I hooked up tjhe fridge today, and it's running on 24V and 240V, but I'm going to scrap the gas install. I'm running out of time so I'm going to only hook up the gas cooker for now. While I was doing the fridge, I took a few pics under the caravan.
I jacked up the caravan today, and took off one wheel. On closer inspection, the tyre tread has perished in one place. So a new tyre is needed, and I guess the other side will be the same.
Once I got the wheel off, I tried to get the drum off. I've not had much luck in getting it off. It all looks like it's not been off in years, maybe never, but it's soaked with WD40, and I'll see what happend in the morning. I've ordered a grease gun from Ebay, so I can pump grease into the torsion bar.
I've got the brake working on one side. It was seized, but if I can't get the drum off, I'll see how it tows and brakes before going further.
It sounds like the brake drum is rusted solid to the hub. Do the wheels rotate easily or is it a struggle? Are the brake mechanisms seized with rust? If so, they will have to be freed off otherwise the brake shoes pressing on the drums will hold the drums on.
Have you tried using WD40 everywhere and leaving it for a few hours? After that, try tapping the drum with a mallet around the periphery, rotating it at the same time. If you can strike it in such a way that the direction of the blow is from the back plate towards the wheel mounting face, that may dislodge the drum. However, it may be rusted to the studs which puts us in a whole new situation. Suggest that you persevere with penetrating oil and mallet, it will come off eventually. Once the drums are off, wire brushing or a rotating wire brush on a drill or an angle grinder will get rid of the rust. Make sure that you get back to shiny metal otherwise, when you put the drums back on, the mating faces will not be true and eventually the drums/wheels will slacken of as the rust disintegrates as the wheel rotates on the road.
Lots of questions but long range faultfinding and solution finding is difficult as one cannot see the whole picture.
WD40 and hitting the drum is my normal methode of getting the drum off, but it's solid. The wheel does spin freely, and it does brake now, so I've put a new tyre on, and greased everything, on the Right side. I'll try the same on the Left, one I've turned the caravan around. I only have a narrow drive so I can only do one side at a tme.
I've got the gas working today, two burners and a grill. I've isolated the fridge and heater for now,as I'm running out of time to finish everything.
I must admit I'm getting more and more depressed, as the time gets closer to go. I have no holiday booked yet, and no one is helping me anymore. I spend loads of time on the van, the house is becoming a dump. The kids are doing nothing to keep things tidy, and I don't have time to keep on top of all the house work and restore a caravan. I just hope the children's services don't come around, for one of thier spot checkes, or else I'll be in for more trouble.
Have you tried undoing the hub nut and using a hub puller to pull both the drum and hub as a complete unit. If it has been on there that long you will find that the brake shoes are probably well past there prime and possible the lining material is starting to deterioate.
Also looking at your photo of the suspension arm you will probaby find it is an indespension unit which uses rubber to give you your ride height and rebound. I don't think torsion springs were ever used on caravans.
I don't have a hub puller, and time is gettig very short to do major jobs. My hand really suffer trying to do heavy jobs, because I have Carple Tunnel Syndrom, and Arthritis, in both hands, all due to my former jobs and hobby. I find it very frustrating to not be ablt to do things, which once were easy for me, and has made me suffer from depression, for which, I take medication.
There are no external springs, or rubbers on the suspention, just the long steel axle, with two arms, with the wheels mounted on them. When I jacked up yhe caravan, the wheel dropped about 6", before it started to lift free of the ground. It stuck as I lowered the van back onto it's wheel, but returned to it's normal height, when I went inside. There are grease nipples on the axle, and they don't seem to have been greased in a long time, so I'll be greasing them as soon as my new grease gun arrives.
I sucessfully tested the gas hob on Sunday, which is all I will have in the way of working gas equipment, for this trip. I've replaced nearly all of the gas pipe, and fixed it to the structure of the van, so it's not flapping around loose, as it used to be. I also topped up the 12v battery, which was a bit low on water.
've been busy, now the kids are on holiday, so much so, the caravan has had to stop for a bit.
Even so, I've finished the ceiling, and paneled out the toilet. The rear end of the van it rotten too, so another job for next year. We had an almighty thunderstorm the other day, and it showed up a couple of leakes. One from a bolt on the roof vent, and another from the top of the door frame, both easy to fix.
I still have to buy a tyre, ans lub up the draw hook and axle, but most of the big jobs are done, and ready for the off on the 16th!
I'd still like to know what pressures I should have in the tyres?
The vans weight is about 880kg, as per the plate, and I don't think I've added any real weight to the van.
I found that link a few days ago, and checking the tyre I bought, it will be OK.
I've got to shunt the van around next week, so I can couple up the car and tes the running lights, and fit another new tyre.
Still seem to have lots to do, and only 14 days to go! I just hope the weather holds.
Yesterday, I found another job. The nice Green corner bolts, which hold the body to the A Frame, were only coach screws, which pulled out very easily! They were only screwed into a bit of ply and foam under the floor. I only noticed this when I found the lower face of the plywood fllor, was patched. Removing the patch exposed rotten ply, and the polystyrene floor insulation. I've removed the rot and patched the area with new ply bonded to the insulation, and screwed to the upper woode floor surface. These will be replaced with proper bolts, with large washers on the inside of the body, to hold it on.
Next year I will have to lift the body, off the frame and replace the lower floor ply, so the floor structure does not fail!
I moved the caravan out of the drive, where it's been for the past 5 months, while I rebuilt the interior, and took it for a test drive. At first it seemed very heavy, but a couple of trips around the estate freed it up, but the brakes don't seem to brake as well as they once did. I've still go to change the second tyre, and this will give me a chance to look at the brake. I've also tested the lights, and I have no running lights, and a dead indicator bulb! My TV mount needs a bit of fixing up, as the tv flaps around quite a bit. Other than that, and a good clean, we are ready to go on next Saturday morning.
During the week I'll do a tot up of the bills and teel you all how much I spent. This week on Ebay, another Dino 134 almost identical to mine, even the same colour, was sold for just over £300.