Driving Habits

Slow and steady wins the race.  Traveling in a Westy is an experience.  Remember, these vehicles are 30 years old.  Do not expect an entirely modern driving experience.  Do not expect to clock 140kmh on the Island Highway.  Speeds are best limited to 80-100kmh.  Many vans do not have power steering.  Slow speed maneuvering takes a bit of muscle.  Brakes do not compare to that of new cars.  Give yourself time to stop.


All vans come with small appliances to improve everyday comforts while adventuring. We provide a detailed operation explanation during the van walk-through before each trip but occasionally with all of the excitement people can mix up the procedural steps. To help with possible confusion we've outlined below the simple step-by-step sequence for using each appliance.   


For insurance purposes we advise renters to run the refrigerators from the 12V camping battery. 

  1. Open fridge.
  2. See dial cluster at uppermost section of fridge. 
  3. Press Power Source switch to the BATTERY ICON. 
  4. Adjust Temperature Control dial to desired level. 
  5. Sip slightly-cooler-than-room-temperature beer!


  1. Turn Propane dial Left to Open (Located Drivers-side, below trim).
  2. Open stove cover. 
  3. Turn stove dial located directly below to IGNITE ICON.
  4. Light desired burner with provided BBQ lighter. 
  5. Adjust flame strength using aforementioned stove dial. 


There are 2 types of sink faucets your van could be equipped with; both will provide water by either;

  1.  Twist dial on neck of a black faucet.
  2. Press button beside silver faucet.   


Fuses will occasionally break from an unexpected electrical surge. If this occurs you may lose power to accessory electrical functions such as radio, windshield wipers, or sink pump. Should this occur:

  1. One fuse panel in Volkswagen Westfalia Vanagons is located left of the steering wheel below the dash on the drivers side of the van. Additional Fuses are located under the Driver Seat. 
  2. You can identify a broken fuse by checking the integrity of the metal wire/strip. If the metal is broken, then so is the fuse. 
  3. Replacement fuses are located in the glove box. 


These classic camper vans are vintage and require different maintenance than the average 2010 Civic. Since we left the heads-up LCD displays at home you'll have to get the nails dirty and do a manual check for a few items. Not hard or long, just easy. 


We please ask you check the level of engine Oil daily. 

  1. Open licence plate.
  2. Locate Oil Dip Stick 
  3. Remove and inspect level. 
  4. If Oil level is:
    • Below required height: Replace Dip Stick, Remove Oil Cap ( ICON ), Take provided Oil Funnel, Pour 1-glug, Check Oil Dip Stick. Repeat until required height reached. 


Over long multi-week trips the Coolant level may begin to dip as the engine works hard to stay cool on hot summer days. Check coolant level by:

  1.  Open engine bay cover.
  2. Locate Coolant Tank (Blue Cap). 
  3. If Coolant height is below Required Height:
    • Wait until engine is cold.
    • Unscrew Blue Cap.
    • Fill coolant tank to Max line with provided Coolant.
    • Replace cap.


No Diesel.

91-Octane gasoline only please. 


Each van comes equipped with 2 separate batteries. The primary battery is used for driving, while the secondary (or camping) battery is used for interior appliances and accessory electrical functions such as cabin lighting. People find all sorts of ways to kill batteries, here is how to bring them back to life.  

Primary Battery: 

i)     Driving battery is located under the passenger seat.

ii)    Use provided Jumper Cables to recharge the battery by;

a)  Connect RED cable-lead to the positive (+) battery terminal of dead battery.

b)  Connect RED cable-lead to the positive (+) battery terminal of saviour battery.

c)  Connect BLACK cable-lead to an unpainted metal surface on the van.

d)  Connect BLACK cable-lead to the negative ( - ) battery terminal on saviour battery.

e)  Turn on saviour car and let battery charge for a few moments, then turn on van.

Secondary (camping) Battery:

Will recharge if you drive the van.