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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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1971BugGuy wrote:
but I was making a very generalized statement to the fact that IF you cook in it... It can, and most probably will, carry the aromas. Wink


Interesting thing to mention: I've never heard of any motorhome people complaining about lingering cooking aromas. Think


I make it a point not to cook in my apartment, either. You know, the lingering smells from dinner two years ago.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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True, but having experimented with this I suggest one avoid preparing curry dishes.


That, along with fish, is something I don't even cook in my house Sick , so no problem there. Laughing


Bottom line: Find the van that's right for you and your needs/desires and have fun with it! Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Original poster: you have come to the right place. As mentioned, the van that comes to you in your budget will most likely be the one you buy. I think it depends on the type of camping you intend to do and how much you use it for hauling and daily use.

While we would like to camp in one place for an extended period of time, our vacations consist of a lot of traveling and camping at night in new locations. Being "self contained" is a bonus for us. While it is tight with two and an 80 pound dog, we can make camp and break camp very quickly and get on the road. And if we hit a cold and rainy day, we are snug. We use every square inch of storage. You would be amazed how much you can pack away in the Westy cabinets. Under way, everything is secured away.

We both sleep up top and leave our gear in the very back. The problem uptop is not the weight it supports, but it is a little short for a 6 foot person. I have seen bed additions. My wife is short and I usually sleep a little diagonal. We have 3 screens and enjoy sleeping in the top. The dog gets the bottom bunk.

The stove and kitchen take up a lot of space. I had them out recently and was impressed with how much more room is in the van. I have a standard garage opening and have taller tires than stock. The pop top just clears the garage header. I have a peice of wood to wedge the garage door open that extra inch I need. Never had a problem in covered parking lots.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...Lots of full-camper folks out there, like me and Debbie, use their kitchens without having any lingering odors...


True, but having experimented with this I suggest one avoid preparing curry dishes.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

we always used to sleep up, as our 2 large dogs seemed to think if we were on a bed they should be there too. so blanket on the floor for them, and we went up to sleep. but my husband had some back problems and we discovered the comfort of sleeping below. it is very convenient to put all the stuff that accumulates on the folded upper bunk, and sleep down.

as far as cooking, maybe the method of clean up causes lingering odors. the lid of the kitchen protects the curtains from splashes and splatter. I boil water and wash dishes and wipe clean the stove and area after cooking. hot soapy water is the last thing that goes down the drain.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1971BugGuy wrote:
but I was making a very generalized statement to the fact that IF you cook in it... It can, and most probably will, carry the aromas. Wink


Yes, broad generalization and assumption, which, as a full-camper owner, I had to point out. More appropriate statement: If you cook in your van, it could potentially absorb the aromas of your cooked meals. Lots of full-camper folks out there, like me and Debbie, use their kitchens without having any lingering odors. Cooking meals, usually with a window or two open, is one thing; leaving a container of leftovers out while the van is closed up is quite another. Wink

Interesting thing to mention: I've never heard of any motorhome people complaining about lingering cooking aromas. Think
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a lot of people seem to prefer weekenders. I knew I wanted a full camper, and I knew why. I love to keep the camper packed with all the things needed for a camping or road trip. towels to toilet paper, soup to nuts, cups to pots and pans--everything we need stays packed in place, ready to go. all we do is fill the water tank, and add fresh groceries and our clothes.

I love the sink, stove, tables, cabinets, even love the fridge, and enjoy using them while camping or traveling. I cook in my camper, and it does not smell like old food at all.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Your van always smells of your cooking.


Broad generalization... my van smells of old vinyl, rubber mats and cleaning products. It has not once smelled of cooking. Cool


lol. Ok, for sure my van has smelled of a LOT of other odours including wet dogs, antifreeze, must, mothballs, etc. but I was making a very generalized statement to the fact that IF you cook in it... It can, and most probably will, carry the aromas. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1971BugGuy wrote:
Your van always smells of your cooking.


