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Go on - you must still have a switch for Blues & Twos :D

There is a lot going on in there, more than just a bit of vehicle electrics. There are even a couple of Cat5 patch leads going somewhere.
 

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Hey Van-Blanc First must say following and enjoying your build thread and well impressed.

Yeah I got a hankering for the blues n twos. Two tone is still on there with a push of a button, blues are there but only the wires have been taken off. shhhh was like that when I bought it.

Those Cat 5's yep, One lot has the ambulancy bits on the dash, those woo woo and flashing things, got all modes. 999, hospital arrival mode, on scene mode, turns off my reversing beeper, to my neighbours glee and Turns on the outside floodlights, they are seriously bright I'll miss those if I do the changes. Great for backing into my drive at night, and it does the aircon.

Headlights still flash one to another though with the 999 emergency button. Brilliant when you are on a single track in the dark and a little tiny car doesn't want to reverse 2 foot into a passing place. :D It's like magic.

The other one runs to the living bit, once ambulancy room, does the interior lights and the sidedoor footwell extractor fan.
Nice and neat next to my Kitchen. Can see it on the left.

I'll miss it when i take the panel away next year, but ill have a nice hole for a car radio for some tunes while I'm doing my sausage n beans.

 

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Quick story with the Ambulance, when I first bought her it had most of the stickers on there. Looked well ambulancy.
I was driving home in the winter, she was being refitted inside no beds and such. A lorry decided it couldn't drive in a straight line and come off the road into a ditch. So there's me stuck on the single track only 4 miles from home. I just parked up and decided to wait for the recovery thing to pull it out, didn't want to drive the 80 miles around the other side of the loch to get home from the other side.

Right so. There's me in my heavy duty winter jumper. Yep Navy blue styled just like an ambulance guy. Total coincidence had it for years.
Car came along it was pitch black almost 1 am. I waved the car down to tell him road was blocked. Was a police car. Guy leaned out of the window and said, "What you guys doing here. No ones hurt."

Didn't have the heart to tell him I wasn't what he thought. Just said "yep heading home now"
 

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And so it begins.

Rained hard last night and that leak is just as bad as it was before I did that sealing job. Liquid rubber is on it's way. I'll put on the rubber on a dry day but I'll wash the roof in the rain I'm going to get soaked anyhow. I'll size up and put on the solar panel brackets before it gets rubbered. Boss is under orders to take photos of the job from the upstairs window while I'm doing it all so some in progress pics on here will be good for a laugh.

Ambulance charging thing is totally not working now, it's draining my battery that is on the side that actually charges. So it's totally useless. Disconnected it all before it messes up my batterys.

Decision made now. I found the split charge relay for the van, it's in the engine compartment. Costed the part up, about 100 quid. Probably as its an ambulancy part doing two batteries. I dont think so! I'll put in my own system for half that price. No more battery drains. yep it started to drain my main battery too. Not having any of that, I just bought a new one. Going to pull out all the relays in that big box except the one that does my aircon and the reverse beeper. No more woo woos and flashing headlights :(

Then just wire the lot into the nice neat battery compartment thats under the van already. Bonus as my electrics I've already done are under the seat that is right above said compartment no holes needed. T:

But did the important job today went online and bought loads of sausage and beans and pot noodles ready for the upcoming trips.
 

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Good news the beans and sausage has turned up.
I'll be doing the leak soon enough, still hacking down with rain here so decided to sort the electrics inside while I'm waiting.
I got the gist of wiring it all, simples, but,
I now have two batteries joined in parallel with that heavy battery cable, simple enough, but when I run the feed from the batteries to the new van electrics fuse box. What gauge wire do I need to power it all. Then which size cable do I need to wire the lights and USB sockets?
I didn't blow myself up when I did the gas but the thought of the whole lot caching fire if I use the wrong cable is a bit daunting.
Cheers in advance.
 

