|Improving The Westfalia Camper|
The Westfalia Camper can be improved in three basic ways:It can be made more comfortable,
better equiped for use in extreme weather, and
outfitted for extended trips to remote areas.The modifications listed below were made with these goals in mind.
Heating the CamperPower for the Camper
Propex/Carver Heater Installation (C/O Sittsers' Westfalia Web Page.) 3P12 Platinum Cat Heater (Portable set up) Dual Propane Tanks.A second stock tank can be added to the passenger side of the vehicle. Bolt on adapters are also available to allow hooking an aux tank into the westy gas line via a hose. Poptop & Window Insulation for Winter & Desert Camps (Pattern) Pre-cut insulation panels Nylon Fly for Pop-Top (winter camping) Cut out panels from a tarp and velcro to inner edge of poptop fiberglass and to van body, which creates a windproof, double-wall. Vehicle Wall Insulatating, Rust and Sound ProofingComfort Additions Optima D750S Deep Cycle Aux. Battery Installed (c/o Vanagon.com) under driver's seat 12v Inverter wired into one socket on 110 outlet for lap top, etc. Solar Battery Charger (by Tom) AC Trickle ChargerCommunication Hot Water (Custom Heat Exchange System) . Shower Improved Sink Faucet (C/O Gary @ VW Access.) In-Flight Movies via a portable 6" TVT & VCR (for kids on long trips) Audio & Video Systems: Ty's "Syncro Cinerama"
- Ham/CB Radio .
- Cell Phones
Joe Clark's VW Tent Masterpiece
- Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer. These are available at Radio Shack (the smalle one) and elsewhere. Run the external temp probe into the city water utility port. You have to melt a small hole in the palstic to slip the wire through, then resplice the probe back on. It resides in there protectet, but can be exposed when you want if you want by propping it in the door.
- External Digital Refrigerator Thermometer Tells at a glance whether the fridge is working properly. Cut the probe from the wire, leaving enough wire to resplice, melt a small hole throught the fridge in the back corner at the top (have to remove fridge), slip the wire through, resplice the probe, seal the wire hole with silicone, mount the thermometer gauge to the metal switch plate strip below the stove and butted against the cabinett wall with velkro. It's a nice recessed installation and very visible without being intrusive or out of place.
- Quiet CPU Cooling Fans for Refrigerator. These fans will rid you of about 75% of the noice the stock monster makes. They quietly purr instead of growl. Add in a small, quiet DC fan as a booster. It helps.
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