(20-04-2014, 07:40 AM)Gadgetman Wrote: Welcome, and congratulations!
Admitting that you have a problem is the first step in the process of solving the problem. ;-)
So, a Mk. I?
(Nothing wrong with a Mk. I. I'm on my second now... )
What can you tell us about it?
(engine model, how many miles, colour, accessories... )
Did you get a full service history?
Hey Gadgetman (awesome name!)
I totally want to me a better car owner than I have been previously, and I'm considering some manner of course to learn the basics. This Belingo is certainly a step up from my previous car which died a terrible death a couple of weeks ago ('02 Micra!).
The Berlingo was ultra cheap and doesn't come without it's issues...
It's a 1900 non turbo diesel (chuggachuggachugga!!!) that's done 95,000, it's metallic green, and has the full length sunroof (non-functioning).
It came with every piece of paperwork ever connected with the thing since time began.
It's been a work van and is a little untidy/ shabby inside & out, but that suits me fine.
The 'issues' include
* Problems with the central locking - it locks and then immediately unlocks itself. I've had this fixed on cars previously at not inconsiderable cost, but since I can work around it, I'm not in a hurry with this one. It is a pain though.
* The sunroof hasn't worked for some time and the previous owner has sealed it shut with silicone (he believed the cable was broken). Again, I'm not sure I'll ever want to fix this - it's not a feature I was looking for especially, and so long as it's watertight it's fine.
* The 'door open' light is haunted and is a neurotic liar. Aren't they always?
* The remote key is thoroughly broken, so I've just got two 'normal' keys. I'm used to that.
* The rear wiper is missing entirely. That needs fixing.
* A prod with a screwdriver is required to unclip the rear seat from the base to lift it vertically after flattening the back rest (make sense?). Since it's safe, I'm not sure I care about this either.
I think that's everything.
According to the seller, it's had "new gates cam belt and water pump kit fitted and a full service, there is a stamp in the book... it's had new rear brake shoes and cylinders and a new exhaust (all apart from the Cat). The last MOT had one advisory for worn discs, so they have also been replaced
So... there's an introduction to me and my wee van. I'm just finding my way around it still - thanks so much for the welcome!
(20-04-2014, 03:58 PM)OlJeffers Wrote: If you're camping in it you might like to search this site for an Amdro Bootjump...
Oh! Welcome to our place!
Thanks for the welcome Ol'Jeffers!
I have been excitedly reading loads about the various ingenious ways people have been camping in Berlingos... I *love* reading about people's conversions and adventures!
My basic needs as far as camping goes are:
* No permanent alterations to the vehicle.
* Can't remove rear seats - need to be able to use the for getting there.
* Budget is pretty limited, but I like the challenge of getting inventive!
* Storage of whatever solution I/we come up with when not in use is pretty limited, so I'm looking at something easy to store, or perhaps with dual use (modified storage boxes?)
We're pretty used to roughing it, so I'm not looking for ultimate comfort!
I'm definitely looking at buying some type of awning-y tent-type thing for kids & storage (storage of kids!), and will make another for privacy/ light shelter/ cooking.
I love a project and a challenge!