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Hi. Just bought a 2016 WAV Berlingo with the intention of using it as a part-time micro camper. Will no doubt have a few nightmares along the way but really looking forward to getting out and about in it.
I've decided to start very basic and make sure I love it before investing lots of time and money into converting. I'll be following the forums and reading up on what people have done before.

Any tips or tricks greatly appreciated. I'm not great at mechanics but a very competent DIY-er and really looking forward to working out innovative ways to have what I need but keeping the weight down.

Chrissie
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(15-05-2024, 09:19 AM)RetroGirl67 Wrote:  Hi. Just bought a 2016 WAV Berlingo with the intention of using it as a part-time micro camper. Will no doubt have a few nightmares along the way but really looking forward to getting out and about in it.
I've decided to start very basic and make sure I love it before investing lots of time and money into converting. I'll be following the forums and reading up on what people have done before.

Any tips or tricks greatly appreciated. I'm not great at mechanics but a very competent DIY-er and really looking forward to working out innovative ways to have what I need but keeping the weight down.

Chrissie

Good luck with you conversion to a mini camper. There are some threads in the Campers and conversions that might be useful to you. Some things to think about with a 2016 [Diesel?] Berlingo. As it will have both a DPF and Eolys Fluid [maybe even AdBlue as I cannot remember the exact year the AdBlue came in on the Berlingo] try to avoid using the vehicle on short journeys as that will shorten the life of both the DPF and the Eolys Fluid tank. If you cannot avoid doing short runs in it [ie it is your only vehicle] then make sure you give it a good long run about once a month along a motorway or dual carriageway to help stop the DPF blocking up.
Finally with respect to your WAV converted vehicle be aware [if you didn't already know] that most have a smaller fuel tank fitted and the spare wheel removed as part of the WAV conversion to allow a lowered floor to be fitted in the rear, so something to take note of, if you are planning longer trips in it. 
I never actually converted my Berlingo[s] [a M59 and a B9 model] although we used both of them on camping trips around Europe for the whole family and found it to be an extremely practical vehicle carrying a large family tent and all the camping gear in the back along with the whole family.
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(16-05-2024, 04:51 AM)Multispacer Wrote:  
(15-05-2024, 09:19 AM)RetroGirl67 Wrote:  Hi. Just bought a 2016 WAV Berlingo with the intention of using it as a part-time micro camper. Will no doubt have a few nightmares along the way but really looking forward to getting out and about in it.
I've decided to start very basic and make sure I love it before investing lots of time and money into converting. I'll be following the forums and reading up on what people have done before.

Any tips or tricks greatly appreciated. I'm not great at mechanics but a very competent DIY-er and really looking forward to working out innovative ways to have what I need but keeping the weight down.

Chrissie

Good luck with you conversion to a mini camper. There are some threads in the Campers and conversions that might be useful to you. Some things to think about with a 2016 [Diesel?] Berlingo. As it will have both a DPF and Eolys Fluid [maybe even AdBlue as I cannot remember the exact year the AdBlue came in on the Berlingo] try to avoid using the vehicle on short journeys as that will shorten the life of both the DPF and the Eolys Fluid tank. If you cannot avoid doing short runs in it [ie it is your only vehicle] then make sure you give it a good long run about once a month along a motorway or dual carriageway to help stop the DPF blocking up.
Finally with respect to your WAV converted vehicle be aware [if you didn't already know] that most have a smaller fuel tank fitted and the spare wheel removed as part of the WAV conversion to allow a lowered floor to be fitted in the rear, so something to take note of, if you are planning longer trips in it. 
I never actually converted my Berlingo[s] [a M59 and a B9 model] although we used both of them on camping trips around Europe for the whole family and found it to be an extremely practical vehicle carrying a large family tent and all the camping gear in the back along with the whole family.

I've not heard of these and although it's second hand I bought it from a dealers and they didn't mention anything about them either ?. I know it doesn't have AdBlue but will have a good read through my handbook. Thanks for the heads up
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If you don't have adblue then it's likely you have an eolys container buried away in back end.Doubt you will find much in the handbook on this or the dpf
As long as you regularly drive a fast open road with the engine temp at normal (85 ish) then you'll be fine
The first you will be aware of for either is a fault light on the dashboard or a slowdown so until that occurs don't fret.
Do ensure your conversion can be removed without too much trouble if ever a need arises to access that area- go easy on the glue.
It is on my to do list.
But not right at the top

2012 Hdi75 van
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(15-05-2024, 09:19 AM)RetroGirl67 Wrote:  Hi. Just bought a 2016 WAV Berlingo with the intention of using it as a part-time micro camper. Will no doubt have a few nightmares along the way but really looking forward to getting out and about in it.
I've decided to start very basic and make sure I love it before investing lots of time and money into converting. I'll be following the forums and reading up on what people have done before.

Any tips or tricks greatly appreciated. I'm not great at mechanics but a very competent DIY-er and really looking forward to working out innovative ways to have what I need but keeping the weight down.

Chrissie

I'm with you sister . Bought my Berlingo lwb cargo van over a year ago and finally getting around to starting my conversion. Nervous but excited.
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(21-05-2024, 12:03 PM)Divechick Wrote:  
(15-05-2024, 09:19 AM)RetroGirl67 Wrote:  Hi. Just bought a 2016 WAV Berlingo with the intention of using it as a part-time micro camper. Will no doubt have a few nightmares along the way but really looking forward to getting out and about in it.
I've decided to start very basic and make sure I love it before investing lots of time and money into converting. I'll be following the forums and reading up on what people have done before.

Any tips or tricks greatly appreciated. I'm not great at mechanics but a very competent DIY-er and really looking forward to working out innovative ways to have what I need but keeping the weight down.

Chrissie

I'm with you sister . Bought my Berlingo lwb cargo van over a year ago and finally getting around to starting my conversion. Nervous but excited.
I've just got a basic set up - literally a mattress on the floor and will be getting a camping stove soon. I'm heading out for a couple of nights once the school holidays are over just to see if it's something I really want to do before I get the tools out and start making stuff.
I have to figure it out from scratch because I've not really seen anything that grabs me for a conversion. I'll also need to be able to take it out when not in use.
Just hoping the weather is decent in a couple of weeks otherwise I really will find out if I like being stuck in a car 24/7 haha
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