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Good news the beans and sausage has turned up.
I'll be doing the leak soon enough, still hacking down with rain here so decided to sort the electrics inside while I'm waiting.
I got the gist of wiring it all, simples, but,
I now have two batteries joined in parallel with that heavy battery cable, simple enough, but when I run the feed from the batteries to the new van electrics fuse box. What gauge wire do I need to power it all. Then which size cable do I need to wire the lights and USB sockets?
I didn't blow myself up when I did the gas but the thought of the whole lot caching fire if I use the wrong cable is a bit daunting.
Cheers in advance.
This Cable Sizing Wizard is quite handy - http://circuitwizard.bluesea.com/#

It is a US Resource so uses AWG Sizes. You can convert the AWG sizes to Metric with the table here in this link here - https://www.victronenergy.com/upload/documents/AWG to Metric Conversion Chart.pdf

So just a matter of working out what kind of current draw you will have, add some leeway and you should get the answer.
And the most important thing …. always add fuse protection close to the energy source i.e. Battery on every cable coming out (I have a heavy (50mm) cable from battery to a master distribution fuse box via a 250A fuse; then a 16mm Cable from that fuse box to a multi-way Spade Fuse Box, protected by a 100A fuse)
 

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Went up on the roof today, considering it was fairly nice to give the roof a wash ready for the rubber the next dry day we get. Well blow me down, na wasn't windy up there just cold, I gave it a good scrubbing and under the dirt was a hairline crack about 2 inches long. 6 inches or so from the repair I did. Tried a photo but it doesn't show up.
Yay, think I finally found it, It's got to be that one.
Thought may as well wash the whole van while I'm at it, Not so embarrassing now its clean again. Forgot it was white.

Made a start on the rewire, all my 12v sockets work again now. No pops, bangs, or smoke. Feed to the fridge and heater to do next but thats simples. If only I could get an old fashioned wire coat hanger to thread wire to my ceiling lights without having to take the whole lot down.

All in all a good productive Sunday.
 

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I really hope so. I often have a plan B. If this doesn't work then for plan b I'd get the old family sized tent out of the wall space. I Mean it's huge this tent. One of those with 3 bedrooms on it. Cut it up and glue the whole thing to the roof.
 

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Was a nerve racking day yesterday, put on the rubber paint over the suspect areas like the instructions said before doing the whole thing. Had to wait 4 hours till it dried. Would you believe the sky went from blue to grey as soon as I finished. There was lots of looking out the window. Watching my clock and saying don't rain you.. well you get the idea. All was well.
I had to doctor the photo here so the white stuff showed up.
The suspect crack you can now see where it was. It's the pokey out part at the end after the aerial dome thing.

Been raining all night and it's raining now so fingers crossed. I'm going in for a look shortly. I'm trying to pluck up the nerve.

 

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Party poppers away. No leaks. Not a drip. So spent a solid week rewiring a while back. Proper job this time around. Fuse box, fuses, wires the right size and a cut off switch just in case. Decided to put in a couple of new 12v sockets while I was at it and got a nice inverter to set up tomorrow for a proper TV. No more squinting at a tablet at night in bed. Took the ceiling down in the toilet room and fitted a new LED light as the other down lighter was a bit power hungry. Amazing how an amp or 2 mounts up.
Refitted just one solar panel and would you believe no wonder the batteries wouldn't hold last year. Duff controller box. All's great now we have 2 and a half days off grid before we hit the 50% drain.
Testing a timer on my 3 way 12v fridge. should cost me a days worth of power but If that works woohoo, if not I'll just swallow hard and buy a compressor one
Then again I'm tight I could always just run the engine for a little while. We'll see.
Aiming to refit the toilet with plastic panels to go with the new porta potty before season end.
Missus is sewing some new covers for the seats while all this is going on.
Really got the bug now.
Pictures soon.
 

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Busy times and ups and downs
Leaked again, should have kept my mouth shut. I'll go up and get crazy with flashing tape. I found the thing, New one. Its on the skylight. Corner of the rubber isn't too clever. Simple fix flashing tape and that rubber stuff over the top.

Fridge timer idea didn't work. Batteries went flat after 2 cycles of 45 minutes. Well suppose if it did no one would buy a compressor fridge. :D Almost bought one until can't find one exactly the same size as my Electrolux RM 123E. With the messing about almost wrecking the inside of the thing doing the electrical refit, I'm not doing a kitchen again for the sake of a fridge. I like my kitchen in there. I'll just use it on camp sites with hookup and get a colmans coolbox the one that last a couple of days for the dogs meat and a tub of flora. We only go away for 2 days at a time so it will suffice.

Now the good stuff
I mentioned flat batteries. I did a tester, left them flat at night, looked in the morning, 13.6 volts back. yeah panel's working, shut off the power from the panel left it half hour and at 11 30 AM 2.7 volts showing on my meter. So at least that works. doesn't sound right charging that quick but I'm not overthinking it. I have power again.

