Vanagon – Custom Folding Rear Bed Build

Since our Vanagon Tin-Top is a 1980 base model, it did not come with a folding rear bed from the factory. We decided to change that, in an unconventional way.   Amidst all of the other projects that are going on (as you can see by the mess in the picture…), we decided to build […]


Vanagon – Custom Awning Design and Build

With so many adventures that involve rain and sun, we take the opportunity to build a custom awning for our adventure-mobile!   While driving down the highway one afternoon, we found a full length RV awning that had been ripped off of a trailer as it passed over a local bridge. Since it was destroyed, […]


Vanagon – Wheel Upgrade

With the van back on the road after a long hiatus, we needed to replace the old weathered tires. With the original 14″ size being expensive and outdated, we searched for an alternative. While waiting for the right deal to come up, we came across a set of wheels for a VW Tiguan. Since they […]


Vanagon – Front Seat Upgrade

The front seats in our adventure-mobile were dated and the horsehair cushions were starting to show their age at 300k miles. A suitable replacement was found… When we were looking for new front seats, we had only a couple criteria. We wanted something that offered alot more support, that would fit the van, and didn’t […]


Vanagon – Ladder Design and Build

We now had a storage solution for the top of the van, but it was difficult to get to. We needed a ladder, but we were also unwilling to part with the amount of money needed to acquire a pre-built one. With the roof rack built and installed, we came to realize after several weeks […]


Vanagon – Roof Basket Design and Build

With all of the adventuring we do, we needed a roof-top storage solution for our tin-top Vanagon. Being an avid Do-It-Yourselfer, it just seemed criminal to pay the outrageous prices demanded by aftermarket suppliers. With no experience welding whatsoever, I dove in head first. We began with two halves to a ATV crate that was […]

Adventures – The Chronicles of a 1980 Vanagon

Welcome to the page we have dedicated to our adventures around the Pacific Northwest! My name is Kristina Alig; Photographer and Navigator.¬†All photos are my own, taken by me in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! Follow along as we show you some of the region’s best kept secrets! Coast   Seal Rock Recreation Site Take a […]