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Auberg-ine

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Hi @Auberg-ine --- how do you find these seasonal meadows please? Is there a website / searchable database or are these more likely seen on side of road as you drive along / local knowledge?

Thanks....
I start from the idea that if it's on a website it might be busy. I just drive towards nice sceneries, country roads, uphill, looking for open views, preferably sunset orientated and/or with a lake or sea. If I find a spot where I feel at ease/good vibes I install, if I hesitate I just stay low profile (not opening the roof). Sometimes it happens that I end up by accident in one of those fields, especially after harvest season, where the farmer gets an extra income from renting it to tourists. A bit improvised and without sanitary blocks or electricity, the way I like camping.
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You do have some nice ideas
 
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Thank you for sharing all your ideas. I think it is minimalism , ie utilizing a small space at best.
(another hint: I once parked at the back of a golf course. After hours these huge fields are completely abandoned. Never had such chique pitch! And in summer they offer great shower opportunities! :D

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I start from the idea that if it's on a website it might be busy. I just drive towards nice sceneries, country roads, uphill, looking for open views, preferably sunset orientated and/or with a lake or sea. If I find a spot where I feel at ease/good vibes I install, if I hesitate I just stay low profile (not opening the roof). Sometimes it happens that I end up by accident in one of those fields, especially after harvest season, where the farmer gets an extra income from renting it to tourists. A bit improvised and without sanitary blocks or electricity, the way I like camping.
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I like your wife’s knees :D
 
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How did you do the DIY Lounge bench
 
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How did you do the DIY Lounge bench
I just fixed double-sided velcro's at the end of 2 wooden sticks. Here in a very early stage of my 'gearing' :embarrased:
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just wondering : what's the weight all geared up ? ( as 3080 kg - all included- is the max allowed )
 
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just wondering : what's the weight all geared up ? ( as 3080 kg - all included- is the max allowed )
Depends, pre-party or after-party. ;)
You've seen the content. I could do with plastic beakers and plates instead of glass and China. I could throw out the RidgeMonkey, books, ... keep the very basics. No need for a costume or pastels or petanque to survive, indeed. Or I could organize my things in different 'scenario' boxes and put them always in and out from garage to van, plan everything upfront.
In fact, been there, done that. I traveled quite some times with a basic backpack between my twenties and thirties. But always with the idea that when getting grey I would go more 'glamping', treat myself with one of these super trooper pick-nick baskets, living the spur-of-the-moment.
And then I found one that I can even drive! :embarrased
Who's counting kilo's when you're having fun hé?
To answer your question about the 'WeightWatch', I just went to the Technical Control, with no remarks, except for some envy ones.
 
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@Auberg-ine , they only mesure the weight the first time you go .....making up the techinical fiche .
You need to put it on a weight platform somwhere lokal yourself when fully loaded before heading on a trip , you need everything in : filled fridge , drinks , watertank full , clothing ,....
I did :came pretty close to the max .
 
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@Auberg-ine , they only mesure the weight the first time you go .....making up the techinical fiche .
You need to put it on a weight platform somwhere lokal yourself when fully loaded before heading on a trip , you need everything in : filled fridge , drinks , watertank full , clothing ,....
I did :came pretty close to the max .
Well, since the car got introduced as a 5-seater, and I imagine my extra stuff not heavier than that bloody heavy 5th seat I never use, I guess I am still quite ok. But I'll look once for a weighing bridge, just to surprise you all how lightfooted I travel ! ;)
 
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The five seater does not have more max weight as others ....
It has LESS loading capacity then others!
 
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@Auberg-ine , they only mesure the weight the first time you go .....making up the techinical fiche .
You need to put it on a weight platform somwhere lokal yourself when fully loaded before heading on a trip , you need everything in : filled fridge , drinks , watertank full , clothing ,....
I did :came pretty close to the max .

