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Additions to Motorhome pages:-
1.Fitting New Automatic Water System Pump
2.Winterising the water pump.
3.Water Tank Level Meter-modification to electronic circuit

4.Basin Mixer Taps - tip & how to repair a dripping tap.
5.Extending Fresh Water Drain Tap to Outside

FOR SALE £3995

Due to my age, 80 years old, and health reasons we are forced to give up the pleasures of a motorhome.

Our motorhome is up for sale and is open to offers. Yep! that's the price!

If offers are unreasonable, you will not get a reply.

Description of the motorhome can be seen through out the pages of my web site here.

The MH has MOT until MAR 2017 and its mileage is 109205.

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Contents:      

1. Our Motorhome.  2.Seat Belts 3. Motorhome Modifications

THE AUTOHOMES WANDERER MOTORHOME

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Date of Manufacture: 1997.
[Confirmed by many components date stamped]

Holidays are taken in our Motorhome, In modern terms it quite small,
19Feet-2inches long [5.85Metres]. The reason for the size is to enable us to park the vehicle at home, in our small drive. The Motorhome is based on the Peugeot Boxer 1.9ltr Turbo Diesel engine, with intercooler.

We have toured through most of Europe and enjoy staying in Spain in early Spring. Chasing the sun after a Welsh winter.

To journalists the WANDERER is a budget Motorhome, to me it's an upgrade and a fulfillment of an ambition.

This is our second Motorhome, never owned a caravan or Motorhome before number one and two.

We did a pre-purchase appraisal, hiring from "Highlander Holidays" in Pitlochry, Scotland, 01797 472556. I can certainly recommend this company and their Motorhomes for hire.

My wife and I visited every dealer in the Southwest to buy our second dream. The prices were still a shock, but we decided the Autohomes Wanderer Coachbuilt was for us. [There are no pockets in shrouds.]  As I have said, our criteria had to be a short vehicle to fit the drive of our bungalow,   It has a 1.9ltr turbo diesel engine with Intercooler, which we hope will be economical and is relatively rust free.

As it's 5 years old, the timing belt was replaced immediately on purchase.  It had the original tyres which have been replaced, pity the treads were like new, The "Caravan Club's" previous articles about the safety factor make replacements a must after 5 to 6 years.
Driving behind an "F" registered Motorhome recently and watching his rear tyre blow out, then the uncontrolled movement of his Motorhome as he tried to stop, confirmed my reasons for the tyre changes. He came to a controlled stop eventually.

Due to the infamous water ingress problem to the engine compartment of the Peugeot vehicle, the previous owners had had a battery overflow, causing a acid damaged tray and to the chassis cross member.  I repaired the battery earth position and replaced the bolt, this again was damaged because of the battery overflow. The whole area was "Waxoyled" and painted with "Hammerite." The battery has been covered, temporarily,  with a plastic container, cut in half, and secured with an elastic bungy.  This is to ensure any water overflowing on to the battery is allowed to drain away and not fill the battery with it's consequences. [ This has become a permanent feature as it is so convenient.]

I have rectified and repaired the cross member rust.  See my other page of how the repair was accomplished. To Peugeot Beam Repairs

Our Motorhome has become a hobby for me, introducing refinements found in the more expensive Motorhomes. Most of this work has come from ideas in the Motorhome magazines. Any changes must be discreet, out of sight or match the manufacturers decor. It must be said this Motorhome has many of the refinements mentioned.

The extras are to be described, and can be seen in the other Wanderer pages.

We like the "L" side wall loungers at the rear, giving some separation from the centre kitchen area, giving quite a large lounging area.  This gives a good balance over the rear wheels. Because of this balanced constructed interior, the vehicle rear springs never look stressed.  Although recent comments in the Motorhome Magazines complain about the very hard springs! It's not something which we are bothered about.

The centre table was too large, and heavy, to move around and designed to be placed in the wardrobe every time we moved.  I built a smaller one, using parts from Motorcaravan Motorhome Monthly advertisers.  It can now be stowed in any convenient place.

The back wall "L" lounger pulls out to give a large double bed, almost as large as at home. Some reports comment about crawling over each other at night with this arrangement. This has not been a problem for us. I have modified the frame and fixed hinges to it, to enable easier access to the locker underneath. See page 20

The 3 gas burners and gas grill, is sufficient for our needs. A cooker is not fitted,  but it's not something we aspire to.  The weight Is something I always watch. I fitted a low power microwave, in the locker below the cooking area. This was purchased from the local "Yellow Pages" as the seller was not happy with the low power, but it's ideal for us, it doesn't draw excessive current while on a caravan site. This did entail adding another mains socket to feed it,  which I have fitted inside the locker.

