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Haha - this is fun - I'm writing this from a Cali that we've rented for four nights from the awfully nice people at LTH near Leicester, and we're sitting by a harbour on the Norfolk coast with our spaniel, having just had lunch in the van.
We have campervanned before, but in a friend’s rather larger van, so this is to see whether we might possibly purchase a California or something similar (also rather taken with Bilbo's vans). We had a dramatic start because our first night was in heavy rain, and the awning collapsed at 4am because of the size of the lake on top of it - I went out and shortened the poles so it had a much better slope on it, and all was then well!
So far, the biggest surprise was the bed - we had just assumed we would sleep upstairs because it seemed comfortable, was more spacious, and would allow us to leave everything set up downstairs and more room for the dog. But by 4am we both admitted that neither of us had got much sleep at all, and it had turned out to be remarkably uncomfortable, to the extent I was even wondering if the whole small-Campervan thing was a mistake, But then we moved downstairs, which I thought would be too cramped, and it turned out to be exceedingly comfortable, and several hours of sleep rescued the night from being a disaster The dog slept happily in the front footwell, the rain stopped at breakfast time, and we've had a great day so far in the van.
I'm tremendously impressed with the heating system, which does its job brilliantly.
And if you're anywhere near Norfolk, I strongly recommend the Sandringham camping & caravan club site - this is our third visit and it's always been great. There's a Caravan Club one which is just around the corner, and also nice, but less spacious.
Enjoy the experiment - we're enjoying ours!
Ahhh you must be in Vanieri then,...
I'm new to this forum, but for a while now my wife and I have been toying with the idea of getting a VW California. We have two medium dogs, and mainly like the idea that we can go away with them at any time without having to arrange dog-sitting, etc and go and visit parts of the country we've never been able to get to before. A friend of ours had an old T25 camper for years, and still goes on about how amazing it was. Following many people's very good advice on this forum, we have decided to hire one for 3 nights in a few weeks time first...
The one slight issue is that neither of us have ever even gone camping before... so the whole idea of it is a complete unknown! (OK: I went when I was 14!)
So my question is simply: What advice does anyone have, in order to best enjoy & experience the 3 day camping trip, for someone new to camping (let alone in a campervan?). Anything we should take / do? (I'll be honest: I'm more worried about the wife's reaction than mine..!)
The practicalities of dog ownership I anticipate being a challenge (they are well behaved so don't expect them to be a pest at camp sites, but they are needy, excitable, muddy.. and many other joys of dog ownership) but also the realities of camping are an unknown for us (night time toilet trips?).
There is so much else I want to ask... about choosing a California and everything else.. but I am trying not to get too caught up in it unless we've had our hire trip in case it doesn't work out.
I have looked around for similar posts but most people seem to have at least some idea of what they are getting themselves into! This is a really informative and useful forum by the way and so glad that I have found it - thank you.
We were toying with the idea of a Cali too for a while.
We were going to rent one but ended up biting the bullet and buying one. However we do wild camp often, so knew we’d like it - so you’re best doing what you’re doing.
No regrets so far, currently in Dunkirk coming towards the end of our first week break.
What you bring will be different to what other people may bring, people prioritise different things. You may, like us, overpack the first trip - but like a lot of things, you learn as you go along; what you need and what you miss - best not to overthink it.
If you’re travelling with a female best buy a Thetfort Porta Potti for sure. We always travel on a budget as we’re a young couple, so we don’t and won’t stay on campsites everyday. We downloaded an app called ‘CamperContact’ which shows you a lot of the camping stops, even ones which are free and provide toilets and electricity! Also ones which you pay for, which provide more facilities.
May be best getting a cage for the dogs, either for the cab area or boot (and remove the shelf/mattress to the downstairs) because the van can and will get messy quick, especially with dogs. If you’re sleeping upstairs, best to get a mattress topper as the VW original foam mattress is awfully uncomfortable.
Wet wipes and disinfectant wipes are a must. I’m a bit of a clean freak and also have a small portable vacuum which I charge when plugged in.
Obvious utensils, plates, black bin bags, small sandwich bags (for baby wipes, disposable lens cases etc), water bottles, washing up liquid etc.
If you’re wanting to impress the Mrs and she isn’t a massive fan of/novice to camping, best to go somewhere warmer i.e. down South, perhaps not Scotland in March.
Also, both remember, patience is key!
It’s a small space and you have to work around each other, it takes some getting used to.
You can’t beat the freedom though.
I’d like to see a pic of one of those being used!All good advise, only thing I would add is perhaps consider a dog dry bag, if its wet and muddy its nice and easy to pop them in the bag and straight into the Cali to dry off, the bag keeps all the mess at bay, might be an expense you could do without for your hire experience but might be worth bearing in mind if you do decide to take the plunge