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microwave in vanagon

What do you do when you want to re-heat your food while on the road? You install a microwave oven in your Vanagon, of course. Tom Boldway installed a 700 watt microwave in his van after his air conditioning stopped working. He decided to use the space above his bed for the microwave. If you don’t need air conditioning this works great. Get another pic and instructions after the jump.

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How would you like to add an inclinometer from an old 4-Runner to your Vanagon dashboard? The Samba user, Syncroincity, apparently pulled off the hack on his Vanagon. He has a lengthy post on The Samba about his Vanagon build, but unfortunately gives little details about his inclinometer. He repainted it so it now includes a Vanagon stencil on it, but gave no other details. He mounted it on the dash right behind the ash tray. It looks great! Click through to see one more pic.

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This Vanagon owner replaced his front seats with reclining seats. I wish I knew what kind of seats these were, but I saw them in passing in an Arizona Vanagon Owners forum. Nice job!

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This 1990 Vanagon Turbo Diesel is currently for sale for $21,000. It looks like a pretty nice van, but a look inside reveals serious thought in the dash board. If you look closely at these pictures, someone has fabricated a new cluster hood by combining 2 existing hoods so they could move the stereo. In place of the existing stereo they installed some rocker switches. Very slick!

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This side Vanagon kitchen setup looks like it fits perfectly behind the passenger’s seat. The sink appears below a flip top and likely has fresh and gray water tanks below. I would love to create this for my weekender!

Oct 12, 2017 | Category: @Our Hacks, Interior

We have referred to our streaming setup when we mounted the iPad, but we have never explained exactly what we have going on. We purchased this HooToo Travel Router and mounted it behind the Vanagon glove box. It is connected to a 500GB hard drive (or more recently a 256GB USB thumb drive). It allows us to load up the drive with movies and stream it to the iPad. Click through for more.

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The title of this post says it all. This user decided to make use of the rear cabinet to organize some tools. He even used the space under the cabinet for a pull out tool drawer. Click through for the full size pic.

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We have seen loads of custom Vanagon interiors, but this has to be at the top of the list. This interior was created by Rhino Design Studio for a couple who lives in their van full time. The rear closet is twice the size of the Westy closet, and the cabinets are so much nicer. It has an upgraded refrigerator, sink and stovetop, and lots of storage space. Click through for more.

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This interior looks brand new thanks to a nice upholstery job. The Samba user, kevtherev, posted the interior pics of his van. The headrests have been made to be solid, and everything matches perfectly in this vinyl interior. The door panels are new, and check out the leg rest behind the passenger’s seat. That’s the perfect place to relax!


Brad and Sheena own a Vanagon they call Nacho. They decided to quit their jobs and drive Nacho around the globe. They spent a lot of time customizing their Vanagon and as you can see, they have done quite a job. Brad designed a water filtration system that is insanely good. He uses UV lighting and a 0.2 micron filter to make sure no matter what water he puts in the Vanagon, it comes out clean at the tap. On top of that, Nacho has separate hot and cold water tanks. Click through to see how they did it.

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