This new page is for the Camping, traveling Westies out there. We have travel tips, fun pics, and fun info. I hope in the future we can even organize group camping trips.
What is a Westy?
Westy is short for Westfalia and has become a generic term for a Volkswagen Camper Bus. However, not every camper Bus is a Westfalia. True Westfalia Camper Buses are those Buses built between 1968 and 1979 and whose camper kits were installed by the Westfalia Werks Company in Germany.
Signs that your Bus is a Westy. First as I stated above your Bus had to been built between 1968 and 1979. Next your Bus will have a pop top. A pop top is a fiberglass top extension that you can put up from the inside of the Bus. Then on the inside you’ll have (at least if no one remove all of it) a sink cabinet with or without the ice box (some had a storage cabinet option in lieu of the ice box), a jump seat and jump stool, a back seat that doubles has a “Z” bed which includes a cabinet underneath and a side cabinet and a top cot and over the seats front cot. Westfalia gave an option for a back shelf, back cabinet or a storage net in the rear. Generally somewhere on the Bus will be a plate or sticker stating Westfalia Werks and production number. And THAT is a standard Westy camper.
Now if you have the inside camping equipment but no pop top that’s called a Day Camper. If the “pop top” opens to the side instead of straight up it’s a Domemobile. Pop tops that are taller than a standard pop top is called a Riviera. And solid fiberglass models that are very tall and do not move at all are called High Tops. And list goes on and on with different companies doing retro fits in many countries over the last 50 years.
Now I know that some Vanagon pop tops are marked with the Westfalia sticker but in general are not called Westies only Vanagon Campers. True Westies stopped in 1979.
Volkswagen has worked with many companies over the years on their campers. Westfalia Werks, Airstream, Winnabago and in recent years in England with Danbury.
And that’s what a Westy is!