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Old 18 Oct 2011
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I've passed over the the Dark Side.. Tin box suggestions ????

Do to a compromise, I'm having to go on my next trip on four wheels.. Not all bad though as I'll have a luxury of lots of luggage space. Will be lots of camping and self cooking so it will be nice

I've almost settled on a Citroen Berlingo Multispace 1.9D. (Any advice on this would be nice)..

I'm going to spend 6-12 months mostly in Europe but will probably be visiting Morocco and maybe the Stans, Turkey, Greece etc.

I'm very open to vehicle suggestions...

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£2500 budget
Low maintenance
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Practical
Five seats
Loads of luggage space
Return 40+ MPG.


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I have never owned or travelled in a 4 wheeled vehicle but did used to drive a Citroen Berlingo van when working for another member of this forum and thought it would be a good travel car. It was long enough to sleep in for people up to 6 feet tall and the 1.9 diesel did 50 mpg at 60 mph on a run. I am not sure why you would want a multispace which it doesn't look like you can sleep in, unless you are taking more than three people and would suggest the van instead.
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I have never owned or travelled in a 4 wheeled vehicle but did used to drive a Citroen Berlingo van when working for another member of this forum and thought it would be a good travel car. It was long enough to sleep in for people up to 6 feet tall and the 1.9 diesel did 50 mpg at 60 mph on a run. I am not sure why you would want a multispace which it doesn't look like you can sleep in, unless you are taking more than three people and would suggest the van instead.
I see your point but as a social traveller, I like the idea of picking people up or petrol sharing with people we may meet.

With the multispace, you can roll the back seats right forward or simply unbolt them.. I like the versatility of it
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I like the idea Ted, wonder if you bought a multispace thats been adapted for wheelchair access whether you could squeeze a bike in as well. Best of both mate..
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Have a look at this Ted.
I was going to sell last year and buy a Van till I found out that the insurance was twice as much for the van as I pay for the Partner.

I may be selling now rather than leave it sat on the drive for a year.


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It does over 55mpg .
We have taken it to spain every year for the last 5 .
It comes with a clip on drive away awning. we remove the seat's and it takes a full size air bed, then you have the awning for all your kit.
They also have very good ground clearance.
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Good choice of vehicle (but I'd go for the Van)

My neighbour is a self-employed courior and his van has done at least a couple of hundred thousand miles. It's had three driver's seats (he's in and out of it all day) an exhaust and a couple of water-pumps. Other than that, just your normal service/consumables.
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Hey Ted, I know Dazzer and his van, and must say that with all those windows its great for dogging
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What happened to the multiquote function ??? Anyway...

I did look at wheel chair ramp versions but they take up a lot of space inside the van when they are stowed. Not practical.

Dazzers Partner looks good. I could be interested in that... Dazzer, PM sent !!


Dogging windows is what won me over... I hope there's a good interior light too.
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Do to a compromise, I'm having to go on my next trip on four wheels..
I forgot to mention that we will be sending Blind Pew around to hand you the black spot, keep an eye out for him.
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Definitely van. Besides motos, I've travelled in Land Rover, and Jeep, and if you're going to go 4 wheels, you might as well go 'luxury'! There's nothing like crawling in the back and having a bed already set up after a long day.
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What happened to the multiquote function ??? Anyway...
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I forgot to mention that we will be sending Blind Pew around to hand you the black spot, keep an eye out for him.
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Definitely van. Besides motos, I've travelled in Land Rover, and Jeep, and if you're going to go 4 wheels, you might as well go 'luxury'! There's nothing like crawling in the back and having a bed already set up after a long day.
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Transporters, campers in disguise!

You can get one with one row of seats in so its a bit like a twin cab. Replace those seats with swivel seats so you can turn them round to face in and you have a very useful space. My sister needed a van for work and a car for the family with seats and it perfectly ticked both boxes. Not to mention their very good reputation for reliability. I haven't worked on a peugeot/citroen for ages but what I remember isn't pretty (although I should admit I have never worked on a berlingo)
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I ended up buying a Citroen Berlingo Multispace.

It's pretty much a small van with windows and back seats.

It's slow and drives/sounds like a van but jeeeez it's practical. I can comfortably sit five people in there with room in the back for loads of camping equipment.

I could unbolt the back seats and easily fit in a large double air bed.

I have the added benefit of having the ability to cart around stuff that just won't fit in a car. It's going to great for surfing, canoeing etc.

It's very simple, cheap to fix and about as attractive to thieves as the back of a police van in Oman.

Best of all. It cost me £1000 for a ten year old model with low miles.
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Congrats, that's really a bargain.

You can go for a IKEA sofa bed mattres (sold separately), cheap and very comfortable. Cuts in 1/3 and 2/3, so make another cut for better storage. 1,40m wide, could be perfect or may have to cut a very little bit all along. And if it's a high van on the back, you could even hang it with bungies from the ceiling.

Example here on our old beloved Renault 4 van (no back seats, though).

Even if there's much more room, I'd emphasize not overloading, same as bikes (you know well, though)... travel light, just your backpacks/luggage and a few essential things (like tools and a pressure cooker ). It will suffer much less on bad roads and also at some point the car may be left behind.

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