Camp Westfalia

Product Reviews

Any day spent on the road is better than a day spent at work, and a good piece of travel gear can make it even better.

Whether road-tripping for a weekend or a month, practical, functional, and well-designed travel & camping equipment can help you make the most of your precious vacation time.

All the products reviewed here come from our own personal kit, and we try to do as much field-testing (read “road-tripping”) as possible. Some items we’ve been using for years, and we’re continually trying new ones.

Happy shopping!

Product Review: 3 Shelf Closet Organizer

A great way to organize the Vanagon Westfalia clothes closet Specifications Dimensions: 10″ W X 15″ D X 24″ H Natural canvas fabric 3 large shelves Each shelf reinforced with fiberboard liner Includes two closet hooks I’ve always found the stock Westfalia ‘clothes closet’ to be an underutilized space. Located along the driver’s-side wall, just […]

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 […]

Product Review: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 4G LTE Tablet, 12.2-Inch 32GB

A versatile tablet well suited to travel: compact, durable, lightweight, with an elegant flip-hinge design. Features 12.2-inch 2560×1600 WQXGA Display Android 4.4 Kit Kat OS, 1.9GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor 32 GB Flash Memory, 3 GB RAM MicroSD slot which allows up to 64GB of additional storage Includes Hancom Office, Multi Window (up to […]

10 Great Van Camping Accessories

Any day spent on the road is better than a day spent at work, and a good piece of travel gear can make it even better. DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteers Vanagon campers tend to take the road less traveled, beyond the borderlands of Wi-Fi, cell service, and flush toilets. The DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteers will […]

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, […]

Product Review: Pioneer MVH-X580BS Digital Media Receiver

This affordable easy-to-use car stereo is a direct fit for the VW Vanagon, and offers several modern features to update your classic van. NOTE: This original review of the Pioneer MVH-X560BT Digital Media Receiver has been updated to reflect the functions of the newer MVH-X580BS, with all the same great features but also adding SiriusXM-readiness, […]

Product Review: Mr. Heater “Little Buddy” Propane Heater

A safe, portable propane camping heater for use in camper vans, RVs, and other small spaces Specifications Indoor-safe portable propane heater for rooms up to 95 square feet Continuous odor-free heat for up to 5-1/2 hours; 45-degree heating angle Simple on/off buttons; uses 1-pound disposable propane cylinder (not included) Low-oxygen sensor and accidental tip-over switch […]

Replace the Vanagon Cigarette Lighter with a USB Port

Update your loose lighter socket (and optional DIN socket) with modern 12-volt power and USB ports Many early-1980s Vanagon dashboard cigarette lighter sockets are slightly larger than North American plugs, making for a sloppy fit when using modern 12-volt phone chargers, lights, dashboard fans and other accessories. In addition, some Vanagons are also equipped with […]

Product Review: Sports Imports Folding Cup & Beverage Holder

A German-made universal-fit OEM-quality auto & RV cup holder that folds out of the way when not in use Specifications Dimensions, Open: 4.75W x 4D x 4H” Dimensions, Closed: 4.75W x 1.5D x 4H” After breaking one too many cheap flimsy cupholders, what highway traveler hasn’t at some point wished for a compact, durable auto […]

Product Review: ZeroLemon SolarJuice Dual-USB Portable Charger

A compact, rugged solar USB charger for maintaining portable electronics & digital devices while on the go Modern road-trippers now travel with more and more digital devices: smartphones, handheld GPS units, tablets and laptop computers, and more. And all these devices require frequent charging to provide their valuable functions and features. But if your travels […]