champion!

nat is! she placed first in the two-day superflow rollercoaster state championship in the under 13 junior female category. we made a late call to go, the weather looked pretty dicy. the forecast was for quite a bit of rain on both days of racing, not a lot of fun when you know you have…

step by step.

when i installed the simarine pico and removed the victron battery monitor it left an unsightly hole. we can’t have a hole in the control panel of our beautiful van, that would be unprofessional. i thought about what we could use to cover it up, that would look ok and be useful at the same…

simplify.

most of the time things are more complicated than they really should be but then there are those instances when things can go the other way. take this one for example, the hepvo valve. since there is no room in the van for a proper syphon one either deals with the smell coming back from…

toughen up princess 2.

that snorkel looks the business but we needed snowflake to bulk up a little more; the outback is a tough place. it’s also full of tough animals that despite many years of coexistence with motorized vehicles still have not grasped the basics of road safety. on the upside it is accepted practice to avoid sharp…

toughen up princess.

so far our dear discovery a.k.a. snowflake has led a charmed life. all she had to do was ferry one (other) little princess and her mum to school and back. not a particularly difficult task for a car that is supposed to be a tough as nails off road warrior. she did do a little…

ouch.

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saving our marriage.

they say it saves marriages. i can totally see how; the treg hitch is a simple but effective piece of engineering, allowing the trailer – car connection to articulate in every possible direction while still establishing a strong constant link. there is only one little problem: it requires precise alignment, or else the little pin…

why is nothing ever simple?

especially things that really should be. here is an example: you have a single din sized slot for a car radio, so when you buy a single din sized car radio you should be able to expect that the thing drops straight in, right? i would have thought so. maybe, just maybe, it’s also a…

water capture solution.

with almost all the prep work done it was time to install that tank. a few more little tweaks, like the cable routing on top. the thick one on the right is for the water coming from the internal sink, the thinner one for the overflow and ventilation and the cable comes from the sender.…

the two year bathroom journey.

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the tank has a hole.

since i unexpectedly┬áreceived the grey water tank kit┬ámuch earlier than expected i again spent quality time under the van. it’s actually pretty good, especially since it appears my liberal application of insecticide has persuaded the red backs to move on (in one way or another) plus since the van has a high ground clearance it…