The Awesome New VW Camper “California” Review

Friday, July 6th 2018. | Volkswagen

Awesome New VW Camper “California” Review – hey everybody it’s me Jason torch in ski and I’ve just spent the night in this, Volkswagens new California edition t6 like any good camper half the fun of what makes this thing so great is how everything folds into everything else and things turn into other things the use of space and as a space utilization fetishist it’s one of my favorite things about any cars and this thing’s does everything really really well so we’re gonna go take a tour and look in every panel every cranny everything that folds out into something else and set this up from a road going relatively small van into an entire campsite like watchInside The Awesome New VW Camper

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we’ll just open the doors and look pretty conventional micro van layout or minivan layout but there’s a few differences one thing the seat has an ability to be swapped around so we’re gonna rotate the seat back up as far as it’ll go and you grab this little handle there we go and we can spin this all the way around now we’ll open the main parts of the end and you can see everything it looks pretty great Volkswagen did a really good job on their materials and the decor of this thing this stuff that looks like wood is actually some sort of aluminum stuff they were saying and even the top you’ll remember the old Westphalia campers used to have a thick fiberglass top with Phaleas out of the picture I don’t know what they’re doing now maybe they’re going back to ham production so let’s let’s go inside and see how this works and I’m gonna take off my shoes because my mother didn’t raise an animal come on in even though I’m miserably short I’m still too tall to stand up in here but there’s a solution because this is a pop top so I’m gonna show you how that works if you’ve ever been in an old VW camper you remember the top was always a manual thing you’d always crawl up and shove things and make it work VW has now decided that this should be automated so there’s a little combination instrument here and we go to the pop-up roof setting we hit the button we go to open we hold it down and you hear motors whirring and that gradually that satisfyingly opens up the roof there we go and then you get a little check mark so you know it’s open and the roof is open and when the roof is open you can slide back this panel this is just a little thingy where you can hold stuff and then we can push the panel here which is the bed mattress and just shove it up and now we can stand once the roofs up you can use this as like your little living area and it does a really nice jobs so let’s let’s look at what’s in this panel which is the kitchen unit the galley that they have here so you’ve got a sink over on this side and when you when you put lift up the handle you can hear the water pump running our water tank is apparently empty but it’s a whole little sink you got your little drain going into a great water tank decent-sized little sink there you’ve got a oven a gas oven there’s a propane tank under there so you can cook all your whatever bowls food I guess they call it and then over here is a fridge with our fancy sausages and cheeses is there’s a little LED lights everywhere nice bright kitchen right here and there’s window shades almost everywhere in this thing and there’s storage under here these on service manuals whatever pantry there’s a whole drawer for cutlery silverware here more storage pretty good amount of storage really and then there’s also this which folds out to a table there’s a lever you move with your hand right there and the table slides out oh and sometimes you have to move like the paper towel rack slides out and the table lifts up and then there’s a leg under the table here so you pull that out and then there’s a release here this is a very usable little living area as it is right now I kind of love it all right so let’s see what else is does so you’re done um eating with today or working on your manifesto and the table folds back down you got room to play you know twister wrestle whatever you want to do in here in the floor which I’ve already gotten a little bit dirty but we took there is a carpet and normally go here but we removed it and actually I’d much prefer it with this floor because it looks looks better it’s easier to sweep out so now let’s say we want to turn this rear bench into a bed so first thing we do is I’ll flip down the cliche blanket the pillow out of the way oh and I should show you there’s also storage under here nice big drawer under here there’s these things go over this front side windows they’re magnetic so you can cover that up and I’ll show you how to use all the shades another little drawer here for long objects but it’s a good amount of storage in there now this handle all right and then got dropped the headrest down now pull this handle drop this down there’s a mattress that goes here pull that out and boom look at this look at this bed all the lounge ability there’s still a hole right here and there’s even a little rack for hanging your your suits or when you go in here you know high-powered business meetings but actually that’s a pretty good area actually the evening they could you know think I could fit