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Otmar
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nemobuscaptain wrote:

Otmar and stretch!

You need to update your webpage, dude. Your fans need an update!


Thanks and sorry the page is so ancient but there is not much interesting to say.
It has a new canvas, zipper, Espar, solar panel mounts, fresh long block and 911 SC transaxle but other than that it's just 13 years older and ~130K miles further down the road from when I made it.

Oh, and now that Justin at Greaseworks tuned up the computer the TDI gets over 28 mpg at 65 mph on BioDiesel. 1500 miles on a tank was sure nice on the 3100 mile loop I made through Tucson and Death Valley in April.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Otmar wrote:
I used to have that problem too, but not anymore Smile
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Otmar and stretch!

You need to update your webpage, dude. Your fans need an update!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jake de Villiers wrote:
That's downright adorable Bill! Does it have any brothers or sisters? Wink


I thought the same thing when I had first seen it ,"adorable"
It's very similar to what I was going to build from a small trailer base from
Harbor Freight. This has a well made frame and sturdy box riding on
little leaf springs. I need to find out more about the hubs and
bearings so I can locate some spare parts to keep on board. It will be
nice to be able to store/lock all out stuff up in one place. We used to
set up a little tent everywhere to put all out stuff in. We're
going to experiment this week to see how we want to pack it.
I am also eventually going to color match it to my Westy and
install one of those solar vents with a fan on it. Plus I plan
to mount a set of Thule racks on top for the bikes.
It's always been owned by a VW bus driver. The previous
owner hauled it around with a hi-top split window selling
sheet metal out of it. One of better purchases that for sure.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to have that problem too, but not anymore Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I put my stuff waaay up front in my extended pop top.

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Cool idea, hadn't seen that before.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uptop, outside and driver's seat. Like to leave my easy chair unencumbered Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I put my stuff waaay up front in my extended pop top.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A front child's cot is a great way to add a bed or, as in our case, store items at night. I did this a lot with the splitty westy, and now have a Gary Lee cot ready to go in the Vanagon.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's downright adorable Bill! Does it have any brothers or sisters? Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is the trailer I just bought a couple weeks ago...
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on the scale it weighed about 260lbs...perfect place to keep stuff out
of the Westy. Its also water tight and lockable.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did the same, my carrier is a WalMart one, but can't find anything wrong. Gor a carrier 'bag' at HF. Carry 3 totes, 5 gal water jug and EZY Awning inside.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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We have installed a Burley 2"receiver hitch and have a Rola carrier. You can move a lot of stuff from the inside to the carrier that way. We like it.


nice... could you please post a pic?

thanks


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have installed a Burley 2"receiver hitch and have a Rola carrier. You can move a lot of stuff from the inside to the carrier that way. We like it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When we're camping, the big cooler, the stove on its fold-up stand and the camping box live outside, under either the awning or the easy up.

The Rubbermaid 'food boxes' live in the space behind the rear seat, where they are perfectly accessible for meal prep.

The double bass stands up between the front seats with the neck bungeed to the pop-top latch.

The guitars and our clothing bags go on the folded upper berth with the duvet and the pillows.

Our day packs go on the driver and passenger foot wells, and the mandolin goes on the driver's seat.

This way there's room for anything in the main body of the van: indoor meals with the table up, sleeping with the bed down and the Rubbermaids under the underneath, rainy night bluegrass jamming with banjo, mandolin, guitar and double bass all cozy inside! Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I built this trailer and have never looked back, it is awesome!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:38 pm    Post subject: storage Reply with quote

Blue Bay Bus WE have a westy sun roof syncro. Have a Thule basket in front, can stand up and load it from inside the van. And of course the two front seats hold a lot. But it's just the two of us and a dog. And you can use all of the rest of the places in a westy to. Solar panel on rear with bike rack on side of it. So the roof is full, but that is where it all should go! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:18 pm    Post subject: Re: What do you do with your stuff while camping? Reply with quote

This tent can be left in stand alone mode when you want to leave campsite for the day.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simon - nice. That is truly a couple of huge spaces, eh?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill,

How about some pictures, cost, and where you bought it?

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BillM wrote:
I just bought a small box trailer 3x3x6. Aluminum and steel
weighs about 250lbs. It's water tight,lockable,will soon have
racks on top for bikes and keeps all the crap out of the van.
Pulling it even fully loaded won't be problem. Teaching my
wife to back up with it will. It's narrow so you cant really see
it in your mirrors unless it's at an angle. Just need to spray it
the same color as my van and she will be ready to hit
the road.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry couldn't resist Smile

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