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    Quote Originally Posted by Jouko View Post
    Comments on the two previous posts:

    - I looked at using those cavities in the front to carry wood (mainly). I have seen also gas bottles like above. What ever is there is sand blasted so I would recommend bottle protection plate. Looking into one of the images the van is used on sand roads. Aluminum plate is blasted.

    - I have not seen rot in the front but there is one area where it was found in our van. In the back where the bottom comes up there are aluminum strips in the bottom corner. Water gets between the strip and the vertical wall panel. Worth to make sure that is sealed AND NOT using silicone. Sikaflex. Dealer fixed the wood under warranty. I only noted the problem because the screws holding the strip let go.

    Normally the problem with wood rot is not rain but condensate/dew. If the van is without some roof over the van top is wet every morning. Thin layer of water seeps in. I learned that with our now sold Jurgens road van. I had to build the front new and even seal pop rivets on the roof top. All joints, aluminum strips and similar that are so where water can flow from above are suspect.

    I caught one potential problem on time. Water tank level probe connection was not properly tight. I filled up and noted afterwards dripping under the van. Overfill the tank and see what happens.
    G’day Jouko,

    Thanks for your comments. I will be making an aluminium chequerboard plate to protect the gas bottles in their holders. I will post photos once I have fitted it. I will also have a look at other joints to look at the sealing. The only obvious previous point of water entry into the van itself was around the roof vent. It has been sealed with something but I will make sure it is well covered.

    Michael

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    I have also installed solar panels on our 2009 Stargazer/Xplorer roof. Having struggled with 160W portable solar panels to keep two 105Ah batteries topped up in overcast weather I have fitted two 300W rigid panels. These are connected to a 30A solar controller. I used 4mm cable and ran it through the roof, replacing a junction box already there, then through cupboards to the controller and then to the batteries. Even with a cover on the caravan the panels are keeping the batteries at about 12.5V.

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    One complication which arose was that the added weight of the solar panels made it almost impossible to raise the roof. I ordered some gas struts on eBay and fitted them. However, they were so powerful that I could not lower the roof! They were rated at 670N. I removed them and propped up the roof on blocks of wood. Using a pole and set of bathroom scales I measured the weight of the front and rear of the roof - 46kg and 63kg respectively. I then went to a local gas strut specialist and he was able to provide me with the correct length struts. After some discussion we decided to give the front pair of struts a rating of 300N each and the rear pair 400N each. I installed these yesterday and am very pleased with the ease now of opening and closing the roof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Aldred View Post
    I have also installed solar panels on our 2009 Stargazer/Xplorer roof. Having struggled with 160W portable solar panels to keep two 105Ah batteries topped up in overcast weather I have fitted two 300W rigid panels. These are connected to a 30A solar controller. I used 4mm cable and ran it through the roof, replacing a junction box already there, then through cupboards to the controller and then to the batteries. Even with a cover on the caravan the panels are keeping the batteries at about 12.5V.

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    One complication which arose was that the added weight of the solar panels made it almost impossible to raise the roof. I ordered some gas struts on eBay and fitted them. However, they were so powerful that I could not lower the roof! They were rated at 670N. I removed them and propped up the roof on blocks of wood. Using a pole and set of bathroom scales I measured the weight of the front and rear of the roof - 46kg and 63kg respectively. I then went to a local gas strut specialist and he was able to provide me with the correct length struts. After some discussion we decided to give the front pair of struts a rating of 300N each and the rear pair 400N each. I installed these yesterday and am very pleased with the ease now of opening and closing the roof.