Andrew doesn’t think I can Andrew oh my god Oh make sure you look great when you’re coming out of the underneath the mattress part is a fair amount of storage there’s still cabinets and stuff over here we can put things on the shelves so there’s plenty of storage in this thing let’s take a look at how you get to the upstairs bunker when you’re sleeping upstairs all you have to do is you grab the mattress panel / roof it drops down and then you basically just climb on up through here and you’ve got a pretty good sleeping area up here it’s definitely wide enough for two people there’s lighting so there’s these switches here and you have these LED lights that you can actually increase the brightness of there’s two of them one for each side so you can get a pretty good amount of lighting and there’s a light down there at the foot there’s a 12 volt socket so you can plug things in one thing this team needs more of is USB plugs cuz there’s a few 12-volt sockets and a couple USB plugs upfront but it really should be everywhere and then you also have Windows screens you don’t you know mark yourself to death up here in the upper deck and it’s beautifully it’s a nice cross-breeze in the summer this would be amazing and even in case oh it’s fairly cold down now but this thing has a built-in heater it’s got two auxilary batteries so you can run the heat all night and we had it up – we handed it around at halfway setting and it was totally fine even up here even 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the shoes okay another neat little detail so there’s a little light here that turns on but I also pop it out and now it’s a little flashlight so when you’re camping privacy is a big deal because you’re gonna be doing a lot of really depraved things inside your vehicle that you don’t necessarily want everyone knowing about so window shades are a big deal and there’s window shades all over this thing but I especially like how they handle the ones for the front windows so you flip down these little guys here and then you just reach over here and there’s a socket at the bottom here and one at the top and then you can do the same for the other side there we go and boom total privacy for your depravity and then for the side windows they have in the drawer under the seat this magnetic window shades so you basically just set it up against the window and let the magnets grab to cover your window where you boys look at that look at that privacy a lot of the crazy things we could be doing there’s other fun little surprises here and if we want to do this right we’re gonna take the area around the bus and turn it into a campsite as well alright so now we’re gonna continue our conquest of nature by extending this awning there’s this crank this crank goes into this socket we crank it out so the legs it’s a little tricky because there’s this finishing panel here and it lifts up and then the legs are under here there’s these little latches to the legs you just basically push in on that part flip out the foot alright then we keep cranking now we were told by the German fella we’ve been living in one of these for five weeks that a real expert camper leaves one side lower than the other the rain runoff and that’s how you know you look like a pro we’ll be sure to do that these legs walk with this in a game we were told leave one side a little shorter so I’m gonna make this one a little higher the other side you flip it all the way up awnings are great but what’s the fun of an awning if you don’t have furniture to put under it so check this out this panel inside the door which looks basically just like any door finishing panel here is actually a table we’ve got our table down there and what’s the point of a table without chairs so up here built into the door itself is this top and if you unzip this pack you’ve got chairs so another thing we found this is something I’m actually quite excited about because I was looking at these other buses with their tailgates open and thinking this would be kind of a perfect place for like an outdoor shower but I thought damn Volkswagen didn’t provide an outdoor shower but I was wrong so very wrong cuz c’mere look so inside this rear closet there’s a panel at the bottom no one showed us this I don’t know why why they keep the secret inside the panel is a little shower hose unit and this shower hose you in it plugs right in down here to a little nozzle and plug in it goes in like that and then there’s a switch here and if you listen you can hear the water pump now our water tank isn’t full but this basically does function as an outdoor shower and if you kind of use this little this little scrab strap you could totally outdoor shower here or at least get wetter than you are in the filth halfway off you but it’s still pretty damn good you can wash dishes or whatever I’m here this is great I don’t know why they didn’t show us folks like I did a pretty damn good job in this they’ve been making campers like this for decades so it kind of makes sense that they go through and figure out all the little problems and I’m pretty impressed actually especially the fact that you can get things like chairs and tables out without having to unpack anything everything folds into something else it’s pretty damn nice too bad you won’t be able to buy one in America