Kate the T3 Camper

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  1. grantw

    grantw Active Member

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    I bought Kate a few months ago and as I purchased in haste I've been catching up on a few things around the van, the head gasket was stuffed so that meant a top end rebuild and off the road for a few weeks as the Wayne Penrose and his team made it all better. No other nasty surprises as yet apart from a few worn bushes that are waiting for parts so I've been tinkering around with her and hope to document what I do and look for advice along the way plus there will be the fun side of actually going places.

    So the details are she's a '91 T3, Camper World Safari (Built 90), 2.1L 5 speed, lives in Wollongong.

    Here she is whale watching at Killalea

    [​IMG]VW T25 Camper by Grant White, on Flickr

    And enjoying the sunset at Bombo

    [​IMG]VW T25 Camper by Grant White, on Flickr

    And testing out her awning at Culburra

    [​IMG]VW T25 Camper by Grant White, on Flickr
     
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  2. grantw

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    Shortly after I bought her a friends thoughtfully got me this

    [​IMG]VW T25 Camper by Grant White, on Flickr

    Slightly older model but there's a certain similarity :) I haven't built it yet
     
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  3. grantw

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    She has an aftermarket keyless entry system that wasn't working so I had an explore and guessed the actuators were stuffed so I found a set of replacements on ebay for $4 and have been installing them this morning. As we've had a bit of rain hereabouts this last week or so I've noticed a very musty odor, I figured there was a leak somewhere but as I was cleaning out the door cavity I found a damp and very smelly piece of carpet that I'm guessing was "sound deadening" installed by some genius.

    [​IMG]Sound deadening? by Grant White, on Flickr

    It's out now and the doors work :)
     
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  4. melissa

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    Looks great - enjoy! :)
     
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  5. cbus

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    You prefer your models younger?
    Good luck :)
    Looks like the kombi is getting used so thats good.
     
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  6. Grantus

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    Great to see them being used and enjoyed, as they were meant to! :)

    Good stuff....;)
     
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  7. doddfathers

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    Oh man wollongong!!!!! Land of the gods! i grew up there for the first 21 years of my life.
    Ive always wanted to come back there for a few weeks.

    I picture free camping at epic beaches like Stanwell park and Woonona all the way down to Kiama. That still a possibility? or would it all be a no go down there ?
     
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  8. Barry

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  9. grantw

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    Plenty of "parking" spots along the beach where you can stay for a night or too without too much hassle, the carparks at Coalcliff, Thirroul, Mirror Makers, Hill 60, Bombo, 7 mile, all see regular overnighters. There's a paid site at Coledale Beach and Killalea as well as the tourist parks if you like that kind of thing.
     
  10. KahunaKombi

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    Kate is Kool :cool:
     
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    Awesome. Cant wait to get there!!!
     
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  13. Grantus

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    Def the weather to do it! ;)
     
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  14. Mikaloski

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    Hey Grant I see by the pics that Kate has a sailtrack fitted, mine has one too and your setup looks pretty similar to what I was thinking of doing. How do you find it? Does it handle the wind ok? Looks a bit blowy in the pics.
    Looks like your running the awning almost the full length of the sailtrack too, is that with 4 poles?
     
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  15. grantw

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    Yes, It's 4 poles and runs the full length of the van and seems to hold just fine. It was quite breezy on Saturday and it stayed put and didn't make much noise if any. The track is the easy part, guying it out properly makes all the difference.

    Only problem is that it's not very high as it's mounted just above the roof gutter so only gives about 1900 clearance. If the track were attached to the pop top, it would be better I think but as it is it is perfect for sitting under out of the sun, cooking and keeping the entrance dry.
     
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  16. Mikaloski

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    Good to hear, I'm tossing up between a 3 pole or 4 pole length. Leaning towards the 4 pole for more coverage after your feedback.
    Thanks for the info mate!
     
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  17. grantw

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    Got away in Kate after christmas for a week. We had to get to a wedding in Bendigo on New Years Eve, so set of on the 27th of December and made a fun trip of it. Was her first long run and apart from the cutlery drawer letting go and flying across the van on the drive into Healesville all was good.

    First night we camped at Mystery Bay
    [​IMG]Van life Bendigo trip by Grant White, on Flickr

    Lake Tyer
    [​IMG]Van life Bendigo trip by Grant White, on Flickr

    Healesville - setting up in the rain

    [​IMG]Van life Bendigo trip by Grant White, on Flickr

    Took the road less travelled over the Macedon Range on the way to Bendigo

    [​IMG]Van life Bendigo trip by Grant White, on Flickr

    and on the way back north stopped at a great free spot on the Murray at Howlong - watched a couple of sacred Kingfishers for hours there

    [​IMG]Van life Bendigo trip by Grant White, on Flickr

    And finally Boorowa before driving the Rugby road and then back via Bundanoon.

    [​IMG]Van life Bendigo trip by Grant White, on Flickr

    Clocked up just under 2000kms, some of it in quite high temperatures but she went like a good thing. Looking forward to the next one now :)
     
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  18. Barry

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    Sweet trip
     
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  19. KahunaKombi

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    As they say "Go you good thing" schweet trip ;)
     
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  20. Barry

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    Now isnt that an "out of the way" part of the world
     
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