Westfalia accessory tent

I posted long ago about the tent Westfalia sold as an accessory for their VW bus camper conversions and wanted to return to the topic with a focus on their setup.  Let me start by saying I always admired these canvas tents when I came across them at shows.  Often referred to as the drive-away tent, standalone tent, bus tent, or, in the more modern variations, the add-a-room tent, they always seemed so practical to me.  Four people can easily sleep inside and, sans people, there is ample room for extra gear, getting dressed, board games, or escaping the elements.  And those colors!  The great 1970’s color scheme always reminded me of a circus tent and is many levels higher on the cool-factor chart than the drab green canvas tents in which I slept as a kid. Even with today’s brighter colored tents, it remains easy to find your campsite with this tent.  With the arrival of Moby, we quickly adopted the tent as mandatory equipment because the space became so useful when camping with kids.

Yet, despite their usefulness stated above, drawbacks associated with this canvas dwelling Continue reading

71 Super along the road – for sale

Martha discovered this beetle for sale after our trip to Assateague, but before leaving for North Carolina.  I did not get a chance to visit until today; luckily for me no one bought it while we were away.  The owner was not around so I could not investigate all the details for the bug.  Overall it looks like a great beetle, most likely repainted at some point, but the roof has some worn paint that does not conform to the condition of the paint on the rest of the car. It could be an older paint job or perhaps they only painted portions of the bug and matched the color really well. The interior appears to be solid, but the car was locked so I could not verify any reupholstering.  No major rust, at least on the body – unknown pan condition, but I would think they are in good shape or replaced based on the overall Continue reading

Outer Banks NC VW sightings

Just a couple of VW’s we saw while on vacation over the past few weeks.  There were a few more, but the camera is never handy when you need it!

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This very crusty beetle has seen better days.

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We saw this very nice buggy out and about a few times before finally getting this shot.

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Very nice late bay camper that Martha found at the grocery store parking lot.

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That roof rack looks like it can haul a lot of surf gear.

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A very nice collection of stickers.

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Not a VW, but this UFO is one of those odd roadside sights that must be photographed.

Every piece has its place (Bus Puzzle)

Our family has a little tradition when on vacation at the beach – putting puzzles together.  This year we tackled a bus puzzle I received as a gift from Martha.  2000 pieces, 193 buses, vanagons, pick-ups, bay windows, and splitties.  It was a family task, including kids and a family friend that caused us all to stay up way too late for the week.  I found it intriguing that putting a real bus back together can be very a similar endeavor.

The box, as pictured in the original post.

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This came from Martha for my birthday. Looking forward to a bad weather weekend to tackle this!

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Completed! This puzzle was interesting in that a lot fo pieces were easy to orient due to the easy identification of body parts. However, it was still a pretty good challenge!

Campervan friendly hostel (Outer Banks, NC)

Last month a post showed up on the Full Moon Bus Club website from the owners of a hostel on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  After traveling from California to NC last year in their 1985 Westfalia Vanagon, Brandon and Kristin decided to stay awhile in the town of Buxton – not far from the Hatteras Lighthouse.  Here they opened the Hatteras Hostel and Vanland just off the main road through town.  Since we are vacationing a couple of towns north, we decided to stop by to say hello and introduce ourselves to a couple of fellow VW enthusiasts as well as to investigate the hostel to see what it was all about. Unfortunately, Kristin was out of town, but we met Brandon, a very cheerful and welcoming person who happily showed us around and let us take a few pictures of the ’85 camper.

Conveniently located between the beach and town of Buxton (both easily accessible with a short walk), they offer individual rooms and two camper parking spaces with electric hookups.  Continue reading

A bus finds a home (no, not mine)

Ever since we bought Moby, I kept reminding Tom that he needed a bus.  I mentioned on this blog many times before how the two of us have spent much time together traveling and camping in, or working on our buses. With me finally having a bus again, I figured it was high time he followed suit. For the past five years, I bombarded him with any bus ad that came my way – good, bad, cheap, expensive, project, or ready roller, he got them all.  Alas, circumstances prevented him from acting and the ads only found use for some interesting conversations.  Last spring, after we got the convertible beetle on the road and after Dubs in the Shrubs, Tom’s interest began to increase as his circumstances changed and allowed the possibility of owning a bus to appear on the horizon.  The ads I now sent took on a more Continue reading

Getting away once more to Assateague Island, Maryland

The last few months turned out fairly crazy with many things on the to-do list (both fun and otherwise).  To top off the busy schedule, my laptop once again died. Although I lost no data or pictures this time, I am still incredibly surprised at the amount of time it takes to bring a new beast online and make it functional with all the software and such.   With that thankless task in progress numerous posts in waiting began to pile up.  To catch up with these, I will begin with last week’s adventures to Assateague Island State Park located within the state of Maryland.

Every few years a group of our friends manages to coordinate a joint trip to this coastal location and this summer, we made our Continue reading