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    Berlingo Conversion

    Be Free, Be Safe, Be Happy and most of all Enjoy Yourself

    #2
    Looks like a lot of hard work to me!

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      #3
      Amazing! but like Caz pointed out, it seemed to take a long time to put it all up. A bit annoying to have to dismantle it all again because you needed to pop to the shops!

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        #4
        Sorry to disagree but I thought it a very clever and useable conversion. The first thirty seconds shows the “outside kitchen” followed by the “assembly process” which takes only a little over 3 minutes of the video, the remainder shows off the various features.

        We have a traditional dome shaped awning which takes many times longer to erect and much the same to dismantle. It does have one redeeming virtue, the van can be disconnected and driven away leaving the awning freestanding. I believe there are more user friendly awnings available now.

        I expect the design of the Berlingo conversion might be developed to streamline the set up process but am sure a good few people would like it in its present state. Whether it could be built by a commercial firm and sold at an attractive price is a separate issue. I saw this conversion video a couple of years ago and wanted to link to the video in my post on the “Advice on a small camper van that I can use as my main car” thread but couldn’t find the video.

        Thanks to Teloupee for linking to this video.

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          #5
          I wouldn't blood to have to put it together in the rain.

          One of the advantages of our Romahome is that there is no setting up

          Peter

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            #6
            Okay it will give more room to spread out in, but the MPG will go down a fair bit, seen a back like it the maker said its heavey to pull out, but its a quick set up.
            I think the drive away awning is the way to go, easy to put up, detach when wanting to go out, 2meter square gives sleeping area, plus with screens ideal for getting dressed or strip washes as your not crunched up inside the van when not on site. Light enough to take out when not camping and will not bother the MPG to much.
            But for fit people a good idea.

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              #7
              This is giving me too many ideas and inspiration. The Berlingo has always been my preferred base vehicle but just a little too small for all I need to carry for a longer trip. I like this slide-out idea but it could be vastly simplified with a fitted slide-out pod for overnight sleeping (in van - just feet in pod) to avoid all that unnecessary setting up. Hmmm.... I like it and am already sketching more practical ideas...
              Last edited by karenw; 30-11-2018, 12:09.

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                #8
                Like your thinking Karen. Two of my favourite ideas are “Small is beautiful” and “KISS”.
                My ideal would be small enough to fit in a standard car parking space combined with simple and quick to extend to make a comfortable space. It would ideally be set up in less time than it takes to erect an awning to address Peter’s point about “doing it in the rain” and equally quick to return to driving mode.
                Maybe easy for a solo traveller, possible for two but difficult for more than two?

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                  #9
                  It is nice, but I think very soon after continual assembly / disassembly the parts would no longer click together and stay in place. I am sure a cleverer slide in slide out pod, could be made, (basically a box with one side missing - the side facing forwards). This would simply slide out thereby extending the leg room in sleep mode. And maybe a separate kitchen pod to stand outside either in the open or under an awning.
                  Jon

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by kernowjon View Post
                    It is nice, but I think very soon after continual assembly / disassembly the parts would no longer click together and stay in place. I am sure a cleverer slide in slide out pod, could be made. Jon
                    The VW T5 doubleback camper might answer your concerns. Setup is a simpler operation but the whole van, built on a LWB transporter, is 5.3m long before extending the “slide out” - “Press the button and the doubleback transforms in size. Approximately £55,500 in 2014. ” http://www.doubleback.co.uk/the-van2.html
                    It meets the KISS “Keep It Simple Stupid” test but is not small in size or price. On the plus side a kitchen can be built inside the van.
                    Seems that like the Veepod this was not a commercial success either, possibly only ten built and, it seems, no longer made by Danbury?

                    Could the idea be slimmed down to fit into a Berlingo or similar? What are the minimum facilities necessary to make it attractive? Suggestions appreciated.

                    I like this idea:
                    Couple's own Paris-Dakar using Land Rover transformer-camper
                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LS3BBdvnw8

                    I would not need the serious off road capability of a LandRover base so could be a bit smaller, lighter and cheaper built on a small to mid sized commercial chassis cab. Maybe something like this, similar base vehicles are available from other makers:

                    Doblò Cargo, Platform Cab LWB.JPG
                    Doblò Cargo, Platform Cab with load platform LWB.

                    A Berlingo or similar MPV or van with windows might look more stealthy, until the back was slid out!
                    A box body on a platform cab might be made to look just like a commercial vehicle and as long as the slide out parts were not too extreme might still pass for the same?

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                      #11
                      Brilliant! How clever is that

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                        #12
                        Misted Brilliant - yes that doubleback idea is what I was thinking of.
                        The LandRover I liked but it broke KISS - I am sure out in the middle of nowhere something would break - imagine stuck with the roof down and unable to access your accommodation area or in the morning nothing will lower.

                        Now the Doubleback ticks all the boxes - for me it would be Mitsubishi Delicia or similar with elevating roof - (I like the solid sided ones like Autosleeper used in the 80s and 90s - the same as the e roof on CyberCynth Flourette caravan). With the pull out with a fixed bed
                        Jon

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by kernowjon View Post
                          Misted Now the Doubleback ticks all the boxes - for me it would be Mitsubishi Delicia or similar with elevating roof - (I like the solid sided ones like Autosleeper used in the 80s and 90s - the same as the e roof on CyberCynth Flourette caravan). With the pull out with a fixed bed
                          Jon
                          Hello Jon, only just looked at the Berlingo thread again. Not very familiar with the Delicia but I think it is a bit bigger than the Berlingo? That would be better as long as it could just slip under most car park barriers.
                          Absolutely agree about a fixed bed and the solid sided elevating roof with, for me, some insulation in the sides and top to make it useable for more of the year.

                          A couple more slide out photos for interest. I like the Toyota (although I guess too tall) but the RV is too big for me.

                          Toyota_liteace_1989_1_b WITH SLIDEOUT.jpgDIY Rear slideout RV 2008 02-01 rvtravel.com.jpg

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                            #14
                            The extra space of the doubleback is nice. The extra weight especially if not made of aero materials would limit the payload on whatever chassis. Like a lift up roof it does not I think actually allow more units or luggage to be carried (because of the reduced payload perhaps less). I see the raising roof to stand up straight. What does the extra space when extended actually do? They talk about active climbing surfing etc. Multi activities takes a lot of kit?

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                              #15
                              Ok I see one reason now. You could have a permanently made up bed sliding over permanently fixed seating.
                              The side slide out photo I understand more as you can push units into the access corridor to drive and slide out again for use?
                              Last edited by Derekoak; 26-12-2018, 18:52.

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