‘A big difference involves the acquisition of parts’
Study of the specification details reveals a lot of common ground between these two, the main difference being that the Bedford has its engine at the front, while that of the VW is working away at the back.
Both have their driving quirks – mostly involving changing gear – that can take some getting used to for the uninitiated.
A big difference involves the acquisition of vehicles, parts and accessories. The number of VW vans produced way exceeds those of the Bedford; and while VWs are far from rot-free, the survival rate greatly favours the German camper too. Thumb through the classifieds in
CCW and you’ll find examples of Volkswagens for sale most weeks, whereas a Bedford CA Dormobile is a rare sight.
The same applies to the supply of bits, with several VW specialists able to supply a large number of original and replacement parts. The Dormobile Owners’ Club is a useful source for advice, plus any vehicles and spares for sale.
All the above facts combine to make the Volkswagen easier to recommend to those looking to own a classic camper. But if you’re lucky enough to own a Bedford CA Dormobile, cherish it in the knowledge that you’re a member of a select band.