Pogo chills out in Krakow! – Poland

 

Monday 2nd July 2018

Cathy posting,

We are en-route to Krakow this morning it’s a bright sunny day but it’s still chilly at this height in the mountains, yesterday I bought some sheep wool bootys and I’ve got them on still, no I didn’t sleep in them but it was tempting! On park4night app we have found an overnighter at another RV centre approx. 6 kms from Krakow centre, Continue reading

Where did those 90 days go!

25th June 2018

Dave posting,

Well folks, we have been living in Pogo for 90 days, we have covered 6,334 kms and visited 11 countries. Travelling through France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, a quick dash through Slovenia in to Croatia, then we entered Montenegro avoiding Bosnia and we turned northwards through Serbia and Hungary and continued north into Slovakia.

Along the way we have have some great adventures including exhilarating river rafting and riding the longest, highest zip wires, Cathy found her sea legs on the ferries, we’ve met some great people and made new friends.  We have seen the most amazing cities, cathedrals, basilica’s, historic buildings, all types of architecture, castles, fortress’s, informative walking tours, boat trips and enjoyed many different views of the countryside, hills, mountains, gorges, rivers, lakes, forests and plains, we have had a wonderful time.

We were in typical holiday mode in Croatia and we overspent, we felt like we were on holiday for a month with all that hot sun, sea, coastal views and that chill out and enjoy it feeling.

The front and rear brakes have been replaced along with the suspension mounts, plus the fresh water pump has also been replaced.

We have free camped/wild camped for 31 nights without any problems.

Together we have faced a few challenges and problems and here we are to tell the tale.

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Here are the numbers if you are interested!

Our budget is €55 per day, so for 90 days = €4,950 (euros)

Spent €6,928.34 in 90 days, including repairs, therefore we have overspent by €1,978.34. This is an average spend of €76.98 per day.

If we exclude the repairs which we hadn’t factored into our budget we are over budget by €1,194.63, having spent €6,144.63, this is an average of €68.27 per day.

Fuel consumption is 27.5 mpg.

Spend in each country per day

*France; 5 days – €92.94

*Belgium; 2 days – €28.75

*Germany; 2 days – €66.51

*Switzerland; 2 days – €21.99

*Italy; 12 days – €89.84

*Slovenia; 1 day – €15.00

*Croatia; 35 days – €88.03 (excluding repairs)

The good news is that our spending has decreased in the last three countries we have visited!

*Montenegro, 9 days, we have spent €497.71 (€55.30 per day)

*Serbia, 11 days, we have spent €599.60 (€54.55 per day)

*Hungary, 8 days, we have spent €401.91 (€50.23)

Hopefully if we carry on reducing our spending we might be back on track in a couple of months!

Dave

 

Pogo has some new shoes!

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 16th,17th & 18th May 2018

Dave posting,

A quiet and undisturbed night’s sleep on the free spot in Split, we have a few hours before we need to move and its cloudy and raining a little. We relax and just chill out. Left at 2pm and drove to the garage, the appointment was arranged for us by Goran at Camping Croatia (Goran was very helpful, thank you Goran!) we are greeted warmly at the garage and asked to wait a few minutes and Ivo the owner comes in to the van to help us, it’s established that there’s a fuse problem in the Electroblok, I had put a new one in, but it must have fused again!  Fuse changed and presto there is power now to the pump, they check the water pressure switch and that is ok and working, so the water pump is broken, it’s odd as this was replaced in March 2018. Ivo goes back to the office with our pump in his hand and we wait patiently, 30 minutes and he is back with 2 new water pumps. Wires one up and tests, all okay now & he plumbs it in, primes it and we now have running water. Ivo is a friendly, chatty guy and we asked if they could do an inspection on the rear brakes as we can hear squealing and we think it’s from there and can they check the tyre pressures too? we arranged to return tomorrow 2pm.

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Now we have a spare one

The garages in Croatia seem to have all auto services under one roof and this is very common here, this one does Motorhome servicing for Camping Croatia, the bill was 974kn (€132) for 2 new pumps, piping, clips and 2 hours labour plus 25% tax, the service was quick and efficient, and we felt the price was reasonable.

We park again at the free spot at Kasjuni Beach bar, need to recover some costs but we are relieved to have the water pump fixed that we go to the bar for a small beer! Only one though as this bar is expensive, it’s UK prices and were not used to that on this trip, there are 3 or 4 vans here now for the night. Later that night we watched the thunder and lightning illuminate the darkened sky over the headland, this is the 2nd thunderstorm in this spot is someone trying to tell us something?

