unit allows you to roam through state parks or enjoy the atmosphere of a crowded sports arena parking lot without leaving your TV behind.

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Article source: http://www.allnewswire.com/new-portable-tailgate-system-from-dish-network-perfect-for-camping/

Clean Dishes with Wood Ash While Camping

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Clean Dishes with Wood Ash While CampingIf you’re spending time in the great outdoors and happen to be cooking over a wood fire, you can take a page from our ancestors and use wood ashes to clean your pots, pans, and dishes. Mixing wood ashes with fats and oils left in dirty cookware will make a very basic type of soap that works well in the field. Continue reading »

Article source: http://lifehacker.com/5839092/clean-dishes-with-wood-ash-while-camping