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New beginnings.... new direction...... New adventures.....

Jozie
Submitted by TWTFAWC on Wed, 09/10/2019 - 09:34
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The background...

I have reported to all you shareholder’s of KAMPFORUM that I’ve decided that for the next while I’m reviving the way I used to do the outdooring thing, way back in my 20’s.

 It can’t be “mid life crises” That boat sailed 3 centuries ago, but perhaps it’s old age crises......

Yip... That’s it... Old age crises.....

No matter, it’s my intention to go back to travelling trips, camping along the road. Boondock or stealth-camp, as the case may be, with only the occasional caravan park stop over, (Mostly when water becomes a problem), but it could also be when I want to do a bit of exploring for 2 or so days on my bicycle, and need a secure base camp.

A big proportion of the adventure is the roadside camping... It just “adds” so much to the whole adventure, and if done correctly is just as safe as staying in small town caravan park...

There is no agenda, no “time” that has to be considered, no direction, no nothing. I’m free and unfettered to go and do as I like. That also makes a huge difference..

For me it’s just way better than static camping in one particular place.

So for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been infesting the forum with posts about re-configuring my Landy into a roadside camper, that’s able to be made “stealth”.

Obviously, to go stealth, one does not tow a trailer, so at the end of the day, the Landy has to be self contained.

I started on this before Aasvoelkranse, did a 4 day trial there and because it all worked so well, since then, I’ve been refining & finishing off the project, and I’m nearly there. I’m hoping to get to go on my first trip in December and am thinking of doing the 10 passes challenge down in the Eastern Cape... Tiffendale / Rhodes / Lady Grey & so on.

So, with  all of this in mind, I’ve re-named my Landy and following my tradition of my forum name being the same as my Landy’s  name, Anton’s graciously changed it for me to TWTFAWC....  (I posted about how I got to that, and I do think it reflects the car-driver team pretty accurately)

That’s why my AVI picture has changed as well.... SITNIEVASNIE’s now a distant memory, and I think it’s time to move on..

 

Yes I'm quite excited about all of this, Bit of a set-back with me puncturing my tyre last week-end, but I do think I'll be ready come December...

Between Traning people how to train their dogs on Sunday's,  / Grandkids: - Making boxing equipment / go-carts - fixing bicycle tyres / fixing doll's houses /RUNNING AROUND EVERY BLOOMING FLEA MARKET FOR DOLLS HOUSE FURNITURE! Can't get the stuff anywhere....

BTW.... Anyone ever take a 9 Yo to a flea market???? Get ready for a minimum of 6H and take tons and tons of cash.....laugh

Sewing, rather remodelling dresses for Barbi dolls /teaching the chipmunks how to swim properly and all the other 9999 things for them,   heart   I kinda only get about 1/2 day on a weekend to play with this project....

Know what? even if I never get it finished because of that... It's all good....

Secunda

Sleep nou

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 07:37

Enjoy your journey Warren dis lekke wat jy doen you are your own boss en niks jag jou aan nie wink

Just as well I posted about the bicycle element of my project, I'd forgotten that for the shakedown at Aasvoelkranz, the stabiliser for the bicycle rack was a "quick-fix" and I used a ratchet strap........ Looking at the photo reminded me.

So last week I tackled that, and it took me three attempts to work out a way to brace the upright. The basic concept was correct, but the devil's in the details, and had to re-do the hook-clamp 3 times before it actually was functional. Got it all assembled yesterday, after fiddling & cutting and trying this & that way for about 2H..

Now the stabiliser also needs to be painted with a coat of durabak then some black paint, the tie straps need to be cut short & the ends melted over. There are a few things I want to buy for the bicycle (pump / waterbottle / ETC then that part is done...

I'm told that in JHB, with those standard rear end bicycle racks, If you are a tiny bit unlucky, the favorite "thing" is for them to rip the bicycle off the carrier..... And if they don't get it the first time, at the next traffic light they will carry on.... apparantly they operate on cell phones...

So, in a way I'm glad mine's on the front......

Oooops! I got a fright and my foot slipped, and accidently drove 2 tons of 4x4 over the poor fella....I'm soooooo sorry....

 

SIMPLE SKETCH MY PLAN...... Not wanting to modify anything, The "hook"goes around the Right side bonnet-catch support under the grille, which is a 12mm solid bar. There are two of them, one on each side that's 24mm of steel just to support the bonnet catch!

 

uiky8l9

 

THE ROUGH AND READY SUPPORT BRACKET AT AASVOELKRANS... The ratchet strap is hooked onto the bonnet support. PAINT... I've gone for the rubberised look "rof-en-onbeskof" Just like my yellow spade, when it get's tatty, It's easy to make it look good with a quick coat of paint and a brush...

I've got 4 x 1L bottles of durabak left over from when I built my camper, and I picked up 1L black roadpaint at my special shop for free....

ioly89o9

 

I’ve just had a “light bulb” moment....

Something that’s been bothering me is the exposure of the sprockets & jockey of the bicycle to the elements at the front of the Landy....

This problem came to mind as I was posting ...... (How can I protect them).....

And here is my answer..... Quick sketch....

So I’ll make up some brown paper templates and see from there......

And so another “thing” get’s added to the list

 

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