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    There's no way you'll need all that roof for solar panels. So.....
    Hatch in the roof, ladder on the inside to get up there, bit of lightweight decking to strengthen it up and a fold flat handrail round the sides and you've got a massive safe patio area to while away those summer nights.

    Does the bed have to lift up at all four corners? If not, couldn't you rig up a strong hinge at the innermost edge of the bed so that the edge that's closest to the garage door lifts up like a big hatch towards the box roof? You could use car hatchback boot stays to hold it in the upright position and a simple clasp latch or two to keep it down when in use. Simpler than it sounds.

    There's always an open door to walk through. In this case it's the freedom door.
    If there is ever a right time for break ups to happen, then spring/summer is it. Sunshine, festivals and fun are to be had, and with no ties the world is your playground.
    Hitch a ride with some fellow Hippies and see where the party takes you.

    Advertising park ups on a public forum has been frowned upon countless times. I understand that the idea has the best intentions in the world, but ANYONE can access this information, and your nice friendly park up may well now be invaded by all sorts of undesirables, be they law breaking or law enforcing.
    Sorry to put a downer on things, as I know you meant well.

    Are you still servicing printers now LS ?

    I'm jealous; I think I've had one decent manager in my whole working life. I reckon a manager's job is to remove obstacles so as to allow their team to get on with things.

    Yeah still at it, still enjoying it.
    I couldn't cope with a 'normal' job with a fixed place of work. Every day brings something different, even if it's only a change of scenery from the car window as I drive to a new customer. I can be anywhere and everywhere from Cumbria to Gloucestershire, and anything inbetween.
    Managers can be moulded, even the bad ones. It's about the way you put your argument across. I always find that if your asked to do something you object to, don't just say no and dig your heels in. Respond with an alternative solution that benefits everyone, and you usually get your point across and get the result that you wanted anyway.
    Don't get me wrong, I've had my fair share of horrible bosses in the past. CCTV cameras staring at me all day long, bollockings for taking too long in the toilet, and that's what keeps me where I am.
    In short, freedom. As long as I leave happy customers after my visits I get left to my own devices, almost self employed. I'll chat to colleagues on the phone every day, but only have to visit my office a handful of times a year.

    I'll echo the scruffy people and workplaces comment. I regularly visit the wipe your feet on the way out type. There's a fine line between being scruffy and blatantly not caring that some people just can't see. If your trousers have had the same piss stains on them for the last six months I'd recommend a change sometime soon...

    I was once accused of being a Nazi for wearing cufflinks that were in the shape of a Maltese cross! My beard drew the attention of some prisoners too, who thought I was a Muslim. I told them I was into sadism, nechrophillia and beastiality, and by the sound of things it wasn't just me that was flogging a dead horse! :D

    I find that non-christians are the most open-minded and curious, not that I would describe myself as religious. Spiritual would be more accurate, although not in a mainstream sense.

    On the whole people do seem to be more accepting of non-conformist types, but then my industry does seem to attract more and more of us. It's getting to be a bit of a sanctuary for the unusual from what I see.
    The trouble with eccentric types is that nobody appreciates their talents until they're no longer around.
    By all means be away with the fairys, but remember to come down once in a while to touch base if you want the man to accept your point of view. With a bit of patience and time, even the most hardcore of management can be shown the light.
    They're not all bad, but finding one who's chilled out can be a long journey. My current manager is almost horizontal. He understands that each member of his team has their own quirks and methods and they all get the job done just the same, and his life is so much easier when he sit's back and lets us do things our way. After all, the end result is still the same for him and his figures.

    I reckon there must be a few hippies out there wearing a tie die t-shirt under a work shirt or perhaps a pair of screw-the-man socks?

    Hell yes. Always got a T-shirt on underneath. After all, it's what's inside that counts, right?

    I remember when I was 20ish, getting asked by an interviewer if I would be willing to cut my hair as their prospective customers might not take to kindly to my waist length hair. It was freshly washed and tied back into a ponytail too. I politely refused, and asked the man if he would have made the same request of a female interviewee to which he replied, "this isn't a job for girls". I got up and walked out, registering my opinion with a rather loud and well-timed fart as I headed for the door.

    Around 11 years ago, (and with a much naturally depleted hair stock), I was fortunate enough to land myself a job as a field service engineer in the printer industry. I like getting out and about, meeting different people, and I like tinkering with things, so it was win win for me. Well, apart from the dress code.
    Smart business attire.
    Totally NOT me at all. However, I quickly discovered that It's largely irrelevent what you wear, as the reputation of the company was what end customers saw, and not so much whether your socks matched or your tie was double knotted, and as time went by my 'corporate' image became far more personalized than standardized.
    People tend not to look at the details, more the overall package. If your doing the best you can for a customer then nobody cares if you have fingers full of rings, an 8 inch beard, skull cufflinks, Hippy t-shirt under your work shirt, pagan pendants round your neck etc, (That's just me), and if anything, it often starts off a good conversation with like-minded folk who care to stop and chat.
    I tend to wear mostly black (my own little statement), shirt, trousers, Boots (Dr Martens steel toecaps you know), and nobody has ever said anything negative about my appearance. They probably don't care as long as the work I do is of a good standard.
    If anyone is a little standoff-ish with me, I usually reassure them by telling them that in my experience it's usually the most outlandish looking people that have the most interesting story to tell, and I'm quite boring in comparison to some of the people I've met over the years.

