VOLKSWAGEN CALIFORNIA BUYERS GUIDE – PART 3 of 4
Continuing our guide to buying a Volkswagen California, in this section we will be focusing on the swivelling captain seats and main living area.
CAPTAIN SEATS AND MAIN BED
Check the swivel seats in the front for any loose trim, this can drop a little and catch on the fixtures as it spins.
The arm rests on the driver and passenger seats should be checked in case someone has stood on them to get into the top bed.
The door cards of the front doors can become scuffed in the seats are turned without opening the door – a good tip we find is to locate the optimal position for swivelling the seat, and marking it with a sticker so that you can line it up in future with minimal fuss.
The bench seat is released by pulling up the lever in the base, next to the drawer. Check that it slides freely and the stopper is in place to position it correctly to make the bed.
Drop the headrests back and ensure the strap is not damaged. We would suggest if the vehicle does not have a sleep pack or mattress topper that you invest in one to give a more comfortable night’s sleep.
There is a panel near the kitchen that comes off to allow storage of long items like fishing poles etc.
PLEASE NOTE. For the Beach with a third seat, we suggest that you get a full demonstration of the operation as there is a specific sequence to use this correctly.
For vans with three floor rails there is an option to put a fifth seat on board. You can not have this addition if there are only two rails so if you require a fifth seat then make sure you go for the three rail model.
WINDOWS AND BLINDS
Pull down all blinds to make sure they all stay down – it’s easy to miss if you don’t know where it is, but there is a small horizontal blind for the window next to the wardrobe.
On UK models, there is also a pack of 3 blinds that covers the windscreen and front side windows, it should have a front blind and drivers and passenger blind. On Euro models the windscreen has a built in blind that lifts from the dashboard.
Operate all windows to ensure they all open and close correctly.