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Thinking of swapping my California for a Beach

BeachyBird

BeachyBird

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176
Location
Worcestershire
Vehicle
T5 Beach
Had both and the only thing the Beach lacks is the simple option to have a cuppa easily in the AM! Apart from that space is better and as a day to day it’s more useful for me. With >2 a Cali is always a marginal proposition for camping more than a couple of days so it works for that. That’s my opinion.
We have a small table that stays up when the bed is made up kettle, mugs, tea in bed no problem
 
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jeannie

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70
Location
Kingston, near Lewes
Vehicle
T5 SE 174 4Motion
Ahh! Now that depends on the individual doing it. I would suggest you try doing it before going any further. I'm sure your nearest dealer or Beach owner would let you try. Personally I have never had a problem closing the roof but there is a technique.

First ensure you have opened a door or window on the leeward side of the vehicle. Then look for
the bar running transversaly inside the front of the pop top roof. Attached to that and dangling down is a looped strap. To close the roof you need to stand between the front seats facing towards the rear of the vehicle with your head inside the roof compartment. Stand on the edge of the front seats if necessary. Then reach up and grab the strap. It does move along the bar so you'll need to centralise it to get a good pull otherwise the roof may come down in a wonky manner. You will then need to pull down to overcome the upward trust of the hydraulic struts. If you are of slight build you may need to hang on the strap to bring it down but I doubt if most people would need to do that.This effort depends on the individual. Having started to bring the roof down you should be in a position to monitor the roof canvas folding in properly and to pull it in if it isn't. The roof will then reach a point when it will stop closing. At this point you will need to gather the canvas adjacent to the individual roof securing buckles and stuff it all behind the strapping tab on top of each buckle. Having done that pull the roof down further to the fully closed position and secure the over center catch and safety clasp. Be sure to avoid catching the canvas in the over centre catch as the mechanism will punch two neat holes in your canvas if it gets trapped. This sounds nasty but if you are aware then it's easy to check and avoid. You can both see and feel that the buckle isn't trapping the canvas. Having done one side then do the other. Once closed, gather up the canvas and tuck it away before closing the trap hatch. Finally take a walk around the van to check all is stowed away correctly.

When written down like this it looks complicated but it isn't. Instead it is simplicity itself. It's also unlikely to ever go wrong.
Thanks for your detailed and easy to understand description. Will find a dealership and try it out
 
Borris

Borris

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Location
Canterbury
Vehicle
T6 Beach 150
Thanks for your detailed and easy to understand description. Will find a dealership and try it out
I think you'll love the Beach.

One final note. Some find the over centre catches rather stiff to use. They can be adjusted but they are holding the roof tight shut so do need to be as tight as you can manage.
 
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