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  • This is what I say about second hand mattresses. If you have slept in a hotel, you have slept on a used mattress. At least if you buy off the last owner, you get to see them. Gawd knows who's been on a hotel mattress.
    Also, you are better off with foam for rejecting bugs and everything else you won't want in the van.
    Simply take the cover off, and sew on a duvet cover as a new one, then put your sheet on top of that.

  • Well he got in touch with me today, he took my lower offer after a night to think about it. Went n picked up the mattress tonight, its like brand new. Not a single mark on it, the cover zips off easily and has had the steam cleaner took to it tonight. So it looks like ive got a mattress but no bed frame to put it on. At least now i have a size to build too, before it was a question of full size double or small double. Will have to get cracking with building the furniture, only thing i got done this weekend was building a partition behind the drivers seat.


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    Well he got in touch with me today, he took my lower offer after a night to think about it. Went n picked up the mattress tonight, its like brand new. Not a single mark on it, the cover zips off easily and has had the steam cleaner took to it tonight. So it looks like ive got a mattress but no bed frame to put it on. At least now i have a size to build too, before it was a question of full size double or small double. Will have to get cracking with building the furniture, only thing i got done this weekend was building a partition behind the drivers seat.

  • Cant you make a frame that holds the bike across the back doors, but is only attached to the door that opens first? Or make a frame that swings out of the way like a gate or spare wheel holder type arrangement, attach this to the nearside. To open the door, swing bike to the left then open door..

  • Cant you make a frame that holds the bike across the back doors, but is only attached to the door that opens first? Or make a frame that swings out of the way like a gate or spare wheel holder type arrangement, attach this to the nearside. To open the door, swing bike to the left then open door..


    the rear walls are fiberglass with a metal frame for the doors, so i cant attach anything to it. Its a good idea n i will give it some thought

  • Pop the front wheel off (or both if you can be bothered with the reassembly) and it will hang or squeeze in somewhere in a fairly low profile fashion....I don't have mine onboard anymore because I can't afford the broken bones but I did see pictures of a live in build where both bike wheels were removed and the disassembled whole sat in a fairly low profile cupboard...


    In a high roof bus/van you might have space to put a bike in internal ceiling storage once front wheel is removed but I'm a shortarse and would still have to remove a pedal or two or duck to avoid multiple head injuries.



    Probably no help whatsoever but that's all I've got.

  • Anyone got any clever ideas on how or where to store a mountain bike, i dont have space inside or underneath. Cant have it on the back doors as i need to open them. Cant get to he roof as its too high n made of fiberglass


    Those buses usually have a hydraulic wheelchair ramp and frame bolted under the rear so presumably there would be enough room to weld a frame under ther rear to slide a bike in on its side.
    Failing that id just build a storage cupboard.Take off the front n rear wheel and they dont take up much room.


    Mine lives on an ali Fiamma bike carrier bolted to the back.of my trailer.

  • Bike storage is on hold, cheers fo the replies. I will have to work it out as i go. Got my bed slats today :) built my woodburner, now sitting outside "burning the paint of it" with a bottle of bacardi n the dog trying to forget tomorrow is my 1st wedding anniversary. Just got to finish the two overhaed lockers and put boards into the shelves in the floor to celing cupboards, build cupboard doors, wire up the lights and stereo and cut foam to fit the sofa. The blackout curtians should be here midweek. Just remembered i also need to get the spilt charger to work and to FIT THE WOODBURNER

  • Its a fine day today and the forecast for tomorrow is dry so im thinking of painting it today, is there anything to stop me painting it in b&m's, carpark. Its a retail park wih about 8 shops. Theres no signs up saying "no painting of vehicles"
    ok i will get some funny looks but apart from that is there any legal shit to stop me???

  • Its a fine day today and the forecast for tomorrow is dry so im thinking of painting it today, is there anything to stop me painting it in b&m's, carpark. Its a retail park wih about 8 shops. Theres no signs up saying "no painting of vehicles"
    ok i will get some funny looks but apart from that is there any legal shit to stop me???


    Can you do it inside the 2hr parking time limit???

  • Its a fine day today and the forecast for tomorrow is dry so im thinking of painting it today, is there anything to stop me painting it in b&m's, carpark. Its a retail park wih about 8 shops. Theres no signs up saying "no painting of vehicles"
    ok i will get some funny looks but apart from that is there any legal shit to stop me???


    I painted a minibus on an unregulated private industrial estate road over a weekend last year! I used a little 300w inverter to power a sander for the body filler, plugged into the LDV.
    Go for it, make sure you have everything you need before you open the paint!! :)

  • Maybe making a small purchase ,preferably painting a vehicle related sundies from one of the stores you will have some credence , but personally I think that if there are cameras (and there usually are) then some jobsworth will interfere or send a minion to do it on his behalf.


    I think that changing a wheel or fixing a fanbelt would be seen as OK because you are trying to leave and that makes them happy , start sanding a van , setting up a stepladder and laying out paint dust sheets etc indicates yu aint going anywhere for a while ...


    Best of luck :)



    ps
    whereabouts are you , I have a level concrete offroad parkup in Swindon if thats any good

  • What are you painting it with? I painted mine with a brush in nato green with several days in between different bits, even on the same panel and you can't tell where the joins are.
    If its similar, start and if you get moved on then just park somewhere else and continue.

  • Let's look at the worse case scenario. It's private land.
    The stores or car park security come over. They ask you to leave, and you firmly but politely say you will go once you have finished.
    They call the police.
    You again politely but firmly tell them you will leave when you have finished.
    At worst it's trespass. It would take a court order or bailiff action to get you off. That would take slightly longer to organise than the day it will take you paint the van.
    Oh and it's better to ask forgiveness than permission, don't ask in advance.
    I once sorted a whole van full of clothes (for selling) in a Tesco multi storey car park! It was raining so needed to keep the stock dry. Security did come over, but I politely said we would be gone when we were done, which we were. There was no other action. :)


  • A lot worse could and does happen when you start argueing with the old bill. One single spot of paint on the carpark could be construed as criminal damage , also a good idea to have COHSE data on the paint to hand , thats a health and safety issue in a public place , sanding is also precarious ,how are you coing to contain /collect ALL the dust?


    Not wishing to come across as pessimistic just realistic.

  • me and a guy spray painted his van in a road layby with a bulk box of aerosol paint,a couple of lorry drivers chatted to us while we did it.One even .helped masked off the windows. Just do it,make sure youre not going to do any damage or get paint everywhere.if you get told to stop then move,find somewhere else.Ask permission youll rarely ever get it.

  • I agree worse might happen, but I will be realistic too. It not likely to happen, mostly due to the time/money/paperwork/don't-get-involved-culture.
    Remember I have been there and done it. Keep it polite. As long as nothing descends into an argument or fist fight it's fine.