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    Has anyone ever lengthened a Westie? Any pictures or description on the internet?

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    Oddly enough, I've seen several 'shortened' buses -- not Westies. The dealer in Prince Rupurt BC has one. I've also seen a picture of a stretched bus, but it was in a magazine years ago. Again, not a Westy.

    Anything is possible but I'd sure question the practicality of it by the time you reduce the load ability by the added weight & factor in the power. A fully loaded Westy pushes its maximum GVWR (sticker in door jamb) already, and when loaded, won't win any stoplight Grand Prix.

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    Thank's for your thoughts, Capt. I suppose stretching would add its own weight to say nothing of the temptation to add still more weight in the extra space - furnace, toilet, generator. Next we'd need to talk about better suspension and increased brake capacity to say nothing of a bigger engine.

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    Yes, I have seen a stretched Westy. It was in Tampa, FL stopped at a stoplight. I was able to take a few pictures before the light changed. I could send them to you when I find them and scan them. Sorry I'm not prepared, I'm just responding to this post right now while I am here and when I won't forget about it!
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    Check out http://www.evcl.com/vw/. The owner of this stretch westy was going through one transaxle per year but it's pretty cool looking.

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    Thanks to Gobusgo and Ruth Nesland for the replies! Ruth, thanks for the link. My wife and I went straight to it and read it all. I had in mind adding about 18" in length; just enough for a port-a-potty on one side and a furnace and 110 volt AC air conditioner for when I'm parked. This guy went all the way. Ah well, I dream big dreams for my small budget. Gene

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    you can get a carver heater for your westy,add an aux propane tank,www.eurocampers.com ,a tent for your porta potty,and they do make a stand up portable air conditioner$$$, that would save the streaching the van,space the final frontier in a westy,ive gotten good at it,good luck ,peace

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    Saw a stretched Type II in Fort Worth back in the mid-80's. Followed them half way across town and they finally stopped at a gro store, where I was able to look at it. It had a wood burning stove inside!

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