• From Melksham, Lacock, Corsham, Holt – Do Your Dream!! on Walks, Cycle rides and Mountain Biking - Melksham, Wiltshire

    […] Wiltshire Walk/Bike […]

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    2016/10/11 at 2:41 pm
  • From Melksham, Seend and Semington Walk – Do Your Dream!! on Walks, Cycle rides and Mountain Biking - Melksham, Wiltshire

    […] Wiltshire Walk/Bike […]

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    2016/10/11 at 2:33 pm
  • From Lindy Scott-Blair on About Us

    Hi Ryan and Mel
    It was great to catch up with you again at the weekend. we had a brilliant time, it was such a good show. Love the blog and it was great to see the van, it really is genius design. Hope you are both well
    Cliff and Lindy

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    2016/09/30 at 6:51 pm
  • From Rob's Surf Wagon on Do you need an inverter (240v) in a van?

    Here’s a tricky one for you – I still haven’t worked out a way to get a nice HIFI in my van.

    It’s a ‘stealth camper’ – so it needs to have HEADPHONE jack for when I’m parked up in town. I’d also like to use it with my electronic drumkit which is connected via the same jack.
    This kills the obvious solution: car HiFi. None of them have headphone jacks for legal reasons!
    So – is here a way to use a home mini HiFi without using a power sapping inverter?
    What voltage do the internals run on, anyone know?

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    2016/09/24 at 7:06 pm
  • From Feta B on How did the NV200 campervan do?

    Hiya,

    Really enjoy your blog, good to see you both using the magnificent compact camper on the road! Thanks for the info on the 12v sockets at the front, have a design for some in my own campervan build project so this is particularly nice to hear. Congratulations on all the hard work.

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    2016/09/23 at 6:57 am
  • From Joanne on Verdon, to the med, and dawdle home

    I am so pleased you ‘bumbled’. I thought for ages it was just us who bumble but now found a partner in crime who love to bumble too.
    Glad the trip went well…any improvments required?

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    2016/09/22 at 7:38 pm
  • From How did the NV200 campervan do? – Do Your Dream!! on Month trip in new van starts....

    […] we’ve now had 40 days away in the van since its birth, 28 on a consecutive trip, so how has it […]

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    2016/09/22 at 9:25 am
  • From Verdon, to the med, and dawdle home – Do Your Dream!! on The Alps, and The Verdon

    […] trip index HERE – preceding article  HERE and – all pics from trip […]

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    2016/09/22 at 9:03 am
  • From The Alps, and The Verdon – Do Your Dream!! on Verdon, to the med, and dawdle home

    […] Verdon, to the med, and dawdle home […]

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    2016/09/22 at 9:03 am
  • From Mark Rowland on Ford Transit TDCi, low power, low boost (p0235) - Fixed!

    Tube swapping fairies, and other members of their tribe, swarm here in Australia. My city of the Gold Coast is an “open prison for fraudsters”. Thankyou for your efforts on behalf of we poor Transit camper owners. Mark.

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    2016/09/22 at 1:01 am
  • From Steve on NV200: Fitting Solar Panels

    I loved your conversion video. Respect.

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    2016/09/18 at 1:18 pm
  • From Month trip in new van starts…. – Do Your Dream!! on The Alps, and The Verdon

    […] Continued HERE…. […]

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    2016/09/01 at 7:21 pm
  • From The Alps, and The Verdon – Do Your Dream!! on Month trip in new van starts....

    […] Van trip index HERE – preceding article     HERE […]

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    2016/09/01 at 7:19 pm
  • From Jan on Installing a Drimaster Heat PIV system

    I have a problem in a large downstairs flat roofed bedroom/En suite extension at back of house mainly with a foisty smell on clothes in wardrobe and dank smell on towels in the En suite so would a drimaster unit in the loft(which is quite a way from problem site) be of any help? There is no condensation mould or anything like that but feel there is an airflow problem in this large low extension. Would be grateful for any advise.

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    2016/08/28 at 11:43 pm
    • From BLOG on Installing a Drimaster Heat PIV system

      Hi Jan
      I am no expert, but what you describe sounds like high humidity. Id say buy a handful of the cheap humidity meters and place them in various locations, good places and bad places, and compare. If you have high humidity in the smelly areas and low elsewhere, then could be moist air. A drimaster woukd help move the damp air. However, see top of this page t o my PIV specialist site, and it gives more advixe. eg hints to get damp air away – eg MUCH BETTER fan to get air out of the ensute (shower?). So Id GUESS at checking humidity, then finding sources of nmoisture and removing thenm, and drimaster only if improved extraction and ventilation does not help

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      2016/08/29 at 8:40 am
      • From bhar budev on Installing a Drimaster Heat PIV system

        I have condensation in bay windows but also in bedroom in wardrobes with sliding doors—We do not have loft space–as loft is boarded–would Flatmaster help? how do I find an installer in Harrow Middx are?

