So… due to circumstances out of our control (i.e. Phil had a rather bad reaction to some jabs that we need for Africa) we ran out of time to complete the landrover build before heading to Ireland. We have only got one of the steel bumpers mounted, the winch is bolted but not wired in, the replacement sunroof visors aren’t fitted, the “light cannon” spotlights are languishing in the garage, and the water tank and filter set isn’t fitted either. Still lots to do once we get back from this trip!
However, the Taniwha is running pretty well, with just the expected moans, groans and niggles that settling into a new chassis and bushes entail (a bit of tightening up to do I think, plus one wheel hub needs replacement).
We have been spending a lot of time talking over packing strategy and modifications we need to make to the way we are doing things (nothing worse than a handful of felt tip pens shooting forwards off the day fridge and ending up under the pedals…)
Speaking of the day fridge, we have had a disappointing experience with our “old” Ironman 30l fridge. A few days befiore heading off on this trip, it started madly freezing everything while insiting the temp was 11+ degrees… clearly the thermostat has failed. It’s under warranty still, so we will get it fixed, but will not trust it for Africa. We have sourced a replacement (36l SnoMaster) which is South African, and is the same brand as the big fella in the boot. The Ironman will be sent home in disgrace in Margaret’s car. We are also rather disappointed with the PVC “truck awning” cover for our rooftent – the seams in the corners are splitting, they are only single stitched. Lazy design. Easy to reinforce – we will sort it before Scandinavia – but it’s highly irritating – products designed for offroad should be better thought out. Time for a shitty email to customer service methinks. (Nakatanenga, Germany, if anyone is curious).
We have been really lucky with the weather so far – a few spots of rain today, but the sun is back out again. Off on a daytip to the Aran Islands tomorrow…