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Message posted by JK98 on 17/10/2008 at 12:58am
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Does anyone on here use a Renault Kangoo for camping?

Thinking of changing my car, and the Kangoo looks like a good sized car for camping, but I know very little about how reliable they are. Any opinions would be most welcome



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I looked at them as well, would be interesting to see peoples comments

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In terms of size they are fantastic - but also look at the Citeron Berlingo and the Peugeot Partner Combi which are very similar vehicles.

Very popular with campers as they are basically vans with seats. Very little in the way of refinemt and not exactly the hight of fashion!

Avoid the petrol engines for best mileage and reliability

Personally don't have one - but did take a serious look - I prefer a 4x4 because it suites our search of the wilderness. If I could I would have a LR defender 110



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Had one as a hire care in Spain a few years ago. It seemed a very pratical car, good use of space inside, high roof and nice 'square' boot maximising storage space so plenty of scope to lob camping gear in the back. I really like the Renault Dci engines too (if you decide to go for a diesel) - these are the engines they now share with Nissan so reliability is pretty good as I understand. We're also looking to change our car - from a Scenic to a Grand Scenic!

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Hi Jean, I had two Kangoos before our current Berlingo.

None of them has let me down, touch wood. Only changed to the Berlingo as I was offered a good deal on one, would have quite happily stuck with the last Kangoo or had a third one.

As a practical, camping car for two I think this style of vehicle is very hard to beat. Huge square load space. High tail gate/rain cover! Sliding side doors for even better access. Better than an estate around town as they are very short front to back.

Also very good when not camping for transporting large teenagers as lots of shoulder room and head height in the back seats!

Not the most refined, quiet or fashionable car on the block but I love mine and would find going back to a normal car very difficult.



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Hi Jean,
We have a Berlingo deisel and would be lost without it. With 3 young children the backseat has the 3, three point seat belts and the space for all 3 of the kids to sit in car seats/booster seats. We bought a wire mesh guard that separates the boot from the back seats so that we pile all the camping gear right up to the ceiling in the boot with no danger of it tumbling down onto the children. There are lots of overhead compartments and foot well boxes that hold permanently all year round a lot of our camping gear to save on packing time. we get all our gear into the boot and if we are taking extra shopping the rear seat foot well is really deep and holds loads more equipment if needed. The only thing is it is too tall to accomodate a roof box, but there really is enough space inside the car for everything. I would urge you to get a higher spec one that has all the little extras like roof bars (excellent for tying large winbreaks to the roof) and the overhead compartments. They have really been the little things that have made the most difference to how we pack for camping. I agree with others that it isn't a great looking vehicle. It is essentially a van, but if you were looking to transport a large amount of equpiment to a campsite, a van would be the best choice.
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Ditto to all the above comments.   Now on third diesel Kangoo. Never had any problems.   Also looked at the Citron and Peugeot,  Kangoo won on value for money and we have stayed with them ever since.  Could not imagine going back to a saloon or estate now and the larger MPVs not worth the extra cost in buying or running for space gained.

As we use CS sites and take every thing including toilet and kitchen sink I can vouch for available packing space.

Useful features are split rear folding seats,over head aircraft style bins extra cigarette lighter socket in rear , internal bike carrier.  rear seat folding tables.

 

Would say that the only down side is that because you can carry more you do !  

 

 

 

 


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Worth something to bare in mind and I may be teaching my mother to suck eggs but here goes.....

Although the boot is nice and square and is high so plenty of camping gear will fit in it anything above the height of the back seats could become a lethal missile in a collision unless you have a retaining panel. Although I don't have a Kangoo I have a Ford Maverick with the same idea of a boot and yes we do load above the height of the back seats but we always make sure it's only bedding or pillows to prevent any nasty accidents inside the car if one happens outside.

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The new Kangoo is even bigger !

Whereas the original was based on the Clio platform the new latest version is based on the Megane platform.

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tinpockets mentioned about the wire mesh guard to stop projectiles pinging forward (I've got one in my Peugeot) - but good advice only to have soft things above the seat line, Peggy

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Quote: Originally posted by tin pockets on 17/10/2008


The only thing is it is too tall to accomodate a roof box, 

 

I would have to disagree with this statement we have a roof box on ours and it's no problem at all. We are on our 2nd Berlingo and love it to bits, it's fantastic for going camping takes everything we need.


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Quote: Originally posted by lgmagib on 17/10/2008

I would have to disagree with this statement we have a roof box on ours and it's no problem at all. We are on our 2nd Berlingo and love it to bits, it's fantastic for going camping takes everything we need.

OMG, how tall are you? We had a roof box on our primera which we transered to the berlingo but it was so high we couldn't get into it! We laughed that we would fill the boot of the car up with step ladders and then use them to climb up to put all the actual camping gfear in the roof box!. But seriously, even if we could reach the roof box we don't need it cos the car is so roomy.
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Tin pockets,

We also have a roof box (a big one) on our berlingo. We do carry a small step ladder flat in the massive boot area but this also comes in useful when adjusting the awning etc on site. we chose to use the roof box so that our kids have more room to spread out on the journey -back packs, books etc in boot. Only problem is you are often too tall to fit under height barriers to do shopping-bonus as far as OH is concerned!

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Thank you so much everyone  Feeling reassured now, especially as Oldham is on his third Kangoo & Merry has had two - they must be a reliable vehicle.

Hubby has only had BM's for the last 15 years, and I've had Pontiacs for the last 9 years, so I really had no idea of what Renaults were like for reliability. I was worried that they may be rot-boxes, or keep breaking down on a regular basis. I feel better after reading this thread, so I'm going to 'phone up in the morning & arrange to view a couple of Kangoo's which I'd picked out on ebay.

Thanks again all



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I have a peugeot partner,its used for the school run, dogs etc and its fab at all that but as we got a big car too i want a smaller car but hubby wont go for that!

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Quote: Originally posted by JK98 on 18/10/2008

Thank you so much everyone  Feeling reassured now, especially as Oldham is on his third Kangoo & Merry has had two - they must be a reliable vehicle.

Hubby has only had BM's for the last 15 years, and I've had Pontiacs for the last 9 years, so I really had no idea of what Renaults were like for reliability. I was worried that they may be rot-boxes, or keep breaking down on a regular basis. I feel better after reading this thread, so I'm going to 'phone up in the morning & arrange to view a couple of Kangoo's which I'd picked out on ebay.

Thanks again all




There used to be questions over Renaults' reliability but not now they have the tie up with Nissan. From personal experience, the Renault build quality has been much better than the other makes I've had .

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