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Post by Justme » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:54 am

Had a great time away at Sawtell/Coffs Harbour.

2 days of rain and the luxury of a comfy van was great. Big fan at night for comfortable sleeping in the humidity.

Had a couple of small things. Need a new fuse for the battery management as the one I was using was overheating and resetting the unit when on charge.

Changed over and redesigned the external hose to a smaller fixed hose to be attached to a longer length of hose I'll keep in a storage box. The pressure was expanding the hose and causing a slight leak.

Sway issues with the caravan not using anti sway or weight distribution. Loaded the weight perfectly forward over the axles and to the front with ongoing sway issues.

I'm going to buy an Andersen WDH and swap out the DO35 hitch for a ball type hitch for now and see if I can tighten up the towing of the van.

Lots of final things to do still. Need to install solar ASAP so I can free camp more easily. I have 3x150watt panels ready to go on.

Happy with the setup otherwise had a great time.

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Re: My build/rebuild

Post by Justme » Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:24 pm

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New Andersen hitch installed. Difficult install due to the proximity of my gas bottles and the short draw bar. Well within the specs of the manufacturer

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Re: My build/rebuild

Post by Old Techo » Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:32 pm

Justin,

Re your sway issue, to quote myself from here back in October... http://www.candm.com.au/forum/viewtopic ... 22#p195022.. 'I worry about the extra weight you are proposing to add to the rear of the van in terms of towing stability'

Perhaps do a test run without those 2 spare tyres?

Also when you deploy your awning make sure you have adequate slope both away from the van and from one end of the awning roller to the other. If not the awning can quickly pool from rain and risk collapsing under the weight.
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Re: My build/rebuild

Post by J.REEVES » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:11 pm

Hi Justin,
The sway issue sounds like a bit of a worry!
What is the weight on the tow ball and the weight on the wheels?

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Re: My build/rebuild

Post by Justme » Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:54 pm

Weights are fine. I'm sitting about 10% ball weight and the majority of the load is forward.

I have considered relocating the spares I saw a great method by bushtracker today when I was at their headquarters where the wheels are mounted in a swing gate setup on the front which will suit me perfectly.

I can then use the rear for mounting push bikes and storage for surf boards etc

Short tow today revieled a much tighter setup! I'll do a hwy run tomorrow.

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Post by Gerry M » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:40 pm

Hi J,
I noticed the caravan step.

Can't remember who, but a forum member came a gutser on one of those.

OT responded that he should have used a Full Cream Milk Crate instead of Skim Milk Crate. :mrgreen:

However, just be aware that they were designed to carry the weight of milk and not people. :D

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Post by Lance » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:49 pm

On the milk crate thing, if you must stand on a crate, be smart and step on the outside edges, not in the centre.
My 'nurse' daughter has told me of a couple of serious laceration issues with going through a milk crate.
It's not much fun extric(R)ating yourself from a broken milk crate.

The van's looking great :!:

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Post by hank » Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:33 am

Take it from me dont use milk crates for steps, I used them to wash my car and had the misfortune of falling off. Luckily nothing broken but very sore and used a walking stick for about 2 weeks. Also removed a fair amount of skin which took some time to heal. I now have a permanent dent in my leg which is damage to the tissue underneath which will probably be there forever. Does not give me any pain now though.



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Post by Old Techo » Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:40 am

masterplumber wrote:OT responded that he should have used a Full Cream Milk Crate instead of Skim Milk Crate. :mrgreen:
Excellent memory young fella :D

To be exact....

Was it a low-fat or skim-milk crate?

A full-strength-milk crate would be better :lol: :roll: :oops:

http://www.candm.com.au/forum/viewtopic ... 09#p186009
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Post by hank » Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:35 am

I had forgotten that I posted that almost 2 years ago. Nothing wrong with your memory O/T.




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Re: My build/rebuild

Post by Justme » Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:50 pm

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lance wrote:On the milk crate thing, if you must stand on a crate, be smart and step on the outside edges, not in the centre.
My 'nurse' daughter has told me of a couple of serious laceration issues with going through a milk crate.
It's not much fun extric(R)ating yourself from a broken milk crate.

