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What if you could get your sliding windows to open further back in the vanagon? This hack comes courtesy of The Samba user mzalac from Waikiki who reversed his sliding windows. There isn’t much to say about this hack other than, awesome!


If you’re looking for privacy while camping, check out this custom front screen wrap. GoWesty sells something similar, but these custom covers come from the UK. The best part is, they are black! You can find them at While you are there, check out the van they use to show off the wrap. Those wheels just complete the package.

Check out this awesome rear bumper from Rocky Mountain Westy. The Twin Peaks Bumper comes with an integrated step and 2″ receiver hitch. The bumper is made of heavy duty 12-gauge plate that is hand welded. It is powder coated for a long lasting finish. Check it out at Rocky Mountain Westy.

I just love Vanagon owners who get crafty with their van. The Samba user, Sodo, has posted pictures of the front motorcycle rack he created for his van. It is bolted to the flange of the Vanagon frame and appears to be very strong. If you have the skills, check out how he did it. You can make one for yourself!


If this thing is real, there is a lot to love. The description says it’s a VW T3 1A Doka Dreierkabine 115PS. The short bed with cover looks great, especially when it matches the roof rack. The wheels with red trim and white walls just complete the retro look.


This white T3 Vanagon has an odd looking roof. It appears to be a low profile pop top that looks slightly homemade. Does anyone know what kind of pop top this is? Let me know in the comments. She also has a very large front bumper guard. If you popped some Porsche wheels on her she would look a lot better.


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!


Sep 21, 2017 | Category: Body, Other People's Hacks

Most bike racks and trays go on modified rear bumpers. This time, The Samba user mblotz decided to mount his bike on the front bumper. He modified a Rocky Mountain Westy front bumper to accommodate his bike. It looks very strong and keeps the bike out in front.



Hardtop owners know how difficult it is to get screens for the Vanagon. Yes, you can purchase screens for the front windows, but it’s a hassle to install every time you might want to use them. We found this new take on using vents as screens. It looked cool at first, but when we tried it we found we didn’t get enough air flow in the van. We even reversed the vents so the air would theoretically flow in, but we had little success. Here is another take from James Tu. The only problem here is James is in Taiwan and his website is in Chinese. So, have a look at the pics and maybe you can figure out how he did it.


Feb 01, 2017 | Category: Body, Other People's Hacks


Here is a hack that was sent in by its creator. He had a storage unit up top and didn’t want to spend the amount it would have cost for a ladder. Isn’t that usually the motivation for our hacks? He created a nice ladder of his own. He bought the materials and welded it together. The ladder is removable and there are no visible holes in the van.


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