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Pudsey Bear

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I am by no means an expert, but having been and gone and done it, I might be able to offer some help and advice.

Please see the links in my signatures.

And if you go for it good luck.

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The photos look really good Pudsey.  We don't want to do a self-build but do have a couple of alterations we'd like to do, we thought we had someone lined up to do these but they never got back to us!  One of these things is to convert a cupboard into a drawer, or possibly two drawers.  Ant advice would be gratefully received,
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Pudsey Bear

What an excellent start to the forum.  Like viviva, you have just given me an idea and a nudge.

Thank you.

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Ross

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Pudsey Bear

Is it still on-going?

Is your carver heater gas or gas and electric? What aerial have you used? Do you have a wifi aerial? If so which one? I think the waste traps and disposal pipes are brilliant. Wish all designers moved in your circles.

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@ Ross, No TV antenna, as we have always used a PVR to record stuff and take it with us, we also have a stock of unwatched DVDs which we pick up when the price is right, we take the unopened Focus magazines too, as brain food.

No Wifi Antenna either, I'm not a big data user, so no point.

Re Carver, ours is Gas only, has anyone had the mod done to the cover, pictures please (assuming our Ross has sorted it [biggrin]) wind seems to kill it.

A few jobs left to do, fit new worktop mixer tap when it arrives (£11 from Ebay), blank of the Smev tap hole. Sort out the none working Truma, waiting on a phone call today hopefully. line the over cab shelf with some cloud 9 under felt, then carpet when I find a nice cheap off cut which SWMBO approves.

Waste traps are a means to an end, the whole build virtually designed itself, as some things can only go in particular places, like the bed spans the rear arches, plus about 3 inches, the water inlet position I chose meant the bathroom needed to be a bit further back than I would have built it, but because of this I can shove the drivers seat right back if I need to, and also utilise two spare upper locker doors as map and magazine pockets, although it also caused a panic when the main rib was right where I wanted to put the cassette door, necessitating me having to swap the Thetford internals right to left, and have the loo against the front wall, which had the knock on effect of putting the shower side against the proposed wardrobe, which worked well as I then could mount the shower tap on the wall with the all the piping in the w/robe, which is also where the Shurflo and the Truma live.


The fridge and the oven were the biggest head scratchers, as I wanted the Spinflo oven to be on top of the fridge to open up more below worktop storage space, this, was simply not workable as the van sides curve inwards, pushing the oven forwards into the van, so it now resides, over the carver but under the Smev hob, a bit of a gas piping nightmare as it turned out, but on the plus side they all share the same drop out vent, of which there are 5 so far, very pleased with the Smev 3 burner hob, works a treat, as is the Spinflo Triplex oven, the s/h fridge freezer had a few issues I didn't get to try it out for over a year, so was happy when in turn the 240v, 12v and LPG all worked properly, the happiness vanished when a planned overnight after having the gas cylinder sorted the damned thing wouldn't switch to gas, it turned out that the selector switch was having a bad day, I've given it a good talking to and it has been fine since, I have good access and big hammer should it act up again while away, the Truma also didn't fire up, I'd not had any gas to to check it, so far I've had to get a new PCB for it, and it now works, but only for about 30 mins, so the hunt is on for cure with severely limited funds (pension credit doesn't go enough) I got a glimmer of hope from Robert at Kenmore caravans yesterday, he reckoned it might very well be just a thermocouple, which I can live with.

Enough for now [biggrin]

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Pudsey Bear

Very interesting that you have kept the Carver gas only. When I purchased our old Highlander I was surprised to see that a 240v switch was on the system I switched it on. light illuminated but the water never heated. Eventually, like you, after much scratched of the forehead, I opened up the closed and found that although the wiring had been installed there was no thermocouple. The heater did not have the facility for the insert. I would have to obtain a new jacket. It looks quite and easy job, but do I want to spend £150 just to heat water. Keeping to the gas is so much easier. 

I've just repaired our sink tap. We only had hot water available. The rubber insert valves snapped and the price of replacement was £62. I was amazed when some nice person offered a pair on ebay for £22. Got them and took me almost 5 minutes to repair the old one.

Enough with the hammer joke. it looks like you do what my bride says should be done. Measure twice, then twice again, then cut.

So impressed with your work. Photographs are a boon.

Thank you

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Re the carver, I did consider getting the electric version, but it would have been wasted and yet something else to go wrong, as we also only wild camp, so not many places to actually plug it in, and 20 mins of gas won't be an issue.

I used lots of pictures as it is better than an explanation, the ones you see are only part of the hundreds I took, and kept for my own reference, IE the bottom of the fridge freezer, I must have 20 or more pics from different angles, which once fitted can't be seen from, but I sort of have a 3D knowledge of where everything is, I removed access panels to everything in the van and took pics so I know how everything was before I go in there with my big mits, and forget which wire went where etc.

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Hello Pudsey Bear

How's the build going?  I see, from another forum, that you are fitting a rear facing camera. Any photographs of the fit? How easy was it to do?

Regads

Ross

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It all sounds very impressive Pudsey Bear.  We wouldn't be without a rear view camera, one came as standard on our last car and was so useful that we had one fitted into the campervan.
We looked at several but decided on a similar one to the car, it has coloured guide lines for distance and converging (or diverging) lines to show the position of our vehicle in relation to others whether moving or parked, or indeed people walking past. they might of course all do this! I don't know how easy they are to fit as we didn't do it ourselves'.
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Great job there Pudsey, I have the relay mwb not self built, but I now now where to come for advice I only live about 5 miles away. [smile]
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Hello Pudsey Bear

How's the build going?  I see, from another forum, that you are fitting a rear facing camera. Any photographs of the fit? How easy was it to do?

Regads

Ross


Sorry not been on and didn't get any notifications.

Right Reversing cam, dead easy to fit, drill a hole for the camera cable, gromit and sealant, pick up the power from the reversing light wire at the back of the bulb, take video lead from back of cam through the top lockers, around the driver door rubber, in and under the dash, I used a piggy back from the handily placed fuse board, I didn't bother wiring it into the reversing switch, I just left it manual.


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