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  1. BigStevie

    This beats a Luton...

    Spotted this Motorcraft 8x8 MAN camper in Bettyhill on the north coast last week. I guess, if you had that sort of money, you just couldn’t not have one.....
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    Helper springs

    Hi folks, as the Red Beast nears(!) completion it’s becoming evident that the standard single leaf rear springs on the Sprinter are going to need stiffening. Seems I have three options: Replace with heavy duty multi leaf springs. Add a “booster” leaf. Use a coil spring booster kit. Any...
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    Submersible shower pump kit

    Has anyone used any of the many cheap submersible kits on fleabay? I’ve used a fairly expensive Japanese made kit, just wondered if the £15 kits were any good/durable. Thanks, Stevie
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    Cheap Chinese diesel heaters

    Has anyone used one of the cheap Chinese diesel heaters that are all over fleabay, between £99 and £129? Feedback seems generally good on fleabay...any thoughts?
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    Mains earthing

    The dark arts... I was talking to a pal about the build and mentioned the mains hook up. He said I mustn’t earth the mains to the van body. My rule has always been earth everything. Perhaps someone with knowledge of the dark arts can advise. Thanks, Stevie
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    Lost a day...

    Right, I live in the middle of nowhere and at this time of year it's also difficult to work out what time of day it is if you don't look at a clock. Today is special though, I was convinced that it was Thursday, or put another way I didn't realise it was Friday. I should have made the 45 mile...
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    location of consumer unit for mains hook up...

    I'm not well versed in the dark arts, so advice needed. Do I need to keep the consumer unit near to the hook up socket on the side of the van, or am I okay having it six feet away? I'm using artic blue cable. Thanks, Stevie
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    Theses look like good value...

    Just noticed these Iveco vans for sale, very low miles... http://www.mod-sales.com/direct/vehicle/,23,/88076/Iveco_Daily_65C18.htm Stevie
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    Battery box body vent

    Need to put a vent on the body side of the Sprinter for the battery box, any suggestions as to what to use? I'm guessing I won't need a big vent.... Thanks, Steve
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    The interior plan...

    Once I got cracking on starting the interior late last summer I was armed with most of the base construction stuff, timber, insulation and a PLAN. The layout is more or less as per plan, what changed was the type of finish we were wanting. The original idea was to cover flat wall/ceiling...
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    Batteries...

    Electrics, I know the basic stuff, that's it. So, I've got 200w of solar to go on the roof, what batteries do I need? Also, venting, sounds silly, but do sealed batteries need to be vented? Pro's and cons all welcome! Stevie
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    CB radio...

    While going through the boxes of bits and pieces for the van build, SWMBO dived in to share the pleasure of eager anticipation. The anticipation of all the stuff getting fitted at last! This was lots of jolly fun until the box containing the cheap CB radio came centre stage. 'What the bleedin'...
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    At last, van back and jigsaw to the ready...

    Well folks, after much talk and little work, I got the Sprinter back from being serviced, mot'd and tidied up. Took an extra day or three as I had to get a new centre bearing hanger for the long propshaft. Basking in the near thirty degrees of heat here in the north Highlands, I got the jigsaw...
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    Fiamma water tank connections

    Hi all, I'll shortly be installing the Fiamma water tank and my question is regarding the supplied connectors; The tank comes with the outlet connector in the kit, you drill out where you want to fit it and install. So, is there anything I should know first, like is the supplied seal up to...
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    More motivation required....

    Well folks, after a long break from the forum, I'm back! Been one of those years, planting both relatives and friends and dealing with the dementia in others, it's been a tough one. Right, to business. The abandoned sprinter is now being serviced, mot'd and having the paintwork tidied up and I'm...
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    Really unbelievable! Ah, but it is Tesco...

    I've been off the forum for a week or three with family related shinanigans and those people who reckon every little helps... I live in the far north Highlands, wild country. A number of years ago we were delighted when Tesco came knocking on our doors to inform us they were starting grocery...
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    Visit Skye while you can....

    Well folks, this morning's north Scottish newspaper, The Press and Journal, had this headline...
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    Spitfire!

    My beloved has just told me that there will be a two seater Spitfire based near Glasgow which you can fly for £100 per minute. Now, I know that spending money on daft things should be avoided in retirement, but this balding old geezer is going to seriously waste some money next year and have an...
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    Cheap Chinese water heater...

    Has anyone used one of the cheap Chinese (£100ish) water heaters? I know if something's too good to be true, it usually is! Stevie
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