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Event/Show/Campout news and reviews / transporterfest
« on: November 12, 2009, 11:08:01 AM »
Man im so sad I missed it. Great pics and looks like a great time...
next year definately..I was going to bring the weekender this time too....

Love seeing all those vans in a row..makes me smile :)

Event/Show/Campout news and reviews / TransporterFest
« on: September 12, 2009, 10:42:08 AM »
Hi all!!

Have been away from here for a while and wanted to say Hi to all and also wondering if anyone is planning going to Transporterfest 09 this year. I went to my 1st one last year and had a great time....meeting other Volks...except I was very hungry :) This year Ill bring lunch :)

We have missed many bus/van events this year (so sad!!) but plan to get to this one...



Event/Show/Campout news and reviews / 2009 events
« on: December 21, 2008, 10:55:11 AM »
That idea about Skips sounds like fun. Would be good to have a Transporter fest there one nite. Give the muscle cars a run for their money (in a different way). I too am in the Merrimack Valley and always looking for new contacts.
Will be going to West River again (great times there) and see what can happen this year for weekend trips to state parks in NH and MA. We have to see how our Wolfsburg Weekender works for camping this year :)

Keep the ideas coming.


Bus Blog / Vanagon Addiction...:)
« on: December 21, 2008, 10:31:08 AM »
Yes, I too have a Vanagon addiction. Was thinking of putting Christmas lights on one of the Westies :) I just might. And still getting parts over the winter, sometimes there is some deals to be had. (Still lookin for some brown door panels and a 85 Wolfsburg Weekender tick tock clock!!)

Although the Westies are put to bed for the winter..the Syncro loves this weather!! Got the aggressive tires and skid plates and new springs and shocks in the back end !! Bring on the snow! :)
Already did some fun 4 wheeling in the snow this week :)

So yes I have a Vanagon addiction. And there is no cure :)

Event/Show/Campout news and reviews / Re: Transporterfest 08
« on: October 17, 2008, 08:59:49 PM »
Quote from: "Vanagonjr"
Well I finally made it to a VW event WITH my VW.  Weather was great and lot's of great vans and bugs, ghias, other VW's and even a Thing.

The oval window bugs with sunroofs were really something.  Tastefully lowered and with nice rims, but otherwise looking pretty original.  Really liked the chocolate brown one and the crowd did too - people's choice award.

Loved Karl Bower's bay window Westy with Safari rear window. Also a people's choice award.  Stan's bus won best Patina - I also voted for that one as well - what can I say, great minds think alike!

Was cringing cause my van was so dirty - oh well went sailing on a 1905 Herreshoff sailboat the day before - time well spent.

I did wash the van during the week - 1st time in 2 years - yeah, I was inspired.  

86 WWW (Wolfsburg Westfalia Weekender

John your van did not look dirty at all!! I dont think so! Was good to see a nice Weekender to look forward to when we get Muffin going.
Shes almost done !

Event/Show/Campout news and reviews / transporterfest 08
« on: October 17, 2008, 08:57:36 PM »
Yes!! I too voted for Stans Bus!...So I can add myself to the great minds too :) Its a great bus! :)

Was a good time at transporterfest! Good to meet some people from here! (nice to meet you John!) and the weather was perfect.
Too bad about the food situation but was a good time anyway. Liked all the Bugs, Ghias...Never went to one of those events before so it was good to see all the VWs together like that and the pride shows!
 Liked to see some of the general public as questions about the vans and show interest in the event. We got so many people in and out of our van.  We talked to some folks for a while about the aspects of our Westy, many who have not ever seen them before. Many did not know there was a bed up under the poptop. "you can sleep up there???" hehe.. Was quite a day!

Now our Happy Bus is going away for the winter (almost Syncro season!) but what a good way to end the season. Will definately be going back next year!

Where do you like to go Camping? / blue ridge
« on: October 09, 2008, 08:05:25 PM »
I know, I know...I agree with you I like to be away from the large motorcoaches/rvs ect. but it still was funny to see our van in betweeen all of those with their sat dishes, and 50 amp hookups! LOL. Yes we did go to Cherry Hill outside of DC. Great campground if you like all the amenities and it sure made it easy to get into the city with all the tour busses and the Metro bus stop at the campground that dropped us right off at the Metro Station. Made it very convenient. But when your 10 miles outside of DC right off the Beltway, well its not very rustic. They did have some more wooded tent sites tucked in the back of the campground but they close proximity to the traffic on the Beltway made it less than appealing for those who want to experience quiet tent camping :)

And the fridges worked pretty well I found the upright worked slightly better than the chest one but they worked consistantly for 3 weeks straight. No complaints! I would use the block ice too if we needed all the space for food and such.  

I found staying at the state parks or national parks were better then staying at the large campgrounds! And we ended up staying at Natural Bridge Campground in Natural Bridge VA where they held the Natural Bus event! I did not even know it was held there. Saw the VW certificates on the wall. Needless to say they treated us very well :)

Transporterfest should be fun hope to tell some stories to volks there!


Where do you like to go Camping? / Blue Ridge Parkway
« on: October 08, 2008, 09:50:32 PM »
Yes, the Luray Caverns was great! There were other caverns in the area but they were definately worth it. Cant say much about the others but I think we made the right choice to go there.

