This is our second VW Camper, the first being a '78 Westfalia Model. Bought both new, and have had this '97 Eurovan Camper for almost 13 years now. All the complaints and problems of the old VW "bus" models have been corrected with this 6-cyclinder model. It has ample power, runs smooth and quiet, is extremely dependable, versatile, and loads of fun to drive and camp -- and, it fits in the garage! The Winnebago camper conversion package is far superior to the older Westfalia conversions --- everything works perfectly! We have had no serious problems with either the vehicle or the camping equipment. After all the years that VW built their 'bus' models, they FINALLY got it right!!
Still fits in the garage. Totally self-contained camping. 3-way refrigerator (AC/DC/propane) Excellent fit and finish inside & out. Comfortable front seating. Both Potable & gray water holding tanks. Stainless Steel sink & stovetop. 18-21mpg fuel economy. Onboard furnace for cold weather.
VW, in all their wisdom, afer finally getting their van right with the Eurovan and Winnebago's excellent camper conversion package, decided to discontinue the Eurovan and replace it with that stupid Chrysler Corporation mini-van with a VW nameplate. No more VW quality built van or camper!
I have owned 6 VW camper vans, and the 1997 model with the 6 cyl engine, has finally gotten enough power to adequately move the vehicle. Earlier 4 cyl versions were plagued with under powered engines, which burned out quickly in South FLorida. I understand that the1997 engine is the same as used on Audi. I have had no problems at all, except the air conditioning, which had to have the compressor replaced. Still get 20 mpg on the highway under normal conditions.
This is my 2nd VW camper. This model
I could actually pass other cars even
on a hill! The stove, refrig etc were
also a marked upgrade from my old
Westphalia. My wife and I have been
able to spend many nights at some
remote areas not accessible to motels
and commercial campgrounds. We were
used to not requiring a "hookup" for
our electrical equipment. The gas
gives us lots of freedom. We'd travel
with our kayak and bikes.
Knowing that we were a "self
contained" camper able to go anywhere!!
From the conversion items to the VW
mfrs stock unit, this is a reliable,
roomy and multifunctional car for
families and people with an adventurous
spirit. Refrigerator, stove, sink,
storage and many extras make this the
van for going anywhere, doing
anything. We particularly appreciated
the safety of smoke alarms, carbon mono
alarms and propanes warning systems.
There is space for up to six passengers
and engine accessibility with a 2nd
battery for the extras. At 18 mpg and
a V6 engine that easily takes the
mountains without a strain, this is the
vacation and/or in-town vehicle that
does it all. We had virtually no
engine problems as yet at 63k.
Our favorite features: Space for
storage of cooking equip, clothes and
food for a week; a pop-up top that
provides an additional double bed; and
a water tank with an outside mini-
shower for rinsing off at the beach or
refilling the dog dish, etc.
VW -- better air conditioning with
more vents for the rear
passengers;better seat belt system for
shorter people; and higher grade tires
at the sale point. Winnebago-- closet
doors with easier sliders; larger water
tank; and a refer that doesn't require
such a high degree of 'level'.