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.

It really is that simple

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.

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, voids behind the unit itself and the seats, pumped water carrier and twin burner meths stove, you have everything you need for a comfortable camper van experience.

This 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 kids enjoy camping trips, but as a single parent, the hassle and stress of setting up a 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. Good demo but do you know of anyone using this kit on a new shape Berlingo van 2011 version ?

  2. The review on the Vaude tailgate awning was extremely good. I have had one for four years and struggled to erect it solo to the point of nearly selling and buying the Khyam but owing to your video, now will keep the Vaude.
    Another good point about the Vaude is its width makes it easy to reverse into after a day away from the camp. I tie the short top flap to my Berlingo rear door handle and also slide a short length of pipe lagging to the the toggles which rattle on the car in the wind. As for pegs, I recommend the screw in type and take a rechargeable drill as they will cope with gravel hard standing as well as grass.

  3. That's a really helpful video - thank you! We've been looking at bootjumps for a while and wondering about storage! Looks like you can still get everything in you need for camping!

  4. We have made our own version of this. If you look for furgo forum on a search engine you will find a huge amount of information on how to do it as it is a european concept (not invented by amdro) and there are numerous versions especially spanish and german. we did look at the amdro but it is way beyond our budget. As far as the setup is concerned (ours is almost the same) it is perfect for those days when you want to go sight seeing/beach/biking and get back for a cuppa without it costing £15 for 4 people and if you take a toilet set up, you can dispense with the need to keep within toilet facility reach which is very liberating.