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Cabin : Exec 079
Location : Fairford
Posts : 72
Join date : 2016-03-07

PostSubject: Hi everyone   Sun May 29, 2016 9:00 pm

Hi everyone.  

I thought I'd introduce myself, Pete, Sue my wife and Hadley the dog and our VW Brazilian bay and thank the Forum for its advice. In getting the van ready Ive been making extensive use of the technical advice, the latest being how to set the valve clearances.

It's all my wife's fault that we've bought the van as she instigated it all after passing a comment that wouldn't it be a great idea. We bought the van in February this year and I've been working on it getting it ready for the summer.  Hadley is besotted with the van.  If I am working on it he will come and sit with me, keeping an eye out for prowling cats!

While it is generally in good shape it hadn't been used over the last two years, so really needed some mechanical attention. I spend one weekend dismantling the front brakes, to find that the pads were crumbling to pieces. I've also installed the Dynamat sound deadening sheets which have made a real improvement.

After a few outings I decided the steering was too unwieldy, especially at low speed and decided to get the Lite Steer conversion fitted, so its been with VW Camper Vans for a while.

This weekend we're off to our friends place in Eardisley to load up the van on a trial run, awning, camping stuff etc before we set off to France for two weeks on the 12th June.  Hopefully the petrol situation will be resolved by then, otherwise we might need to sort out a last minute Plan B!

All the very best and thanks again

2006 Danbury Rio

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Cabin : Exec 008
Location : Central Scotland
Posts : 1613
Join date : 2010-09-04

PostSubject: Re: Hi everyone   Sun May 29, 2016 9:28 pm

Hello and welcome!

Nice looking bus and love the number plate!

Glad you found the forum, chances are someone has had a similar issue and now has a solution - great teamwork
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Cabin : Exec 002
Location : Hampshire
Posts : 2896
Join date : 2010-03-19

PostSubject: Re: Hi everyone   Sun May 29, 2016 9:31 pm

Welcome to the forum. A few more will be along to say hi once they get back from the Kombi Sleepover, our yearly show.
Fingers crossed the French sort themselves out for your trip


Ginger man without a ginger van  sunny
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Cabin : Flight 004
Location : Reading
Posts : 7578
Join date : 2010-12-12

PostSubject: Re: Hi everyone   Mon May 30, 2016 5:47 pm

Hi and welcome to the Forum - hope to see you out on the road sometime Cool

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Cabin : Exec 026
Location : Bedfordshire
Posts : 600
Join date : 2013-05-11

PostSubject: Re: Hi everyone   Mon May 30, 2016 8:52 pm

Hi and welcome
Nice looking Kombi
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Cabin : Flight 011
Location : South Somerset, UK
Posts : 4758
Join date : 2011-06-05

PostSubject: Re: Hi everyone   Mon May 30, 2016 8:56 pm

Hi! Welcome to the forum.

@timv Looks like Max has another brother!

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Location : holmfirth
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PostSubject: Re: Hi everyone   Mon May 30, 2016 8:59 pm

Hi PeteH.
Welcome to the forum.

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Cabin : Club
Location : St Albans
Posts : 84
Join date : 2014-10-02

PostSubject: Re: Hi everyone   Mon May 30, 2016 9:42 pm

As you have found, this is a really helpful site.
Let us all know where you go in France, and how long it takes - we are driving to Bordeaux in August (and allowing 2 days  Laughing )
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Cabin : Flight 001
Location : Leatherhead, UK.
Posts : 13089
Join date : 2009-09-27

PostSubject: Re: Hi everyone   Mon May 30, 2016 11:18 pm

@Tallulah wrote:
Hi! Welcome to the forum.

@timv Looks like Max has another brother!

Come on the Mighty Reds!!!

Welcome PeteH!!

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Cabin : Exec 013
Location : Leyland, Lancs
Posts : 5594
Join date : 2011-07-25

PostSubject: Re: Hi everyone   Tue May 31, 2016 9:31 am

Welcome PeteH - where are you off to in France? - we sail on 19th June, headed to the Western Med.

Do try and get along to an event and meet the gang - we're a friendly bunch.

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Cabin : Flight 019
Location : Dover
Posts : 1921
Join date : 2012-05-23

PostSubject: Re: Hi everyone   Tue May 31, 2016 9:40 am

Welcome to the forum PeteH , you have a lovely looking Kombi. We too look forward to meeting you out and about or at a club event in the near future.
Good luck with your trip to France please let us know how it goes.

Steve,  Jo  TigerLily and Carra the Child lovin' Golden Cocker  sunny
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Cabin : Exec 012
Location : wales
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PostSubject: Re: Hi everyone   Tue May 31, 2016 9:46 am

Hi and welcome nice bay Smile
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Cabin : Exec 027
Location : Fair Oak, Hampshire
Posts : 2599
Join date : 2012-04-19

PostSubject: Re: Hi everyone   Tue May 31, 2016 3:01 pm

Hi and welcome. Lovely looking Kombi, great to see another red and you have great taste in flooring. Hope to see you around.
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Cabin : Exec 079
Location : Fairford
Posts : 72
Join date : 2016-03-07

PostSubject: Re: Hi everyone   Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:30 pm

Thanks to everyone for such a warm welcome to the forum. We're going to Quimper (pronounced camper I think) and we'll explore at a leisurely pace what Brittany has to offer. We've signed up to France Passion so there may be a few overnight impromptu stops as well. Sue is currently finishing off replacements for the curtains on the van. She's designed roll-up blinds velcro'd to the curtain rail and held to the metal around the window with magnets. Our next planned outing will be to the Eastnor Castle event at the end of July, so I look forward to meeting up with folks at that event.

Pete, Sue and Hadley (the Kombi-loving Cavalier)
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Cabin : Exec 049
Location : Surrey
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PostSubject: Re: Hi everyone   Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:53 pm

Hi and welcome from us. Lovely van. Enjoy Brittany. We love France.
M and P
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