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        2016/12/04 at 4:01 pm
  • From Joanne and Craig on About Us

    Loving the updates and very much like your jfdi approach. Couple after our own heart…whats the plans for the next couple of months?

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    2016/08/24 at 11:49 pm
  • From Paul on Tip: Winterising a Panel Van Campervan

    That’s a great write-up. Thanks for taking the time to document all this, and provide such great advice based on your experince.

    I particularly like your curtain arrangement. Is there any chance you could provide a link to a fleece material that’s roughly equivalent to what you used?

    Did you shape the curtain at all to the cab, or just have it straight, presumably it would just gathers together in some places? Does the curtain end up being very heavy? Is it easy to fit with only one person?

    Thanks again,
    Paul

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    2016/08/21 at 9:14 am
    • From BLOG on Tip: Winterising a Panel Van Campervan

      Take a look at our NV200 build too.
      The fleece material was from a shop, same as the blackout bit. The blackout bit just maks sure you cant blow through. Can’t link – it was a real shop 🙂
      In this post, the curtain is rectangular. On the NV200 its shaped. Its not heavy nor difficult. This post I used Velcro but changed to curtain rail, new van curtain rail. The rail is neater but less air tight.
      The NV build has curtain rail and curtains post.
      Hope this helps

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      2016/08/21 at 9:24 am
  • From Frank Shepherd on Do you need an inverter (240v) in a van?

    thank you for simplifying the query I had about inverters…. We have just bought our first motorhome, a Chausson Flash 08 (2006)…and the electrics seem to be so uncomplicated…I wouldn’t want to interfere with that . I believe it has already got LED bulbs in most areas.

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    2016/08/20 at 6:09 pm
  • From Lee speedy on How to change water pump on 2L FWD Transit

    Thanks for a great description.
    I’m hoping it’s going to do the job for me

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    2016/08/17 at 7:27 pm
  • From Timo on Summary of trip and tips learned

    What a pity you didn’t find your Spain. I hope you some day give it a second chance. We’ve had our second home (first in Finland) in Costa Blanca area for two years now and love the area, country (and the weather). My idea is, that if you are going through any country fast, you easily see just the rundown areas and not find the good places. Spain is full of old towns, history till the roman times, medieval and older castles, natural parks, beautiful beaches, and so on. Two years now and we have not even scratched the Costa Blance area (without campervan). For example, if you go first time to Los Angeles and just drive it though, it’s most likely horribly place and not remind that hollywood image at all.

    I read all you blog posts on your new campervan after seeing the video. Thank you for your effort, it was really inspiring and lots of good ideas and examples. I’m on the research phase myself. The idea is to have something similar for the exploration of Southern and Central Europe and skip the need of normal car when we relocate permanently in Spain. Campervan, most likely based on 4Motion Transporter (little bit more room for travelling labrador) and motorbike/scooter combination for me. I’m a sort of “VW guy” with 4 VW’s in row (now VW 2012 Tiguan TDI 4Motion DSG-7). I think 4-wheel-drive in campervan could be useful in Spain to access nice places and views and to get back from those places of course 🙂 Thanks and take care!

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    2016/08/16 at 8:38 am
    • From BLOG on Summary of trip and tips learned

      Thank you for your comment.
      We’ve had multiple friends cover Spain recently and their feedback is pretty much as you say. So we WILL go back and explore Spain more and try and find the quieter areas. So not ruled out, and we’ll head back – just so many places to visit lol. And next time we’ll keep out of the tourist hotspots where possible. We live and learn on our travels.
      Best wishes to you too – hope your build goes well!

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      2016/08/16 at 1:33 pm
  • From Andy Hale on About Us

    Hi Ryan, I’ve been keeping an occasional eye on your progress and have just watched your video on the finished project and I’m hugely impressed. As you probably know Lunar offer an NV200 conversion as do Sussex Campervans and an outfit up in the Midlands (they’ve even done an EV one) but none of them compare to yours. A fine job, possibly bordering on the brilliant, especially as a first timer.

    After our Innovation we went onto an Adria Compact SL van which was great but then I decided to try caravanning and we went through a couple of Eriba Touring Troll 540’s (http://eribaliving.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/eriba-living.html), then a small Lunar and have ended up with a Bailey Pegasus 2 Rimini. I suppose a classic walk through the ‘if it’s bigger it must be better’ caravanning thing.

