the end in sight, Hessisch beckons…


As the decent weather continues, it’s good to crack on and get some more of the interior panels in place, plus once they’re in, the table and a few little extras can also be fitted. It’s almost like there is a plan for an interior slowly coming together.

perfect weather to be using the Fabrik Interiors cargo door canopy

perfect weather to be using the Fabrik Interiors cargo door canopy

My eldest daughter had bought me a nice little touch of practical ‘bling’ for the bus a while ago, some very cool, fully polished aluminium cab door handles from Aircooled Accessories. I hadn’t got around to fitting them before as I needed to know what I was going to be doing in terms of cab door cards.

a nice touch of bling from Aircooled Accessories to make closing the cab doors a bit easier

a nice touch of bling from Aircooled Accessories to make closing the cab doors a bit easier

Now the cab door cards were all sorted, it was great to finally get them fitted rather than having them just sitting in their box on my desk. This will make closing the cab doors way more easy now, plus they really do look the business! 🙂

finally got my Aircooled Accessories Cab Door Handles fitted

finally got my Aircooled Accessories Cab Door Handles fitted

In light of my previous european road trip bus fire and the recent tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire in London, I thought it best to get a fire extinguisher inside the bus. Plus the European Good Samaritan Law requires every driver to stop and provide assistance in the event of an accident, so it is strongly advisable to carry both a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher. I already have a fire suppression system fitted in the engine bay, but it is always good to have one inside the bus as well. Always better to be safe than sorry!

the super powereful and compact JE50 fire extinguisher fits neatly on the bulkhead

the super powerful and compact JE50 fire extinguisher fits neatly on the bulkhead

After a bit of research, I came across the Firetool JE50 fire extinguisher at Camper Interiors that claims to be the world’s most versatile and compact fire extinguisher. Rated for use on liquid, gas and electrical fires, so are ideal for having in your Campervan. They are 70-80% smaller and lighter than a standard water or powder extinguishers, yet they have the same fire fighting capabilities. These are non pressurised, environmentally friendly, toxic free and require no maintenance plus have a 5 Year warranty. They also leave no mess or residue and a safe to use in a confined space and engine fires. Essential bit of kit IMHO

Managed to get the front component speakers fitted back into the kick panels before fitting them in place. Initially I was really just putting the speakers back in place for cosmetic reasons! Respect/credit to my wife Lorna for believing in me on this one. I had been without music in the bus pretty much since I’ve had it unfortunately. Long story short, it sort of work then stopped! Lorna encouraged me to try re-connecting everything again when I refitted the kick panels back in place.  Anyway, for once I listened and reconnected everything again and bingo, we had music once again 🙂 result – oh ye of little faith! Turns out the leisure battery issues that Resto Classics resolved recently was the cause of it all, as I remembered that the head unit was wired up to be powered from that in order to save the starter battery. As the old leisure battery was defective, it must have had insufficient power for the audio system to work. So now I will have tunes to accompany me on my solo road trip to the show in Hessisch Oldendorf in Germany 🙂

kick panels, speakers and headunit going in

kick panels, speakers and headunit going in

For me, with the interior refurb it has always been about getting a usable table in the back of the bus. Somehow for me this really makes it feel like a home on wheels! When designing this table I bore in mind some of the things that bugged me a bit with my old Canterbury Pitt table I refurbished. Nothing wrong with the table itself, I just found it a bit of a pain to have to take it up and down if I wanted to make the bed up, and then there was the issue of where you would store it if not in use or you wanted some more room without the table in the way.

great to finally have a usable table in the camper at last!

great to finally have a usable table in the camper at last!

I worked out that I could position the table support leg so that the Waeco fridge freezer could fit underneath the table when it was not in use. There was sufficient room to slide the table along on the extended table support I got from my friend in Australia between the Waeco unit and my old vintage cool box. Interesting that the table support that Camper Interiors offers comes in two sizes, but the longer one is still shorter than the one I got from down under 😉

table install in the rear seat position for normal use

table install in the rear seat position for normal use

So the table can now be used in multiple positions really easily. It can be used at the back when you want to sit to eat/work at the table, or simply slid forward towards the bulkhead and go over the fridge/freezer to open up the interior space without the need of collapsing or putting the table away. Simples 🙂 Yeah yeah, yeah, I know it’s a bit messy in the pics, but it’s still a work in progress as I sort things out and I need to have a tidy up before I head off, but happy days, the table is now fitted and works a treat!

table install in the forward bulkhead position

table install in the forward bulkhead position

So the basics of the interior are now in place, the ferry tickets are booked, just need to sort out stuff to take as it looks like Hessisch Oldendorf is go, go, go! 🙂

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