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Product Review – VW California Additional Shelf

http://wildaboutscotland.com/2014/02/26/product-review-vw-california-additional-shelf/

VW California additional shelf

While the VW California is a hugely flexible and well-designed camper van its size means that one of its drawbacks is that storage and shelf space is sometimes at a premium.  This is a first look at an additional shelf designed to address this issue.

I find that you need to be incredibly organised to live with a Cali.  If you’re cooking, for example, the tendency is to lay out your ingredients on the nearest flat surface.  But if you need to use the stove or get into the fridge then you need to move them to the folding table; I’m forever shifting things around to find the most convenient free space.  Similarly at night we tend to use the top of the cooker and fridge to lay out clothes, books, glasses, keys and phones.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a handy shelf to put your glasses, books or cup of coffee on so they won’t be mislaid ?

I bought the additional shelf from the VW California Club online shop (imported I think from CaliTop.de).  It’s a simple but ingenious design which slots in underneath a horizontal rail just at the base of the roof area with two aluminium brackets.  The shelf itself is 15 x 70cm and made of lightweight anodised aluminium which is absolutely in keeping with the Cali’s smart design.  I bought the version of the shelf with a horizontal rail underneath, with six plastic hooks, but there’s a slightly cheaper version without the rail.  Other accessories (eg a garment rail) are also available from CaliTop.de.

While there were no instructions with my shelf it was easy to put together.  The plastic hooks snap onto the rail with a satisfying click, promising a rattle-free beginning !

The shelf components straight out of the box

The shelf fully constructed - a five minute job

I was puzzled at first trying to work out how the shelf attached to the van.  But after a few minutes’ head-scratching I discovered the aluminium rail that runs along the roof line above the kitchen window.  The two aluminium brackets slot in just behind this rail and hold the shelf in place without any fixings or glue.

Close-up of the brackets slotted into the horizontal rail

The shelf in place

The shelf in use with the roof up

The great advantage with the shelf is that it can be kept in place while driving and is therefore useful for when the roof is both up and down.  Having driven around with it for the last week I can also report that it produces absolutely NO rattles which is a huge bonus.

In use I’ve found the shelf to be … well, just handy for putting stuff on.  I recommend it !

What I like:

  • simple but effective design
  • lightweight
  • no rattles
  • stays in situ permanently
  • genuinely helps solve the lack of shelf space issue.

What I don’t like:

  • nothing.

The rail version of the shelf is available from the VW California Club online shop for £56.99 including delivery [Note: deliveries are not made outwith the UK].

 

Latest pictures of Hymer’s first Volkswagen campervan

http://www.outandaboutlive.co.uk/Motorhomes/News/New-models/Hymer-creates-first-Volkswagen-campervan/_ch1_nw2895_pg1

Hymer has launched six new campervans one of which is built on the Volkswagen T5

The Hymer VW campervan – called the Cape Town – joins five other all-new campervans – the Rio, the Sydney, the Grand Canyon, the Yellowstone and the Serengeti – which are built on the Fiat Ducato.

The campers have been designed and built by a new division of Hymer – called HymerCar – that has been created to allow the manufacturer to get a foothold in the growing European campervan market.
The new VW HymerCar will come to the UK next year, although left-hand drive models are already available and British dealers have already placed orders.
The VW Cape Town features a double bed that can be easily made up and sits across the cabinetwork.

The lower double bed in the new Hymer VW Cape Town campervan

It also features a unique pop-top rising roof that has a double joint at the rear so it allows for walking room inside when the ‘upstairs’ bed is not in use.

The rising roof has a double joint to allow room to walk inside

Hymer has also created a range of bespoke storage solutions for the new campervans
There are bespoke storage solutions for the new Hymer VW Cape Town campervan

In addition, Hymer has created a clever bicycle-carrying system for the new VW campervan
The new bicycle carrying system developed by Hymer for its new Cape Town campervan

The public will be able to view the new HymerCars, including the all-new VW Cape Town, at the October NEC motorhome show.

The new Hymer VW Cape Town campervan

While prices have yet to be confirmed, expect the new VW Hymer to cost in excess of £50,000, which puts it in the same price range of the VW California.

You can read more about the new HymerCar campervans in the August issue of MMM magazine, which is on sale now. This issue also contains a FREE campervan supplement, which has details of campervans and manufacturers in the UK.

In addition, the September issue of MMM magazine, which goes on sale on 22 August, features an exclusive interview with the managing director of Hymer about his plans for tempting more British buyers through his dealers’ doors.

MMM is available as a digital magazine for just £2.95. Click here for more