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Can I convert my Berlingo Forte ?
#1
Hiya,
Was wondering if anyone had an idea of how or where to start!
I want to make my Berlingo Forte a 7 seater from a 5 is this possible and how?
My partner was thinking of either a bench style seating or 2 folding seats that can be folded either side in the boot?

Thanks in advance for all your input and help!Smile
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#2
Sorry to be the prophet of doom !!!!

Technically I suppose it it feasable but first of all you need to consider the legalities of fitting extra seats.

You may well find that un-approved alteration/modification could void your insurance and the vehicle may have to be type approved by the Vehicle Inspectorate and would also have to pass the annual M.O.T. test.
The vehicle would also have to have provision for extra seat belts and approved anchoring points for them.

The days of fitting or even placing an extra bench seat or similar in the back of a motor are, I am afraid, now frowned upon and outlawed
Berlingo Multispace 2.0HDI '54 reg Mediterranean Blue
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#3
Oh well I only really needed them as we now and again have guests stay and have to hire out a car which is quiet expensive..lol
May just ring the local garage and see what they say I know that this will properly will be loads of money... :/

If no joy there then I will leave it.. Smile
Thanks for the reply and help.
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#4
Hi Kate

The mk 1 did have the option of a couple of fold down seats in the boot, so in theory they could be retro-fitted.

[Image: 7seat.jpg]

However, converting a five-seater would cause the issues as Andy mentioned, plus for vehicles manufactured after 2006 side facing seats were banned altogether for (lack of) safety reasons.
2005 Berlingo Multispace 1.6i Desire (Iron Grey)

If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.


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#5
Thats what my partner has said he wanted our car is a 2003 model so this still may be possible right?
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#6
I don't think that the mk2 (which is what a 2003 car will be) ever had type approval for the extra seats. If that is the case, then I think that you would have to have to go through an SVA (Single Vehicle Approval) test before being able to legally use the seats to make sure that they are compliant. Even with this, insurance will be an issue and the DVLA would need to be notified.

If the original Citroen seats were simply bolted in, then you might be lucky and find that the mk2 still has the same fixing points, but it does seem like a lot of work for something that at the end of the day is not going to be particularly comfortable nor safe. It is also worth bearing in mind that it is illegal for children under 12 to travel on any side-facing seat.
2005 Berlingo Multispace 1.6i Desire (Iron Grey)

If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.


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#7
(08-03-2011, 03:36 PM)Chris Wrote:  It is also worth bearing in mind that it is illegal for children under 12 to travel on any side-facing seat.

Really well I never knew that my father has a Land Rover Discovery (a old J reg) which my children have sat in the back using these chairs!!
Will now know not allow them to do this again thanks for that!

This is the inside our boot as you can tell this is our 1st ever Berlingo...Rolleyes I'm not sure what they are or what they are used for...lol
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#8
This image

[Image: PICT0409.jpg]

I have a cargo net which hooks to these

I also have the other metal from the frame not sure what these are for but I use them to keep my sub in place with bungee hook cable lol

Lliam
Lliam

53 plate Berlingo Multispace Forte 1.9D Polar White
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#9
Basically, the best advice is don't do it. I looked into the subject recently in respect of Landrovers and side-facing seats, and on the basis of what I found I certainly wouldn't want to sit there, let alone put friends or family in that position, even though someone will say that they spent their childhood bouncing around in back of a Landrover, when Woodbines were good for you and lead water pipes were a sensible idea, yet none of it did them any harm Rolleyes

One study was carried out in Australia following a fatal accident involving an army Landrover. In that case, four soldiers were killed in an accident at just 45 km/h (30mph!) while sitting in side-facing seats. Subsequent investigations concluded that with both lap, and 3 point belts, there is the likelihood of life-threatening injuries in a 48 km/hr collision. In fact, evidence suggests that you are less at risk without a seatbelt on a side-facing seat.

With regards to UK law, from the Department for Transport "a child who is required to use a child seat/booster (ie, all those under 135 cm tall who are also under 12 years old) cannot travel in a sideways-facing seat. A child who needs to use a child seat or booster must use a forward or rear-facing seat."


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