Removing the air conditioner

If there’s one thing I dislike about the Sprinter Westy, it’s the Kerstner air conditioner on the roof. The van was never designed for one – the European versions have an extra skylight in its place. And the unit itself is heavy, ugly, and loud.

I always contemplated removing mine, since it didn’t work anyway. But the size of the unit and the height of the van always scared me away. But Ted G. didn’t have any such qualms!

way up there

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Will this one fetch $70k?

Update: The listing went a bit haywire and was removed from eBay. In the Q&A the seller states:

Q: What would you consider reasonable offer?
A: I have turned down 63,500. Acceptable offer has to be above 65,000

I’m not sure if the van sold or not. I’m refraining from speculating on what it’s worth :)

A reader contacted me yesterday and pointed out a Westy on eBay, with a Buy it Now price of $69,500:

Sprinter Westfalia for sale in Pasadena

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Airstream Sprinter Westfalia for sale in Berkeley, CA

Update: Van is sold.

Brian Borg sent me the following info on his Westy for sale. Please contact him directly if you’re interested.

Westy for sale!
Price: $50k
Location: Berkeley, California
Miles: 93k
Condition: Good
Contact: Brian Borg, (email removed after sale)

Full pics can be found here on dropbox


I’m a happy Airstream Westfalia owner, having bought one new in 2007 from the Intermountain Coach Airstream dealer in Colorado Springs. But my life turnings have led me overseas, and this vehicle is simply not getting much use any longer…so after a couple years of internal wrangling, I’ve finally come to the decision to let her go.

Beautiful camper van with beautiful views

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Time to sell my van… Airstream Sprinter Westfalia for sale near Seattle, WA

Update: Van has sold! Happy trails :)

(Added interior pictures here: Interior pictures of my van for sale.)

The time has come to sell my van! You can tell by the fact that I keep this blog that I LOVE the Sprinter Westfalia :) But I’ve just bought a house and I can’t keep the van anymore. I’ll be saving up my money for another one, though – there’s absolutely nothing like these vans in the USA.

The van is near Maltby, WA – about 30 miles northeast of Seattle. Price is $55k.

(Update: I had the mileage wrong when I posted this ad. Actual mileage is 44,000.)

Ian Stock’s blog post is a great overview of the vehicle for anyone unfamiliar with a Sprinter Westfalia. Basically, it’s an award-winning European camper converted by Westfalia, on the Mercedes Sprinter platform. In 2005, Airstream imported just 250 of them, making them literally the van for one person in a million :)

Airstream Sprinter Westfalia for sale near Seattle

Airstream Sprinter Westfalia for sale near Seattle

The van is in excellent shape; everything works except the air conditioner, which is the only unreliable appliance on these vans. More and more owners are replacing their original units with simpler, lighter modern American versions; some have removed them altogether. I was planning on replacing ours with a solar panel. (Update: I should make clear that the rooftop air conditioner is broken, but the dash air conditioning works perfectly!)

The generator fires up each time, the propane stove works beautifully, the hot water heater provides plenty of shower time, the fridge stays cold. I upgraded the black water system on the van, replacing the stock tank with a custom tank twice the size (20 gallons).

Airstream Sprinter Westfalia for sale near Seattle

At the same time that I replaced the plumbing, I added digital tank sensors to the black and grey water tanks. Instead of the 33% / 66% / full gauge that came stock, the new sensors provide 1% levels to the digital display.

There’s a Stowaway Max cargo carrier in the rear hitch, which provides 16 cubic feet of storage on a swingaway frame. We carried firewood for the trip, camp chairs, Tonka trucks, and more! It has a locking lid and a locking hitch pin, and is completely waterproof.

Even without the box, the van has an amazing amount of storage. There are cupboards and shelves throughout the entire vehicle, and we happily camped as 2 adults and 2 young kids with all of our stuff.

Airstream Sprinter Westfalia for sale near Seattle

Airstream Sprinter Westfalia for sale near Seattle

The engine runs beautifully, and I’ve always used Mobil 1 synthetic. There are 44,000 miles on the odometer – barely broken in for these 5-cylinder diesel engines! I’ve averaged over 20mpg this whole time. Though I never took the plunge, many have run straight biodiesel in their identical Sprinters with fantastic results.

Airstream Sprinter Westfalia for sale near Seattle

Airstream Sprinter Westfalia for sale near Seattle

So there you have it! I’m sure there’s stuff I’ve forgotten to mention. You can get in touch with me through the contact form on this site. I’d love to talk with anyone on the phone, too – just email me first and I’ll send you my number.

Happy travels!

Airstream Sprinter Westfalia for sale near Seattle

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New and old Westies and VWs

Jerry sent me this awesome photograph of his van at a VW swap meet in St. Pete. I asked him what sort of reception he received; he says:

The moment I drove up and they saw the Westie logo I had a crowd of people welcoming us into the VW group. They were really impressed by the interior because it had the familiar feeling of a Volkswagen camper. I hung around and swapped stories about past camping trips. I’ve also have owned a 1971 Volkswagen westie, 1987 Vanagon camper, and a 1991 Eurovan camper. So we really had fun talking about what if…the Airstream Westie became the next Volkswagen.

Airstream Westfalia at VW swap meet

Thanks Jerry for sharing this!

Everybody else, please feel free to send me photos to post.

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Some old pictures

Winter’s a bit slow for us when it comes to vannin’, so the site has pretty much been a string of for sale ads recently! To break that string, here’s a couple of old pictures of the van – the only ones I had on my phone, since the rest of my photos are on a hard drive elsewhere right now.

(Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind for sale ads at all, but I like to entertain current owners as well :) )

The first one is at a parking lot in Banff National Park, from a trip last year:

Banff National Park

Also from last year, when we were at our most vanful, and wishing we were in California still :)

Winter storm

Feel free to send me your own pictures!

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