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  • Birthday 11/01/1984

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    2002 Volvo V40 T4 Sport.
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    1990 abbey 516 gt.

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  1. Well yesterday was a catalogue of failure really, standstill on the a47 between swaffham and Norwich, lenwade for those that are familiar, I should mention at this early stage that the rain hadn't been too bad thus far, so naturally assumed an accident had stopped traffic flow, good old Google says there's a 1h 23m delay, and I was like well no the whole journey home to beccles takes less than that (we'd only been at kings Lynn) so I'll follow the phones alternative route. Country lanes = yes 6 foot 6 width restrictions on said roads = yes Serious flooding on some roads = yes Meeting a steady stream of cars coming the other way saying do not attempt where we've just come from because it's literally 3 foot of water flowing along the road like a river = yes 87 point turn into a farm gateway = yes Back on the original route but a mile further back = yes Finally getting past Norwich to find that the a146 is blocked for the same reason of a flooded road = yes 3 point turn into a garage forecourt that's on a slope, completely ground the back legs of the van out while in the middle of the (sloped) road =yes Arrive home 5 and a half hours after we left to find the battery teetering on the edge of life as I'd left all the 12v lights on for the whole way =yes And just to top it off, our friend who'd traveled from Southampton by train on Friday to come with us stuck at ours because of the rail disruption due to the flooding and as such she can't get home= yes. Never ever again.
  2. My under counter fridge idea fell flat at the first hurdle, negative negative, wheel arch in the way error, I knew I should have removed the old one before getting a replacement, but no matter, the local Curry's pc world had a little 500mm high table top one for a decent price so that's perfect. I just built a little shelf out of some MDF and a frame work for it to sit on out of good old 1x1 timber, which luckily matches up with what's in that section of the van already so it all screwed and glued together without a hitch, then it was just a case of removing the little adjustable feet on the front of the fridge and replacing them with bolts that go through the front of the shelf to hold it all solidly in place, with locking nuts to set the correct height, then all I had to do was fab up a couple of brackets to bolt into the pre threaded holes at the bottom of the back end of the unit to get the rear of it nice and steady, there's a handy piece of battoning behind the lower air vent panel on the outside of the van to screw to, then i recycled the piece of ply out of the front door of the old one and chopped it up to box in and then painted it, just the bottom piece to do now as I made a measuring error and dont have enough left now.
  3. No worries Andy, I had already banked on only having a conventional 240v power source available, as truth be told I've hardly ever needed the gas side as we always have ehu, and on the odd occasion we don't is only overnight anyway, the majority of times we use the van is for music events normally so noise wouldn't really be noticeable, festival campsites are hardly ever quiet places haha.
  4. Slight update on this, we were able to pick up a good 2nd hand household under counter fridge which is pretty much the exact same dimensions as the existing broken unit, however I'm quite sure that 500mm is wider than the doorway is, so getting the old unit out, and of course getting the new one in could well prove a challenge, im hoping that at least one of the windows is larger than that otherwise I'm at somewhat of a quandary.
  5. On what planet is reading out 2 sets of numerical codes for latitude and longitude easier than just saying 3 words, it just isn't is it, not really, yeah, if you're experienced with using lat/long then possibly, but for the general population what3words is infinitely more basic. The update has sorted mine out now, I think I do have another one waiting but I'm away and the WiFi is limited where I am, which incidentally is at https://w3w.co/dalmatians.defamatory.doted
  6. This is when I'm not even using it, I'll be doing something completely unrelated and I get a popup telling me the app has crashed, it must run in the background and then just kill itself for some reason, it's only been since Thursday or Friday though, been fine up until then.
  7. a great app, but i have the same issue as the few guys above, constant android popups informing me that what3words has crashed
  8. Just watch the offset too if you suspect they might be car wheels (as well as the load bearing capabilities) as a lot of caravans are a low offset, probably et20 or so, whereas a lot of car wheels will be more like et40, meaning they will sit in closer to the chassis and almost certainly foul it, the lower the et number the more the wheels stick out from the hub centre, I've put 14 inch car wheels which are et43 on my old trailer (built from an ex caravan chassis so it's a standard 90s alko at heart) and had to use 20mm spacers to get the offset close to correct again (et20) this would be highly inadvisable on a caravan though, I only did it with the trailer as it's on car tyres and barely 500kg, although if I ever need to put anything weighty in it I'll switch the wheels over with the caravan as they're luckily the same hubs.
  9. I had one of these, but then the hook up lead got run over so I had to use the end of this to replace it with, I've since bought one of these and fitted it to the outside of the house, I also bought new male and female ends and am planning on buying 20m of new cable as the 15m one I've got has been just a tiny bit too short on the odd occasion on sites, have had to park the caravan at an odd angle to get it to reach.
  10. Gate post 1, caravan 0, oh well, at least I didn't break the light this time, which is good, given that I only fitted these later style ones on Thursday, only the 2nd time I've done it, the drive is barely 3 feet wider than the van and is at 90 degrees to the road, not much room to manoeuvre, I've also grazed the passenger side front bumper on the lamp post that's dead opposite when turning right out of the drive too.
  11. Update to this, yes they are interchangeable, I have britax 9300 saved on eBay so whenever some get listed I get an email, 35 pounds plus postage, the difference is night and day, so much more modern looking, even moreso when I popped the coloured bits out of them and fitted those bulbs that are chrome coloured when off but the correct colour when lit, perfect.
  12. Yep, it's completely had it, it's been on for 4 hours now, making a load of gurgling sounds, ice box is actually warmer than the ambient temperature (and warmer than before I put it on) and the outlet vent on the side of the van is stone cold, and we go away to a music festival on Friday morning, no ehu for 4 days, although I did at least get the gas to light, I didn't realise that the 12v and 240v switches have to be in the off position and the dial for the electronic side has to be on 0, lit on the 2nd click, I have heard claims of removing the unit and turning it upside down as a fix but that's probably an old wives tale, currently awaiting a reply from a friend who has three old tourers that they stripped out for use as kennels for pups as they do dog rescue and rehoming, praying they've kept a fridge that I can buy cheaply, as I'm rapidly running out of time, and payday isn't yet.
  13. I think my best option, owing to the fact we practically never use the gas side of the fridge, is to get my mate who's registered gas Safe to come and de plumb all the gas related side of it and replace it with a regular small household fridge, I don't want to spend a lot because realistically speaking the van is on its last legs, the front wall to floor joint has delaminated so badly which is pretty much unrepairable so far as I can make out, I did do my own repair a year or 2 ago which has improved the rigidity slightly but it's far from perfect, we've had it for nearly 7 years and paid 350 quid for it I think so it's paid for itself many times over in that time, but it's a 1990, it's just had enough.
  14. Got home today and on opening the door of the caravan I was nearly knocked over by the very overpowering smell of ammonia, smelt like the old hair dye you used to be able to get, and we all know what that means, fair to say the fridge is goosed then.
  15. It's within 1.5 degrees side to side and bang on front to back, I've tried to get it perfect side to side but the pitch is sloped so no way of doing it, as once the legs on the low side are down there's no way of lowering the high side, short of letting the tyre down anyway, although I guess I could jack the low side up with the trolley jack I carry and wedge something under the wheel.
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