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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12/09/17: Booking Dates

We have now added the dates that you can book the 2018 meetings. See the Members Area for full details.


11/09/17: Diagnostic Outputs

Peter compiled some technical information for his own use and has agreed to share it with us in yet another new factsheet.


11/09/17: Derwenthaugh Motors

This Tyneside garage has been added to the list of Bongo Friendly garages, and to the Rust Directory. By the way, if you are not a member, you won’t have access to the member’s area where you can find a range of directories and factsheets.


10/09/17: Headlight Refurbishment

Neil Mitchell tells you how to buff’em up in this new factsheet!


05/09/17: Date Change

Due to circumstances beyond our control the date for next year’s Southern Softies event has been moved forward a week to the last weekend in April. See the Members Area for dates for all the 2018 meetings.


04/09/17: Quarterly Newsletter

Edition 56 of the quarterly club newsletter is now available for download. If you are a Webplus or Postal member it will be on your doorstep shortly.


01/09/17: At The Races

The date and venue has been announced for next tear’s Bongo Summer Camp. See the Members Area for further details.


29/08/17: Changing the Rear Lights

Peter MacIver has written a brand new factsheet!


21/08/17: Hose Clips

Chris from Chippenham has found a cheap alternative. It’s a new Top Tip!


20/08/17: Amendments

A Wrexham garage has been added to the Rust Directory and some more photos have been added to the Bikerack factsheet.


19/08/17: Tailgate Struts

Martin Sims has a Top Tip.


17/08/17: Hope

A reminder that tickets are now on sale for the weekend meeting in the Hope Valley, Derbyshire (6th to 8th October) See the Members Area for further details.


10/08/17: Office Closed

We are going on a short break and the office will be closed from 1pm on Wednesday 9th until 9.30am on Tuesday 15th August. No membership applications, renewals, orders or enquiries can be serviced during this period.


10/08/17: Southampton

A new Bongo friendly garage has been added to the database.


08/08/17: New Item

We now stock Hydraulic Cam Belt Tensioners for the V6 in our Bongoland shop.


06/08/17: 2018 Meetings

Dates and venues for the Tough Northerners (March), Southern Softies (April), Scottish Bash (May), UK National (June) and the Welsh Bash (October) have been announced. See the Members Area for further details.


06/08/17: Password Change

The password to enter the members area will change this afternoon. If you have not received your email please check your spam/trash.


01/08/17: South East & North-West

See the For Sale page.


28/07/17: Industry News

Wellhouse Leisure, one of the original Bongo campervan suppliers, have merged with German outfit Lunar Caravans. Details here.


25/07/17: Doctor B

For the last few years John has been taking photos and making videos with his 2 litre “Purple Pixie”. With his permission these have now been collated as a Bongo Tale.


25/07/17: Revamp

The Insurance page has been redesigned and revised.


21/07/17: Looe

We have only a few pitches left for the Bongo Fest South West in September. See the club meetings section in the members area for more information about this event.


20/07/17: Models

The listing of all variations of Ford Fredas and Mazda Bongo Friendees has been fully revised. See “Models” in the factsheet section of the members area.


18/07/17: Tailgate Awning

Some details about something called a Packashack has been added to the Awnings factsheet.


13/07/17: Office Closed

We are off to the Bongo Summer Camp in Essex and will be closed from 2pm on Wednesday 12th July and will reopen at 9.30am on Monday 17th July. No membership applications, renewals, orders or enquiries can be serviced until our return.


10/07/17: Videos

A sales video from Japan, and Geoff’s videos from this year’s Bash have been added to the members area.


10/07/17: More Amendments

Following recent announcements about emissions standards there’s been some changes to the LEZ and Eurotravel factsheets. There’s also some revisions to the AFT and Aerial factsheets.


06/07/17: Member’s Area

Usually we send out an update to all members on 6th of each month. But as the password to enter the member’s area remains unchanged there will be no email update today.


05/07/17: Amendments

There’s been a few minor revisions to the Wishbones & Sills/Panels factsheets


03/07/17: AGM Report Back

Notes from the club’s Annual General Meeting held on 25th June have been posted on the Forum.


02/07/17: New Paint Code

A new code has been detected, 24F “Exceed Silver”. The factsheet and the list of products  in the Bongoland Shop have been amended.


30/06/17: Looking for an Inflatable Awning?

Then we have an absolute bargain for members, see here.


30/06/17: Late Availability

Due to a cancellation we have a spare place at a discounted rate at the Mersea Island Summer Camp. See the club meetings section in the members area.


27/06/17: Awning

The ever-popular Daytona drive-away awnings are now back in stock.


17/06/17: Last Chance!

We now have 211 booked in for the Bongo Bash and have been asked to restrict bookings to 220. Bookings will be taken up to 12 noon on Monday 19th.


15/06/17: Advance Warning

We are off to the Bongo Bash. The office will close at 12 noon on Monday 19th and will reopen at 0930 on Tuesday 27th June. No orders, membership applications or queries can be serviced during this period.


14/06/17: Record Breaker?

