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Is this the best Vanagon build ever? It certainly could be. There is so much to say about this Vanagon we could literally build an entire website around it. Luckily, someone already has. This is a fantastic build with so many mods and hacks it’s ridiculous. Just look at the picture above and admire the multitude of accessories, new bumpers, storage, etc., etc. The paint is new and she’s ready for the road. Click through to see the interior.

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One of our favorite additions to the Vanagon is this Power Bright Inverter. It allows us to plug in laptops, chargers, rice cookers, coffee makers, or anything else we can imagine. The Power Bright Inverters come in various sizes but we chose this 1100 watt version. It rocks! You can pick it up here and have it shipped right to you.

We tried several inverters but most of them include a loud fan. The Power Bright runs well and is very quite. In our Carat we mounted it behind the driver’s seat. In a Westy camper you can mount it to the cabinet.


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This hack comes courtesy of Chad DeRosa. Chad lives in his 1991 Vanagon Westy (by choice) and has come up with several hacks that we like. Because Chad lives in Washington, he has to battle the cold winters in his Vanagon. In order to survive the winter months, Chad needed a heating solution. He selected the Mr. Heater Big Buddy propane space heater. The Big Buddy runs on 1-lb propane cans, but Chad decided to hard wire his heater into his Westy’s propane tank. Hit the jump to see how he did it.


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I can’t think of too many vans with better front protection than this guy. The otherwise stock looking Vanagon appears to be able to mow down a forest full of trees!

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Most Westy owners who carry bikes place them on the rear of the van. This Westy owner prefers the front bumper for his bikes. TheSamba user, a1fa , has a Yakima Bike Rack mounted on the front bumper instead of the back. He also has Yakima Box up top. Click through for another look at hi van.

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The folks over at Texas Vanagons created this bench seat lock box. It looks like a perfect fit, but it was quite a process. Head on over to Texas Vanagons to see a very detailed walk through of how they created this. It’s perfect!


Check out this console by Dubteriors. They will be for sale online soon. The website says, “Our DubTub Console is designed to sit between the passenger and driver’s seat, it has 2 chome cup holders and storage space. We currently have the unit ready for the T2 – T25 and T4/5 versions are on their way.”

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This little mod looks interesting. Made from PVC, this doggy door simply keeps a dog out of the cockpit area of your van. It fits in the table mount and can swing open. Click through for another full size pic.

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This Dash Tidy adds a nice map table to your Vanagon’s dash board. They are available from campervanculture.com and they look pretty good.

These are German quality for LHD vehicles but work well for RHD vehicles too. Great for covering up butchered metal dash boards full of screw holes and converts the whole area into a useful usable space while on the road.

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Many Syncro owners have large bumpers with grill protection, but what about the headlights? CampervanCulture.com sells a set of square headlight protectors that do the job nicely. The installation can be a little time consuming, but once you get them in they look great. Click through to see an installation video.

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