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    Super job there, and thank you for posting. Did you do it yourself or outsourced ? If so where. Either way, what did it set you back ?
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    Hi Pappa Santos

    Did this myself, do not believe in outsourcing - they normally charge rediculous prices for below standard work. For technical work like suspensions it is another story though - would not trust myself in doing something that could cost me my life...

    This took me a weekend to do (with a lot of sunburn), and cost around R800 (unfortunatley I did not keep all the receipts). The copper pipe and fittings is a bit pricey. I must admit that this was not the most comfortable project I did - the nose of the companion became smaller and more uncomfortable as the weekend progressed - it is not the easiest place to get into.

    The cost however I feel is worth every cent.

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    Really neat work Deon, that had to be awkward as you said working in the nose cone. But a very tidy job!!

    I had mine done at Conqueror Midrand was +- R1300 for the job but not to that quality. Saying that though I have not had a peep of problems with the mod so far, it really makes things a lot simpler.

    Enjoy!!

    Regards

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    To all the older Compaion owners, I just replaced the old kitchen with the new one. It was done at Zambezi Safari. It is a huge improvement. No need to handle the gas bottle anymore and eventually the very irrating pot basket is now fixed on the back side of the kitchen unit!!!

    It comes at a ridicilously high price (+- R7000) but if SWAMBO is happy..... maybe it is not then that expensive...
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    Willem, do you have before and after photos?
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    Default Companion Mattress Upgrade

    I had my Mattress upgraded, the existing pieces are you used. Egg Shell Foam is inserted on the top and then covered with a Durable Canvas. The rear mattress is two pieces you just pull the back end up when closing the bed. The side mattress sits upright against the closed bed.

    Sleeps much better no movement and a lot firmer.

    Cost was +- R1000 per side.







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    Some small changes we've made:
    - Replaced the rediculous carpet with novilon floor. This has been done in 2 layers. The first layer were adhesive tiles which I cut to size and then also cut out around the pop rivet heads. The second layer is a continuous sheet. Major improvement. Not sure what Conqueror are thinking with a "cut pile" carpet in an off road trailer.
    - Bolted brackets to the roof for a solar panel. Added plug under the panel and wired it through to the solar regulator in the power box.
    - Glued some closed cell foam into the roof for insulation.
    - Added fuse to the positive terminal of the battery.
    - Bolted a 500W inverter under the bed and wired it into the box and added plug point just under the power box. I can switch the inverter off easily through the holes in the bed frame when the van isn't being charged.
    - Added a brad harrison plug to draw bar connected to battery. This I have now moved to the fan. When I plug the fan into the bakkie's alternator it runs. Removed the stupid indoor switch fitted to the fan from the circuit. The fan will now not flatten the van's battery if I decide to use it.
    - Removed the second gas strut from top half of the door. Now it no longer provides a gym session to close.
    - Added LED flood light next to the fan to light the kitchen area. This very worthwhile. Can be seen in the pictures.
    - Added LED strip light into the top half of the door. This allows light into the van, but doesn't draw all gogos through the screen the way a light inside the van does. Also allows good lighting at the back of the van
    - Added LED strip light on the kitchen door to light the work surface on the door. This is not of that much use.
    - Added a geyser.
    - Added a aluminum plate to the section of the fridge slide that goes under the ammo boxes. We carry our big pan, long life milk, Pepsi's, dust pan and hand broom in there.
    - Bought various sized of lockable stackable containers for the kitchen. REALLY worth it.

    I don't have pictures of most of these mods though.

    Still to come:
    - Mirror over the power box. Wife's tired of brushing her hair in the rear view mirror.
    - Lockable box above the power box big enough to take an iPad with a place for a charger.
    - Kitchen to get rid of that stupid loose box.
    - Maybe a decent awning.

    We don't use the second battery. I've taken that cover off and we use that area for shoes. We also then shove all our dirty clothes down the hand holes in the cupboard. When you want it's then easy to pull the clothes out through the battery box.

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    Bruce quite a list, can you get us pics of the mods close up? :-)
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    I'll have a go.

    Maybe the weekend, or next time we take her for a camp.

