The Van

Monday, 29 October 2012

Gas Tank Filling.

Well I finally plucked up courage to go to the garage and fill the gas tank with LPG.The nearest garage with gas pump is only a few miles from home.
It's really very simple and instructions are in the pump. There's an 80% cut off valve, so the pump automatically stops when the valve shuts.The price was good too! And works out much cheaper than getting bottles exchanged.
Now ready to fit the hob and test everything.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Memory foam mattress.

I've finally been able to get rid of the blow up mattress that we've been using in the van.To be honest, it was horrible! it creaked and was also quite cold at night as the air inside the bed didn't get warm.
Now in its place is a memory foam one.This started out as a standard double size.The bed in the van is 1820mm x 1200mm, so the mattress needed to be trimmed.
After a bit of research the general advice seems to be the electric carving knife.So after buying one I set to work.
First job was to remove the cover on the mattress, mine had a zip at one end. Then mark up the size required and its ready to cut.I used the finest blade and started from one end.The blade doesn't go all the way through in one go, so you need to hold the cut bit of foam in one hand while cutting the bottom.
It's quite a quick job and doesn't make much mess, just as well as I did the whole operation on the dinning room table while Vonnie was out!
When I put the foam back inside the outer cover it wasn't as baggy as I thought it would be, so there didn't seem any need to alter it.
It's a very good fit in the van and a rally good nights sleep was had on our trip to Beechy Head.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Beachy Head

We had to go to Brighton on Saturday and decided to drive on to Beachy Head for a wildcamp.We arrived at sunset to a near empty carpark.
The sunrise was amazing! The solar panel started working quite early on and had soon charged the battery back up.
There's an RAF memorial across the road from the carpark and has been built on the cliff edge over looking Eastbourne.We bought a ticket and stayed till 10am soaking up the sun, not bad for October!
Managed to get 40 mpg on the drive home as well.