Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Yuraygir National Park

After picking the van up from the factory we remained on the Sunshine Coast for several more days before leaving on Sunday 18th May. We spent the night again at the Yelgun rest area on our way south.
From Monday 19th we spent three lovely nights camped at Yuraygir National Park. The park lies along the NSW coast and starts just south of Yamba and hugs the coast for the next 60 odd km. We stayed at the Illaroo campground which backs onto the beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Options while staying here include surfing, swimming, fishing and walks along the beach, that stretches for many kilometres north towards Sandon River. The small town of Wooli is quite close and Grafton is just over 50 km inland. 
Facilities include eco-toilets, rubbish bins and fireplaces. 
6 June:
After a suggestion from Stephen, we have purchased the black infill which arrived today. It was purchased from Caravan and RV Works, who have just relocated to the same street that Bushtracker are in at Kunda Park. Best of all it was on special at $2.00 per metre. We both feel that the black infill is a far better match with the silver cladding.

Friday, May 23, 2014


Our van was five years old when damaged by hail in November last year. 
Our only thoughts on the day were ones of sadness, but now all that has changed, because it now looks brand new again. 
The only item not re-installed was the rear outside shower locker. This locker continually leaked whenever it rained and wasn't worth the trouble. 
We have also upgraded the television to the latest 24 inch LED version and replaced our Pioneer deck with the latest product from Fusion. These photos show the changes we have made.

Audio locker and new Television:
Fusion deck:
DO35 hitch, Jack and WDH system:
LED reading lights:
Ceiling touch LEDS:
Awning LED lights and outside speakers:
We love the automatic awning:
In conjunction with this work, the bearings and suspension were serviced and the under body has been re-sealed. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

What a difference just one day makes

Just returned from the factory, and the exterior of the van is now complete, except for installation of audio and visual equipment which include the outside speakers and our roof mounted satellite dish. These will be installed next week along with having the under-body of the van re-sprayed. 
Talk about eye for detail they even purchased an RM Williams Longhorn sticker to replace the ones that were on the van.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Progress to date

Here are the latest photos taken this afternoon.
There is still quite a bit of work to be completed on the vans exterior including installation of the awning. Daniel from Leisuretainment is still to install some of the extra audio and visual equipment including the rear view camera and outside speakers.
We are blown away with the vans transformation after having it sitting around damaged at home for the past five months.
Van completion looks likely on Tuesday or possibly Wednesday next week.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Van Renovation to date

Friday 2nd May:
Its now day five since we dropped our hail damaged van at the factory. 
We were unaware until yesterday when we received a call from the factory that our awning was also to be renewed. 
The call was to confirm if we wanted to go with our existing type of awning, or pay extra money and install the Dometic 12 volt automatic awning. After checking out its operation yesterday afternoon at the factory we have now decided to go with this option.
Here are a series of photos showing the new cladding in place: