It’s taken 10 years but....

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It’s taken 10 years but....

Post by Muzorewa » Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:20 am

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That’s a devilishly high mileage for one of those unreliable overheating diesel Bongos :wink:

Ten years ago we’d been doing regular camping in a car and after too many soggy holidays we decided there had to be a better way. Having agreed that a campervan could be the answer, and having gasped at the price of VW vans, we stumbled across a Bongo at Silverstone circuit and looked into it further. We were still far from convinced when we bought this Bongo, in fact the first time I had driven one was driving this one away from Imperial’s forecourt in Poole. But it’s been every bit the adventure we hoped, has taken us far & wide (Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Portugal, even Wales :twisted: ) and has enabled us to see sights we would never have seen any other way. It’s also introduced us to an enormous family of likeminded friends.

In that time the Bongo has had in excess of 60 oil changes, more than 30 oil filters, 12 sets of tyres and I think I have enough Tiger Tokens to wallpaper the whole house. Oh, the transmission oil and fuel filter got changed once too :oops:

Thanks to Imperial Leisure Vehicles for the original bulletproof vehicle and Ady (Northern Bongolow) for vital (and sometimes extensive) maintenance to keep the show on the road =D>

After ten years, herewith my ten favourite photos from our Bongo travels:

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Heusden-Zolder, Limburg, Belgium

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Rannoch Moor, Scottish Highlands

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Pass of Llanberis, Gwynedd, Wales

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Brighouse Bay, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland

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Loch Linnhe & Ben Nevis, Scottish Highlands

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Kirkstone Pass, Cumbria

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Cannock Chase, Staffordshire

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Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland

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North Sannox, Isle of Arran, Scotland

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Campo de Criptana, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
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Re: It’s taken 10 years but....

Post by Glenda » Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:52 am

Excellent stuff and meticulous planning to get the devilish 666 :twisted: :evil: to come up on the odometer :D .
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Re: It’s taken 10 years but....

Post by Merlot man » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:17 am

This is a great story , love it :D
Can I ask what mileage you bought the bus with and wheather you ever had to replace the head ?
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Re: It’s taken 10 years but....

Post by Muzorewa » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:26 am

Hi Brian,

83,000 when we got it which we thought was high then :lol:

Original motor & box as far as we know, certainly no changes since we've had it and no head issues. I did forget to put the expansion tank cap on once and deposited most of the contents of the cooling system over West Yorkshire but the low coolant alarm kicked in and then Northern Bongolow refilled & bled etc.

Overall, the best ride we've had by a long way.
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Post by Bob » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:23 am

Fantastic. =D> =D> =D>
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Re: It’s taken 10 years but....

Post by tootsmcfruits » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:50 am

Wowee! That's amazing! =D> =D>

I hope I can keep my Bongo going for all that mileage - very impressive!
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Re: It’s taken 10 years but....

Post by MalcW » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:56 am

So, I've got just 297,500 miles to go then!

Actually, that's just the inspirational post I need. Our diesel Freda 'Che' has just failed the MOT - nothing major, but a bit of inner sill welding is required. for a few moments (not too many) I did wonder whether get the MOT and sell him, but not any more!

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Post by mikeonb4c » Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:12 pm

Great update Muz and congrats to the old Bongo - legendary :-) =D>
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Re: It’s taken 10 years but....

Post by Northern Bongolow » Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:11 pm

congratulations the muz family. thats a lot of sight seeing.
glad to have been a help in keeping things going.
the thing i find most amazing is that its only just had its second ever starter battery fitted. they dont make things like they used to do they.

well done all. =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>
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Post by Jillygumbo » Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:12 pm

What a wonderful and inspiring post - keep it up!
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Re: It’s taken 10 years but....

Post by aitch » Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:17 pm

I wish mine had lasted half mileage but well done and lovely photos as usual
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Re: It’s taken 10 years but....

Post by Sven » Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:03 pm

Great photos and an inspirational post. =D>
From someone who only got their Bongo a few weeks ago, and are going on our first weekend away tomorrow - i can only hope that in 10 years time i can post something similar.
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Post by Mimsy » Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:08 pm

We are new to the Bongo having only collected it (still don't know what sex it is yet) last Monday.....but this has inspired us to get out and play. Awesome.... =D>
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Post by Bob » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:05 pm

Look after Bongy, and Bongy will look after you. 8)
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Re: It’s taken 10 years but....

Post by Glenda » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:06 pm

It's an incredible amount of miles. 250,000 clocked minus the 50,000 when bought is a family 200,000 miles over 10 years. 20,000 a year average.
Ours starting at 40,000 did 80,000 over 10 years a mere 8,000 miles.
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