Fitted the TV. Wired an inverter under the seat where the new electrics are put the inverter on my timer, aha see use everything me. Socket comes on at 9pm and turns off at 3am. Only use the TV for a couple of hours at night so be able to fall asleep to star trek a happy bunny.

Put in a waste water tank under the sink. Got a tap on the tank to a hose that leads outside that I can turn on from the cupboard. Not pretty, but works and cost a grand total of 7 quid to do. Piccies of that when I take them.

Toilet tomorrow, refit the ceiling, put up the new light and give it a bit of decoration to go with the new porta potty.

Clean it up and away we go.

Heres the picies from the refit, mouldy wall sorted now by the way.

My poor kitchen


Wire going through


Start of the wiring, I thought that was messy then, should see it now, I had to do a diagram to remind me what's what, I'll forget in a few weeks.


Tomorrows job get the ceiling back up.
 

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And shes done. Just in time the sun has started to break through.
Chinese Diesel heater works great, its actually warmer in the van than indoors so watched a bit of TV in there.
Mandy the wife made some midge nets out of white muslin. Shes making a big one for the side door and the back opening when we open it right up. Thats a cheaper way of doing things we've used before.
All the seats have been recovered in a darker blue More turquoise I think and everything works again.
I was getting to the stage of hating the thought of another day working on her but now its finished it's all ahh and love again.

Pictures of the finished article soon but pretty much looks like it did in the previous finished photos with a TV on the wall. I'll get to work on the bodywork next, ready for the spray, and in a few months get her MOT ready all set for end of season. but when is the end of season? We have a heater that costs pennies to run now.
 

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Leak update, would you believe it only comes in with really fine rain, I found it by checking the brown water that was oozing through, yep skylight. So armed again with trusty gorilla tape up I went. Hoping it holds.

Side note on our cheapness. Bought muslin off ebay for 20 quid, midge proofed the back and side doors and the window that opens. Real midge net would have cost over 100. Was out last weekend midges were on form, not a blighter got in, could see them trying but not a one.

Here's the roof Gorilla tape, got to love that stuff.
 

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All good things come to an end as they say.
Steering lock packed in. Seeing that it's a refit and a reprogram of the lock/key barrel unit that's all one thing. Cheapest quote from someone that would actually do it was 700. Yes that's 700 (inc VAT woo hoo vat included well impressed) quid for a steering lock. Need that working for the new MOT rules now, No workarounds. I could fit a basic lock non ecu based and use another key to start the thing using the original barrel hidden under the dash but the immobiliser part in the key barrel started playing up so it only a matter of time.
So that's that. Needs other work done for the MOT (out on Tuesday) which will bring the price over what I paid for the van itself. And with its little faults makes it unviable now. So with bitten lip its time for her to go. I'll use it as a spare room in the driveway kinda summer house, the view is nice from where I live until I save and get another van. Then scrap it. Not a VW next time that's for sure. Try finding someone with the reprogramming equipment. Hens teeth a rarer.


I'll get myself a transit ( yeah blasphemy on here sorry people) but at least every garage I know have the machines for transits and when that's bought strip out ol' amber and make it fit in that one way or another.


Enjoyed the three years we had out of it, Did get out moneys worth in holidays so it doesn't owe us anything.


Happy camping. 12 really good wild camp outings this year (tot that up against campsite or hotel costs).
Wishing you all many more.
Len AKA Little George
 

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Been a while since I've been on here. Broke my wrist in winter, then came the troubles so not had a lot to do lately. Been using the van as a summer house. After a lot of oohing and ahhing Shes getting fixed. First job get that handbrake working again. Man these things wear out quick.
Second. Fit a steering column lock without immobiliser that cost me 50 quid. put the immobiliser whole lot under the dash. Use the key there and get a button and have it on push start.
Third fix anything else that needs doing for an MOT. I haven't got an infinite budget but wont be using it until next year now so. Bought good tools, that LT46 manual from ebay and a big ol trolly jack. Now wait for the rain to stop and in I go.

I think I've nailed the battery drain. All's good after a week. Think it was a bad earth. Short one from the battery, Wire was hot. Earth wires are not meant to be hot so there ya go. Took the bolt out and cleaned it up. back in and cold wire, no drain. And the gorilla tape ages back actually sorted that long standing leak.

Think its a case of better the devil you know with this van.
Mechanically it's sound I think thats the main thing. Niggly small jobs fixed myself makes it viable again. I mean how hard is it undoing and redoing bolts. I'll learn as I go.
 
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