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On two other different forums I have come across interesting threads relating to what people have done to their caravans so personalised the caravan and have also done modifications.

As our caravan is still under a year old we are reluctant to do anything at present however I have used the internal cabling to route an anlogue Sky signal to the bedroom area. We have also done a fitting to hold the top wheel arch cover in place. I plan to add a dimming switch for the overhead LEDS as they are far too bright. We have also added an air con, Satellite Dome, motor mover, Paintsealed the caravan and done a modification to the aerial signal distrubtion system.

What modifications have you done to personalise your caravan and what brand of caravan is it?

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Fitted a TV arm bracket onto the mid ship cabinet. no chest up front. As the caravan did not come with a solar panel, looking to fit one?

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- removed Phantom tracker to prevent battery drain

- fitted foam fire extinguisher and fire blanket

- fitted twin satellite inlet/outlet sockets in addition to the DTV inlet/outlet

- fitted extra mains socket next to TV point

- insulated Alde pipe run in cupboards

- insulated the hot water pipe

- significantly improved the airflow over the Alde convectors

- insulate wheel arches

- refitted drainage pipes to give a slope under the caravan

- fitted Kojak jacking points

- removed Alko spare wheel carrier

- removed side dinette top bunk

- fitted steady spreader plates

- removed shelf and wine glass rack from "cocktail" cabinet

- removed shelves from two lockers to allow bedding storage

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- removed Phantom tracker to prevent battery drain

- fitted foam fire extinguisher and fire blanket

- fitted twin satellite inlet/outlet sockets in addition to the DTV inlet/outlet

- fitted extra mains socket next to TV point

- insulated Alde pipe run in cupboards

- insulated the hot water pipe

- significantly improved the airflow over the Alde convectors

- insulate wheel arches

- refitted drainage pipes to give a slope under the caravan

- fitted Kojak jacking points

- removed Alko spare wheel carrier

- removed side dinette top bunk

- fitted steady spreader plates

- removed shelf and wine glass rack from "cocktail" cabinet

- removed shelves from two lockers to allow bedding storage

Interesting. Would you mind elaborating on the "insulate wheel arches". Was that inside or outside? Why did you think it was necessary to insulate them?

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Interesting. Would you mind elaborating on the "insulate wheel arches". Was that inside or outside? Why did you think it was necessary to insulate them?

Inside - using foam/foil camping mat cut to shape - they're just thin plastic so lose heat through them - and in higher humidity weather they can suffer from condensation which does the wooden floor no good at all.

 

I believe some brands of caravans get insulated arches anyway.

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Inside - using foam/foil camping mat cut to shape - they're just thin plastic so lose heat through them - and in higher humidity weather they can suffer from condensation which does the wooden floor no good at all.

 

I believe some brands of caravans get insulated arches anyway.

Thanks I will need to check the next time we are out and about as our wheel arches are hidden behind cupboards etc.

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My 2014 Conqueror had insulated wheel arches as does the Vanmaster. I have fitted a small shelf just inside where the toilette cassette goes to hold the blue chemical, makes it easy to refill after emptying. Fitted a tv bracket to the side of the fridge cabinet but don't use a tv in the bedroom so didn't spec this in the build. I will be swapping the premium jockey wheel for a pneumatic because the premium is too big to retract properly. I will be fitting a rare earth magnet to the edge of the twin sliding doors to keep them closed. Not much done really but then it was built to our design so suppose you shouldn't expect anything to be needed.

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Fitted solar panel

Fitted fridge fans

Fitted extra shelves to top lockers

Removed TV bracket

Sold TV (still in box)

 

We're obviously all different as it appears I have done the opposite of some posters. :blink:

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- removed Phantom tracker to prevent battery drain

- fitted foam fire extinguisher and fire blanket

- fitted twin satellite inlet/outlet sockets in addition to the DTV inlet/outlet

- fitted extra mains socket next to TV point

- insulated Alde pipe run in cupboards

- insulated the hot water pipe

- significantly improved the airflow over the Alde convectors

- insulate wheel arches

- refitted drainage pipes to give a slope under the caravan

- fitted Kojak jacking points

- removed Alko spare wheel carrier

- removed side dinette top bunk

- fitted steady spreader plates

- removed shelf and wine glass rack from "cocktail" cabinet

- removed shelves from two lockers to allow bedding storage

I need a black grouse around my house!!!!!

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On my last few caravans I have finished building them correctly by adding additional strength where needed under the seats, and hoovered out the wood shavings, various screws and assorted rubbish from behind the fridge, cooker etc. All things that should have been done at the factory. Apart from that I've added a couple of strategically placed reading lights and the odd mains socket but that's about it.

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Hubby fitted a fold down extra work top like lots of caravans have but Coachman in their wisdom don't think necessary.

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Durbanite - Do you have any payload left with those additions?

 

Mods from our side are:

- Twin sky feed and magic eye function in bedroom

- Additional sockets on the side of the bed for phone charging

- Converted cocktail cabinet into a usable cupboard (now used for cups and jams etc)

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Unique---Expertly fitted Caravantalk stickers to front & rear windows----only one in Scotland ???? LOL

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Current one . ...

