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Big enough to sleep in with front seats up?
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(19-07-2020, 07:07 AM)cancunia Wrote:  I've had a B9 & M59 that I used for camping, in order to get comfortable in either, I made a bed with a folding flap & then folded the front passenger seat down flat in the B9, or pushed & tilted it totally forwards in the M59. I'm about 5' 10"
I sold my B9 as a camper to someone that's 6'4", he'd had an M49 for a few years & had no problem with the space. I think the thing with the Berlingo is that it's very versatile but you do need to make allowances.
The next size up is the Dispatch / Expert, both will allow over 6' with the front seats in normal position.
Thanks! I keep getting tempted with dispatch sized vehicles but I'm trying to keep in mind that it'll be be main car for most of the time and a camper second.
Its easy to get carried away but I think a dispatch would be a little annoying for day to day stuff.

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The Dispatch is not too much wider, but for sure longer & higher with lots more space. Downsides are things like Road Tax & Ferries.
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(18-07-2020, 08:47 PM)DaveS Wrote:  Cheers! I like the idea of use being able to set the bed up but then potentially move the car or sit in the front. (Or jump in the front quick and drive off if I'm in a layby and some nut case turns up!)

Have you decided on a boot jump or camped in it yet? Tempted to try to make my own to my own requirements when I eventually break the analysis paralysis and actually buy a van, but it comes down to time and the Amdro etc ones look a lot better than my attempt would.

I was in thinking the same too Dave, I knew I was going to have a bootjump before I purchased the Berlingo in late June, and the premade ones do seem like a lot of money for what is essentially a few pieces of plywood.

What made my mind up for me was the fact that if I wait to get the materials, time and space to build my own, this season is going to be over and I won't end up using it until next spring. That and my propensity for lashing things up meant that in the end I did end up going with campal.

My preferred usage will be different to most peoples. I only need and want a single bed, so I was able to buy a solo size that just fits the length of the passenger side, thus keeping the drivers seat unencumbered. As you rightly said, I did want to keep the option of a quick getaway!

I also went with the aforementioned company because the owner was kind enough to let me put one in my berlingo and check that my rigid kayak would fit on top the bed for easy transport, the solo unit is perfect for this and as it only takes up half the side of the car it leaves me with plenty of space for all the other stuff I would need for extended trips. He was also very accommodating with questions and modifications etc. The fact he's local to me was helpful too.

What was your intended use? The only reason I ask is that having seen some pictures of people in the twin bed versions and having been in the rear space of a berlingo I personally think two people is going to be a squeeze unless you are both very friendly and can travel without too many belongings, unless of course you get an awning, but that does somewhat ruin the stealth aspect I was hoping for.

Of course, the biggest advantage of the berlingo is that unlike most bigger vans it is a perfectly suitable everyday run around, this was my main criteria for choosing it, I can't afford or have the space to keep two cars on the road.

As for whether or not I've camped in mine, I haven't yet, there is a waiting time with campal of around a month and as I only purchased my berlingo at the end of June, I'm currently waiting for the bootjump to be made before I attempt a overnighter.

Until I collect the boot jump I can't even buy the storage boxes or pots and pans etc as sizes will be determined by where everything is going to fit, so currently my vehicle is practically empty..... guess I too am suffering from analysis paralyses! 

Anything else you were wondering please feel free to ask, I've only just started my journey into boot jumps and French cars in general but I will do my best to answer.
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Cheers!
Hope you manage to get some use of it soon enough.

I'm hoping to do the occasional one nighter in a layby either alone or with the missus. For anything longer than that I think it'd be a case of taking a roof box and tent and going on a proper campsite and using the car as a bedroom and/or kitchen

Mine will also be my daily driver which is why I've ruled out anything bigger.

My current car is small so if it doesn't really work out as planned it'll still be useful to have a bigger car with a cooker and storage for camping and general outdoor stuff.

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It's sounds like your being realistic about the space and have considered usage so with that in mind I would say just keep looking out for a good one at a reasonable price, there are plenty around.

If it's any help, I took mine to a mechanic who I fully trust today and he said provided they are well maintained berlingos "shouldn't give you much trouble".

Like you said, the space they offer whist still being classed as a car is fantastic, the seats being both removable and foldable allows considerable flexibility too.

As soon as I collect my bootjump this week. I'm going straight through the euro tunnel. By the end of august I will have a far better understanding of the practicalities of the kind of usages you are planning, although I will be doing it solo.
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Could I respectfully ask a question in this topic. I am about to make the woodwork for some double folding beds etc, to go camping on short trips with, for my beloved Berlingo. There is one part I am having trouble sourcing. Its the single column demountable table, which I have seen on commercial kits. Anyone please point me in the right direction as to where I can buy (or a product name) the metalwork for such a beast please?
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(02-08-2020, 10:50 PM)markscotford Wrote:  Could I respectfully ask a question in this topic. I am about to make the woodwork for some double folding beds etc, to go camping on short trips with, for my beloved Berlingo. There is one part I am having trouble sourcing. Its the single column demountable table, which I have seen on commercial kits. Anyone please point me in the right direction as to where I can buy (or a product name) the metalwork for such a beast please?
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Mark in Spain
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Hi Mark. I purchased a ready made bootjump which was relatively cheap, and every other design I looked at all used fiamma branded poles and sockets for tables. This would suggest to me they are the most readily available. 

https://www.fiamma.it/en/table-legs.html

They are based in Italy so I shouldn't have thought you would have too much trouble finding a stockist in Spain

https://www.fiamma.it/index.php?route=in...istance=50
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