Register Login
The UK's No.1 Chrysler Owners Forum
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-03-2019   #1
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Coventry
Posts: 355
Thanks: 57
Trader Rating: 0
Alsatian1 has donated!
United Kingdom 
Panda Campa

I'm really excited as I've nearly finished turning my Trekking in to a camper van. The best part is, it's all easily removable. Once I've finished I will post some pictures.

Essentially, I found a wooden box, of which 3 together fit snugly in the boot space, to become level with the folded back seats (the ridiculously high sliding/reclining bench). This makes a nice platform. A bit of ply cut to size will fit over the boxes, so that they never take any direct weight, and the thickness of the ply will make it completely flush with the seat back.

I've cut a 7cm memory foam mattress topper to size already, which fills the rear of the car exactly, and fitted Car Shades to all rear windows - this combined with the factory tints has blacked them out when viewing from outside for privacy.

I'll throw in a duvet, sheet and pillows, plus a sheet to stretch between the front seats for privacy from the front windows. A finishing touch will be glueing some boot carpet material to the plywood board and the wooden boxes to blend them in to the car.

Ventilation won't be an issue as I have wind deflectors all-round for if it's raining and want to drop the windows slightly, plus the car shades stay in place when the windows are down and fit the windows exactly.

I've even put an alarm clock and LED reading light in there .

This all started when I began to look at getting a retrofitted folding front passenger seat to aid my lunchtime naps at work, and it became a bit of a pipe dream. Instead I now will have a proper bed (albeit one where I have to curl up slightly as the Panda's rear load area ain't the longest or widest) for that, plus, I can do adlib camping trips without faffing around with my tents.

When I need the rear seats, it's a simple case of flipping them up, and rolling the mattress and duvet in to the boot. If I need all the interior space, I can just take the whole lot out in a couple of minutes.

Added bonus - with the memory foam and duvet in place, the car is QUIET on the move; almost no road noise whatsoever .
Likes perelaar, Motorcyclist Colin liked this post
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

Alsatian1 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 01-03-2019   #2
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Beccles, Suffolk
Posts: 2,326
Thanks: 196
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Re: Panda Campa

Install a length of plastic pipe (select your own diameter ) through the floorpan, and you've got a crafty ensuite, too
Likes The Panda Nut liked this post
__________________
Barchetta LE (no 2468), 1998, Silver with Red Hood and Red Leather Interior, Hardtop, Wind-stop, Novitec SS Exhaust
Panda Cross Twinair, 15 Reg, in glorious Yellow , replacing a much-loved yellow DS3 DSport THP

Last edited by gar074; 01-03-2019 at 08:23.
gar074 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 01-03-2019   #3
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Coventry
Posts: 355
Thanks: 57
Trader Rating: 0
Alsatian1 has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: Panda Campa

Quote Originally Posted by gar074 View Post
Install a length of plastic pipe (select your own diameter ) through the floorpan, and you've got a crafty ensuite, too
Not a bad idea
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

Alsatian1 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 01-03-2019   #4
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 194
Thanks: 6
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Re: Panda Campa

We need pictures!


(not of the pipe specifics! The other things! )
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

Punto MC is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 01-03-2019   #5
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Coventry
Posts: 355
Thanks: 57
Trader Rating: 0
Alsatian1 has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: Panda Campa

Quote Originally Posted by Punto MC View Post
We need pictures!


(not of the pipe specifics! The other things! )
I'm still waiting on the bit of ply, and once I've got that I will be fitting the carpet material to that and the storage boxes, but I can get a couple of pics later as essentially you can see what the end result will largely look like already.
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

Alsatian1 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 01-03-2019   #6
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,857
Thanks: 97
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Re: Panda Campa

Might have been better with the Mk1 Panda as customised by Spanish coachbuilder Emelba:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&sour...51523472769240
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

AB100 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 01-03-2019   #7
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Coventry
Posts: 355
Thanks: 57
Trader Rating: 0
Alsatian1 has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: Panda Campa

Quote Originally Posted by AB100 View Post
Might have been better with the Mk1 Panda as customised by Spanish coachbuilder Emelba:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&sour...51523472769240
That link didn't work for me but I googled the Emelba Panda and it sure is a fine beast.
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

Alsatian1 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 07-03-2019   #8
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: East
Posts: 1,389
Thanks: 54
Trader Rating: 1
The Panda Nut has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: Panda Campa

Quote Originally Posted by Alsatian1 View Post
I'm really excited as I've nearly finished turning my Trekking in to a camper van. The best part is, it's all easily removable. Once I've finished I will post some pictures.

