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Pushing the envelope - stretching Cali's room to te limit

calibusje

calibusje

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T6.1 Coast 150
Hi,

As I was reorganizing our Cali today for the 8th time in eight years, I realized how many small adjustments the bus has gathered in time - call it minor repairs. Improvements in creating extra room in our little fourwheeled hotel room are by definition always minor.

I thought, maybe it's useful to show some of them.

Here's a first one: our two stores deep kitchen drawer. To be honest, I nicked the idea from a Spanish Cali-owner, who build it with wood.
My construction is simple: two crossed aluminum bars, 1.5 mm thick, 1 cm high, both cut about 4 mm in the middle.

Don't forget what you through in there. First trip we used this, I angered mss marchugo by asking her where she had left the scissors. Of course I stored them in this drawer myself.

Regards from Amsterdam,

Marc.

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And I took the idea from you, thanks ;) This is how I did it: first you drink 4 bottles of cava, champagne, cider or any sparkling wine you like. Cut the 4 corks with a cutter to 2 cm and then attach them to the insert with double-sided tape. Finished!
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Also: the open compartment on top of the dashboard of the T6.1 is not very user-friendly because everything you put there shifts and reflects in the windscreen. That's why I attached this felt folder with the farthest flap with double-sided tape. Small things -like an access badge- find their place in it.
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Greetings
Calibusje
 
AndyWT

AndyWT

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171
Location
Italy
Vehicle
T4 PopTop
Heater sensor finally listening to our body, in stead of to it's own airflow

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As we were unsatisfied with the performance of the Cali parking heater (cycling from too cold to too warm), we had the temperature sensor moved from below in the heater duct, to the inside of the van, to the C-pillar, at the height of our heads when sitting in the cabin.

It's the small black plastic rectangle above the handle next to the sliding door. An extra cable runs unvisible through the pillar, to the controller of the heater under the van.

It improved a lot for us, now that the heater is adapting to our feelings, in stead of reacting to the air temperature in the suction channel below the floor.

Regards from Amsterdam,

Marc.
That’s where it was on the T4 Cali
 
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Dingbat

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South Wales
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T6 Ocean 199 4 motion
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Thanks.

The USB is from the head unit, can use it to charge phone if you want but I use it to plug in flash drive for movies, I fitted it with a HDMI point so I could connect it to my mini projector and monitor in the rear of drivers seat. For the kids honest. Sockets are wired for mains hook up, will be fitting an inverter soon and eberspacher water heater.
I use the usb skt at the side/under the rear bench. I plan to fit in paralell, a 240v skt next to the original 240v skt on the side of the kitchen. I have a short double extension + present.
 
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Dingbat

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South Wales
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T6 Ocean 199 4 motion
Beam me up Scotty, it's a loo!

All the competitors can take their coat. Portapotti? Too big. Bog in a bag? Not stable (for men). I sat down on it. and it was stable, even for me. It rests against a front chair.

Brilliant idea, no patent yet.
They are working on bio degradable bags.

And the folks at TonkeView attachment 51318
did some research: according to them a Cali loo is on average only used 4 times a year.
I would like to open a questionaire here: do you you it more often (or less?).

Oh, the green thing is the (plastic) lid against smell... You can see the bag with the real thing underneath.

Relieved regards from Amsterdam,

Marc
I have a 335 porta pottie..but have not used it yet (l may do one day/night) As a solo traveller, l use a “medical/surgical” bottle for overnight!
 
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marchugo

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Dog friendly magnets for the awning.

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On our trip to the South of France, we have sticked two powerfull magnets on the Cali body. They have an M8 threaded stud, which can hold the legs of the awning, that have M8 holes at their feet. An M8 nut keeps them in place.

This prevents George, the two years old very lively lady retriever, from running rounds with her line around the legs of the awning.

The magnets were bought at
https://www.supermagnete.de/eng/mag...rubber-coated-with-threaded-stud-88mm_GTNG-88
and cost about 17 euro each. They can hold 50 KG, more than enough to prevent the legs from moving. In fact they are a bit too strong, when removing, you have to use quiet some force to overwin the magnetic power.

The pot magnets are rubber coated to prevent scratches on the car body. But as an extra measure, I sticked paint protection film under the magnets.

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On the downside, you have to put one on the front door, which obviously can't be opened now.

Another downside is, that the retriever still can go to war with the Cali table legs.

In the end, she is behaving so well, that it's better to leave her off the line. But at campsites, that is mostly forbidden.

Regards from Amsterdam,

Marc.
 
altvic

altvic

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N Wales
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T6 Ocean 204 4Motion
Are the sun awning legs fully extended when shade out to maximum, Marc?
 
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marchugo

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@altvic
About 80 percent extended.
Mind your head...

Marc.

BTW In a heavy rain, the awning flushed the pouring water good, when putting one of the sides left or right firmly down.

Marc from Amterdam.
 
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marchugo

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Two beers for the Majesty.

A two-cans antenna for the tiny telly

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As we were traveling in Wales this fall, we were following the rituals around the Queens coffin on a small 12 Volt Freeview tv set, a Xoro, model PTL 1050, with a 10 inch screen. 120 Euros on Amazon.

Image quality is sharp and the viewing angle of the screen is broad enough for two, one in the front chair, the other on the back bench.

This DVB/T2 telly gets its signal over the air from a rather unstilish antenna, that I have constructed from two (empty) 33 CL beer cans. The cans are connected with a soldered coax cable. The male cable connector leads the signal to the coax input connector on the tv.

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It's a bit of fumbling to solder the coax cables onto the opening sides of the tin cans. Don't use aluminum cola cans, as you can't solder on alu, only on tin. Both top ends of the cans (that look at each other) are to be sanded before soldering.

You need to distance the cans precisely 1,5 CM from each other. See drawing. I've put panzer-tape and a plastic tube around them, to prevent any movement and to protect the solderings from breaking. Holds more than five years now.

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The Freeview signal can be weak in the hills in Wales, so you have to mount the beer cans high up into the pop top. I use 3.5 meters of 75 Ohm coax cable. Sometimes there was no reception at all, so the evening was for reading or rummikub.

Depending on the polarization of the Freeview transmitters, you'll have to experiment if the signal is best with the antenna standing or lying. We had good results in a horizontal position, not behind the metal hinges of the poptop. The beer cans beat the usual small inferior Freeview aerials by far in signal strenght.

It's amazing how many Freeview channels you can receive in the UK, about one hundred. In Holland we have access to only four free DVB-T2 channels, here called Digitenne.

Though the tiny telly can be stowed away easily in the overhead locker, the antenna of course is quit cloggy, but it too fits in the same locker.


Regards from Amsterdam,

Marc.

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marchugo

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Clothes hooks of bent aluminum

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Made some hooks from bent aluminum, useful for hanging cloths, wet mountain shoes and other things. No need to glue anything, it just holds itself hanging from the the upper edge of the airplane locker.

The main tube is 6 MM diameter. In practice too thin, he bends a little. I should have used 8 MM.

I've put some sticking felt behind the hanging strips, to prevent moving and scratches.
Don't forget to sand the sharp edges to round off the ends of the strips.

BTW, the two small pillows from Wellpur we bought at Jysk. 24 x 42 CM, filled with memory foam. Sleeps very well. Who needs a big clunky pillow anway? When you turn in bed, just grab the pillow to follow your head.
Jysk are selling more or less matching pillow cases online, size 40x45 CM, color white, 2 euros each. The fabric is half bamboo, half polyester, not the least clammy.

Regards from Amsterdam,

Marc.
 
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