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The “new VW bus” is real, and it’s spectacular. It’s just not for sale in America. But that didn’t stop Volkswagen from calling its new camper the “California” and letting us live in one for a couple days. So check out all the amazing toys and gadgets that are in this van-sized mobile house.

We’ll soon post a whole review about what this new T6 camper is like to drive and live in, but I had a feeling you’d be more interested in seeing just how many special features and space utilization tricks are in this thing. And there are a lot. Enough for a whole video, in fact. Which I hope you watched.


Watch it, already! I had to spend an entire 48 hours packed into this vehicle with Jason to get you this glorious content. And you know what that means–almost 46 hours of listening to him pontificate on how many canned hams he could hide in the van’s copious storage compartments.

The T6 California isn’t a small vehicle, but it sure seems modestly proportioned considering how many goodies are packed into it. Going from front to back: it’s got a swiveling passenger seat, a sink, a stove, a fold-out table, a rear bench seat that turns into a bed, a roof that expands to make a sleeping loft, and just wait until you see the closet that Jason fits his entire body in.


We’ve been clamoring for a “new VW bus” since, shoot, when was the last time you could buy a VW van in America? And no, the Routan does not count. That adds a little sting to how much we loved the T6, which sure seems like it’d sell well here in the age of hashtag van life and the glorification of adventure travel.

I guess if you’re going to sell everything and move onto the road, it wouldn’t be that much harder to start in Europe where these vans are actually for sale. But still, we need more of these Stateside. And I think you’ll agree after you take the tour.

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California is the most conservative state when it comes to car camping. That god awful shithole will try to charge you in excess of $75 for a community primitive camp site. They will also run you off public lands without a person in site if it doesnt have 12 signs indicating where to sleep.

I am a very avid camper and outdoorsman and respect mother earth greatly. California is just a place for abundant red tape and bullshit laws.

**just very salty they names this the “california camper”**