My build/rebuild

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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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Re: My build/rebuild

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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Re: My build/rebuild

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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Re: My build/rebuild

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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Re: My build/rebuild

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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Re: My build/rebuild

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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Re: My build/rebuild

Post by Milton477 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:59 pm

Needs a name now.

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