Good quality blinds and fly screens have been fitted as original items.  In our previous Camper Van I had to install them myself.  They can be purchased or sourced from: www.olearymotorhomes.co.uk

There are fluorescent lights fitted in the roof/ceiling, which are quite good, but not satisfactory for reading. The previous owner has fitted three adjustable corner lights below the lockers. These get hot due to the current taken. I have since fitted new type LED lamps here!

The small washroom with cassette toilet suits us, we don't use the shower as most sites have good facilities. I have used it, and it's very good. We don't use it as I suspect the sealing qualities of the walls and wall paper, and I worry about leaks through to the chassis. Excessive damp can cause delamination to the van walls and rusting in the chassis!

The C4 Thetford bench toilet is push hand operated.  Since purchase I have modified the cassette toilet to be used manually and electrically.  This modification has been illustrated in other pages of this site. See Page 14

The gas locker has room for our two 2.7kg Campingaz bottles. but has room for larger ones. Any larger ones add to the total weight capacity. It also has room for the hook-up cable, waste and drinking water hose pipes, and toilet fluid bottles. I have fitted a ribbed platform to ensure the floor gas vent is not covered, this will hold the gas bottles off the floor and keep the vents clear.

Being worried that items won't cause a "Burst out" through the flimsy door lock, I use a timber cross piece to contain these items.

Locker with cross piece

Gas locker with "Cross piece" hinged at the centre.

Campingaz was chosen as it's available all over Europe. We've never had any difficulty changing the empty containers.  In Spain changing the bottle is little over £7.50.[2008] In France the price has tripled!

Arm rests are fitted to the inner side of each cab seat, my wife never felt secure in the van cab without them. In our previous Motorhome I had to install them myself.   A recent comment in a Motorhome magazine stated that arm rests are not fitted nearest the door for legislated safety reasons!  Seat belts are fitted to passenger and driver's seat, making it suitable for two people.

I have recently fitted electrically operated windows. See Switched Electric Windows, in my other page for details.

A Cab area carpet has been fitted by the previous owner, to reduce road noise, eliminating the starkness of a van floor,  increasing visual and travelling comfort. 

It is proving to be a very comfortable and reasonably quiet vehicle, with car like driving qualities. I love the dash mounted gear stick. Shades of the old column change.

I hope it will take us through our travels throughout Europe.


Seat Belts Seat Belts in the Wanderer.

Image of seat belt fittings
Brackets shown retaining the seat belts

I have received one or two emails regarding seat belts in the Motorhome. 

Above is a photo of the seat belts fitted in my Motorhome by the previous owner. I don't know if they are legal!

The installation of the seat belts are very robust, and effort has been made to ensure they are professionally finished.

There are four brackets, giving three sets of lap belts. These are located below the rear bench, close to the back wall. The brackets are bolted through the Motorhome base and secured with large washers.

I don't think the Motorhome base would be strong enough to retain 3 adults in an accident.  I believe the securing bolts should have been secured to the chassis.

I have pulled the belts down to the floor and are not used.

I would prefer that lap belts are not used, due to the tremendous lever action on the spine in an accident, also the retaining affect from a rear shunt.

Lap Belts as Fitted to my Wanderer

Lap Belts In the Wanderer

Lap belts fitted to my Wanderer

Lap Belts in the Wanderer

Lap belts fitted to my Wanderer

I have recently removed these lap type belts as recent legislation might make these illegal. They also require MOT inspections and in these positions would not pass.


Motorhome Modifications

     There are many things in the Motorhome which seem not bother the previous owners. Yet I feel additions could be made which don't detract from the original specifications. They must always be reversal, and don't appear obvious.

     Here is a list of work done since the purchase of our second hand Motorhome:

1. A sign was constructed which would be used on pitches, to indicate a pitch 'Reserved Being used.' This would  be erected when we take the Motorhome off site for shopping/visiting.

2. The vent covers on the fridge came without their drawing pin sized securing catches. A visit to a caravan scrap dealer and we were able obtain four required. The price from Electrolux was £4.50 each. My local caravan dealer was too embarrassed to supply me at that price.

3. The radio had been removed by the previous owner, so a new one was purchased and fitted. This has a removable security cover, for those times when the vehicle is parked or stored.