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    Thank you to every one for advice and pictures and ideas without ya it would have a been a long journey alone

    Here with mods to my Companion 2011 model:

    If it was a GTI it would fly J

    Big SA 4x4 community magnetic decals!!!!
    Moved the gas bottles in nose cone to left hand side of the caravan
    Permanent connection of gas and water
    Hand sprayer at wash station and new tap position.
    Swapped the kitchen drawer and the pot and pan box.
    Rhino lined the pot and pan box.
    130w solar panel.
    20 amp regulator
    Extra BH points for solar panel on roof and in right taillight box
    Frame on roof for solar panel (Oom Sarel se werk J)
    The left hand battery holding space put hinges and a clip on it so to access some tools, jerry can spout and goodies and a 45 ah emergency battery.
    2x Extra hella plugs in pressure fan box
    A holder for the 7 pin connector on A frame.
    Bendable reading lamp at the big bed.
    Battery isolator for solar panel (keeping systems separate)
    Non-skid stuff for the big bed (mattresses seems to creep)
    Skateboard grip on entrance step(saw my stars with wet feet)
    A expandable pipe connection between the kitchen tent pole and the 2nd tent pole to have a straight tent and a place to affix a light.
    Webbing underneath the work space in groceries cupboard to keep paper plates and serviettes( lost space otherwise)
    Webbing on drinks cabinet I broke the support thingies on the first dayL pushed them the wrong way.

    Still to do dcdc charger
    1 more battery to replace 45 ah
    Make use of the space in kitchen drawer that slides under the ammo boxes
    Use space under fold up bed extension(tent sides)
    Stone protection device/net from Companion to 4x4

    Feel free to contact me to come and do a look see!
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    Pics Pics Pics

    Please!

    I'm going to change the water and gas connections this weekend.

    Looking forward to this!
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    Hi Guy's I went into Conqueror Midrand this morning to get some advice on my pre-loved Companion. Kobus, the former owner, is back in the shop and assisted with pasion and knowlage. ...can't go wrong with a Companion!

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    Thanks Jvan
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    Quote Originally Posted by CampKing View Post
    Hi Guy's I went into Conqueror Midrand this morning to get some advice on my pre-loved Companion. Kobus, the former owner, is back in the shop and assisted with pasion and knowlage. ...can't go wrong with a Companion!
    Yeah saw him as well strong team now!
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    Guys, I want to do the direct connected or permanenet connected water mod this weekend, but how do the pipes go from the top tap connectors?

    1. With an elbow down into the little bin area and then?
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    Piri

    I used the thick clear pipe from the original set up and then changed to a 12mm pipe that runs in the slide sides
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    Default Companion pop-up roof - update.

    Good morning all. At this stage I do not have fotos to publish (time was a serious factor on Saturday afternoon), but here are some info.

    I had the lifting mechanism fitted, both front and rear. Needed to manufacture a bracket for the roof section. The pulldown handles were also fitted and works a charm.

    Now, to get the 4 new shocks fitted was a mission. Luckily I had 2 sets of hands to assist. the roof needed to be lifted very high to fit the shocks on the one side (rear). then, you need to balance the roof on that side's mechanism and shock, lift the front section, fit the shocks and the pull it down again to have the mechanism fitted. This will ensure that the shocks will sort of "pull" the roof in onto its position. I only need to fit new rubbers on the pop top, there are only rubber seals on the 4 corners.

    REFER THIS DISCUSSION OF MINE TO THE "FAN CLUB" SECTION. DO NOT WANT TO HI-JACK THIS DISCUSSION.

    I will get the canvas this week, so it will be fitted on Saturday. then only will I be able to take some pictures and post it here.

    After the initial fitment, I had to disassemble all the brackets and shocks. I need to paint and finalize it. I had to make sure all the brackets fit properly and the mechanisms work the way it should be. So during the course of this week, all will be finalized and fitted again so I can get assistance to finally fir the shocks.

    Regards.
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    Sean, where did you get your mattresses re-done? Mine are like sleeping on rock and keep moving apart. need to get a softer foam before our next trip.

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    Two trios into Botswana this year. Khutse in June and delta now in December. Both times I came back with a snapped suspension strap. Anybody else have this problem with Companion?
    Other than that it's the best for one man trips into the bush!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikoj View Post
    Two trios into Botswana this year. Khutse in June and delta now in December. Both times I came back with a snapped suspension strap. Anybody else have this problem with Companion? Other than that it's the best for one man trips into the bush!!
    sorry it's two trips, not trios. Fokken autocorrect

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