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!

Parp! Parp!

27/03/19: Office Closes

We’ve gone to the Bongo meeting near Oxford and the office is closed until Monday. No membership applications, renewals, enquiries or orders can be processed until we return.


25/03/19: New Zealand

Read an interview with our longest serving club member in the Bongo Tales section.


22/03/19: Bongo Friendly Garages

Three more have been added to the Garages database. One in Sussex, one in North Wales, one in Coventry. See the “Databases & Downloads” section of the members area.


19/03/19: Stolen Bongo

Please be on the look out for Michael’s Bongo which was stolen overnight Sunday/Monday from Lower Stoke, Medway, Kent. It is a black-over-silver Bongo with bull bars and mounted fog lamps, registration M137 TNP. Chassis number SGL3-100751. In the rear window are distinctive stickers including a Brittany flag and Bob Marley “When The Music Hits You”. Email majic1971@hotmail.co.uk if you have any information.


17/03/19: Silver Screen Offer

SPECIAL OFFER! Skylight Thermal Screen – On series 5 & 6 Bongos (after 2003) with Auto Free Tops, there is a skylight at the front of the roof. This premium “silver” screen fits internally with suction cups and  will block out the sunlight for you if you sleep upstairs. We have a small stock of these at cost price, see here for further details.


16/03/19: Availability

The meeting at Wallingford is sold out. There are 4 places left at the Fylingdales meeting in April, and 3 places at the Pembrokeshire meeting in May. Tickets for the Bongo Bash go on sale on Thursday 4th April.  Full details in members area.


11/03/19: Amendments

There have been some minor revisions to the AFT and History factsheets


07/03/19: Awnings

We have received a small stock of drive-away awnings and you can see them here.


06/03/19: Cirencester

There’s another Bongo on the For Sale page.


05/03/19: Latest Newsletter

The latest edition of the quarterly club newsletter is now available for download from the members area.


27/02/19: V6 Ignition

Dave from Diss has a question in the Bongo Clinic.


27/02/19: East Yorks & East Mids

There’s 2 more Bongos on the For Sale page.


25/02/19: Indigo Blue

Code 17X has been added to the Paint factsheet


20/02/19: V6 Rocker Cover Gaskets

We’ve managed to track down an after-market alternative. It comes with all washers and is now available in our Bongoland shop.


18/02/19: Roy Has Converted

Full details in this new Bongo Tale


18/02/19: Tough Northerners

There are 10 places left at the Fylingdales meeting in April. Full details in members area.


10/02/19: Revised Factsheets

A new garage in Renfrewshire has been added to the Undersealing factsheet and Bongospares have been added to the Rust Directory.


31/01/19: New Coolant Factsheet

If you are thinking of changing the coolant on your petrol Bongo then you need to read our new factsheet on the subject.


30/01/19: Wallingford

The Southern Softies meeting has now sold out and a waiting list is in operation.


28/01/19: Coventry

We have added another recommended converter to our LPG factsheet


22/01/19: Software Upgrade

The Forum will be unavailable from 2pm to 4pm today.


22/01/19: Softies Update

The meeting at Wallingford is selling out fast. As at 9am today there were just 2 pitches left for Friday and Saturday nights. Full details in members area.


15/01/19: Inner Tent

If you own an Easycamp Wimberly awning you might want to know that we have added an inner tent it to our January Sale.


14/01/19: Southern Softies

The first club meeting of the year will take place at Bridge Villa, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Thames Valley. It starts on Thursday 28th March and runs to Sunday 31st March. You must book a minimum of 2 nights via the Bongo Fury office. We have 30 places for Thursday night and 60 places for Friday & Saturday nights all with electric hook-up @ £21 per night. Full details in members area.


14/01/19: Bodywork

Don’t be defeated by rust. Read this Bongo Tale instead.


09/01/19: Bargain Awnings

We have added  Milestone Pace and Tulsa awnings to our New Years Sale.


04/01/19: More Added

We have added towbars and coolboxes to our New Years Sale.


03/01/19: Grab a Bargain

We are clearing out our storeroom and are making a number of items available at up to 50% off! To kick things off have a look at our Big Loo and the Footprint Groundsheet over in our Bongoland shop.


21/12/18: New Factsheet

There are a variety of clamps and clips for the coolant and rear heater systems so we have produced a new Hoselips factsheet for your Christmas reading.


17/12/18: V6 Timing Belt

“Cubfoot” from New Zealand has written about his experience changing the cam/timing belt on his V6 and it has been added to the factsheet


16/12/18: The Oldest Bongo in the UK……

…and quite possibly the world has been identified. Member Di Drummond of Tunbridge Wells has chassis number SGL3-100008 which she “bought for a pittance” from a neighbour. The History factsheet has been amended.


12/12/18: Revisions

There have been amendments to the Climate Control Illumination and Glowplug factsheets


06/12/18: Insurance

We would like to welcome Complete Cover to the portfolio of specialist Bongo insurers


02/12/18: Heater Problems

Roy748 has a Top Tip.


29/11/18: Recovered Bongo

John & Sue Dunne, who had their Bongo stolen last weekend, have been in contact to say it’s been recovered in Newport Gwent and a suspect is in custody!


28/11/18: 19Q

A new paint code has been added to the Paint factsheet


28/11/18: Latest Newsletter

The latest edition of the quarterly club newsletter is now available for download from the members area.



26/11/18: Stolen Bongo

John & Sue Dunne had their Bongo stolen over the weekend from the Hanham area of Bristol. Please be on the look out for blue over silver vehicle with towbar, registration P182 GTA.


21/11/18: New Factsheet

Feeling a bit damp behind the driver seat? Then you need to read the Rear Heater Matrix factsheet


21/11/18: Elephant Update

We have now closed our donations page for adopted orphan Bongo The Elephant and the final total was £1,677.50. Thanks to all who contributed.


19/11/18: Next Year’s Meetings

Prices, venues and booking arrangements for the meetings in March (Thames Valley), April (North Yorkshire & May (Pembrokeshire) have been announced.  See here for more info.


18/11/18: Customised Clocks

In addition to a Bongo Clock which makes an ideal Christmas gift, Lesley Banks of Knightwood Photo Art can also supply customised clocks based on your own Bongo photos. These measure 38 x 25 cms and are very reasonably prices. Email Lesley for more details.


14/11/18: Lakeside

Lakeside Garage, who are Bongo friendly and based in Middlesex have been in touch to inform us that they are nothing to do with www.lakesidecamperconversions.co.uk.

Just so everyone is clear.


12/11/18: Old Freda

Johnny Lyons of Northern Ireland has the oldest Ford Freda still running. It was made on June 7th 1995. The History factsheet has been amended.


31/10/18: It’s Time!

Buy a Bongo Clock before we run out!


29/10/18: Still Stuck For Christmas Present Ideas?

What you need is the new Bongo Fury Picnic Set


29/10/18: Front Heater Bushes

Tim has sent in an online source to obtain these and we have amended the Heater Repair factsheet .


28/10/18: Stuck For Christmas Present Ideas?

What you need is the new Bongo Fury Baseball Cap!


22/10/18: Keys

A Derby based mobile auto locksmith has been added to this factsheet .


01/10/18: E10 Fuel

No, we don’t mean Leyton & Clapton in East London. We mean the new ethanol based fuel that may go on sale on forecourts next year. Will it affect petrol Bongos? It might…..see this RAC article and this Autocar item.


01/10/18: LPG

We have added a Leicester based converter to this factsheet . The LEZ factsheet has also had a minor amendment.