The Volkswagen Westfalia T4 Transporter California Joker Camper Model History
In 1997 the VW Westfalia T4 Transporter California Joker model was introduced. The Westfalia California Joker was a special limited edition bus. The Westfalia California Joker was available in poptop version only. The basic model equipment was the same as the 1996 California Coach but it also had some extra equipment fitted as standard and was available in only two exterior colours. The base vehicle for the VW California Joker was the short wheel base “long nose” version of the VW T4 Transporter.
1) 1997 - 1998 VW Westfalia T4 Transporter California Joker Camper engine options and approx price (inclusive tax when new in standard form):
From 04/1998 (1998 model year) price list. Prices are in German Deutschmark:
California Joker with Poptop Roof (4 seats and 4 sleeping places):
Volkswagen California Joker Diesel Motor 2.5 litre TDI Turbo-D Kat, 5 cylinder, 75 KW (102 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, 66,132 DM
California Joker with Poptop Roof (6 seats and 4 sleeping places - removable seat in living area behind driver and passenger seat):
Volkswagen California Joker Diesel Motor 2.5 litre TDI Turbo-D Kat, 5 cylinder, 75 KW (102 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, 67,193 DM
The upholstery material in the VW Westfalia T4 California Joker camper for driver, passenger and rear seat/bed was a Jacquard woven design using a grey material with multi coloured cactus pattern known as “Kactus”.
The curtains for sides and rear in the VW Westfalia T4 California Joker camper were grey.
5) 1997 - 1998 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Joker Camper Pop Top Roof Specification
The pop top roof outside finish for the VW Westfalia California Joker Camper was in the same colour as the vehicle.
The inside headroom of the vehicle with poptop was 135 cm.
Upper bed in poptop is 184 cm x 106 cm and bed cushion foam is 4.5 cm thick.
Ventilation windows with mosquito nets in the sides of pop top roof canvas.
Vehicle with pop top roof can potentially have sleeping space for four people.
6) 1997 - 1998 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Joker Camper Flooring and Carpeting Specification
The flooring in the rear of the VW Westfalia T4 California Joker camper was a hard wearing grey PVC material with multi coloured flecks. The step is made from grey plastic.
Grey velour carpet floor lining in drivers cab.
7) 1997 - 1998 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Joker Camper Door Trim Specification
Door interior trims made from grey plastic.
8) 1997 - 1998 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Joker Camper Standard Model Specification
Length - 4789 mm (short wheelbase).
Width - 1840 mm
Height - Poptop 1990 mm
Laminated Windscreen in tinted glass.
All windows in tinted glass. (Double glazed windows in rear available at extra price).
Opening window (plastic double glazed) in front left above kitchen opposite the sliding door.
Sliding window (tinted glass) in sliding door.
Grey curtains all round for the living and cab area.
220 volt External CEE Hook Up socket on the outer wall at the rear left with one internal outlet socket in living area and safety trip cut out.
Automatic battery charger.
Leisure battery 12V 80 Ah (maintenance free) with split charge relay for equipment in living area (freezer / fridge etc). Charged by alternator or battery charger.
Central electronic control unit in drivers cab above the mirror with LCD display for outside temperature, charge level of the batteries, operating status of the cool box / fridge, freshwater / waste water tank levels, push button adjustment for cool box / fridge temperature and control and timer for Eberspacher night heater.
Halogen headlights with range adjustment.
Two reversing lights.
Rear fog light.
Immobilizer device (for Otto petrol engines).
Preparation for immobilizer device (for diesel engines).
Adjustable instrument panel lights.
Warning light for hand brake, brake circuit failure and brake fluid level.
Windscreen wipers with intermittent, two speed and wash / wipe functions.
Two 11 Watt transistor lights.
One swan neck 5 Watt halogen light.
Living / Bedroom Area
Two person seat bench that slides and folds to make a double bed in conjunction with rear bed cushion.
Rear seat bench has two three point automatic safety belts.
Two headrests in rear seat.
Storage compartment under the seat bank.
Three storage compartments in the seat bank front.
Double bed is 194 cm x 117 cm and bed cushion foam is 8 cm thick.
Wardrobe on the left hand side.
Storage cabinet at the rear left hand side.
Roof storage locker in the rear with a mirror on the inside of the door.
The kitchen cupboard is opposite the sliding door with a sink / cooker combination with an adjustable cover, cutlery drawer and storage for tableware and provisions.
Removable gas cooker.
Sink dimensions 27 cm long x 27 cm wide x 12 cm deep. Finished in enamelled steel with single tap (with switch for water pump), flexible hose, and adjustable head for jet and shower.
Removable table (72 cm x 40 cm). Stored in rear seat bench.
40 litre Electrolux compressor fridge.
Freshwater and Wastewater
53 litre freshwater tank.
Filled using a rotating neck at the rear.
Emptied outside under the vehicle. Cleaning opening on tank.
Freshwater tank has a submersible pump.
Freshwater line with separate emptying.
27 litre wastewater tank (frost protected inside vehicle). Emptied using tap accessible in kitchen cupboard.
Rev counter and digital clock.
Airbags for driver and passenger.
ABS / EDS system
Radio / Cassette “Gamma” and 6 loudspeakers (2 in dashboard, 2 in the door pockets and 2 in the rear roof locker).
Front windscreen antenna.
Two swivelling and folding sunvisors.
Make up mirror with light on passenger side sun visor.
Additional storage under the dashboard in the centre.
Interior light with turn off delay and contact switch on cab doors.
Electric front windows.
Double tone horn.
Electrically adjustable heated outside mirrors.
Light in the sliding door step.
“California Joker” lettering.
Bike rack for 3 cycles on rear tailgate.
Sliding door on right hand side to access living area.
Locking Fuel Cap.
Rear windscreen with rear wash wipe.
Two front swivel seats with armrests and height adjustable head rests.
Height adjustable automatic three point safety belts.
Fresh air supply with 4 speed fan.
Heating with mechanical control.
Drivers cab roof is lined.
Dipping rear view mirror.
Inner light (with separate reading light).
Open storage under dashboard on left hand side.
Storage trough in the dashboard on the right hand side.
Grab handle in roof frame on the right hand side.
Storage pocket on driver and passenger doors.
Child lock on sliding door.
Two warm air vents in living area supplied by engine temp (ie not night heater).
Floor heating vents with plastic safety covers.
Roof inner cladding with integrated curtain rails.
Radio suppression kit to prevent interference.
9) Options available at extra cost included:
There were many options available at extra cost for your Westfalia T4 California Joker Camper. Below is a list of some of them taken from 04/1998 (1998 model year) price list. Prices include tax and are in German Deutschmark:
Underbody protection for extreme conditions. Cost 429 DM
10) Accessories available at extra cost included:
There were many accessories available at extra cost for your Westfalia T4 California Joker Camper. Below is a list of some of them taken from xx/xx price list. Prices include tax and are in German Deutschmark
Extra Seat Bank
11) 1997 - 1998 VW Westfalia T4 Transporter California Joker Camper Front and Rear Logos
VW Westfalia T4 California Joker front and rear logos.
12) Links to Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Joker Camper Sales Brochures (Prospekt) and Price Lists (Preisliste)
Please note that some of the links take you to an external site called vwpix.org, which is an excellent source of sales literature for all versions of VW camper van. Most of the brochures are in German language as this was the main market.