4. A complete 'Overall' cover security device, was purchased for the steering wheel.

5. As no ladder came with the vehicle,  the dealer supplied a 4 step aluminium ladder.  I have modified this to a 5 step, to reach the Luton, and covered all the steps with carpet covering to match the floor covering. The carpet covering is soft on the feet.
The two ladder tops have been fitted with tennis balls and can now be used against the Motorhome walls, without damage. This will make it easier to erect our 'Driveaway' awning.

Modified ladder with tennis balls for panel protection
The 5 step ladder

Showing tennis balls for panel protection

The 5 step ladder with tennis balls to protect the panels.

   6. The waste water drain tap was removed as being unsuitable, due to it being very stiff, so I replaced it with a 25mm through pipe tap. [From CAK] Note the 22mm to 25mm fitting on the tap.
I have since removed this tap as it was difficult to turn, possibly plastic expansion due to age. I have fitted a metal gas type tap which has proved to be very easy and reliable.

CAKM 22mm through type tap

It is now possible to place a probe right through the tap to the tank should any blockages occur.

 

The rusted spare wheel frame has been renovated and painted with rust proof paint.

7. I've attached to the waste tap a rigid extension pipe. This makes for non splash draining and easier attachment of an extension pipe.

Regretfully this tap has a tendency to disintegrate, so a metal type has been introduced, which is easier to use with it's extended handle.

8. The vanity mirror on the washroom exterior door was too small and too high for us. So I replaced this with a light weight one, which is longer and lower.

9. A microwave has been fitted to the locker below the cooker. We don't feel the need for a cooker, also it's too heavy, and would increase the overall maximum weight of the van.

10. Extra mains sockets have been fitted. one interior of the microwave locker. One above the draining board, which has been fitted high, according to regulations. One has been fitted close to the floor,  in the gas heater space.

11. New catches have been fitted to the bed lockers. Originals were damaged.

12. In the gas locker the brackets did not suit the Campingaz bottles we favour. So the brackets were relocated and secured.

13. Extra sockets and plugs were purchased and made up for use on the Continent, where reverse mains is prevalent.

14. The battery tray in the engine compartment had had a spill. This was repaired, including the main engine cross beam. See in my other PEUGEOT pages for details of the repair.

15. Due to the fault in No. 14, the earth bolt had to be replaced. This meant cleaning a good earth at the chassis point and painting with rust protective paint.

16. One of the first jobs was to fit Security 'Roll Bolt' locks on the van doors, as I felt the originals could easily be opened. See other pages on how work was done.

17. The Thetford Cassette toilet was a push to press operation. A C4 type. This is unsuitable for our Arthritic hands. I modified this to a push button electrically operated. See my other pages for this modification.

18. The cassette toilet had drain pipe inside the outer door, which folded back on it self. I replaced this with a clear see through pipe. It is now possible to monitor the water level in the tank. This item can be purchased as a spare part.

19. The interior aeroplane style cab lights had been added by the previous owner. On examination of the fixings I could see the cables had been connected directly to the battery cable in the ZIG panel, and not via any fuse. This was rectified. Tha lamps have been replaced with LED types.

20. Holes in the base of the Motorhome for service pipes were too large in some instances. These have been sealed up with bathroom sealer.

21. The waste water tank fitted below the chassis was loose in it's fittings and causing a drumming sound when travelling. This was a coach builders construction fault. This was rectified using plastic spacers.

22.   The spare wheel was loose, again not constructed correctly. This was rectified with a timber spacer. This also drummed when travelling.

23. A lower locker could not accommodate our 12inch TV while travelling, so the middle shelf was lowered. I removed the center pin of the locker hinges, and fitted pins with handles so the door can be removed for viewing.

24. The fire alarm came without a battery, this was rectified. I also took the opportunity to fit a switch on the alarm to turn it off. This will save the battery during storage periods.

25. The turbo and intercooler have been checked and found to be OK.

26. The headlamp adjuster in the engine passenger side had been damaged. The part was replaced by the dealer. As long as I did the work myself, to save on cost! I had it done by a garage and I stood the cost of the installation myself.

27. A major fault was on the back panel wall of the Motorhome, it had never been secured by the Coachbuilder. The repair I did myself.  The interior wall covering had never been cut away, to allow the van base to connect to the upright wall panel, so the glue could not be secured to the base plate. [See my other pages on how the work was done]

28. One of the top external rear driving lights was not working. I had to replace the fittings.

29. The panels lamps on the Dash board were all faulty and had to be replaced. [See my other pages on how the work was done.

30. A fly screen was purchased for the caravan door and fitted.

31. A damp check should have been made to the vehicle. This has been done, but showed signs of water ingress. See my other pages on how the work was done.

