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Post by oneday on Thu 31 Dec 2015, 5:28 pm

nothing fancy for this old rocket I picked up locally. Doesn't have a stove, but has 2 areas for a couple of beds and a lounge in between for a bit of added comfort. The fridge works and we are about refurbing the roof ceiling panels with some new sheets in the new year.

A spray paint and bugger me dead she is starting to look half decent.

Fixed the Air Con unit today when we had a slack period. Good bath, cleaned the condensers and got all the leaves and mud out of the unit which had built up over time.

a couple of king size singles and away we go. Comfort in winter and bliss in summer with air con.

I'll stick a few 12v LED lights around the outside and all will be lit up.

Even managed to put a new jockey wheel assembly on the old girl with the hand brake cable next in the firing line. this will wait till next week now.

must have too much time on me hands.

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Post by goldfinger on Fri 01 Jan 2016, 8:33 pm

good on ya ray for getting in there and making the effort. the old vehicles are well made and can come up a treat.
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Post by oneday on Sat 02 Jan 2016, 7:10 am

i'll take a few photos of the progress, but yep a labor of love.

just need to find an annex to finish the project. so if anyone has a canvas annex about 20' long let me know if u want to give it a good home.

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Post by oneday on Tue 05 Jan 2016, 7:25 am

shes starting to look like a normal caravan--couple of dings knocked out of the corners and a spray paint to get her into the mood.

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Post by oneday on Sun 19 Mar 2017, 11:46 am

if your van is leaking from the roof panels get up and roll bondcrete on it--I usually give the roof 2 coats and on the second coat mix in a color so u can see were exactly u cover on the second coat...this is a very good fix for old vans.

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Post by goldfinger on Wed 22 Mar 2017, 2:27 pm

good work on the van Ray. ours is an oldie but a tough unit that will go most place without having to worry too much on scratches and dings ETC.
any ideas on how to fix a sagging roof that fills up with water every time it rains? ours has a downward curve both ways so low in the guts and i wouldnt mind reversing it so water flows off but it looks pretty major. any suggestions?
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Post by oneday on Wed 22 Mar 2017, 4:12 pm

if its steel framed u might be able to get a couple of acroprops and screw them up slowly 1" at a time. or try putting a false tropical roof ontop

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Post by goldfinger on Thu 23 Mar 2017, 1:02 pm

cheers ray, i think its timber framed but i will check. i thought about a false roof but was then concerned about the extra weight with a couple of solar panels on top with the lifting cables. im going to try acro it up then seeing if i can support it with a slightly longer than required length of flat bar curved up and jacked into position. it doesnt leak ATM but holds about 40 lt of water up there when it rains so its only a matter of time.
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Post by Stingray on Thu 23 Mar 2017, 10:39 pm

40 Litres? Too good to waste. You could stick a bung hole in the middle, run a tube to drain off and collect the water - kill two birds with one stone! Smile

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Post by Stingray on Thu 23 Mar 2017, 10:48 pm

Actually, I remember when I fiberglassed the roof on my old cub camper to stop it leaking I looked at trying to get some of this to paint it with.

http://www.skycool.com.au

Sounds amazing - almost a paint on air conditioner. I tried contacting them to get a couple of litres but they never got back to me. If anyone does manage to get hold of some please let me know.

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Post by goldfinger on Fri 24 Mar 2017, 12:10 pm

I did think of something similar Stingray. i have collected it a few times by syphon and topped up the tanks so it can be a bonus. now we have the awning we collect heaps when it rains anyway. worst is forgetting when i hitch her up and woosh im soaked lol. Rolling Eyes I may rethink the drain idea, it has potential.
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Post by Moneybox on Fri 24 Mar 2017, 9:27 pm

oneday wrote:i'll take a few photos of the progress, but yep a labor of love.

just need to find an annex to finish the project. so if anyone has a canvas annex about 20' long let me know if u want to give it a good home.

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Ray I've got a blue & white stripped canvas annex somewhere. Well I know where it is but I haven't opened the box for a while. It's the old style all closed in canvas but I can't remember the size and I don't have a frame if it needs one. I bought it some years back when we were building the first bus and never used it. If you still need it I can drag it out and take a few measurements and photos. I don't want anything for it because I don't have a use for it now.

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Post by oneday on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 7:17 am

sounds good phil--

stick it on the bull bar when u head up...

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Post by Moneybox on Sun 26 Mar 2017, 9:37 pm

oneday wrote:sounds good phil--

stick it on the bull bar when u head up...

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It's all yours Ray but don't hold your breath. We were heading your way right after Easter but we are having a few problems here that are affecting the bank balance. Perhaps the end of April if all goes well.
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Post by oneday on Mon 27 Mar 2017, 8:51 am

NO PROBLEM--a feed of crabs might be on the cards..

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Post by oneday on Mon 27 Mar 2017, 8:52 am

went out to check on me big caravan for water damage and to my surprise --all good--the bondcrete worked a treat.

the bright yellow roof well that's something else.

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Post by Dozer on Mon 27 Mar 2017, 12:59 pm

Any idea what can be used to reseal an annex roof? Ours has been up for 7 years and we ar starting to get a fair bit of weeping. No major holes as such. Also it is up all year and needs to handle the summer heat here in Leo.
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Post by Moneybox on Mon 27 Mar 2017, 2:37 pm

Leo if it's canvas you can get a liquid a bit like PVA glue from any caravan joint. It seals and prevents mould. You apply it with a paint brush.
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