Tasha

  • Please don’t burn peat. It takes 1000’s of years to form so unlike some tree varieties cant not be easily replaced. And it is a huge store of carbon which you are then releasing into the atmosphere.

  • Hi Sheeps – I am just back from my session with http://www.headspaceleeds.com/ – been going for a couple of months now to try and deal with my anxiety and can certainly recommend.

  • ahsat replied to the topic Simple bike-camper conversion in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    Yeah going to be interested how they find it (this is their 4th van so they do have experience with what they need/want). For me I need to have a wall to separate the wet damp kit, and more storage (hence us having the LWB). Do love their ability to just get on, make it happen and go away though. I need to learn to do the same.

  • ahsat started the topic Simple bike-camper conversion in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    Whilst deliberating on our T6 LBW conversion (see the pop top thread), friends of ours have just had this done in the last 3-weeks by not just campers in Sheffield.

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  • I’m sorry, but I’d say avoid Blyth. The in-laws live there so know it reasonably well and agreed some of the houses by south beach are nice, but it’s a dead end – you have to take one or two routes to get in and out and the town is grounding to a halt – full of charity shops and a town centre with many empty units. Seaton or Whitley Bay are much…[Read more]

  • I’ve ended up not needing meniscus surgery in my two knee ops; but a friend has had it a year ago alongside ACL reconstruction. Lived in a brace for 6+ weeks after. She is an outdoor instructor and I’m not sure she is yet running, but she is back to an active life – hiking, biking, kayaking, hiking. There is no doubt that any significant knee sur…[Read more]

  • I get public transport for work everyday (as parking spaces are very hard to come by at work), and 85% of the time it’s fine. But days like today when it goes wrong, it really goes wrong! Three consecutive peak time trains cancelled meaning hardly anyone could fit onto the train at my stop when one did come in. So I went and got the bus instead. S…[Read more]

  • It totally depends on the gym too. I was a member at the very well equipped gym at work (large Uni) following my ACL surgery but after 6 months (it was convenient as initially I was in there 4 times a week for only 20 mins each) of waiting for kit due to students using it as dating space, I swapped to Nuffield. Twice the price but so much more…[Read more]

  • ahsat replied to the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    Thanks all for the comments and some alternative ideas. It’s not put us off the idea, but given us some extra things to think about.

  • ahsat replied to the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    Also we bought the van 4 months ago (18 months old, ex-trade Highline) and p20 loves driving it. We won’t be swapping it. Ok, we maybe should have got to the nitty gritty planning, but we knew basically we’d fit a bike garage and still have enough space for a rock and roll bed (I didn’t totally think about my storage issues at this point).

  • ahsat replied to the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    Might get a towbar thing in the future.

    I’ll see if I can get a photo of the very impressive thing my Dad got built for thier sprinter. However he does still deploy about 8 locks!

    Thanks – this has been therapeutic and good distraction on a Friday ;-P

  • ahsat replied to the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    Yes its chilly for year round sleeping but you just get a thicker sleeping bag

    Yeah we do both already have -10C rated down sleeping bags. Valid point.
    I also like the idea of standing up to change.

  • ahsat replied to the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    I am concerned about using a pop top in high winds, or when stealth camping, so do still want to be able to sleep downstairs on those occasions.

    Thanks Andy for your insight – good to know you made it work from a similar perspective. You’ve made me think. When funds allow we could fit a sliding rock and roll bed anyway (I like the look of the…[Read more]

  • ahsat replied to the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    Yeah we’ve decided to not have kids, so this is our adventure toy. We loved our old van – gave us so much freedom, but just sat in campsite hankering for something a bit more flexible in the weather (we camped with the van and tent for 2+ weeks in the alps, so not afraid to rough it for a bit). Just how much Mr Ahsat (aka p20) and I can do…[Read more]

  • ahsat replied to the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    Have you considered a bigger van?

    Yes, but we dont have space. It is incredibly tight getting the LWB into and out of our terrace street and anything longer doesn’t fit on the drive for the rest of the street to get past. Also the T6 fits in the garage which massively helps the insurance (car theft is an issue in West Yorkshire). I think if…[Read more]

  • ahsat replied to the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    Hahaha – spacey I think you have summarised our muddle well.

    Ok – maybe an alternative question, is at the moment I look at standard conversions and just can’t imagine getting all our stuff in! We will take ~80 cm of the length of the LWB with the bike garage, which leaves us ~40 shorter than a SWB, and without access behind the bed (though off…[Read more]

  • ahsat replied to the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    Did you budget for a diesel heater? That would be first on my list for any big money conversion.

    The ‘budget’ is currently a bit of a moving target – i.e. how long to save for before we get it down. But yes, diesel heater and leisure battery are high up the list. Also plan to build a bike ‘garage’ at the back – it is a LWB and it is just the…[Read more]

  • ahsat replied to the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    Thanks all for the thermal screen suggestions. Very fair point to consider re the wind – we have slept in a roof tent on a Land Rover, but we put it up in the dark and it wasnt up properly, and when the wind blew it just rattled like hell. Awful night.

    Think carefully about all the options – if you’re going to fill it with kit you’d be as well…

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  • ahsat started the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    Looking to convert our T6, we took a trip to the caravan and motorhome show at the NEC last week for some inspiration. We had always discounted a pop top due to the need to take two touring kayaks; but we were very taken by the Jerba roofs, and ability to take 100 kg. Seriously considering one, though it requires a bit of a rethink of the…[Read more]