Broad generalization... my van smells of old vinyl, rubber mats and cleaning products. It has not once smelled of cooking. Cool

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I've got approximately 6'4" to the top of my '86 Westy Weekender poptop (including skylight)... one of the tallest of the Westy's...


Huh? That surely isn't right. My Westy w/ stock 14" rims is 6' to the rain gutters -- has abouot 10" +/- above that.


For comparison: My '90 full-camper with 15" wheels/tires, original springs + Bilstein shocks is 80" (give or take a fraction) to the skylight; my garage door is 7' (84").
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There is a model with 8 ft. door opening, but it costs more than double. It does, however, shed snow from the roof without raking it off with a broom. I have one of each. If you can fit your van into the $300 tent, use it.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well there you have it -- must be a difference in ride height &/or wheels as mine would never clear a 6'6" overhead.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've got approximately 6'4" to the top of my '86 Westy Weekender poptop (including skylight)... one of the tallest of the Westy's...


Huh? That surely isn't right. My Westy w/ stock 14" rims is 6' to the rain gutters -- has abouot 10" +/- above that.


I have recently measured it since I was purchasing a portable garage for winter storage and I wanted one that would have a tall enough door to pull it in and out. The shelter I settled on had an opening of 6'6" and the van narrowly squeezed through.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1971BugGuy wrote:
I've got approximately 6'4" to the top of my '86 Westy Weekender poptop (including skylight)... one of the tallest of the Westy's...


Huh? That surely isn't right. My Westy w/ stock 14" rims is 6' to the rain gutters -- has abouot 10" +/- above that.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Onemat,

I live in Columbia, TN. If you want to take a look at my weekender just let me know.

PM if you are interested.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got approximately 6'4" to the top of my '86 Westy Weekender poptop (including skylight). Not to be confused with the tin-top Multivan. From what I have read, it's one of the tallest of the Westy's. It fits easily into my 7' garage door opening. My wife and I camp frequently. We've owned a Ford Econoline camper van with full cooker and refrigerator setup but found we never used them, preferring to cook outdoors. When we sought out a Westfalia we wanted the weekender since we wanted the extra space without hassle of the added kitchenette. Besides... Your van always smells of your cooking.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

r39o wrote:
Somewhere, and I forget where, the model names and features are listed.

maybe it was HERE?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What is the weight capacity of the upper bunk in a Westy? I am 280 lbs, my wife maybe 130 lbs. I'd hate to go Westy only to find we couldn't use the upper bunk cause we are big people. Rolling Eyes
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The upper bed is made out of 3/4" plywood, if I recall correctly. According to some armchair experts on the Web, a 2x4 piece of 3/4" can withstand 800-1500 pounds.

In this link http://www.westfalia.org/community/archive/index.php?t-619.html someone said s/he had 400 pounds up there, no problem.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

onemat wrote:
OK, I've got another question. I know they'll be a lot of laughter about this but I'm gonna ask anyway. What is the weight capacity of the upper bunk in a Westy? I am 280 lbs, my wife maybe 130 lbs. I'd hate to go Westy only to find we couldn't use the upper bunk cause we are big people. Rolling Eyes
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Good question about the bunk capacity. I'm not sure but I know it didn't even flex the one time I slept up there (180 lbs). But that's just the thing - I slept up there ONCE and it was just to try it out. The lower bunk is more comfy and MUCH easier to get into, albeit a bit more narrow. We use the upper bunk as a place to store our clothing etc once we're in camp and I'd bet that's the case with many others.
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OK, I've got another question. I know they'll be a lot of laughter about this but I'm gonna ask anyway. What is the weight capacity of the upper bunk in a Westy? I am 280 lbs, my wife maybe 130 lbs. I'd hate to go Westy only to find we couldn't use the upper bunk cause we are big people. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Guys
Thanks for all the answers. I have been searching the forum a lot and reading random posts and have gained a lot of info. Someone said to go look at a few which makes a lot of sense. I didn't want to kick a lot of tires until I scraped my cash together. Thanks again for answering my questions.
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