Saturday, 10 October 2015

Battery Tray

I seem to have waited forever for my battery tray to secure and then vent the two large heavy batteries
Tray bolted and glued, the straps and wedges will prevent movement
There is a compromise between needing the batteries close to all the electrical equipment and needing to seal and vent them.  The cupboard I am building should achieve this whilst also doubling as a step into the cab.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

First trip out

The truck had its first trip out at the weekend to Stratford Racecourse to AO 15 where I met up with a group of Overlanders 
The truck performed very well
I hardly got any chance to see the show as an unbelievable amount of people seemed to want to view my almost empty truck

Sunday, 6 September 2015

"Crawl" through

Easy transfer from cab to cabin was important to us so I enlarged the crawl to a step through
I decided on Accordion Boot rubber which is only available from the US
 It has a good automotive fitting on each side

 you fit it to the two frames and then make the join with superglue
 one side is fixed to the cabin, the other on clips to the cab allowing access to the engine
Neat job

Monday, 31 August 2015

Can your fridge be too big?

 Had an interesting experience when the fridge arrived and it was too big to fit through the door
Good job I extended the crawl through

Who said I didn't plan this project?

Sunday, 30 August 2015

First cupboards above the bed

I have decided to use Vohringer ply in white for the cupboards and Bamboo sheet for the doors

lots of cutting biscuits and use of my Kreg Jig
First cupboard going in to fit the wiring to the integrated lights
First door on
lights in and working

Friday, 28 August 2015


I am sure I made this job harder than it may have needed to be but this was compounded by the fact that Thetford forgot to include a cutting template and the fact that the toilet butted "no toilet humour intended" up to an internal wall.
 first I cut out the exact shape required for the toilet
 I then made a template to router out the shape of the door

 Now looking good inside and out

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Mudguards and trim

Decided to take advantage of a spell of good weather to fix the bottom trim and put on the new mudguards

Amazing what a difference iot makes to the look of the body

Starting to look less like a project and more like an overlander

Sunday, 19 July 2015

More electrical systems

The system needs some working out.  in the picture below from the left is my 24v CTEK charger below that a split charge relay.  next to that a Sterling 1600W inverter. next to that a 12 and 24 v take off with the respective fuse bank beside each.  the system will be 24v with the 12v system supplied through a 24 to 12v converter sited above the fuses.  turn the corner and we have a mains consumer unit with the solar isolator above.  Next to that on a red key is the inverter isolator switch then next to that my solar controller.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Solar instillation

I decided to fit two domestic solar panels on the roof, they are rated at 250 watts each and I will feed them into a 24v system.
I wired them in parallel.
Through the isolater to the controller
Once connected they work

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Door and trim

I found a Hartle door at about a quarter of the cost of an overlander door and as I have a fixed budget decided to go for it....hope I don't regret it

Corner trims were straightforward just take time.  Fix with spacers then mask up and back fill.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Recessing the windows

This job turned out to be bigger than I thought

Marking out and then fixing the router guides takes forever

The "long" router bit I bought wasn't long enough

The final cut needed a knife

Spacers and 252 clamped for the night

They look good when done, the windows are not as vulnerable and it should be easier to fabricate covers in the future.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Rain is a pain

 I have to sheet up at the slightest chance of rain
 I want Brian's Barn