Westfalia.org - A resource for the VW camper-van community since February 25, 1996

In Memory of Capt. Mike

The Westfalia community's teacher, mentor and friend, Mike Soehnlein aka Capt. Mike passed away on February 1, 2011 after a valiant fight with cancer.

Capt. Mike has been the heart and soul of Westfalia.org almost from day one.His memory, words and advice will continue
to live on with us on this site

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Let's Talk

Introductions

Introduce yourself to the Westfalia.org community.Use this thread to announce joining the site. Move on to appropriate categorized threads for tech and info posts; use CHAT ROOM for general chat & messages.
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Road Trips & Destinations

Here's the spot to post your favorite road trips. Whether they be past or future, tell us about your favorite spots.
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Fond or Funny Westy Memories

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Just Conversation

For permanent topics non-technical in nature. NO tech posts; use chat room for general conversation.
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General

Traveling Companions

This forum is to post plans for trips during which you wish to to join or be joined by other Westy owners, for example forming up a carvan to visit a VW Camp-In or extended trip. Posts will be deleted when the event has past.
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Events & Activities

Discussion of past events & activities of interest to Westy owners. See the Events listing on our main page for current events.
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Vacations & Destinations

Forum to describe vacation DESTINATIONS. Post by LOCALE; add to existing area with 'Post Reply' feature.
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The Ultimate Trip Checklist

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Tips

TIPS only, no questions. Post questions in appropriate tech forums.
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Camping With Other Types of Vans

Rialta, Sunstar, Sprinter (MBenz based) and Rivera/ASI
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Westy Rentals

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Westy Gadgets

This forum is for the high-tech and whimsical topics used by VW fans and Westy owners. There are forums for the more common items like Sound Systems and other common Accessories (factory & aftermarket) so please check there first.
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Camping Talk

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Clubs

Post your club info, or contact others to form a club Please post by locale or area.
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Looking to Buy a Westy?

Getting a Westfalia

All you need to know about getting a Westfalia
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Westfalia Marketplace

Buy and sell vehicles, parts & accesories
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Reference Materials: Technical Drawings and Offici Find technical drawings and your vehicle's official service manual in this section.
Even if you do not service your vehicle yourself, avoid costly errors by letting your mechanic refer to the manual.
Don't leave on a long trip without this valuable resource under your seat.

Technical

Fuel System, Ignition, Distributor Coil

This forum is for the fuel delivery system (tank to engine); carburators; air delivery system; and engine ignition (coil, distributor, plugs). Fuel Injection systems, including their electronic, have their own forum with the Electrical forums. (VW grouping, not ours!) Please READ the instructions of that forum before posting any questions about FI equipped vehicles. Do NOT post any Fuel Injection or associated FI running problems here. Exception: Diesels; they are basically a 2-pump delivery system.

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Transmission & Clutch

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Front Suspension, Steering, Alignment

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Rear Axle & Suspension, Differential

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Tires, Wheels & Brakes

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Engine Conversions

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Cooling System

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Heat & Air Conditioning

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Engine

This forum is primarily for INTERNAL engine topics. Please carefully pre-diagnose your problems and direct to their approriate forums. Additional forums exist for many engine related topics including Fuel Injection, Fuel Systems, Ignition, & Cooling Systems. Conversions (non-factory engines or modifications) has its own forum. Please choose your forum carefully. After pre-diagnosis, use "Post Reply" to expand on existing topics in this forum.
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Body

Exterior

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Westy Interiors

This forum is for interior topics unique to Westies & campers, such as cabinets, bunks & special seats. Use the Interiors forum for items common to all VWs whether Westy or not. Many Westy items have their own topics such as the LP or Water systems, Fridge and Westy electrical systems. Please check the Exterior forum as some items are cross-over.
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Interior (except Westy)

This forum for interior topics common to all VW Vans. Westy Interiors forum is for interior topics and equipment unique to Westies & campers. Please check the Exterior forum also; some topics are cross-over.
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Westy Stove & Propane

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Sink & Water System

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Fridge

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Electrical

Special Westy Wiring

This forum for wiring questions unique to the Westies and campers, including all factory systems NOT found on all models of VW vans. Use the basic wiring forum for topics common to all van (example lights, gauges). Batteries and charge system has its own forum as does Fuel Injection related electronics. You may find additional wiring information in the Accessories and Sound System forums.
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Accessories (except sound system)

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Fuel Injection, Engine Mgmt. Electronics

This is the GAS Fuel Injection forum. (Diesel remains in Fuel & Ignition Forum.) We acknowledge VW's grouping system with Electonics leaves something to be desired. The Fuel Injection system covers the fuel & air feed of all non-carburated vehicles. The "Engine Mgmt. Electronics" part refers only to the FI controling features -- coil, plugs, & ignition harnesses will be found in the Fuel & Ignition forum, as will all questions related to fuel delivery UP TO entering the Fuel Injection system. This forum covers all input sensors and controllers to the Fuel Injection system and the running problems associated with them. Please pre-diagnose your symptoms sufficient to select the proper topic to add to, using the "Post Reply" feature.
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Sound Systems

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Basic Van Wiring (incl. lights, Instruments)

This forum for basic electrical topics common to ALL VW vans. Special Westy forum is for topics related specifically to campers and multivans that are not common to others. Please consider which forum your question belongs in. Fuel Injection, batteries & chargin system have their own forums. You may find wiring information on Accessories in the Accessories and Sound System forums.
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Tools

Tools

Tool, tool vendors, suggestions, tips and substitutes. Please do NOT post "tools wanted" topics.

Click here for Tools at Auto Parts Warehouse or
Harbor Freight Tools Super Coupons: Save 30% to 60% Off!
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Parts

This forum is to post experiences (good & bad) with vendors specializing in VW parts. Post comments on shops in the Mechanics forums; post comments on general vendors and services providers in the Suppliers forum. Do NOT post 'parts wanted' or 'where can I get' messages; use the classifieds page. Parts wanted is outside the scope of these boards.
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Suppliers

Suppliers of non-VW parts, materials and services such as shop suppliers, insurance, etc. Please post VW parts vendor recommendations in the PARTS forum; tools in the TOOLS forum. Do NOT post supplies and services wanted.
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Westfalia Mechanics Listing Mechanic & Shop Recommendations

USA

Mechanic & shop recommendations & warnings. Please post shops & businesses you recommend (or warn against) for your fellow Westy owners & travelers. However, please do NOT post "shop wanted" requests -- they will be removed.
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Canada

Mechanic & shop recommendations & warnings. Please post shops & businesses you recommend for your fellow Westy owners & travelers. However, please do NOT post "shop wanted" requests -- they will be removed. See also USA forum for National Chains and specialty shops topics.
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International

Mechanic & shop recommendations & warnings. Please post shops & businesses you recommend for your fellow Westy owners & travelers. However, please do NOT post "shop wanted" requests -- they will be removed.
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