Volkswagen California Campervan Conversions

Put simply, the VW California is the true VW camper. It is the only one built by VW themselves in a dedicated factory and retailed through their VW dealer network. Despite there being many VW approved camper conversions in the past, amazingly it was over 50 years before VW produced one of their own in the shape of the VW California.

Originally a name associated with Westfalia, the now manufacturer built VW California was launched in 2005 and quickly gained respect as a high quality camper conversion. Built on a left hand drive chassis but converted to right hand drive, the sliding door is technically on the wrong side for UK roads, but that doesn’t seem to have damaged sales.

Volkswagen California Campervan Conversions

California models

Initially available as just a California SE on the T5 Transporter, the California Beach version was introduced with the arrival of the T5.1 in 2010. And more recently this range has been extended further with now four models to choose from, the Ocean, Coast, Beach and Beach Tour. There is also a Grand California based on the larger VW Crafter.

Model name VW Platform Layout
California SE T5 SWB / pop-top roof / 4-berth / ¾ width bed / traditional layout
California Ocean T6 SWB / pop-top roof / 4-berth / ¾ width bed / traditional layout
California Coast T6 SWB / pop-top roof / 4-berth / ¾ width bed / traditional layout
California Beach T5 SWB / pop-top roof / 4-berth / full width bed / no camping interior
California Beach T6 SWB / pop-top roof / 4-berth / full width bed / basic camping interior
California Beach Tour T6 SWB / pop-top roof / 4-berth / full width bed / no camping interior
Grand California Crafter MWB or LWB / hi-top roof / 2 or 4-berth / galley kitchen / washroom

California Ocean and Coast

The VW camper models of California Ocean and Coast are both full camper conversions. The Ocean is the range topper with increased levels of trim and equipment, along with VW’s now famous electrically operated pop-top roof. The Coast still has a full camping interior in the same style and build quality (and chairs stowed in the tailgate) although has a manual pop-top roof.

Volkswagen California SE
Volkswagen California Beach

California Beach and Beach Tour

The original VW California Beach was very basic in terms of camping equipment but hugely practical due to its flexible seating and pop-up roof allowing for four berths. Essentially this was a VW camper designed to be used as an everyday car in the week. The new T6.1 Beach now features a basic  camping interior but still remains true to its original concept. The Beach Tour is closer to the original Beach in that it doesn’t feature any fixed camping facilities.

Grand California

Just as all other camper conversion companies out there, Volkswagen have a range topper and in VW’s case this comes in the form of the Grand California. Based on the larger VW Crafter it offers motorhome style levels of equipment matched with Volkswagens manufacturer build quality. The VW Grand California offers two or four berths depending on roof style, seating for four, galley kitchen with washroom and large rear bed and storage area.

Volkswagen Grand California - image owned by Volkswagen


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