Best & Worst accesories

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  1. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

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    Ok, so my van is gone and all being well I will pick my new to us van up on Wednesday.

    This has led to a few pounds kicking around in my pocket for some extras to buy, (not bragging in these times just the way the deal went) . So it got me thinking on what I would like and or need.

    I would like,

    New Plates, cups etc,

    A gaslow system

    A new alarm,

    What extra have you bought or already had that you have regarded as your best purchsase.
    Jims motorhome checklist excluded of course as we all know that this is essential.
     
  2. Jim

    Jim Ringleader

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    200 quids worth of Raskelf Matress Topper. The absolute best thing you can buy for your motorhome next to a corkscrew:BigGrin:
     
  3. Brisey

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    Hi Haganap

    If not already fitted on the van, I would like, in no order of preference

    VanBitz Strikeback alarm
    Gaslow system
    Solar panel
    Extra leisure battery

    Hope all goes well for you tomorrow. :thumb:
     
  4. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

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    Thanks Brisley.
    I intend having a second leisure battery. and as stated the gaslow. However I have opted to miss the solar panel as not needed for the ammount of time we are in one place. But what I would like to ask is the alarm? I looked at the vanbitz and I have seen similar at Dave Newalls and others but much cheaper. What is it that makes vanbitz teh dogs danglies? Can you or anyone convince me why I should spend the extra £300? Simply interested.
    Regards
    Paul & Nikki.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    In no particular order;

    Panasonic bread maker, best thing since sliced bread..

    Automatic washing machine, a must for full timing

    230v Mini Oven.. saves tons of LPG, 'Max out' the EHU , it cost plenty , why not..

    Coffee grinder and Coffee machine.. can't live without fresh ground proper coffee.

    Proper dishes, hate plastic, we bought a set of white Luminarc in France.

    Satellite dish. .. :RollEyes:

    Cadac gas BBQ


    Edit , Jan just reminded me :Doh:

    Electric Blanket ...:thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    crank -up dish

    solar panel

    inverter
     
  7. old-mo

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    A tracker system,,

    =Cheaper insurance,, :BigGrin:

    But dont get one if you have one already fitted,, save your money,, :Rofl1:
     
  8. ecosse08

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    Alarm - what alarm. Is it on?

    ... But what I would like to ask is the alarm? I looked at the vanbitz and I have seen similar at Dave Newalls and others but much cheaper. What is it that makes vanbitz teh dogs danglies? Can you or anyone convince me why I should spend the extra £300? Simply interested.
    Regards
    Paul & Nikki.[/QUOTE]

    Hi Paul & Nikki

    I have an alarm, a vanbitz alarm, A Strikeback T. Can I convince you to spend the extra £300? No. I can't say any more than that. Good luck with the new van.

    Keef & Carol.
     
  9. Terry

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    Hi,external screens and a gas bottle filling adapter :thumb:also 2 ins memory foam toppers:BigGrin: :Eeek: ----wait for the s --t to hit the fan with the mention of adapters :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1: Worst bits ?all the crap I have bought that is now cluttering up my garage
    terry
     
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    No particular order :-

    Argos Memory foam mattress :thumb:

    Cruise control ( from Conrad Anderson) :thumb:

    Rear air suspension ( from AS AirSuspension) :thumb:

    Extra leisure battery & Solar panel & Inverter ( LeisurePower in Warrington) :thumb:

    Webber BBQ - far superior to the small Cadac we've got! ( we used it at Stratford Show):thumb:

    Gaslow (from CMR):thumb:

    Logitek Z4 Computer Speaker system to play MP3 and Minidiscs through ( from El Corte Ingles in Granada!):thumb:

    Marie
    :Rofl1:
     
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    As we are now hitting the worst seasonal weather, i'd place vehicle electrics at the very top of the list with plasma tv, satellite dish, and alarm at the very bottom and least of priorities. An alarm won't be any use if your electrics aren't in tip top condition.

    Well worth having the underbody steam cleaned and waxoyled too.
     
  12. dave newell lvs

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    Cruise control
    reversing camera
    alarm
    refillable gas system
    extra locks
    satellite tv system
    bigger leisure battery
    solar panel

    D.
     
