Archive | March, 2013

In time for April fool’s day.

31 Mar

If you think the nv200 is “Bijou”. Check this out

Couple of swivel seats, gas hob and one of those aircraft type inflatable neck braces so you can have a snooze…. cushty!

Possible change to the caravan?

31 Mar

going cockpit s

A bit premature really, but I am a little bored waiting for project to really start properly.
If we find that the current caravan compliments our longer duration breaks away, we may swap the Freedom Microlite for a Going Cockpit. The latter is just 480kg compared to about 580kg for our Microlite. Both have a maximum weight of 750kg. The main reason is to modernise and update our caravan to better match the nv200 campervan. I am trying to establish if we can fit a shower in the Going , which is something I have managed to do in the Microlite. It’s invaluable on sites with no facilities.
We shall try out the existing caravan with the nv200 and then decide what to do.
We cannot praise the Freedom Microlite enough. It really is a “Tardis”, great fun, functional and economical, especially with the Raclet awning.Great for just two people.
(a bit more on this in the post below)

Delivery of the base vehicle is imminent.

31 Mar

nv200 towbar

The “13” registration van is due anytime now. It is then being fitted out with a towbar and electrics so that we can pull our little caravan around. Nissan cab mats are also being fitted. These were recommended by “Daz” and apparently fit very well, totally protecting the cab floor. Once registered we have to transfer our personal plate to the van ( I cannot be bothered to try to do this at registration). The full metal bulkhead has to be removed and then it’s ready to go to the converters. Hopefully the snow drifts are dwindling as I believe the area was badly hit. Will sell the bulkhead, if possible on ebay.Not immediately fitting the alloys as it’s probably better to leave the steel rims on for the duration of the work. The front plastic bumper panel is being sprayed body colour, so just removing any danger of overspray on the alloys. I know it should not happen but one never knows.
There is been some developement on the caravan front. We are in the very early stages of swapping to another little caravan from “Going” as it is much more modern, lighter still (!) than the Microlite LE and looks the part. Lunar are shortly releasing a matching camping trailer for their Vacanza, so it’s not a unique idea to increase space for longer spells away, by any means.Awaiting info from “Going” caravans. I emailed some bizarre queries to them and they probably think that I’m a nutter. More about this later.

Collected the Alloys and tyres today.

28 Mar

17 inch alloy wheel examplehot hatch corner

Due to delay in picking up the van and getting it actually to the converters, we decided to pick up the alloys and tyres from the friendly folk at Hot Hatch Corner in Longton. Chatted with Jamie whilst tyres were fitted and had a quick look at his VW Trident. Gorgeous! The campervan not Jamie ! I can highly recommend them for great value for money deals without the hard sell. You can chat about classic Rallying, cycling, motorhoming and custom car/van styling too.I am sooooooo… pleased with these wheels. 205/40 ZR17 84 WXL extra load tyres fitted for van use. May sell the standard steel wheels and tyres or perhaps keep for everyday winter use. Undecided as yet. Thanks to Paul and Jamie & Staff.

Pete’s van.Some News!

26 Mar

nv200 black modelnv200 black

News from Pete Jones on progress with his project.
My van should be ready for collection at the end of the week- Brand New Metallic Black NV200 N-Tec 110PS 6-Speed but no Air-Con (I love driving with the window open if it’s that warm). I’ve sourced some window glass and will be fitting it myself to the complete left side and the rear doors, the right side will have the units fitted and I can easily add a window in the sliding door at a later time. Ooh.. I’m all excited!!! Pete
Hi Pete, You can even buy a model of your van. 1:43 diecast models are one of my hobbies.Don’t forget to update us on your van and conversion. Dinkum

Lovely things to do in a “dayvan”.

25 Mar

dailymail le tour

The picture shows just a couple of motorhomes alongside the route of the Tour de France. There are literally too many beautiful, interesting places to visit in a dayvan, both in this country and beyond. Not everyone welcomes motorhomes , campervans and dayvans to Le Tour, by the way. see for example.A great sincere blog from someone who cares about his hobby.

What we do in our “dayvans”. Visit the Severn Bore and watch surfers (nutters) risking Lyme disease! Visit castles of Wales, Scotland and England. A few days out there ! Picnic by the rivers and lakes of the Peak and Lake Districts. Follow some Wainwright Walks from your mobile “basecamp”. Cycle the Camel Trail, the Tarka Trail and the North Wales cycle paths. Visit the reservoirs in Wales and the Peak District. Go birdwatching at the marshes and fens.
It’s just endless , and wonderful…………….

Think this one from Ely Boat Chandlery will fit.

24 Mar

elyboatchandler waeco cr-50

This “new” design Waeco is 384mm wide, 536mm high and importantly just 447mm deep. I think it may fit under the gas hob/basin combo. Got to check this with the converters. It has no gas facility which is OK because it sits in front of the offside slidng door so no place to fit a gas flue. So 12v/240v only. A good specification for £485? May as well spend the kid’s inheritance . LOL !
There is an alternative RIR 205 W (LEC) from RV-Fridges which is only 440mm deep but cannot get a price without phoning tomorrow.

Opinions needed. Your experiences with fridge or cooler.

23 Mar


At present the layout does not include a fitted fridge. We thought that using our existing, trusty, coolbox will do the job. We want to keep chilled foods cool for sandwich making during the day. bacon, cheese , milk and margarine with the odd beer if it’s good weather.
Could possibly fit a fridge under the hob/basin. Otherwise it’s the coolbox, behind the rear seat or in temporary use in the habitation area.If we have a fridge it will have to be compact, 12v/240v only and they look expensive. We should be getting 12v powerpoints throughout the van. What’s your vote?

Quotation accepted !

21 Mar

deal done

The quotation came through the post today. It was within 2 to 5% of the estimate I calculated. I had completely forgotten that VAT would be added (!) so the grand total was quite a bit higher than the planned budget, but tax is tax. Because the quotation closely followed my own estimate, This has given me confidence that we are not being ripped off and confirms our positive impression of the converters. Which is nice……
We have already asked for some extra work to be carried out and we await further quotes for colour coding the black front bumper panel and a wind-out awning. Sent the cheque off for the 10% deposit. Even more excited about this project now !

Is the nv200 big enough to be a “real” Campervan?

19 Mar

blonde little man touristaverage human dimensions

There has been a lot of discussion and comment on the size and suitability of small Campervans on my favourite website The avarage man is apparently 5ft 9inches tall and 18inches wide at the shoulder. An average lady is a little shorter. A typical rock and roll bed (VW camper and Dinkum nv200) is about 1200mm wide and at least 1773mm long.
An average couple will therefore be able to lay full length and side by side with a little space to spare. Now the question is, “do you both sleep on your sides?” or “do you spoon together?” If you do then you will probably have enough space to sleep. The little guy above is a pretty good likeness for the proportions of the author (see below)……….. So we should not have too much trouble bed-wise. The raising roof will give ample headroom for the average person. The key will probably be storage space but need the quotation (due tomorrow) before we can comment further. The true test will be when our campervan is put in use. More later.
Dinkum is in his 5th decade but still is not allowed on some rides at Alton Towers……….. AND: before you ask, Daz !the little guy’s bag is a suitcase and NOT my wallet!