I found this pairing of vintage camper vans a bit odd, as it’s right on the top of College Hill, one of the most upscale neighborhoods in Eugene. But then this is Eugene, and such descriptors hardly eliminate the likelihood of something like these two.
Let’s take a look at the big Econoline first.
This is an extended body version, but without a raised roof. I find that idea more than a bit claustrophobic.
It’s ready for the open road, and a paucity of gas stations.
As well as a broken fan belt.
Actually, it’s ready for Burning Man.
And not for the first time.
Its curtains were all up, so no view of the interior. But it looks a bit cluttered in there.
Is that part of the dash panel? The back of a cigarette lighter?
And across the street is an air cooled Westy. Not in original color, obviously.
It’s mighty short compared to the Ford.
And a lot tidier inside.
The Westfalia was a paragon of compact function, with all the basic comforts of home in a very efficient package.
And with a very cheerful and very German fabric print for the fold-down bed. You’d never have seen that in an American van of that vintage. Tufted velour and shag carpeting.
That’s the back part of the bed and the wardrobe. These Westys are so hot still; folks pay crazy money for them and fix them up. A bit too compact for us.
To each their own.