The van's looking great :!:
I'm actually an emergency and trauma clinical nurse... I realised the crate wasn't a good idea when I cracked the middle. It was replaced with an esky which worked perfectly.

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Re: My build/rebuild

Post by Justme » Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:53 pm

Dropped in to the weigh bridge today and the final verdict is in. It seems I was only marginally off with my calculated weights.

Van total mass fully loaded with water tanks full... no food... no solar panels: 2360kg

Tow ball weight: 190kg

The new Andersen hitch is a dream. I was towING at 100kmhr without any issues at all. No need to go faster than that towing over 2 tonnes anyway. Car is sitting perfectly no loss of steering. Very happy with this setup!

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Re: My build/rebuild

Post by Justme » Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:07 am

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Solar installed! 450 watts producing the full 20amps input to batteries. I've restricted the system to 20amps to prevent circuitry overload/overheating.

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New shelving in the back a lot lighter and enough space to now fit a table for either outside or the inside lounge.

I've purchased paint for the inside and I'm getting the kitchen splashback soon. New custom mattress for the double/queen bed suited to the flip up end for extra seating is done and ready for next camp.

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Removed the twin spares from the rear due to concern for weight balance issues so I have a under belly Winch mount for a single spare I've created a bracket for and I'm mounting up this week. Will only carry one spare from now on unless we go on a big trip.

Still need a new fridge. The old one was no good...

Lots more still to go with cushions in the lounge area and shelving etc but it's all coming together.

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Post by rredbeak » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:14 pm

ive not been following very long so i enjoyed the posts journey.its beautifull. but it kinda looks heavy..enjoy..rod
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Post by Justme » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:23 pm

rredbeak wrote:ive not been following very long so i enjoyed the posts journey.its beautifull. but it kinda looks heavy..enjoy..rod
Thanks mate

Slightly heavier than I would like. But with some changes I have it around 2300kg fully loaded. I'm happy with anything under 2.5t

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Post by Justme » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:34 am

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Spare wheel remounted under the front for better weight balance and lower centre of gravity. Will only carry one spare unless we have a big trip.

I have made up a winding rod that runs to just under the front. Have to be under to load and unload the spare but it works and wasn't hard.

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Re: My build/rebuild

Post by Justme » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:48 pm

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Draw bar extension done!!

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Post by Old Techo » Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:34 pm

Pleased to see an update as it's been quite a while :)

You didn't mention it but I see a drawbar extension. That will certainly help with stability :D

I think I see a 1/4 turn water tap near your tank. There is a risk that stone hits could turn it on and/or damage the thread. If that would be an issue then it needs consideration.

Thanks for the new pics. It is great to be able to follow your work :)
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Post by J.REEVES » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:05 pm

That extended draw bar is the best looking extension I have seen not that I have seen many but the way you have done it looks very strong.

Yes as OT said not a good place for a tap.

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Post by Justme » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:04 am

J.REEVES wrote:That extended draw bar is the best looking extension I have seen not that I have seen many but the way you have done it looks very strong.

Yes as OT said not a good place for a tap.

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Thanks so much really nice to see what I'm doing is recognised as being done well. It's always a bit of a gamble but I felt like I had the design right with this one.

I know the water tap isn't ideal I just haven't had a chance to do anything else with it. I want to run a line safely further out but it has to be gravity feed so still working on this one.

Cheers guys.

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Re: My build/rebuild

Post by Justme » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:51 am

Awaiting formal confirmation from the manufacturer... but it appears my simplicity axle was upgraded from its original 2500kg gvm to 3000kg gvm by bushtracker who I purchased the setup from. If this is the case I'll be able to get a mod plate for 3t gvm/ATM and be able to comfortably tow 2.5t and be a little over.

By no means am I planning on now loading up the van more than I need, but the ability to go over 2500kg will be great as I'm getting close...


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