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Old 06-12-2013, 08:11 AM   #616
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Several Syncros at the VW Classic on Sunday. If I was a smart guy I would have taken some photos for you. Something really cool about these. Personally, I am trying to get a Type 2 Westy out of my neighbor's driveway for a bargain. It's been parked there since at least 2008.
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:45 PM   #617
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Playing with the GoPro yesterday...



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Old 06-12-2013, 02:30 PM   #618
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Dude, sweet. The WTF part for me was when you showed yourself. You have more hair on your melon than I do, but, other than that, we could be twins. Same beard even. Handsome devil.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:18 PM   #619
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For sure...post up some pics!

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My van: '85 Weekender, EJ22, and now with 16" wheels and Geolandars. Me being a glutton for punishment, the wheels are off a Pontiac and I redrilled them to the VW bolt pattern. Not especially gnarly, but at least now it can't be defeated by wet grass like with the old 14" commercial tires.

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Old 06-13-2013, 07:09 AM   #620
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Dude, sweet. The WTF part for me was when you showed yourself. You have more hair on your melon than I do, but, other than that, we could be twins. Same beard even. Handsome devil.
Lol :-)

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Old 06-13-2013, 07:10 AM   #621
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My van: '85 Weekender, EJ22, and now with 16" wheels and Geolandars. Me being a glutton for punishment, the wheels are off a Pontiac and I redrilled them to the VW bolt pattern. Not especially gnarly, but at least now it can't be defeated by wet grass like with the old 14" commercial tires.

Looks great! Maybe I'll see ya at a WerWesties Camp Out some time :-)

If your ever down by Tri-cities give me a call.

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Old 06-13-2013, 07:38 AM   #622
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My van: '85 Weekender, EJ22, and now with 16" wheels and Geolandars. Me being a glutton for punishment, the wheels are off a Pontiac and I redrilled them to the VW bolt pattern. Not especially gnarly, but at least now it can't be defeated by wet grass like with the old 14" commercial tires.


Looks hot with the larger wheels
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:26 PM   #623
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Just returned home from a 1600 mile trip to the Redwoods with our friends
the Shaffer's. We had a great time and got to see a ton of cool sights
along the way. The kids had a great time, both vans ran great and the
weather was perfect. Can't wait to do it again!

Here's some pics from the trip.

A overview of our route from my trusty Garmin Montana GPS.




Setting up first nights camp.




A TON of room available and some dill hole comes in late and parks super
close to Mike's van....then proceeds to get out and argue with his wife over
how to set up the tent. I think I would have got out and had words with
them if they were parked next to my van.

Took these shots the next morning.








Rollin through Portland on our way to the Evergreen Air & Space Museum.




The Spruce Goose....yeah yeah I know there isn't any Spruce in it :-) This
baby is so big it looks fake even when your standing there looking at it in
person!




Mike trying out the Giant RC Simulator in the kids section. It was a blast!




Ryan pointing to the "RYAN Aircraft Company" Spirit of St Luis.




Camp set up at Beverly Beach State Park in OR. We'll be driving 101 down
to CA. The Fanchers wrap worked great on the top, helped keep the heat
in which lets the Propex run less and kept the top nice and dry in the one
rainy nights camp we had on the trip.




Relaxing in the Westy.




Kids loved the beach.




Watching a evening movie together in the Westy.




Rollin down 101 :-)




Group shot in the shark tubes at the Newport Aquarium.




Another Nights camp :-)




Cooking Dinner. New York steaks on the Biolite grill and fried taters and
onions......YUMMMM! On a side note the Biolite drill works awesome! I carry
a small box of hickory chunks to use as fuel and carry the grill in the top
case in the luggage rack. We used it just about every night on the
trip...great portable grill for the westy :-)






Another awesome beach with lots of tide pools etc. Kids had a blast here.






Rollin along again :-)




Stopped at the Prehistoric Gardens along 101 to see the Dinosaurs. Another
popular stop with the kids :-) Had to post the Westy's with the Trex




This looked like a cool stop...but it was closed. Still made for a cool photo
op :-). I wonder how they got it up this far onto land.




Next stop, the Trees of Mystery. This is a great place to check out the
Redwoods and see some cool sights. You also get to ride the gondola up to
the top of the mountain and see the Redwoods from above. And of
course...more Westy photo ops :-)






Giant Redwood.



Sky Car ride.






Catching some waves at Ocean World




And hanging with the locals :-)




HUGE trees.....Awesome!




Redwoods Shark?




Nope...Just a Vanagon :-)




Stopped at a Glass Shop in Grants Pass OR, the kids got to help blow their
own ornaments. They loved it!








Mikes wine rack....who needs a extinguisher anyways lol.




Looked down and noticed the van rolled over to 50K...had to snap a pic :-)




Crater Lake...7K ft. We got snowed and hailed on the way down.








More Steaks...Yummmm.....




Checking out the Bend Lava River Cave. Pretty cool!




Top of the Cinder Cone.






Great State Camp Ground....put out the hammock, kids loved it. You can
see the drivers headlight fogged up, once home I cleaned the lens out and
sealed the rubber boot around the bulb, shouldn't be a problem now.




Marshmallow gun fights :-)




Awesome views!




I think this is my new favorite pic of the bus :-)



Happy Westy Driver :-)




The Westy worked beautifully on the trip. By a couple nights in we had our
routine down and everything went smoothly transforming from driving to
camping. The Propex is AWESOME! A few of the nights were very cold and
we were nice and warm in the Westy set at 75 deg :-). The Propex didn't
seem to have any effect on the fridge even when running a lot, the fridge
stayed nice and cool and we stayed nice and warm :-). A few of the sites
had power and we plugged in, letting the onboard charger keep the batts
topped off all night. Even without a charger the batts did great with the
propex fridge running, although we were driving quite a bit each day to
keep everything all charged up.

Can't wait to head out again on another trip!

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Old 06-23-2013, 10:42 PM   #624
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Right on! Looking forward to more of that.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:10 AM   #625
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This is parenting done right.

When I was a kid, my folks had an RV, and we took several week trips in the thing around the US.

Those trips were some of my best memories of childhood. It's what gave me the travel bug. Hopefully, the Westy will give those kids the same great memories.

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Old 06-24-2013, 07:56 AM   #626
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Looks like an awesome trip. What kind of mileage did you get?
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:42 AM   #627
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Awesome family trip, the vans look great. Any comments on either van during the trip? Did the vans keep up with each other OK?

I like Mike's 2WD stickers - been thinking about getting a few myself. It might actually clarify things a bit, people seem to assume mine is a Synchro.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:58 AM   #628
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Awesome trip!
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:46 AM   #629
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+1 on mileage question... i found 50-55mph to be the the sweet spot for (my) Vanagon. Vanagons have a big drag coefficient.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:34 AM   #630
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Now thats a road trip ! Awesome and just what that Bus was designed to do !
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