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  Topic: How do you brew coffee in the camper?
MSmyth

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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:41 pm   Subject: How do you brew coffee in the camper?
Bialetti stove top espresso.... We almost like it better than our Vivaldi home machine! Camp coffee rules.
This.

Bialetti is the only way to fly.
  Topic: Solar with NO permanent mods
MSmyth

Replies: 24
Views: 3595

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:32 am   Subject: Solar with NO permanent mods

I just picked up a 100 watt Renogy panel and a 30 amp controller from eBay plus a second 122 ah battery from Wally World, so I have some tinkering to do anyway. I will update with pics.
I'm all ab ...
  Topic: Solar with NO permanent mods
MSmyth

Replies: 24
Views: 3595

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:21 am   Subject: Solar with NO permanent mods
My panel is attached to Yakima bars using standard Yakima mounts (round plastic mounts with wing nuts). It can be attached or removed quickly so that I can best utilize available sunlight with solar c ...
  Topic: Solar with NO permanent mods
MSmyth

Replies: 24
Views: 3595

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:00 am   Subject: Solar with NO permanent mods
My panel is attached to Yakima bars using standard Yakima mounts (round plastic mounts with wing nuts). It can be attached or removed quickly so that I can best utilize available sunlight with solar c ...
  Topic: NEW GoWesty (In-house) Pop-Top Tent is Available!
MSmyth

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Views: 25124

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 11:11 am   Subject: NEW GoWesty (In-house) Pop-Top Tent is Available!
I think the 84 Wolfsburg's were the first to use the aluminum strips. Non Wolfs 84s still had the staples up top, needs confirmation though.
-d

For reference, I have a late 1984 full camper that h ...
  Topic: What's the coldest night you've spent in your Westy.
MSmyth

Replies: 42
Views: 3284

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:42 pm   Subject: What's the coldest night you've spent in your Westy.
-17 F stealth camping on top of the mountain at Snowshoe. We went though three bottles for our Mr. Heater Buddy but it really wasn't bad at all.

I had the top down, but no extra window insulation. ...
  Topic: how fast/slow is the 1984 1.9 engine?
MSmyth

Replies: 43
Views: 3600

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:31 pm   Subject: how fast/slow is the 1984 1.9 engine?
This is great. Thanks.

It's an automatic so that changes some things. He says the engine has been rebuilt but since he did it himself (he runs a auto shop), we have no idea what that means.

We a ...
  Topic: Engine conversion: What pushed you over the edge?
MSmyth

Replies: 91
Views: 11400

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:41 pm   Subject: Engine conversion: What pushed you over the edge?
In our first two years of ownership, my 1984 Westy's reliability batting average on trips was right around 50%, despite only showing 75k on the odometer and extensive service records from the PO. Alth ...
  Topic: Automatic Differential oil plug?
MSmyth

Replies: 2
Views: 434

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:29 am   Subject: Automatic Differential oil plug?
That's it... drop the pan, check the magnet for filings, replace with new gasket, refill at that plug with gear oil (I like Royal Purple). From your picture it looks like the PO tried to seal with sil ...
  Topic: Solar/Truckfridge/House battery unscientific case study
MSmyth

Replies: 24
Views: 3896

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:11 pm   Subject: Solar/Truckfridge/House battery unscientific case study
r390's point is that it is possible the inaccurate numbers I am seeing on my solar controller's display may be caused by NOT routing the aux. power through the solar controller's load ports.

Than ...
  Topic: Solar/Truckfridge/House battery unscientific case study
MSmyth

Replies: 24
Views: 3896

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:53 am   Subject: Solar/Truckfridge/House battery unscientific case study
If the loads do not go through the controller, all bets are off.

It was not designed to have loads directly to the battery.

How can the controller tell the state of the battery if an unknown loa ...
  Topic: Solar/Truckfridge/House battery unscientific case study
MSmyth

Replies: 24
Views: 3896

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:49 am   Subject: Solar/Truckfridge/House battery unscientific case study
Excellent writeup, lots of useful information and links. That was a pretty massive outlay of cash so you must feel vindicated! I hope the system is relatively trouble free in coming years and that you ...
  Topic: Solar/Truckfridge/House battery unscientific case study
MSmyth

Replies: 24
Views: 3896

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:13 pm   Subject: Solar/Truckfridge/House battery unscientific case study
If the loads do not go through the controller, all bets are off.

It was not designed to have loads directly to the battery.

How can the controller tell the state of the battery if an unknown loa ...
  Topic: Solar/Truckfridge/House battery unscientific case study
MSmyth

Replies: 24
Views: 3896

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:32 pm   Subject: Solar/Truckfridge/House battery unscientific case study
Nice write-up and thanks for reporting on your rate of consumption/production. Do you have a pic of the wires running into your top and the routing on the inside?

I'll get some pics up hopefully th ...
  Topic: Solar/Truckfridge/House battery unscientific case study
MSmyth

Replies: 24
Views: 3896

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:25 pm   Subject: Re: Solar/Truckfridge/House battery unscientific case study
Plans are to add power draws one at a time till I have reached equilibrium between the panel's ability to recharge and our power needs.

In the fall and winter you will have far fewer watts comi ...
  Topic: Solar/Truckfridge/House battery unscientific case study
MSmyth

Replies: 24
Views: 3896

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:22 pm   Subject: Solar/Truckfridge/House battery unscientific case study
I think I was just very pleased that on the first trip out the basic numbers I crunched were significantly exceeded (as were my expectations). During the hottest part of the day the side of the van fa ...
  Topic: Solar/Truckfridge/House battery unscientific case study
MSmyth

Replies: 24
Views: 3896

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:15 pm   Subject: Solar/Truckfridge/House battery unscientific case study
I've seen lots of threads looking for and getting opinions on house battery/solar/Truckfrige setups. I just completed mine and will give my opinons based on live data from our first trip after the ins ...
  Topic: Reccommendation on Ring and Pinion shop needed
MSmyth

Replies: 1
Views: 321

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:21 am   Subject: Reccommendation on Ring and Pinion shop needed
I'm pretty sure my pinion bearing is toast... a groan/whine on acceleration and deceleration led me to find the final drive WAY LOW on fluid due to a leak. Refilled but too late.

I'm in northern We ...
  Topic: Is anybody running a Rocky Mountain side ladder?
MSmyth

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Views: 20280

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:41 pm   Subject: Is anybody running a Rocky Mountain side ladder?
I bought a ladder, yakima racks, copperhead bike mounts, and their largest rocket box last summer... one of the best van investments to date. All our gear can now go on the roof (and I mean all), open ...
  Topic: Another coolant horror story.....
MSmyth

Replies: 14
Views: 2272

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 6:05 am   Subject: Another coolant horror story.....
just wanted to say, i've been running the morymob unpressurized system (drill 1/16" hole through disc in pressure cap), and things have been working much better. i live in el paso, tx. it's way h ...
 
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