I popped in and saw our friendly tyre fitter, Mark the tyreman of Grimsby and got him to fit a couple of new tyres onto the front of the van, wow what a difference, much smoother.
We have just been on a working trip to Essex. Shona and Jessica came to and we parked up on Mum’s drive. One of the great things about FlowerRozy is her size, she can go anywhere a medium sized car can go. Shona and I canvassed an estate called North Melbourne. We shot 7 great families (with a camera that is) and I am looking forward to heading back to deliver them in a couple of weeks. We are offering a really superb deal at the moment. We managed to get hold of some 30 inch stretcher bars at a great price so we are focussing on 30 inch X 20 inch canvasses. No idea if they will sell well but we will see.
FlowerRozy handled herself really well and we slept like logs. The new gearbox is settling in and my mind is working overtime on how to fit some external storage systems. I fancy one on the rear door that opens out into a bench to ahve a BBQ on. We would also manufacture an awning to go on the back. On the top there is room for another storage box but I also want another solar panel so I guess the answer is to manufacture a box with a flat top and put the solar panel onto that. Some careful planning to do.
I saw this post on www.motorhomefacts.com (click here) by very well know motorhomer Don Madge. He has a storage system on the rear door of his panel van and I like this design as it still allows for the opening of the door
Don’s van is in at Timberland Motorhomes being resprayed at the moment but when it comes back I would love to see it.
We used the motorhome yesterday for a trip over to Newark railway station to collect our daughter Penny who had travelled up from Suffolk to spend a few days with us. The gear selector was sticking again, probably because we have not used her much for a while. Popped into see Jack our friendly mechanic who crawled under and whilst I wiggled the gear stick about he sprayed it with lubricant. Seemed a lot better afterwards. When it sticks its very hard to find 1st and 5th gear. Ist makes pulling away at junctions pretty scary as until you actually get going you have no idea whether you are in 1st or 3rd lol.
Going to be doing some more work soon on her. The front locker needs doing. Whislt in Newark I dropped into a well known motorhome dealer for some ideas. I quite liked this idea although I always had hte intention of fitting lockers in the front
Whilst there I also looked at a N&H Flair A class motorhome they had. It was sad to see the state it was in. No idea how old it was but it had damp, you could smell it. But in its hey-day it must have been superb with its classy fixtures and alde wet central heating system. I got another idea as well as to how to rebuild the front bed with sliding slats
Back home I sat there pondering where to buy bed slats from and of course the answer was obvious – Ebay lol. Ebay led me to a very interesting company called Kintech. Kintech make items for all the main caravan companies and will bespoke make an item for you. This caught my eye
I am going to do some measurements and will then ask them for a price although I still fancy constructing my own
Back to the motorhome dealer I also spotted this
which neatly opens out to
So lots of ideas………
We have just been away for 5 nights and I am pleased to say there was no worrying condensation problem. There was some on the metal of the window surrounds and some on the door rbbers bit other than that nothing.
We hung some curtains today across the back doors. Its amazing the difference, makes it see so much more homely. We are almost ready now to get away over New Year. Hope the van manages ok in the freezing condidions. It never feels too bad when I first enter it but I did notice a new pack of wet wipes I left int here the other day had frozen solid
It was really cold outside today, well below freezing but with the heater on in the van it was very cosy. I identified a couple of possible draughts which I will sort. The table got fitted and works really well. I also got the television and sat box all installed. Some good work, I am very pleased
Got high hopes for today. We want to fit the new table, going to look at fitting two leisure batteries, replacing the one cranking battery we have been using and on top of that we want to install the TV.
After a bit of tussling with delivery companies the hinged support for our table arrived this afternoon so tomorrow I reckon its fitting day lol
I bought a stunning little table today for the van. It came from Magnums, lovely black with wooden edges. Sadly Magnums did not have any supports but after a quick post on www.motorhomefacts.com Peejay came up with a link to O’learys with the right thing. Ordered two and will hopefully arrive tomorrow so I can fit