We now have 201 booked in for the Bongo Bash. It’s not too late to book, and there’s no rain forecast!


13/06/17: Window Switch

There’s a new query in the Bongo Clinic.


12/06/17: Top Tip

Having trouble using that pesky figure-of-8 to attach your awning? Jonathan has the solution.


12/06/17: Addition

Scott & Margaret’s Bongo has been added to The Gallery


07/06/17: Large Turnout

Tonight’s headcount has shown that there are 187 booked in to the Bongo Bash! Your information packs will be distributed within the next 24 hours.


06/06/17: Latest Newsletter

Edition 55 of the quarterly club newsletter is now available for download. If you are a Webplus or Postal member it will be on your doorstep shortly.


31/05/17: Meetings

Dates, locations, prices & booking details have been announced for the September (Cornwall) and October (Peak District) club meetings.


30/05/17: Not Long Now

Only 22 days to the Bongo Bash!


26/05/17: Haddington

Trevor Stamp recommended an addition to the Rust Directory which you will find in the factsheet section of the member’s area.


25/05/17: Unbeatable Offer!

We have a stock of the new Outdoor Revolution Lowline inflatable awnings and they have been heavily discounted until the end of June. See here for more details.


23/05/17: Revised Factsheet

There has been a minor revision to the Towing factsheet.


15/05/17: Paul’s Tip

Reversing the seats is the subject in our latest Top Tip.


15/05/17: Lowtop

New member Allan McDowall has the oldest low top Ford Freda still on the road and we have amended the “History” factsheet.


08/05/17: Bongolia

We have added some observations to the Glowplugs factsheet.


02/05/17: New Camping Products

In the Bongoland Shop we now stock Cruising Canopies and Summer Screens.


02/05/17: Revisions

There have been major revisions to both the Childseats and the rear Fog Lamp factsheets.


02/05/17: Pete’s Tip

Find out where to get your tailgate struts sorted in our latest Top Tip.


18/04/17: V6 Maintenance

Where’s it located? And while you are at it, Nurse, why don’t you tell me the gap for the spark plugs? The answers are in the Bongo Clinic.


19/04/17: Factsheet Amendments

The Exhaust Manifold & Emissions factsheets have been updated.


16/04/17: Kids at the Bash

We are pleased to announce that we will be running some organised children’s activities at this year’s Bash.


13/04/17: Bongo Summer Camp (Essex)

A reminder that tickets go on sale today for our July meeting. Full details in the members area.


12/04/17: New Factsheet

We have written a trouble shooting guide for the driver’s side window switch. Also, there have been updates to the Awnings, Blinds, Fuel Pump Parts, Towing & Wishbones factsheets.


09/04/17: Site Upgrade

Please note that this website and the associated Forum and Bongoland shop may be unavailable for a period on Monday 10th April. This is due to a scheduled upgrade.


09/04/17: Cam Belt Cover

Tony had a power related problem on his V6 and offers some advice in our “Top Tips” section.


03/04/17: Back from Southern Softies

What a great time we had! Geoff has posted a video for you all to enjoy.


03/04/17: Swivel Seats

New Dawn Conversions will be attending the Bongo Bash in June with their mobile workshop to fit swivel seats for the front of the Bongo. For booking arrangements and a short video see the Bongo Fury Forum.


29/03/17: Bongo Summer Camp (Essex)

Prices, venue and booking arrangements have been announced for our July meeting. Full details in the members area.


27/03/17: Closure of Old Email Accounts

Do you still use Freeserve, Orange or Wanadoo as the email address for Bongo Fury membership or the Forum? If so you need to take some action. See this Forum post.


27/03/17: Bongo Prices

We have conducted a survey of private sales and the results can be seen here. The “Selling” factsheet has also been updated.


27/03/17: Interior Lights

This factsheet has been revised to contain details of how to change the bulbs above the front seats.


27/03/17: Distributor

Rita has a top money saving tip if your 2 litre Bongo has starting problems.


27/03/17: Muz

The amazing adventures of Paul and his trusty Bongo have been indexed and can be viewed via the Bongo Tales section.


26/03/17: Grab An Awning

As far as we know we won’t be beaten on price. So grab a drive-away awning now!


23/03/17: Outdoor Revolution

We are pleased to announce that we now stock the new 2017 drive-away awning range from Outdoor Revolution, including the Turismo XS, the Movelite T2, an the Cacos Uno. See the Bongoland Shop for more details.


19/03/17: Stourport Bongo Bash

All electric and split electric pitches for the Bongo Bash have now been sold. We are now taking bookings for non-electric pitches. Full details in the members area.


14/03/17: Two Visitors at the Clinic

Nurse has had to deal with 2 new ailments in the Bongo Clinic.


08/03/17: Petrol Engine Cutting Out

The Clinic has received a new enquiry.


06/03/17: Elephant Update

Our adopted orphan has spent the night out again! See the latest update.


01/03/17: Newsletter

The latest edition of the quarterly club newsletter is now available for download from the member’s area. If you are a “Webplus” or “Postal” member you will receive a copy in the post shortly.