Question 1- Van as one of the family?

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Postby maud » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:58 pm

VW owners often treat their vans like they are family members (Me too!) like called them a human name etc why do you think people/you do this?



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Postby Margaret McManus » Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:56 pm

Because if it has a name it means it'll let you down less often and you'll take better care of it!
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Postby The Lockkeeper » Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:15 am

I dunno, I think it's almost the opposite I think that because yout let it into the family , you are more forgiving and tolerant when it does let you down ( and it will !! )
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Postby maddison » Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:43 pm

you wouldnt call another member of the family by there description.....the son, the daughter, the mother etc....so why the bus


we`ve had so many family experiences in Honorste, she is a BIG part of everything we do, so its not like a part of the family, it is part of the family, even tho she is `just a van`
`The van` actually creates so many of the experiences we share, the friends we have, the way we live our life....it eats up all my money, every journey is a stress...and a lesson

the van allows me to be creative, socialise, solve problems, create problems,fix things, break things, try things, get places, meet people, i can sleepin it, eat in it, challange myself mentally and physically in it,it flatters my ego, causes embarrasment

having said all that,it could be easily replaced with another `hobby`
but why bother when it such a full fun packed one
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Postby bertie-bus » Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:19 pm

maddison wrote:, i can sleepin it, eat in it, challange myself mentally and physically in it,it flatters my ego, causes embarrasment



steve dont forget you can sh*t in it too with your wonderful splash back thunder box :roll: :lol: :lol:
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Postby COVIN » Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:55 pm

maddison wrote:you wouldnt call another member of the family by there description.....the son, the daughter, the mother etc....so why the bus


we`ve had so many family experiences in Honorste, she is a BIG part of everything we do, so its not like a part of the family, it is part of the family, even tho she is `just a van`
`The van` actually creates so many of the experiences we share, the friends we have, the way we live our life....it eats up all my money, every journey is a stress...and a lesson

the van allows me to be creative, socialise, solve problems, create problems,fix things, break things, try things, get places, meet people, i can sleepin it, eat in it, challange myself mentally and physically in it,it flatters my ego, causes embarrasment

having said all that,it could be easily replaced with another `hobby`
but why bother when it such a full fun packed one

I think that sums it up perfectly. What a great post Steve 8)
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Postby maud » Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:20 pm

There was one VW dub owner I was talking to said he envisioned the camper taking him to him to his funeral (I am not sure he meant literally) and that he wanted the van to be passed on to his daughter so that they could carry on the legacy. I thought this was nice....the idea of passing it on....it mean't a lot more than money tho, it was something else....can anyone explain that one? Along with the family member idea OR both.

What you reckon Darren...whats your take on this? ;)
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Postby Whitey's van » Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:33 am

maud wrote:There was one VW dub owner I was talking to said he envisioned the camper taking him to him to his funeral (I am not sure he meant literally) and that he wanted the van to be passed on to his daughter so that they could carry on the legacy. I thought this was nice....the idea of passing it on....it mean't a lot more than money tho, it was something else....can anyone explain that one? Along with the family member idea OR both.

What you reckon Darren...whats your take on this? ;)


The bus I have now has been in my family since 1973 owned and cared for by my grandfather who has long passed away, my mother used to drive it when she was young lass, they used it on may family holidays and it was my gradfatheres daily runner for there abouts 40 years, he was know all over south shields for his bus.

When I was a little lad I have fond memories of driving upto marsden rock along the coast road and stopping to make a cup of tea in the back of the van, he used to bring it to all the horse riding shows my sister would go to, I remember on year it started raining, we all piled in the back of the bus with the sliding door open and the horse walks over and stuck his head in trying to get out of the rain, I think if there was enough room the horse would have been in the back too.

I could tell you so many stories about the van...my mother could tell you even more (she does go on a bit though)

When my grandfather passed away I took the bus to his funeral, everyone was happy to see it, im sure if he had his way his coffin would have been in the back. And Im sure he would be so happy we have kept her.

So when I look at the bus I dont see a vehicle, I see my grandfather and all the happy memories of his life, Im actually filling up as Im writing this... :oops: big gilrs blouse

This bus to me and my family is worth more than gold. I hope to keep her on the road as long as he did and add many more stories to her heritage

So when you ask if the bus is considered a part of the family? the answer would be a definite yes
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Postby sleepyjeanne » Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:49 pm

mine is named after my mum ...who sadly passed away last year...she left me money so i bought the van ..and thought it fitting to name her after mum.....so "jeanne" and i go everywhere together..x[/url]
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Postby maud » Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:20 pm

That is so cool to do that in hommage to you mum.
Maybe you would like to say more.
keep these comments coming.

i have just been to Druridge bay festival and its seems that for a lot of Dubbers nostalgia is quite a big thing. When we say nostalgia its like we all nod our heads like we all think we understand the same idea...yet
chances are we don't. If anyone can explain a bit more how they feel nostalgic in relation to family members or the van as a family member that would be really cool.
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Postby kembiff » Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:31 pm

I have never been into naming vehicles but Heather our daughter wants to call ours 'Frances' because she associates all of our trips and major breakdowns with France.
I dont feel the need to personify it for it to be a big part of the family.

[On the other hand I have persisted in calling my VW Squareback 'Fudge' as have all the previous owners over the years as this relates to the number plate FDG...L. BTW it's white not brown!]
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Postby maddison » Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:44 pm

kembiff wrote:I dont feel the need to personify it



Maybe thats why it broke down :idea: :idea:
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Postby kembiff » Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:28 pm

Good point - from now on I should call it "Reliable" as a test. Do you reckon that will work?
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Postby maud » Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:37 pm

Hi kembiff,

Thanks for this. What is it about the big breakdowns in France that are worth remembering via the name? In other words good times and bad times seem to be remembered in equal measure as opposed to forgotten about as quickly as possible.

Why can we forgive these vans for just about everything and at times even celebrate the bad times?

A ford transit van probably wouldn't get away with it!!!
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Postby kembiff » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:37 pm

My friend up the road with an almost equally unreliable Ford Transit camper would probably disagree.
It must be something to do with how much you put into them I guess.
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