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Aug 10, 2020 | Category: Other People's Hacks


Don’t you just love the stories we see of people who just jump in a Vanagon and go? Here is another adventurous Vanagon owner. A guy named Dave has a Vanagon and a Blog. He started traveling towards Mexico with no idea where he would end up. He has some fantastic photos on his blog, but of course, we’re more interested in his ride. You can see one of his camp sites above, but click through to check out the inside of his Vanagon.


This 1980 Safari Zebra themed Vanagon was recently for sale. It looks like the owner had some engine issues that he couldn’t sort out. We have seen other Safari/Zebra Vanagons but this one has an interior to match. Click through to see more pics.


This magnetic dashboard organizer for the Vanagon looks interesting. You can place it on the dashboard under the radio, or somewhere else in the back of the van. I came across it by accident on Etsy. Head over there and check it out. It’s only $60 and the reviews look pretty good.

Jul 30, 2020 | Category: Body, Other People's Hacks


Many Vanagons have ladders. Ladders add functionality and character to the Vanagon. Sometimes ladders are mounted on the back hatch, and other times they are mounted on the side. Sometimes they have additional equipment mounted to it, other times it remains empty. What is your preferred ladder placement? Click through for a few examples.


This custom Doka Syncro Camper has a lot going on. Check out the steel roof rack with some kind of heavy duty box on the top. The camper is equip with fold out steps for easy access. I would love to see the interior of this camper. She looks like she’s ready for just about any adventure you can throw at her.

There is not much to say about this truck I found on The Samba. The rear rack is awesome. The owner must be a steel worker or something because it looks homemade. I’d love to buy this truck!


If you have a Vanagon Westy you can stop wasting the space over your sink with this hack. Put a cutting board over the sink. Amazon sells the perfect cutting board with a cutout for the faucet. All you have to do is notch a small cutout for the stove grill. This hack comes from Samba member Timwhy. Click through for another idea.


South Africa Vanagon-Caravelle 1

South African VW Van fans are so lucky. VW kept making the Vanagon (aka T3) in South Africa long after the US production was halted. Check out some of the upgrades you get with this South Africa Caravelle Vanagon Kombi. For starters, it has larger side windows and an exterior air intake scoop. Click through to see the interior upgrades.


There is a lot to love about this Vanagon Westy. It has lots of character and some special upgrades. The highlight has to be the Chevy V8 350 but it also has upgraded GoWesty suspension and 15 inch wheels. The pictures say it all on this one.



This 1985 camper has one of the oddest rooftops I’ve ever seen. It was for sale recently, and the owner says there is enough room in the van to stand up. He also says the top is removable so you can exchange it for a pop top or rag top. Did he make it himself? Is there a company that was making these in Europe? I have no idea.


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