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    Van now away for conversion

    Said goodbye to the van today.

    Van.jpg
    Now winging it's way down to Greenline Leisure to get their Rear Galley Conversion treatment. Should get it back end of June / beginning of July

    I'll probably have more questions now that this project is becoming more real!
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    #2
    Crumbs, that seems a long time to me? But what would a mere caravanner know about such things! I shall look forward to some photos of the completed conversion being posted when you do eventually get the van back, anyway, just 'cos I'm nosey! Hope the converters do a good job.
    Cynthia.

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      #3
      Plenty of summer left to get out and play when you get it back. Something to look forward to.

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        #4
        Gregor Exciting times! Were you involved in planning the layout?

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          #5
          Originally posted by CJ. UK View Post
          Gregor Exciting times! Were you involved in planning the layout?
          It's mostly their standard layout, with the front seats swivelling round to give the seating area that converts into 2 single beds or 1 double bed and behind that the kitchen area in a galley style. I think it's not a million miles from the layout of some of the Romahomes that many of you have here.

          There are some choices that will be tailored to my preferences:

          I've chosen the fabrics for the seat covers
          It will have a fixed high roof, rather than a pop-top
          3 power sockets, rather than the standard 2
          Hob and Oven, rather than Hob and Grill
          TV ready
          Motorhome style windows with integral blinds and fly-screens
          Heating
          Waste water tank

          I think that's about it - really looking forward to it now!

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            #6
            Ummmm a sink? or did you just forget to mention it.

            Mind you a washing up bowl on a flat surface will suffice and then just jettison the water.

            I like the idea of an oven an no grill since,in general, they are pretty useless and the space might as well be of benefit by installing an oven

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              #7
              Originally posted by SandraM View Post
              Ummmm a sink? or did you just forget to mention it.
              Sandra - I was just thinking about what was tailored for me rather than standard - yes it has a sink (see photo). Also, photo of Oven rather than Grill.

              Sink.JPG
              Oven.JPG

              P.S. Sorry, don't seem to have mastered the art of uploading photos - they seem to be showing twice!
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              Last edited by Gregor; 17-04-2018, 04:49 PM.

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                #8
                I'm looking forward to admiring her when she is finished
                Last edited by SandraM; 17-04-2018, 05:38 PM.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by SandraM View Post
                  I like the idea of an oven an no grill since,in general, they are pretty useless and the space might as well be of benefit by installing an oven
                  Some ovens are duel purpose. Our incorporated grill is much more efficient than traditional style.
                  Looks and sounds great Gregor. Bet you’ve been looking over those adventure maps already

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Gregor View Post
                    P.S. Sorry, don't seem to have mastered the art of uploading photos - they seem to be showing twice!
                    Don't worry Gregor, it doesn't matter

                    If you don't want the duplicates to show at the bottom choose one of the options 'small, medium or large' (medium is best) after you have uploaded them to the post.
                    There's more help regarding photos in the help section if you want to know more.

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                      #11
                      Got an update with photos today - progress is a little slow and it looks like it'll be early August now before it's all complete.

                      "We made a bit of progress this week. The photos show your van up on the lift with the roof cut out and the openings for the windows, the final fitting of the windows is done later, we have the internal trim panels for them made and ready. Also shown is the LPG tank in position."

                      SM LPG Tank 1.JPG

                      SM LPG Tank 2.JPG

                      SM Van Roof and Windows Cut Out.JPG

                      He says there's been more progress and he'll have a little more to show soon - will keep you updated!



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                        #12
                        Exciting times. Are you having everything wax oiled or undersealed while the converter has it

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by SandraM View Post
                          Exciting times. Are you having everything wax oiled or undersealed while the converter has it
                          Hi there - was just planning to let him do whatever he normally does, not sure if this is part of it or not. Are there benefits or drawbacks to getting this kind of thing done?

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                            #14
                            Gregor - there are no drawbacks to having the van waxoiled - it needs to be redone every couple of years. As your van's underside is being drilled etc to fit gas cylinders - possibly water and waste tanks the integrity of the factory rust protection has been breached so it is probably a good idea to get it waxoiled before it hits the road. Unfortunately as commercial vehicles vans are built to have quite a short life - 5 to 10 years. Whatever the designers originally intend the "bean counters" will trim the excess pre-production whether the van is built in Germany or China.
                            Another point to consider is - spring assisters. The van's suspension has been designed with an expectation that for a part of its life the van will be standing / running empty, camper vans / motorhomes are part laden all of the time. Without water, gas cylinders, clothes, food, awnings and other essential paraphenalia we load into the van. There is the weight of the furniture, the roof, lining, captains seats etc., even the window glass weighs more than the metal chopped out for the windows! I estimate most camper vans are using 2/3s of their designed payload in fixtures and fittings.
                            Jon
                            Amor omnia vincit et nos cedamus amori
                            https://smallromahome2oldies1largedo...logspot.co.uk/

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                              #15
                              Update - 2 more photos.

                              "They show the roof strengthening frame fitted and a start on the lining and insulation and cutting the cabinetwork to the van's side profile"

                              SM Roof Strengthening and Lining 2018-06-29 16.22.05.jpg

                              SM Start of Cabinet Work 2018-06-29 16.22.33.jpg

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