Essentially, I found a wooden box, of which 3 together fit snugly in the boot space, to become level with the folded back seats (the ridiculously high sliding/reclining bench). This makes a nice platform. A bit of ply cut to size will fit over the boxes, so that they never take any direct weight, and the thickness of the ply will make it completely flush with the seat back.

I've cut a 7cm memory foam mattress topper to size already, which fills the rear of the car exactly, and fitted Car Shades to all rear windows - this combined with the factory tints has blacked them out when viewing from outside for privacy.

I'll throw in a duvet, sheet and pillows, plus a sheet to stretch between the front seats for privacy from the front windows. A finishing touch will be glueing some boot carpet material to the plywood board and the wooden boxes to blend them in to the car.

Ventilation won't be an issue as I have wind deflectors all-round for if it's raining and want to drop the windows slightly, plus the car shades stay in place when the windows are down and fit the windows exactly.

I've even put an alarm clock and LED reading light in there .

This all started when I began to look at getting a retrofitted folding front passenger seat to aid my lunchtime naps at work, and it became a bit of a pipe dream. Instead I now will have a proper bed (albeit one where I have to curl up slightly as the Panda's rear load area ain't the longest or widest) for that, plus, I can do adlib camping trips without faffing around with my tents.

When I need the rear seats, it's a simple case of flipping them up, and rolling the mattress and duvet in to the boot. If I need all the interior space, I can just take the whole lot out in a couple of minutes.

Added bonus - with the memory foam and duvet in place, the car is QUIET on the move; almost no road noise whatsoever .
It will be good to stay in when it breaks down and needs weeks off the road leaving you stranded.....
__________________
Noop now known as Nooplebe (i.e. in the way wherever he goes) 🐼
The Panda Nut is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 25-03-2019   #9
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Coventry
Posts: 355
Thanks: 57
Trader Rating: 0
Alsatian1 has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: Panda Campa

Sorry forgot to add pictures to this thread! All that needs doing now is to upholster the wooden boxes and ply sheet and all shall be complete. I've used it several times for naps so far, and my colleagues are all very jealous that I have somewhere to snooze. Easy to carry passengers as well as I cram the bedding in to the boxes, and mattress just rolls up in to the boot space for me to flip the seats up. Included a pic of my in-need-of-wash Panda as well, my trusty friend.
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20190319_132623.jpeg
Views:	39
Size:	53.7 KB
ID:	199012Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20190319_132706.jpeg
Views:	30
Size:	43.4 KB
ID:	199013Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20190319_132635.jpeg
Views:	26
Size:	47.6 KB
ID:	199014Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20190301_173203.jpeg
Views:	29
Size:	56.9 KB
ID:	199015Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20190301_172716.jpeg
Views:	34
Size:	54.8 KB
ID:	199016Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20190319_132758.jpeg
Views:	30
Size:	100.0 KB
ID:	199017
Likes blatham, AndyPM, perelaar liked this post
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

Alsatian1 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 25-03-2019   #10
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Sugartown
Posts: 100
Thanks: 7
Trader Rating: 0
Belgium 
Re: Panda Campa

Looking good! But is the space in the back actually long enough to accommodate an adult?
Very curious as well as to where you found the wooden boxes
Thanks Alsatian1 thanked for this post
__________________
early to bed, early to rise - fish all day, tell big lies
perelaar is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 25-03-2019   #11
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Coventry
Posts: 355
Thanks: 57
Trader Rating: 0
Alsatian1 has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: Panda Campa

Quote Originally Posted by perelaar View Post
Looking good! But is the space in the back actually long enough to accommodate an adult?
Very curious as well as to where you found the wooden boxes
If you lie diagonally and slightly curled up, it's very comfortable. I certainly don't feel cramped although I appreciate it's a small space. Its going to be useful for my adlib camping for sure. The boxes were on Amazon, if you search for wooden boxes you should find them quite easily.

Sent from my TA-1012 using FIAT Forum mobile app
Likes gar074, perelaar liked this post
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

Alsatian1 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 25-03-2019   #12
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Beccles, Suffolk
Posts: 2,326
Thanks: 196
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Re: Panda Campa

No ensuite yet, I see. Those of us approaching senility would have this as a priority!
Likes The Panda Nut, A3jeroen liked this post
__________________
Barchetta LE (no 2468), 1998, Silver with Red Hood and Red Leather Interior, Hardtop, Wind-stop, Novitec SS Exhaust
Panda Cross Twinair, 15 Reg, in glorious Yellow , replacing a much-loved yellow DS3 DSport THP
gar074 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Reply
Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
(G) Introducing Panda, Panda's owner and Panda's problem. DanL Panda (Classic) 18 29-11-2006 23:12
(G) bit of a trek in my panda - parts, new panda, old panda panda4x4sisley Panda (Classic) 3 30-07-2006 23:45