'de keuring ' told me they will check the weight every yearly controll and i have to fill up the fuel and water tank ( clothes and other gear , that's my choice )
( yearly weight check as there might be additional things installed )
 
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'de keuring ' told me they will check the weight every yearly controll and i have to fill up the fuel and water tank ( clothes and other gear , that's my choice )
( yearly weight check as there might be additional things installed )
Some weeks ago the highway police stopped me near Bruges (for texting while driving), they noticed I was too late for my TC, and forced me to go immediately. So I had to go to your Control Center in Oostende. No mentioning of extra weight though.


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I made me a summary of all the extra tunings, DIY's, extra equipment,... that grew onto the Auberg-ine, after experiencing all kinds of settings (as mobile office, as camper,...) and weathers,... Might be useful for the so many new newbies around here, even if of course very personal and specific. What I still carry around now might be crazy for most people, but to me it's my favorite omni-toy. Fridge, water, gas, all permanently topped, ready to fly out at whatever spur of the moment!

(Edit: lists get updated after each new intervention along the thread)

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Auberg-ine Front Part mods
  1. Jump leads + 20m Hook-up cable + air compressor + oil storage on top of main battery (post 89)
  2. DIY Ceiling storage made out of our famous safety net (for scarfs, hats, caps...)
  3. Storage of Reimo door top ventilation (double grille) in small net above roof shutter. Edit: + sunscreen organizers (CD's, cards, glasses,...); see post 170.
  4. Hooks to fix Kelty Bestie Blanket (hung at shutter) at B-pillars in case of stealth camping. Edit: DIY stealth mesh hung at Ikea Sunnersta side rails (see post 149).
  5. Mobile ventilator hung in front of towel (no vibrations)
  6. Ikea colander/ herbs garden (can also be hung at glass cover above the sink) (post 23).
  7. DIY slide-in phone dock in cubby hole (no more cable fuzz to connect with CarNet)(post 48)
  8. VW coat hanger/ drying rack (passes Brandrup pockets); DIY neck-rest/duvet bags see post 156
  9. Warning triangle strapped in front of driver chair. Edit: see post 172
  10. Fire extinguisher strapped in front of passenger chair; see post 172
  11. Brandrup pockets for small stuff needed while driving, or items reachable from upper bed
  12. DIY cup&can holder, incl. small mod. to also hang it at sliding door (post 69)
  13. Fishing gear; fishing net/fruit basket in pocket of driver seat, fitting in seat/lid of Luggable Loo (see post 139)
  14. VW Campershop Multi-box /dustbin
  15. DIY storage for magnetic blinds
  16. Umbrella storage
  17. Sunware multibox/paper towel dispenser/tray (when lid reversed)
  18. DIY library (Sunware); under seat: NOCO Genius GB40 Jump booster, window defrost spray, first-aid kit, fluo jackets, magnetic defrost/sun protecting window cover, and the VW Bible; edit: + pressure sprayer for shower (besides library), see post 113
  19. Brandrup mosquito screen
  20. Rotan container/Luggable-Loo. Serves as stool (I prefer not to rotate driver seat), footrest, container for roaming stuff (can be fixed at bench drawer, can also contain 2p sleeping bag), waste bin, ice bucket, fishing stool, loo. Bucket independently also for (dish-)washing, carrying water (see post 90)
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Auberg-ine Middle Part mods
  1. Sliding Ikea stainless steel hooks (to hang wet coats off the bench/pockets) edit: now Ikea Sunnersta rail, (see post 138) edit: now also Reimo ventilation grid stored at ceiling (see post 100)
  2. DIY Ceiling storage made out of unused safety net (shirts&socks&slips pockets, …).
  3. 3 Plastic jars (medicine, cables, junk) fixed at ceiling. Ikea led light (post 64)
  4. DIY bronze color filter in front of existing white led lights (except for main central light); for lounging mode; edit: now Ikea Sunnersta rail with tablets, containers, hooks (see post 110)
