Dethleffs ‘ electric Caravan

29 Jun

Friend, Martin McDowall came up trumps yet again when he sent this information about the caravan that pulls it’s weight.

https://www.erwinhymergroup.com/en/press/news/dethleffs-ehome-coco

A sofa bunk bed , how cool

28 Jun
Imagine this adapted for camper van self build use !

Another look back.

26 Jun

The kampa is still going strong well into it’s seventh year now. But here is our old Trigano Tribute.

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The Trigano was well sorted. I even fitted a manual wind up TV satellite dish, imported personally from the USA. Cutting the hole in the roof took real confidence ! It was superb, giving us fabulous TV pictures from around the world at the touch of a few buttons. We used to take a fan blown, air cooler with us to France and bought 1 kg packs of ice to keep us comfy on those hot nights in the Loire region. The Kampa goes in to get an error code sorted by diesel specialists , G W Dale of Burslem, Stoke-on -Trent. A P0202 code indicating an open circuit on number two injector. Depending on what they find, I may go the whole hog and get four new injectors fitted. The kampa has done 84,000 miles now.

Wild Camping ? You decide.

26 May

This lady put a great deal of effort into sorting out what is and what is not permitted. I think that she did a great job in explaining the current situation. For me, I think I will stick to campsites but I have mates who regularly still wild camp. Both of my mates are responsible, clean and enviro-friendly, litter free campers.

Error reading P0202 Injector fault.

22 May

Had an Engine warning light come on a couple of times , then resetting and running normally again. This time it seemed more persistent so I searched YouTube for a solution. This worked perfectly for me although I used WD 40 and my airline to clean the connector to the ECU. My engine is similar to the dci 1.5 on a Qashquai.

Job done, all sorted and running normally. Strangely the ESP -off light had come on with the Engine management light but this reset itself after the connector was cleaned.

How to free a seized thread.

19 May

Recently, I had an oxygen sensor seized solid in the exhaust manifold on my Ford Sportka. It would not budge despite being heated, tapped and having an extended lever on the socket. I researched and applied real science to the problem and this is how I easily got it removed.

I bought a tiny bottle of pure Acetone from the chemist. Mine cost just £1.10p
I rooted about in the shed and found some automatic transmission fluid ( ATF)
I mixed about 4 teaspoons of 50/50 ATF and Acetone

On my car, there was a horizontal little ” dish” around the threads of the sensor so I put a couple of teaspoons of the ATF/Acetone mix into the “dish” and left it overnight. Next day I gave the sensor a sharp tap downwards towards the threads and applied some torque to the socket using a half inch square drive lever. It immediately freed off without drama ! There was some resistance to withdraw it. It did not become finger tight and I needed a socket and ratchet but out it came ! I used copper slip on the new sensor and made sure it was sealed back into the manifold. THIS METHOD WORKS. IT IS THE BEST RELEASE ” OIL” THAT I HAVE USED IN OVER HALF A CENTRURY OF DIY MECHANICS.

How it works : The acetone chemically attacks rust , converting it to iron and water and a carbon dioxide gas. The ATF rejects and holds the water. the oil in the ATF acts as a friction reducing lubricant. If the sensor or bolt or nut is at an angle, try making a surrounding funnel around the area to make a “dish” to hold the mixture overnight. I have done this in the past to free seized wire cables on vintage motorcycles.

Seven year itch. Some miscellaneous photos to mark the time gone.

18 May
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One guy’s views on the new DVLA motor caravan specs.

17 May

The DVLA have changed rules covering self build campervans

16 May

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/converting-a-vehicle-into-a-motor-caravan/converting-a-vehicle-into-a-motor-caravan

Please have your say below. Let’s get this put right and assert our rights to freedom to camp economically. First questions : was this decision made by the Government or Civil Servants? Who advised on this? Did the Caravan and Motorhome Club have any involvement, likewise the Caravan and Camping Club? Is this a hangover from EU regulations?

East Neuk high top , compact camper van

13 May

For those needing an all weather , all season compact camper van, this one looks pretty good to me.