1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Van for sale Price: $18500
This has been our adventure wagon. We drove all over on numerous camping trips, and more. When we got it, you could tell that the previous owner spared no expense to make it the best running, and best camping, Westy out there. It's solid, reliable, and comfortable. From the stroked engine that cruises easily at 70 MPH to the solar-powered refrigerator that'll keeps ice cream solid and ready, to the memory foam mattress… this is a great van that continued to keep us happy campers for years.
The van has had a number of upgrades/work completed:
- Engine overhauled and stroked to 2.2 liters, lets you keep highway speeds going up the passes.
- Transmission replaced with a completely rebuilt unit.
- Fuel, clutch and brake lines replaced with new (very important to prevent your nice van from going up in flames).
- Complete coolant system (radiator, hose, fittings) replaced with new (no overheating problems here).
- Front and rear brakes serviced (pads, drums and calipers).
- Rear wheel bearings replaced.
- Front upper ball joints and control bushings replaced.
Plus some work to keep this van in great running condition:
- Shifter bushings replaced in late 2012
- Fuel tank replaced in 2013
- Rear shocks replaced with Konis in 2013
- Muffler replaced in 2013
- Fuel pump replaced and fuel filter converted to late-model large-style filter in 2013
- Air flow meter replaced in 2013
- Engine re-ringed in 2014
- Front shocks replaced with Konis in 2014
- New ignition system – mid-2019; starts right up.
- Four brand new tires mid-2019
And some perks to make it even better in the out and about:
- Pop top tent replaced with a GoWesty heavy synthetic tent (although since then a couple of small holes have worn through)
- Yakima roof rack, with a basket for extra hauling
- Pop top lift assist struts, to help you lift it when you load up the roof
- GoWesty "Wasser-Stopper" pop top rainfly
- Upper bed foam replaced with memory foam
- Interior wood floor, pops out for easy cleaning
- TruckFridge 49 low-power electric fridge
- Fresh water pump replaced in 2013
- Sink faucet replaced in 2013
- Grey water holding tank, so that you can camp in all parks and not dump water on the ground
- Propane tank replaced in 2012
- Camper hook-ups (water and shore power) replaced in 2012
- GoWesty plate steel bumpers
- GoWesty "no flop" side-view mirrors
- SkyLight and seals replaced in 2013
The electrics on this van are pretty sweet, as well:
- 100W roof-mounted solar panel
- 30-amp MPPT solar power charge controller
- 1000W inverter to power AC devices from battery
- 45-amp power converter to charge batteries and operate fridge from shore power
- All interior and marker lights replaced with LEDs
- Multi-color LED lights with remote
- SRM4D deep cycle battery, go for a week off grid with no problem
A few things you should be aware of:
- The new pop top had a couple of small holes (less than 1/4") worn through it from the bolts where the roof rack mounts. There are now iron-on patches in matching materials, that I've never gotten around to putting on.
- There are quite a few rock dings and beauty marks, especially on the front hood.
- There is a little seam rust. The driver’s side has been expertly restored by a local van shop, but there's also some seam rust on some of the other body panels.
- The window washer pump doesn't work. I've tried the simple things, but it hasn't been a big enough deal for me to get super bothered by it.
- The high beam indicator lamp doesn't work. The high beams are plenty bright, though.
- 265,900 miles
With all of that, this is still a fantastic bargain for a great Westy, that will keep you running for a good long while. Every major mechanical system on this van has been replaced or overhauled, using high quality components and the best shops in the area. You'll really love this Westy.
We have the clear title in hand, all mechanical and work records back to 2004, and are not interested in trades.