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  Topic: What's the highest towing capacity for vanagon vs. syncro
fxr

Replies: 21
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:22 am   Subject: Re: What's the highest towing capacity for vanagon vs. syncro
I was just curious about the origins on the hook on mine!
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/1950273.jpg
That is a standard aftermarket 50mm tow hitch (example: https://www.amazon.co.uk/TOWBAR ...
  Topic: What's the highest towing capacity for vanagon vs. syncro
fxr

Replies: 21
Views: 864

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:32 am   Subject: Re: What's the highest towing capacity for vanagon vs. syncro
All complicated by:
1000kg = 1 tonne = ~2200lb = 1.1 US ton. Then there's the Imperial ton at 2240lb...

Oh the wonders of units conversions. Wink
  Topic: Kitchenette design DIY
fxr

Replies: 54
Views: 2160

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:56 am   Subject: Re: Kitchenette design DIY
I note a couple of posters have advocated using 'disposable' plastic containers for water. Please don't!
  Topic: Kitchenette design DIY
fxr

Replies: 54
Views: 2160

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:27 pm   Subject: Re: Kitchenette design DIY
OK, so the primary concern here is that you don't want to breathe in propane.
I was thinking that that main risk was possible explosion if the van gets in an accident.
Main risk if your're out of th ...
  Topic: Typical Propane use methods in CANADA/USA
fxr

Replies: 19
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:47 am   Subject: Re: Typical Propane use methods in CANADA/USA
If you want to use 1 lb bottles these guys are local to you and sell refillable ones:
https://propanedepot.ca/products/cylinders/cylinderpurchase/
They can help you build out your system too.

OK, ...
  Topic: Typical Propane use methods in CANADA/USA
fxr

Replies: 19
Views: 396

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:45 am   Subject: Re: Typical Propane use methods in CANADA/USA
The refillable 1lb cans are designed to be refilled by the user, not a store (though I'm sure some will). So you'd still need to have either loads of refillables or carry a 20lb tank as well.

In y ...
  Topic: Hammering on brake drum with axle nut loose?
fxr

Replies: 49
Views: 1064

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:51 pm   Subject: Re: Hammering on brake drum with axle nut loose?
If you indeed only want to slow the rust, slip a plastic bag over the axle stub and bearing seal with a rubber band to keep debris out, then scrape and wire brush the plates, then spray with Waxoyl or ...
  Topic: Vanagon 100% electric with Chevy Bolt drivetrain
fxr

Replies: 115
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:42 am   Subject: Re: Vanagon 100% electric with Chevy Bolt drivetrain
I had the upper control arm bolt go loose on me (my fault, forgot to double-check it was tightened up enough) and that cause very rapid wear on the outside of the passenger front tyre.
  Topic: Please Consider Theft-Proofing your Van
fxr

Replies: 60
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:11 pm   Subject: Re: Please Consider Theft-Proofing your Van
A fun one I've seen in a different car is a hidden reed switch that needs a rare-earth magnet moved directly on top of it. So the thief would have to guess which square centimeter of the whole dashbo ...
  Topic: Subaru EJ22 kill switch wiring question
fxr

Replies: 28
Views: 749

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:38 pm   Subject: Re: Subaru EJ22 kill switch wiring question
You're very welcome. Smile
  Topic: Luxury Tools
fxr

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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:48 pm   Subject: Re: Luxury Tools
Here's one I found very useful yesterday. A 380mm length of 2"x1" with chamfered ends to expand the middle window enough to get the sliding glass out. If using this idea, please use a rubb ...
  Topic: Annual Baja Rally ~ Feb. 5, 2020
fxr

Replies: 352
Views: 33781

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:55 pm   Subject: Re: Annual Baja Rally ~ Feb. 5, 2020
Is it essential to have 4wd on this excursion?
Nope. Smile

2wd does just fine. Just avoid 2ft deep loose sand at the side of single-lane roads... Embarassed
  Topic: Subaru EJ22 kill switch wiring question
fxr

Replies: 28
Views: 749

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:57 am   Subject: Re: Subaru EJ22 kill switch wiring question
Why do you say that the amp load won't be an issue?
The exact same amps flow through the pump ground wire as through the pump power wire. The added switch and ground wiring need to be sized for that ...
  Topic: Subaru EJ22 kill switch wiring question
fxr

Replies: 28
Views: 749

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:21 pm   Subject: Re: Subaru EJ22 kill switch wiring question
I just interrupted the ground wiring right at the pump. I used a relay, whose coil used the +12V provided to the pump and was grounded via a simple slide switch, hidden in plain sight once the driver ...
  Topic: Official lazy person's stupid question thread
fxr

Replies: 1429
Views: 58230

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:14 pm   Subject: Re: Official lazy person's stupid question thread
Is my charcoal canister suppose to be on the frame somehow. I can not tell how to secure it to the frame looks lke their was 4 spots their but not sure how to connect it?

Thank you.

That's not t ...
  Topic: Towing an 82 2WD about 600 miles
fxr

Replies: 91
Views: 2443

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:12 pm   Subject: Re: Towing an 82 2WD about 600 miles
First thoughts - gears in Neutral, and use a standard add-on trailer board zip-tied to the rear bumper. If you don't have a trailer socket fitted, don't buy one of the kits sold at all FLAPS, just wi ...
  Topic: Wow. 30 minute Vanagon fire video...
fxr

Replies: 71
Views: 3010

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:06 pm   Subject: Re: Wow. 30 minute Vanagon fire video...
I'm sure an immediately accessible battery disconnect ought to be used to help stop van fires from getting worse - it cuts off the fuel pump (which might have been kept on via melted insulation) and ...
  Topic: STOLEN: 1987 Vanagon Westfalia Camper; Portland **FOUND**
fxr

Replies: 50
Views: 2249

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:05 pm   Subject: Re: STOLEN: 1987 Vanagon Westfalia Camper; Portland, OR
are these vans in that area stolen for resale or chopped?

I think none of the above. Seems like they are used to haul
stolen goods
or joy rides.
Or even just as somewhere to sleep for a few nigh ...
  Topic: Gray Water Tank
fxr

Replies: 6
Views: 369

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:35 pm   Subject: Re: Gray Water Tank
Generally speaking, dumping water containing soap and food residues into native soil/vegetation can cause environmental problems.

By far the biggest concern is attracting bears to the campsites whe ...
  Topic: Some inline fuel pump lessons learned (cavitation, etc.)
fxr

Replies: 11
Views: 496

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:59 am   Subject: Re: some inline fuel pump lessons learned (cavitation, etc.)
What an excellent first post. Smile Welcome to your non-lurker status. Smile
 
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