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#1 Re: Maintenance » Offside rear door, internal locking » 2018-11-11 13:24:39

Casper wrote:

Cant remember that hole. Did you cut that out Oat?

No not me.  Tis a factory conversion though so probably done by them.  Just needed a panel with a little lever to finish it off really.

Careful where you drill Tiree,  there are flanges and mounts for the lock behind there.  No way to see them till you cut.  I think a single 50 - 60mm hole in the right place would suffice.  The lever only needs the slightest push from one finger to click the lock.

I will post some measurements later.

The centre of the linkage you are looking for is 6" down from the curve into the window recess and 3" in from the door edge.  At that centre your pilot hole will miss the bracket behind.


#2 Re: Maintenance » Offside rear door, internal locking » 2018-11-08 16:43:02


Can be locked by clicking the black plastic bit upwards.



#3 Re: Maintenance » Offside rear door, internal locking » 2018-11-08 02:28:08


There is a convenient cut out in mine which allows a finger to be poked in to lock it.  Probably by the same link Kens cable attaches to.

I will post some pics tomorrow.

#4 Re: Camper Conversions » Refilable Gas Cylinders...Anyone using them? » 2018-10-02 22:06:15


Can't put anything to the sides in the back of mine as I have built in units there.  My fridge and stove are where your cylinder is.  I might use the porta-potty locker on the nearside for a 3.9 propane though.

Sealing the rear doors is as much for insulation as anything else.  I would also either mount a minicat heater on a door or have a minicat cabinet heater up against them.  I would also have a side to side worktop over them.

If I go for a cabinet heater the cylinder will be inside it.  If wall mounted, it will be in the near side cupboard.  With appropriate containment and dropouts of course. 

Only for winter as I like to be able to open all six doors in summer and don't need space for the heater or it's extra gas.

Good idea with the insulation round the cylinder.  I was reduced to taking disposable canisters to bed with me last year when my cylinders froze.

#5 Camper Conversions » Refilable Gas Cylinders...Anyone using them? » 2018-10-01 23:01:06

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After four nights last winter at under -12 in the beast from the east, I am going to indulge in a bit of heating this year but don't fancy the cost of using camping gaz.

I currently use various sizes of Camping Gaz despite the rip off price, due to them fitting out of the way in my cupboards.  Depending on the trip I usually carry a spare so on a long trip I have two large cylinders to stow. 

I was thinking of closing the rear doors off for winter which would mean I could change to having a medium calor bottle strapped against the door.

I wondered though if the situation with Gaslow type refillables had improved at all?  Last time I looked, it was legal to refill them at the pump but most forecourts didn't allow it.

Anyone using refillables and how easy are they to get refilled?

I don't mean "unofficial" refilling from large cylinders btw.  I don't fancy that.

#6 Re: Maintenance » Blower issues » 2018-09-25 23:21:38


Seems a very common problem.  Blower resisters often the cause.  See ken's thread and others if you search for heater problems.

Replacement resistors available from Poland via ebay but two types (at least), you need the numbers of yours.

#7 Re: General Discussion » dangling wire » 2018-09-21 20:43:15


Mine 1.995 TD wouldn't help then sorry.

Someone here should have an idea though but it's been a bit quiet lately.

#8 Camper Conversions » Nearly Lost My Roof! » 2018-09-20 21:18:21

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I happened to choose the height of the storm yesterday to go shopping.  The cross wind on the new bridge at Kelso had me not only steering into the wind, but as an ex biker, leaning into it too.

Half way across I thought my brain was about to be sucked out of my ears before it was pushed back by a deep boom.  The force of the cross wind suddenly increased massively and I felt like hanging out sidecar style to hold it straight.  I realised right away that the pop top had lifted.  I started to brake but the wind felt worse so  I thought it best to get to the shelter of some trees on the south bank before stopping.

I had visions of my roof floating off up the Tweed to Expert Camper man in Berwick but it fortunately it hung on with no damage.  Would have been an expensive disaster if it had gone.

It should be held down inside by a webbing strap and buckle but the buckle broke only last week and hasn't yet been replaced.

A lucky escape I think.

#9 Re: General Discussion » dangling wire » 2018-09-20 20:54:24


What engine?

I'll have a look at mine tomorrow if no one has replied.

Is the dangly wire cut out of that sleeving?

#10 Re: Maintenance » Clock Spinning » 2018-09-20 20:50:42


Sounds a better use of the space than standard to me.

Must admit, the space in front of all my clocks is like a glove box without a door.  It's just so handy.

#11 Re: Camper Conversions » Safe heating » 2018-08-28 09:26:05

vaz2121 wrote:

Many Moons ago you could get a flameless portable heater......not seen any for a while

I've been looking for one for a couple of years.  No one seemed to stock them anymore but they have turned up again.  Even more overpriced than before!

Minicat Mini Catalytic LPG Gas Heater 830 Watts
Minicat catalytic heater that work off either butane or propane gas. Complete with safety thermocouple. It is possible to wall-mount both heaters. CE approved and complete with FFD (Flame Failure Device). Please ensure that these heaters are not used in closed spaces without adequate ventilation. Always maintain permanent ventilation when heater is being used. Minicat: 830 Watts. Consumption: 60 g/h. Dimensions: 220mm (W) x 300mm (H) x 80mm (D). … 9408-p.asp

Also here:-

ebay Germany

A few Chinese wholesalers offering this type but no pricing for one offs.- … eater.html

As you suggest, adequate ventilation required.

