The Green Syncro Machine

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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby Bigjcc55 » 15 Jul 2018, 21:47

I like the green lettering on the spare wheel cover.

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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 17 Jul 2018, 06:25

Bigjcc55 wrote:I like the green lettering on the spare wheel cover.

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Cheers £5 from my local sign shop :mrgreen:
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 17 Jul 2018, 17:14

So I've been getting the van ready for our French trip, I had planned to use the Pendal bike rack I had but I didn't fancy lugging a separate light board. I managed to find a Thule one in the nick of time, both racks still allow me to use the Paulchen shelf. :mrgreen:

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I can get one bike comfortably on the Paulchen and the front wheel wedges behind the spare wheel without touching the tailgate, when I modify the trombones I will be able to get both bikes on even with the spare, an autumn job when I get around to finding a good second-hand welder.
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 03 Aug 2018, 10:51

So not long back from a 10 day tour of France, it has been the first chance to really test the new equipment in the van and see how well it works.

Firstly the compression fridge was excellent (working very hard in temps of 37!) It also doubles as an extra seat in the van and a nice step to get bits from the luggage rack, I love it when van bits have many uses :mrgreen:

Secondly the solar (2 x 100w, CTEK D250S & 100AH gel deep cycle leisure battery). We left on 100% and returned on 100% with no need for hook up. We had phones and a laptop to charge daily, the usual lights and tunes plus the fridge was working overtime on the hot days. We were parked up for three days and the lowest the battery got to was 68%, mainly due to the fridge been set to -3 in the day & -1 at night, and the outside temp been set to 37.

The ARB awning allowed us shelter from the sun and the last minute purchase of the Cadac Safari meant all the cooking was done outside, (I'm so glad we had this on the trip). So all in all I'm very happy with the current set-up allowing us to be totally independent if we wish. A photo of the old girl on holiday :mrgreen:

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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby silverbullet » 03 Aug 2018, 13:38

Compressor fridges and solar are the way forward as summer temp averages climb year on year...
The only problem I had with a Waeco CF110 in hot weather was it continually cycling on/off all night and keeping us awake, whilst trying to freeze all the food regardless of the temp setting!
Eventually diagnosed a failed thermocouple, so always carry a spare and know how to change it!

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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 04 Aug 2018, 07:19

Totally agree Ian, its the best thing I have installed on the van. I have the National Luna NL40 and we use it for parties, BBQs etc etc. I just had a read of the instruction manual after I read your post and it covers replacing a thermocouple, with photos which is good :mrgreen:



silverbullet wrote:Compressor fridges and solar are the way forward as summer temp averages climb year on year...
The only problem I had with a Waeco CF110 in hot weather was it continually cycling on/off all night and keeping us awake, whilst trying to freeze all the food regardless of the temp setting!
Eventually diagnosed a failed thermocouple, so always carry a spare and know how to change it!

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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby rollercoaster » 09 Aug 2018, 21:01

Good to see that a few long drives have not brought to light any problems,
after such a thorough rebuild as well..
If it was me, anxiety would be just about turning into slightly confident by about now.
Wishing you all the joy you deserve after putting so much into your van!
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 10 Aug 2018, 12:04

rollercoaster wrote:Good to see that a few long drives have not brought to light any problems,
after such a thorough rebuild as well..
If it was me, anxiety would be just about turning into slightly confident by about now.
Wishing you all the joy you deserve after putting so much into your van!


cheers for the kind words, much appreciated :mrgreen: Only issue I have is the engine is using oil, it was an unknown so it may be an engine out over winter to sort whatever it is (oil ring/) otherwise its all good, off to the T3 Meet today so it will be nice to catch up with some like minded (poor) people :mrgreen:

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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby rollercoaster » 11 Aug 2018, 02:17

They are good thanks, just fitted swivels in the camper.
Drove the long haul from West Cornwall to Edinburgh in the pickup.
Lovely drive, fast and smooth, remarkably only about £140 in petrol, and no leaks.
I was expecting worse.
Its getting the heart transplant anyway..
Someone is sure to want a good WBX.
Happy to have left it with Russel for his masterful tinkerings.
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