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busdaddy Tue Jun 14, 2016 3:16 pm

VdubbinRay wrote: Going out on a limb here but selling my Westfalia "Clown" Tent
All poles are there. No Rips or Tears on any part of this tent. No stakes or ropes
SoCal area.
Welcome!
Take some pictures and post it in the classifieds. http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/add.php

bustedtype2 Tue Jun 14, 2016 3:17 pm

Hi all
I recently bought a Westy tent for my 71 bay. But yes I use it more with my 64 but could anyone tell me the difference in openings in the back? I see all others with full openings in the back. Mine seems to have a small opening and what looks to be a window in the back. It also have a flap that I can't figure out on the back lower right side.
Any help?



notchboy Tue Jun 14, 2016 3:42 pm

Early ones have the big opening, later ones have the smaller door and windows.

THat pocket is to accept the sliding door of a bay. Do you have inspection stamps inside the door area? Not all have them.

bustedtype2 Tue Jun 14, 2016 3:48 pm

No instructions.
It's easy to put up but connecting it to the bus I am lost. It did not have the tent bag and I am missing some clips for the stakes. But only paid $400.

bustedtype2 Tue Jun 14, 2016 4:04 pm

What year did they go to that style opening in the back ?

66311 Tue Jun 14, 2016 4:36 pm

bustedtype2 wrote: No instructions.
It's easy to put up but connecting it to the bus I am lost. It did not have the tent bag and I am missing some clips for the stakes. But only paid $400.
I have the instructions. I will post here.

bustedtype2 Tue Jun 14, 2016 4:55 pm

Thank you please do.
Would like to know the year of the tent if you have any info?

notchboy Tue Jun 14, 2016 4:59 pm

So I own a tent with a inspection stamp of 1971 with the small opening - window style. A page back is a 1970 inspection stamp with big opening.

So 1971 is the first year of the change? But here is the bad part. Not all tents are stamped - both big and small opening. So unless you have a stamp its only a pre 71?

All this info is gained from back pages - I welcome others to review and give input.

bustedtype2 Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:03 pm

Interesting. So where would the stamp be? So no stamp it's pre- 1971?

66311 Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:09 pm

Show the stamp if you can.
I really was sure 74 was the first of the rubber nail loops and small back door.
My 73 has a small door with alloy nail loops and is a well documented bus. If there was a misfortune to cause a replacement it would be weird to get an older model. But anything goes in the history of buses and tents.

notchboy Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:13 pm

66311 wrote: Show the stamp if you can.
I really was sure 74 was the first of the rubber nail loops and small back door.
My 73 has a small door with alloy nail loops and is a well documented bus. If there was a misfortune to cause a replacement it would be weird to get an older model. But anything goes in the history of buses and tents.


Stamp is on the inside of the main door.

This is my 71 tent with inspection stamp - see the back door? Oh and has the rubber loops.



66311 Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:19 pm

That's a 4
:)
I will look for stamps. If my later model is correct for the 73 then that is good for me.

notchboy Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:20 pm

More money shots



66311 Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:21 pm

As far as differences. The side windows and the rear openings differ along with the nail loops.










66311 Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:29 pm

Various how to use and differences between models. There is a variety of pole bags, stake bags and tent bags also.











notchboy Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:30 pm

An interesting dating fact is the color of your poles. If you have the original pole then the earlies have the gold coated ones and the laters have brown painted ones.

This coincides with the westfalia trailers I have. You are all like what? I have two canopy tent covers for my Westfalia tents. They have tent pole to make the cover. These came with my late 70's trailers. The poles - similar to the side tent pole construction are painted the same brown. My 71 tent poles in pic 1. Professed og tent to the bus - 1978 - brown poles.

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My first one I bought that I didnt check for date stamp - brown poles later small opening no window.


bustedtype2 Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:49 pm

Interesting. Mine have gold poles, rubber stake holders and small door in the back. Strange they would put a window in the back with no mesh. Wonder why?



Rubber Duck Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:21 pm

Wow...I never realized what I had (have). My bus came with the tent, it had all those pegs and the very cool tensioners. I always thought those things were the cleverest idea. And always thought it was bought by the PO as an add on. Now I know it came with the tent. And those odd looking pegs too!

The one with the orange bus could be mine lol!

66311 Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:23 pm

My pictures and pole sets make them look mixed.
My 73 poles are gold with the early back door
The other tents and poles I have are mix match
The " window" with no screen is for access to install the tent not a window for ventilation.
None of the above is absolute but observation.

notchboy Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:23 pm

I think the pole painting is a mid late 70's deal based on the samples I have around me. Your tent would be later than 71 but earlier than say 75 maybe 76??

Not sure either why there is no screen on the back window?



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