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Engine: 1,968cc, four-cylinder

Power: 138bhp and 251lb.ft. of

Performance: 0-62mph in 15.7 and 106 mph

Economy: 39.2mpg (combined)

CO2 189g/km

Price: £44,615

IT in to the car park at the Advertiser offices a number which I immediately was mocking with its irony.

The California camper van sporting I suspected, would not prove to be the of a good night’s kip during a stay in the Lake District my partner and our seven-month-old boy.

alas, a friend of mine who is up in the current trend for Volkswagen converted into campers the of a stunning example of his own, but equipped with year-old encouraged the idea so we packed the and eggs and a selection of waterproof and pointed the vans towards

Based on a formula that back to the originally splitty and Volkswagen camper vans of the and 70s, the California is a compact motorhome designed around that can be found on the T5 Transporter van and MPV.

Sat beside the long-wheelbase that joined us on our trip the family California looked small.

A browse through the sheet sent to me by Volkswagen as some reassurance that we be woefully under-equipped though.

As you expect from a manufacturer almost half a decade of packaging camper vans, engineers have exploited the compact dimensions to the full.

An toilet or oven might not be in the specification but they are the only that aren’t.

Wardrobe space, built-in space with shelving, a of gas hobs, a brutally effective (I made the mistake of turning it up to power and freezing my milk), a and air conditioning unit, two armchairs and two beds are all among the standard

Tables for inside and outside, a of lightweight deck chairs are neatly zipped inside the door, a roll out awning and a bike rack (£485) also among the kit on VW51EEP.

The bonus of the California, though, is unlike a coach-built motorhome, it be used day-to-day, a dual that makes its £44,615 tag that bit more palatable.

a squeak or rattle emanated the fitted units during my unlike the motorhome’s I have in the past and Volkswagen’s tried and 138bhp two-litre turbodiesel made progress feel than the claimed 15.7 sprint to 62mph and 106mph top

With cruise control to the California as standard a motorway is a straightforward, relaxed affair and return something close to the combined average fuel of 39.2mpg on the evidence of my test. the 189g/km CO2 emissions aren’t too

The two captains chairs up front can be spun round and used as once you set up camp mean there’s not accommodation for three up as there might be with a van, and the fitted sideboard leaves space for two rear-seat There’s plenty of space there, though.

Volkswagen California

The most thing while setting up upon our arrival at our chosen near the village of Crook was my after she realised I’d not her walking boots or scarf. it.

Transforming the California from van overnight accommodation thankfully a breeze.

After connecting the gas and electricity supply all that was to do was raise the fold-up roof gives access to double-sized quarters accessed via a hatch the cab.

A control panel you might find the controls for a on a conventional vehicle allows to be raised automatically at the push of a something my Transporter-driving friend was a a envious of.

With the rear folded into their position to create a double bed the little ‘un could the largest cot he’d ever in and, once the awning was out, we were happy

After juggling the three in our group during an evening at a nearby pub the prospect of clambering a thankfully asleep six-month-old to get to our quarters with a full wasn’t something I was relishing.

Although probably the favoured for younger members of a camping it was a breeze to get up, however, and truly My 6ft 1inch frame was easily too.

A blast from the the next morning started the day a sweaty brow (like the it’s a pretty effective but the realisation that we’d all a refreshing night’s sleep.

We another similarly uneventful at the camp site and the California so quickly adapted from to people carrier that we it as transport to the nearby train for our day-trip to Windermere without any

The weather, sadly, didn’t the adhere to the words written on our van’s exterior as readily as our nights did.

Sleep came more than I’d ever It must have been the air. But California the Lake ain’t.

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