VW Crafter as base vehicle for campervans

Camper & Caravan Reviews

This is a look at the Volkswagen Crafter as a base vehicle for campervans and motorhomes. A number of smaller manufacturers have produced such models as well as VW itself and in particular it new Grand California which will be shortly available. But what about those people considering using the VW as a base for their own self build. What I think makes the VW Crafter so interesting for a camper conversion is the overall shape making more internal space available when compared for example to the Sprinter. In the film you can take a look at the shape of the van and make your own mind up.\nThe vehicle in its current form was launched in the autumn of 2016 and was offered to the public from the spring of 2017 meaning that one can now find good used models on the second hand market which will be considerably cheaper than a new van even if they have already done more kilometres than the camper is likely to do in the next twenty years!\nThe Crafter has a maximum permitted weight of 5.5 metric tonnes and comes in six metre, 683cm and 739cm lengths and a maximum internal height of 215cm thus allowing builders to put in a double floor for isolation. External height in the tallest version is 280cm. This gives a lot of internal room to play with and builders can juggle around with the features that are important to them such as the size of the bathroom, dinette, bed and storage etc.\nThe chassis has MacPherson front suspension, five different variants of a rigid rear axle and electromechanical steering. Standard features include electric windows, central locking with wireless remote control and storage features for things like a mobile phone, laptop and tablet in the cab. Other features, some of which are optional, include lane-keeping system (Lane Assist), a parking assistant (Park Assist), Front Assist emergency braking system, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, side wind assistant, driver alert system, automatic main beam dipping control by Light Assist and much more. There are also front, side and head airbags for the driver and passenger. There is a reversing camera, Rear Traffic Alert, and sensor-based side protection. There are also options for a second air conditioner and a second heat exchanger for a fuel-operated auxiliary heating system.\nThere are various engine configurations which VW claim are 15% more fuel efficient than its competitors.\nSo what is it like to build a campervan out of? I don’t know as I have not tried. But I am thinking about it! What do you think?

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