News Archive

News Archive

Hello! I’m Adrian John, and although you probably wouldn’t believe it for a moment, I actually own a Bongo! Yes, it’s true! (Ask Ian!)

Just because you haven’t heard from me since 1988 doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! Oh no. For a start I have to keep the Bongo archives in order. And also, I have to present my regular show on Saga Radio!

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24/12/16: Recalls

James Wood has come up with some interesting information regarding window switches and this has been added to the “Recall” factsheet in the member’s area.

16/12/16: Sold Out!

All 30 available pitches for the Welsh Bongo Bash in May have now been sold and a waiting list is now in operation. See the members area for details.

14/12/16: Brake Discs

Henry can’t get the beggars off! But the answer is in the Bongo Clinic.


11/12/16: Big Bash

The live entertainment for next year’s Bongo Bash has been announced. Details can be found in this Forum discussion.

11/12/16: Welsh Bash

A reminder that tickets for this event go on sale this Thursday 15th at 0930. Details in the “Rallies & Meetings” section in the members area.

05/12/16: Quarterly Newsletter

The latest edition of the club newsletter is now available in the member’s area.

01/12/16: Southern Softies

The date, venue and prices have been confirmed for this meeting which will be start on Thursday 30th March. We will be staying in the Thames Valley. See member’s area for more details including booking arrangements.

30/11/16: Reduction!

Due to our superior negotiating skills there has been a significant price drop on filters for petrol Bongos. See the Bongoland shop for details.


24/11/16: Alternator Belts & Starter Motor & ABS

There have been minor amendments to these factsheets in the member’s area.

21/11/16: Quality New Audio Stalk Factsheet

There is a new factsheet about installing an “Audio Stalk”. This means you need never reach over to change your CD or radio settings ever again! See the fact sheet section in the member’s area.

18/11/16: Firm Ride

The Spring Assisters factsheet has been updated. See here.

16/11/16: Rust

What’s the best product to use on my rear arches? Find out in the Bongo Clinic.


05/11/16: Factsheets

Some of the fact sheets were not available so we have had a look at all of them and you should be able to download them again from the members area.

31/10/16: Updates

A garage in Gwynedd has been added to the list of Bongo friendly garages and the compatible parts database has been updated. You can find these in the downloads section in the members area.


28/10/16: Next Year’s Must-Have Item

A gift for all the family! Yes, the Travel Planner is back!

27/10/16: Thermal Mugs

Now winter is here you need one of these!

27/10/16: Back to Hope

It’s a long way off but we have booked the same venue for next October’s meeting as we used this year. Details in the members area.

25/10/16: ABS Sensors

The Bongoland club shop can now supply ABS Sensors. See here.

24/10/16: Beverage Dispenser


Our new stock of designer mugs are now available from our Bongoland store.


18/10/16: Another New Factsheet

The Bongo Shop will now stock Starter Motor repair kits and the instructions can be found in the fact sheets section in the members area. Also, the we have added some trouble-shooting tips to the Differential factsheet, and added some info about different coloured coolant to the Antifreeze factsheet.

17/10/16: Message from Pat

Here’s a message from author Pat Heaven:

“A big THANK-YOU to all the Bongonauts that have bought my book  “Blog off in a Bongo.” It is much appreciated and happy travels to all.”


11/10/16: New Factsheet

This one’s not for amateurs! Matt has found an Auto Transmission Troubleshooting Guide. See the fact sheets section in the members area.

11/10/16: Prop/Diff Problems

Nurse has received a new patient in the Bongo Clinic.


07/10/16: Booking Arrangements

If you want to attend any of our 2017 meetings then make a note of the booking arrangements which have been announced in the members area.

03/10/16: Factsheet Amendment

Gavin has sent in some comments and these have been added to the aerial factsheet. See the fact sheets section in the members area.

27/09/16: Dutch Oven

Yes, it’s a new Bongo Tale!

27/09/16: Know Your Dipstick

There is a new question for the Bongo Clinic.

26/09/16: Thames Valley

The Southern Softies meeting has been confirmed for next year. It will run from Thursday 30th March to Sunday 2nd April near Wallingford in Oxfordshire. See the members area for more details.

26/09/16: New Product

We now stock lower front cross members, which are prone to rust and can be found at the base of the radiator. See here for details.


22/09/16: Reading

Not only do they have a good football team, but there’s a Bongo on the For Sale page. There’s also some wheel arches.

20/09/16: Essex

The Eastern Counties Summer Camp has been confirmed for next year. It will run from Thursday 13th to Monday 17th July at Waldegraves Holiday Park, Mersea Island, Essex. See the members area for more details.

20/09/16: Hoses Factsheet

This has been amended. See the fact sheets section in the members area.

14/09/16: Minor Amendment

We have placed an interesting photo in the “Sills & Panels” fact sheet.


06/09/16: Latest Newsletter

The latest quarterly club newsletter is now available for download from the members area, in the Newsletters section. If you are a Webplus or a Postal member you will receive a copy in the post shortly.


04/09/16: Matt’s Bongo

This has been added to the Gallery.

02/09/16: New T-Shirts

Yes, it’s true! Our new T-Shirts are now on sale from the Gifts & Novelties section in the club shop. And remember, if you are a club member you receive a 12.5% discount by inputting the latest Coupon Code at check out. (The Coupon Code is the same as the password to get in to the members area.)

31/08/16: Sluggish Acceleration

If this happens to you and you have a new shape diesel you might be interested in the latest “Members Tip“.

31/08/16: More Revisions

Some additional information has been added about getting the roof down in an emergency. See the Auto Freetop factsheet for more information. There have also been a few minor changes to the Aircon fact sheet.


22/08/16: Tough Northerners

This Bongo meeting has been confirmed for the weekend of 21st April 2017 at Cayton Bay near Scarborough. Details in the “Rallies & Meetings” section of the member’s area.

22/08/16: Little Bongo

Graeme Little from East London lays claim to the oldest 2 litre Bongo (13/09/95). We have checked his submission and we agree; the History fact sheet in the member’s area has been amended.

21/08/16: Not Much Hope

Pitches at the October meeting in the Peak District have been very popular and we only have five left. Details in the “Rallies & Meetings” section.

18/08/16: Rechargeable Lamp

Light up your awning with a rechargeable lantern! Now in stock!


16/08/16: Bongo the Elephant Update

Our adopted elephant is not scared of the visiting wild bulls! See more here.


11/08/16: Office Closed

We have gone to the Bongo Meeting at Dent, Cumbria and will reopen at 0930 on Monday 15th.


09/08/16: Minor Revisions

Did you know that it is compulsory to carry jump leads when driving in Sweden? The Euro Motoring Guide factsheet has been updated.

08/08/16: Major Revision

We have now listed all Diagnostic code descriptors and the Diagnostics factsheet has been amended.

08/08/16: Hope

Booking arrangements and prices have been confirmed for our Peak District meeting in October. Details in the “Rallies & Meetings” section.


07/08/16: Speedo

John has solved the problem with his speedo and has shared his wisdom in the Top Tips section.

07/08/16: Stuart’s Bongo, Alan’s Bongo

These have been added to the Gallery.

01/08/16: Wales 2017

The dates for next year’s Welsh Bongo Bash have been confirmed as Thursday 18th to Monday 22nd May at St Davids’ Pembrokeshire. Priority will be given to those booking all 4 nights.

01/08/16: Amendment

We have had a couple of reports that the 2 litre Bongo runs far more efficiently when using a high grade engine oil rather than cheap rubbish. The Service Schedule fact sheet has been amended accordingly.