We wake the next day and research Dubrovik, how to get there from Split, either via land driving through the Bosnia borders or by sea taking a ferry to Trpanj on the Peljasac peninsular and drive down the land peninsular to Dubrovnik, we can’t decide at the moment and we have a few hours before going back to the garage. We squeeze in an hour or two’s sunbathing at the beach.

At the garage we pull on to the very steep forecourt from the busy by-pass, Tomo starts work and removes the rear passenger side wheel after chocking the van upon 3 wheels, I look at Cathy and she knows what I’m thinking, we are on a steep slope! it’s a very small area for them to work so all space is utilised, not to worry they bring out 2 massive wooden blocks to go behind the front wheels and 2 more for the rear.

Our motor-home is based on a Fiat Ducato.

To summarise;

  • Jacked up
  • Wheel removed
  • Drum removed after lots of hammer work
  • Shoes removed & inspected
  • Cylinder inspected, and the seals are seeping
  • New cylinders ordered
  • New shoes in stock and are being fitted
  • Tomo notices the suspension strut mounting are badly worn and crumbling
  • No hesitation from us, we want these replaced as well.
  • Cylinders arrived
  • Suspension struts mountings ordered
  • Brake shoes fitted to the other side
  • Struts arrive
  • All the parts are fitted, tested, adjusted
  • Handbrake tested and adjusted, all within 3 hours!
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That’s a massive block of wood!

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Tomo hard at work

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Leaky cylinder!

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Suspension strut mounts

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That looks bad!

It was so hot and the lads were working outside without shade. We were very pleased that we discovered these faults before we broke down somewhere and we are satisfied they have done a great job.

Repair bill for this work was 2,284kn (€309.50) but we have peace of mind now.

Cathy has always said the van feels soft and bouncy inside and its especially noticeable whilst driving, the new suspension strut mountings have eliminated much of this movement thankfully.

We drove off and after 1km with the windows open it’s still squealing, must be the front??!! Oh well the rear needed doing so we’ll source another garage near Dubrovnik. We head south on the coast road and we will pick a site after an hour or so’s drive.

Good night

Dave

Heki roof-light & roof rail repair

Pogo has a Heki roof-light over the double bed, we suspected that there might be a small drip after I removed the frame to fix the roller blinds. The roller blinds needed tightening up so they run smoother back to the closed position.

I removed the trim easily enough, 4 screws, slowly lowered the frame and this is what we saw.

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Well I need to fix that!

Removed some more trim, stood on the bed and took the grey smoke roof light off. It was held on by two plastic removable clips.

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Stripped back, canopy & shelving

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Where is that coming from?

Popped my head through the wider opening so I can work on the roof from the outside.

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Close up shot

I spent the next 3 hours removing the black sealant outside, the wrong type of sealant might been used previously. I need a very clean surface to apply the correct sealant to.

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Took ages to remove this black gunk, used white spirit and a pan scrub

Advice taken from the Motorhome Fun forums reference the correct type of sealant to use, recommendations were Sikaflex EBT from Screwfix and W4 Mastic Sealing Strip available widely from caravan accessory shops in different size widths.

Just took my time, thoroughly cleaned it all off, applied the W4 tape, and place the outside frame on top of the tape, fastened the frame up from the inside so it squeezed both the inside and outside together to form a tight, perfect seal. Then I used the Sikaflex EBT to seal the frame to the roof on the outside.

It looks good hopefully it has cured the problem.

On one of our outings we checked the repair I had done and it seems there is a very small amount of water seeping in and settling inside the roof light frame once again and some towards the front sloping headlining.

Once we got home we decided to water test the front roof rail by spraying water on the roof rail and testing the inside.

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Water testing in the rain!

 

The roof rail might not be water tight, I’ll have another look in the dry weather.

Next steps were to remove the black plastic weather strip and check it properly. I stand on the bed and put my body through the roof light so I can work on the rail.

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Clean up and reseal required!

I am doing another cleaning up and old sealant removal on the rubber plastic strip and the metal rail, it took a few hours, but cleaning it thoroughly is the only way to provide a good clean seal.

During the cleaning and a very close inspection I think that water is creeping in through this hole, it looks like another screw has been used next to the original hole.

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Could this be the problem?

I find two holes like this, hopefully this is the problem and I can now make a permanent repair.

Taking my time I clean it all back including the rubber strip, let it dry off, applied  Sikaflex EBT and filled the whole rail from left to right all the way across, pushed the black rubber strip down back in place and sealed that as well.

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Cleaned up ready for fresh sealant

 

Let it dry off for a few days, completed a water hose pipe test once more, fingers crossed, a close inspection inside and no signs of water ingress, breathe a sigh of relief as it looks like it has cured the problem.

Our perseverance has paid off!

Dave