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  Topic: dometic fridge parts - help - need thermocouple
Californio

Replies: 5
Views: 130

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu May 13, 2021 11:27 am   Subject: Re: dometic fridge parts - help - need thermocouple
The original are hard to find. Yes, you can adapt an ordinary thermocouple from the hardware store, but you'll have to change the fittings that hold it in. I forget exactly what that amounted to but i ...
  Topic: Water indicator light is always on green
Californio

Replies: 8
Views: 161

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu May 13, 2021 8:44 am   Subject: Re: Water indicator light is always on green
Yes, the only thing I can think of is that the green wire to the panel is somehow grounding out between the tank sensor and the light. I'll post if and when I find what it is.
  Topic: Water indicator light is always on green
Californio

Replies: 8
Views: 161

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed May 12, 2021 6:43 pm   Subject: Re: Water indicator light is always on green
No, it's the top one, not the fridge propane-on light. Pump functions normally and the level light stays green with it on or off.

Interesting why yours would turn green when you use the pump, never ...
  Topic: Water indicator light is always on green
Californio

Replies: 8
Views: 161

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed May 12, 2021 5:48 pm   Subject: Re: Water indicator light is always on green
I cleaned the inside part of the terminals with 400 grit but no change. I can clean up the outside spade connectors but I'd be surprised if that made a difference.

What I can't tell is why, if the ...
  Topic: Water indicator light is always on green
Californio

Replies: 8
Views: 161

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed May 12, 2021 3:31 pm   Subject: Water indicator light is always on green
As the title says. Even empty, the kitchen water tank light is on green. This is an 87 Syncro, which has the old style tank sensors, not the one in the the cap.

The Bentley doesn't cover this wirin ...
  Topic: Small "knobs" with nails in them.
Californio

Replies: 19
Views: 631

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon May 10, 2021 2:47 pm   Subject: Re: Small "knobs" with nails in them.
You can use little hollow aluminum spacers from the hardware store, with a screw through the middle.
  Topic: Westfalia interior gray paint - which is it?
Californio

Replies: 17
Views: 363

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat May 01, 2021 1:47 pm   Subject: Re: Westfalia interior gray paint - which is it?
Dove Gray has some yellow in it that looks right to my eye. Some of the others are bluish or "battleship". It may be that with time and use the interior yellows a bit, so the blue-grays look ...
  Topic: Trip Report Video - Usal Beach / Lost Coast / Sinkyone
Californio

Replies: 20
Views: 639

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2021 10:20 am   Subject: Re: Trip Report Video - Usal Beach / Lost Coast / Sinkyone
I've done that road many times in my Syncro and on my F650GS. It's not that hard. The worst part is that thanks to social media and youtube and all the rest, it's become too popular. I was there once ...
  Topic: What happened to www.vanagonauts.com?
Californio

Replies: 21
Views: 2112

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 10:13 pm   Subject: Re: What happened to www.vanagonauts.com?
There was that site with "The Captain" that had some pretty good info on it too, though he was a bit anal about organizing it...memories...forget what it was called but haven't seen it for ...
  Topic: Mopeka Bluetooth Propane Tank Gauge
Californio

Replies: 31
Views: 2106

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:54 pm   Subject: Re: Mopeka Bluetooth Propane Tank Gauge
Anybody figure out a way to affix the sensors to the bottom of the tanks?

I'd like to leave mine on there but don't want to lose them.

Zip-ties maybe?
  Topic: Anxiety as a passenger
Californio

Replies: 44
Views: 1611

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:42 pm   Subject: Re: Anxiety as a passenger
Interesting post. I've been scared sheet-free watching my GF try to downshift going up some two-lane road in the Sierras...these are hard cars for most to drive. It's not so much the clucks and knocks ...
  Topic: Window mount air conditioner under Westfalia bench a bad idea?
Californio

Replies: 53
Views: 3276

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:50 pm   Subject: Re: Window mount air conditioner under Westfalia bench a bad idea?
I drove across the country once in hella heat and my partner and I got a spray bottle and kept spraying each other down. Cheap fun!

Seriously, though, there are bunch of mods you can do to the stoc ...
  Topic: Thermometers and where to place an ambient temperature probe?
Californio

Replies: 50
Views: 1210

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:42 am   Subject: Re: Where to place an ambient temperature probe?
Wireless sensor and place it behind the front turn signal lens.

No place is perfect but that's the best I've found.
  Topic: Dometic Fridge Questions
Californio

Replies: 44
Views: 721

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:07 am   Subject: Re: Dometic Fridge Questions
Fan here too. Just the fact that mine is still running fine after 35 years of being driven over washboard and all the rest...how many appliances can do that?
  Topic: 10mm nut on wiper shaft spins freely
Californio

Replies: 22
Views: 477

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 7:19 pm   Subject: Re: 10mm nut on wiper shaft spins freely
Half ass solution, but it looks like you could put a few washers in there so the new nut holds to the "good" part of the shaft threads. Or if the nut really moves that freely, use two nuts ...
  Topic: GoWesty starter vs. a cheap one.
Californio

Replies: 28
Views: 2960

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:56 am   Subject: Re: GoWesty starter vs. a cheap one.
I converted mine to the TDI starter + adapter plate 10 years ago, no problems since then except once the wire connector broke.
  Topic: Vanagons seen in media: film, Internet, games, magazines, etc.
Californio

Replies: 1221
Views: 204655

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:39 pm   Subject: Re: Vanagons seen in media: film, Internet, games, magazines, etc.
There's a Vanagon camper at the end of Claire Denis' "35 Rhums" that actually fulfills a role in the plot.
  Topic: Goodbye Vanagon! (selling price)
Californio

Replies: 49
Views: 2475

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Mar 07, 2021 9:02 am   Subject: Re: Goodbye Vanagon! (selling price)
For what it's worth, it seems like the generation born after about 1985 is much more risk-averse than many of us old codgers were. Cars are supposed to work like appliances. Maintenance and repair are ...
  Topic: Hot water heated by engine
Californio

Replies: 23
Views: 640

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2021 7:27 pm   Subject: Re: Hot water heated by engine
Thanks! No, I hadn't seen that, and you're right, looks pretty involved. Like so many things going from concept to execution.
  Topic: Hot water heated by engine
Californio

Replies: 23
Views: 640

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:43 am   Subject: Re: Hot water heated by engine
If you still have your trusty Dometic, you could accomplish the same thing by wrapping the copper tubing around the exhaust and then plumbing to wherever. Since it's so close, a tank under the sink wo ...
 
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