Savannah is her name. Meandering is her game. We’re just along for the ride.
Savannah is a 1987 Volkswagen Westfalia Vanagon. Affectionately known as a Westy to those that follow this type of vehicle. The Westfalia camper equipment includes a pop top that allows sleeping for two and space to stand upright in the galley. This model also includes a refrigerator that works on propane, van battery or shore power, a 2 burner stove, sink with electric faucet, 15 gallon water tank, 3 gallon propane tank and cabinetry to store your stuff. If you want to learn more about Vanagons GoWesty is a great place to start.
B and I bought Savannah on Oahu. I had been looking all over the country for the right van and while I was in the Marshall Islands on a work trip Savannah appeared on Craigslist. When I got back to Oahu I went and checked her out and immediately knew I needed to bring B back for a viewing. Let’s just say it was fate, we loved Savannah, we loved the couple we were buying her from and that was that. (Even Jezzebelle was happy)
Savannah was named by her previous owner. They purchased her in South Carolina after they were wed so they could travel across the U.S. for their honeymoon (easy to understand why we liked them so much). The first city the newlyweds drove to was Savannah, Georgia and that is where she got her name. We liked the story so much we couldn’t bare to change her name.
Original Specifications: 2.1 liter water-cooled horizontally opposed engine, 95HP @ 4800RPM (I’m guessing 70HP at this point), 117FtLbs of torque @ 3200RPM, 4 speed manual transmission, rear wheel drive, 14″ steel wheels, 5.5″ wide (way too small). I know these specs are nothing to write home about but the feeling you get when you cruise down the highway in a Vanagon more than makes up for it!
VW Vanagons are great but any 30 year old vehicle needs some upgrades. If you plan to live in that vehicle for 2 years then that vehicle really needs some upgrades. B and I have already spent a few dozen hours massaging Savannah into a reliable house on wheels and if you are interested in learning more please read about Savannah’s Transformation.