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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Bob Weinfurt

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

Gene Bjerke

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


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

Sink Jaxon

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

Donn Nay

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

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

Donald N Wright

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

James L Copeland

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.