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Old 12-18-2006, 11:57 PM   #1
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Just look....

http://newyork.craigslist.org/lgi/rvs/250383767.html
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Old 12-19-2006, 12:05 AM   #2
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I wonder if that is 2 different vehicles? Or are the wheels different from one side to the other?
Interesting looking but somehow I'd guess a little slow going uphill.
Thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-19-2006, 12:15 AM   #3
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Weird! I wonder what it looks like inside -- the front driver/passenger seat in front of the door, then what?

Maybe it's like Mickey Mouse's trailer, and has many clever bunk/bath/kitchenette features!
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Old 12-19-2006, 06:50 AM   #4
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There's one of these just east of Portland....between Beaverton and Hillsboro (for those in the know). I've wondered how it's powered? Don't see any grill for a radiator in the front, so is it rear powered like a bug? As many times as I've driven by and seen the motorhome parked, I've never stopped to look inside...shoulda.
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Old 12-19-2006, 07:20 AM   #5
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This is a 'MiniHome' conversion of a standard air-cooled Beetle/Bug to plans drawn by RQ Riley which are still available - the MiniHome web page has some good illustrations, along with some scary late-60s fashions!

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Old 12-19-2006, 07:52 AM   #6
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Always good to post a picture so when Craig's List/Ebay/Etc. goes away everyone will know what the heck was so interesting. So here it be:
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Old 12-19-2006, 08:05 AM   #7
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OK, where does the exhaust go?

VWS are rear mount air cooled engines.. how does it cool? It looks like the engine is IN the camper, but .. how is it isolated?
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Old 12-19-2006, 10:01 AM   #8
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There's one of these just east of Portland....between Beaverton and Hillsboro (for those in the know). I've wondered how it's powered? Don't see any grill for a radiator in the front, so is it rear powered like a bug? As many times as I've driven by and seen the motorhome parked, I've never stopped to look inside...shoulda.
I've seen that one too and wondered about it. But never bothered to stop and ask.
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Old 12-19-2006, 10:09 AM   #9
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The page that Andrew linked to includes an expanded diagram of the RV showing the location of the engine and basically how it's isolated.
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Old 12-19-2006, 01:30 PM   #10
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The page that Andrew linked to includes an expanded diagram of the RV showing the location of the engine and basically how it's isolated.
One of these Beetle campers was at the Crytal Lake (IL) VW gathering at the local VW dealership this past fall. The engine is in the normal place for a Beetle and the exhaust had been extended slightly so as not to have the fumes go up into the camper. The cooling vents for the engine are in the rear tire area so that it gets adequate cooling while driving. The inside is interesting, to say the least! The rear seat area becomes the bed and there is a small cooking area, too. The one I saw had a small window AC extending out the passenger window and it could be removed while driving. The gas tank is still upfront in the trunk area and it drives like a Beetle. As noted earlier - the color scheme is 60's and 70's - orange and yellow plaid!
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Old 12-19-2006, 02:47 PM   #11
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Kevin, get back to work! I am giving a test while you are here.

Yes, we are married, and he did this to me before.

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PS: It is his birthday today.
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Old 12-21-2006, 03:09 PM   #12
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I've seen one of these advertized on Craigslist, too! Definitely not the same one - it was kind of an aqua color.
Sadly, I did not save the pics but here is the text that went along with the ad. It was posted back in October.

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Antique 64 VW "Lil Bugger" Camper, Mini Winnebago RARE CUTE - $6750

Very rare cabover camper unit in good mechanical shape after many years of storage.
New clutch, and we are installing all new brakes lines mastercylinder shoes lines etc.
Body is good,
Interior is not good
It needs cushions replaced or recovered
It runs well, is not fast, but has travelled the entire USA in the past.
These were made in Costa Mesa California in the early to mid sixties.
Pics available.
It will be ready to drive by Sunday or so.
If you thought VW busses were slow... I bet they would run away from one of these.
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Old 12-21-2006, 03:14 PM   #13
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You know, looking at the first ad - there are a few things about it that scream "SCAM" to me.

I'd call that... aggressive pricing, as well.
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I wonder if that is 2 different vehicles? Or are the wheels different from one side to the other?
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