"BIG FOOT 23"
Only one week left before we start
for the first real, longer holiday. My family fancied England, for myself it
wasn’t that high in priority because of several earlier trips when I was a
coach driver and the regular business trips 2 – 3 times a year in England. The
last weekends I was again busy with finishing details at the camper. Most of it
is nothing spectacular but here now the most “visible” bits.
A fixation for the 85 cm digital
satellite receiver was made. Although I am not too proud of it, it finally works
and we can watch satellite TV. Within the next few years I can try to find a
more professional solution. If not in use the antenna is stored in the rear
garage. Of course I am still dreaming of a fully automated Oyster but the costs
of EUR 2.500 or more will move this dream several years into the future.
The 15 litre capacity of the toilet
reservoir was even less than in the former camper. So I had bought right away 3
more spare tanks for the toilet to prevent the need to look for a dump already
after 2 or 3 days. To store them separate from everything else and prevent smell
in the cabin a further door was installed. If the performance will be as
expected or if we need another “Sog” vacuum system for the spare tanks
because we don’t use any chemicals the future will prove.
The access to the switches, levers
and drains of the water system, the refilling of the hot water system etc. was
so far only possible if I removed the complete board underneath the kitchen.
Meanwhile I am able to remove it within 15 minutes, same for installation but
for the time being it is getting boring. So a small door was installed where no
wires or tubes were causing conflicts. So the important and sometimes used parts
can now be accessed easily.
The photo of the open door shows the isoltion (3 cm thick) which I mounted just
a few weeks earlier.
Another modification was necessary
for the air-conditioning . The mounting in a 45° position in the upper corner
of the cabin was a mistake. Die inner part of the airco has a kind of reservoir
for the condensed water, which is led by a tube to the outside. The 45°
mounting prevented the drain of the water and by the first move all the water
would have swapped into the cabin. So an edge was required to allow the vertical
mounting of the airco. To gather precious 4 centimetres a triangular cut was
made in the upper part of the cabin. This made the construction much more
complicated but the access to the smaller seat is easier and the last of the
upper cupboard-doors swing open as good as possible.
On this photo the extension of the water drain tube is still missing.
The outside design with the 45° edge looks much smarter but if I would have
thought about all the problems with the airco, the wardrobe etc. I definitely
wouldn’t have it! As usual with such a project there are always lots of things
to learn and improve – at the next camper something similar will not happen
(Attention, the issue with “next camper” was just a joke!)
What we are still missing is the
control of the electric Venetian blinds (in front of the outer part of the airco)
to move them automatically up or down when the airco is switched on or off.
If we are lucky and really manage to install this control before the holiday we
will not require it at all due to Murphy’s law but will desperately desire for
a quicker position of the rain wiper of the windscreen"