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Fire Extinguishers for Your Camper Van

How to Choose and (Hopefully Never Use) a Fire Extinguisher in Your Camper Van NOTE: SAFETY RECALL “Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment” Hazard: Certain Kidde fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Replacing the Westfalia Tent Window Screen

How to replace the torn or tattered window screen in your Volkswagen Westfalia Camper popup tent After many miles and many years of camping, the insect screen in the popup tent window of your campervan can turn old and brittle. It will eventually start splitting and crumbling apart, allowing pesky bugs into your cozy abode. […]

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 […]

Vanagon Clutch Slave Cylinder Replacement

Related Topics: Hydraulic Clutch System Overview Clutch Master Cylinder Replacement Bleeding the Clutch Hydraulic System Back in the left-forward corner of the engine compartment, just ahead of the edge of the deck-lid opening, you will find the clutch slave cylinder mounted to the clutch housing. Start by using some WD-40 and a shop rag to […]

Essential Vanagon Tools

“Usually, the only tool you need is the one you don’t have.” Andrew A. Libby, Samba member Basic Tools The VW Vanagon will require few special tools, and most work can be performed with conventional tools available to the average home mechanic. The following is by no means a complete listing, but should give any […]