    As for IT people, I come across all types of supposed specialists in my job. Good ones are a rarity, and supervisors know this. I used to work with an IT guy who turned up to work stoned to bits every morning, and visually was everything that corporate society would hate. BUT, he was damn good at his job, and his boss knew he was holding the department together and turned a blind eye to his extra curricular activities.

    My job? Well I try to do my bit by making sure as much company waste gets recycled as possible. I'll even take stuff home myself to recycle it. I have the most efficent/green car I could get, and generally advise people how to go about their daily business in the most environmentally friendly way they can. I know it's not much, but if I only manage to get through to a couple of people a week, then it's a step forward towards a better future for us all.

    Easy versatile storage = a trip to a B&M store to part with £1.99 in exchange for a bungee net.
    Fasten it to the inside of the roof with some screws and plastic cable clips from Maplin and hey presto. I used to do exactly this in my old VW microbus many moons ago. Was great for stashing large items like bedding and dry clothes. Plus, all the other crap that was on the bed before you got in it can be stuffed into the net when your in bed.

    On another note, the clutch shouldn't be too difficult to swap in a Rascal.
    Disconnect the driveshaft, disconnect the clutch cable/pipe, unbolt the gearbox and remove. Swap clutch plate/flywheel assy for new item and refit the previous parts.
    A competent mechanic should be able to sort it all in a couple of hours or less. Rear wheel drive's are nice and simple for this kind of thing.

    Cool truck.
    Doesn't look like it get moved about too much looking at the plot it's parked on, maybe once or twice a year.
    Mind you, how many nomads can say they travel in a mobile castle!? That's gotta be worth 10/10 for sheer cool pose factor.

    So far so good then.
    Might be a little different when your driving along in a downpour though. I think as your van has an almost vertical rear door the venturi effect has a tendency to drag moisture back towards the door as your moving along.
    Looks like you'll be fine when parked up though.

    Could you not trim it flush with the seal while the tailgate is closed, from the inside of the van? Carefully run round the edge with a stanley knife or something similar, then remove the part that sits under the seal?
    I reckon the seal is best contacting the metalwork for the best possible, erm, seal.
    It should look just as cosy when the tailgate is closed if you can trim it neatly.

    I was thinking about this earlier, and it looks like you've carpeted over the part of the metalwork that would normally contact with the rubber seal when the tailgate is closed. I'm thinking this may not be a good idea, and you might find that the carpet gets wet when it rains or you've been driving in the wet/rain, as the water will saturate the carpet that's on the external side of the seal and soak it's way through to the internal carpet.
    Might be worth a trip to the local jet wash to test it out before you end up with wet sleeping bags and bedding.
    Sorry to be a buzz-kill after all your good work dude.

    Lloyd, you unknowingly gave so much to so many through your words on this forum. You will indeed be missed by us all.

    As you ride into the night
    May your light keep burning bright,
    For this old rocker on his final crazy ride.
    From John O'Groats down to Land's End
    May your road trip never end,
    'Til we join you over on the other side.

    Even that looks pretty good ,iether in the back window or on the back door panel .
    {on a white panel van that would pass as a fleet number .}

    I was thinking about this earlier, the fleet number thing that is. There is a members list on here with 1000's of us all listed. I wonder how difficult it would be to put us all in some sort of numerical order? That way we 'could' have an individual sticker something like


    With the numbers signifying you were the 1845th member of this very site.
    Be handy if you spotted the sticker and wondered who it was. Or is that a little too conformist for Hippy types?
    Or just plain irony that we're stating we are members of a non-conformist website!? :hippy:

    My thoughts exactly!
    You tend to get two stereotypes round these parts. Those that really don't care and those that care way too much.
    Alas as has been said, I fear it's clearly a case of rivalry. Best solution is slowly brighten the shade as time goes by. Once your foot is in the door and you've proven your abilities any comments from colleagues will be dismissed by those in charge.
    Worked wonders with my employers, and I now only receive compliments about my 8 inch beard. It helps that I'm probably the smartest dressed out of my colleagues at all times, but I do try and make a small statement against the conformists by dressing mostly in black. Black Trousers, black shirt and a slightly louder tie. Seems to have done the job for the last twelve years or so. I am an individual at the end of the day, if you do a good job and are pleasant, people usually see past your uniqueness quite quickly.

    Something like this, maybe? Sorry my drawing skills aren't great...


    This looks promising, but...

    With anything like this, my worry would be an increase or invalidation of the insurance if they ever found out about it (following a tug from the cops for instance).

    I know it's extra work and money, but for the very reason Paul mentions, I'd consider swapping the passenger seat out for one that folds flat, like a Transit connect type, and making your cooking/storage area removable to sit on top of the folded seat when in use (parked up) but can be slid into the rear when driving. Wouldn't have thought anyone could say anything about that then.

    The reasoning behind MY response is quite simple.
    And YES, i read through your posts numerous times before replying.
    Your posts advocate potentially dangerous practices to those with little experience starting out on the road.
    It's horses for courses, and I appreciate that everyone has their own methods that work for them, but open naked flames low down in the confined area of a van is asking for trouble.
    And what exactly does the baby boomer debate have to do with a nomadic lifestyle, apart from a little bit of troll food? This forum has separate sections for that kind of topic.