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PostSubject: Re: What did you do to your VW today?   Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:05 pm

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A last minute change of plan saw us loaded up with bikes, boats and bodies and heading to the New Forest rather than Wales as originally planned, as the weekend weather forecast for Wales storms and heavy rain.

Spent Friday night at Roundhill Campsite near Brockenhurst, a camping in the forest site, and spent the Saturday cycling around the forest with a nice pub lunch.

Saturday night we stayed at our friends beach hut near Calshot, then spent all day Sunday on the beach, in the sea and on the kayaks. We were also joined by a few of the happy house gang which was great!

Home again now, unpacked and exhausted.

Cool. See any big ships go by at Calshot?

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PostSubject: Re: What did you do to your VW today?   Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:26 pm

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@Tallulah wrote:
A last minute change of plan saw us loaded up with bikes, boats and bodies and heading to the New Forest rather than Wales as originally planned, as the weekend weather forecast for Wales storms and heavy rain.

Spent Friday night at Roundhill Campsite near Brockenhurst, a camping in the forest site, and spent the Saturday cycling around the forest with a nice pub lunch.

Saturday night we stayed at our friends beach hut near Calshot, then spent all day Sunday on the beach, in the sea and on the kayaks. We were also joined by a few of the happy house gang which was great!

Home again now, unpacked and exhausted.

Cool. See any big ships go by at Calshot?

Yup. Queen Elizabeth, Britannia and Azura all left port Sat night while we were eating hot dogs cooked on the Cobb.

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PostSubject: Re: What did you do to your VW today?   Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:49 pm

Oh we did something to M1CEY this weekend! Our first alterations. Dan fitted a new stereo and we took the inside boot panel off and covered it in a "driftwood" type vinyl. We think it looks great (it was our tester panel) so we'll move onto the rest asap.

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PostSubject: Re: What did you do to your VW today?   Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:55 am

@M1CEY wrote:
Oh we did something to M1CEY this weekend!  Our first alterations.  Dan fitted a new stereo and we took the inside boot panel off and covered it in a "driftwood" type vinyl.  We think it looks great (it was our tester panel) so we'll move onto the rest asap.

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Sounds FAB - any pics?

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PostSubject: Re: What did you do to your VW today?   Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:04 pm

I fitted a 3 pint harness to the rear centre seat, made up a 10 metre long colour coded (blue) mains hook up - blue plugs both ends and blue cable Smile
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PostSubject: Re: What did you do to your VW today?   Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:17 pm

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I fitted a 3 pint harness to the rear centre seat

No drinking and driving - even if it is only 3 pints Wink

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PostSubject: Re: What did you do to your VW today?   Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:23 pm

Good of you to 'point' out RayC's error Scooby. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: What did you do to your VW today?   Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:46 pm

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re-attached Alana my Hawaiian dancing girl to the dashboard (an automatic MOT fail when in place),

Had a large  surfer doll mounted on my dash. Never took it off for an MOT and passed everytime

Must depend on how fussy the MOT station is. I was told to take it off or fail.

Does not really block my vision in any way though could be seen as a distraction.

yep we had the same experience with our MOT in March . we did it through Danbury , and their garage has the same attitude !
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PostSubject: Re: What did you do to your VW today?   Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:59 pm

luckily home from work before 7pm tonight - so feliz was treated to a wash and polish . belatedly took some photos to support the post on the cold water tap replacement
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PostSubject: Re: What did you do to your VW today?   Mon Jun 22, 2015 9:37 am

Ordered a few parts, wheel bearing, air filter and HT leads for my Sadie.

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PostSubject: Re: What did you do to your VW today?   Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:40 am

Had the battery on trickle charge all weekend.

As the radio I have fitted needs a permanent live and the radio is wired into the starter battery, it drained it after three weeks. Sad

I guess I should rewire the radio into the leisure battery; what's the nearest source on the dash from which I can then take a positive live, please?
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PostSubject: Re: What did you do to your VW today?   Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:54 am

That's not good. The permanent live normally just means it can be switched on without the ignition and/or the settings are kept in the memory which takes the tiniest of tiny charge to maintain. If it drained in 3 weeks I would suggest there is something else going on.

Some radios have a 'demo mode' that needs to be deactivated as it draws power while active. Others, like ours, have a 'standby' mode as well as being switched fully off, and again they will draw a charge while in standby. I have adjusted the settings so that if the unit is in standby for 3 hours it will automatically turn itself off.

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PostSubject: Re: What did you do to your VW today?   Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:35 pm

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Had the battery on trickle charge all weekend.

As the radio I have fitted needs a permanent live and the radio is wired into the starter battery, it drained it after three weeks.  Sad

I guess I should rewire the radio into the leisure battery; what's the nearest source on the dash from which I can then take a positive live, please?

Fuse box on near side B pillar.

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PostSubject: Re: What did you do to your VW today?   Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:03 pm

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@Bumble wrote:
Had the battery on trickle charge all weekend.

As the radio I have fitted needs a permanent live and the radio is wired into the starter battery, it drained it after three weeks.  Sad

I guess I should rewire the radio into the leisure battery; what's the nearest source on the dash from which I can then take a positive live, please?

Fuse box on near side B pillar.

Thanks Tim, that's where there are four fuses, yes?

@Tallulah wrote:
That's not good. The permanent live normally just means it can be switched on without the ignition and/or the settings are kept in the memory which takes the tiniest of tiny charge to maintain. If it drained in 3 weeks I would suggest there is something else going on.

Some radios have a 'demo mode' that needs to be deactivated as it draws power while active. Others, like ours, have a 'standby' mode as well as being switched fully off, and again they will draw a charge while in standby. I have adjusted the settings so that if the unit is in standby for 3 hours it will automatically turn itself off.

It may be longer than three weeks (how long ago was the sleepover?) No demo mode as far as I'm aware.
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PostSubject: Re: What did you do to your VW today?   Mon Jun 22, 2015 3:09 pm

Yes where the leisure battery power is distributed. If you're clever you can feed a wire up the B pillar, behind the headlining and down the windscreen pillar. It takes patience, but makes for a neater job.

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PostSubject: Re: What did you do to your VW today?   Mon Jun 22, 2015 3:28 pm

My radio steals it's power from the flasher unit which seems a bit dodgy. I assume taking the front off the radio reduces the drew to next to nothing?

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