#12 Re: Maintenance » Rear light unit » 2018-08-12 17:05:59


One of my rear lights was leaking when I got mine.  On checking it out I found it held in with 6' of guy rope, a 4" x 3/4" spring and a 4" bit of dowel as a toggle.

Looks like they had pulled one of the studs out while changing a bulb while out on a trip.  Neat bodge though.

#13 Re: Maintenance » Rear light unit » 2018-08-11 21:38:31


As Ricko says, a 3 - 4 " long black plastic extension with a nut embedded in one end and a bath tap style turny cross handle you can reach through the holes in the shell.

Careful not to rip the studs out of the bulb holder.   Easy to do, tricky to fix.  A good spray and soak if it resists too much.

#14 Re: Maintenance » Heater blower not working! » 2018-08-07 20:04:18


Does sound like the sliders then.

The resistor on my blower went the day I bought the van.  Still not got around to fixing it as access is so tricky.

18 months now in all weathers.  I have almost forgotten what it's like to have one.

#15 Re: Maintenance » Heater blower not working! » 2018-08-07 10:56:15


Have a look at this thread:- … php?id=386

There are various resistors fitted.  You need the numbers of the one already in there to order.  Cheapest ones from Poland via ebay last I looked.

It could be the sliders themselves though.

#16 Re: Maintenance » Parking Assistance System Faulty - Dispatch 2014 » 2018-08-06 11:27:01


Hello Mike.

Don't think there's many here with such new models and I have never driven one with park assist.

But being intermittent might suggest a bad connection or trapped wire or water getting into a sensor or the control unit.

#17 Re: Camper Conversions » Has anyone tried the ply lining kits? » 2018-07-30 11:07:37


Even if you could cut them yourself, it seems worth paying that for them.

If you are using insulating "wool" behind the panels you might want to stick some vibration damping pads to the metal first.  That sticky tarry black sealing strip does the job.  Don't need to cover the panels, just a decent sized patch in the middle.  If you are sticking sleep mat insulation to the metal it doesn't need it.

Also think about applying batons behind in the places you might want to attach stuff later on.  You wouldn't want to screw a fridge to only those panels but small shelves, hooks and such are ok.

And run your wires and perhaps some spares before you fix it too.

#18 Re: General Discussion » Fitting an exhaust - dispatch 2.0 HDI » 2018-07-30 10:29:08


btw, while looking at the link you posted this came up on their chat box :-

"Customer Service -Hi, Please use discount code GSF60 at the checkout for 60% off. *exclusions apply, offer ends soon!"

#19 Re: General Discussion » Fitting an exhaust - dispatch 2.0 HDI » 2018-07-30 10:26:12


The garage found the same on my exhaust box when checking before mot. 

As the rest of the system was good they patched it and welded the bracket back on.

#20 Re: Maintenance » 2005 Scudo SX JTD Cental Locking » 2018-07-24 02:10:50


tee_cee has posted a manual for that year and I see has now added some electrical diagrams. … .php?id=10

#21 Re: Maintenance » Rear brake self adjusters » 2018-07-24 02:04:27


Sorry tc I can't help with the self adjusters.  Got to the point where I now have to pay someone to do mine for me.

Mine is a bit of a problem with the swivel seat but it only catches on the swivel release lever.  It can be "persuaded" to let it pass and has now cut a groove in the plastic cover of the brake lever, which helps.

kenbw2 wrote:

Obviously not a great solution, but do you know some Dispatch/Expert/Scudos/Synergies/806s/Ulysees have a handbrake that you can fold down without disengaging?

The button on the end pulls out letting you drop it down.


My handbrake had behaved normally for 18 months when it suddenly started dropping down like you describe.  But it did it without needing to touch the button.

Turned out to be an indication of total failure though as a week later it stopped engaging at all.

Must try pulling the button on the replacement one I fitted.  Would be handy if it dropped flat.

#22 Re: General Discussion » New member » 2018-07-15 15:00:16


Looks a very useful van.

Just did a long post asking about your bed supports and lost it! 

I suppose you use those central cubby boxes to fill the gap between the seats?

#23 Re: Maintenance » Just noticed this on my sliding door latch » 2018-07-13 17:02:53


Which scrappy ken?  And is there much left of the van?

I will be down that way next week and need a couple of little bits.

#24 Re: General Discussion » New member » 2018-07-13 16:57:55


Hello and welcome Igor.

To paraphrase Mae West... "Is that a roof vent or are you just glad to meet us?"


#25 Re: Maintenance » Just noticed this on my sliding door latch » 2018-07-09 01:13:25


That's quite some force though.

Looks old with the rust.   With two holes weakened already the third would be taking almost all the strain that split the others and wouldn't be likely to last long.

Might it have been levered at some time perhaps?

I am no structural engineer but surely it would take tons of pressure to do that.  Wouldn't half mess up your fuel consumption.  smile

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