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Planning a Road Trip, Part 2: On the Road

“There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” Charles Dudley Warner In “Planning a Road Trip, Part 1” we explored how to choose your routes, balance your budget, get your ride ready, and other ways to plan your epic trip before you’ve even left the driveway. Here, in Part […]

Pacific Northwest 2

We recently returned from a four-week, 6800-mile Westfalia road trip from Wisconsin to the Pacific Northwest. We leisurely followed Highway 101 down the Pacific Coast through much of Washington and Oregon, then returned through John Day country and spent a few days in Yellowstone National Park. We drive hard from Wisconsin and arrive at Badlands […]

Product Review: ZFLIN Car Fan

The ZFLIN Car Fan is a compact, portable fan for keeping you or a passenger cool while driving or parked. Specifications 4.5” Diameter Model Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.7 x 4.7 inches Weight: 9.1 ounces 6” Diameter Model Dimensions: 6.7 x 6 x 6 inches Weight: 12.6 ounces Noise Level: <45db Features Integrated suction-cup mounting bracket […]

Planning a Road Trip, Part 1: Before You Go

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money”. Susan Heller The Epic Road Trip holds a special place in our collective psyche, combining the exploration of new places with a desire for the sights and sounds of bygone eras, and an […]

Seaway Trail to Nova Scotia, Week 4

Having toured the shores of the Bay of Fundy, learning about local maritime history and discovering tidal bores and million-year-old fossils, we now set about exploring Acadia National Park. Day 22: Winter Harbor, Maine We break camp on the Schoodic Peninsula and head for Bar Harbor. Along the way we stop at the Mount Desert […]

Seaway Trail to Nova Scotia, Week 3

Day 15: Digby, Nova Scotia Over breakfast we write postcards to family, and I include one to the original owner of our Westfalia, who I recently met by chance. She and her husband picked the van up at the factory in Hannover, Germany in the summer of 1983 and had it shipped to their home […]

Replacing the Vanagon Rear Hatch Struts

Here’s how to fix your van’s rear hatch if it won’t stay up or is difficult to open If you (or more correctly, your van) has been suffering from a loose posterior opening (ahem), you probably need a new pair of hatch strut lift shocks. In a pinch while traveling or camping, you can fashion […]

Diesel Vanagon Coolant Expansion Tank Bracket

The mounting bracket for the stock coolant expansion tank on a 1983 diesel Vanagon is prone to forming stress cracks and leaks in the plastic tank, due to the way it attaches to the bulkhead just forward of the battery platform. During the course of an engine replacement, I upgraded to a complete set of […]

Your Emergency On-Board Vanagon Tool Kit

How to put together a complete emergency tool kit for your Vanagon, Transporter, or Bus Every tool is a hammer, except for a screwdriver, which is a chisel. Perales, Samba member You’ve spent the better part of the spring (and no small amount of cash) repairing, maintaining, and restoring your Vanagon or Bus, preparing it […]

Seaway Trail to Nova Scotia, Week 2

Day 8: St. Peter’s, Nova Scotia A fresh sea breeze drifts in from the bay while we enjoy breakfast in camp. We pack up the Vanagon and drive the inland route along the shores of Bras d’Or Lake nearly to Sydney, then turn south to Louisbourg. In 1713, a fortress and fortified seaport was built […]