Not all Volkswagen Transporter camper vans go by the name of Westfalia. The German company Dehler Mobile, defunct since 1998, also offered a range of high-quality Transporter-based camper vans. One of them was the Maxivan, using a short wheelbase Volkswagen T4 as a starting point.
The fourth generation of the Transporter, with a front engine and front-wheel drive layout, was introduced in 1990. From 1992 onwards the T4 was also exported to North America, where it was called the Eurovan. The fifth generation of the Transporter was launched in 2003.
The 1991 van I caught is powered by a naturally aspirated, 2.4 liter inline-5 diesel engine with a maximum power output of 78 DIN-hp. This power unit, with Volkswagen’s engine code AAB, was built from September 1990 to September 1998.
No less than 432,060 of them were used in the T4, making it the most common engine in this Transporter generation.
Sure, the striping has faded throughout the years, but this Maxivan seems to be capable of roaming the roads for many years to come.
The peaceful happy camper stickers on the van’s right side must be of a more recent date.
The driver’s compartment is still looking good and clean too. The somewhat less peaceful window sticker is just saying there’s a security alarm system aboard. No one is getting tasered when approaching the ol’ VeeDub.
Here’s a splendid 1997 Dehler Maxivan I found on the web. For more pictures and info go to the Wohnmobil-Galerie in Germany.
Dehler Mobile also converted US Ford and Dodge vans. The Broughamification turned out quite well. Gut gemacht Jungs!