Quelle est la différence entre tous nos modèles ?
Van aménagé au Portugal
So you’ve decided a VW is an ideal choice for your campervan in Portugal. Whether you start your camper hire from Lisbon, Faro or Porto, it is more than likely you’ve been weighing up the pros and cons of either the VW California, the VW Siesta Atlantic campervan or the VW Siesta Beach Campervan. Choosing your campervan in Portugal can be a daunting process. We know you’re not alone in this, so let’s see if we can help with this little guide.
Well, let’s start by saying that all of our Siesta Beach and Atlantic models are built by us and are based on the same engine gearbox configuration; the VW Transporter T6 Blue Motion, with 114 BHP and a 5-speed manual gearbox. We chose this configuration because it gives ample power for a fully laden camper. It drives and accelerates like a modern car, the driving position is comfortable with the gear shift coming out of the dashboard. We also had the VW factory add some cool extras, especially for us, giving more comfortable individual front seats, front and rear parking sensors for a clear representation of obstructions on the full-colour stereo screen and the VW Auxiliary battery.
Le van VW Siesta Beach
Commençons donc par le Beach, notre modèle le plus économique au Portugal:
The pop-top roofs on the Beach and the Atlantic are identical. However, the Beach does not have a bed in the upper tent area making it ideal for 2 people. There is also a front hammock option available with both vans for 1 child. This should only be considered for kids up to 9 years old and 1.5m height. The cab areas are identical, so no difference there. The cupboards are aluminium modular units made for us by a top specialist in the UK. There is a small amount of storage space in the back cupboards making it ideal for those travelling light.
The Beach has the same cooker and sinks as the Atlantic and an equal amount of water storage: 50-litre tank. They both feature a pull-out power shower from the rear which is amazing for rinsing off after the beach. The fridge in the Beach is a cooler it doesn’t have a compressor like the Atlantic and California this essentially means it will only keep things cooler than ambient temperature by 20c. It will still keep the beers cool. Just not as ice cool as the Atlantic or California.
Espace de rangement
There is a lot less storage area in the Beach but if you’re just living out of your bags for a week, then hey no problem and you do have more space to move inside the camper because of this. There is a big open space under the bed where many people keep luggage or surfboards that can slide through under the bed. You can fit an 8’ board under this bed.
This is what we really want to know about! Well, it’s the same bed but it doesn’t slide on rails like the Atlantic or California.This means it doesn’t slide toward the front of the cab allowing the rear passengers to be closer to the front like in a normal car, which is preferable if you want to keep the kids in check.
Le van VW Siesta Atlantic
Le choix du confort
The Siesta Atlantic campervan is an excellent choice for your campervan in Portugal. It makes excellent use of the space available with plenty of cleverly designed storage. Backlit cupboards make it easy to find things. The construction of the units are solid and feels like a proper well-constructed motorhome, which is what it essentially is. There are LED-lit under worktop lights giving a modern ambience to the space. Big bedding cupboards at the back provide ample space for bedding for a family of four. Please remember though these vans are still not ideal for big hard suitcases. The living area is only 3m by 2.20m so be practical about what you bring. If you’re arriving anywhere from June up until September you will not be needing coats, just a sweatshirt for the cooler nights on the west coast.
The Atlantic has a roof bed in the pop-top area, a great space that the kids will love. The top bed is also suitable for adults. The top bed area pushes up out of the way during the day so you can have a spacious area perfect for cooking. Younger children or babies are maybe better suited to the lower bed or the hammock that goes across the front.
Réfrigérateur éco basse consommation
The Atlantic fridge is a Dometic 50L compressor fridge. It is very efficient and doesn’t consume lots of power from the auxiliary battery. If you were to not charge the battery at all on any campsites the fridge would last around 2 days depending on the outside temperature, as this would affect the amount of work the compressor has to do.
La plupart de nos clients le règle au maximum lorsque le van est branché à l’électricité du camping puis ils baissent la température quand le van n’est plus connecté. Cela permet de conserver votre nourriture au froid plus longtemps, si vous êtes dehors pour la journée
We’ve taken the option this year to fit solar panels to all of our VW Siesta Atlantic models, There’s so much sunshine in Portugal it was the logical thing to do. So whilst you’re on the beach, the battery is getting charged keeping the fridge nicely chilled. Beachfront view with chilled drinks! What more could you ask for?
Nous avons décidé d’installer ces auvents déroulants de qualité sur tous nos modèles VW Siesta Atlantic et VW California. Ils se déroulent facilement grâce à une poignée manuelle qui s’insère dans le auvent. La longueur des auvents atteint 2,50 mètres, ce qui offre beaucoup d’ombre. Idéal pour y installer table et chaises et relaxer pendant les chaudes journées d’été.
Le van VW California.
Le confort et la modernité
For the ultimate luxury campervan experience in Portugal. The VW California is your best choice. The VW California has become an icon of the open road since 1988 and has reached cult-like status with a massive following in Europe.
Lorsque vous arriverez à un camping ou dans un parking, vous recevrez les regards admiratifs des autres passionnés et aficionados de la marque VW . C’est une machine coûteuse avec des prix d’entrée à partir de €50,000. Le VW California est entièrement fabriqué par VW. Des rideaux jusqu’aux sièges, tous les éléments sont assemblés à leurs ateliers de Hanovre. L’empreinte VW est présente de toutes parts dans ce modèle.
Le couteau Suisse du van aménagé
You can imagine the research and development that’s gone into this van. There’s not a scrap of wasted space. It really is the Swiss army knife of campers. The table neatly stores inside the door panel, the deck chairs are stored in a tidy pocket in the rear tailgate.
Panneau de contrôle
An LCD control panel in the cab area tells you how cold the fridge is, how much charge is left in the battery. How full the waste and the freshwater water tank is. It comes from the factory with a roll-out sunshade. The interior fabrics are finished in a very light fabric and you sense you are sitting in something very modern and spacious. The Interior blinds are concealed behind the trim and can be pulled into position very quickly, making the van cosy at night.
Un génie d'ingénierie
Notre atelier a tout de suite trouvé ce van brillamment pensé. Toutefois le montage des intérieurs est très fragile à notre goût, les éléments cassent facilement et les pièces plastiques sont onéreuses à remplacer. Si vous trouvez que vos enfants sont de fous aventuriers, nous vous recommandons vivement le Siesta Atlantic, bien plus robuste et résistant aux voyages plein de rebondissements.
2 batteries auxiliaires
The VW California comes with a 40L fridge and it keeps it chugging away via 2 auxiliary batteries, this is one more battery than our Atlantic.
We order our VW Californias from the factory with parking sensors on the front and rear, these give a clear representation on the Medio stereo. It also has the neat “CAR PLAY” system meaning you can run your apps such as “Google maps” and “Spotify” on the full-colour stereo screen (no need for GPS TomTom.)
Moteur 150 BHP et disponible en boite auto.
We also order these vans with 150BHP and 6 speed, to give you the full luxurious driving experience. They come with manual or DSG auto, which makes driving this van seamlessly easy to drive and shift gears. The VW DSG is unlike any other auto box in the way that it has already predicted your next gear and is already selected. This makes acceleration silky smooth, couple this with the Cruise control and you can really see why this is the ultimate van if you want to see the whole of Portugal in complete comfort and style.
Does this answer all of your questions? If not and you’re still left bewildered about your choice of a campervan in Portugal, then be sure to drop us a line or catch us on the chat and I’m sure one of our experienced team can help steer you to the ultimate camper choice for that epic road trip in Portugal.