Volkswagen’s New Camper Has a Loft Where You Can Stargaze

California XXL

Awesome big RV in a little package!

The German auto-maker now presents the California XXL. Perhaps because the California XXL campervan has an extended rear with an integrated bed, a special area for children, four-wheel drive, a sophisticated and functional interior and a raised, fixed panoramic roof with light strips, it is getting a lot of attention. The latter means sleeping under the stars. Also, there’s a Weber grill as part of the equipment.

Volkswagen is known for having distinctive designs, including several iconic vans and buses, and this little number is no different. For RVers, they have a special treat in this particular van: a sunroof that is not only big, but it’s got a little loft to lie down on right under it! Like a lot of RVs and long-haul trailers with sleeping quarters, they put it right up above where the driver sits, or just behind, to make the most of interior space.

A retractable sanitary unit with shower and toilet are also there, as are a heated / cooled bed, a kitchen with pull-out work surface (ranging from 1.10 to 2.05 meters) and even heating. The various functions can be controlled via a special app.

What is a motorhome rally?

If you’re new to the world of RVs, “boondocking” and a more nomadic lifestyle, you may be unaware of the large community of RV owners who participate in rallies. Unlike what one normally thinks of when considering vehicles and rallies, an RV rally is more like a convention, a gathering of like minded individuals who share a passion for RVs and the lifestyle that goes with them. Rallies are held all over the world, and there are several popular sites across the U.S. with either local chapters, RV brands, or regional groups.

You can expect a wide range of activities at a rally, including meet and greets with the community, seminars, safety training, and even entertainment and arts and crafts. They are often family friendly events (a good idea for family vacations, perhaps), and are hosted by RV brands themselves or by various groups of RV owners. Your RV Lifestyle has an excellent write-up about what you can expect from a rally, what activities are available, and links to sites that have rally calendars available for those interested.

RV Clubs also has a 2018-2019 calendar of events, rallies, and the like available, although events only go through March 2019. Others will be added as they are confirmed.

If you’re interested in checking out the RV lifestyle, take a look at the Family Motor Home Association and consider joining a local chapter.

1970 Austin Camper Home

There are RVs, and then there are RVs. This is something you won’t see every day, and actually its the first one we’ve ever seen. It’s from the 70s, it’s an Austin, and it’s a camper home on wheels.

This one came up for auction recently, and although it’s not an RV motorhome most people reading this will be able to swing by and pick up (because it’s in Norfolk, England), it’s interesting nonetheless. It’s being auctioned by Anglia Car Auctions, though, for anyone who is in that area and wants this motorhome.

From the auctioneers: “This conversion was completed in 2016 just three months before it became a finalist in George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year. It has featured in many newspaper articles, copies of which are provided. It was also invited to Carfest North and South following it’s success where they were greeted by DJ Chris Evans. Fitted with a Nissan 2.3 diesel engine. Last MoT’d in 2016. The vendor has included some photos of the rebuild.” They estimate the bid will be between 9 and 12,000 pounds.

1970 Austin Camper Home