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    John, the top is hinged, see Post 155.

    VERY nice advise on that bedside tables.........!!! or hen I'm also thinking something a bit higher, just under the window sill, and attach them to both the bed frame and through the walls, there is exterior alu plate for that.
    The Left Rear wall is 100%, but I need to "tighten" the RH side ("driver's side"), and might as well incorporate the bedside table for that.
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    Johnna Im a bit dof here, understand what you're saying.............GREAT idea!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petri Oosthuizen View Post
    John, the top is hinged, see Post 155.
    No, hinge the top of the bedside part.
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    Coming along very nicely, I used light and dark grey inside a Sprite Sunway I refurbished. Very cool colors, I would use Grey ripstop for the cupboards.
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    I am still disappointed with this thread... Pictures nogal!
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    Posted on another Thread too, just in case anyone missed it..............

    Guys, if I just first get the 220v interior mutliplug and outside multi neatly wired, and then "expand" to 12volt later with a charger, solar inputs etc etc............am I on the right track??
    The current interior lights and wiring is 12volt, can I just get a transformer thingie for them, and maybe with an extra ouput "port" for a future 12v fridge?
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    Im in 2 minds here.

    This is a gravel caravan at best, NOT an offroader that can and will be towed to remote, far off places like the tweespoor along the West Coast etc etc etc.

    So........why then fiddle around with too many 12 volt thingiemajiks, I think 99% of campsites reachable by a "softroader" caravan will have 220v anyway??
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    Parasol website might help you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petri Oosthuizen View Post
    Posted on another Thread too, just in case anyone missed it..............

    Guys, if I just first get the 220v interior mutliplug and outside multi neatly wired, and then "expand" to 12volt later with a charger, solar inputs etc etc............am I on the right track??
    The current interior lights and wiring is 12volt, can I just get a transformer thingie for them, and maybe with an extra ouput "port" for a future 12v fridge?
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    Im in 2 minds here.

    This is a gravel caravan at best, NOT an offroader that can and will be towed to remote, far off places like the tweespoor along the West Coast etc etc etc.

    So........why then fiddle around with too many 12 volt thingiemajiks, I think 99% of campsites reachable by a "softroader" caravan will have 220v anyway??
    Our experience in some of the better camps is that 12V comes in handy when 220V just runs off to no where.
    It happens due to load shedding, problems in the camp or some guy who uses two outlets as he pulls a lot of power.
    (the guy who uses your power point is eventually sorted out by management if you arrive early - late in the day it is only next morning)
    Also learned the hard way that the extension cord needs to be 25 m long and 2.5 mm cable not the thin one.
    Most sites has 220V but with a full camp it drops to 210V or even less, so on a thin cable the voltage at the caravan are lower.
    I do carry a extra 10 meters as well - since upped the solar panel to 200 Watt with the supply point that far have not used it.

    You need 2 or 3 lights in 12V and a 12V BH connector for a fridge.
    A 100Amp battery to feed the 12V points and a decent intelligent charger for when the 220V returns from its flight.
    You can later add a MPPT solar controller and some 200 Watt solar panel for camping off grid at a dam or somewhere

    PS - when things do not fit via the door, the one side of the pop up roof can be undone and lifted to fit the big things in
    To me better to make them fit via the door or assemble inside, pain to get the top back on.
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    One very important point to remember is build in lightness, every kilo adds up and before you know it your gypsey is a hippo. Fat and heavy, by the looks of it you used super board for the bed top.......4 - 5mm ply would be much lighter and adequate in strength Just saying

    I come from an era where 220 was a bonus, nowadays it is expected from all but the roughest bush camps. I still preffer to have 12V as my primary power with 220 as back up only to charge the batteries. I have just returned from a bit of a break in Kruger and this time I was lucky, there was a power point close by and available but this has not been the case for all of my stays. I am not dependent on 220 and can pop out a solar panel in the blink of an eye to charge the battery and with 75l of water in the belly I can go for a long time off grid. Having the porta pot just puts the cherry on top.
    My suggestion is to fit 12v and the full db board at this stage, later you might find that the space left was not adequate.

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    Thanks Henk

    Ja wat hy kom heel OK uit........eks BAIE BAIE dom met my hande, so hierdie is my eerste en probably laaste probeerslag, maar hy kom OK uit.

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    Done a little bitta this and that today................

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    Nice high front, plenty space underneath. I also made a little removable "step" inside the door, removable if we want to clean/sweep the van inside, the air vent is underneath
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    Rear bed front.......also deep and nice. Wheel arch is a bit in the way, but we will live with that, rather a nice big bed. You cant walk around it anyway, with the overhead cabinets. Floor "wobbles" a bit against the straight cut alu, I'll finish off there with a strip or something
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    Toying with the idea of sommer attaching plastic drawers inside the cupboard - its see through, nice for clothes and soft stuff. And SO much easier/ligther than sliding drawers thingies.
    I'll just secure it to a strong "floor" underneath and to the sides. Should be very solid, the "floor" is on the wheelarch.
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    Very nice so far Petri.Lots of packing space under those beds.
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    Great pity you not doing 2 of them....
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    Lyk baie goed sover Petri en nou maak jy hom soos jy wil en wat vir jou werk geniet hom

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    Thanks vir al die komplimente - dis RERIG nou nie 'n show stopper nie maar ek het huge fun.

    Ek wil more die veneer beginner stopping gee en liggies afskuur, het besluit om tog maar binne te verf - die side walls het maar redelik skaafmerke.

    Sal dalk die voor en agter veneer net met iets soos 'n Woodoc verf, hulle is nog BAIE mooi en ek dink so bietjie "originality" wat mens behou kan nice lyk, combined with a light paint on the side walls and nice, funky blinds/curtains.

    I think that would look nice - whiteish walls, combined with the original veneer, and nice linen on the beds, with the alu chequered plate etc etc.
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    Busy sanding the veneer lightly, decided to paint the interior walls.

    I hope it was a wise(ish) decision..............
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    Sanding/stopping etc etc done..........Yikes No turning back now
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