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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Road trips over 1000 miles Reply with quote

^^^ I was looking through a 15 year old motorcycle magazine this afternoon, and there was a photo of that place with a few bikes out front. Strange coincidence to see it here, too.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Road trips over 1000 miles Reply with quote

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Looks like a blast, the mango photo you took is one of my favorites as well.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 5:04 am    Post subject: Re: Road trips over 1000 miles Reply with quote

Nice photos of your trip, Lind. We are in the middle of a trip across Canada. Cool at times.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 5:22 am    Post subject: Re: Road trips over 1000 miles Reply with quote

Peeking over from the baywindow side......

I love driving my bus as much as anything but after a couple hours the seating position starts to get VERY uncomfortable. My back and shoulders really start to hurt. How do you folks deal with this on these super long trips? Just deal with it?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 6:06 am    Post subject: Re: Road trips over 1000 miles Reply with quote

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Peeking over from the baywindow side......

I love driving my bus as much as anything but after a couple hours the seating position starts to get VERY uncomfortable. My back and shoulders really start to hurt. How do you folks deal with this on these super long trips? Just deal with it?

I usually stop for a photo op or gas every hour or so and move around a bit. When I need to make time, I go for two or three hours at a stretch. The buses are not super comfortable, but I think that the springing of the split bus seat helps smooth out shocks from bumps in the road. The bays have less spring bounce in the seat, and vanagons have no springs in the seats, although they do ride smoother to begin with. I'm 6'2", so I have to hunch over the steering wheel a bit in my normal driving position. When I straighten my back, the top of the windshield dips below the horizon. The real fun one, is an early walkthrough. The steering wheel is not centered on the seat. I sit centered on the seat looking forward with an offset steering wheel and my arms angling to the right. Some folks can't handle driving like that.

The longest pull that I have done in a split bus was 900 miles in 16 hours. My back hurt after that for a day or so, but not terrible.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:38 am    Post subject: Re: Road trips over 1000 miles Reply with quote

RalphWiggam wrote:
Peeking over from the baywindow side......

I love driving my bus as much as anything but after a couple hours the seating position starts to get VERY uncomfortable. My back and shoulders really start to hurt. How do you folks deal with this on these super long trips? Just deal with it?


I'm the opposite of you I guess. I can sit behind the wheel of a Split / Bay / Vanagon for hours on end. I'll go 18 hours, only stopping for gas. The 'leaning-forward-with-forearms-on-the-wheel' position is so comfortable to me.

Diving my Tiguan or Golf more than a couple hours- now that kills my body.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:12 am    Post subject: Re: Road trips over 1000 miles Reply with quote

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Peeking over from the baywindow side......

I love driving my bus as much as anything but after a couple hours the seating position starts to get VERY uncomfortable. My back and shoulders really start to hurt. How do you folks deal with this on these super long trips? Just deal with it?


I'm the opposite of you I guess. I can sit behind the wheel of a Split / Bay / Vanagon for hours on end. I'll go 18 hours, only stopping for gas. The 'leaning-forward-with-forearms-on-the-wheel' position is so comfortable to me.

Diving my Tiguan or Golf more than a couple hours- now that kills my body.


Interesting. I have had a similar experience as Lind on long trips, though I am several inches shorter so I don't need to hunch under the windshield top.

I have found that stock seats in a late split walk through bus are the most comfy for me. Early bay seating is OK, too.

Great photos, Lind. That new drivetrain makes the Sudfunk much less tractor-like I am sure.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:17 am    Post subject: Re: Road trips over 1000 miles Reply with quote

Lind thanks for sharing your bus with us, infact several times this past year..it is quite an impressive relic..and not a "trailer a trailer queen".
I drawing came to mind, when you mentioned your driving a bus that distants, once again thank you.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 6:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Road trips over 1000 miles Reply with quote

A few years ago me and a few bus friends took a trip from central MO to Colorado - tooled around Colorado Springs, did the Pike's Peak thing, camped up in the mountains at Jefferson Lake, came back into Denver and went to a show at Red Rocks. It was the first time I have done any long distance driving in a bus and also was the first time I had this bus on the highway for any substantial length of time after I got it running. Easily over 2000 miles round trip..

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Halfway up Pike's Peak:
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Bristol Brewing:
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Along I-70, almost made it back home (but we don't have to talk about that):
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We had a lot of adventures but these were the only pics I have handy.
I really want to do the Jerome AZ show in 2022. That's 1300 miles one way!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2021 3:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Road trips over 1000 miles Reply with quote

If we are counting roundtrip being 1000 miles, I've done that a few times.
From Birmingham to Charlotte and then Farmington and back was a bit over 1,000 miles.
This was taken by Andrew somewhere on I-85 in either SC or NC
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I've driven every Bus I've owned to the Tampa Bay area for Bulli Brigade. My current Bus has been two or three times. That's usually around 1400-1500 miles for the trip. These are from 2018 when I drove down with my friend Daniel in the blue '67 13 window
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My dad (right) and I (left) along the way somewhere. Photo is reversed, I was driving.
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The coverage in Hot VWs, my Bus is 5th from right on the top row., my buddy's '67 beside me.