    However the call of the Innovation is strong, maybe nostalgia, but when I realised the subsequent owners lived just 40 mins from where we’ve lived for the last 7 years and were selling her I nearly went and bought it back. I was even tempted to buy another one that Highbridge Caravans in Somerset had on their used lot a while ago.

    I never did find out how many Cavarno’s and Innovation’s the Pegg’s built and I think it’s a shame the concept hasn’t continued and developed. I always felt there was tension there between the Pegg’s and Steve but I never really got near enough to know for sure. As for the AutoCamper concepts they certainly aren’t for us, indeed every time I look at them I can’t work out the differentiation between them and I suspect I’m not the only one who’s confused. That project has some good points but needs delineation and drawing together to make sense. Talking of the Pegg’s, I was browsing their Vectra website the other day and noticed that they seem to have moved back to near their original premises in Tamworth. Is that a sign of the times?

    Anyway enough reminiscing, congrats on a great job and let’s hope you get as much enjoyment from the Nissan as you did from the Cavarno.

    Regards

    SDA

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    2016/08/03 at 9:34 pm
    • From BLOG on About Us

      Thanks.
      The cavarno was an excellent van – really very pleased. But yes, the service from a certain “seller” became woeful and caused us major issues. I think the Peggs still do conversions if you provide a van, but the brand isn’t as pushed as before. I really have never seen anything as good as the horizon vans. We took inspiration from them and things we’ve learned, but not come close on finish. We did look at the NV200 brands, the Lunar is just weird and not suitable, and the other we saw and weren’t impressed with – some really bad “in use” design features. But, if you were a weekender you’d get away with it – but not for months. Funny though – despite refusing to answer a simple question for me, they are trying to spam me and my youtube with links to their site. There are some other DIY conversions I’ve seen – both really good, different to us and our needs, but really good finishes and better quality than mine. Remember I don’t show the mistakes on the blog lol 🙂
      Good to hear from you!

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      2016/08/03 at 10:00 pm
      • From Andy Hale on About Us

        We still have two bearded collies, though we don’t show them anymore, so any van we have has to have room for them and their gear.

        Funnily enough I only sold the purpose-built dog crate that fitted in the back of the Innovation, early this year and now I’m wishing I hadn’t. The beauty of it was that each dog had a separate ‘kennel’ and could be got out of the back of the van on their own but the interior side had a central door and they could wander into the van from either side of the crate when it was open. More impressive was that Barjo had built a door in the crate so the Thetford cassette could be removed without taking the crate out of the van. It also stood a lot of weight on top with folded metal puppy pen, grooming trolley and a couple of camping chairs as well plus dog grooming bag, dog towels, washing up bowl and other stuff on top of it.

        I always said that Horizon’s should build a bigger Innovation and use the extra space to add the Cavarno washroom and the Cavarno oven on the kitchen side but leave the ‘boot’ the same size. For some reason they chose to make bigger models but just extended the lounge/bed area and made the ‘boot’ deeper but didn’t add the bits that would’ve made a difference. I got the distinct impression they weren’t listening to users suggestions.

        It would be interesting to talk to Vectra but I suspect it will be very hard to get hold of a suitably specced Mk 7 Tranny in decent condition now.

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        2016/08/03 at 10:29 pm
        • From BLOG on About Us

          DIY 🙂
          It isn’t *that* tough really – just takes time. The only way to get exactly what you want. Look at sbmcc to get ideas…..
          Much cheaper too….

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          2016/08/03 at 10:35 pm
          • From Andy Hale on About Us

            I don’t believe you’ve said how much the project has cost Ryan. I’d be interested to know as a comparison the commercial offerings. There again adding in your time for three months might balloon it a bit.

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            2016/08/03 at 10:53 pm
  • From erf on NV200: Van complete - final pics and video

    An MX-5 should have a soft top :o)

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    2016/08/03 at 3:13 am
  • From Neil on About Us

    It is so useful to have such detailed information about a conversion. We have a NV200 combi and have considered a conversion., not quiet as you have done but with the ability to remove the conversion because we have need of the van as a van. I do have a few questions about the reasons behind your plans. First question is why in the floor use batons as it seams like over kill. Is their some problem with the fool warping

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    2016/07/29 at 9:49 am
    • From admin on About Us

      Fair question! It was a pain and the ply floor was a pain to fit.
      We used battens to support floor as thought the foam insulation may sag with the weight on over time. Also wanted the floor fixed so it could not move so screwing to bonded batens fixed it. The furniture is screwed to ply so hence via battens bonded to floor. Solid as a rock. But a pain! For sure our method could be improved.

