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I’d hired a T2 for a long weekend previously and fell in love with the camper side of the experience but couldn’t get used to the driving side in such a short time. So I looked for a modern version.
After searching on the web I came across Bognor Motors and the T5 California’s they were hiring. They were exactly what I was looking for and being on the South Coast in a good location.
I rang up and spoke to Oli who was very helpful and enthusiastic about the T5 and decided to book for a week in September.
When I arrived to pick it up the van was in immaculate condition and Oli and Sue were there to welcome me. Oli then showed me all round the van and explained in great detail how everything worked and there was no time pressures and if I needed to ask anymore then it wouldn’t have been any trouble for him.
Having driven the T2 previously the California was a revelation and so easy to drive and get used to, just like any modern car. So I had a relaxing but short drive down to Fishery Creek campsite on Hayling Island which I can recommend as it’s quiet, friendly and right on the water front overlooking Chichester harbour.
I set up camp and tried out all the toys to make sure I remembered what Oli had told me, but even if I hadn’t Oli or anyone from Bognor Motors would have only been a phone call away to help. This was reassuring.
Everything worked great and I loved my first few days and sleeping upstairs in the Electric raising roof bed, which was very comfy.
I then moved down to Bridport and found a lovely site on top of the cliffs overlooking West Bay and Chesil Beach, so I was sent to sleep and woken up with the sound of the waves lapping against the shore. Can’t get much more relaxing than this I thought.
Whilst I had the van I did some touring along the south coast to Swanage, Weymouth and up to Minehead and Watchet in North Somerset. Even with a 300 mile drive one day it felt like I’d hardly driven anywhere as the seats and driving experience is so easy and relaxing and with the high up seating you can take in the great views.
Unfortunately the week flew by and before I knew it I had to take it back, which was hard work having had such a great time. The hand back was just as easy as the hand over.
The great time was both down to the California which is a great modern camper with everything you need and also the great service from Oli and his team.
I can’t praise them enough and would highly recommend them to anyone after a modern VW Camper for touring in this country or abroad.
And to prove how good the experience was I’ve re-booked again for next year already, this time with the DSG Automatic gearbox which Oli says makes the T5 even better if that’s possible.
So thanks again to Oli and everyone at BMVS for a wonderful experience in the T5 California.