 

Fitted Mudflaps

Fitted mini heki in the loo

Fitted heavy duty steadies

Fitted motor mover

Fitted kojak jacking points

Fitted steady pads

 

All fitted by Duncans Caravan and Camping I should add! Oh apart from the steady pads! Did them myself!!!!!

 

New one, due any day . ...

 

Mudflaps, mover and jack points

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Durbanite - Do you have any payload left with those additions?

 

Mods from our side are:

- Twin sky feed and magic eye function in bedroom

- Additional sockets on the side of the bed for phone charging

- Converted cocktail cabinet into a usable cupboard (now used for cups and jams etc)

Our payload is in excess of 200kg as the battery, spare wheel and 10kg gas are included in the MIRO.

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Added shock absorbers, changed all internal bulbs to LED's, added cable to battery so that portable solar panel just plugs in, added quick release terminal thingies on the battery, insulated external underfloor heating pipe, removed unnecessary bunk above side dinette.

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Replaced radio with Alpine bluetooth model so we can listen to music via our phones.

 

Sound is still awful. Anyone replaced the speakers in an Eccles Ruby?

 

Put all loose 12v cabling into trunking. Lots of trunking. ..

 

Replaced jockey wheel with a premium. Replaced that one with the same after it broke. Then replaced that with a normal assembly but with an alko rubber wheel. The alko premier loses an extra 5kg of payload.

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I've done several jobs on my Avondale - some of which I've mentioned on the forum. Recently I gathered them together and added a chapter to my website. See them here

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Our payload is in excess of 200kg as the battery, spare wheel and 10kg gas are included in the MIRO.

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The Cruiser starts out life with a MIRO of 1784kg. If you upped the payload to it's max at 2000kg it gives you 216kg to play with. If you have AWD movers they'll weigh about 60kg (30kg for single axle movers) and the A/C about another 32kg. Satellite dome isn't hugely heavy at 10kg max so you've used almost half your payload and haven't put anything in the van yet. Your 114kg will go nowhere (if you didn't up the max kg to 2000kg you only have 56kg left!). My Swift Conqueror 645 had 247kg payload which was nothing when I'd fitted A/C and AWD movers. Food and clothes are cut right down as well as stuff like cups/plates/cutlery/pots/pans. All this has to be taken off the balance. I found I couldn't get down within the payload limit despite chucking even crucial stuff out. It's why I changed my van, the payloads are way too restrictive to make it possible to go away for any length of time. How do you survive on a two week holiday?

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Try 3 months in Spain with 156kg of payload reduced by 30kg mover and 30kg battery.

 

90kg goes nowhere.

 

We have to pack everything in the car. Awings of course but even the pegs, hammers, hookup cable, water hoses, chemicals etc

 

Van is nearly empty and the car rammed. ..

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I couldn't do it at all. Going anywhere hot and I have to have A/C to be able to sleep at night. If I didn't have it I wouldn't go is how much I feel it's value. Add to that I need to nose my van onto the drive at the back of the house so has to have AWD movers. Trouble is if you have an accident and you're found to be overweight, the insurers have a clause to exempt then from liability. Can you imagine if they wouldn't pay out on a write off? I'd have to throw the towel in.

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Here's mine:

 

Solar panel, wiring, control panel and isolation switch

Motor mover (2nd hand) stripped, re-powder coated and fitted

Spare wheel carrier moved with re-position kit

Big foot pads added

Accessory sockets x2 in lockers for tyre pump / lock n level

Twin USB sockets added to blank in lounge

Replace tiny doormat and tray with larger

Cutlery drawer enlarged to take larger insert

Shelves x 2 to kitchen cupboards

Fridge fans x2, control panel and isolation switch

Fridge overflow tray (additional) under existing too small defrost tray

Alde PCB upgraded from 2Kw to 3Kw

Alde control panel upgraded to colour version

Alde load monitor, outside temp sensor, battery back up fitted

Alarm upgraded to provide hatch protection and red LED

Awning light operation via alarm fob

All fluorescent tubes changed to LED strips

LED down lights added to kitchen, sideboard unit, door entrance

Wider (!) mirror to bathroom door – original to wardrobe door

Fire extinguisher (water mist) fitted

Fire blanket

CO alarm

ATC wiring tidied to remove corrosion risk

Manual water source valve changed to switched electric

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I couldn't do it at all. Going anywhere hot and I have to have A/C to be able to sleep at night. If I didn't have it I wouldn't go is how much I feel it's value. Add to that I need to nose my van onto the drive at the back of the house so has to have AWD movers. Trouble is if you have an accident and you're found to be overweight, the insurers have a clause to exempt then from liability. Can you imagine if they wouldn't pay out on a write off? I'd have to throw the towel in.

Good point but I think that after an accident it will be very difficult for them to prove that the caravan was over weight. Also I would think that the insurance would only be invalidated if the insurance company could prove that being over weight was a direct cause of the accident.

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If you are pulled over at the side of the road and found to be overweight, they will ask you to transfer your overages to the car (if you can) and fine you. This will then have to be admitted to the insurers at renewal which is likely to increase your premium. Are you saying that you are knowingly overweight with your van? I looked at the Buccaneer Cruiser but even with the extra kg's on the replating wasn't enough to make the payload reasonable. How did you do it?

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