  5. Sliding mosquito screen
  6. Wardrobe for costume, jogging outfit, raincoat, swimsuit, two stacked flat clothes bags, hammocks at the bottom.
  7. DIY vanity basket (made from Woolite box)
  8. DIY newspaper rack/ fly swatter/wine rack (see post 140)
  9. Exploration Pillar (magnifying glass, binoculars, harmonica)
  10. Brandrup mosquito screen
  11. DIY cow skin protection
  12. DIY table print (high definition European roadmap, for whiteboard markers; post 48)
  13. Coffee&tea, hot&cold drink glasses, compact cooking set, Ridge Monkey pans, (led-)candles, cookies& chocolates (permanently accessible, even when in bed position)
  14. Apero-snacks, cutlery,… , Ikea tray cutting board on top of cutlery drawer (permanently accessible)(post 48).
  15. Food&drinks provisions (not accessible when bed installed) Ikea Skubb zipper boxes
  16. Deep dishes (omni-functional), cans, pasta, … Ikea Kuggis boxes
  17. Maintenance&Hygiene, petanque sets, frisbees; Ikea Skubb
  18. Flexible ‘empty hole’; Outwell 20l double function container/collapsible bowl see post 207
  19. Elastic (bike) fastener, holding loose items or container (reversed rotan stool) while driving
  20. Dille&Kamille candle lampion for awning pegs/ slippers storage/permanently plugged i-phone/Ipad charger cables
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Auberg-ine Rear Part mods
  1. Outwell Baffin stools/footrests/tables, installed in between the chairs, can together with the towel become Cali chair comfort headrests. (see post 48)
  2. DIY i-Pad holder against ceiling roof cabinet, to watch movie in bed. Cabinet=drawing/painting equipment (integrated DIY led reading light holder in grip. (See post 118)
  3. Foldable water container, funnel,… Ikea Skubb zipper box
  4. Board games box
  5. Reimo Airvent (sliding window) (edit: now hung on ceiling; see post 100)
  6. CO alarm
  7. Straps, velcro, rope, towing,… Ikea Skubb zipper box
  8. Collapsible shopping baskets, Ikea Skâdis magazines bag (can stay in place after turning bench to bed)
  9. Folding boxes (clothes, blankets…), fits kitchen counter when positioning bed
  10. Day-backpacks, flexible storage,...
  11. Cushions
  12. CareBags for Luggable-Loo, toolbox, camping accessories,...
  13. Awning floor/pick-nick mat,
  14. Outwell 2-persons sleeping bag/ blanket, accessible from inside. Rain coat&trousers
  15. Coconut-charcoal, large plastic foil
  16. Fiamma leveling ramps + tire grip mats.
  17. 10l spare diesel, BBQ, VW shower&toilet tailgate tent. Edit: post 97: sliding outdoors kitchen tablet under mattress.
  18. Large storage box with lid + inside second box with boots, jogging- and river shoes, mud scraper floormat…+ also for (dish-)washing, reversed serving as step. Large box serves also for indoors shower (see post 113). Outwell Baffin table tops / bbq ashtrays (reverse side covered with thick aluminum sheet)
  19. Brandrup pocket with shower hose
  20. 2 Outwell folding relax chairs
My over the window idea didn’t work so I thought of this (mostly Ikea stuff).
Link to my full post, with explanation https://vwcaliforniaclub.com/threads/this-week-ive-bought-________-for-my-cali.17067/post-343942

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Oh, nice you're experimenting Elly! But do you dismount it all each time you drive?
How came my shelve solution was not working? Your 3D printed brackets seemed so neat?
Hi Aubie-wan (As in Star Wars Kenobi)

The plastic couldn’t really take the weight of the shelves very well and a few other design issues. Bigted is working towards some good solutions to have it working with the Sunnersta pots and hooks, not the shelves.

My pegboard solution can just be moved a little for driving and stay in the van permanently. All the bits pack away small (in the bin) for travelling and I only need to connect what we want for certain types of trips. It’s handy to have the rolls staying connected and our flasks held by the bungee. It’s really solid and takes only seconds to fit in place. Everything to go on it has a place in the van anyway but want it out for convenience.

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