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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 4:05 pm    Post subject: Cup Holders for Passengers on the Rear Bench Seat? Reply with quote

OK, here's the kinda question that comes up over Thanksgiving when you're fiddling around with your trusty Westy. I bought two cup holders from Bus Depot (the fold down kind) so the passengers way in the back wouldn't be slurping their drinks all around. Question is, where to put 'em? The best place would seem to be on the sliding door side right above the armrest (sic). But, if so, what to attach 'em with? Am I drilling into particleboard panel there or is there actual metal that I could bite into? I hate hanging things up and having 'em fall off.

Hey, many thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Reckless,

Are you trying to replace old, broken cupholders, or install ones where none previously existed?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe you should get the biggest drill bit you can find and drill some test holes in the sliding door of yours. At least you'll find out if there's metal behind the panel.

Or take off the inside door panel and see that's probably a bad place to attach a cup holder. What happens when one of your occupants leaves the cup holder in a down position and tries to open that door? Yes, you guessed it! Spilled drink! Just what you were trying to avoid. Oh, not too mention a destroyed cup holder and just maybe a messed up door panel.

I think you could attach one or two on the side of the fridge/stove/sink facing the closet, and be ok?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Cup Holders for Passengers on the Rear Bench Seat? Reply with quote

I no longer remember exactly what's behind there but the advice about checking behind the panels first is best.

> You might want to consider alu rivits rather than screws in some circumstances.

> Kids, like dogs, will eventually destroy plastic fold-out cup holders unless closely supervised.

> If your rear bench folds down into a bed, make sure any placement is out of the way of all moving parts.

> You can usually find those same fold-out cupholders at RV stores in your berg. You also may find better (eg. stronger) options there as well.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Carat / Wolfsburgs had the cupholder's on the L/H wall for sure.

I'll have to go and take a look if the R/H side had any placed behind the door on the interior panel.

This placement would be the better place--I think I would forget about hanging one on the sliding door.
One time left open--bonk--it would be off.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got two in those positions. One above and forward of the ashtray. Don't recall if it's into metal or not, but my kids haven't managed to destroy it in three years. You will need to fold it closed to operated the bed, but then you quickly fold it back out.

The other is directly across above the table and folds open with the table in place.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1621 wrote:
but my kids haven't managed to destroy it in three years.


Ah-h-h, 1621 .... your kids are so kind to your westy Wink Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Cup Holders for Passengers on the Rear Bench Seat? Reply with quote

Reckless Amateur wrote:
on the sliding door side right above the armrest .


For those of you criticizing the original poster for suggesting he install the cupholder on the sliding door, look again. He may not have worded it the best way, but he did not say on the sliding door itself, but on that side, "right above the armrest." There's no armrest on the door.

Now to answer the question, I have installed mine in that spot, just to the right of the door, above the armrest. I used sheet metal screws, and it was just into the particleboard, but seemed to be secure enough.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carats had cupholders???

I've seen two different versions of the carat, one with jumper seats and one like mine with the center bench....no cupholder, dont even see a place for any. Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 86 Wolfsburg I had, had 3 of them,and my current 89 has 3.

I have never seen a Carat with a center seat, just two drop seats, and the rear folding bench--

I looked at a Whitestar to buy a couple of years ago--it too had cupholder's--drop seats & table--no center seat.

Maybe it's a geographic option only. (??)
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My '87 westy wolfsberg weekender also came with three in the back, all rivited into the painted plastic form typical of that model. Two were broken when I got the rig so I drilled out the rivits and re-rivited in new holders. On another van I installed two holders on the lower inside-facing base of the passenger seat. In this case the backing was metal so I used sheet metal screws.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Cup holders in the rear seat"

What a great idea....I am so tired of passengers spilling bear Cool

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think its legal to have an open bear in the car while you're driving Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey thanks for all the advice and advice about bear-tipping.

Yeah, I may not have worded the question clearly, but I was not suggesting sticking the things on the door. Whoops. And, yeah, these are new installs not replacements. Sounds like the above the armrest location might work with a couple sheet metal screws. Any other takers? Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is what I did. YMMV.

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