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European Tour
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Evening all.
The new car arrives on Monday. 2019 XL 130hp Manual with only 7k on the clock. I have been searching for a while trying to find the spec I need all across the PSA group range and as time is running out I decided to plunder the savings and get the Berlingo. 22k lighter in the wallet GULP! but it ticks all the boxes. There are 3 main reasons I was looking for this spec vehicle... In no particular order.

1.Professionally I am into home renovations so the large carrying capacity is a must but I will be keeping the old van for the main dirty work.

2. We, the good lady Munch and I enjoy our fishing and we travel quite a bit during the warmer months often spending weekends away. No more costly hotels as we can now sleep in the car and carry all of our gear in comfort. Can anyone recommend an awning?

3. European tour. The light of my life turns 45 in May and she has always wanted to spend her birthday in Venice. Well, as I turn 55 in May it would seem churlish not to celebrate both our special days in warmer climes. For me it is Split, Croatia.

Euro tour:
The plan is to get the ferry from Hull over to Rotterdam, head through Germany into Switzerland for the "San Bernardino Pass" and into Venice. followed by Florence, Naples (outskirts of as the centre is horrible), Tavullia  (VR46) then ferry to Split from Ancona. From Split we head to Plitvice then onto Lake Bled before taking a week tour back through Germany back to good old blighty. 30 days off work enjoying Europe... I need this as it will be the 1st holiday I have had in 11 years!

So, questions I hope you can answer?
Headlights. Are they adjustable for European driving or do I need those deflectors fitting? If so where the hell do I put them as there are so many damn lights at the front!  Places of interest. Anyone got somewhere we must see on our tour? Cool box suggestions 12v? Blow up mattress just in case?
Any suggestions or advice is really appreciated as this is a 3500 mile round trip.

Cheers all.
Munchie

Edit: The 3rd row seats will be removed and never used so a boot liner that spans across the whole of the floor space including the folded down second row seats  would be desirable along with good quality seat covers for the driver and passenger seats. We don't want fish slime, mud and water damaging the upholstery if we can avoid it. 
Any suggestions?
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#2
Headlights are ok for either side driving. The handbook states that. UK or EU I leave mine on automatic & no complaints from oncoming traffic.
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Have a look at Titan for the seat covers. I have their boot liner, and it is fantastic: They are tailor made for each model, and the perfect detail of the fit is amazing!
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@MunchMyStump - Your username is a bit uncomfortable. I'd suggest you change it please. We have a family vibe here and it's not very nice.
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(21-04-2023, 07:25 PM)MunchMyStump Wrote:  Evening all.
The new car arrives on Monday. 2019 XL 130hp Manual with only 7k on the clock. I have been searching for a while trying to find the spec I need all across the PSA group range and as time is running out I decided to plunder the savings and get the Berlingo. 22k lighter in the wallet GULP! but it ticks all the boxes. There are 3 main reasons I was looking for this spec vehicle... In no particular order.

1.Professionally I am into home renovations so the large carrying capacity is a must but I will be keeping the old van for the main dirty work.

2. We, the good lady Munch and I enjoy our fishing and we travel quite a bit during the warmer months often spending weekends away. No more costly hotels as we can now sleep in the car and carry all of our gear in comfort. Can anyone recommend an awning?

3. European tour. The light of my life turns 45 in May and she has always wanted to spend her birthday in Venice. Well, as I turn 55 in May it would seem churlish not to celebrate both our special days in warmer climes. For me it is Split, Croatia.

Euro tour:
The plan is to get the ferry from Hull over to Rotterdam, head through Germany into Switzerland for the "San Bernardino Pass" and into Venice. followed by Florence, Naples (outskirts of as the centre is horrible), Tavullia  (VR46) then ferry to Split from Ancona. From Split we head to Plitvice then onto Lake Bled before taking a week tour back through Germany back to good old blighty. 30 days off work enjoying Europe... I need this as it will be the 1st holiday I have had in 11 years!

