Volkswagen Grand California 600 details
The new Grand California campervan draws on Volkswagen’s considerable expertise in the world of recreational vehicles (particularly through the California model since 1988!), combined with the solid foundations of its renowned Crafter utility vehicle. The Volkswagen Grand California van is shaking up the world of motorhome and campervan hire, bringing a wave of modernity. Hiring a 4 berth Grand California 600 allows you to transport up to 2 adults and 2 children (or 3 adults) on long-distance journeys in an extremely reliable and supremely comfortable campervan.
What many campervan road trip enthusiasts have in common is journeying through the rich lands of France and Europe in a sacred quest for the best local produce and meeting their producers! Like all motorhomes, the Volkswagen Grand California will be a useful ally in exploring the countryside, but most of all, it will offer you an amazing kitchen so you can swing into action... The kitchen facilities are fully equipped with a large work surface, a gas hob with two rings, a 70-litre fridge-freezer, a sink and several storage units for storing the fine produce gathered on your quest. All crockery and kitchen utensils are also provided. Those who are not cooking in the Volkswagen Grand California campervan can wait patiently around the table and play cards in the living area, before converting it into a modern and spacious dining area (in short, setting the table) - and digging in!
Hiring a Grand California campervan opens up possibilities for cosy nights in the summer heat of the south of Portugal, the coolness of a Scottish spring or the wintry month of February in the Pyrenees. Whatever your van road trip tastes, the Volkswagen Grand California campervan provides great comfort, thanks to quality bedding (comfortable box spring bed base) and a powerful heating system. It’s possible to spend your holidays in a warm van in cold weather, and going on an out of season (winter) van road trip has never been easier... The Volkswagen Grand California 600 has five blowers evenly distributing hot air from the water and air heater (6 kW) in the passenger compartment, running on gas (using two 11 kg gas bottles) or electricity (external connection with the extension lead provided). Of course, the system can easily be controlled via the touchscreen of the central control unit: in short, camping 2.0! In terms of sleeping arrangements, the 4 berth Grand California 600 has two separate ‘bedrooms’: one at the back of the campervan with a relatively compact 193 cm x 136 cm transverse double bed, and the second above the living area. The raised double berth, accessed using a foldable aluminium ladder, is really a one and a half berth with a width of 122 cm. It has two different lengths: 160 cm on the right and 190 cm on the left. This cosy little haven under the panoramic roof is therefore ideal for two children, and can also accommodate one adult and one child.
The main difference between hiring a motorhome compared to a compact campervan is the presence of an onboard bathroom/toilet area. Therefore - although it’s not without its charms - you won’t need to go outside under the pale glow of the moon, in the cold and in a state of undress, to relieve yourself quickly! And as for your hot shower when you wake up (or when you go to bed - the van gives you freedom), the vast 110-litre water tank allows you to live completely independently and immersed in nature for several days. Of course, with four travellers, water (especially showers) should be used sparingly because it can quickly run out, but we’re sure you know all about saving this precious commodity! The rental campervan has a 90-litre dirty water tank allowing you to collect grey water so you can empty it in designated areas, which you will find everywhere on your route.
With six USB sockets (for charging phones, tablets and even e-readers), four 230 V sockets and a 12 V socket, hiring a Volkswagen Grand California is a guarantee of electrical autonomy! So in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of your campervan road trip, you can, for example, plug in a kettle or coffee machine in the kitchen, or smartphones or laptops in the living area or bedroom. And if the reason for your retreat in the Grand California rental campervan was actually NOT to take your laptop or smartphone with you (even so, you can’t deny that it’s useful for GPS), a pleasant interior ambient lighting system means you can play Yahtzee or devour all the Millennium books you’ve never read (or re-read them) until late into the night. So, to sum up, you’ve gone on a campervan road trip, as a digital detox, with, let’s say, the three books in the successful Nordic thriller series - that’s 1,942 pages to cart around! But it’s not a problem for the Volkswagen Grand California rental campervan, which has lots of storage space: capacity at the back of the van is 980 l with, for example, an under-bed storage compartment that’s easy to access through the rear doors, and even several cupboards.
Living in a campervan is, above all, about being close to the outdoors. For the Grand California 600 van, this starts with several windows, all fitted with dual-function fly/blackout screen (sunblind). And it continues with a large 2.5 m x 3 m exterior awning that can be folded out in front of the sliding door in a few minutes to create a new open-air room for a table and camping chairs. When hiring a Volkswagen Grand California van, this can seem like a minor detail, but this ‘extra room’ provides additional comfort (even though it already had plenty of that!). One final word about driving it: although hiring a motorhome can be frightening for those who are not used to driving large vehicles, some basic rules of caution (being aware of the height in car parks and being careful when going round corners) and new onboard technology make the experience accessible to everyone. For example, the rear-view camera makes manoeuvres easier by displaying the area behind the vehicle on the radio display (the path is marked out with guidelines on the display).
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