Hello Sprinter Van Fans.
The 3rd Annual Northern California Sprinter Campout will be held October 18 through 21, 2018
once again at the beautiful, spacious Lake Concow Campground.
“An Informal Get-Together for Sprinter and Similar type Vans and Enthusiasts”
NCSC 2018 is open to all vans and RVs Sprinter or European design in nature or American brands and enthusiasts. There has been an emphasis on DIY builds with a few factory adventure vans in past years We look forward to more Class Cs, Roadtreks, Sportsmobiles, Westies or wanna-buys :). The campout is a wonderful opportunity to meet friends and share ideas, stories and our love and enthusiasm for vans/RVs. And what better place to meet up than in a family-friendly, dog-friendly (on leash and run) campground environment.
NCSC I and II both had a wonderful representation of twenty-something West Coast Sprinters
and Transit owners from DIY and factory built vans in all states of completion. We shared ideas
good times, fall weather, food, nature, song, socializing, fun and games. It’s anybody’s guess how many may show for 2018. Rest assured there is room enough for hundreds of vans so come on up on a whim. No preregistration necessary.
Gates will be open 24/7. Late arrivals can find a spot and register in the morning.
The cost to enter is the $15/night campground fee, $5/day use if coming for a single day.
I’m putting it together for the fun of it. It’s my way to give back to to Sprinter Forum and community.
NCSC Tee Shirts $15. Free commemorative stickers for all attendees
Lake Concow Campground is excited to host the event again, and the beautiful 40 acre space is ideal for our type of bring everything crowd. It’s a charming rustic campground with water, pit toilets and cold showers.
You may show up anytime day or night without reservation for the event. If you think you can make it, leave a
comment. There is no official sign up. We can fit hundreds of vans if need be 🙂
Thursday is early arrival setting up and just hanging out. Most activities will be Friday, Saturday and early
Sunday. Everyone is welcome to show up earlier or stay later than the official dates for regular camp fees.
We all enjoyed just hanging around the lake and making the rounds to different vans. So the activity schedule will
have much free time to visit and tell super-high-roof tales.
One of the coolest aspects of this informal get-together is that we get to sport our camping regalia in practical
use, opposed to a parking lot. Strolling setup to setup to visit is fun.
-Friday Potluck at 6PM. Bring an appetizer, a dish,a dessert or beverage to share.
-Shmores at the campfire Saturday night.
-Goodbye pancake breakfast Sunday morning 9AM. I’ll bring the Krusteaz and have my son Isaac flippin’ flapjacks.
Driving East on CA Highway 70 up the Feather River Canyon. We will drive part way up past Rock Creek to Belden Town, the old river resort town and Pacific Crest Trail junction with Highway 70. We can break and hang out along the granite laden Feather River. Points of interest beyond will be mapped out for those wishing to explore further.
Headquarters layout, Lake Concow Campground has an exceptionally large stage for music and for hanging out lakeside. HQ will be on the lakeside of the stage for easy access to stage stairs and more hanging out closer to the
lake, as most vans picked lake-shore spots. There is plenty of level parking, but levelers for your van are helpful close to lake shore.
Strung Nugget Gang (Jug Folk Grass) on Saturday 6-8PM.
Picture scavenger hunt Saturday afternoon,
Sprinter Jeopardy Saturday after music. Better peruse Sprinter-Wiki before the campout.
Campfires Friday and Saturday Nights (weather permitting)
Most Awesome Exterior Camp light contest Let’s get creative and the best lit van camp will get 2 NCSC Tee Shirts
Bring your surplus build parts for the ‘Sprinter Free Box’. There were great scores last year going to happy new
If you have something really nice that commands a few bucks, that’s fine too.
For those of you planning on Fall Sprinter gallivanting, consider a stop off at NCSC in Concow, CA. It is situated in
a beautiful part of Northern California seldom tread by most, however, between many classic destinations:
2 hrs West of Tahoe-Reno,
40 Minutes East of Chico and Sierra Nevada Brewery
1.5 hours South of Mt. Lassen National Park
2 hours North of Sacramento
3 hours North/East of the Bay Area
3.5 hours East of the Mendocino Pacific Coast
4.5 hours South of Ashland, Oregon
That’s the basic info.
Download the NCSC 2017 Guidebook for a comprehensive look at the event.
Looking forward to seeing some old and new Sprinter fans and friends.
See you at NorCal Sprinter Campout 2018
Dale and Karen
…and a video from 2016…