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10220 VW Camper Mod: Steering
A little mod of my 10220 VW T1 Camper van: A simple steering mechanism
About this creation
Everytime I had to move my Camper Van on the shelf I missed the possibility of steering the front wheels. The model is quite big and heavy and so it wasn't easy to "park" it. So I looked for a way to add a steering mechanism without touching the outer shape of the Camper.

I remembered a mechanism shown in a video on the LEGO Creator pages. So I looked for that video and started to build this mechanism into the front of the Camper with LDD. I had to order some of the parts so I had to wait some time before building it for real.

This is the result:
The possible steering angle on the front wheels is not very big, but it's enough to move the model left and right on the shelf. I didn't add a limitation in the mechanism, so now the wheels move until touching the inside of the wheel arches. That is not very elegant, but I didn't want to limit the steering angle even more.

The mechanism is a combination of classic and studless Technic parts. That was the best way to build a compact mechanism and include it into the model without touching the outer shape.

This is how it looks behind the front wheels

The center pieces of the mechanism are two 3x4 Technic beams in "T" shape. The rest is build around these two beams. The steering is very easy: You just push the model into the direction where you want to go with the model and wheels will follow. In the original video you can see how that works.

So this is a simple steering mechanism for my LEGO 10220 VW T1 Camper Van. I hope you like it! :-))


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I made it 
  November 25, 2013
Quoting Tyler Austin ... i Tried downloading the instructions but cant open them. ( "they are encrypted" ) do you have a .pdf or word file for instructions?
All you need is the Lego Digital Designer (LDD) for Windows or MAC (from ldd.lego.com). With LDD you can open the file (a 3D Lego model), modify it and export instructions.
 I like it 
  November 22, 2013
Awesome. i just got this model and want to add the moving wheels you have posted here. I'm right at the part where i can add them without dismantling. i Tried downloading the instructions but cant open them. ( "they are encrypted" ) do you have a .pdf or word file for instructions?
 I like it 
  August 1, 2012
I recently received this as a late b day gift and love it but anyways I would love to add steering to mine butI want to keep the way the set came but great job!
  May 28, 2012
i have the same set you should check it out it is called custom v-dub turbo i like the steering it is really cool
Nils O.
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kenneth rattledge
  April 11, 2012
interesting, as I have this set, I was looking to do something to mine when I built it, but never did, so will have a look at it a bit later, see what I can come up with.
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  April 10, 2012
nice! I got this for my B-day and love it i like the addition you made, I think i am going to make mine a truck.
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  April 2, 2012
Great! It really adds to the appearance of the vehicle, they should have done it like this.
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  March 30, 2012
Hi Nils. Die Technik ist recht einfach, aber sie funktioniert und macht den Bulli gleich noch besser. Echt klasse gemacht ;) Gre, Sven
 I made it 
  March 29, 2012
David, Larry, "brick", Vince, Alex, Malte, Nick and Joe: Thanks for your comments, I'm glad you like it! :-))
Quoting Alex B Nice!Do you have any instructions?
As I wrote in the text I started the design with LDD. So yes, I have an LXF file. I've just added it on this page :-)) The LXF includes the area I've changed, you'll probably need the original instructions for the mod, too.
Quoting Hot Rod ... a connection mechanisme to the the steering wheel could be better, but however... ; ) ...
I wanted to change as few as possible on the model to make the changes almost "invisible". There is not much space, even for the actual mechanism. So for me this was the maximal function for the small space.
 I like it 
  March 29, 2012
Great work. I still haven't built mine yet!! When I do I might try this.
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  March 29, 2012
A nice, simple system. It's great that it doesn't effect the look of this lovely vehicle. I may do the same to mine :-)
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  March 29, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
 I like it 
  March 29, 2012
Nice!Do you have any instructions?
 I like it 
  March 29, 2012
Nice! a connection mechanisme to the the steering wheel could be better, but however... ; ) 5/5 just because it's a VW Transpoter T1, and 6/5 because you add it moving wheels. : )
 I like it 
  March 29, 2012
Clever!
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  March 28, 2012
Great mod! Makes it much more "playable" in my opinion.
 I like it 
  March 28, 2012
The steering looks great on this. Love seeing your work in the larger scale.
 
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