Thursday, December 8, 2022


You will never see another 5th wheel trailer like this!


A reader sent us this photo of a home-built fifth wheel setup. It originally appeared on the Facebook page of Camden Trending.

One thing nearly everyone agreed on was how cute this is. But practical?  One person noted, “Volkswagen vans have a hard enough time making it up hills, let alone pulling something!”

Another person asked, “What’s the point you literally only gain two half seats?”

Alas, many of the nearly 1,500 commenters noted that the vans in the top “before” photo and the one in the finished photo are not the same. Spend a little time examining the two photos and you may decide, as we have, that someone with good Photoshop skills had fun with this.


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Thomas D
1 year ago

Just think, 2engines, both pushing. Would have needed them too. All 32 hp each.

Richard Hughes
1 year ago

We had a VW van, with a Porsche engine and some very scary episodes on the mountain passes in Colorado. I would not trust this rig to have the power. Another problem we had was any power drain, we had an 8 track ( remember them) and a CB radio and had to turn them off when climbing steep grades, because the electrical system would shut down and the engine would stall out.

1 year ago

Before and after. One man’s vision.

2 years ago

It is very obvious that the two pictures are of two different rigs, there are just to many differences to many differences in the two pictures. Things like the difference in measurements below the front window in the trailer. The differences are many the similarities are very not there. But I do like the picture of the bottom Not real one.

Bob Weinfurt
2 years ago

VW engines can be beefed up, a Porsche engine, or even a Corvair engine installed will give you 110+ Horsepower.

Jeff Craig
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob Weinfurt

I was gonna say they’d definitely want a Boxster engine in that with a beefed up crank, but a Corvair system would probably give you a better transaxle.

Gene Bjerke
2 years ago

Or it may be photos of the beginning and the end of the project.

2 years ago

What get up and go. All 32/40 horsepower. Cute though.

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago

I’d call the bottom photo an “articulated VW Van” …

Donn Nay
2 years ago

I would not necessarily agree this was Photoshopped. The first pic is in the mock up stage. The finished product could have been heavily modified. Custom car builders have amazing talents and vision. Ever watch Bitchin Rides?

Bob Fuller
2 years ago

Great workmanship These people are great craftsmen or women I can’t imagine the time and skill this took !!

Donald N Wright
2 years ago

I bet the folks at “Dune Buggies and Hot Volkswagens” magazine know about this. Cute Idea for shows and rally’s.

James L Copeland
2 years ago

Just because it is a Volkswagen doesn’t mean it still has the air cooled engine. When we lived in S. GA. There was a VW van running around all the time that had a BIG HONKING V8 in it. It is a cool idea I think.

Karen Willis
2 years ago

I once knew a man who had a Porsche with a little VW engine. He had a heck of a time getting reasonable insurance!

Gene Bjerke
2 years ago
Reply to  Karen Willis

0n the other hand, I had a VW with a lot of Porsche parts in it. The engine was boosted from 65 to 100 hp.,

Michael Logan
2 years ago

Back in the late 70’s I purchased a VW camp mobile/pop top that had a Corvair drivetrain installed and I towed my 66 Corvair behind it up and back to Seattle, WA for Corvair convention. This was from Modesto, CA.

Smyrna, TN

2 years ago

Years ago when we drag raced our Catalina, a guy from a nearby town showed up with a street driven bug with the license plate – I8AV8 – (I ate a V/8). WHAT a dynamite beautifully constructed machine that guy had. That day he was only bested by a funny car out of Seattle, in the final
For anyone who has not seen what a turbo charged Porsche powered bug is capable of you’ve missed a big show.