After going away to the countryside this weekend, me and my bloke have been toying with the idea of buying a VW camper van. There's big old mountains virtually on our doorstep and it would be a great cheap way to get away for the weekend, especially as then we'd have the choice of staying in a B&B or a youth hostel if the weather was bad, but sleeping in the car would be great if we wanted to/had to! We live in the city, and had been considering getting a little car of some description, but actually, that would be kind of stupid, because we wouldn't use it about town, because the bus is quicker and easier. It would be more for going on holiday and getting big stuff like shelves from IKEA or whatever. Hence, a big old van thing would be great. You can't fit 6ft shelves in a Beetle. So, anyone out there own a VW camper van or similar? The older (70s) ones look gorgeous, but would a slightly newer (80s) one be better/cheaper/more efficient? Are they hideously inefficient fuel-wise (bearing in mind it wouldn't be for everyday use or huge distances, probably 300 miles at most)? It's still very much an idea at the moment, but I'd love to hear any advice/stories/general chatter about the our little dream.