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Model Choice: Are You a or Eurovan Person?

The following is a short head-to-head comparison the major differences between the and Eurovan (with a little bit of opinion tossed in for fun). subject to change without

Some quick facts

The VW Bus and Westfalia and VW Eurovan Winnebago are technically van conversions. At GoWesty, we buy and sell 1986-1991 Vanagons and of Eurovans. We do not buy and sell any pre-1986 or Buses as a general rule.

The camper was converted to a camper in by the Westfalia company. The Westfalia conversion was offered in the USA up to and including the year-model. Vanagons are rear rear wheel drive (or wheel Syncro) vehicles lots of ground clearance.

The Winnebago camper was converted in the USA by the company on an extended chassis of the Eurovan. It is 15-1/2 inches than the regular CL, MV, and GLS Eurovan The Eurovan Winnebago camper was in the USA in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2003. The is a front engine, front drive vehicle with less ground clearance. It is a different animal.

If you were to compare the two vehicles’ top 30 on paper, the Eurovan would the Vanagon 26 to 4. The Eurovan is in fact to the Vanagon in ALL respects, except for

1) Ground clearance . The Eurovan be lifted and leveled to even off-roading. andeven then, see #2 For more information on our GoWesty Lift Kit, click

2) Turning radius . Vanagons a 96 inch wheelbase, and turn as as a forklift. Eurovan campers a 136 inch wheel base. this makes for a more highway ride, they a very large turning This makes them less maneuverable, especially in off-road types of conditions and for parallel parking.

3) Quality . The quality provided by in Germany is simply superior to the offered by Winnebago in the USA, down, no question about it. fit, finish, materials all better, and made to last. stuff. it gets the job done, but not nearly as elegant or long-lasting.

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4) . I can’t put my finger on it, but there is . Vanagons are cool, interesting, and Eurovan campers are pretty and unique, too, but compared to a well, they just as cool, pure and simple. The is the last of a now dead breed: engine, rear wheel sit-over-the-front-wheels, lean-over-the-steering-wheel-listening-to-groovy-tunes kinda It is a lifestyle choice. It’s. it’s. well, I just know what it is, but it is something.

But let’s be clear: Other those four things, the Winnebago camper is superior in all It is newer, safer (dual air on ’97-newer models, ABS, control), quieter, more less problematic mechanically you’re more likely to a VW dealer willing to handle has better ventilation with AC, is fully equipped with everything and cruise control, and has a more thoroughly equipped section: a larger frig works WAY BETTER, built-in gray water tank, cabinet space, fresh at sink AND at rear hatch, and LP gas capacity. This is why I stress: If one to compare the top 30 attributes of the Vanagon full camper to the Eurovan full camper on paper, the would win 26 to 4. BUT: Those things are pretty important to people. So much so that are willing to put up with. well, ANYTHING!


So, are you a Vanagon or a Eurovan person? If you had VW Buses in the past, you will think an ’86-’91 Vanagon is heaven. They are just the Bus, but. well, Roomier, quieter, more more amenities (like a that WORKS), more easier to work on, and longer Simply put: a better The Eurovan, as I stated before, IS A DIFFERENT ANIMAL. Typically, with VW Bus memories HATE IT. If you to do any real off-roading, you are definitely NOT a person.

On the other hand, if you are an road, mountain-pass-at-highway-speed, intolerant-of-high-ambient-temperatures of person, Eurovans are THE BOMB! If you know for sure, you should a Eurovan Winnebago camper or Westfalia Weekender to test-drive and it for yourself to see if it is your bag. We have both Westys and to compare here at GoWesty. As far as is concerned, a trouble-free ’86-’91, gone-through Vanagon Westy be HARDER to find and can cost to purchase than a run-of-the-mill Winnebago camper. If you don’t me, just look at our “VEHICLES list and see for yourself.

Now, I own a 1979 Bus and a 1987 Westy myself. But the last I had to drive across the desert to and back in the middle of July, you believe I took one of the Eurovans we had for sale. It was 122 degrees on the road and we had bits of ice spitting out of the dashboard Now, that’s A/C! I want to drive a Eurovan No, I don’t think so. But then I happen to be in the unique position to be drive one anytime I want actually having to own one exclusively. So probably not the guy to ask. You just to touch and feel and drive to answer the question:

Are you a Vanagon or a Eurovan person?

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