VW Vanagon: Acquired!

Ack! I just realized we haven’t kept our readers updated about our new project! In September, we flew out to Flagstaff, Arizona, bought a 1982 VW Vanagon diesel camper van, and drove it home! We had some adventures along the way, which we really need to write up.


Now that it’s home, we’re in the process of doing a restoration. It’s old, so it needs a lot of stuff replaced just due to the age of the vehicle. There are also a ton of small projects that the prior owner never got around to addressing, and a lot of stuff we want to do to enhance the livability of the van. So we sold the Ural to channel money into working on the van – it went home to its new owner last week!

If you’re interested in more pictures of the van, check them out at our Vanagon Flickr set.

The dogs seem to be enjoying it so far!

Enjoying the ride


  1. There’s a book called “Wide-Eyed wanderers” about a couple who drove their vw van down through the americas and then over to africa (after shipping the van via boat). It was pretty interesting. You might be able to gain some good tips from them. Here’s a link to their book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wide-Eyed-Wanderers-Befuddling-Journey-America/dp/0976175606/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384379761&sr=1-1&keywords=wide-eyed+wanderers


    1. Thanks, Rita! Kay discovered that book (our reading lately has been VW-related, unsurprisingly) but only got about halfway through. There’s another book about a similar trip, though, that Kay really loved: Drive Nacho Drive. We’re definitely stealing a few notes from their prep and trip! Here’s the link on Amazon.

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