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Tow Bar... Awning and Cover... March 2012

Posted by XenaCommander on March 12, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Since my last update I have been pottering along with smaller jobs in the truck...    things like drilling holes in the frames to run electrical cables from the battery compartment to where the switch panel is going to go...   Also running plumbing from the temporary sink to the grey tank.. and plumbing from the pump to the sink...    All mainly to keep the truck useable and able to be used for the odd weekend camp.


It was tricky devising a way to get pipes turned around to go into the back of the tank but with the help of local ITM guy got fittings to turn in a tight corner...   Works well...


XC hooking up the water to the tap in the temporary bench unit..   This will all be replaced when final cabinetry is done...   At least we now have running water for our weekends away...   should we find time to do them..!!

Tow Bar Goes On....

I had some time owing so I took a week off to do some work on the truck and I wanted to get some bigger tasks off my checklist...   So I drove the truck to Auckland  (always fun)...   and took it into Acker Bilt's the tow bar people in Penrose...


Here she is in the Acker Bilt workshop...   Great guys here and they know what they are doing...   They even provided a step down from 24 volt to 12 volt to connect to the trailer I have...    It also has electric brakes so they wired in a brake controller in the cab so it can be adjusted while driving..    Very cool...


Nice shiny tow bar and ball....    Excellent service from Acker Bilt.   (Tick...)

I also wanted to get some seat belt mounts welded in for the lounge seats...  not yet in but easier to do now than later...  Acker Bilt suggested some guys down the road so I got that done the following day...    The welding of the mounts was reasonable as expected $$$$ wise... but the inspection and certification cost $450...!!!  Mumble... I hate regulations....

Awning Goes On...

The other major I wanted to get done before I sprayed foam insulation on inside walls was to get the Awning mounted...    So after I picked up the truck from the seat belt people I fuelled her up... and early on Thursday morning I drove it down to Mt Maunganui...    Making Shade make the Shade Maker awnings..  I talked to Ron at a motorhome show a couple of years ago and decided I would get a shade maker..   We had been emailing measurements and requirements for a little while so I used my recently acquired iPad to draw up some measurements and send him...   Of course making some assumptions...


A great way of communicating...    Ron was happy with the measurements and had a plan...    I drove the truck into the workshop mid morning...


Ready for the install...


Ron (on Right) and Lance measuring up...   I found out that they required three upright supports..  I was figuring two and wasn't sure where the third would go but the guys managed to find a spot...


Lance fitting the first upright...


The extra upright went in front of the door between the two cupboards...  It didn't obstruct the door opening although it did cover the slide..  I hope that doesn't bite me in the future...


Third upright behind the door...  note also they had to bend the upright to follow the truck side which tapers toward the top.   Awning can be seen on trestle in foreground...   looks good.


The boss comes back to give Lance a hand to slide the awning onto the track...


In place...  now bolt it on the uprights... 


the colour match is very good...   Not sure if I will get the bottom of the uprights painted to match the colour scheme...   I will think about it...   Now the big reveal....


Out all the way...   Just enough room in the workshop...    Looks very nice...


Final touches...  Putting on the latches etc...


All done...  a view from the rear before stowing it away and heading back to Turangi.     A great job done by the guys at Making Shade check them out if you want the best motorhome awning available...    Thanks Ron and Lance.


The truck back in Turangi on her pad...  It was a beautiful day so opened the awning and tried it out...   Looking good.     A great addition to the truck...    (Tick...)

Cover is Finished...

TK had texted earlier and said she was not able to get her VTR motorbike going this morning and wasn't able to ride south on it...    She wanted the keys to my V-Strom DL650 but I had them down in Turangi with me...  so she was stuck as the car was already down there..   Things seemed to go quiet on the texting front so I ended up ringing her to find out what she wanted to do...   No answer...???
Then a couple of hours later I get a text from her..   She is in Gordonton and is riding her Daelim 125cc "Thingy"... It is called "The Flash" because of its blistering speed...   (not)...  She is crazy... but determined...  She turned up in the evening..  tired but in one piece...


Saturday she took a pic of her favourite steed...    Amazing little bike this..  and unique in New Zealand...

She wanted to get the truck cover finished this weekend so while I was pottering around with small jobs in the truck she finishes the little bits that needed to be done...    Then on Saturday afternoon we put the cover on...


I had just washed the truck and had pulled it forward a bit so we could get right round it...   Now you can see that this cover is no small project..  It is HUGE...!!!    the truck is 11.3 metres long...  2.4 metres wide..  and 3.6 metres high...    So we have to work out some easy way to get it over the top of the truck...    Yeah right..!!


She figured if she put tennis ball on end of rope and tossed it over the top of the truck then go around the other side and just pull...!!    Hmmm  should work..    but we kept getting caught up in something on the roof... and wasn't easy at all...   so decided to do it the hard way.. 


getting onto the roof and pulling it over...


Pulling down over all the angles...   note how she even made the cover custom fit over the humps...  


Of course I had to clamber down the ladder...    It would be good to devise a way to get down again.. maybe a flap over the hatch I climbed up...  then pull the flap back down..
TK up the ladder making some adjustments on the closing front left...    We then tied down the cover through the loops you can see on the bottom...

The cover was not on my construction list but I wanted a light one to protect the paint work a bit..   A great job done by TK..    Thanks Sue...      (Tick....)   She should go into business custom making motorhome covers...  any orders..?

Next I need to pull through conduit and wires before I do the insulation...   Maybe even get gas fittings done.  Anyone know a good Gas Fitter...

Stay Tuned for more...

XC

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