The last out of town trip I took in the Bus was to New Orleans in late 2019, 700+ miles roundtrip and the looks on my coworkers faces when they found out I was driving my Bus Laughing

I'd like to possibly drive to MO to BNNTA next year. That'd be a 1300-1400 mile round trip.
I'd also like to go to Lake Havasu one year. I don't doubt my Bus would make it. It's just the time off and the cash to go that's been the issue.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Road trips over 1000 miles Reply with quote

Now 2000 miles into this trip, having reached British Columbia. Too bad the rain is making it difficult to photograph mountain scenes.

Here we are snuggled into the RV parking in Bow Island.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2021 9:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Road trips over 1000 miles Reply with quote

If you get close to Victoria at all and you need anything shoot me an email Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2021 7:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Road trips over 1000 miles Reply with quote

3000 miles in and about to turn around. Bus is running well. Did five mountain passes today along Highway 3 in BC. The bothersome noise turned out to be tire wear.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2021 5:15 am    Post subject: Re: Road trips over 1000 miles Reply with quote

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3000 miles in and about to turn around. Bus is running well. Did five mountain passes today along Highway 3 in BC. The bothersome noise turned out to be tire wear.

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Truly awesome. I am sure your bus likes the road as much as you like the scenery.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2021 11:30 am    Post subject: Re: Road trips over 1000 miles Reply with quote

Lind wrote:
...an early walkthrough. The steering wheel is not centered on the seat. I sit centered on the seat looking forward with an offset steering wheel and my arms angling to the right. Some folks can't handle driving like that.


I had a friend that sold a bullet walkthrough kombi because of that. short round guy - he spent a lot of money and hated it once he drove it. I prefer a bench early and a walkthrough late split

Once on a different friends bus we did a small steering box raise where we didn't shorten the shaft. It was incredibly more comfortable for me to drive, but 5'10 not 6'2 that does make a big difference
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2021 6:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Road trips over 1000 miles Reply with quote

Erik G wrote:
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...an early walkthrough. The steering wheel is not centered on the seat. I sit centered on the seat looking forward with an offset steering wheel and my arms angling to the right. Some folks can't handle driving like that.


I had a friend that sold a bullet walkthrough kombi because of that. short round guy - he spent a lot of money and hated it once he drove it. I prefer a bench early and a walkthrough late split

Once on a different friends bus we did a small steering box raise where we didn't shorten the shaft. It was incredibly more comfortable for me to drive, but 5'10 not 6'2 that does make a big difference


Yup, I find that early w/t seat really uncomfortable. I took a long road trip in a 61 w/t bus, once, and that set up really is less than ideal, whether you are in the drivers seat, or in the passenger seat squished again the door. It is worse for the driver, IMO.
Really, I didn't tip the bus on its side cause I hated it, it was the ice on the road that caused the lack of traction and the skid...

When I've found an early w/t I have had no desire to keep it, whether it's a 59 panel, a mango bus, or a '58 15 window deluxe.
Before you get offended, or evangelical, remember that means more w/ts for you! Laughing Laughing

The late w/t is the same for the driver as a bench seat bus, but the passenger still gets squished against the door, and there is less storage in the bus. I had a w/t 67 for a few years, and the spare tire was sort of in the way.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2021 8:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Road trips over 1000 miles Reply with quote

Clara wrote:
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...an early walkthrough. The steering wheel is not centered on the seat. I sit centered on the seat looking forward with an offset steering wheel and my arms angling to the right. Some folks can't handle driving like that.
I had a friend that sold a bullet walkthrough kombi because of that. short round guy - he spent a lot of money and hated it once he drove it. I prefer a bench early and a walkthrough late split
Yup, I find that early w/t seat really uncomfortable. I took a long road trip in a 61 w/t bus, once, and that set up really is less than ideal, whether you are in the drivers seat, or in the passenger seat squished again the door. It is worse for the driver, IMO.
Really, I didn't tip the bus on its side cause I hated it, it was the ice on the road that caused the lack of traction and the skid...

When I've found an early w/t I have had no desire to keep it, whether it's a 59 panel, a mango bus, or a '58 15 window deluxe.
Before you get offended, or evangelical, remember that means more w/ts for you! Laughing Laughing

The late w/t is the same for the driver as a bench seat bus, but the passenger still gets squished against the door, and there is less storage in the bus. I had a w/t 67 for a few years, and the spare tire was sort of in the way.
even with the downsides to walkthroughs, I still love them, and I have owned every different type of production walkthrough that the factory ever made through '91. That said, I hardly ever walk through to the back of the bus. It is a great place to put a cooler between the seats. The bench seat is generally more comfortable, especially for the passenger. The barndoor walkthrough passenger seat is a total joke, and pretty much unusable.
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