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 often requires little more than chucking in our duffel bags of clothes, stowing a bagful of groceries in the kitchenette cabinets, and picking up a couple of cold six-packs on the way out of town.
Here’s a simple routine for hitting the road and getting home.
- Ensure that LP (liquid propane) tank is sufficiently full, and that main shutoff valve on tank is closed
- Fill onboard water supply tank (13.2 US gals)
- Pre-chill refrigerator overnight on 120V AC shore power; add cold beverages to provide thermal mass
- Load any unrefrigerated foods, luggage, and other camping equipment
Hitting the Road, the day of departure
- Load any last-minute items
- Load any remaining cold food into pre-chilled refrigerator
- Disconnect refrigerator from 120V AC shore power, switch to 12V DC or LP for driving
- Park van using parking brake and, if necessary, RV levelers
- Extend popup roof if desired
- Open main shutoff valve on LP tank to use refrigerator and/or stove. To use LP to operate refrigerator, switch refrigerator control to LP, and light
- If 120V AC power is available, you can optionally power the fridge with this; use extension cord to connect campsite shore power station to camper hookup; switch refrigerator to 120V AC; connect any electrical accessories to camper’s internal power outlet
- To use City water, connect campsite water supply to camper hookup using supply hose; alternatively, use onboard water supply tank
- Connect a portable gray-water container to external sink drain outlet to collect kitchenette waste water
- For mealtimes, swivel front seats and deploy dining table
- Before bedtime, stow dining table and convert upper and/or lower bunks for sleeping
- Fold upper and/or lower bunks for driving
- Empty portable gray-water container into campground gray-water dump station or toilet if allowed
- Disconnect 120V AC shore power and water hookups
- Close main shutoff valve on LP tank, switch refrigerator to 12V DC or LP for driving
- Retract popup roof
- Remove RV levelers and hit the road
- Drain onboard water supply tank
- Turn refrigerator off, remove remaining food and wipe clean; to prevent stale odors during long-term storage, prop door open, or slide door upwards from hinges to remove entirely between trips.
- Unload any other foods, luggage, and camping equipment
- Extend popup roof for a day or so to allow canvas and upholstery to thoroughly dry