Globecar Modifications

Discussion in 'Globecar' started by jezport, Dec 17, 2016.

  1. CamperSue

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    Thanks John.
    We'll see how things go but keep airbags in mind if we need to improve the ride.
     
  2. RogerThat

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    Got any more info on that one?? (some sort of safe that fits in the door?!)

    Anyone replaced this (useless?) block of rubber with an actual handle, to make closing the door from the inside a bit easier??
     
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  3. bjandlin

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    our last autosleeper sliding door was always noisy & difficult to close, until. the bump stop fell off,
    quiet & easy to close after that.
     
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  4. Neckender

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    I bought a set of Heosafe locks in white and had them resprayed as near to the van colours as possible and I fitted them today.

    John.

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    nice job, looks very professional (y)
     
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  6. jezport

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    Take a look at the rear springs. They are almost flattened and close to the spring assisters, and thats when new. Realistically the springs are not up to having the weight of a motorhome on them.

    I went for full air suspension and the difference is quite noticeable. It turns an old fashioned leaf spring suspension into the latest smoothest self adjusting suspension system. Only one downside, the cost.
     
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  7. CamperSue

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    Thanks @jezport . There seems a bit of room above the bumps but I'll look again after it's loaded. Out of curiosity, do you have the heavy chassis and if so, have you uprated?
     
  8. Minxy Girl

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    To answer these on Jez's behalf - yes he has the heavy chassis and has uprated, as have we, the difference is that he has the Revolution model so is higher and therefore heavier than the standard Campscout which we have, also Jez carries stuff for selling at shows etc so I suspect he utilises the available payload more than most.

    We have had our FamilyScout for 3 years and haven't had any problems with it during that period, its on the heavy uprated chassis too ... if you do want to look at improving the ride etc then think about semi-air which is a lot cheaper and can be DIY fitted too - we had this on a couple of previous MHs and it transformed them but I'm not sure how much difference it will make to a new campervan, we won't be fitting it to our new Campscout unless we find it needs it and as our Familyscout didn't I doubt we will.
     
  9. eddievanbitz

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    I hope that he has a Tachograph then!
     
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  10. jezport

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    Only take samples these days. I have another trader deliver my stock
    After all, me and my wife and parrot have to live and sleep in the van, couldn't do that if it was full of stock. It's only a PVC after all.
     
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  11. jezport

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    As Minxy said we are on the Maxi and are up plated.
    The Revolution is taller so more susceptible to side winds.Also we have the extra bed options so can sleep 5 adults.
    My kids are now big, Lewis is 6ft, so we have 4 adults 1 large parrot in cage and all our gear and water and fuel plus the extras like batteries and solar panel, awning, gas tank, levelling and air suspension, So I didn't want to worry about what weight We were so went for the up plate. Now at 4500kg it would be hard to over load.
    Take your van to a weighbridge and then decide for your self.
     
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  12. CamperSue

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    Thanks @Minxy Girl and @jezport.

    We weighed it the day after we bought it and with 5/8 fuel, 20L water, awning, solar panel, 2nd battery, 2 adults and a small cocker spaniel, we came in at 3100kg (1660kg front 1440kg rear). Only thing missing was a bottle or 2 of Calor. I intentionally weighed it before loading anything else so we know our starting point. That leaves us with 400kg payload and we will only be doing short trips so I am not in a mad rush to get it uprated. Having said that, I have already asked SvTech and John Ruffles for advice and we will likely use John to uprate so we are guaranteed to be on the right side of the law... well, for weight anyway.

    Thanks again for all your help.
     
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    @locsuna thanks for the tip, I wouldn’t have found these otherwise. I had the same problem as you with no time to fit 12 volt sockets to a new van before a trip. I ordered 2 of these and they were delivered two days later. They look good and are smaller than I thought they would be so you don’t notice them unless a lead is plugged in. They are not cheap but problem not much more than all the kit to add sockets and only take seconds to fit.
     
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    Has anyone fitted air con to the hab?
     
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    Another simple mod today for extra security during the night, just a piece of timber notched at one end and slipped into the rubber block on the door and the sliding door cannot be opened from outside.

    John.

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    I’ve also fitted the rear Perspex window covers which protect the blinds from the bed pillows bought from @jezport.

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    Also fitted adjustable and removable extending pole to dry and air towels again bought from Jezport.

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    I love that sliding door trick!
     
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  18. CamperSue

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    @locsuna and @1ten I got 2 of these and we used them to charge our Samsung phones on this week's maiden voyage. Funny thing was that we didn't seem to go above 83% charge on the phones. Have you found the same thing when using the USB sockets on the 12V rail ?
     
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    We have not had that problem, our phones and iPads charged properly
     
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  20. CamperSue

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    Thanks @1ten. I'll check our cabling and see if they charge from the dashboard USB.
     

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