Desperate for more of Norways stunning scenery, we set off to Bergen and on to conquer Preikestollen, known as Pulpit Rock.
For more than year, T and I have been living in a 1989 Volkswagen Vanagon. The choice to live in the van wasn’t dictated by financial hardship, nor inspired by a perpetual road trip. Rather, we wanted to try spending our money on better things than rent. Instead of renting an apartment, we rented a […]
With the paint fresh and fragrant, the vanagon heads north up the peninsula. Shake that money maker…
Just got the pics from Simon in Mexico, and the van is painted. Its Honda sunburst orange with black strip on window line and rockers. Simon says the colour really changes with the light and you can see that in the pics. I think it looks great, almost lickable 🙂 Addendum May 12, 2017. Trevor […]
The eastern regions of Norway had not been the most inspiring, but heading into the mountains and driving west, things soon got better!
Making his way to Baja, where some surprises for us are in store. Yeah, he’s getting a paint job in La Paz. Before the stuff hits the fan here are some recent pics. It’s a bit of where’s Waldo? That last pic is another study in contrast with the hulk to the right. Yes I […]
Last night we camped on the side of a Forest Service Road beneath the snow tinged mountains just east of Creston. Out of the bush directly in front of our van ran a small brook, its voice swollen by the snow melting on upper slopes. All night long the stream sang and burbled, and tucked […]
Did you ever dream about becoming one of those folks that travel around the world in a Vanagon, without a care in the world? They seem to be living the dream, by getting sponsors and other folks to fund their never ending trips. However what if the exact opposite were true… Check out the article below and let us know what you think in the comments.
Vanagon Westy Rear Closet Modification
By Frank Condelli
The pictures below document the modifications I’ve recently made to the rear closet on my 1987 Vanagon Westfalia. This modification makes better use of the space that was previously accessed by the small door behind the rear table. Now with two shelves, sliding doors and cut original door the space is more useful and easily accessible when the rear space behind the rear bench seat is full of luggage. The project took two days to complete and cost approximately $50 in materials including paint which was mixed to match the original grey colour.
The sliding doors were made from 1/8″ fiberboard. The track is white plastic sliding door channel available from Home Depot. It is made specifically for this application. You can see small pieces if it on the shelf in one of the pics below. The top channel is deeper than the bottom to allow the door to be cut shorter so that it can be raised in the upper channel to allow insertion and removal. The track was mounted with small nails to the edge of the closet fascia board. The opening was cut along the original lines of the existing rear opening, leaving the same space between the front edge and corner as the rear had, 2-1/2″ if I remember correctly. The side edges were trimmed with the edge trim removed from the rear closet opening, starting & stopping with the ends of the door channels. The top and bottom channels were trim covered with a strip of wood trim molding. The two doors must be equal in width or 1/2 the width of the opening plus 1″ ~ 2″ overlap.