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One of the rubber sealing O rings dropped off the VDO oil pressure gauge recently. The rubber had just split. I bought two new ones from a spares place and although they are not VDO they are 52mm, the correct size. I replaced the other seal, on the oil temp gauge, as well which was also beginning to split. They went on ok and are quite a bit thicker than the old VDO ones. Hopefully they will last a bit longer.

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Just fitted a pair of complete convex mirrors from Auto Wares. Stainless, but still have chromed stalks. They have the longer threads unlike some cheaper ones. Seem good quality and do give a noticeably better rear view
 

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Just fitted a pair of complete convex mirrors from Auto Wares. Stainless, but still have chromed stalks. They have the longer threads unlike some cheaper ones. Seem good quality and do give a noticeably better rear view
Good to hear they are decent quality. As I already had a good mirror I decided to keep it, and just replace the lens. Funny how no one else until Auto Wares came along AFAIK supplied convex lenses in their cab mirrors.
 

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The mirrors don't come with washers, which of course is an open invitation to our dear friend rust.
I found that garden hose washers fit real nice. Go for the pure silicone.
 

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The mirrors don't come with washers, which of course is an open invitation to our dear friend rust.
I found that garden hose washers fit real nice. Go for the pure silicone.
I used washing machine hose washers. Nice snug fit and not had any the black run marks you get from some rubber.
 

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I decided after some thought to change the radio in the van. I got fed up with not having RDS on the Custom Auto sounds unit I had installed in 2013.
So I installed a modern Alpine unit instead. Very pleased with it!
I had read about the aperture not being wide enough because our buses were built before CD players in cars were a thing and the DIN size changed.
Fortunately it appears the PO in the USA had already had the hole trimmed and the fit was perfect.
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Trip to Wasdale, we stayed at the NT Wasdale Head site. It s a lovely site but not great for campervans as the few places available are fairly small if you want pitch an awning.
We had a great time and Monty ran well, I am so pleased with the new engine 😊

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Scafell Pike with older daughter

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Great pics Mike, we’ve also stayed on that site, yes a bit of a squeeze on some of the pitches. Great location though 👍
 

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Great pics Mike, we’ve also stayed on that site, yes a bit of a squeeze on some of the pitches. Great location though 👍
We generally prefer a grassy pitch but the campervans are on gravel hard standing, so I was glad I had a good rubber mallet with me for the pegs!
It is a fantastic location though I agree.
 

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