quiet on here?

Merle

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#61
Not raining is a result lately!!
We also hope to travel more this summer, as you say there are loads of places to visit or revisit.
You never know our paths could cross, you know what our mohome looks like, it's white :)
 

vwalan

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#62
anyway where you been hiding . havnt seen much posting from you as of late .
mind several are missing these days .
think it goes in fits and starts i suppose.
 

Merle

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#63
No, I've been hiding. Haven't done much of anything since we got back last spring, the wheels have hardly turned. I seem to bit even more edgy than I used to be so best keep quiet, otherwise I'll only upset a few and get banned!
 

vwalan

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#64
had a real shock this morning . cracked an egg to have for brecky and it was a double yocker. havnt had one of them for years . so there is good things in life . the sun was shining and although not warm out ideal for a lovely drive out .
never know it might start to warm up soon. but cant promise anything .
 

snail

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Double Yoker! Been a long time since had one of them, best do the lottery this week Al!

We are more or less done with the decorating etc now, kitchen will have to wait till next year.

Time to change priorities round to the van and get ship shape ready for summer outings, couple of things need doing then of course all the service items are due end April, so off about 27th will be earliest we can go?

Snail
 

vwalan

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#66
rain today . very wet. and no double yoker .
best stay in today it looks like its in for the day.
mind cant have too much rain its good for the fields .
perhaps we could start bottling it and sending it to south africa . charge them alot though . ha ha .
 

vwalan

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lovely and sunny today .
dont think it stopped raining all day yesterday. but today its lovely . and on my ride out today saw the first cornish primroses showing their nice yellow flowers . miss them when away . but its great to see the hedge rows coming to life . makes you feel good to be alive ,nature is definitely winning regardless of what we hear on the tv .
folk round here are already starting lawn cuttings . mine will be ok for a bit longer. but spring id on its way. its nice watching the fields etc come to life .
 

snail

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#68
Nice and bright here as well, strange how you miss the season changes, when away we find it's a cold period from second week in January till middle of February when the Almond blossom comes out it warms up again.
To be honest I don't really miss being in Spain but can fully understand why full timers go to get better weather
How's Bob doing bet he is missing your company and you his?
Been out on scoot today ok just cold wind, looking to replace our knackered old tablet and e reader?
You could of done with that Bongo this year? Ever thought of putting a box on back of the Mitsubishi? With a chassis extension it would be a good size?
 

vwalan

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#69
bobs ok was in alicante last i heard .
weather been better on that coast so he only went down as far as la manga for a nose around .
have often thought about a removable box on the fifth wheel . a transit ex telecom one would fit .
but then it would require an mot . best keep exempt i say.
i think if i was to go smaller then it would be vw t2 or toyota hiace size nice and narrow .
have looked at other makes might go for a yuejin , i lke the better quality that the chinese are building . think european build quality isnt no where near as good as the chinese.
the bongo was just that bit too small. mind with the roof tent or pulling the teardrop it was ok.
but really these days narrow not too high and can sneak around down here lovely.
remember i cut the chassis short so it fitted under the neck of the trailer better. should i decide a drop off box i could do a dropped rear end . not hard to do , soon lift a box with a highlift jack then push in some legs .
made similar when i used a suntrekker on a vw pickup.mind i have had a few suntrekkers . great bits of kit.
first one was made in folkstone , then they sold out to island plastics on isle wight . i liked the old ally ones though best.
you must have seen the fifth wheel demount boxes i dare say. clip on the fifth wheel then have another bar clamped .bolted so it cant spin .
see one every year at san vicente on the hill up by the cemetery. or in the transport cafe across the road.
very often the fair ground have them.
 

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snail

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No can't say I've seen a box fitted to a fifth wheel, I was thinking more a permanent box with Luton bed over cab?

There used to be another bolt on job used to see them on cortinas, were they suntrekker or such like always looked top heavy and unstable
 

vwalan

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there was a conversion done to cortinas. think you mean the starcraft , by john wickersham . also the ranger on ford escorts . over the years there as been allsorts of things done really.
there was a camper done on the morris marina as well think it was devon that did it .
vipex used to make fifth wheel boxes , but cant get a pic . they have been took over by neat vehicles and none on their web page . i,m sure you can imagine though . drop down legs then jack up . pull out .
when on vehicle one of the legs is fixed to truck to stop turning .
in uk the cats protection league had a few . but fairgrounds etc have them sometimes .
easy to organize really.
i wouldnt mind going back to an aircooled vw , but they fetch too much money.
mind go back 40yrs and no mot no tax . ideal. have all these thoughts . ha ha .
i had a 79 vw that should have gone to devon conversions . but as it came in with some of the later t25 shape ones they refused it . i fitted a sheldon high top and it was great. like every thing often wish i hadnt sold it .
was very difficult to get factory fitted windows in an empty van back then .
mind if i kept every thing i had my garden would look worse than what it does .
 

