Originally Posted by thewestyguy
I'm new to the forum so bear with me while I figure out how this works.
We just bought a 2005 Spinter Westfalia, in fact we haven't even picked it up but are really looking forward to it. We've had a VW Westy for 15 yrs.
Anyhow I was talking to tech support at Airstream trying to find out how long the "coolbox" would run without being charged and then how long you had to run the generator to recharge it (we like to stay in places with no plugins)
During our conversation she said that she didn't know because there are not that many around and that all the Westys that were going to be available have been imported (not all released yet) and there are no plans to import any more. She didn't know why.
Has anyone else heard anything about this? Do we have an instant "limited edition collectible"? I thought this was a great van and they'd sell a ton of them.
Just remember that the "generator" runs off of propane and, your on-board supplies of propane fuel is very very limited to a little over 7 lbs.
When I first saw this I question the A/S factory rep as to why they didn't use diesel for the generator, etc and just save the propane for the stove..HIS REPLY WAS SIZE underneath was the answer given. (I don't believe that for one minute.) The size of the propane tank is the primary issue in this case. It's just too darn small..Half way thru a weekend camping trip and I had to pull up stakes to refill.
BTW, all version of the WESTIE had the AC unit retrofitted to a much superior cooling unit. You might want to check and make sure your unit had that done..The earlier models were unable to handle the cooling requirement as found in the hotter climate. The newer A/C version are a piece of art~!
The curb side window will and does leak..A known issues.
The cool-box is just that..You either use it as a frig or a freezer but, not both at the same time. Use the overhead console to set ur temp. I love the way the wet shower is set-up. Nice.
Microwave's location is a pain in the butt. Last but not least, to climb above into the overhead bed..Don't grab the left side cabinets to pull yourself up..
IT JUST WON'T DO`!
There's alot more to like than dislike.
Almost forgot..COLD WEATHER STARTING? You got to remember to turn the starter key on and then off (when the glow plugs go out) repeat for 5 times before giving it the hard start. WORKS..