Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!





Volkswagen EuroVan

13468940

Comments

  • bar_xxbar_xx Posts: 8
    Has anyone recently purchased a new Camper Van in California? I would like to know if the dealer came off the msrp. I have had no success trying to get a quote via e-mail. Either the dealer was not a Camper Van dealer or I received no response.Has anyone bought one through AAA or Costco or something similar.
  • indybusindybus Posts: 3
    In response to the inquiry for an awning for the latest model Eurovan Camper, an awning can be purchased through VW for around $500. The cover is painted to match the vehicle (white). However, this same awning can be ordered through many RV equipment suppliers for around $300. The cover is aluminum and you can order it with the awning material in a variety of colors. It is made by Carefree of Colorado. You can also order the attaching brackets through the RV equipment supplier. Make sure you get the one made for the VW Eurovan camper. Carefree makes a lot of different makes and models.
    Also, someone inquired about buying through AAA. I bought mine this way after trying to negotiate with three different dealers. I bought mine at substantial savings over all the dealers through AAA. Interestingly, AAA acquired it from one of the dealers I had been negotiating with!
  • pngu107pngu107 Posts: 2
    I'm shopping for an awning for my 99 Eurovan. I talked to a Eurovan owner I met at a gas station about his awning (has "Eurovan" printed on it). He said it's not a good design and he has problem setting it up by himself... I didn't have much time to ask him more about it. It's kind of discouraging... What's your experience with your Eurovan awning? Do you recommend it?
  • mrnimmomrnimmo Posts: 271
    Folks, there is a real simple awning that I've seen on VW vans of all sorts made by Shadyboy. If ease of use is your thing, visit

    www.shadyboy.com

    I've also heard good things about the Catalina brand of awnings. There are several sizes. I think 8.5 feet is the model usually employed by vanagon/eurovanners. See

    www.campingworld.com.

    Finally, Steve Lashley (vanagon.com listmember who started a small business importing real German camping accessories) has several wonderful awnings, including some models with a sidewall or two. He also has tents to attach to your van for the ultimate accessory.

    I know that eurovans require either bolting some mounting device or those add-on drip rails. I'd love to tell you more, but I don't own any of these. There are many owners of these on the vanagon and eurovan mailing list. See www.vanagon.com for details. I would suggest DIGEST mode as there are often 80-100 emails a day on the list. Great way to keep your VW running and learn how to make your van better for camping.
  • bar_xxbar_xx Posts: 8
    Jerry did you buy your Camper Van through a dealer in California, if so which dealer and what did you pay for your van.Thanks.
  • indybusindybus Posts: 3
    The awning with Eurovan on it is the one sold by VW as an accessory for the Eurovan. It is made by Carefree of Colorado, painted white to match the Eurovan Camper, and has a Eurovan label stuck on. It is easy to use by one reasonably coordinated person or two not so coordinated. It must be staked down to hold it in light winds and not used at all in heavy winds (My first one was torn up at a Jimmy Buffet concert in Atlanta). It does provide amply shade on a sunny day. As I mentioned before this awning can be ordered through many camping supply dealer for about $150 to $200 less than the 'official' VW one.
  • indybusindybus Posts: 3
    bar xx, When you buy through AAA as I did, AAA looks for the best deal through several dealers and then presents the deal to you. You then actually buy the car (or van) from AAA. As noted the price AAA was able to get was better than I was able to get. I just couldn't get dealers to budge much. I used the AAA in North Carolina where I live. They had the EuroCamper delivered from the dealer in Atlanta to my office in North Carolina. No hassle.
  • safevansafevan Posts: 3
    I have been test driving minivans and the eurovan over and over for the past 9 months. I have read all of the last years postings here and am wondering about whether there is ANY information on 1) the crash safety of the eurovan, 1999 or 2000; 2) is it true that there is no dip stick and oil checks can only be done by computer; 3)that not all auto lifts can lift the EV. I found, on the european car testing web site, that they tested another VW passenger van that did very poorly. I am completely hooked on this vehicle, but cannot but it with out some kind of feedback that it is not a death trap. Anyone know anything about EV crash results??? How many have been sold in the US? Who keeps the crash results? Thanks.
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,028
    Have you checked the NHTSA for crash test info? Here is a link to Edmund's Safety info.

    KarenS
    Vans host

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • mrnimmomrnimmo Posts: 271
    Any chance of changing the name of this topic to VolkswagEn Eurovan instead of the missssspelled VolkswagOn Eurovan?
  • safevansafevan Posts: 3
    Well, I had already checked them, but thanks, I checked again. No crash test data is available. Anyone out there have any big accidents they want to share? Sadly, I may need to set aside my fever for the eurovan and go with safety data.
  • I've not been able to get Boardwalk in Redwood City, CA to call me back re: an EV camper, despite three calls and a visit over one year. I enlisted the aid of a broker, hammerauto.com. Mr. Hammer asked me the list price of three I found at Ron Price in So. SF. When I said around $37K (which I have reason to believe is 10% over invoice), he _said_ he could get it for $34-$35K. Well, _that_ came in at just under $36K, from -- Boardwalk! Ron Price met the price, although they had added a $5K premium sticker to the window (total=$42K!). I did not try AAA or Costco, and I did not try to negotiate further. Advantages: Ron Price is a lot closer, and I got Pearl with eleven miles on her, perfect for a slow deliberate break-in. In the literature that came with, VW/Winnebago lists every authorized EV Camper dealer in the US; let me know if you want to find one near you. sws3@pge.com. Oh, Niello.com in Sacramento quoted me 6% over invoice, but that was for a '99 last December.
  • fruf182fruf182 Posts: 1
    I bought the Weekender first year of the Eurovan
    in US and LOVE it! No problems at all! Been to
    Eastern Seaboard in Canada, out west to Manitoba,
    and all Mid-west and Eastern US. I'd never buy one new-I'd buy a good used one. They're out there-if you look. (We use ours only for major trips (only 34,900 on it-I'll be using it 20 years from now!)

    On awnings: never used 'em. Just set up a
    screen house next to van. You can get a tent-like
    deal that has a shockcorded affair that fits around your open tailgate.
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,028
    Unfortunately, the software does not allow us to edit topic titles. The only thing that can be done is to close this topic and create a new one.

    KarenS
    Vans host

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • just so this doesn't cost you again and again...
    your ripply tires are caused your tires turning at an angle relative to the direction of the vehicle - i.e.- by misalignment - get your wheels aligned - it will save lots of money in the future
  • gentlegiantgentlegiant Posts: 12
    I think I'm ready to get a Eurovan Camper. Anyone use one for everyday driving? It would replace my New Beetle for my daily commute. Anyone know where to find pricing info like what is on this site and KBB? I want to get the best deal, and they aren't selling too well here in MN. Also, is it true that the tax and interest are deductible since this is a "second residence?" THANKS so much for the advice. gentlegiant
  • We really like the new 99/00 Eurovan, and want to buy a new or low mileage one. But we can't find any safety or reliability information. And this is important, since this VW will carry our kids.

    VW hasn't been helpful, the dealers know nothing, and NHTSA hasn't crashed one. Can anybody help?
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,028
    I took a look at the IIHS (Insurance Institute Highway Safety) site, but the Eurovan was not listed. Nor was it listed in the NCAP Offset Crash Tests. Hopefully, a current Eurovan owner will drop by and offer some info.

    Good luck!

    KarenS
    Vans host

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

13468940
Sign In or Register to comment.