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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:33 pm    Post subject: Racks/ Boxes on Air cooled Vanagon Camper Reply with quote

Hi Folks....new member here and I'm looking to tap into some expertise.
I am considering storage options for a long road trip. I have an 83 air cooled with a newly rebuilt motor that i am going to take coast to coast in June. Id like to get a thule or yakima storage box or maybe some racking or a basket to free up some space inside the van. Id also like to make use of the luggage area.
What is the concensus on that sort of thing with an air cooled van. Will it throw off the cooling, kill mileage, etc? Or am I just worrying too much? What has worked for you folks?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I highly suggest you do everything to pare down the weight of your van to an absolute minimum and not add anything to the roof. The air cooled van is anemic enough as it is. If you must add exterior storage I would do it with rear hatch mounted carrier such as this sweet Gary Lee unitů

http://www.telusplanet.net/public/gary2a/rack/rack.htm

Not cheap but I understand they are extremely well made and you can see how versatile they are.


I'm not sure if you are a new owner but if you are:

I also suggest you get a cylinder head temperature gauge, keep stock sized tyres, and never, ever floor the van, especially when climbing hills, just downshift and putt. Do not be surprised if you end up in second gear on some major grades. Plan ahead and stay in the slow lane when major grades are coming, you may even get passed by semi trailers, but you will get there.

Have a great tripů

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

keep the RPMS up and don't lug the motor going uphill.
make sure that the engine tin is sealed 100%.. coolant leaks (air) are really bad for these motors. as they'll suck in HOT engine/exhaust air when stuck in traffic.
I'd say a rear hatch rack like a gary lee or paulchen hatch rack
https://www.google.com/search?q=paulchen+bike+rack...mp;bih=709


here's some good pics and reading
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=4659560
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just out of curiosity - should the same precautions be taken with a waterbox also?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an 82 Vanagon Westfalia aircooled... and on top of that, I have a yakima box, and yakima bicycle rack..

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

one thing to caution you about is the weight you put on top... the pop top will not open easy with any kind of weight.... you may strain your neck..

The way I have mine set up... You could still have your bikes on the rack while raising the roof...

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an 81 Westy. I carry a canoe on top. I will be purchasing this trailer this summer. As was mentioned; correct cooling tin and 'high' rpms going up hill you will not have any problems. Also a cylinder head temp. sensor (Dakota digital) will give you peace of mind. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oops forgot the link for the trailer...

http://www.trailmasterinc.com/cargo/backpack.html
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RocketBox wrote:
Just out of curiosity - should the same precautions be taken with a waterbox also?


These are big vans with small OLD engines made of aluminum alloy.

Yes, common sense tells us to be modest in adding weight and reducing aerodynamics.

Can it be done? Absolutely. I was just making suggestions.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, folks! I appreciate the input!
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