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Old 09-10-2015, 09:15 PM   #1
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Default Value of parts...air conditioner, generator, etc?

I am in the process of removing a lot of stuff from my Westy prior to doing a major remodel- actually most of the interior from behind the drivers seat to the rear doors...maybe the rear doors too.

I'm about to remove the roof top air conditioner and generator. Anybody have any idea of what each of these might be worth? The generator has less than 50 hours on it and was pulled last year and gone over by an authorized dealer.

I have someone interested in the air conditioner. They are unfortunately on the opposite coast as I am, so shipping will probably make any transaction problematic, but I would like to sell as many of the components as possible and need to start getting an idea of their value.
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Old 09-10-2015, 10:58 PM   #2
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Default Re: Value of parts...air conditioner, generator, etc?

Wouldnt it be better financially to sell the westy as is and start over with a naked van?
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Wouldnt it be better financially to sell the westy as is and start over with a naked van?
Maybe, but when it comes to our rigs, the cost/quality equation is complicated and very personal. Here's my thinking.

To me, the quality of space inside of an OEM high top version of the Sprinter does not come close to matching that which is inside of the Sprinter Westfalia. The cost/time involved in trying to reproduce a custom space of similar quality and quantity as that which is in the Westfalia high top is far higher than the cost/time that I will have in my rig when finished with my remodel.

The closest aftermarket high top that I know of, which is the California top by Fiberine does not come close to that on the Westfalia. The Fiberine costs, according to the quote that I received, about $5000. It does not have any skylights, side windows or sufficient structural capacity in it's stock form for roof top mounted gear like AC or solar. It also is a single skin with no insulation. Using the Fiberine as a base cost, for me the high top on the Westfalia has a value of $15,000.

There is also the recouped dollars from selling the existing components that I will pull out of the Westfalia. Without even placing anything up for sale, I already have two inquiries about the air conditioner, one about the refrigerator and one about the cabinetry.

I've previously owned another rig and been in many others. For me the upper berth in the Westfalia is very easy to deploy and more importantly the most pleasing and comfortable space to sleep in that I've tried. I wanted to retain that.

Thanks for asking the question. It helps to write out what I'm contemplating.
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Default Re: Value of parts...air conditioner, generator, etc?

I'm not familiar with the generators that come with a Westfalia. How many watts and would it mount underneath in the frame of a cargo?
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I'm not familiar with the generators that come with a Westfalia. How many watts and would it mount underneath in the frame of a cargo?
They are Onan 2800 watt LPG generators. According to the manual I have in front of me, the model number is 2.8KVFA26100K.

Yes, it will mount underneath the frame of a cargo Sprinter, which is what the Wesfalia is built on. The generator is mounted where the under mount spare tire mounts.

Whoever buys my generator will also get the remote start control/hour meter that goes inside of the Sprinter and whatever mounting hardware that I can pull off of the bottom of my Sprinter.
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I probably wouldn't pay more than about 1/4 the cost of new, regardless of the hours. Used Onan gennies are a dime a dozen.

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Default Re: Value of parts...air conditioner, generator, etc?

Robert,

You're right, there's very little like the Westy roof available. Even the traditional alcove motorhomes have less space because the bed is transverse. The only thing that might come close to the Westy is the "super roof" version of the later-generation sprinter, but you'd have to build the bed.

I saw on the Yahoo forum that you will convert the Westy into a one/two person sleeping/working vehicle. You will be able to save a lot of weight by removing the rear bench seat and seatbelt frame. The generator and the AC are both very heavy too.

If you have the storage space, keep every single part that is Westy specific. There will be a market someday.

Please keep us posted on your progress, and good luck, Ted
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Have you decided what the genny is worth?
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Have you decided what the genny is worth?
Not yet. I will work on that this weekend and let you know something.
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After spending some time looking around the internet for pricing, I'll sell it for $825.00. I will also be including the remote start/hour meter panel.

That's the picked up price, buyer pays shipping if they want it shipped.

A correction from what I wrote above about the size. The manual that came with the Westfalia is for a 2800 watt generator, but as you can see in the first picture below it is a 2500 watt generator.






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