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      2016/07/29 at 10:36 am
  • From Joanne and Craig on !! NEW WEBSITE !! (errors expected)

    Good luck guys. Been there and its a nightmare but looking good

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    2016/07/26 at 11:27 am
    • From BLOG on !! NEW WEBSITE !! (errors expected)

      lol! Thanks. Just found this in spam. And, confession time, it was your blog that I was reading that kicked me into action as I loved the layout, and hence I stole the same theme….! 🙂

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      2016/08/03 at 10:03 pm
  • From ALAN LIVINGSTON on Ford Transit TDCi, low power, low boost (p0235) - Fixed!

    Can anyone tell me how to find out what a P3100 Fault Code definition is for my 2004 Transit 2.4 tdi.
    Thank You
    Kind regards
    alan livingston

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    2016/07/21 at 11:47 am
    • From admin on Ford Transit TDCi, low power, low boost (p0235) - Fixed!

      Hello. No idea, and my searching found you already posting on fordtransit.org forum which I was going to recommend. Afraid I can’t offer more, apart from making the question public in the hope someone finds it. Hope you get it sorted!

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      2016/07/21 at 10:32 pm
  • From andrew frith on Installing a Drimaster Heat PIV system

    Interesting and helpful read. Going to be installing a pic soon. JG having read the installationinstructions on a couple of different units , they say to seal all possible leaks in ceiling. Has I have downright in all rooms do they need to be sealed some how.

    Andy

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    2016/07/19 at 5:03 am
    • From admin on Installing a Drimaster Heat PIV system

      I’d not overly worry about downlighters to be honest. You jut don’t want gaping holes. We have downlighters in the bedroom, bit (non closing) extractor vent in bathroom – and it works a treat

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      2016/07/19 at 9:06 am
  • From phil on NV200: DVLA Approval - and new V5

    Thats fantastic !

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    2016/07/06 at 3:01 pm
  • From phil on NV200 campervan - usage report 🙂

    Hugely impressed and very envious 🙂

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    2016/07/06 at 2:59 pm
  • From Colin on NV200: Seat and Bed is here (Rusty lee rock n roll)!

    Really enjoying reading the blog. Bed looks very impressive. I might have missed it but any chance you could give the overall size of made up bed (length and width). Cheers!

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    2016/06/05 at 10:54 am
  • From Gav Norris on NV200: Seat and Bed is here (Rusty lee rock n roll)!

    Looks great.
    We have a mitsubishi delica L300 and have ordered one of rustys standard 3/4 beds.
    What foam are you going with? you going for a memory/reflex laminated foam?

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    2016/05/31 at 2:55 pm
  • From Mags on NV200: Insulating, lining, and making use of hidden space

    Love it – been doing the same thing in my van too 🙂 which fluffy insulation are you using?

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    2016/05/24 at 1:26 pm
  • From NV200: Curtains and blinds | Do Your Dream on NV200: Fitting cab curtain rail

    […] The curtain rail install was here:  http://www.doyourdream.co.uk/2016/04/nv200-fitting-cab-curtain-rail/ […]

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    2016/05/12 at 7:49 pm
  • From Phil on NV200: Seat and Bed is here (Rusty lee rock n roll)!

    thats bloody awesome !!!

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    2016/05/12 at 3:43 pm
  • From Colin on Guestbook

    Really enjoying the Nissan NV200 conversion!
    I haven’t been brave enough to start my own yet but I plan to and keeping a look out for suitable second hand base vehicle. thanks for all the detail 🙂

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    2016/04/29 at 11:55 am
  • From Colin on NV200: Insulating, lining, and making use of hidden space

    Excellent use of the otherwise wasted space. Got to be worth the effort as it looks great as well as being useful!

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    2016/04/29 at 11:43 am
  • From Phil on NV200: Insulating, lining, and making use of hidden space

    Love the shelves!

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    2016/04/27 at 9:16 am
  • From John on How to change water pump on 2L FWD Transit

    Can anyone tell me the type of grease i need to get this job done?

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    2016/04/15 at 8:10 pm
  • From Nick on NV200: Insulating, lining and finishing a door

    As this is a small van – I would, as I did with mine, cover every possible metal surface with sound deadening, either flashing tape or specialist variants, in addition to the vapour barrier. Apart from that and the disappointment that the carpet is grey, it is looking really good.

