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You know you have to use every inch of space for storage when you own a Vanagon. This guy has a very, very long rowing boat on the top of his van.


Jun 28, 2018 | Category: Uncategorized

Okay, I don’t have much information on this build, but it’s another stretch Vanagon. Although this is not an original idea, it’s always fun to see someone making a stretch Vanagon. Do you remember the Vanalong or the Vanagon Limo? This one appears to be a work in progress and could use a coat of paint, but it still looks great.


When you drive a Vanagon, you find all sorts of places for storage. The Samba user, Alaric.H, likes the rear hatch for storage. What a great idea! It could be taken to a new level if someone would create sliding doors to hide the gear.

Some of the most interesting hacks we’ve seen have come from the Shooftie blog and this one is no different. How would you like some 2015 Dodge Caravan seats in your Vanagon? The installation required custom aluminum rails so the stock seat sliders could be used. Very nice. Click through for more.



Vanagon owners love to customize the interior of their ride with little trinkets, or gadgets, but this Vanagon was completely redone with new cabinets. The Samba user, Wolfphotos, says his van was already tricked out when he bought it, but he’s posting pics anyway. The cherry veneer interior looks great, and has a lot of room for storage. We’ve seen so many custom interiors we may have to create a separate category for them on the site.


This 1982 Westy has quite a bit of character. It is listed for sale at $14,900. While that might seem like a lot, Vanagon’s are a pretty hot commodity these days. The interior looks eclectic, but the palm tree carpet caught my eye. How would you like to live in this van full time?



This 1983 custom high top with custom racks is currently listed on This Westy camper has solar panels on the roof and lots of room inside. She has two dash mounted fans to keep the interior cool while camping. Click through for more.


Those who install solar on their vans or campers know it is often difficult to get the wires into the vehicle. This Vanagon owner routed the wires from his single solar panel through the rear vent. Not a bad idea.

This hack comes courtesy of Rocky Mountain Westy who created aluminum window replacements for a client. These are not inserts that go behind the glass. These inserts replace the stock windows and fit perfectly into the factory seal. They are unfinished so you can paint to match your van. Very cool! Head on over to Rocky Mountain Westy to purchase these. They sell for $98.95 each.

This is a very cool implementation of the Tuff Stuff Ranger Overland Rooftop tent. The guys at TexasVanagons have a detailed walkthrough of how this tent was fitted to a Vanagon and it’s worth a look. They used some Yakima 1A Raingutter Towers with spacers and the build looks fantastic. Click through for another pic, then head over to the source link to see how they did it.


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