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Postby wiebrens » Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:10 am

any tips on installing a leisure battery? I already know I have to buy the battery, dual charge relais, an inverter & all the wires... anything else I forgot?
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Postby Monkey_Alan » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:56 pm

wiebrens wrote:any tips on installing a leisure battery? I already know I have to buy the battery, dual charge relais, an inverter & all the wires... anything else I forgot?


use correctly rated cables, and inline fuse installed close to the battery. you can get a massive inrush current when the relay closes to allow charging and the battery is close to empty. have a look at http://www.vwt4forum.co.uk theres loads on there about this kind of thing

Also have a look at this guys website and maybe give him a call. he knows his stuff and is very helpful. He is called upspex on the t4 forum
http://www.travelvolts.com/Charging-systems.html
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Postby Surf Fuerteventura » Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:11 pm

coming in late on this one...

i normally can fit 2 in the car, and 2 in the tent. but lately i solo most of the time and go for the double bed in both... JUST 4 ME!!!

getting old does have it "perks"?

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Postby danny1 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:44 pm

not sure if this has been said already...but if you are going away for some time and end up at spots for many days at a time....i cannot be without my swivel front and passenger seats...they iopen up the back of the van and you can fit more people in for the party...these are a must and you can buy kits to transform your existing
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Postby Matt Rose » Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:45 pm

danny1 wrote:not sure if this has been said already...but if you are going away for some time and end up at spots for many days at a time....i cannot be without my swivel front and passenger seats...they iopen up the back of the van and you can fit more people in for the party...these are a must and you can buy kits to transform your existing


Would you bother with one if you had a 2+1 setup in the front i.e only the drivers on a swivel?
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Postby Matt Rose » Sat May 11, 2013 10:31 am

Been doing a lot of long runs in the van,same route and mileage, put some Wynn's Injector Cleaner For Diesel Engines in couple of tanks ago, seen a big improvement on MPG and the way the engines running.
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Postby danny1 » Tue May 14, 2013 11:58 am

Matt Rose wrote:
danny1 wrote:not sure if this has been said already...but if you are going away for some time and end up at spots for many days at a time....i cannot be without my swivel front and passenger seats...they iopen up the back of the van and you can fit more people in for the party...these are a must and you can buy kits to transform your existing


Would you bother with one if you had a 2+1 setup in the front i.e only the drivers on a swivel?


one is better than none mate.

but having two is just another level- it literally opens up the baCK OF YOUR VAN.

if you can get a weekend away in someones who has both try it out...or if you are ever in yorkshire let me know
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Postby Chris F » Tue May 14, 2013 12:03 pm

Matt Rose wrote:Would you bother with one if you had a 2+1 setup in the front i.e only the drivers on a swivel?


They've just come out with a swivel for a bench seat up front. Clever bit of design, see if I can find a link.
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Postby Chris F » Tue May 14, 2013 12:08 pm

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Postby Matt Rose » Tue May 14, 2013 12:22 pm

Danny Ill defo do the one and then try to find a double for a sprinter (cheers Chris)

Fitted a pair of tinted bonded windows from this place so far so good.

http://www.leisurevehiclewindows.co.uk/

Im looking round skips and stuff for some insulation, decided on 50mm.

Generic name: PIR board, makes Ive found so far, please ad if you know anymore. (good for gumtree, ebay etc)

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Postby danny1 » Tue May 14, 2013 5:06 pm

double seat swivel? Genius!!!

i sent an email to a coach builder in leics who does pop up roofs and all the toher pimping stuff...that was 3 weeks ago...still hasnt replied ...must be busy!

anyone got any recomendations for pop up roof installers?
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Postby Matt Rose » Wed May 15, 2013 8:04 am

danny1 wrote:double seat swivel? Genius!!!


I dont think it is, cant see how it could be done on a sprinter or LT35?
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Postby Chris F » Wed May 15, 2013 8:22 am

danny1 wrote:anyone got any recomendations for pop up roof installers?


Jerba in N Berwick did ours - do a great job. Simon runs the business as just him and a few people he employs, nice guy. They will drop off and pick up at station. May be some closer to you?
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Postby danny1 » Wed May 15, 2013 4:07 pm

Sweet cheers.
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Postby Monkey_Alan » Wed May 15, 2013 5:38 pm

danny1 wrote:anyone got any recomendations for pop up roof installers?


