Archive | May, 2020

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.

Just storing this Video before it gets deleted by YouTube

6 May

It’s a long video to watch and it helps if you understand a little about Human Biology but everyone understands how corruption works and how holding people to ransom works. I implore you to watch this, question everything that it says and make up your own mind about what has really been going on. My apologies that it has NOTHING to do with camper vans except that we need to be healthy to use them.

My obsession with travel lead to me making something a little different

3 May

Last year, I spent 5 months in the summer putting together, from scratch, a full size ” Gypsy Caravan” , a Vardo or Bow Top. It has antique cart wheels, a shaft from a very early farm cart and Land Rover springing. The steering is by metal ring ” fifth wheel”. It’s got a transverse raised bed and a super comfortable mattress.

Still a little finishing off to do but it’s almost complete. Hope you like it .

Looking back at our first caravan

3 May

The first caravan we towed with the Kampa was a Freedom Microlite. It gave us a night time base and a ” day van” second room for longer spells away. To allow us to stay on facility free sites, I fitted a shower room in the caravan. It worked very well indeed. The overall experience lead us to then purchase a slightly heavier but vastly more comfortable Elddis Explorer 302 which was laden down with facilities. A very high spec, light, two berth home from home