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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:43 pm    Post subject: Learn something new everyday Reply with quote

I recently learned Vanagons come equipped with built-in bottle openers!

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No this isn't an ad for Widmer Brewing Co.


What other hidden features are there!?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the secret club. You will be contacted and given the secret handshake shortly. Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Should we tell him about the oil filler tube and the rear seat prop?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FNGRUVN wrote:
Should we tell him about the oil filler tube and the rear seat prop?


FNGRUVN,

I didn't discover my oil filler tube extension until after I had owned my Vanagon for 6 years. I was living in Germany and saw an engine that was for sale on display with a long oil filler tube. I asked the guy where I could find one of those cool extensions. He walked me around to the back of my van, pulled off the oil cap and pulled out my oil filler tube. Shocked

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought that we agreed not to talk about the rear seat prop! Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only took me 3 years to notice the rear seat prop Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Learn something new everyday Reply with quote

Does this work with any quality microbrew? Thanks for the tip!

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I recently learned Vanagons come equipped with built-in bottle openers!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Son of a ...!
I've been using my bike rack.

Rear seat what now?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whats this rear seat thing? I've never noticed it.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GMByers wrote:
FNGRUVN wrote:
Should we tell him about the oil filler tube and the rear seat prop?


FNGRUVN,

I didn't discover my oil filler tube extension until after I had owned my Vanagon for 6 years. I was living in Germany and saw an engine that was for sale on display with a long oil filler tube. I asked the guy where I could find one of those cool extensions. He walked me around to the back of my van, pulled off the oil cap and pulled out my oil filler tube. Shocked

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

THAT drove me crazy to find even with the books help. But the brake reservoir, well who would have expected Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jacob. wrote:
Whats this rear seat thing? I've never noticed it.


Pop up the rear seat on your Westy - look on the left. There should be a small l-shaped arm that you can use to "prop" it open, freeing one hand.

Rest of youse guys, you can't give me crap about talking about the rear-prop. Wink Jacob deserves the straight info, hey!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FNGRUVN wrote:
Should we tell him about the oil filler tube...


THIS IS FANTASTIC!!! I don't have to carry around the funnel anymore. I had no idea... Guess that reveals that I have not read my owners manual cover to cover yet... Embarassed
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some people never figure out the little storage area underneath the rear cabinet - between the wall and the back cushion. Great flat storage for your shore power line or for a segmented tool box, etc.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another little known oil-filling secret is that the cap works perfectly for holding the license plate door open (turned sideways).

Careful with the bottle opener, I've seen it bite off the glass lip of the bottle more than once.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've definatly fallen victim to the broken bottle lip! It sure is tempting to go ahead and drink the beer anyways though.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rockfish wrote:
Some people never figure out the little storage area underneath the rear cabinet - between the wall and the back cushion. Great flat storage for your shore power line or for a segmented tool box, etc.


In our van, that's known as Mr. Bentley's House...
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steelhead wrote:

Careful with the bottle opener, I've seen it bite off the glass lip of the bottle more than once.



CHUCK NORRIS BITES THE LIP OFF THE BOTTLE, THEN DROP KICKS THE VAN ACROSS THE LOT.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wull shucks it's a Swiss Army Knife on wheels aint it?

Lotta use as an exposure to atmospheric conditions facilitator of frosties du jour do I see for that door lock thingamajigee.

Nicely done jkidd.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've owned my van for just over a year and had no idea about the oil filler tube! Came in very handy when I changed my oil today Very Happy
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