Portland, ME. Not Oregon.

You know when you have a CD in your car stereo for too long? It’s just there, spinning, playing, until it becomes part of your car’s normal operating sound. Part of your driving experience. Days pass, maybe weeks, and then one day, you realize you HATE this music. It has slowly, yet surely, drilled itself into your skull, brain, and psyche. What once started as an enjoyable, good sound, is now the most irritating thing ever to vibrate your ear drums.
This is NOT how Volkswagen owners feel. They will keep listening to the same crap, buying the same crap, and doing the same crap. And obviously, driving the same crap. Here’s a great example, parked in Maine. Somewhere in Portland’s art district.

Maroon T3 van parked on a sunny street.

Going Ivy League

This fine example of a T3 was found in the college town of Providence, RI. Parked close by to Brown University, this was most likely some kind of ‘off-campus housing’ arranged by some clever (read: broke) students trying to get by. That being said, the roomy interior of the T3 probably offers more livable space than most dorms, and also has bench seats! It’s a win-win.

Blue VW T3 parked on street

Base Model

What we have here is a fine example of a 1980s Transporter. Painted with a similar theme to a deli-paper-coffee-cup, this van is just about as exciting. As you can see, this is not a special camper model, just a plain-jane people mover, no curtains, beds, people, dogs, or plants living inside, which I guess is kinda unique in its own way, especially for one of these vans…

White van with stripes painted on it. Gen 3

New York City’s New Housing Problem

This owner of this VW was forward thinking enough to realize that one day he or she would probably end up living in their van. With this idea in mind, it’s obvious that they took some time to prep the van for the new role it would play in their life – housing. This VW is equipped with a sweet pusher bar / pull up bar, for keeping fit or hanging clothes out to dry, as well as super luxurious Mercedes Benz wheels, which are only put on when company is coming over. Also notice the full curtains, for keeping the prying eyes of those pesky neighbors (or police!) out. What a find!

Brown VW, downtown New York

Another Philly Van

After hiking through the Hamburg area of Pennsylvania, we decided to stop in Philadelphia on our way back to NY. Here we have a prime example of a bad day made better – after slogging through the sad, gray, rain-soaked streets of Philly, we were greeted by the warm, comforting light of a T3 van, waiting to open it’s rusted doors and provide shelter. This of course, was not what actually happened, as this van was locked up tighter than a bank due to the prevalence of crime in Philly. Crime, and rain.

Tan Volswagen T3
So much rain

Van, storage, what’s the difference?

So this wonderful vehicle/storage closet was found up in beautiful Lake Placid, NY. Parked (or abandoned) behind some nice old houses, this van was filled with a bunch of junk, including the usual Volkswagen clothing collection, various crates of magazines, and enough blankets for a hospital. At least the kitchen was still in OK shape…