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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 04 Feb 2018, 18:12

Been a while since I've done anything on the van, sometimes you just have enough and need a break. Got a small job completed today, I finally got the last of the curtains refitted. I had them recovered with thermal / blackout material in a nice brown (is there such a thing) material that is in keeping with the van's interior. They do a great job of keeping the light out. :mrgreen:
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby bene » 06 Feb 2018, 14:50

god damn this bus looks great.... i am vey jealous.
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 06 Feb 2018, 16:50

bene wrote:god damn this bus looks great.... i am vey jealous.

:oops: cheers m8, Im really looking forward to seeing yours :mrgreen:
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby nsjtaylor » 13 Feb 2018, 09:39

How much of an ar*e was it to get to/replace the curtains behind the wardrobe, Keith? Did you remove the wardrobe to do it or were you able to find someone with small hands to get in the gap?

Bit envious of the fact that your curtains are now better than a paper tissue in terms of blocking out the light! Nice job.

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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 13 Feb 2018, 10:14

nsjtaylor wrote:How much of an ar*e was it to get to/replace the curtains behind the wardrobe, Keith? Did you remove the wardrobe to do it or were you able to find someone with small hands to get in the gap?

Bit envious of the fact that your curtains are now better than a paper tissue in terms of blocking out the light! Nice job.

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lol I put the curtains in as I was refitting the furniture, but I did originally fit them the wrong way around and I had to remove the top locker to turn them :roll:

The lining has made a massive difference to both the lack of light and the weight of the curtains, very happy with them. :mrgreen:
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 10 Mar 2018, 21:20

well a small update as Ive been a bit bury of late but managed to install a £7.99 cutlery tray mod for the kitchen unit drawer :mrgreen:
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby tforturton » 13 Mar 2018, 14:32

Brilliant. Even has a special slot for chopsticks!
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 13 Mar 2018, 18:33

tforturton wrote:Brilliant. Even has a special slot for chopsticks!

8) good idea :mrgreen:
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 17 Mar 2018, 17:34

SO I've finally got around to working on the solar install. I've only had the 100w panels since July last year :mrgreen: . I bought them from Photonic Universe along with the AGM leisure battery, I've had a great service from them having gone back with a few questions about the battery for configuring the battery monitor and they always respond quickly.

I spent a long time looking at solar installations, then I came across this thread on The Samba. I really like the fact that its low profile and I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a roof rack just to house solar panels, which would increase the height of the van by quite a bit. The snow has slowed me down but more photos to follow when I get a bit further. All the brackets and fixings are stainless and the tray is aluminium.

This set-up only requires you to drill into the side of the poptop.
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The brackets have a layer of neoprene fitted on the inside to protect the roof
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The rubber stoppers are two demijohn corks stuck together and then fixed them to the bottom of the tray with a countersunk screw.
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I used some small P clips and the panel fixing bolt to secure the wiring under the tray. If I ever need to remove the tray its a matter of 4 bolts and two MC4 solar connectors.
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When the Spring weather gets above freezing I am planning to fit the twin cable gland, this just fits (height wise) under the tray out of sight :mrgreen:
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby rollercoaster » 18 Mar 2018, 19:21

Wow thats a lovely job well done.
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby Winchweight » 18 Mar 2018, 19:53

Nice job Keith! :ok
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby DavidPallister » 20 Mar 2018, 07:34

That looks very smart.

Did you get the stainless pieces made to suit or did you buy them as part of a kit?
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 20 Mar 2018, 09:18

rollercoaster & whinchweight cheers for the kind words :ok


DavidPallister wrote:That looks very smart.

Did you get the stainless pieces made to suit or did you buy them as part of a kit?


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I got in touch with the guy who designed it after I saw the install on the Samba thread. He sent me the info and I had it made here, the plan is my van will be a test van for the Uk with the option of maybe selling it as a kit for those that are interested :mrgreen:
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby bigbadbob76 » 20 Mar 2018, 16:23

Nicely done Keith.
Very neat and allows a little airflow underneath too. :ok
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby silverbullet » 21 Mar 2018, 08:09

Solar panels with the terminal boxes underneath are so much neater.

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