T5 Caravelle Rails

VW T5 Caravelle Rail Fitting

Now for us this was the make or break point of our project and took a few weeks to find the right information and people to make it all happen.

At first we looked at the popular Rock’n roll bed system which many people have fitted to their T5’s, but with 3 children we liked the added flexibility of the caravelle rail system plus 3 kids plus child seats on one bench seat was just going to cause lots of arguments and pushing and shoving, so Caravelle rails it was.

Now here is the first hurdle, sourcing the rails

eBay is the first point of call and there are a few too choose from along with varied states of cosmetic condition.

You can get single or double rails but this basically boils down to do you want the caravelle table, if you do then you need the double rails which will give you 6 tracks in total.

Expect to pay between £700 – £1,200 for a set of rails but don’t forget the bolts. The rails need a lot of bolts in fact there is over £100 in bolts alone, and then you need chassis brackets to help strengthen the fittings on the underside.

This might sound like too much hassle already and I think this is why the rock’n roll bed option is so popular but don’t let it put you off, the end result is worth the extra effort and there are some great guys out there to help you.

Oxford T5

On many VW forums there was lots of mentions to a chap called Colin over at Oxford T5’s and apparently if you were after Caravelle rail fitting then he was the guy to talk too.

Easier said than done i thought, it took a few emails and voice messages but it transpires that this was only down to the fact that these guys are super busy and now I know why.

Colin has to be one of the most genuine guys I have had the pleasure to meet in a long time and was so helpful in explaining what would be required for fitting of the Caravelle rail system and that if I couldn’t source all of the parts then he had a local supplier who could help me out.

Rail fitting booked, Oxford here we come

I had managed to source a brand new set of double rails along with a caravelle floor including bolts.
We set off to Oxford and got there for 8:30am. Straight away Colin greeted us with a quick run down of what he would be doing today along with showing us all of the brackets that would be fitted to the underside and the fitting certificate which would be provided at the end of the day and that we were more than welcome to stay and watch the rails been fitted.

We opted to leave them too it and go for a cooked breakfast and a spot of shopping in the local town which was only 10 mins walk away.

Fitting took around 7 hours and at the end of the day Colin took our details and then emailed us a fitting certificate stating that all genuine VW crash tested parts have been used during fitting.

One thing to note is that the caravelle rail system results in a slightly raised floor level so you will need a new side step and rear threshold cover to accommodate this and Colin had a few to hand and provided
them along with the fitting.

Time taken: 1 day

Cost
Depends on the rail quality, fittings and other bits and pieces but I would suggest that you budget around 2k for rails and fitting. (seats are extra, look on eBay and expect to pay around £500- £600 per seat).
You can find cheaper options but think safety, is it worth risking the lives of your passengers for the sake of a few hundred quid?

Oxford T5’s did an amazing job, all genuine parts plus a fitting certificate which is worth its weight in gold when it comes to insurance and DVLA reclassification, which is what we are looking at next.

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