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Reply #150 - Aug 1st, 2017 at 10:06pm

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Thanks for the update John.  Looking good.l
 

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Reply #151 - Aug 10th, 2017 at 9:31pm

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I have now started on the inside fit out of the camper.
I had a few ideas when I started to build the camper but as I went on things changed due to costs and a change of direction.
One thing we wanted was a shower and toilet inside, this has been rethought through many times as I have been building it, but it now has taken shape, along with the inside benches.

The other problem I had was with the fridge. When I first started the fridge was to slide out beside the door, on the out side. But due to a new fridge I have had to rethink this plan. I first tried to build it inside, bur it was not a good fit. So back to plan A, alter the angle grinder was used a new hole size was made to give the fridge the space I needed.

I am now working on the inside storage drawers and shelving and bench top.
 
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Reply #152 - Aug 20th, 2017 at 7:58pm

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Have only just seen your update John and am amazed at the strength you are building into it.

When I look at how commercially made vans are put together I often wonder how they dont fall apart, mine included.
 

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Reply #153 - Aug 21st, 2017 at 7:26am

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Derek I guess the reason is weight, I new from the start of my build it will be heavier than most. Since I started with it I think as I work through the things the weights have increased a bit due to changing things as I go.
I do add the ideas into my plans on the computer and then up date the weights though.
My slide out kitchen is an example, I compared the weight built wit 12mm ply, all aluminium or steel framed with aluminium sheeting. I have now started building it and I am going with the steel frame option, which actually should be lighter than the ply design I started with.
The thing is though as I have started it I came up with other ideas which has put weight back onto it.
 
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Reply #154 - Aug 21st, 2017 at 9:28pm

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Here is where I am at the moment with my kitchen.
I had originally thought I would use a swing down door, but half way through building it I changed my mind and made a sliding door attached to the kitchen itself.

The door front is a bolt on and has the locking handles fitted.

The sink and all the drawer sliders are fitted, I plan on folding the drawers out of aluminium but I still think I might use stainless steel for the bench tops.

Pots and pans will be stored in the compartment beside and under the sink.

My biggest problem is I don't have enough room to open the kitchen drawer out in my shed at the moment, as it hits my work bench before it is fully out, by about 150mm. I need to move the camper over to allow me to finish the kitchen of, but it will wait for now though.
 
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Reply #155 - Sep 12th, 2017 at 8:48pm

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As I have gone on with my build I have thought I should have made the roof actuators adjustable, to allow for changes that I have made. So before I go any further I thought now is the time.

With a bit of 5/8 threaded rod and a frame around the 50mm box this is what I am trying.

I still need to do this to the rear actuators, but for now I am working on the front storage box and also starting to run all the wiring through the wall cavities ready for the sheeting.
 
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Reply #156 - Sep 12th, 2017 at 9:22pm

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Ahhhhh, the technical bits.

Any 240 volt wiring John or just 12 volt???
 

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Reply #157 - Sep 13th, 2017 at 6:50am

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The technical bit all right. I have wire from one end of my shed to the other, as the heavy wire I need to run through the chassis was coiled up as it is nearly impossible to pull through  with the coils.

Mostly 12v but I will have some 240v. I plan on using the the CMS DIY  system for the 240v, that you can buy from caravanplus.com.au. I have a sparkie who will inspect it and connect the circuit breaker earth wire to the chassis, as this is all I require him to do using this system.

https://www.caravansplus.com.au/cms-circuit-breaker-loom-assembly-with-remote-ea...

https://www.caravansplus.com.au/cms-diy-240v-15amp-power-inlet-p-11042.html

I have a 40a battery charger, 600w/1200w pure sine wave inverter and solar regulator with 360w of solar panels to fit as I wire it up.
I just hope I have got enough room with the holes I drilled to fit all the wire though.
 
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Reply #158 - Sep 13th, 2017 at 8:04am

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Ahhhh, was going to suggest you having a look at that.  Both my last caravan and my current motorhome have the CMS System.  Seems to be a Jayco thing.

Was very handy when my circuit breaker stopped working on the caravan.  Simple process to just unplug the old one and plug in a new one.
 

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Reply #159 - Sep 15th, 2017 at 7:59am

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I have started making the doors for the front storage area. The right door will have the hot water mounted onto it plus access the water filters and grey portable water tank.

The left hand is larger to give room to fit the generator and out board motor when I take it.

I have also fitted the first of the wall sheeting inside the storage area, so I can mount the water filters to the wall. Now they are in place the shelving can be built around them.

I now need to get some of the plumbing done as well, as it will be easier now rather than later on in the build.
 
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