Today has been a good day, not without help from some very dear loved ones. I have a new vehicle. Well, it’s a rather old vehicle, but it is new to me. In wanting to cease use of my diesel car in order to move to a cleaner type of fuel, I now have a Bongo! No, not a drum, although we do have one of those at home, but a Mazda Bongo. A campervan. It will be great fun when Kevin and I go out and about for longer days than we would normally to events, festivals and interesting places slightly further afield. We will not only be able to take all of the provisions we need, we’ll have the facility to cook, use a sink and run a fridge all within the Bongo. When my Parkinson’s symptoms kick in, I can literally lay and rest.
I can simply go to the van, pull out the bed and sleep, restore and recover. This will help with the fatigue and pain, that Parkinson’s causes, and it will help improve my stamina to participate in fun days more fully.
The Bongo will be my every day driving vehicle. I’ll sell my car and use only the Bongo. The Bongo is actually roomier and more comfortable than I had ever expected. While storage space is limited, the cupboards do have a good deal of space in them and it will simply require some clever packing on our part, to make the most of the space on a trip away. I can see that there are many accessory sites online, where we can find useful gadgets and even additional means of storage, such as pocketed hanging bags that you can fix to the rear of the front seats and all manner of stick-on mini shelves, pockets and containers. Although we don’t intend to buy one, you can also purhcase a trailer.
The Bongo comes with an awning that fits to the side of the vehicle. This is an additional small room, helpful in camping sites if we want to have more space to sit, stretch our legs or even store clothes etc. You can literally drive off for an outing and return to the tent/awning later in the day; leaving the Bongo free of clutter and belongings that are not needed while out.
The bed is so simple to pull out into full length. It serves as the rear seating or, with a simple pull, unfolds down into a small double bed. Additionally, this Bongo has a ‘pop-top’ roof. With the flick of a button, a double sleeping space in the roof, lifts up. Even if not used for sleeping quarters, the pop-top, when extended, offers us the ability to stand up in the Bongo, while parked. This means we can more comfortably stand at the sink/cooker and prepare food etc.
The Bongo is very comfortable to drive. From it’s performance on the road, through to the comfort of the seating and all of the fittings, I was struck by just how pleasant the driving experience is. For what could simply be seen as a utility vehicle, it is clear that whoever designed the Bongo did so as a labour of love. If you have never been in one, I would certainly recommend it.
Have you got a campervan? Do feel free to post comments below about your own campervan adventures. Also, if you too have a chronic illness, such as Parkinson’s, does this idea appeal to you? Would you consider something similar? Meanwhile, watch this space. I will write about my Bongo Adventures and I hope you enjoy coming with me as I explore.
(C) Deano Parsons. 2019.