Thursday, September 1, 2016
Vanagon Geekness: Repair Resources
It's a Vanagon, so unfortunately, at some point in your "relationship", you will find yourself sitting alongside the road trying to figure out why your van won't go.
There are numerous threads about "what to bring" and keep stocked in your van on road trips, but here's a quick hack that I like as well.
Mobile e-Manual: Many of us have been in the age of technology long enough to have an old device laying around that isn't being used. An old smartphone, an outdated tablet, maybe a laptop? I went online and with a little digging, managed to find a PDF copy of the Bentley repair manual. I then transferred that PDF to an old Motorola tablet and it gets kept in the van. It's also handy for just tinkering around in the driveway, rather than getting greasy fingers on those beautiful white paper pages of the original manual.
If this device has internet access, make a list of favorites or links to manufacturers, repair facilities, Facebook groups like "Vanagon Help" or "Vanagon Owners" so that you have the resources to help you get your baby back rolling.
I also like that you can zoom in on illustrations since my eyesight isn't what it was a few years ago.
Anyhow, just an idea...