32. The Peugeot diesel engine has a tendency to overheat on a long rising hill. I suspect the panel meter might be reading too high. I have fitted a switch to operate the fans if required. I have also fitted LED lamp indicators to show when the fans are controlled by the fan radiator switch.

33. The Carver boiler heater drain plug was leaking when purchased. It was jammed tight by the previous owner. The rubber washer has been replaced, and the metallic screwed tube, that holds the drain plug , has been renovated to eliminate the fault.

34. A volt meter has been installed above the ZIG control panel in the living area. I was unhappy with the LED indicators. See my other pages on how the work was done.

35. I have installed electrically operated windows in the van doors. The kit was a commercially purchased item. See my other pages on how this work was done.

36. The larger bed locker could only be accessed by almost lying flat on the floor to open the locker doors. I have modified the bed base and fitted piano style hinges, so now the bed base can be accessed by lifting completely, exposing the whole back area. See description in my other pages.

37. As the exterior water filler cap is too high for me. I have constructed a tube with a 12 volt electric pump attached, which can be placed inside a water container for pumping into the water cap aperture. Fixed to the pump is a 2 meter length of 12 volt cable and plug. [See my other pages for notes.]

38. To accommodate the addition in No.37, I have fitted a 12 volt socket and switch, alongside the van mains input container, to supply the pump. [See my other pages on how this was done.]

39. The fuse to the Leisure battery was fitted on the floor inside the offside locker. I have replaced this fuse container, for a two fuse box , the second one supplies the pump in No.38.  The fuse box has been fitted off the floor.

39. One of the first things to add, was the passenger door pocket container, to match the driver's door. this is one of the cheapest items available from Peugeot. As the door is all ready setup with bolt screw points, it was just a case of screwing it in place.

40. The rear lights on the Motorhome are rather low, so I have installed a high level stop lamp. This is required by law on new vehicles. As it was a narrow tube type, purchased from HALFORDS in the UK, I was able to place it inside the frame, at the top of the rear window. This made the addition an easy installation. See my other pages on how it was done. Maplins now sell a narrower one, easier installation.

41. The engine oil is changed every 6 months what ever the mileage. [10W-40SAE]

42. During the first service, after 6 months, I was advised the front discs had bad rust! these were replaced, including the disc pads.

43. Suspected over heating, the radiator thermostat and fitting has been replaced. [2004]

44. A fridge fan has been added which is thermostatically operated, using a module purchased from MAPLINS the electronics dealer. This will turn on when the fridge top vent becomes too hot. See my other pages on how this was done.

45. Due to their age the tyres, although looking like new, were replaced as a safety precaution.

46. A commercial extension pipe and valve, attached to the spare tyre, has been added. This will make monitoring the tyre pressure much easier.  See my other pages on how this was done.

47. One of the reflector covers of the Luton top driving lights disappeared! I replaced both items with new lamp assemblies.

48. After a winter in storage the seal on the Thetford toilet cassette took on ribbed effect. This had to be replaced. See my other page on how the work was done.

49. The spare wheel cradle was very rusty. I removed the frame, cleaned and repainted with "Hammerite" which is a rust preventative. The bolt retainers have been well greased and are quite easy to release after 12 months.

50. The waste tank brackets were very rusted. It was not possible to remove the brackets for proper cleaning, so they had to be cleaned and painted in situ with "Hammerite."

51. Slight delamination of the floor, under the kitchen vent, has been repaired and rectified by a local dealer. I suspect the vent was left open during wet weather causing a damp patch on the floor and delamination.

52, A breather pipe from the manifold on the engine top was worn away due to vibration and was ready to spit open. This has been repaired and the pipe now covered with a protecting cover to ensure no future problems.
 [ See the Peugeot Page 8 for location of this 'Manifold Breather Pipe'

53. No curtains fitted in the Luton, my wife made the curtains and I fitted curtain rails. These can be purchased from all caravan dealers.

54. As I take off the negative battery terminal when we store the vehicle, I have fitted a  250Amp battery switch instead. [This feature was prompted from a previous letter, where the correspondent mentioned gasses given off by the battery could explode, if during the removal  of the contacts, a spark was caused.]

55.  I have fitted 'Gaslow' regulators to the gas cylinders to give gas capacity indication.

56. Replaced the waste pipe from the kitchen sink to the waste tank, due to age cracking.

57. The added volt meter to monitor the Leisure and Starter batteries has been replaced for a digital type, which will give more accurate readings. This meter also monitors the current taken from the leisure battery.


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