Latest Addition to BFG

After my workshop changes which you can read about on my Trivial Wood website if you like, I knocked out this quick plaques for BFG! I burned the plaques yesterday and left the finish to dry overnight. I hung the sign first this this morning and while I was there had a quick look at the solar panel status – I was well pleased with this level of output at only quarter to nine in the morning, plus, it was … Read More

RIP Forrest! and New Plans

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Well, after a promising start with a passed MOT after the engine repair things have gone rather downhill! After the repairs, although the knocking was gone the engine was overheating after even a fairly short run. There were problems with the electric radiator fans not cutting in so we temporarily bridged out the thermostat on them and that did seem to alleviate the problem a bit but things were still not right. I also noticed that it was losing water … Read More

Repairs, Slow and Steady!

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It’s been a wee while since I did any significant work on Forrest’s engine repairs. We’ve had family visiting and it’s been fun tracking down replacement parts, and, the weather here hasn’t been great with at least some rain on most days. Of course, all these are just excuses and now the family have left, all the parts are on hand and we’ve finally had some more or less dry days so I’m all out of excuses! We managed to … Read More

Major Surgery for Forrest!

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Further to my last post, the garage that I had Forrest with couldn’t find a replacement engine and time was slipping by so we thought it was probably best to get him home. With the help of our son we towed Forrest across Orkney Mainland and onto the Westray ferry, then home. It’s old adage but if you want something doing, do it yourself! I’ve stripped the cylinder head off which is damaged, as expected I have a replacement on … Read More

Solar Panel Follow Up

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Further to my post last week about installing a solar panel I thought I would do a quick follow up on how it’s performing. It’s a pretty dreich day to day as you can see in the photo below – but the solar panel is generating, not a lot but at least some – To be fair the (if I understand correctly) the voltage suggests that there is perhaps more power to be had and the low output of 7W … Read More

Forrest gets a 200W Solar Panel

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I did a post last month about installing an inverter into Forrest to allow us to use the electric toaster and microwave without being on mains hook up. As I said then, the inverter works a treat but it really does cane the leisure batteries, and relying on the vehicle alternator to recharge them would require a good few miles of driving to get them back to fully charged. The solution of course is solar panels! I went for a … Read More

Inverter for Forrest

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We already had a small 300W inverter in Forrest to run the TV and it was fine for that. However, we really prefer wild camping. It’s not that we’re tight and don’t want to pay campsite fees so much as the fact that we’re anti-social and prefer the peace and quiet of remote locations. What can be nicer than waking up all on your own next to a loch or on some or other mountain pass? We usually use a … Read More

Battery Master

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We haven’t been out in Forrest for a while and when I did take him for a little run the other day to charge the battery and test the dashcam it was a near thing as to wether he would start at all or not! Whilst parked up outside outside our house we have him on electric hook up and that keeps the leisure battery charged up but does nothing for the engine battery. UI decided to fit a Battery … Read More

Dashcam for Forrest

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Very often when we’re on our travels we say “don’t you just wish you could record what you see” so I figured a dashcam might be the next best thing. I wasn’t sure that one was really worth the cost but I saw one on Wish for £4, the postage was £3.60 so that pushed it up to a staggering £7.60. Hmm, shall I shan’t I… I didn’t expect much but figured it that at worst it was less than … Read More

New Burner needed for Heater

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Forrest is a cosy warm, well insulated van and boy was it cold during my stay in Kirkwall whilst Marlene was in hospital. But there was a problem with the heater, it was working to all intents and purposes and did keep me warm, but it was clearly not right. It sounded like a jet engine and I know that there is no way that Marlene would be happy with that as she, quite rightly, is very nervous about anything … Read More

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