well what a busy couple of weeks we have had since picking up the camper. Since arriving home we have stripped it bare and gave everything a good clean (it has hardly been used in the past 5 years so everything was a bit grubby). Have washed and scrubbed everything we could (including flushing out the water tank) and have been quite happy how the old beast has come up.
Have re-waterproofed all the canvas inside and out too which took awhile but thanks to the wet Brissie weather lately it has been helpful to ensuring I got in all the right spots and am happy to say its worked just great through last nights storm. Once we get away we will have the bed flys and sides up so what little may get a bit damp now shouldn't be a problem then.
Have also learnt a lesson on how tempermental 3 way fridges can be with needing to be perfectly level to work even on 240. Its not working great but its ok. Unfortunately gas is another story. Got it fired up last weekend only to discover the noxious fumes it was putting out inside just makes it impossible to use. Apparently these older models were not too good with that sort of thing and theres no way we would dare sleep in it with the fridge going on gas so looks like we will not be using that.
The cost of replacing it is out of our budget at this stage but am wondering if we just replace it with a normal bar fridge working on 240. We have a portable 3 way that works great on gas (an Aldi special) so we could always use that. Anyway thats still on the To Do List
and yes Gypsy I have spent a night in it (in the front yard )- wasn't too bad except the mattress could be a bit thicker but have now added a small self inflating mattress under it to add that little bit of extra padding without impacting the height of the mattress too much.
Amongst the many things we have done I have also added a small 12v battery and rigged up some lights which will work out good for us at least at Easter when we don't have power. The wife has already stocked the cupboards so we're looking good.
The van has over ride brakes and we need to replace the latch you flick over when reversing (another job on the To Do list) . Anyway thats a job relegated to the father in law to give him something to do
This weekend we're heading to the cousins place as they have a big backyard and putting the whole kit up - annexes and all. Don't want to get any surprises at Easter and to make sure we have all the bits and pieces we need. Will remember to get some photos for posting then.
anyway thats our story so far. Looking forward to getting it on the road and doing some real camping in it soon