Author Archives: whatton

About whatton

Family guy with a motorbike, VW Camper and a camera. Electrical Engineer and compulsive tinkerer. Have been known to tie one on now and again.

Finally Finished

After a year of trying to find a way of getting the doors I wanted on the cheap I decided to bite the bullet. I measured them up and ordered them from a custom kitchen company in Leeds. They’re fitted … Continue reading

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Summer In Europe Trip 2010

Daily trip reports now posted. Click on links at top of this page.

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Getting There

Another two days on the van, lots of work with not much to show for it. I remade three of the doors that I’d cut the wrong size the first time. All hung now. Did a lot of small jobs, … Continue reading

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I’ve Got The Power

Electrics and plumbing were on the cards this weekend. I got the leisure battery fitted and connected. Then 2nd fixed the 240v power and the 12v lighting. I need to alter the labeling on the 12v fuse and switch panel, … Continue reading

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It Started With A List

Wrote up what was needed to complete the build on a white board in the garage. Quite a few bits left to get on with. On Saturday I started on the temporary kitchen worktop. I had some Formica covered marine … Continue reading

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Cupboard Love

Today I had a bash at the cupboards again. First I needed to add a few more bits of framing for where doors would go. Then lay the frame on the sheeting and mark out the cuts. I used a … Continue reading

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Hiding The Battery

I wanted my leisure battery hid away under the drivers seat. The problem was that it didn’t quite fit. I decided to raise the seat, the passenger seat has a swivel on it so it was already higher that the … Continue reading

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Pop Top Roof

Had the Pop Top Roof fitted a couple of weeks ago by a company in Sheffield called Vamoose. I had it sprayed the same colour as the van as I’m not too keen on the plain white ones that you … Continue reading

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Biscuits And Glue

Started the day mucking out the garage. Then onto the bit I’d been looking forward to.  Building the cabinets. I’ve not used any screws or nails.  Just biscuits and glue.  Nice and easy to use and makes strong joints. First … Continue reading

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And So It Continues.

Had a good weekend working on the van. Saturday:  Got the last of the wiring installed and then fitted the lined ply sheets to the walls. Then made a start on the floor. Sunday:  Spent all day getting the Nora … Continue reading

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Split Charge Wiring Diagram

I’ve spent a while deciding on how I want the electrical install to work in the van.  I’ll plan the layout of the lights, sockets and pump later. This is the preliminary plan.  The intelligent split charge relay will be mounted … Continue reading

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Change Of Plan.

I was going to carpet all of the back of the van, covering up all the the blue. Tried a test piece and it was a nightmare to do and would have looked like a bodge. So spent the weekend … Continue reading

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Fitting “Fasp” Seat Swivel

Fitted a swivel for the front seat today. Easy ten minute job, and the thing does what it’s supposed to do, it swivels the seat to face backwards. To fit it, the seat was removed from the base by undoing … Continue reading

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Leisure batteries?

Who’d have thought it would be so hard to choose a leisure battery? After a lot of trawling around I’ve gone for an Elecsol 110-12V 110Ah Carbon Fibre Deep Cycle Battery. It gets endorsements from The Caravan Club, Auto Trail … Continue reading

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Cooker and Sink Acquired

Found a cooker and sink combination that will fit in the narrow worktop and has two separate glass lids. It’s a Smev MO922L. It came with all the pipe and conections required, even the gas bottle regulator. Bought from here … Continue reading

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Floor Panel And A 1st Attempt At Carpeting

On Sunday I had a go at re-covering the side panels. The old grey carpet was a pain to get off but the new carpet went on easily. The Kingspan insulation got fitted and gaps filled with expanding foam. Then … Continue reading

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Stripping Continues

Early Saturday start on stripping it out. The grey carpeting was good quality but not the colour I wanted so it needed ripping out. The ply panels came off easily. Dumped in the garage for re-covering. Theres no insulation behind … Continue reading

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Ripping Out

The first job was to take the second row of seats out as these weren’t needed for the conversion. I stuck them on ebay for £100 and they sold within a day which was unexpected. With the seats out I … Continue reading

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1st Things 1st

The van was bought in Devon with 46k miles on it. It’s a T4 2.5 SWB. The previous owner had put two side windows in it and carpeted it in grey. There was also a second row of three seats … Continue reading

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