Travels, Modifications, Experiences


2001 VW Eurovan Camper

Our 2001 VW Eurovan Camper near Bend, Oregon

Our long-awaited dream vehicle, a 2001 Volkswagen Eurovan Camper, purchased in October 2009 with about 65,000 miles on it. We did the GoWesty Lift-Level upgrade, worked on some of the squirrely fridge/propane issues inside, and have been testing it out on trips hither and yon with each journey resulting in new ideas for improving the experience for us and our dog…

5 responses

  1. Chi Melville

    In addition to the furnace vents, the mice also come in through two air vents at the lower rear of the chassis. This is probably the main mouse access as they’re pretty big and would be easy for a mouse to navigate. You can see one of them by looking inside the coach battery compartment – lower, outside wall. It’s a black rectangular vent that has a really lightweight plastic flap on the outside. It’s a one way valve to let air out of the rig when you have fresh air coming in and the windows closed. It’s also where the dust is coming in.

    I put a screen (1/4″ galvanized) over the inside of the vent on the passenger side but that’s next to impossible on the drivers side because of the furnace. But you can easily put one on the outside of that vent by removing, at least partially, the bumper cover. That takes a fairly large Trox screw bit.

    Send me an email and I’ll reply with some photos of the screen I made up.

    Chi Melville

    September 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

    • Hi Chi,

      Thanks for your message. I’d heard about the rear vents, and would like to see what your screen looks like. I haven’t had any rodent incursions since that post, but am sure it’s just a matter of time… Thanks again!

      September 6, 2011 at 8:37 am

  2. Chi Melville

    What’s your email address? Send it to me and I’ll send you the photos.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:52 am

  3. Chukar

    Hi. We just bought a 99 Eurovan and are busily repairing things.
    Question: have you ever removed the stove lid strut? If so, do you just pry it off at each end with a screwdriver (or other lever)? I don’t see any obvious alternative, but I don’t want to break something in the process?
    Thanks for any advice.

    August 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

    • No, but I replaced the poptop struts and just pried the retainer clips off the ball receptacle and pulled. Should be the same for all struts. Good luck.

      August 31, 2012 at 9:37 am

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