Saturday, August 22, 2009

The 1978 VW Campmobile...

Wilson, the 1978 VW Campmobile P-22 by WestfaliaVolkswagen described the Westfalia Campmobile as "having a cottage that goes anywhere you want to go", and that really is true. Wilson is my home away from home, and I enjoy every chance I can get to take him camping. Even outside of camping, it’s nice to know I always have a place to sleep when I’m traveling. The sink, electric hook-up, and icebox provide the basic amenities for a weekend. The bus sleeps two comfortably with the fold down z-bed. VW claimed 4-5 could sleep in the Campmobile, but that would be a tight squeeze, even with kids. I like the pop-up top because it adds a lot of head room. I'd guess 7' at the tallest point.

The Volkswagen camper has always been a symbol of freedom to me. Freedom to go where you want to go, and stay for as long as you need to stay. Sure, you could get a huge RV and live like royalty, but you can't duplicate the personality and happiness a Volkswagen provides. I receive smiles and waves from complete strangers on almost every trip, not to mention the other VW drivers I see along the way. I wouldn't trade Wilson for any other driving experience.

For the record, here are the specifications and features of the 1978 VW Westfalia Campmobile...

Westfalia Models:

  • Standard (P-21)
    • Pastel White (L90D) Pastel White (L90D), Orange plaid
    • Bench converts to double bed
    • Swing-around front passenger seat
    • Clothes closet with mirror
    • 7 storage areas
    • Large dining room table
    • Sink with running water
    • 5.8 gal water tank
    • Icebox
    • 110-volt external receptacle
    • Curtains
    • Louvered side windows w/screens
    • Read door screen
    • Insulated panelled walls
    • Fluorescent ceiling light
    • Wall to wall loop carpeting
    • Spare tire
  • Pop-Up (P-22)
    • Sage Green (L63H) Sage Green (L63H), Green plaid
    • All of the features of the Standard P-21 model, plus...
      • Fiberglass pop-up top
      • Weather-resistant canvas sides
      • Screened window with zipper flap
      • Double bed with mattress
      • Luggage rack
  • Deluxe Pop-up (P-31)
    • Dakota Beige (L13A) Dakota Beige (L13A), Beige & Brown plaid
    • All of the features of the Standard P-21 model, plus...
      • Fiberglass pop-up top
      • Weather-resistant canvas sides
      • Screened window with zipper flap
      • Double bed with mattress
      • Luggage rack
      • Upholstered storage container
      • 12v refrigerator (replaces icebox)
      • Gas stove
      • Outside water hook-up
      • Snack table

Specifications:
  • Make: Volkswagen (VW)
  • Model: Type2 Transporter (T2)
  • Engine: Air-cooled, rear mounted
  • Cylinders: 4 cylinders
  • Displacement: 1970cc / 2.0L
  • Lifters: hydraulic
  • Net HP: 67 @ 4200 RPM
  • Fuel: Bosch L-Jetronic F.I.
  • Ignition: Coil, Distributor
  • # Speeds: 4 forward, 1 reverse
  • Final Drive: Rear wheel drive
  • Clutch: Single-disc, dry
  • Frame: Unitized body chassis
  • Rim Size: 5-1/2Jx14
  • Tire Size: 185 SR 14
  • Steering: Roller type
  • Wheelbase: 95.5"
  • Length: 177.4"
  • Width: 67.7"
  • Height: 81.0"
  • Ground Clearance: 7.9"
  • Turning Circle: 37.1'
  • Curb Weight: 3,300 lbs
  • MPG: 17-25
  • Top Speed: 75 mph
  • Acceleration: 50 mph 13.9 sec
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.6 gal
  • Engine Oil Capacity w/ Filter: 3.7 qt
  • Engine Oil Capacity w/o Filter: 3.2 qt
  • Manual Transmission Capacity: 3.7 qt
  • Windsheild Washer Capacity; 1.5 qt
  • MSRP (Campmobile): $8,570

Standard Features:
  • Four-wheel independent suspension
  • Front stabilizer
  • Steel belted radial tires
  • Power assisted brakes
  • Front vent windows
  • Dual outside mirrors
  • Padded dashboard
  • Electric fresh air ventilation
  • Auxiliary heater
  • Day/night inside rear view mirror
  • Walk-through aisle
  • Sliding side door
  • Rear window defogger

Optional Features
  • Air conditioner
  • Fog lamps
  • Bumper overriders
  • Trailer hitch
  • AM/FM/Radio/Tapeplayer
  • Roof carrier
  • Floor mats

4 comments:

  1. Close by in Janesville, WI. Just got my first 1978 Westy. Dogdoc89@gmail.com
    Also green!

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  2. what set of tires do you recommend? please email me at brandondean@hotmail.com

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  3. My Green westy seems to like to let his outside mirrors get loose which makes it dangerous when changing lanes. I don't want any harm to become of him or me. Any information about the best method to ensure stable mirrors would be greatly appreciated. Please email me at tlryder@hotmail.com

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    1. I DRILL AN 1/8" HOLE ON THE BACK SIDE - TAP 1/4-20 W/

      STAINLESS SETSCREW. Taa-Daa.....

      THESTOCKSGUY@hotmail.com

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