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I took my trip in a 1982 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia. I bought it in Greeley, Colorado in March of 1999 for $4600, it had 124,432 miles on it when I pulled out of my garage and began the Advanture on April 20, 2000.

Volkswagen has been making camper versions of their vans since the 1950's. Over the years a number of different companies have performed camper conversions on Volkswagen vans, some of them here in the United States, but Westfalia A.G. has always been Volkswagen's official camper conversion company except for a few years in the early 90's.

Volkswagen manufactured my van in Hannover, Germany and then sent it off to Westfalia A.G. in Westfalen, Germany to have the pop-top installed and camper conversion done. Then the van was exported for final sale to the United States. This van was originally purchased in 1982 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The evening I bought the van, a big, big smile.

Vehicle Specifications

1982 Volkswagen Westfalia L
Color: White

Engine: 1.9 liter air-cooled 4 cyl.
67 HP (not a typo!)
4 speed manual transmission
Rear wheel drive

15.9 gallon fuel tank
17 mpg city
22 mpg highway

Wheelbase: 96.9"

Length: 179.9"
Width: 72.6"
Height: 72.2"
Ground clearance: 7.5"
Turning circle: 34.5 ft

Vehicle Equipment (standard)

Camper Pop Top w/front tent window
Queen sized bed in pop top
Back seat folds into 2nd queen bed

110 Volt AC electrical outlet
Circuit breaker
Liquid Propane Gas stove (2 burners)
Liquid Propane Gas tank
Sink & water storage tank (13 gallons)
Fire extinguisher
Clothes locker w/mirror
3 shelf closet
Overhead storage cabinet
Privacy curtains
Removeable bug screen for rear hatch
LPG-110VAC-12VDC refrigerator
2 folding tables
Exterior water and electrical hook ups

Note hook ups and fridge vent on side.

Pop-top up with front window open.

Westfalia floorplan & complete Advanture packing list.

Official VW dealer brochure photos from 1982.
the vehicle