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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 …

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 […]

Preparing Your Vanagon Westfalia for Summer

How to get your Vanagon Westfalia Camper Van ready for summer road-tripping and camping “Spring has sprung. The grass is riz. I wonder where dem campers is?” Paraphrased from Frederic Ogden Nash If your camper van is anything like mine it probably spends its winters tucked safely away in a big red barn, or maybe […]

A Westfalia Tour

The first time I showed our Vanagon Westfalia Camper to a certain family friend, an avid Great Lakes sailor, he gazed around the tidy living space and nodded approvingly. “It’s like a nice sailboat,” he declared. Indeed, the Westfalia’s well-designed interior layout boasts compact but roomy galley cabinets and clever storage, dining tables which easily […]

The Routine

One of the greatest attributes of the Westfalia Camper is just how quickly and easily it is readied for a camping trip, and how adeptly it makes and breaks camp. We generally keep our permanent camping equipment (pots & pans, kitchenware, extension cord, water hose, etc.) packed in the Westy, so an impromptu weekend jaunt […]

Using RV Levelers

After a long hot day of driving, there’s nothing better than popping one’s top in a shady campsite, and popping a cold one from the fridge. Like most RV refrigerators, the Dometic RM 182 B used in 1980-1991 Vanagon Westfalias must be operated in a level and upright position, to prevent permanent damage to the […]

Packing for the Road

“Talk to a guy in a 27′ RV and he’ll say he’d have plenty of space if he just had another three feet. Talk to a guy in a 35′ RV and he says the same thing. Talk to a guy in a 40′ RV … ” Ahwahnee, Samba Member Traveling by Westfalia Camper is […]