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VW T25 / T3 Autohomes Karisma 1 

Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autohomes Karisma Mark 1 Camper Model History

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma Mk1  Camper

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma

VW T3 Autohomes Karisma

Circa 1983 Autohomes introduced the T25 / T3 Volkswagen Autohomes Karisma Mark 1. This was a 2 berth camper with a hightop roof with extra storage compartments in the roof. The interior had cupboards along the side behind the drivers seat and the rear seat converted into a 3/4 width double bed. At the same time Autohomes introduced another similar model called the Kameo. The Karisma was basically the same as the Kameo but had a much higher standard specification.

The standard engine option was the 2000cc CU air cooled engine with an extra cost option of a water cooled diesel engine.

1) VW Autohomes Karisma Mark 1 Hightop engine options and approx price (inclusive road tax and VAT when new in standard form):

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Petrol Aircooled 2 litre CU Motor (1970cc) 51 KW 70 PS 4 speed manual gearbox ?

Diesel Watercooled 1.6 Litre CS (1588cc) 37 Kw 50PS 4 speed manual gearbox ?

 

2) Dimensions

Length 4570 mm

Height  2464

Width 1850 mm

 

 

3) Volkswagen T25 Autohomes Karisma Mark 1 Colour Options

As far as I know the VW Autohomes Karisma Mark 1 was available in 2 colours.

R1R1 Pastel White (L90D) (Pastellweiss) (with white roof)

D6D6 Timor Beige (LH8T) (Timorbeige) (with white roof)

PastelWhite

Volkswagen T25 Autohomes Karisma

TimorBeige

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autohomes Karisma Mark 1 Furniture Specification

The Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autohomes Karisma Mark 1 layout consisted of:

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma Interior Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VW T25 Autohomes Karisma  Mk1  Kitchen Units and Storage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Materials Used:

Upholstery - Marseille design 20 colour C5

Mattress - Concord mushroom

Curtains - Saville 29

Carpet - Monte Carlo  - Auburn

Wall fabric - Medium flax FMC 223

Furniture board - Alkor PVC 882/ 02

Worktops - Tanini-Ecru preformed

Roof lining - Panasom

 

A) Adjustable drivers cab seat.

B) Adjustable swivelling passenger cab seat.

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma FrontL Seat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C) Electrolux RM 122 two way (gas / 12 volt operated) refrigerator (with electronic ignition system) below. Fridge has internal ice cube tray.

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma RM122 Fridge

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma RM122 Fridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Integral stainless steel sink and Leisure Princess cooker unit with grill. The whole covered with a heat resistant work top. The upper part of the cupboard next to the fridge contains the Carver water heater.

VW T25 Autohomes Kameo Sinkand Cooker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extensive storage in wardrobe, cupboards, lockers and drawers including a unit to take an optional (at extra cost) Thetford Porta Potti 230 flushing toilet. Furniture is finished in a very attractive wipe clean wood grained laminate with heat resistant work tops that fold away to reveal the cooker, sink, drainer cutlery storage and vanity unit complete with mirror.

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma Rear Layout

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma Furniture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In all the Autohomes Karisma Mark 1 can seat up to 5 people in forward facing seats utilising the forward facing bench seat and the two cab seats. When parked the front passenger seat can be turned round so the cab becomes part of the lounging area.

Side storage unit with cupboard underneath that can hold the optional Thetford 230 Porta Potti and two Camping Gas 907 gas cylinders.

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma Side Storage Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rear seat converts to a large double bed (185.5 cm x 122 cm). New and easy method for converting from seat to bed.

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma Rear Seat

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma Rear Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free standing removable table can also be used outside for meals (stowed behind rear seat and acts as luggage cover when not in use).

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma  Rear Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rear wardrobe and rear storage unit over engine bay lifts out for easy engine servicing.

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma Rear Storage Drawers

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma Rear Drawers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rear seat can be folded down and with the cushions and rear drawer unit removed the Karisma Mark 1 is transformed into a roomy estate car with forward facing seating for three.

 

Stainless steel rear roof rack.

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma Rear Roof Rack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Side sliding door.

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma Sliding Door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other features include:

Full carpeting including cab area.

Caravan body sides are insulated up to window level.

Built in 54.5 litre (12 gallon) freshwater tank with external lockable filler cap. Electric submersible  water pump with foot operated isolating switch.

54.5 litre waste water tank (not standard on Kameo model).

Cupboard storage for two Camping Gas 907 cylinders.

Opening sliding window on offside above cooker / sink.

Fluorescent lighting above kitchen.

Spot light next to rear roof locker  (12 volt, 10 Watt).

Courtesy lights.

All the windows are fully curtained with velcro strips at bottom for added privacy.

10 litre Carver hot water heater (not standard on Kameo model).

Thetford Porta Potti 230 flushing toilet (not standard on Kameo model).

Front seat covers to match rear seat upholstery.

Built in but removable Ferguson 38030 black and white TV with, sockets, wiring and aerial (not standard on Kameo model).

Second battery (not standard on Kameo model)..

Zig CF6 / CF8 Control panel incorporating battery charger, fuses and battery condition indicator (not standard on Kameo model)..

Front roof lockers incorporating pull out cocktail cabinet and crockery storage cabinet either side of TV.

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma Front Lockers and TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rear roof storage area.

 

 

 

5) Options available at extra cost included:

Childs cab bunk.

 

Propex thermostatically controlled blown air heating system.

 

6) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autohomes Karisma Mark 1 Hightop Roof Specification

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma Hightop Roof

 

 

 

 

 

Fully insulated double skinned roof.

Windows in side panels of roof.

Roof light with fly screen provides variable ventilation.

 

7) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autohomes Karisma Mark 1 Front, Side Stripes and Logos

Side Stripes And Logo

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma Side Stripe Decal

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma Side Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front Stripes

VW T25 Autohomes Karisma Front Stripes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autohomes Logo

VW T3 Autohomes Logo

 

 

 

 

 

8) Links to Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autohomes Karisma Mark 1 Owners Instruction Manuals, Sales Brochures  and Price Lists

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VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autohomes Karisma Mark 1 Sales Brochures Prospekt Download

1984 VW T25 / T3 Autohomes Hardtop Karisma Mark 1 Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autohomes Karisma Mark 1 Price Lists Download

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VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autohomes Karisma Mark 1 Owners Instruction Manual Handbook Download

VW T25 / T3 Autohomes Karisma 1 and Kamper 2 Owners User Instruction Manual and Wiring Diagram (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autohomes Karisma Mark 1 Magazine Articles / Review Download

Feb 1984 VW T25 / T3 Autohomes Kamper and Karisma Earls Court Caravan Show Report (also includes Holdsworth Variety, Autosleeper VT20, Diamond Autocruiser and Autostrada, some LT based models and some other non VW models - (PDF Format)

July 1984 VW T25 / T3 Autohomes Kamper and Karisma Motor Caravan SMTT Test Day Report (also includes Autosleeper VT20, Holdsworth Villa and Variety, Diamond RV Autostrada and Autocruiser and some other non VW models - (PDF Format)

 

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