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7 January 2016
Bought from Batemans Bay. Trev and I took the Prado down to have a look, but decided to buy it.
8 January 2016
9 January 2016
Cleaned out all the stuff that was left in it. There was enough gear that it filled the verandah.
14 January 2016
We pulled everything out of the van, they'd left pretty much all their gear in there. No longer wanted toys, games, dishes, cutlery, etc. Had a verandah full once it was all unloaded. Once it was all out we could give it a clean. Found a couple of rough bits, but we can fix those. Gave the wheels a repaint, put a new number plate light and rail on the back. Have to paint the front shade on the inside. The 240V lighting and power all works ok, but Trev and I couldn't get anything on the 12V to work.
The tidied up bits. Still more to do. Bought a gas bottle bracket, needs welding on. Then sort out fittings if we're going to use it for the fridge.
The fridge. Electrolux RM36E, 240V and gas. Took it out and plugged it into a lead. Got cold and the freezer works. Need to check how it goes on the gas. Will need Trev's help on that one again.
Inside. There are a couple of holes in the walls that need fixing. They had photo frames covering those. And I can't get the top hatch to open. Don't want to force it too much in case I break something. We're making some supports for the covers next to the dining table. The ones on there are very flimsy. And putting a piece of board over the gap under the big bed.
26 January 2016
Australia Day long weekend was the maiden voyage for Barbara (as she has become known). The camping gang had planned a trip up the river to Coolendel. It was up 11km of dirt road so we borrowed the Prado to pull it in. Lucky we did cause there was an almighty storm on the way in Friday arvo. Roads were awash. But we got there and set up. Took an effort to get the awning tarp into the track, but then I was doing it by myself. That's a 2 person job. But once on it was excellent. But the place was excellent, the company was spot on, and the kids had an absolute ball. Having a van was great in the slightly wet weather. And then on the last night a massive storm hit. So much rain, lightning and thunder. It was smashing down. There was one tiny leak in the roof, but I'm thinking that was caused because the roof hatch was open when the storm hit, and I didn't manage to get it closed properly. But the first trip was a great success.
6 February 2016
And then the 2nd trip came around fast. The McKeans and us decided last minute to head out to Currarong for another trip. This time we pulled it with the Commodore, after having an transmission oil cooler fitted. It pulled it pretty easy, but not as well as the Prado. Set up the awning tarp again, this time with 2 and sometimes 3 people. It was a breeze. We had a powered site this time too, so lights and power points all worked great. The kids bombed about on their bikes and romped in the water park and had another great time.
10 February 2016
After chatting with Matt out at Currarong over a few beers we'd decided old Barbara needed a set of hubcaps. So I spent a while trying to work out what Holden wheels were on it, and what hubcap might fit that particular wheel. Then looked at ebay and the prices of old Holden hubcaps and promptly fell over. Then I had a brainwave, and remembered I had these old BMW caps hung on the wall of the shed. Wasn't sure if they'd fit, but worth a try. And bingo. Think they're old 2002 caps. I picked them up at a car boot sale in England when we were there in 2001.
25 March 2016
Not much else done on the van itself. Just a couple of rivets and screws replaced. Then the camping crew was back together again, and all headed down to Lake Tabourie for the Easter long weekend. We had the Charmichael's in their new (old) van Justin (an '81 Viscount), McKean's were there in Noel, Dudgeon's with their old '69 van, and Brunton's had their father-in-laws camping trailer. There were 15 kids bombing about the place, and we hardly saw them. The parents all managed to chill out quite a bit, which was great.
16 April 2016
A while back we asked Flynn what he wanted to do for his birthday. And quick as a flash he said, take the caravan to Wombeyan Caves. So come mid April, we're all loaded up and heading over the mountains towards Goulburn. The wagon did a pretty good job of hauling all the gear up the mountains, but it could really do with more torque to make it easier. We got in Friday afternoon, and managed to set up before it got pitch black. We grabbed a powered site, and found they had a nice sealed area for the car and van, and a beaut concrete pad for under the awning. Grandmama (my mum) had come along too, but was staying in the dorm rooms. But we loved heading to the caves, we did 3 of them. Girls rode their bikes about, and Flynn loved opening his presents in the van. The road in was incredibly dusty, car and van were covered. But there was a small shower on the Saturday night that washed things down, and made it not so dusty on the way out.
21-25 April 2016
The camping crew were meant to be back together again for the Anzac long weekend. But with Dudgeon's in the USA, McKean's just back from a massive SA van trip, and Brunton's tied up, it was just us and the Charmichael's heading down to Merry Beach. Originally we were going to head down the Friday, but on checking the weather forecast we decided to go early and we left Wednesday arvo. Got down there after dark, which was a bit of a pain setting up. Then the Thursday and Friday I had to go back up home for work, but I managed a half day Thursday and got back down there. It was a cracker of a spot, right on the beach with a powered site. Probably the best place we've been so far. Although it could get windy with the north-easter in summer time. The weather on Sunday and Monday was just awesome, the water was great, it was such a shame to have to pack up and leave.
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