Archives for February 2015
After over 10k miles of road, its time to give the van some attention – things need to be checked over and things need to be fixed. This is important for staying on the road so I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been up to in preparation for the next chapter…
1. Change oil and filter
2. Grease kingpins
3. Check condition of belts and rubber hoses – crack, frayed, distorted?
4. Check for loss of fluids
5. Check smoke
6. Check and clean electrical contacts with WD40
7. Check brakes
8. Fully charge and recondition leisure batteries
This post goes over how to change the oil and filter in your van or car. It’s not a difficult thing to do, but it is a bit messy.
1. Drain oil
2. Remove oil filter
3. Fit new oil filter
4. Replace sump bolt and washer
My favourite thing about travelling are these small, weird and random moments that you can never anticipate or plan for. Much of it is so subtle and personal that It makes it difficult to show through a blog post… But I’ll try anyway…
Here are 7 photos from the other day. This is kind of inspired by lucid dreams and unreliable dream signs:
The kingpin (aka swivel pin) is the pivot in the steering mechanism of a vehicle. This component takes a fair amount of stress and can wear out quickly if not regularly greased.
This post goes over how I grease the kingpins on my LDV Convoy van, but the following method applies to pretty much all vehicles with kingpins. This is a simple and quick job (15 minutes max) which will help prolong the life of the kingpins. I do this job once a month as advised by a reader of this blog, who also has the same LDV van.