  13. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

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    so dave. where can I get all these from:Wink:


    In seriousness though, I spoke about the alarm to your receptionist , however I did not ask about alugas, which I believe is teh german version of gaslow? is that right? if so how much is it compared to gaslow and can it be provided for self fitting.
     
  14. Terry

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    :Rofl1::Rofl1:
    further to my last post :Rofl1::Rofl1:these are a few of the best EXTRAS :Rofl1:
    Here goes all extras
    Alarm immobilizer
    Full size cooker
    Trauma blow air heating
    Trauma hot water heater
    Dometic 3 way fridge
    Sink & taps
    5 x new windows and seitz blinds
    Shower tray
    Swivel loo
    Plastic combination sink cupboard, taps & shower
    3 x mirrors
    5 x drawers
    Full size wardrobe
    12 x cupboards & 6 doors
    18 push button locks
    20 spring door assisters
    2 gas bottles & regulators etc,
    6 x 12v metal spot lights to replace 6 crap plastic ones
    2 x 240v spots
    4x twin sockets
    2 new clean & waste water tanks
    Approximately 30 boards & 72 tubes glue
    50 metres edging strip
    2 swivel seats modified & moved from back to front
    New seating / beds for rear
    New seating foam & covers inc drivers / passenger seats cab roof & door panels
    Heki roof vent
    Roof rack & ladder
    Roof box
    Status 530 Ariel
    Lcd tv/dvd player
    12volt on digi box
    Cd mp3 player & speakers
    3 stage battery charger
    2 x 10 x 5 ft alloy sheets-roof / back
    New custom rear bumper
    5 litres fibreglass filler
    5 litres bodywork filler
    Full re-spray
    Graphics
    Tints
    And a lot more,
    It was an ambulance!!! :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::thumb:
    Sorry could not resist,but still think the first posts extras are the best value
    TERRY
     
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    wish list

    in no particular order......tracker (cheaper insurance)........kenwood breadmaker, appx.£50............inverter.............mini deep-fat fryer. (ace chips)...........gaslowe system, (a MUST)............a remoska (instead of cadac).....there must be lots more, but that is what i use, OH !!! i nearly forgot... a TOM TOM europe sat nav. :whistle:
     
  16. Phil

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    My Mio SatNav with powered speakers so that I can hear it above the diesel noise.

    Rear Steadies so that the floor in the campsite toilets doesn't move up and down like there is an earthquake under foot.

    Oil filled radiator to keep us nice and cosy and which is so quiet it can be left on overnight if it's particularly cold.

    Replaced the original commercial style hard plastic seats in the cab with a couple of seats from a Citroen, cost me £10 for the pair from a scrap yard, they have been in use for nearly 100,000 miles, much more comfortable.

    Phil.
     
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    Well from me of course:Doh::Doh::thumb::thumb:

    My "receptionist" is actually my wife and takes the title of Office Manager (I call her office totty though:Wink::BigGrin:). Alugas is a refillable gas cylinder made of aluminium and yes it can be supplied for DIy installation, I'll have to check up on the prices though.

    D.
     
  18. JeanLuc

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    In addition to all the 'comfort and convenience' extras, I'll put in a word for tyre care.
    Of course, you may already have this from the previous van - if so ignore, but the info may be useful to others.
    Make sure the jack that is supplied will lift the MH. And invest in a decent socket to fit the wheelnuts, a long 'breaker bar' (preferably with uni-joint so it will clear the bodywork) to undo the wheels and a torque wrench to do them up properly again. There is nothing worse than having to change a 'flat' in bad weather on the side of a busy road if you have to rely on the (usually puny) wheelbrace supplied. It's also worth getting a decent tyre inflator - the Interdynamics Inc 'Truckaire' is one that is up to the task of inflating commercial tyres.

    Finally, get a yellow reflective hi-viz jacket - you'll need it for the continent anyway.

    Philip
     
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    Best:- electrikery system that gives me mains power to all the vans 240v sockets at the press of a button without hook-up.

    4 x 125Ah batteries, 2 x 75w solar panels, waeco mains priority inverter & sterling battery to battery charger.

    Worst:- exterior windscreen covers. i hardly ever use campsites and when wildcamping i have the van ready for an immediate getaway if needed so the screens are now in the loft.
     
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    Bill say's you definately need a decent BBQ. Oh! and a course of lessons on how to use it.
     
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