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Thanks for the information, will give it a go.I watched the video in this thread where they seem to use treasury tags slotted into the thin gap at the top of the roof.
I didn't have any of those so I made my own by cutting four bits about an inch and a half/2 inches long from an old metal coat hanger, cutting a dent in the middle to keep the line in place and tied them together using some fishing line I had. It was a little fiddly turning them 90 degrees into the slot but I got there after a few minutes.
I've since lowered the screen a little since taking this photo so that it now rests on the base to take some of the weight.
Arrived today. Made two shots: first one p"·*ed through, the second completely choked and the safety valve opened. Question of getting the grind dialled in, but it takes a lot longer to clean and set up again than, say, an Aeropress. Can't wait to get it right, it does look like it'll do a proper shot.FYI The Picopresso is back in stock, about to pull the trigger on one
edit: Oooff was dearer than I thought. Didn't realise it's 125Eur plus VAT.
Worked out 157Eur plus shipping from official Wacaco site, or 143Eur inc shipping from "official"(?) Wacaco Aliexpress shop, but won't ship til 25th Oct.
Really good @subthree and much more spacious than the Comfortz awning room we have.A new awning from California Camping in Germany - hope to try it in the next couple of days.
I ordered the "short" (vertical) front panel which goes straight down, the same as the Comfortz one. Then Ulli called me a couple of weeks ago and said "Sorry, we made you a long front panel. I can ship that to you today and I'll send you the two triangular side panels for free. Is that ok?". Eh, yes! Wow, what service - those triangular panels are 120 Euros. So our new complete awning looks like the photo below with the two-tone finish. The side panel extends 1.2m further from the edge of the Thule awning. The material is the same as the Brandrup panels - Airtex 240.
Just now I have found that in the tailgate I can pack; 2 Helinox Sunset chairs, 2 side panels, 2 triangular panels and the front panel inside the VW chairs! Very, very happy with that.
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I do find the Comfortz awning room to be OK but perhaps it feels a little small with front both sides installed. We also have the Outwell Hillcrest tarp for flexibility and have just bought the matching Outwell Fallcrest sides from a club member. If I was starting from scratch would go for the one you’ve bought I think.What I really like is you specify which panels you want the door/window, whether you want a shade behind the window. Very flexible arrangement.
Hope they don’t go off if you hit a pothole in the road @LozBought a 6 pack of glass break alarms 4 in the house and 2 for the Cali. If anyone tries to bang the sliding window in, it sets off a 130db sounder.
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Looks excellent, well done.I’ve been looking at the Brandrup Airscreen but decided that £80 plus postage was ridiculous so I bought some acrylic sheet cut to size (80cm x 55cm) and pre-drilled with three holes along the bottom edge (https://www.acrylicsheetcuttosize.co.uk) for £26 and some suction cups from Amazon for about £4 - and voila! A cheaper solution to allow me to have the sliding window open in the pouring rain which is the only kind of weather we ever experience on holiday!
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No. It seems to sit in there quite happily. I did manage to crack the acrylic the first time I tried to take it down because the suction caps are so strong. Rookie error but it still works fine. I just had to reinforce it with some clear Gorilla tape.Looks excellent, well done.
Have you put anything on the top edge to help fix it into the channel?
I used thin polycarbonate sheet, more robust I thought.No. It seems to sit in there quite happily. I did manage to crack the acrylic the first time I tried to take it down because the suction caps are so strong. Rookie error but it still works fine. I just had to reinforce it with some clear Gorilla tape.
Not good. For my reference do people lift the seal on a regular basis to check for rust i.e. annually? Is rust here a common problem?Posted here to help others:
Just been out to my van to give it a clean
guess what I found ?
below are photos of a Brand new seal fitted following the second failure of a roof seal. This seal was fitted two weeks ago !
you can clearly see the rust on the tape (tape applied by the dealer, at my request following a failure of the previous seal along the front edge) fortunately the rust has wiped off and the dealer had been informed of the failure Of the new part !
This is an absolute disgrace by VW, this is a new part supplied to the dealer, that has subsequently failed within weeks !
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