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    Camping with an Odyssey

    Having sold our Westy, my wife and I decided to try camping in our Honda Odyssey. I removed the two middle seats and folded the rear seat down (unique to the Odyssey and dozens of old station wagons). Built a platform in three sections that installs in extreme rear of van. Put an air mattress...
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    Dealer Policies re: Westys

    I suggested my daughter have her 87 Westy serviced by her nearest VW dealer in Nashville. She called them for an appointment and they told her they no longer work on Vanagons. I was surprised at this since my dealer in Knoxville is very accommodating. Has anyone else had a negative response...
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    Checking Fluid Level

    I have what's probably a stupid question. How do you check the transmission oil level on an 85 westy with standard four speed? The owner's manual simply says oil never has to be changed (I'm sure it has). And my Bentley doesn't seem to deal with such mundane matters. I've also searched the...
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    Hospital Camping

    My mom just had surgery (she's 91). My wife and I drove to the hospital in our 85 Westy. Noticed a lot of people waiting, trying to sleep in the hospital waiting room lounge and some in their cars. Decided to use the camper for purpose it is intended. Slept in it 4 nights. One night my son...
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    South

    Big South Fork is one of the best kept secrets in the National Park system. It's fairly new and the facilities are very nice at Bandy Creek campground (water and electric hookups and modern bathrooms). They even have stables for your horse. The historic town of Rugby is nearby. Mountain...
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    Creating Westyville -- the VW camper culture

    We've been having a great time travelling within 100 miles from home and setting up camp in the many places around middle and eastern Tennessee. We travel with our daughter (87) and our neighbor (89). We have an 85. These campers are ideal for 2 to 3 day stays. They are all in good condition...
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    Radiator fan questions

    My 85 Westy temp runs steady at halfway mark while moving. When I stop the temp rises 'til fan eventually comes on. VW checked sensor and said it's okay. I notice if I just turn on the AC switch (not necessarily compressor) the cooling fan comes on. Is this an acceptable way to manually...
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