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    2016/04/15 at 3:25 pm
    • From Ryan and Mel on NV200: Insulating, lining and finishing a door

      Its all grey. Its the 50 shades of grey van 🙂 All metal will be insulated and/or lined with thick lining carpet, so virtually nothing will be bare.
      The fresh water tank that arrived today bright blue – but as that will be underslung, you are stuck with greys!

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      2016/04/15 at 5:26 pm
  • From NV200: Cab | Do Your Dream on NV200: Fitting swivel plate and runners to passenger seat

    […] NV200: Fitting swivel plate and runners to passenger seat […]

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    2016/04/14 at 6:11 pm
  • From NV2200: Cab | Do Your Dream on NV200: Fitting swivel plate and runners to passenger seat

    […] NV200: Fitting swivel plate and runners to passenger seat […]

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    2016/04/14 at 6:05 pm
  • From Phil on NV200: Fitting swivel plate and runners to passenger seat

    Really helpful write up for anyone else thats going to do same.

    You going to follow up with dealer about the passenger seat cabling not being connected ?

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    2016/04/12 at 3:46 pm
    • From Ryan and Mel on NV200: Fitting swivel plate and runners to passenger seat

      No – it was deliberate – it was taped back, and also the seat has nothing to connect it to! So its not like its not plugged in. My Transit had driver and pax airbags, and it didn’t have any seat sensors either. Is strange though….

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      2016/04/12 at 4:42 pm
      • From Jodi on NV200: Fitting swivel plate and runners to passenger seat

        the impact sensors were mounted at the front bumper, perhaps..
        otherwise, that was a great job well done and I kinda like the way you thought that even if you had to do it yourself, you try to stick with specific engineered parts which is awesome..

        I was looking for a safe way to mount a swivel seat for my car, fortunately stumbled upon your site, and to be honest, I’m intrigued to have me a small campervan as well now! =)

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        2016/08/24 at 11:13 am
  • From Phil on NV200: Bike Rack & 2nd rear view camera

    Youre making fast progress! 🙂
    .
    Ive always wondered .. just how do those racks, with 2 or 3 bikes on , connect to a ball and not move ?

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    2016/04/05 at 3:44 pm
  • From Alex on NV200: Insulating, lining and finishing a door

    Looking good will have a go this week end, thanks for the tips.

    Alex

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    2016/03/30 at 10:40 am
  • From 240v Electrics | Do Your Dream on NV200: 240v Electrics

    […] NV200: 240v Electrics […]

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    2016/03/20 at 1:01 pm
  • From Phil on NV200: Fitting towbar and electrics

    Geesh!
    If I decide to fit a tow-bar , I owe you beers!

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    2016/03/14 at 4:04 pm
    • From Ryan and Mel on NV200: Fitting towbar and electrics

      lol. My hands still cut from trying to get the electrics fitted without removing the bumper. So much easier 2nd time! Just wish someone was a month ahead of me lol

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      2016/03/14 at 9:04 pm
  • From Phil on New campervan has arrived! (Well, van)

    Nice!
    Now I really cant wait to pick mine up 🙂
    .
    Looking forward to following your conversion progress.

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    2016/03/09 at 2:31 pm
  • From Asia 2016: Khao Lak and The Similan Islands | Do Your Dream on Trip 2: 2016

    […] Trip 2: 2016 […]

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    2016/03/05 at 10:43 am
  • From Asia 2016: Ao Nang and Khao Sok | Do Your Dream on Trip 2: 2016

    […] Trip 2: 2016 […]

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    2016/02/29 at 2:16 am
  • From Maggie on Guestbook

    Hi,
    Sorry to hear that Ryan’s parents did not manage the full Cambodia tour as planned. Hope they enjoyed what they did see (I’m sure that it was better than sitting at home wishing they had gone) and that the rest of your trip is excellent.

    See you soon – it has stopped raining here (briefly) and daffodils are out

    Maggie

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    2016/02/27 at 8:15 am
  • From Bill Lowry on Installing a Drimaster Heat PIV system

    Hello, I’m interested in the PIV but am wondering how it might work for me. I have a Dormer Bungalow with two bedrooms upstairs at the same height as the loft. Would these bedrooms benefit from PIV as the unit would be at the floor level of the first floor pushing air downwards. I am not really able to install it any higher as there is nothing between the ceilings and roof.

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    2016/02/22 at 11:41 am
  • From Asia 2016: Chiang Rai | Do Your Dream on Trip 2: 2016

    […] Trip 2: 2016 […]

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    2016/02/20 at 10:51 am