Best & Worst accesories (1 Viewer)

haganap

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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.
 

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:

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haganap

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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:

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.
 

scotjimland

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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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old-mo

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A tracker system,,

=Cheaper insurance,, ::bigsmile:

But dont get one if you have one already fitted,, save your money,, :ROFLMAO:
 
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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.
 

Terry

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Hi,external screens and a gas bottle filling adapter :thumb:also 2 ins memory foam toppers::bigsmile: :Eeek: ----wait for the s --t to hit the fan with the mention of adapters :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO: Worst bits ?all the crap I have bought that is now cluttering up my garage
terry

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PenelopePitstop

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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
:ROFLMAO:
 

Bulletguy

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

D.

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


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.
 

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:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
further to my last post :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:these are a few of the best EXTRAS :ROFLMAO:
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!!! :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::thumb:
Sorry could not resist,but still think the first posts extras are the best value
TERRY
 
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Stephen & Jeannie

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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:

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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.
 

dave newell

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


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.


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:winky:::bigsmile:). 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.
 

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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.

Chris, I am very worried about teh woolworths sittuation,, Should they go, just where will get my bbq bucket from?:Sad:

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best and worst accessories

Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference!

If you haven't already got one, an awning strap saves a worry or two when you're sat on a sunny beach away from the van and the wind gets up.............

Mosquito netting on a pole across the doorway held by two cup hooks...midges can get through fly screens.........

Those rolls of non slip matting from the pound shop save things sliding about on shelves and cut out noise.............

extending shower pole ( Wilkinson's) used to partition the van with a sarong tied on it , over the door as a door curtain.......

Sarongs- to use as sarongs, side panels attached to the awning for shade, tied across the outside of open windows for extra shade, beach towels ( take minutes to wash and dry unlike towels), sunshades tied to sticks and weighted down with stones, seat covers, tablecloths...the list is endless- I should write a book- 'Travels with my sarongs'......

Pre packed, part cooked bread and bread rolls ( do these count as accessories? maybe not- on my list, they're essentials so I can have fresh baked bread miles from anywhere to put my frazzled bacon in for my bacon sandwich and Asda's sundried tomato and rosemary is scrumptious)

An aero latte whisk was a great buy( £2.99) so I can have frothy milk in my fresh ground coffee..........

Two king size feather quilts ( cheaper than mattress toppers) one high tog and the other a lower tog. In winter, low tog one goes on the bottom, high tog on top and in summer the reverse. I don't need sleeping bags or sheets then unless it's really hot in Greece when I use a king size quilt cover on top instead of a quilt.

Light weight plastic tarpaulins- really cheap and handy for awning sides, groundsheets, bike covers etc.


I agree with others though- a second battery is a must.
 

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