Hey Danny, I am setting up a new business, hoping to be installing SCA poptops soon along with other campervan type stuff, so it depends how fast you need it doing? Ive been researching, and SCA have a very good reputation

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Postby danny1 » Wed May 15, 2013 6:16 pm

Monkey_Alan wrote:
danny1 wrote:anyone got any recomendations for pop up roof installers?


Hey Danny, I am setting up a new business, hoping to be installing SCA poptops soon along with other campervan type stuff, so it depends how fast you need it doing? Ive been researching, and SCA have a very good reputation

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looking for it to be done for sept- need 1) pop top, 2) tow bar, 3) rust on arches and rust spots brought back to sensible condition, 4) new flooring (that hard wearing plastic dimple stuff) and I think that's it... Would rather keep the money in the MSW arena. What if shit goes wrong though being one of your early installs?
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Postby Chris F » Thu May 16, 2013 8:08 am

What's the difference between SCA and Reimo anyway? They look pretty much identical.
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Postby Matt Rose » Thu May 16, 2013 8:59 am

danny1 wrote:
Monkey_Alan wrote:
danny1 wrote:anyone got any recomendations for pop up roof installers?


Hey Danny, I am setting up a new business, hoping to be installing SCA poptops soon along with other campervan type stuff, so it depends how fast you need it doing? Ive been researching, and SCA have a very good reputation

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3) rust on arches and rust spots brought back to sensible condition


Doing all the rust stuff is pretty easy, bit more tricky for metalic but still easy. Halfords mix paint. Worth investing in a polisher and mopping and polishing yourself when all the spots have been done. Drop me an email.
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Postby Ozric » Thu May 16, 2013 1:34 pm

Hi Danny
I currently use Wellhouse leisure near Leeds for pop tops.
They don't do SCA, due to problems with delivery times but are an approved Reimo center.
Same reason Jerba don't use SCA anymore either.......
Very good workmanship and can usually do a quick turnaround.

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Postby danny1 » Thu May 16, 2013 3:56 pm

Matt Rose wrote:
danny1 wrote:
Monkey_Alan wrote:
Doing all the rust stuff is pretty easy, bit more tricky for metalic but still easy. Halfords mix paint. Worth investing in a polisher and mopping and polishing yourself when all the spots have been done. Drop me an email.

I want someone who knows what there doing to do the whole lot- arches are bad. I'm cack handed and have no tools or time
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Postby hoolabloom » Thu May 16, 2013 10:36 pm

Danny lad, missing ya face round northumberland. hope ya well.

For the pop top you cant beat exploria down leeds way.

Google exploria-online.
Thats who did mine and I d go back again. They always have loadsa van bits in to kinda like a swap shop for seat combinations and other bits VW wise.

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Postby lostboy » Fri May 17, 2013 9:27 am

What if shit goes wrong though being one of your early installs?

I can vouch for Monkey Al's craftmanship being absolutely top notch, you should've seen his conversion on his own van. Mint. Van Envy ensued.
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Postby danny1 » Sat May 18, 2013 8:28 pm

Do you do electrics too mOnkey
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Postby Monkey_Alan » Mon May 20, 2013 7:50 pm

Danny, I have converted vans before, just doing it professionally now. I am new to installing pop tops so why not let me hone my skills on my own vans for a while then you can have a look at one and see what you think?

I will be doing interiors including windows, electrics, beds, cabinets, trim, eberspacher heaters etc etc. I am not actually offering my services to the public until later as I will be just converting and selling my own vans at first. I will however be happy to help a mate out. I will also have 2 million pounds worth of public liability insurance so all my work is insured

Not planning on doing body work though, not my area of expertise. Do you know Richard Smith, bodyboarder from Wakefield? He has done some paintwork for me, got his own spraying business. Can put you in touch with him if you dont already know him
Locally there is Pulsar at Sneaton http://www.pulsar-body-tech.co.uk/ or Guisborough Car Body Centre http://www.guisboroughcarbodycentre.co.uk/
Cant recommend either personally as not used them but they have both been recommended to me by somebody else

Sorry guys not intending to make this into an advert, as I say I am not aiming to provide services to the public until the business has developed a bit further
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Postby Monkey_Alan » Mon May 20, 2013 9:17 pm

Ozric wrote:Hi Danny
They don't do SCA, due to problems with delivery times but are an approved Reimo center.