If I could do it again I would want to stay at more of the campgrounds along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Due to our need for electric hookups during the trip. So we had to find campgrounds with full hookups.  We were using the onboard fridge which would have been fine with gas but the other fridge ran on 12 volt or electric.( We used the Westy chest fridge from our weekender as our 2nd fridge). When we were able to go to one fridge,  Big Meadows was nice in Shenendoah National Park and for even more privacy Lewis Mountain is very good for that.  The campgrounds alond the parkway provide for such a more rustic camping experience then even the smaller "mom and pop" type campgrounds.

Although it was kinda fun to have our van parked between 2 big bus type motor coaches at our campground outside of DC. In that park hardly anyone even talked to us! Was kinda funny.
Saw so much, talked to many people about the van and saw some other Vanagons along the way. Was quite an adventure!

3485 miles total..down and back! Survived the trip too. Except for a worn break shoe that needed replacing and a dead 2nd battery all was good. And shes all cleaned up for Transporter Fest!


Where do you like to go Camping? / Blue Ridge Parkway
« on: October 05, 2008, 07:13:19 PM »
Hi there,
Just got back from our trip through NC and Va on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Even in the rain its beautiful. And not being buffetted by trucks or seeing all those billboards was nice. The van did not struggle much keeping at the 45 mph but it sure was good. I highly recommend it. Great scenery. We took a week total from Asheville NC where we entered to almost through the Shenandoah Nat. Park. We left after we went to LUray Caverns. Stayed at Big Meadows in Shenendoah. Great campground. Lots of deer right at your campsite not sure if thats good or bad but we liked it. And the colors were just beginning to turn too in the higher elevations.
Was fantastic ;)

Just thought I would share


Bay window concerns /
« on: September 10, 2008, 05:11:34 PM »
there is something about a rubber band and paperclip that can fix anything..and dont forget duct tape...when in doubt duct tape it :) (im joking LOL)

Yes so many people know what they are talking about. And the amout of ideas and different viewpoints and what different things they do to their busses is excellent. I learned so much here and at the campouts there is so much information its overload :) Can always use info as 3 of our busses do not run currently. Although the 85 weekender named Muffin best be running soon..$$$

Where do you like to go Camping? / Trip starting 9/13
« on: September 10, 2008, 01:30:47 PM »
Hi again,
thanks for the info regarding The Smokies...sounds great!! I do think we will be skipping it due to time constraints and we want to take our time coming back from Atlanta. We want to go through the full Blue Ridge Parkway. And yea slow is the answer!!

Leaving Sat..Just wondering. Anyone ever drove through NYC in the van? We want to get a picture of in  Times Square. Just dont know how to go to NJ without using the tunnels. Seems we cant go in there due to onboard propane. Whats the best route through the city. I know it will be busy.  We plan on driving through the city for pictures and to just see the sites and go on to NJ to start our trip.

And any other suggestions for camping around Blue Ridge/Shend. National park...we are looking for campgrounds with hookups preferably due to fridges..I know the campgrounds in Shend. Nat. Park are nice but no hookups...

Also anyone travelling...we could caravan some of the way..
(yea I want to caravan sometime I never have )

Bay window concerns / Shy...Whos Shy
« on: September 10, 2008, 12:52:51 PM »
From the volks I met at BBB this past weekend it does not seem that anyone there was shy..We survived the wind and the rain...
Seems like some people even checked out my shower stall! That cant be too shy :)

Event/Show/Campout news and reviews / Great Times!
« on: September 10, 2008, 12:42:45 PM »
I second the thank you on the main page to Mike and Sheila! Great Job! Our 1st BBB was fun and met some great people. Great food at the Lobster Fest. Even with the rain..Too bad the caravan was cancelled though.

Where do you like to go Camping? / Great Smokey Mountains
« on: September 04, 2008, 08:39:49 AM »
Thanks for this link and help. We are planning to travel to the ATlanta area leaving next Sat. 9/13. And plan to do a couple nights at the Great Smokey Mountains. So many of the campgrounds look good. Cosby looks good because it is quieter and more remote. Cades Cove does look to be popular and it seems to be filling up . I do not want to make reservations for the return portion of our trip (from Atlanta back to NH) because we want to take our time and stay where we want when we want to. Thanks for the Cades Cove tip...looks like a great place to bike and hike.
But no hookups in the park..hmmm..well thats fine too..otherwise it seems we will be staying in Dollywood and I dont want that :)

Any suggestions for things to do there..or also Skyline drive as we will be going through there as well..

And when is Everybus???


Technical Concerns / 3 window canvas
« on: August 19, 2008, 07:23:51 PM »
I always wonder about the 3 window aftermarket not fitting like the orginal. We just got lucky with ours so far as the originals were just dirty needed a good cleaning but not ripped. CAnvas faded a bit when was washed but otherwise its fine. Maybe it was faded a bit before I dont know.
But thanks, its good to know you had good luck with the 3 window replacement. We were looking at the Genuine German made (I think thats what Bus Depot calls it)for 399.00 to make sure it fits correctly and not too tight like most replacement 3 window canvases I have seen.

And I found it took at least 1 6 pack maybe 2 to put the canvas back on...your right about that...


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