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snail

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#72
Yes that was it StarCraft, we had a high top put on our J4 it was done in Cheltenham, I fitted windows from vehicle and marine windows in Birmingham allow frame sliders, always remember they said don't go over 50 on way home from roof fit! Poor old thing wouldn't go much over that anyway, revving it's guts out till I changed the diff from a Morris Oxford much better
Looks good for tomorrow so ride out to Forest of Dean for picnic, got to try out my Xmas pressy meths spirit burner and trangia kettle, for a brew up in the woods
 

vwalan

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#73
i got a very old meths stove here . think it came from woolworths . like a cake tin with holes cut into it . was my dads . ,mind you know me . petrol stove paraffin stoves . pump up stoves .(cant think what they are called )'used to collect camping stoves for fun . got a few two burner and grill ones . and army paraffin block stove folds to not much bigger then fag packet. must get my memory back. ha ha 'oh and i have alsorts of ways of lighting them .
the other day my mate adrian dropped in a scootering magazine . mind you might already know about it . its called scootering . almost a fiver a month but interesting for scooters . not my scene but fetch good prices it seems now.
rained here just before tea . hope its dry tomorrow . might have a ride out to trago see what bits and pieces they have i may not have seen before .
have a good one .
 

chrisjones18

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#74
Alan.we have been using a toyota vvti hiace camper since Jan in australia. .. lots of body roll. It don't like the wind and at best gets 25 mpg. ..
Brian did you see if our motorhome is still in the forest of dean..... or have you burnt down the forest testing the stove. .........:)
 

vwalan

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#75
hi, yes my mate had an early hiace but he complained about roll. mind he was into vw,s before and after. mpg i dont really worry about . only get 16-17 with the artic but 25 is ok .
i lied yesterday walkers was the name of the suntrekker i had first. they were from watford not folkestone . http://truck-campers.uk/uk-story.html
woke up in the night with the name . just did a google and found this lot . quite interesting i thought.
 

snail

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#76
Al did you watch amazing spaces last night on channel 4 Pegleg surfing dude in cornwall living in his vw demountable looked like at perranporth
 

vwalan

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#77
yes i saw the program . dont know him though .
mind his t25 was a wreck .
i do think about getting back into the vw,s .
mind my blue pickup had an 1800cc digi inj engine with a super chip. wasnt quite normal .hee hee .
still got a couple of adaptor plates here .
we used to sell them as adapta bug plates . you could fit golf .passat engines in beetles .
sold them all over the world . australia took loads of them over the years .
still got rebuilt aircooled motors here all crated up.
never know one of my grandkids might decide to open a vw specialists .
would have more to start off with than when i started . i do look at it all sometimes and think what are you doing with it all.
so its warming up slightly are you off to the forest then?
i keep looking out and think give it a bit longer . roads dry . soon be playtime .
 

snail

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#78
Yes went out about 11, just got back had a good run round 65 miles on the trip, had a brew up at speech house and walk round soudley ponds see a nice trout get landed bang on the head and in his bag for tea
Stove worked ok first test outside of garage made my own stainless stand just like the army folding tablet burners, so basically can put the spirit burner in it or use fuel blocks or BBQ lighters or bits of wood
Took about 20 mins to boil two mugs of water so not quick but forces you to rest a bit which sometimes is good, and it will stow away under the seat

Sorry Chris didn't see your van not sure where you live? But went through five acres, saw a yank and a tranny roller team?
Went down to lydbrook to see how the wye is but not high just running fast

Bloody cold coming back though today glad to get indoors
 
#79
Ahh, the Forest of Dean, born and bred there. School at 5 acres. Lovely area, but I'm biased. We are still down at Argeles sur Mer, been here 3 weeks now and will probably stay another before going Somewhere Else en route to some fishing in the Gers. Only going back to UK for MOT/Hospital in May then back out again. Not cold here !!
 

coolasluck

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#80
We're with Bob near Gandia and it's been 20 degrees today,a really nice day,started painting the coach and now have a quarter done.Running low on paint now though.Little by little we will get there. It helps when you find a place where you won't get bothered
 

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