The Volkswagen Eurovan Camper is the American version of the legendary VW Westfalia camper based on the fourth generation of the popular VW transporter. The successor of the legendary Westy or the Vanagon, had the full camper van conversion carried out by Winnebago for the American market.
Introduced in 1990, the T4 Transporter was a revolution for Volkswagen. It was their first van with a front mounted water-cooled engine and front-wheel drive after decades of rear mounted engines.
This van is smaller than a standard delivery van, but larger then any other mini vans on the market. It handles and drives very much like an ordinary car, but sports an incredibly roomy interior.
Together with the pop-top roof, you get a low profile and versatile vehicle that can either drive you to work or on a long trip around the country. And it gets great gas mileage and has the ability to slip into any garage or parking space.
The unique and versatile pop-top-roof camper van conversion, first introduced in the 1960's by the German Westfalia, came to the U.S. market in two versions based on the Eurovan. Both were available from 1993-2003.
The Eurovan Weekender comes with the Westfalia pop-top roof and no camper furniture installed inside. It has a seating capacity for 7 people, the rear bench that converts into a bed large enough for 3 persons and another double bed in the pop-top roof. When the roof is opened, there is over seven feet of headroom (2m) when the bed is up. Pulling the bed down still allows you to sit down and chat or read a book. The sides are made from durable fabric with side windows for ventilation.
The Weekender also includes a fold away table and a small cooler box, large enough for some basic food and drinks. Window curtains are also a part of the package.
The Winnebago Volkswagen Eurovan Camper conversion is based on the long wheel base Eurovan and is 17 feet(5,189mm) long. The pop-top roof with the double bed is still here, but this camper van is fully equipped with just about everything you'll ever need. The only thing these type of campers almost never had is the bathroom.
The interior layout is more or less common to all VW camper vans, with the kitchen cupboards and storage room running along the drivers side, the rear bench that converts into a double bed and the swiveling captain's chairs creating a small but comfy lounge for four people.
The Eurovan inside and out
Photo courtesy of Ed Brady
And don't forget the heater that keeps you warm at night.
With a full refrigerator, two burner furnace and the stove you won't be hungry. There's also a sink, with cold running water and an outside shower to freshen you up. Two water tanks keep the fresh and waste water in place. And for all the power you might need, there is an auxiliary deep-cycle battery.
Car-like features like A/C, power windows, power locks, cruise control, rack-and-pinion steering, independent suspension and many more are standard.
Volkswagen Eurovan Camper and Weekender come either with a 109hp 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine or the 140hp 2.8-liter VR6 engine. In 2001 the VR6 engine was revised and now has 201hp. The powerful engines and 4400-pound towing capacity should satisfy most of your needs.
This versatile and durable quality made camper vans are rather unique and are developing a cult status in the USA. Companies like Pop Top Heaven and Go Westy have all the spare parts available in order to enjoy your camper van on the road for many years to come.
If you need a light, practical all purpose every day companion, this Volkswagen Eurovan camper is something you might want to consider...
The Volkswagen Eurovan camper has a lot of fans around do to it's compact simplicity. It's a tough van, that you can enjoy for a long time...just give it a little bit of attention and you'll spend many memorable moments together.
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