    Michael
    Why don't you use flexible panels? They seem to be in plentiful supply down under, they are light and are almost just as efficient as the glass ones. There's an Aussie on Youtube that tested various types of panels against each other and some of the flexibles performed better than the glass ones. I managed to source 2 X 100w flexibles in parallel and they work well with my 2 X 100ah batteries in the Explorer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke1098 View Post
    Why don't you use flexible panels? They seem to be in plentiful supply down under, they are light and are almost just as efficient as the glass ones. There's an Aussie on Youtube that tested various types of panels against each other and some of the flexibles performed better than the glass ones. I managed to source 2 X 100w flexibles in parallel and they work well with my 2 X 100ah batteries in the Explorer
    A bit late now to do that! It seemed to me that more people had problems with flexible panels than rigid ones. Horses for courses I suppose. Now that they are up I hope I never have to take them down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Aldred View Post
    G’day Jouko,

    Thanks for your comments. I will be making an aluminium chequerboard plate to protect the gas bottles in their holders. I will post photos once I have fitted it. I will also have a look at other joints to look at the sealing. The only obvious previous point of water entry into the van itself was around the roof vent. It has been sealed with something but I will make sure it is well covered.

    Michael
    Hi Michael.

    Have you resolved the roof vent leak?

    I found unsealed rivets on the lid which i replaced and sealed, but the problem persists.

    Reading the FB Xplorer page they recommend removing the whole vent. There is a rubber seal there which either needs resealing or replacement.

    Cheers.
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    I want to "test drive" an Xplorer or Xcell to see if it is really what the wife and me wants.

    Where can I hire one? The only one I know is in Vredenburg but not available soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitsu Fan View Post
    Hi Michael.

    Have you resolved the roof vent leak?

    I found unsealed rivets on the lid which i replaced and sealed, but the problem persists.

    Reading the FB Xplorer page they recommend removing the whole vent. There is a rubber seal there which either needs resealing or replacement.

    Cheers.
    I sealed the rivets as well as around the outside of the vent body. I also dremeled 2 slots in the outside of the vent body to assist trapped water to get out of the channel rather than having a good chance to leak through the vent opening. Since doing that quite early after I bought the Explorer I have not experienced any more water ingress , and we have been through a couple of heavy downpours since then

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke1098 View Post
    I sealed the rivets as well as around the outside of the vent body. I also dremeled 2 slots in the outside of the vent body to assist trapped water to get out of the channel rather than having a good chance to leak through the vent opening. Since doing that quite early after I bought the Explorer I have not experienced any more water ingress , and we have been through a couple of heavy downpours since then
    Thanks Arie.

    Done 2 slots as well. So the whole vent will have to come off then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jouko View Post
    Comments on the two previous posts:

    - I looked at using those cavities in the front to carry wood (mainly). I have seen also gas bottles like above. What ever is there is sand blasted so I would recommend bottle protection plate. Looking into one of the images the van is used on sand roads. Aluminum plate is blasted.

    - I have not seen rot in the front but there is one area where it was found in our van. In the back where the bottom comes up there are aluminum strips in the bottom corner. Water gets between the strip and the vertical wall panel. Worth to make sure that is sealed AND NOT using silicone. Sikaflex. Dealer fixed the wood under warranty. I only noted the problem because the screws holding the strip let go.

    Normally the problem with wood rot is not rain but condensate/dew. If the van is without some roof over the van top is wet every morning. Thin layer of water seeps in. I learned that with our now sold Jurgens road van. I had to build the front new and even seal pop rivets on the roof top. All joints, aluminum strips and similar that are so where water can flow from above are suspect.

    I caught one potential problem on time. Water tank level probe connection was not properly tight. I filled up and noted afterwards dripping under the van. Overfill the tank and see what happens.
    This is a good idea
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    I managed to break this section of the kitchen tap when sliding it back in. It didn’t snap just seemed to clip out but can’t get it clipped back in. Any advise before I break it further?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IR_eddie View Post
    I managed to break this section of the kitchen tap when sliding it back in. It didn’t snap just seemed to clip out but can’t get it clipped back in. Any advise before I break it further?

    Put some Vaseline on the O'ring before pushing it back into the housing. That helped when I reassembled one I had apart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danie1957 View Post
    This is a good idea
    This is my version

    Michael

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitsu Fan View Post
    Hi Michael.

