No, because I don't have a suspicious sort of mind (she lied...)
Well its good news and bad news on the log book front. Posted it a week last Monday, luckily I used recorded delivery. Still no record of it being delivered today so the post office have admitted that they have lost it, and a phone call to the DVLA confirmed the same.
Online the cost of a replacement log book is 25 quid, so ive claimed that, a fiver for the full page colour photos, and the postage back from the royal mail. However when I told the DVLA the same story they said that they'd send one out today, I had to fill in the changes again and resubmit it with some more photos. Total cost nothing, so i'm 30 quid up on the deal!
Just hope they dont lose it again as I could do with getting the paperwork sorted!
So since the post office set about losing my log book and i'd had to pay them for the privelidge, i've been doing a bit more to the van. Of course it was finished before I sent the log book off your honour, but it's always evolving..
Cut a 4 inch hole in the roof for the mushroom vent above the cooker, and a 6 inch hole in the ceiling cladding to allow me to fit it. Note spice rack in position, cable for the fan, and the cable coming out the wall with a tyrap to stop it disappearing - this will get a little 20mm diameter illuminated switch fitted which will operate the fan (more later)
Made up a silicone gasket and a 25mm spacer out of plywood for the vent. Spacer is made by cutting a hole in a piece of ply with a 6 inch holesaw, then cutting another hole in the 6 inch disk with a 4 inch holesaw, with the screw holes filed to suit. Then painted black and siliconed to make it waterproof.
Originally I was going to fit the fan as shown just bolted through the panelling but I considered that venting steam into the cavity with a fan might force it down behind the cladding and insulation so that idea was abandoned.
I'd originally looked at a 12v mushroom vent, but luckily I asked the guy at Magnum Motorhomes to put it on a battery and try it. I'd asked him if it was quiet enough to sleep with whilst operating and his reply was "probably" which wasn't reassuring. Turns out that if you live next to an airport then his answer was probably correct, otherwise its just taking the piss!
I would consider it too noisy to have operating during the day never mind at night, and told him so. "Well you won't get any quieter mate" was a challenge that I was more than willing to take up, even if just for sheer bloody-mindedness and so a plan was hatched.
I bought a silent 120mm pc case fan off ebay for less than a tenner. Pulled the yellow speed sensor wire off as not required.
Tested various plastic signs etc at work until I found one that would melt when MEK cleaner was applied to it. This meant that it would glue with PVC pipe cement.
Made a flange adapter out of it by cutting it to the size of the fan...
Marking the centre...
and drilling through with a 4 inch holesaw...
I then took a piece of 4 inch PVC pipe and turned the ends parallel on the lathe. This was then glued to the flange adaptor with PVC pipe cement to give...
Finally drilled four holes to suit the fan and mounted it, giving the complete fan assembly
This was then sikafexed to the original mushroom vent as below. I've got a bit of boxing in to do but its next to nothing. I've also got a stainless finger guard for the bottom of the fan once the sealant has set. Note screws turned round so that fan can be removed in future if required.
Tested fan, it is virtually silent - yet to try it at night but these fans will quite happily run on 7 volts so if it is a bit noisy a 50 ohm resistor in the power line will quieten it right down. Fan is also now sealed so anything it sucks in goes outside which has got to be a bonus. Thanks for nothing Magnum Motorhomes!
Also we decided that we wanted a headboard in the van some time ago. The bed as previously stated is six foot two, more than enough for us so once photos were done headboard was started. You lose approx four inches of mattress, although technically the bed is still 6'2" long for the measurement police, but the top four inches are unuseable...
Pallet wood construction as usual, celotex insulation, ply backing.
Loads of sanding done, bit more filling done. Loads of staining, varnishing and painting to be done and i've got the heater to fit at some point in the future but it's useable as it is!
Last edited by Rick69; 11-03--2017 at 03:54 PM. Reason: My spelling is getting worse...
I'd been looking at reversing cameras on Ebay and the interweb. Seems to be two schools of thought, buy a cheap one as they are ok and dont buy a cheap one, they are crap (mainly from the manufacturers of expensive ones!
I wasn't prepared to pay over £100 for one so thought fuck it, ill try a cheap chinese one and see how we get on. Bought this one http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2626419919...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT for under £25, unpacking it all seems a bit plasticcy, but I powered it up and all looked good (well as good as a picture of me looking into a fish eye reversing camera can)
I didn't want it on all the time, so I shortened the power cable to the monitor and soldered it to the power lead that runs with the video lead from the camera. Earthed at the nearest convenient point. I also wrapped tape round the plugs so that they don't vibrate loose at some point in the future.
Wanted the monitor out of the way so that it doesn't get mistaken for a sat nav by the brainless thieving hordes and a window broken to attempt to steal it. Came up with the idea of fitting it to the headlining, that way it's hidden when the sun visor is up. I always have the visor down in my vehicles so it wont be a problem when it comes time to use it. Snapped off the crap mount behind the monitor and drilled a couple of holes with a holesaw in the headlining material to allow the cables through. Good dollop of sikaflex for longevity, and some hot melt glue for an instant fix and it was stuck in position. (yes, I know the headlining needs a good clean before any kindly person points it out!)
Hidden when the visor is up...
Cable ran to the back of the van alongside some others, tyrapped out of the way. Camera power and monitor power soldered together to the red/white cable on the light cluster (reversing light) Camera earthed to the brown wire (who the hell decided that brown was a good colour for an earth, I mean its not like it's used for anything else in the electrical world is it!)
Camera was mounted near the middle of the drivers side door, purely because I didn't want to shell out for an extension lead so that it could be fitted near the number plate. Once the van is painted nato green, the camera will also get painted and will hardly be visible.
One thing worth pointing out to anyone buying this kit or similar, the hole saw supplied is 22.5 mm. The camera requires a 25mm hole. I used a decent 25mm holesaw and it cut the correct sized hole, it may be that the supplied holesaw is that shit that the hole ends up 25mm (it certainly didnt cost more than 20p to produce) but as I didn't try it I don't know, however bear it in mind...
Camera was set up and is more than good enough for backing up with, certainly worth £25 of anyones money.
Nice work - following this with interest, keep it up! I'm dreaming of doing something like this but a little way off yet.
Well it appears that the post office were a sight more successful in doing their job second time round, checked this morning and letter had been delivered to the dvla. Now hoping it all goes smoothly...
Strange, got a log book in the post this morning, amended to motor caravan and dated 15/3/17 - the same date I posted the replacement log book off.
It would appear that the original was never signed for, and so appeared as lost! At least i'll get some cash for my trouble!
Now hoping that the one I have just sent them to be amended to the same thing doesnt't cause any problems....
The insurance company have said today that they are happy with the photos that i sent them, so the conversion is officially completed.
Since then i have discovered that a couple of changes might make it better for us, so now to "uncomplete" it and fit some bits that we wanted
Awesome job there mate this may come across differently than it's intended to but can I say I love your wood & your van great job