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clarinetbcn

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It's true that the second row seats would fit, but if you have a T5.1 like mine with the small removable tabs in the floor rails to remove/insert the feet of the seats, the three seat bench must be moved back to the position allowed by folding down the front portion of the multiflex board. With the multiflex board fully extended, in the position shown by the diagram on the Calicap website, you would not be able to move the 3 seat bench or the second row chairs back far enough to reach the tabs, so the second row could not be removed or installed unless you remove the slide tray. Sad, because I want one, but I often carry 7 people when I'm not off by myself. This flexibility is what makes the Beach work for me. https://shop.vwcamper.de/heckauszuege/263/calidrawer-beach-heckauszug?number=SW10200.1
I think it would work with the 600mm tray, but not the 700mm, but you need to decide if the loss in tray space is compensated for by the flexibility to remove/install the second row.
 
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I don’t like the idea of the sliding tray because I want to be able to use every cubic millimetre of boot space below the level of the multiflex. My plywood crates are simple enough for me to slide them in and out.

However, I can see very clearly how the sliding tray would be an excellent solution for many people.
 
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It's true that the second row seats would fit, but if you have a T5.1 like mine with the small removable tabs in the floor rails to remove/insert the feet of the seats, the three seat bench must be moved back to the position allowed by folding down the front portion of the multiflex board. With the multiflex board fully extended, in the position shown by the diagram on the Calicap website, you would not be able to move the 3 seat bench or the second row chairs back far enough to reach the tabs, so the second row could not be removed or installed unless you remove the slide tray. Sad, because I want one, but I often carry 7 people when I'm not off by myself. This flexibility is what makes the Beach work for me. https://shop.vwcamper.de/heckauszuege/263/calidrawer-beach-heckauszug?number=SW10200.1
What length of pull out drawer are we talking about?
 
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I think it would work with the 600mm tray, but not the 700mm, but you need to decide if the loss in tray space is compensated for by the flexibility to remove/install the second row.
Thanks. As I said I've never tried it.
 
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What length of pull out drawer are we talking about?
700cm. As I mentioned above, 600cm tray would work, but then what's the point? It would be helpful to know how complicated is it to remove/install the 700cm tray to allow installing/removing second row seats.

I really don't know if this is an issue on more recent vans, where a whole section of floor rail is removed to install/remove second row. Which system did you have Borris, tabs or removable rail sections?
 
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I don’t like the idea of the sliding tray because I want to be able to use every cubic millimetre of boot space below the level of the multiflex. My plywood crates are simple enough for me to slide them in and out.

However, I can see very clearly how the sliding tray would be an excellent solution for many people.
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Your setup is a work of art, and I do agree that using space to a maximum is the secret to fully enjoying the Beach. With your boys you have different needs, which you have resolved with the sort of masterful analytical problem solving that I love. However, I sleep upstairs so I move the bench back to the multiflex board to have a full sized salon below: table and facing rotated first row and bench. It allows one to sleep in above while the other has an early coffee or breakfast below. When camping we are usually just two, so with the room set up below I don't use an awning or tent.
 
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700cm. As I mentioned above, 600cm tray would work, but then what's the point? It would be helpful to know how complicated is it to remove/install the 700cm tray to allow installing/removing second row seats.

I really don't know if this is an issue on more recent vans, where a whole section of floor rail is removed to install/remove second row. Which system did you have Borris, tabs or removable rail sections?
On the T6 you remove the plastic floor rail end caps at the front end of the rails.. Having done that you then slide the two short aluminium extrusions which form either side of the rail towards the front and remove. I cannot confirm but I doubt if having the tray in would prevent their removal. The way they are designed means that you'd only have to move them a few cms and they could be removed. I'll try it when we eventually get our new van and let you know.
 
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On the T6 you remove the plastic floor rail end caps at the front end of the rails.. Having done that you then slide the two short aluminium extrusions which form either side of the rail towards the front and remove. I cannot confirm but I doubt if having the tray in would prevent their removal. The way they are designed means that you'd only have to move them a few cms and they could be removed. I'll try it when we eventually get our new van and let you know.
So, it's important to note the difference between T5/T6 rails if one is contemplating ordering a tray and seat flexibility is important.
 
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So, it's important to note the difference between T5/T6 rails if one is contemplating ordering a tray and seat flexibility is important.
I don't have one of these trays in my 7 seater T6, but if it helps, I can get my middle seats out without having to shorten the multiflex. The middle seats butt up against the rear seat and overhang the removable metal plates a bit so when you first do it it looks quite awkward but in reality it's fine.

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I don't have one of these trays in my 7 seater T6, but if it helps, I can get my middle seats out without having to shorten the multiflex. The middle seats butt up against the rear seat and overhang the removable metal plates a bit so when you first do it it looks quite awkward but in reality it's fine.

