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    Guilty as charged and now I can't even find a decent shot of it - or any shot for that matter! Flip! Sorry.

    All it is is a normal extender tent pole where the thinner one slides into the thicker one - available from any camping store. There is a finger tightener nut so that when you extend it the tightener is in the middle. The clips on each end clip onto the side poles that extend from the caravan to the front end of the awning as you open it.

    So, you put your awning up as usual. Then, standing underneath it, you clip the extender pole to each side pole and extend it pushing the two side poles outward. Tighten the finger tightener nut. The awning is then more sturdy and it reduces the pooling of water.

    A lousy explanation, sorry. That's why I don't write instruction manuals. I'll post some pictures when next it is up.

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    Glad to see some new postings from fellow Xcape owners. It truly is a very potent little caravan and we enjoy ours very much.

    I want to share what I think is a very handy modification. I found it a schlep to unscrew the water tank plug each time to drain the tank, thus the following modification.

    I used an irrigation plastic valve that is available at various hardware shops or nurseries and installed it in the place of the plug. Now I just open the valve to drain the tank. No more laying underneath with spanner and getting wet in the process.

    Steps I followed:
    1. Remove the tank cover plate by drilling out the pop rivets
    2. Unscrew the plastic tank plug
    3. Unscrew new valve lever or else it catches on the tank and you cannot screw the new valve in.
    4. Shorten (saw off) valve so it does not extend below cover plate so that stones cannot hit valve and damage / break it.
    5. Mark and drill / cut / file out a slightly bigger hole in the cover plate underneath plug hole in tank, for water to drain through.
    6. Screw in new valve (use some tread seal tape)
    7. Re install cover plate with newly cut hole in it.

    While underneath, inspect your water pipes for any rubbing against tank / chassis. I used old pieces of PVC pipe that I cut open and tied it around the water pipe with cable ties at problem areas.

    Hope this is understandable and can help somebody that wants to do the same.
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    Well done Rudz, nice description - and with pictures! I'll try to do something similar when I get some photos.

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    thanks Mike..your explanation is quite clear. "Then, standing underneath it, you clip the extender pole to each side pole and extend it pushing the two side poles outward"

    great idea Rudz8)

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    You can thank heavens that I don't write the manual for the guys to go to the moon. Or to do heart surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Greeff View Post
    There we go! The nicest camper out there in my opinion and we've been tjoepstil on the forum as owners. Thanks Clive, Thole, Paul.



    I'm sitting in Clarens for the long weekend (without the Xcape can you believe it (but with my bike I have to admit)) so once I get back to Johannesburg I'll make a concerted effort to get pictures of all the modifications we've done and post them here.



    I like that square tube for the tent poles Thole, and the other mods. Well done.



    Clive - can you post a picture of the cupboard you've added - I think I know what you mean and it seems like a good idea.



    When do you expect delivery Paul? Is Friday looking good?





    I used it at Koro Koro over the long weekend and I like it a lot.

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    Thanks Clive, just as I'd pictured it and great pictures to illustrate it. What a good idea, certainly worth looking at.

    Now I read my clumsy explanation a few posts back, without pictures, but with embarrassment!

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    The top acts like a shelf when you are inside with the door closed. It worked well for my phone etc. which I take out with me while the wife is still asleep in the morning.

    I am sure we will find people that have some technical reason why it should not be done on the door but I am willing to take the chance.

    I am now looking into a solar charger installation. I have ordered a 20 amp charger for my solar panels. not too sure where I want to mount it
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    Draining water tank - got Doctor at Loftus Caravans to fit a drainage pipe with a tap. Quite handy when you are in the middle of nowhere and should your waterpump give up on you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliveR View Post
    The top acts like a shelf when you are inside with the door closed. It worked well for my phone etc. which I take out with me while the wife is still asleep in the morning.

    I am sure we will find people that have some technical reason why it should not be done on the door but I am willing to take the chance.

    I am now looking into a solar charger installation. I have ordered a 20 amp charger for my solar panels. not too sure where I want to mount it
    Clive who fitted your cupboard?
    looks great! and cost?
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Dahms View Post
    Clive who fitted your cupboard?

    looks great! and cost?

    Thanks

    Doctor at Loftus and it was just under 2k I think.
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    some brilliant mods here...my wife actually commmented that there is no place for glasses and everything is equipped for 6 persons but this is only a 2 person caravan

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    So I got my new retirement home yesterday and it has been a busy day and a half to pack for our trip to Kruger Park which starts tomorrow morning early. Eish there is way too much space inside the Xcape and Swambo has made good use of it🙈

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    Enjoy!!

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    Thx Carl👍

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    Great news Paul, I was wondering. Really pleased for you that they came to the party now go and enjoy this trip and every other adventure that lies ahead.

    You're right about the space in the Xcape and the need to fill it - don't!

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    I just finished installing my solar charger and usb hub. Can't wait to test it. It's a 20amp from Bushpower




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    This is the outside for the solar connection

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    Looks good, I look forward to hearing how it works. We've been considering this route so keen to hear. Keep us posted please.

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    I am at the stage where i am considering to switch from a trailer to off road caravan. The xcape is on my shortlist and really value for money. I am hesitant due to the weight, got spoilt by the trailer.

    Does'nt the xcape have its own battery charger, why fit a solar charger or is it a dc/dc charger?
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