How does this come apart?

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  1. 163phil

    163phil Read Only Funster

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    I've been fitting a reversing camera to our 2003 Autotrail Apache 600 today, and want to take power to the wireless camera from the rear corner, where there is access to 12V... if I can get in!!

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    The end panel is hinged on the top, (so must open!), and underneath there are two screws, which only seem to hold the vertical partitioning. Gently levering the front panel shows it to be well and truly held down, but I just can't work out where it's fixed!:Doh:

    I don't want to force it, but can anyone tell me how to undo this accursed little panel?

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions:thumb:
     
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    If it is anything like the ones we had in our Chausson Flash 04 - it too had hinges on the top section so in theory should have opened, however at the bottom of the front section there was a bracket which held it in place. If you can't get to this bracket you've had it! :shout:

    Just a thought - how do you know there's 12v in there?
     
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    Thanks for that! - makes sense what you say. I know there's both 12V and 240V in there because[STRIKE] I have x-ray eyes[/STRIKE] there is a12V strip light over the sink and a 240V socket just under the end panel:Smile:

    Looks like I might have to have the cupboard wall out to get at the bracket:thumb:
     
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    There are two screws holding a catch ( or something ) at the bottom, could they be doing a cunning double job.

    Taking a MH to pieces is a great game. Worthy of Poirot.
     
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    If it's like my apache 700.. probably glued in place..
    Just wait and eventually it will just drop off on its own. :Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Sorry, could not resist...
     
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    what a belter that was not laughed as much for oh a day
    very good :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    taking out the screws wont release the cupboard upright panel either.

    it will also be screwed from behind the ' hinged panel' into the stepped part of the shelf and maybe further up as well.

    the cupboard will have been built on the bench and installed in the van as one piece.
     
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    I usually have no problem taking anything to bits :Rofl1:

    Its the putting all the bits back I sometimes struggle:Doh:
     
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    Hmm, makes it a bit more tricky. So why the hinge, and are you telling me it's "sealed for life"?

    I'll have another look tomorrow :thumb:
     
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    Looking at the pictures I did actually think the bottom might be glued too. :BigGrin:

    Phil - Could you make an opening on the inside of the cupboard in the side panel shown in the photo and gain access that way? You could then use a cover over this once you've done what you want, such as a normal double gang socket blanking plate like in the below link using normal wood screws (the opening would need to be smaller than the plate obviously!) so that you could still get in to the wiring if needs be in the future.

    http://www.wickes.co.uk/mk-double-blanking-plate/invt/195094/

    Alternatively make your own cover.
     
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    Easy, 4lb lump hammer, will have it open in a trice. :Wink:
     
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    Yeah but trying to find a 'cover' that's lump hammer head smashed shaped could be fun!!!
     
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    I would imagine you are going to have to take the entire cupboard of the wall
     
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    Nooooooo!!!!! It is highly unlikely that you'd be able to get it out in one piece and even more unlikely that it would go back as it should! :Eeek:

    I'd make the internal access point in the cupboard as I've already suggested as at least it would be hidden from view normally and if you can get some matching wallboard you'd make it almost invisible once covered over. :thumb:
     
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    Why the hinge? Don't know for certain, but its likely it is the simplest and most cost effective way to keep the contour along the top of the doors.
     
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    Camera

    This may sound silly but won't you be routing a cable for the video to the front of MH? If so, why not include the 12v feed which you can connect near the fuse box?
    You're going to tell me it's bluetooth aren't you?
     
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    Yep:Rofl1:

    Well, it's a new morning and it looks like I hadn't really thought it through. If I connect to the interior 12V I'll have to make sure the circuit is energised before towing, sooo...


    I might as well put a gel cell in the cupboard, turn that on before towing and recharge as required. (An old glider battery (12V, 7aH) should do the trick as the current drain from the camera and 2.4gHz transmitter is minimal):thumb:
     
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    Simples !!

    Why not phone Autotrail ! I believe they have a help line !! Never used it myself though !
    My Scout had it all fitted at the factory !....:thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    The simple solution

    Keeping to the old adage KISS, and having an old motorcycle battery (10Ah) to hand...

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    Should do the trick:Smile:

    Thank you everyone for your suggestions:thumb:
     
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    bluetooth is good, pick up all the baby alarms, video from passing cars etc, then eventually you chuck it away and buy a wired unit and run it all to the front of the van, hee hee.
     
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