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Travelling around Europe in a Campervan part 4

This time Slovenia, and WOW!!!! what a place….

We didnt really know what to expect as we did very little research about the place but we do thank Doug and Elvis for giving some top tips on places to visit. You have to love a country who”s national sport isnt football or rugby but rock climbing and hiking, my kind of people. Most people spoke really good english, no litter of graffiti anywhere and an all round awesome place. Before you watch the video I am just going to say NO LOUISE DIDNT STEAL THAT REALLY hehehehehe…. We bought the item in question a few days earlier as we thought we had bought a device for repelling insects, but it turned out we bought a device for mourning the dead…. Wonder why we were getting strange looks in the evening and nobody would talk to us. What the hell am I on about? you will have to watch the video and see….

Part 5 to follow soon.

Jed replaces the rear wheel bearing on his T25 Vanagon Syncro

MOT time, and Jed’s van failed on a sloppy rear wheel bearing, i.e. too much play.

From a bad experience with a rear wheel bearing failing and damaging the bearing carrier – Jed now carries a good spare used hub with rear bearings already pressed in (I carry one in my van too). A quick video to show swapping them over, without undoing the brake system:

Replacement bearings were bought from Brickwerks, a great parts supplier who know their stuff and stock quality items as well as shipping stuff out quick!

For those of us who prefer to retighten that 46mm nut up to torque settings over the more agricultural method of counting turns, a quick check on the 80-90 Wiki tells us we need a whopping 500 NM/360ftlbs. Or a fat bloke on a scaffold pole.

iPhone dock in your camper, with a twist…

Looking for a good way to mount / charge your iPhone in your Camper, Jake took an ordinary ebay special and adapted it to fit a Westfalia T25 Vanagon.

Jake got his on ebay, similar to these ones:

[UK]

[US]

How to refit your T25 front window / windscreen / windshield

Most long term van owners know the feeling, you get in the van, and you have damp carpets in the front after it has been parked up,  or worse still you are driving in heavy rain and you can feel it dripping onto your foot! Yep, the those little rust bubbles under the windscreen seal are worse than you thought – time for the window to come out.

Rubber shrinks and hardens over time, most of our vans our at least 20 years old now, that is a fair old while sitting in sun wind and rain. Removing and replacing the window is actually easier than you’d think – although you have to be careful that is a big old piece of glass. I managed this by myself first time I did it (like the Autoglass guys do), however, it is easier with friends.

If I am replacing the seal, I like to cut around the inside with the stanley knife  – otherwise you need to leverage the old one out – which makes risk of breaking it higher. Once you have popped it out, you can deal with the rust and or welding, then it is time to put the glass back. Ideally go for an original seal if you can find a supplier who has one – new seals are far tighter than the older ones you have just taken out, so can require a bit of work . You can also get windscreen sealer – but if you have a good new seal you probably won’t need this!

We used a piece of cord, available at most DIY or chandlers – insert it all the way around the seal and cross the bits over where they meet.

A little hint I picked up is to use some kind of silicone based lubricant to help the seal lip slip over the metal, we had some Tyre Black lying around so used that, worked pretty well.

I bought my seal from:

http://www.vwbusshop.de/ , Gunzl does great quality stuff, and some good Westy bits, shipping only took 3-4 days, and it was a pukka original one.

GoWesty sell, them in the US, not sure of quality, but their stuff is usually good.

If you have the chrome moulding and seal with the groove for this, it is more work, although this is a good chance to swap to a seal without this and lose that faded, cracking plastic..

Anybody else have recommendation for good seal suppliers?

p.s. a big thanks to my pal Russel@Syncronutz who showed me this technique years ago!

How To Lift The Rear Of Your Syncro For Very Little Cash…

Measuring up a T25 / T3 / Vanagon Syncro Westfalia for the difference in rear height from left to right. Raising slightly and correcting that infamous “Westy Lean”,

There are various options to raise or correct the height on the rear of a Vanagon T25 T3 syncro, we have chosen the home DIY option. Alternatively, various specialist suppliers offer kits.

Brickwerks offer a Westy Levelling kit, for 2WD and syncro:

http://www.brickwerks.co.uk

Or, you can buy rear spacers from:

http://www.syncro-services.com

http://www.gowesty.com

http://www.syncro-nutz.com