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That was giving me ideas earlier that it would be a useful vehicle to take to work so I could leave the engine chugging away and power some tools but the girls would be less than keen on the effect that would have on the interior ;)

Its also making me a little nervous about what voltage loose wires might be so I might disconnect it for the time being.  I put a spare car battery in as a leisure battery which showed most of the lights worked but not much else.  It would be good to test the fridge and whatnot so I'd best think about some gas soon.

In other news I've managed to get all the cupboard doors unlocked so they can go back on the van tomorrow.

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36 minutes ago, catsinthewelder said:

showed most of the lights worked but not much else.

if there are any fluorescent lights fitted, please try and grab a picture of any tubes fitted before you use them regularly so I can ask you to save any rare ones for the collection if possible  :) before (assuming they have not already been munched!) they get munched by the cheap and nasty inverter ballasts these campers normally have (a lot of low voltage DC fluorescent tube ballasts dont run the tubes anywhere near their rated current, so the cathodes never get up to their proper temperature and sputter to an early death)

 

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5 hours ago, catsinthewelder said:

Sorry Dez, someone has been here before and swapped them all for LEDs ?

fucking hell you mean someones given this heap some attention in the past 10-20 years?! LOL

(probably a fairly sensible upgrade in this use case, given the above on DC inverter ballasts, outside of stuff like bus lighting, the only decent Low voltage fixture manufacture I know to use actually decent ballasts are lab craft light fixtures IIRC)

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Its had a fair bit of attention to be fair,  someone has made it new cushion covers and curtains but not got around to the cushions on the bunk over the cab (but has left the roll of fabric in the van to do them).  Its got a reversing camera but no screen, led rear lights and side repeaters, a solar panel and the aformentioned inverter which makes me think the previous owner liked to camp away from an electricity supply.

I need to make a table to go between the two bench seats at the back and will double as the middle of the bed.  Another smaller one for the little seats behind the cab and a hammock over the cab seats along with some curtains to make it into 3 bedrooms.

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I have a spare leisure battery I can donate to the cause. (They were in a bank of 3, but one failed, and need to have a bank of matched condition batteries otherwise I believe they will self discharge faster). Anyway, I know I'll forget to keep it topped up so it'll end up dying, so may as well go to a good home!

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Cheers Mat, that would be ace if it's going spare ?

Didn't do much last night as I was knackered after work but did put the hatch doors back on and glued the corners of the water filler back on.  They are super brittle though so I will stick it back on with some silicon as well as the supplied screws.  I just had a quick look at replacing it but couldn't find anything the same size.

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The rear living compartment is actually way nicer than it looked in the ebay advert, and seems a lot more complete too - is this directly after picking it up, or have you done some work already? The fuel can looks 'life affirming' (!) though I suppose its not that flammable. Must have been a bit stinky.

This is generally just mega. Top marks

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Literally a couple of miles after collecting it, moments before it cut out at the top of the hill and a mile or two before the rear tyre burst.

It really is, I was expecting it to be awful but its really spacious and fairly recently upholstered.  I just need to make a table and get the water and gas working and shes more or less ready to camp in.  It would get a bit tiresome prebooking MOTs near campsites though so I'd best fix some other stuff?

The fuelcan is better now the pipes go through the firewall rather than the window but is less than ideal, it did cause a 'dangerous' MOT fail but isn't that bad really.

A good bit of the rattling is from the gas heater and the oven.

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That is quite substantially better than the mercedes d207 that my in laws purchased for literally 10 times the price, 5 years ago. They used it once I think before selling at a loss.

The interior, even fresh from collection, is miles better than I expected given the pictures in the ebay ad. I take back all the slagging off I did before, you've done well with this. 

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/\ Wot they said.  The living quarters look far less manky than I'd been expecting.  I reckon once the underside is made of metal rather than fresh air there'll be a canny profit in that if you choose to sell it (would be a shame obvs as it has FOD written all over it, but your ride your way as they say on the Blue).

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On 9/15/2020 at 5:55 PM, catsinthewelder said:

Currently a little confused about the chemical toilet, I've filled the flush tank on the outside with rinse fluid and fresh water but it's not flushing.  The internal wiring isn't very confidence inspiring either ?

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I can take a look at the wiring and test the 240v system to make sure it's all earthed properly etc if you like? I've come across caravans in the past that have been got at by DIY'ers and all the sockets had no earth continuity. As for the 12v system Midway have some self sensing relay do da's on one of the spinny sales things in the shop for about 15 quid. Made in Britain and very simple to fit, I did one on the red LDV last year that I'd previously welded. 

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6 hours ago, Scruffy Bodger said:

I can take a look at the wiring and test the 240v system to make sure it's all earthed properly etc if you like? I've come across caravans in the past that have been got at by DIY'ers and all the sockets had no earth continuity. As for the 12v system Midway have some self sensing relay do da's on one of the spinny sales things in the shop for about 15 quid. Made in Britain and very simple to fit, I did one on the red LDV last year that I'd previously welded. 

That would be ace if you don't mind, I was just thinking about making up a hookup cable and plugging it in to see what happened ?

 Be great to catch up in person again too.

I got home early today and thought I'd best make the most of weekday noisy time so grabbed the grinder and set to work on the offside sill.

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  Unfortunately while there feels like there should be plenty of space it's hard to get the grinder in so I made a decision I'll probably regret and started taking the bottom of the outer skin off. 

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Fortunately it was a bit more secure once I put the locker door frames back on.

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The wooden bottom edge is completely rotten so it flaps around and it's also where most of the dents are.  I'm not sure if I'll put it back on as before because I think replacing the real sills with box section will let me put much shorter outer skins on that would look smarter and allow easier maintenance.

Sweepings

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Anyone heard of these shysters? ?

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1 hour ago, catsinthewelder said:

 

Silly sod here googled Portsman Motorhomes before realising its Sportsman.  Googling the postcode gets Bury in Greater Manchester where I had my first holiday without parents (East Lancs Railway diesel gala).

I have to confess, had other goals on that inaugural experience in my life. Torquay hotel, honestly.

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I spent most of my money and weekends back then chasing girls with no real success so watching trains was much better.

So good in fact that we went back the next year and my idiot mate went out to get food in the middle of the night while still pissed and crashed his Fiat Uno.  I spent the next few days sorting out a repair so he could get home with the tents (I took the train).

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Finally got a chance to do a bit more today, not used a saw to do bodywork before 😯IMG_20200923_171449429_HDR.thumb.jpg.9e913117d0fac5945cafb2e790f81d46.jpg

The plywood is mostly alright apart from around the gas cupboard, wheel arch and back end but with it removed fixing the sills is going to be loads easier and it gives me a chance to replace rotten framing.

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You can just about see the remaining bits of sill that need to come off.  I'm going to drop the water tank too which will give me a chance to check it's clean and find out what's up with the pump.

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