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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2020 5:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

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Spotted at RTWH Aachen Germany this morning. My college kid sent it to me
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:34 am    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

RootBeer square lights Westy with ARB awning northbound on US 52 @ ~10 am today, just north of Rochester Mn following orange Baywindow Riviera Camper. I'll see if I can get a frame or two off my dash cam later.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:00 am    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

Heh, first time my Westy made it in here Wink

Wooooot!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:53 am    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

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Spotted at RTWH Aachen Germany this morning. My college kid sent it to me


It's probably unusual to see either that 124 or a T3 on the present day streets of Germany. Both chassis were in production during roughly the same era.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:53 am    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

There are TONS of Vanagons all around Germany. Littered. They have the same prevalence as 90s Chrysler minivans had before Cash for Clunkers. If you try to take pictures of all of them you will not go anywhere fast.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:46 am    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

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There are TONS of Vanagons all around Germany. Littered. They have the same prevalence as 90s Chrysler minivans had before Cash for Clunkers. If you try to take pictures of all of them you will not go anywhere fast.


I went to Germany yearly from 2000 to 2017.
I didn't drive all over Germany, but mostly in SW Germany.
My eyes were attuned to "noticing Vanagons".
Towards 2017.... seeing a Vanagon was rare. Maybe one every few days.
Not as often as in Seattle.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

Neighbors across the street had visitors today...Nanaimo BC

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

Friedrichshafen?

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I went to Germany yearly from 2000 to 2017.
I didn't drive all over Germany, but mostly in SW Germany

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2020 5:25 am    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

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I took this photo in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2012. Those seat covers are . . . different.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:08 am    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

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It's probably unusual to see either that 124 or a T3 on the present day streets of Germany. Both chassis were in production during roughly the same era.


It's a college town. The cars were probably passed down from their folks.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 9:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

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I went to Germany yearly from 2000 to 2017.
I didn't drive all over Germany, but mostly in SW Germany.
My eyes were attuned to "noticing Vanagons".
Towards 2017.... seeing a Vanagon was rare. Maybe one every few days.
Not as often as in Seattle.


I don't think anywhere in the world has a higher density than the PNW. Last fall I did a loop from Munich, Germany, to Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, France, and back to Germany to visit family and do some sight seeing. I don't think a day passed where I didn't see one.

I already posted these here, but somewhere in Bavaria https://i.imgur.com/ArmsUdLh.jpg somewhere near Liechtenstein https://i.imgur.com/vuixkyHh.jpg in Zurich https://i.imgur.com/B21Q5gWh.jpg

And today on 95 near Beltsville
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It said Westfalia GoWesty on the back of the pop top. Triple color scheme, looks pretty neat.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 9:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

^ Looks like it's being shipped rather than towed, so that's probably good news.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2020 1:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

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Driving home after picking it up!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

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Looks ready for adventure with the roof bag and solar.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:10 am    Post subject: Re: Have you SEEN ONE on the road lately? Spotters thread Reply with quote

I went to go trail riding with some friends and found a fellow van owner / MTBer. Just as I left he spotted me and waved! Little bit of a difference in wheel to fender gap!

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A couple weeks ago we took the ferry to Lopez, and on the way to the island we were directly behind a mid-80's Adventurewagen, and on the way back we were right next to an early Westfalia. Neither of them seemed too interested in our Eurovan.
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