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Yes and from memory, the rear bench is pretty much hard up against the Multiflex when our 700mm tray is fitted. So I doubt if there would be a problem installing or removing the swivels.
 
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I frequently have the sixth and seventh seats out. I’ve never shortened the MF to remove, but I have swivelled them to make it easier.
 
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On our recent trip - 2 months :-D the most useful bits of storage - not really storage but shelving were a side table made from 5mm lightweight plastic as shown in the photo below and the shelf made of dibond that fits above the seats at the front of the van. This is described in this post -> https://vwcaliforniaclub.com/threads/creating-a-false-ceiling-above-the-cabin.26094/#post-298366

Both are the best things we've bought/done for the van. The side shelf makes breakfasts or drinks of an evening so much easier. The false ceiling is just brilliant - you can stash clothing up there, wash bags, you name it. It also makes plugging phones into the 12v socket much easier. Big thanks to Romke for this innovation. We now couldn't live without it. It also stows in the roof above the bed when you're moving.

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As for the rest my wife uses soft packing thingies for all her clothes in the storage box down the side - I put mine in a couple of Lidl bags, end on so I can see what's there. These sit flat on top of each other in the boot.

Camping stuff is in 2 crates that just fit under the rear shelf. Then shoes/boots in IKEA bags and the BBQ.

Lidl SUP behind the bench seat - laid flat when the beds made.

We travel very light!
 
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I frequently have the sixth and seventh seats out. I’ve never shortened the MF to remove, but I have swivelled them to make it easier.
Thanks for the clarification about the T6 floor rails. It seems that only the T5.1 with floor tabs can't do this. Believe me I have tried!
 
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That looks lovely, great use of the space and I like the open sections.
I have some of those bags they came with Kampa Quartermaster? I have two of those in the garage that I got when I first used my beach, but I used the bags but not the upright part.

We are trying a new setup for Denmark trip, Ill share when we have pictures :)
The Kampa bags are great but no longer available. I have 4 that came in a big padded bag. I used to use them in the bag in the car but not in the van. However I still use the individual bags as when you unpack then they fold down flat.
 
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On our recent trip - 2 months :-D the most useful bits of storage - not really storage but shelving were a side table made from 5mm lightweight plastic as shown in the photo below and the shelf made of dibond that fits above the seats at the front of the van. This is described in this post -> https://vwcaliforniaclub.com/threads/creating-a-false-ceiling-above-the-cabin.26094/#post-298366

Both are the best things we've bought/done for the van. The side shelf makes breakfasts or drinks of an evening so much easier. The false ceiling is just brilliant - you can stash clothing up there, wash bags, you name it. It also makes plugging phones into the 12v socket much easier. Big thanks to Romke for this innovation. We now couldn't live without it. It also stows in the roof above the bed when you're moving.

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As for the rest my wife uses soft packing thingies for all her clothes in the storage box down the side - I put mine in a couple of Lidl bags, end on so I can see what's there. These sit flat on top of each other in the boot.

Camping stuff is in 2 crates that just fit under the rear shelf. Then shoes/boots in IKEA bags and the BBQ.

Lidl SUP behind the bench seat - laid flat when the beds made.

We travel very light!
Here’s my solution for the ceiling/roof shelf. 4 bits of wood held together with gaffer tape (for flexibility) slides into and follows the contours of the roof-blind channel. Cheap as chips and very sturdy. Makes a good tv shelf. 040A8363-B430-43C8-B652-88317CBB2C5E.jpeg5DF3C1DF-2985-46CE-BA98-63B105E4F1FF.jpegF3E64A66-A8FF-4557-9529-7C5D8E0CE707.jpeg
 
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Vanessa window bags an absolute must,free up so much room in the boot
 
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This is what I do for my 2 seat beach.


For family holidays


Simple. Probably could be more efficient .....
1 / Box with van basics, jump lead multimeter , electric cable (13 not 16A) , pegs mallet etc. Small table and mat on top

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2/ camp kitchen in a recycling box. Main cooker = Primus Tupike with adapters to take all kinds of gas canisters. This fits nicely under the rather low multi flex

Bucket goes next to it with washing up stuff and water9A6A7C2B-F55B-4A2F-9F40-DAF619A549B2.jpegimage.jpg9A6A7C2B-F55B-4A2F-9F40-DAF619A549B2.jpegimage.jpg
 
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3 / metal box strapped behind drivers seat full of food. You can see fridge behind. Dometic CFX 28. Probably will try and source a smaller box that allows drawer to open fully.

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Plastic box containing tea and coffee making stuff including small folding cooker, little gas canister, kettle, coffee grinder aero press etc.


This goes in the drawer
 
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