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New TVan owner - finally
« on: June 16, 2018, 08:11:32 PM »
After a year of researching, looking and wanting a TVan. I scored this beauty of a Mk2. Thanks Rod from the forum. I feel very fortunate to own one. Hopefully my ownership will do this camper justice. For a start off to Straddy this coming weekend to try it out. It will be a test for the family and my resolve that this is the easiest camping solution.

I have aspirations of week long stays at Straddy, Bribie and DIP.

Still a bit of painting and rust converter work to do. Just time.


I have posted something similar on the FB group.
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Re: New TVan owner - finally
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2018, 08:14:16 PM »
Nice work & welcome to the Tvan lifestyle

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Re: New TVan owner - finally
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2018, 08:32:07 PM »
From the photos it looks like you scored a cracker of a van.
Cheers

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Re: New TVan owner - finally
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2018, 08:51:19 PM »
Well done RAR110, it looks fairly standard, except for the 'custom spare tyre cover'.
Happy trails, go and enjoy your new rig.
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Re: New TVan owner - finally
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2018, 09:27:21 PM »
Nice work & welcome to the Tvan lifestyle

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Thanks Ajax. .

A privilege to be part of it.
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Re: New TVan owner - finally
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2018, 09:28:36 PM »
From the photos it looks like you scored a cracker of a van.
Cheers
It is. I’m very fortunate to get a Mk2 I can afford.
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Re: New TVan owner - finally
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2018, 09:36:15 PM »
Well done RAR110, it looks fairly standard, except for the 'custom spare tyre cover'.
Happy trails, go and enjoy your new rig.
Thanks mate. It is the Tanami I think. So yes very much a base model, but a great base to build on. I’m ok with the single tank and the short drawbar, and no roof PV panel. But Rod included a folding portable PV panel which is bigger and can be positioned.

I’ve ordered the LED internal light upgrade from track, some new hatch struts and a hatch strap.
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Re: New TVan owner - finally
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2018, 08:58:34 PM »
Nice one RAR110.  We had our first trip in ours this weekend.  It's so very civilised and very comfortable.  Was very cold but we were snug and warm.  Setup and pack up is dead easy even when putting up the big awning.  Bit crowded though with three kids sleeping on the deck but perfectly workable for a few years until we can boot them out into their own tent. Might have to invest in the family room. Ensure tent is very good if you have one.

I now have lots of little jobs to do to make it work better for us. Will take a few goes to work out where to stow all our gear.

 You will love it.

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Re: New TVan owner - finally
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2018, 03:12:47 PM »
If you feel like you want to replace those springs latches or the over centre ones on the main hatch and deck ...head over to this thread on where to get stainless replacements

http://www.tracktrailerforums.com/index.php?topic=2603
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New TVan owner - finally
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2018, 04:41:18 PM »
If you feel like you want to replace those springs latches or the over centre ones on the main hatch and deck ...head over to this thread on where to get stainless replacements

http://www.tracktrailerforums.com/index.php?topic=2603

Bugger. Ordered the coated ones from Track on Saturday night.

Did the ones you bought fit ok?
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Re: New TVan owner - finally
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2018, 05:33:28 PM »
Fitted no problems at all - holes on the spring latch we different as they were longer (if i remember correctly) but not really an issue. Overlatch ones were identical. I live by the beach so stainless was a no brainer for me..!!
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Re: New TVan owner - finally
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2018, 09:04:52 PM »
Nice one RAR110.  We had our first trip in ours this weekend.  It's so very civilised and very comfortable.  Was very cold but we were snug and warm.  Setup and pack up is dead easy even when putting up the big awning.  Bit crowded though with three kids sleeping on the deck but perfectly workable for a few years until we can boot them out into their own tent. Might have to invest in the family room. Ensure tent is very good if you have one.

I now have lots of little jobs to do to make it work better for us. Will take a few goes to work out where to stow all our gear.

 You will love it.

Although it is only us two now (goody goody)...there is no more satisfying a feeling than being tucked inside the TVan, hatch down and the sound of rain on the roof....knowing the camper trailer set up next door will unfortunately be soaked in the morning. ...and you won't have wet canvas on your bed....even if we did have the canvas set up!
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Re: New TVan owner - finally
« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2018, 09:55:00 PM »
Nomads, your feedback raises a question for me; can you close the hatch and reopen it from the inside? I had always thought that you wouldn't be able to but I was hoping you could for when it was very wet and rainy or for quick stop overs (I have never actually seen inside a Tvan for more than a brief look so no doubt there is much more I have to learn when mine arrives).

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Re: New TVan owner - finally
« Reply #13 on: June 18, 2018, 11:32:40 PM »
It's tight if you leave the tent packed up and shut the hatch. There's not a lot of room left at the hatch end of the bed but it is dry. You also need to carry a couple of pad locks so nobody can 'accidentally' lock you in. I have a couple to secure the van when it's packed up and you could use those to stop the latch being closed completely.

But we also got the option of the canvas hatch cover instead of the standard fly screen and that makes a nice privacy screen with the hatch up. Great for a quick stop over.
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Re: New TVan owner - finally
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2018, 11:59:08 PM »
Thanks Gumb  :)