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    It's a 2007 T5 2.5 4Motion.

    Bought it a while ago to replace my 130, when I needed something I could drive comfortably, once my my buggered back couldn't do the Defender driving position any longer.

    I fitted CoverWorx seat covers shortly after getting it. I think I was one of the last people to get their order before they went to fetch fire wood.

    Since then It's kinda just stood around with with the lock down, until Stephen van Tonder serviced and took it through roadworthy for me.

    On an impulse (I blame another bus owner on here) I bought a Front Runner roof rack and ladder from Jacque Fernihough of BushPower, and today Gavin Pike fitted it for me. I'm claiming to be his first mobile fitment job, and I'm very glad I got him to do it. Despite owning Defenders for years, I'd probably still be busy putting together a big Front Runner meccano set if I hadn't.

    Which bring me to...there aren't too many roof racks for the VW T5 or T6, so if you're looking, I'm selling: https://www.4x4community.co.za/class...m-x-1-4m/cat/5. Give me a shout and make me an offer.

    Next is to get the headlining which is coming loose behind the front sunvisors sorted.

    I already have 2 105AH deep cycle batteries that need to be installed - I'm looking at building a battery box that contains the batteries, charger, inverter etc.

    Then I'm still trying to decide whether to go the camper route or just a drawer / packing system similar to Cats'.

    Camper route - remove middle and rear seats, build bed on top of drawers etc with space for fridge etc etc, not quite a campervan set up, but something in that direction.
    Drawer / packing system route - we tend to collect strays so often have 4 or 5 teenagers with us, so this might be the best solution for now.

    I really do want something I can sleep in though....we'll see what happens.
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    Erin Bosch (082 342 1909)
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    Default Re: My bus story

    Does the back seat not fold into a bed? I had the Caravelle and we slept often in it
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    Mine isn't the Caravelle, so I don't think so. There's something very jammed in the rear seat mechanism, which I haven't sorted out yet, so that seat doesn't fold at all...yet.
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    Looking good.

    My setup allow for some semblance of a bed in the bus with some parts of my modular packing system removed.

    The rear seats fold forward and make a flat surface on level with my rear most packing system. You take the headrests off and turn them around and refit to fil the gap a bit. The middle row seats are also folded forward. My 2 seat part can fold, the single seat part just tumble forward. In the end you end up with a reasonably flat area which when combined with a matress should work for a night or so sleeping. I think however that with all that bare metal and glass that it will get extremely cold, worse than a tent. So if wanting to do this more regularly some better insulation might be needed.

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    I found these valve caps at Midas, and couldn't resist. Click image for larger version. 

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    Erin Bosch (082 342 1909)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imvubu View Post
    I found these valve caps at Midas, and couldn't resist. Click image for larger version. 

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    Too cool !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imvubu View Post
    I found these valve caps at Midas, and couldn't resist. Click image for larger version. 

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    That looks cool. :-) Wonder how long they will stay on there before they get nicked?



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    Previous : 1996 Colt Rodeo 3000 V6 (The Original! - SOLD) : 1998 Colt Rodeo 2.8Tdi (My first Diesel - SOLD) : 2008 Pajero 3.2 DiDc GLS (Sylvester - SOLD) : 2001 LR Defender 90 (Grizzly - Sadly SOLD) : 2010 LR Discovery 4 HSE (Snow White - SOLD) : 2001 Pajero 3.2 DiD GLS (Snoopy - SOLD but never forgotten) :2009 Pajero 3.2 DiDc GLS (Casper ,Old Faithfull, - SOLD)

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    Default Re: My bus story

    Lekker om te sien hoe die Volkswagen 4Motion al hoe meer "gepimp" raak. Toe ek 6 jaar gelede myne gekry het en begin navraag doen oor add-on goed het niemand geweet waarvan ek praat nie, nou kan jy al 'n leer vir die agtewrdeur van die rak af koop! Well done! Ek laaik

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    So...what did we learn today?

    We learnt that the Frontrunner ladder which has two fitting options, hooked over the top of the rear door and then either bolted at the bottom, or fixed with super strong velcro strips, should really be bolted...cost centre #2 (middle girl child) managed to pull the ladder off the door.

    Quite an achievement really, when you consider that I tested it with my full, not inconsiderable, weight, by jumping onto it.
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    Erin Bosch (082 342 1909)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imvubu View Post
    So...what did we learn today?

    We learnt that the Frontrunner ladder which has two fitting options, hooked over the top of the rear door and then either bolted at the bottom, or fixed with super strong velcro strips, should really be bolted...cost centre #2 (middle girl child) managed to pull the ladder off the door.

    Quite an achievement really, when you consider that I tested it with my full, not inconsiderable, weight, by jumping onto it.
    the first thing I noticed on my fitment. Immediately asked for it to be changed to the bolt-through option.

    Velcro? No.
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    Quick road trip to Bethlehem today to collect a boat that I bought from Petri a little while ago.

    The bus tows like a dream...but I think I'm going to be replacing shocks soon.
    Erin Bosch (082 342 1909)
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