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Common Room / Re: Hi from Wasted Life
« Last post by Camper_Dan on October 15, 2017, 07:32:02 PM »
Greetings & Welcome!

If you ever get to the USA, give me a shout.  I've done all of my world traveling, and will be sticking to North America pretty much from now on.  There's still so many things to see and do here, that I'll likely never get it all done... 

Good luck & best wishes on your travels!
Common Room / Hi from Wasted Life
« Last post by wasted life on October 15, 2017, 08:43:34 AM »
We are Mat & Sophie.
A Kiwi & a German.   :D
Traveling the world for more than 3 Years now. Currently in our VW Bus 'Herbert' across Europe.
We love meeting new people and it would be great to catch up with other traveler/ vanlifers.
Currently we are vlogging our experience for our Youtube channel - Wasted life.
If anyone is in Europe and would like to catch up or go on an adventure!! Then let us know : )

Mat & Sophie
Common Room / Re: Custom build
« Last post by Camper_Dan on October 13, 2017, 10:26:16 PM »
Sounds like an ambitious task...

Wouldn't it make better sense to spend your money and efforts on marketing, then do your 3D scans as a customer brings you a van?  You are likely to encounter vans in various states of builds, that you can't really plan ahead for.  Many of the people that I have encountered that might be interested in your work bought an already converted van, and they like certain features and want to keep them, but change some of the other features...

Having ideas are great, having the skills, tools, and access to the necessary materials is even better, but marketing and sales or the lack of them, is the make or break point of too many businesses.  I've seen too many idiots succeed and brilliant, skilled people  fail, all because of the marketing and sales aspect.  Very few people are good at everything...  The old saying about "If you build a better mouse trap, they'll beat a path to your door." is only partially true...  First they have to know about it.

Good Luck & Best Wishes!

Common Room / Custom build
« Last post by Splash Carpentry on October 13, 2017, 10:24:09 AM »
We are planning to use a very sophisticated laser scanning system and create a 3D model for every type of van that is sold on the U.S. market. If we succeed, we will have a database with over a hundred models and we will be able to create everything from shelving to cabinets and even bed frames that would fit perfectly. Please let us know what your thoughts are, your feedback is very important to us. Thank you in advance, the Splash Carpentry team.

Video spot:

Common Room / Re: Van Problems - Top 3
« Last post by Rustbuss on October 10, 2017, 09:48:04 PM »
Problem 1 - Van engine destruction/MOT failure

Solution - Build outside the van and then move in, screw things to the floor/battens etc run cables through conduit etc. If the van dies its all easily transferable into a new van. If you've built inside the van you feel obliged to keep it running  at any cost

Problem 2 - Cutting Windows/drilling holes etc - Don't they leak , they rust, they weaken the body and they rattle

Solution - Use a minibus or crew cab van, they often have a better floor and some sound deadening too

Problem 3 - Environmentally friendly sources of energy - I've got solar panels which work some of the time( but I've also got a charge relay which works all of the time)  Wood burner is fun but only usable in conditions below freezing  and wind turbines are noisy and complicated for little output

Solution - extra blankets, propane
Van Conversion / Re: Mosquite Netting
« Last post by trampingeurope on October 09, 2017, 11:04:21 AM »
Ah, good call on putting the magnetic strips inside, I also foind that I needed to super glue the strips to the netting, I'll also do that with the magnetic strips too.

Cheers for your post, think this'll work much better than velcro inside which was my backup plan :)
Van Conversion / Re: Mosquite Netting
« Last post by Camper_Dan on October 05, 2017, 05:08:19 PM »

I struggled with screen solutions for many years.  I decided I preferred the screens on the inside, because I didn't like the looks of them on the outside.  I have metal around all of my windows in my current van, so magnets seemed like a good solution. I tried individual little magnets, but wasn't very happy with them.  I switched to the self adhesive magnetic tape to insure a good seal all the way around.  I used no-see-um screen, the finest weave available.  These magnets worked beautifully, and I leave them up on my rear windows pretty much permanently, because they're almost invisible.  It is easy to pull them up to access the pop out latches as well.  The front window screens I remove while driving.

The only problem I've had is that the self adhesive part which holds the screen to the magnetic tape gave way after about a year.  I tried various ways to reattach the screen to the magnetic tape, and finally tried the school kids type glue stick.  It works beautifully, and lasts a very long time.  If it does come loose, it is very easy to reapply a little.  I have been very happy with them.

If you don't have metal around your windows, I would use a second magnetic strip around your windows for the screens to stick to.  If the self adhesive doesn't hold, I would try the glue stick for that too.

Hope this helps, keep us posted!


Common Room / Re: Hi From Andrew & Bongo!
« Last post by trampingeurope on October 05, 2017, 04:25:04 PM »
Interested to know your opinion on my other thread: http://vandogtraveller.com/forum/van-conversion/mosquite-netting/new/#new

Van Conversion / Mosquite Netting
« Last post by trampingeurope on October 05, 2017, 02:24:45 PM »
hi all

My 'conversion' is going well, however I am wondering what other vanners do with mosquito netting so they can sleep with the window open??

As I am travelling with Bongo (Dog) I am keen to take all precautions against Leishmaniasis. Prevention is better than cure so keeping B inside the van from dusk til dawn shouldn't be an issue and he'll have a collar in case he does get bitten.

ATM I am thinking that some netting with magnets stuck to one side and then place on the rear outer door and window (it's a Peugeot Partner MPV) and then not use that door during the night. That way we can have a (pop open) window or 2 open while we sleep...

Interested to hear what others have done :)
Van Conversion / Re: My electrical system
« Last post by Camper_Dan on September 29, 2017, 11:35:33 PM »
I hate to say this, but now I'm at a loss too.  I didn't have much luck finding a conversion of wire sizes from metric to American along with the amp ratings.

To add to this confusion, I don't know how or if their terminal size relates to actual wire size.  Supposedly that terminal is capable of passing 50amps. So according to this chart:

I would want to use the equivalent of #4 AWG wire for this.  So the question that I would have is whether the terminal connector used between the controller and the wire is capable of that size wire, and if it's conductivity rating is at least the 50 amps needed.

Hopefully this helps some...

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