Vanagon – one more hatch ladder/tire carrier

I’m rushing to finish this one so I took some pics while I still had the presence of mind to do so. Shooting into the sun and using the iPad, not the best formula. 

Still prototyping and fooling around. This one has more rungs. Perhaps more than you need but the request was for a tire carrier that might at some time be used just as a ladder. The tire carrier unit clamps onto a pair of the rungs, but only at one location.

That’s a stock 14″ rim on there, just to give an idea of where wheel sits.


  1. #1 by Joel on April 28, 2016 - 11:07 am

    I like that. When do you plan to go into production? and can I get one? I appreciate the effort you put into keeping us informed on your projects. Thanks.

    • #2 by albell on April 28, 2016 - 12:52 pm

      Hi Joel,

      This one is different isn’t it? I’m still making them all by hand, you know what I mean, no precut parts etc. So the build takes time and is inefficient. For sure I’m not making any money.

      Once I finalize the design I can sit down and do the numbers about costs. I’d like to make them to sell, but I’d like it to be worth my while.

      I’m not delivering this one to Chris today, and I’m sure that disappoints. But I’d feel better if I ran it on my van for a week as a shake down.

      I’ll be posting more on this one in the next day or so.




  2. #3 by Chris on May 2, 2016 - 7:50 pm This completely unrelated but okanagan event is in my back yard .If the island is sinking give Vernon a shot .Great weather usually .
    Chris August of Affordable Auto Repair

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