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One for the Road

Many find traveling by Westy—the affectionate term applied by owners of Westfalia Campers—to be the best compromise between car-and-tent camping and an RV.

With its well-designed interior layout, privacy curtains and interior lighting, and sublimely simple setup and breakdown, the Vanagon Westfalia is not just another micro-camper, but a comfortable home on wheels!

Here you’ll find articles on packing, touring, and enjoying your own Westy …

Dometic RM182 Refrigerator Instructions

NOTE: the following text and photos are excerpted from the 1983 Camper “Supplement to Volkswagen Vanagon Owner’s Manual.” For more info on operating the fridge see, “Using the Westfalia Refrigerator.” Downloads 1980-1985 Vanagon Westfalia Campers: “Supplement to Volkswagen Vanagon Owner’s Manual” 1986-1990 Vanagon Westfalia Campers: “Supplement to Volkswagen Vanagon Owner’s Manual” Refrigeration The controls for […]

Using the Vanagon Westfalia Refrigerator

The Vanagon Westfalia Camper refrigerator is convenient and efficient; here’s how to use it. No camper-van kitchen is complete without the ability to keep your food cold to preserve it and prevent spoilage. And the value of a cold beer or soft drink at the end of a long hot day of road tripping requires […]

Original Vanagon Westfalia Toilet & Cabinet

Making boom-boom the European way, mit die Defäkation Karton! We recently sold our original-equipment portable chemical toilet with wooden cabinet. Though the previous owners seldom used it, and we never did, I thought I’d share these photos and a bit of history for the sake of posterity. Apparently available only to those customers who picked […]

Vanagon or Westfalia Gift Ideas

Looking for the perfect Vanagon or Westfalia gift for a loved one? (Or for you?) These gifts will keep your favorite camper (or camper van) safe, comfortable, entertained, and looking good! Therm-a-Rest Compressible Travel Pillow for Camping, Backpacking, Airplanes and Road Trips Ultralight compressible travel pillow with soft foam filling that packs down small for […]

Using the Westfalia Stove

The Vanagon Westfalia stove makes camp cooking easy and efficient. The stove in our Westfalia Camper has enabled us to start countless days of roadtripping with a belly-filling breakfast, whip up a quick lunch or a hearty dinner, or to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while watching snow flurries descend from the icy peaks […]

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 […]

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 […]

Winter Van Camping

Tips and advice for staying warm while van-camping Most camper vans are put away during the colder months. But we’ve found winter to be a great time for a weekend getaway, with none of the crowds, bugs, or excessive heat of summer. Off-season camping means you usually have your choice of campsites, too. In fact, […]

Winterize Your Westfalia for Storage

How to put your Vanagon Westfalia Camper Van to bed for the winter or off-season You’ve hopefully just completed a long happy summer of road tripping in your camper van, with all the memories and Facebook moments that come with it. But if your van resides in the cold northern tier of snow, ice, or […]

Staying Cool On Summer Road Trips in Your Camper Van

Tips and advice for keeping yourself, your children, pets, and other companions cool while travelling The summer travelling season is upon us, and we’ll all be putting on some miles in our camper vans. For many of us, road-tripping is the best part of owning a VW Westfalia! Every VW Vanagon or Bus owner knows […]