Habitation Area Fan

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Bit of an odd job for winter but while the van is parked up it is worth getting odd little jobs done. On one of our outings in Summer it was really warm in the habitation area of the van. Opening the windows helped but there wasn’t much wind. We could really have done with a fan. On our return home I bought one of these – It worked and has two speeds but both speeds were very fast and … Read More

Quick little job – Added a Mural

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Added a material mural to the back wall of the van. Might have been better if it had been the full width of the van but I think it has worked out okay. The next size up would have needed a lot trimming off the sides which would have spoiled the photo.

Quick Trip to Glasgow and Charging Update

Very quick trip down to Glasgow over the weekend with our Son and daughter in law. Overnighted in a car park Dalrigh. No photos I’m afraid as it was raining a monsoon, wipers on full tilt, all the way down and then for much of the night. It looks a nice spot though and one that we might use again in the Summer. Slightly better for the morning journey to the airport to drop Jen off (flying to the Phillipines … Read More

New Vehicle Battery and B2B Charger

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Following on from our September trip I have fitted a new vehicle battery and a Victron B2B charger. The old vehicle battery was definitely dead as it just wasn’t holding charge. I charged it up using the electric hook up at home and within hours of being taken of charge the voltage was dropping much lower than I would like. It wasn’t going completely flat but that was only because it was being propped up by the solar panels (even … Read More

A Couple of Little Jobs on BFG

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First little job was a bit of papering in the kitchen, just to tart it up a bit rather than plain walls everywhere (header photo). Next job was thrown up from our first trip away in colder weather necessitating using the blown air heating a bit more than we have previously, couple with having groceries under my bed. I insulated under Marlene’s bed for storing chilled groceries but didn’t do anything under mine where we tend to put other none … Read More

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