    Have you resolved the roof vent leak?

    I found unsealed rivets on the lid which i replaced and sealed, but the problem persists.

    Reading the FB Xplorer page they recommend removing the whole vent. There is a rubber seal there which either needs resealing or replacement.

    Cheers.
    There is another reply to this post which is not from me. I thought there was no longer a problem with my roof vent but after leaving the cover off for a few days there was a heavy dew and some drips of water appeared under the vent area. I need to remove it to have a good look at it. I was going to redo the silicone but will now have a better look and see if there is a rubber seal and how it looks.

    Michael

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Aldred View Post
    There is another reply to this post which is not from me. I thought there was no longer a problem with my roof vent but after leaving the cover off for a few days there was a heavy dew and some drips of water appeared under the vent area. I need to remove it to have a good look at it. I was going to redo the silicone but will now have a better look and see if there is a rubber seal and how it looks.

    Michael
    G’day again. I had a good look at the roof vent yesterday. I removed the screws holding it down. I couldn’t remove the vent body because it has been siliconed in place and the metal lip bent wherever I tried to lever it up. I decided to do what Mitsu Fan and Duke1098 have done and cut two notches in the outer edge of the channel at the front corners so that water could drain away then siliconed around the edge and in the screw holes before refitting them. I also investigated the channel. There were the remnants of some foam strip glued into it so I removed this and cleaned up the channel. I am in two minds whether to use some self-adhesive draught excluder to replace it or to silicone some PVC tubing into the channel. I am a bit concerned about getting the foam strip applied to the channel in the rear section where the vent is hinged. The PVC tubing might be a better option as it may give a better seal. What do other people think?

    Michael
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    Hi Everyone

    I need to increase my carport for Xplorer to fit. The caravan is not with me so it's difficult to measure the height. Will 2.35m be high enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mot View Post
    Hi Everyone

    I need to increase my carport for Xplorer to fit. The caravan is not with me so it's difficult to measure the height. Will 2.35m be high enough?
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    I am considering buying a Jurgens Xplorer.
    (Going to rent one beginning August to see if it works for us)
    Presently touring with a Metalian and Howling Moon TTT.

    I do have a worry about the rubber axle. I have read too many reports of axle breaking on Xplorers.
    Thus my question, will it help if one replace the 1.8 ton axle with a 2.5 ton axle?

    Not being able to buy new, which year model were the best Xplorer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Aldred View Post
    I am in two minds whether to use some self-adhesive draught excluder to replace it or to silicone some PVC tubing into the channel. I am a bit concerned about getting the foam strip applied to the channel in the rear section where the vent is hinged. The PVC tubing might be a better option as it may give a better seal. What do other people think?

    Michael
    Hi Michael.

    Can't quite picture what your idea is here with PVC tubing. Are you saying PVC tubing the same size as the groove/slot?

    I have not done anything with mine yet, so maybe a better explanation to help. Maybe we don't get PVC tubing that small here.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter.Rau View Post
    I am considering buying a Jurgens Xplorer.
    (Going to rent one beginning August to see if it works for us)
    Presently touring with a Metalian and Howling Moon TTT.

    I do have a worry about the rubber axle. I have read too many reports of axle breaking on Xplorers.
    Thus my question, will it help if one replace the 1.8 ton axle with a 2.5 ton axle?

    Not being able to buy new, which year model were the best Xplorer?
    Peter

    The Xplorers all are mostly the same amd only evolved over time. Many older ones have been updated in any case to newer spec.

    I would search for one in good condition and which fits your budget. Forget about year.

    On the axcle side I think the biggest Rubax axcle one can get is 1.8 ton. So no 2.5, but I might be wrong. If you are worried about the axcle then upgrade it or have thw current one serviced at least at Alko and it should be as good as new.

    I wish I could get out of Gauteng and use my 2003 model, owned from new, again.

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    So, I am going to look at a stock standard 2012 model tommorrow.

    What must I give a closer inspection or what must one look out for?
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