Friday, 25 April 2014

Amdro Boot Jump Camper Conversion For Citroen Berlingo MPV

Imagine you are driving through the open countryside in your little MPV and you come across a beautiful spot, with amazing scenery overlooking a lake. If only you could park up and spend the day there, possibly spend the night, knowing you have everything you need for a comfortable nights sleep and a hearty breakfast in the morning, all tucked away in the boot of your vehicle...

Well, as luck would have it, a company based in Wales, called Amdro Alternative Camper Conversions, have come up with an ingenious solution to allow you to do just that. They will build, supply and ship camper conversion kits for a variety of MPV vehicles, including Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner, Fiat Doblo and Renault Kangoo as well as VW Transporters. They are also currently developing other conversion kits for other vehicles.

The kits are delivered to your door on a wooden pallet, complete with everything you require to convert your vehicle into a versatile camper in a matter of minutes. Simply lift the unit, which requires 2 people, into the boot of your car, clamp in place and that's it, you're ready to go.

However, I did manage to lift our unit into a Citroen Berlingo, with the help of my 7 year old lad and 9 year old daughter.

It really is that simple

The cost of a campervan or small motorhome can be quite expensive, but Amdro have made an affordable solution, that not only is very clever, but very easy to use. The system is so simple to setup, even my young kids can do it and only takes minutes to convert your camper from a "daytime" seating arrangement, complete with table and cooker, to the "nightime" sleeping area, which provides a good sized double bed.

Combine that with acres of storage, provided by 2 good sized crates and voids behind the unit itself and the seats, pumped water carrier and a double burner meths stove, you have everything you need for a comfortable camper van experience, that could be an overnight stop, weekend away or weeks expedition across the South of France.

And it has been done... Check out the Amdro website to watch a video of a couple who have done just that, with two bikes as well !

Myself and my two young children enjoy camping trips away, but as a single parent, the hassle and stress of setting up a large family tent in high winds and rain can test the patience of a saint. But with the Boot Jump, you can park up and setup up a comfortable living area in a matter of minutes. And for some added living space, you can include a tailgate awning, which could be setup once the wind and rain has died down. In the meantime, just sit in your little camper, laughing at all the other people struggling with their tents, whilst enjoying your brew.
There are going to be people who say "Oh, it's not the same as a proper campervan or motorhome" and my answer to that is "Yes, you're right" But the beauty of this type of system, means I have a multipurpose utility vehicle, that can be used for everyday driving, taking the kids to school, taking stuff to the tip etc.

But then in a matter of minutes, I can lift the Amdro Boot Jump into my vehicle and I have a snazzy little campervan perfect for couples or young families. For me and my young family, it suits us perfectly and the kids love their little "Treehouse on wheels". There are many other benefits of the Amdro/MPV combination, such as cheaper fuel economy, reduced pitch fees and cheaper toll fees when traveling abroad.

But my advice would be, if you are looking for an affordable, no hassle campervan setup to enjoy the great outdoors, give Iwan a call at Amdro. The staff there are very friendly and helpfull and will answer any questions you may have about their ingenious, well designed camper conversion kits.


  1. Must admit I like the look of that. Dead simple & well thought out.

    1. Very simple and a great design. I have used my on numerous occasions now in different configurations, with the awning, large tent and just on its own...

  2. Just found your blog and Youtube channel a few weeks ago and just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed reading through the blog and looking at the videos. Keep it up. Saw your latest video, just wanted to say I hope everything works out for you. All the best.

  3. Hi Mick. Just to say that your videos look very professional. I hope you don 't mind me asking, what camera and software do you use? Might make an interesting tutorial video too :-)

  4. Hi, I use the GELERT Evora tent porch. It fits on the back the same, but also on the side. You can pick up second hand ones on the internet. Floor space is about 8 foot x 7 foot.
    Cheers4now Dave.

  5. Hello, great looking bit of kit. I am interested in doing this to and getting a Berlingo, may I ask what year/age your Berlingo is, I am a little unsure which one to get but have to weigh up the cost too. Many Thanks.

    1. Mine is a 58 plate Berlingo with the overhead locker (very handy) and suits myself and 2 kids just fine. You could go for the older shape if money is an issue. Alternatively there are the Peugeot Partner, Renault Kango and Fiat Bongo... Good Luck

  6. Thank you so much for your kind words and support, much appreciated...