So, questions I hope you can answer?
Headlights. Are they adjustable for European driving or do I need those deflectors fitting? If so where the hell do I put them as there are so many damn lights at the front!  Places of interest. Anyone got somewhere we must see on our tour? Cool box suggestions 12v? Blow up mattress just in case?
Any suggestions or advice is really appreciated as this is a 3500 mile round trip.

Cheers all.
Munchie

Edit: The 3rd row seats will be removed and never used so a boot liner that spans across the whole of the floor space including the folded down second row seats  would be desirable along with good quality seat covers for the driver and passenger seats. We don't want fish slime, mud and water damaging the upholstery if we can avoid it. 
Any suggestions?

Reference your European tour, things you might not have thought about but if you don't do them can cost you quite a bit of money....

Most European Countries [like the UK] now have 'clean-air' zones and failure [even as a UK registered vehicle] to not have a sticker can now earn you a hefty fine. While you can buy these in the respective countries, if you don't want to be 'faffing about' queuing up in Government offices, you can get these by applying online BUT make sure you use the official Government sites, as there are lots of sites that look official but lump on a hefty charge [on top of the real, normally quite low charge]

Examples are Germany [which costs about 6 Euro posted to your UK address]
France about the same. Both can be done online and involve taking an image of your logbook showing the emissions data.

German site: https://www.berlin.de/labo/mobilitaet/kf...595.en.php
[although this is the site for Berlin, the sticker is valid for any German city]

French site: https://www.certificat-air.gouv.fr

Not sure if there is any such thing in Italy but might be worth looking.

Switzerland you have to buy a year long pass to use the motorways [which is quite expensive] You buy this at the border.

Look out for when they do camping gear in Lidl/Aldi as they both seem to do electric cool boxes at a good price [about £30-40 from memory] Had mine a number of years now and it still works fine. Also it is both 12V and 240V, so you can use it at a campsite if you have electric hook up. The German discounters also both do the 'self-inflating' mattresses when they have camping promotions that are good as they roll up very small and you just open up the valve and they self-inflate. Obviously not as thick as an air-bed but comfortable enough.
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Have you got a spare wheel? (I dont think they come with one as standard, certainly our combo didnt) If not then I would advise getting one and the carrier to fit underneath.

I wasnt aware that the headlights dont need any mods to drive on the other side. I will have to remember that one.

Peter
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Couple of quick things - I think the Swiss Vignette is 40 Euros and as stated, has to be bought for a year. There are also vignettes you'll need for Slovenia and Austria but shorter times can be bought at the border or the closest petrol station before it.
Croatia has toll motorways which can be paid in Euros (even before they changed currencies you could, which was handy).
I think Slovenia has the rule still that you have to have headlights on all the time, don't know if the normal "riding lights" that stay on are sufficient as I just have mine on all the time anyway.
Split is normally stacked out with tourists but further north on your route is Zadar, also worth a visit, which is quieter.
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Before a 2010 B9 1.6 HDi diesel.
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Would echo the suggest of a full size spare wheel

You can pick up a cheap spare and the wheel holder from the old model Berlingo from a scrap yard and fit it yourself, it’s quite easy - I put up some photos on this forum how I did mine.
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I did the same, for my 2021 combo Life , my wheel and tyre were brand new from a write off

The spare wheel carrier was from a B9 but I had to modify it a bit to make it fit.  It was worth the effort

Peter
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#10
If you are going to be using a lot of European toll roads one of these screen mounted electronic tags could be of use to you. I have one that I used frequently before covid but not so much recently.
There's a one-off fee to rent the tag, plus a charge when you use it of course.
Benefits are that you don't have to faff around with cash/credit cards on the "wrong" side of the vehicle, and you can drive through the barrier at 20kph instead of stopping/queuing. You'll get a monthly account of what you've spent.

https://www.emovis-tag.co.uk/
Matt
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