SCA currently quoting 6-8 weeks lead time on orders. I agree this isnt good. My plan is to have one or two in stock at my unit therefore my lead time is however long it takes me to fit it

Chris F wrote:What's the difference between SCA and Reimo anyway? They look pretty much identical.

They are very similar. I think SCA edge it on price but Im still waiting for trade price information from SCA and will hopefully have a trade account with Reimo's UK agent soon so I will be able to offer both options. I read somewhere the SCA has a slightly lower profile when closed, making the overall van height a bit lower, but cant confirm this myself
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Postby danny1 » Tue May 21, 2013 10:02 am

hey mate- i trust you! lets do it!
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Postby JayP » Wed May 22, 2013 4:46 pm

Just bought my first ever van (well not including the one me an a mate had on a trip round Oz (Mazda gas chamber) or the 3 my folks had when I was growing up!) This baby's mine! All mine!!! Its a Merc so apologies to the purists but I couldn't afford a vw! Now I just have to decide when and where to go!!!!! :-D :-D ......and pray for some freakin sunshine!!!!!!! ......and think about the possibilities/expense of putting a pop top in her!!
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Postby Black » Wed May 22, 2013 5:57 pm

Get your French exhaust replaced in Britain as its more expensive in France! :shock:
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Postby Philshoz » Wed May 22, 2013 6:06 pm

Black wrote:Get your French exhaust replaced in Britain as its more expensive in France! :shock:


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Postby Monkey_Alan » Wed May 29, 2013 11:33 am

For anybody thats interested ive got some figures on pop top roofs now, these are for supply only as I do not know how much I will be charging for fitting yet
Banwy fit SCAs for £950 IIRC

REIMO
21093R VWT5 Swb strengthening frame RHD £392.40
210960 VWT5 Swb elevating roof – front height £2,449.00
210960(2/5/6/8) VWT5 Swb roof coded (T.Red, Ind Bl, P.Red or F.Gn) £2,549.00
21097 VWT5 Swb elevating roof bed £521.40
21069 VWT5 Swb elevating roof - rear height £2,730.00
21070 VWT5 Swb bed for rear height elevating roof £521.40
2115001 VWT5 Swb EASYFIT elevating roof - Front height with strap fixings £3,590.00
2115002 VWT5 Swb EASYFIT elevating roof - Front height with clamp fixings £3,966.00
21151 VWT5 Swb bed for EASYFIT elevating roof £510.40
21081R VWT5 Lwb strengthening frame £485.90
21085 VWT5 Lwb elevating roof – front height £2,645.00
21085(2/5/6/8) VWT5 Lwb roof coded T.Red, Ind.Bl, P.Red or F.Gn £2,649.00
21082 VWT5 Lwb elevating roof bed £510.40
21075 VWT5 Lwb elevating roof - rear height £2,645.00
21076 VWT5 Lwb bed for rear height elevating roof £521.40
2116201 VWT5 Lwb EASYFIT elevating roof - Front height with strap fixings £3,765.00
2116202 VWT5 Lwb EASYFIT elevating roof - Front height with clamp fixings £3,765.00
21166 VWT5 Lwb bed for EASYFIT elevating roof £210.40

SCA PRICES (PRICE INCLUDES SCA ROOF BED)
VW Type 5 (SWB) 2003+ SCA 190 Deluxe £3,404.52
VW Type 5 (LWB) 2003+ SCA 192 Deluxe £3,615.63
VW Type 5 (SWB) 2003+ SCA 196 Traditional £3,061.96
VW Type 5 (LWB) 2003+ SCA 198 Traditional £3,273.08
VW Type 4 (SWB) 7/1990+ SCA 112 Traditional £2,886.71
VW Type 4 (LWB) 7/1990+ SCA 114 Traditional £3,014.17

Optional Bed Mattress available for £160 SWB & LWB + VAT

The actual cost of colour coding in SCA factory is:
SWB Metallic £525 + VAT
Base £495 + VAT
LWB Metallic £550 + VAT
Base £525 + VAT
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