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  1. BigStevie

    For Sale Porthole windows

    I’ve two polycarbonate porthole windows in my van. When I tried to buy another pair for the back doors, I couldn’t find any. After much searching I’ve found some, though I have to buy six. So I’ll have four spare when they arrive. If anyone’s interested, please pm me for more info. I’m not sure...
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    Electrical components and more...

    I use a really good mail order supplier.... it’s trade only, I’ve an old VW garage business behind me, so not a problem. BUT, if you use a small amount of bulls***t they’ll send you stuff. The company is called Beal UK, their catalogue is full of useful parts. I suggest you create an email...
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    Escaping the virus...

    This is all starting to get silly. Stay home and isolate. The only way to avoid infection is to stay indoors and out of contact with other people. There’s a dash to the Highlands going on. We’re self supporting communities up here and there’s no infrastructure to speak of. Away from the towns...
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    Sites 2020 and the virus...

    Just reading sids comment on camp quirky being postponed. I know of a couple of sites up here in the Highlands that won’t be opening... As to events. I work on outdoor events all over Scotland, everything I’ve been rostered to work on has been either postponed or cancelled. I think it’ll be a...
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    Seasons greetings folks

    It’s that time of year again, been a bit of bumpy ride this year, but am still here to tell the tale! So folks, seasons greetings to one and all and may you have a happy and healthy 2020! Here’s to doing our way! Stevie
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    This beats a Luton...

    Spotted this Motorcraft 8x8 MAN camper in Bettyhill on the north coast last week. I guess, if you had that sort of money, you just couldn’t not have one.....
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    Helper springs

    Hi folks, as the Red Beast nears(!) completion it’s becoming evident that the standard single leaf rear springs on the Sprinter are going to need stiffening. Seems I have three options: Replace with heavy duty multi leaf springs. Add a “booster” leaf. Use a coil spring booster kit. Any...
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    Submersible shower pump kit

    Has anyone used any of the many cheap submersible kits on fleabay? I’ve used a fairly expensive Japanese made kit, just wondered if the £15 kits were any good/durable. Thanks, Stevie
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    Cheap Chinese diesel heaters

    Has anyone used one of the cheap Chinese diesel heaters that are all over fleabay, between £99 and £129? Feedback seems generally good on fleabay...any thoughts?
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    Mains earthing

    The dark arts... I was talking to a pal about the build and mentioned the mains hook up. He said I mustn’t earth the mains to the van body. My rule has always been earth everything. Perhaps someone with knowledge of the dark arts can advise. Thanks, Stevie
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    Lost a day...

    Right, I live in the middle of nowhere and at this time of year it's also difficult to work out what time of day it is if you don't look at a clock. Today is special though, I was convinced that it was Thursday, or put another way I didn't realise it was Friday. I should have made the 45 mile...
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    location of consumer unit for mains hook up...

    I'm not well versed in the dark arts, so advice needed. Do I need to keep the consumer unit near to the hook up socket on the side of the van, or am I okay having it six feet away? I'm using artic blue cable. Thanks, Stevie
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    Theses look like good value...

    Just noticed these Iveco vans for sale, very low miles... http://www.mod-sales.com/direct/vehicle/,23,/88076/Iveco_Daily_65C18.htm Stevie
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    Battery box body vent

    Need to put a vent on the body side of the Sprinter for the battery box, any suggestions as to what to use? I'm guessing I won't need a big vent.... Thanks, Steve
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    The interior plan...

    Once I got cracking on starting the interior late last summer I was armed with most of the base construction stuff, timber, insulation and a PLAN. The layout is more or less as per plan, what changed was the type of finish we were wanting. The original idea was to cover flat wall/ceiling...
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    Batteries...

    Electrics, I know the basic stuff, that's it. So, I've got 200w of solar to go on the roof, what batteries do I need? Also, venting, sounds silly, but do sealed batteries need to be vented? Pro's and cons all welcome! Stevie
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    CB radio...

    While going through the boxes of bits and pieces for the van build, SWMBO dived in to share the pleasure of eager anticipation. The anticipation of all the stuff getting fitted at last! This was lots of jolly fun until the box containing the cheap CB radio came centre stage. 'What the bleedin'...
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    At last, van back and jigsaw to the ready...

    Well folks, after much talk and little work, I got the Sprinter back from being serviced, mot'd and tidied up. Took an extra day or three as I had to get a new centre bearing hanger for the long propshaft. Basking in the near thirty degrees of heat here in the north Highlands, I got the jigsaw...
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    Fiamma water tank connections

    Hi all, I'll shortly be installing the Fiamma water tank and my question is regarding the supplied connectors; The tank comes with the outlet connector in the kit, you drill out where you want to fit it and install. So, is there anything I should know first, like is the supplied seal up to...
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