This month has been quite erratic to say the list, in particular the weather that must have made lots of farmer happy…  😉

After some weather and facilities (no roof available) considerations, I decided to take Gigi in Brisbane to get the rear door installed professionally (read quickly), and also to take advantage of their forklift (Aircon removal from the roof). The schedule is getting busy as I need to tackle several project at once meaning that, every time you move it cost money and time, therefore it make sense to group jobs that can be done in one location all at once. I did need the Aircon off the roof and Steve also offer to put a door on the back for me. It just made sense…

Leaving camp was funny and hard at the same time as because of all the rain the ground had become very soft…

Unfortunately this time Gigi was really stuck deep into soft ground but luckily Casey next door was available for a quick game of Tag of War..  😛

I have to add that the neighbour was not that friendly and he manage to squeeze $100 dollars out of me for his 2 minutes game.

It’s ok, he’s not a real farmer and definitely not a country person, otherwise he would know how we normally help each other especially when in real trouble. I’m sure at the next flood, bush fire, break down or serious accident, he will understand…  😉

One thing I learn and I always mention is that Karma does exist and it is a beautiful thing to watch when at work…

Now on more important matters, I wanted to fix another issue that I had with the new Gigi: Fuel tank access!

The Scania has a massive fuel tank and it has inlet on both side of the bus, but for some reasons unknown to me, the manufacture (Austral) decided to install only one Fuel Hatch and to make matter worse they picked the driver side.

That mean that every time you stop for fuel in small towns, the bowsers are on the other side, and therefore you are forced to enter the servo from the other side… Sorry! That won’t do it for me…

I also wanted to have lockable hatches for everything in this vehicle, so even the existing fuel hatch had to be replaced. The search started by obviously looking online at most RV website… I couldn’t find anything even remotely designed for fuel… Plenty of hatches for water, but lockable fuel.. nada…

So here we go again looking searching now on overseas website and I did find one or two…

http://www.pakindustries.com/addrv.html

https://www.etrailer.com/comparison.aspx?pc=UF48-979010&pc2=UF48-979009

http://www.arizonarvpartscenter.com/locking-rv-fuel-hatch-polar-white-p/31-8193.htm

The first two seemed a good deal until you find out the cost for the delivery…  😮 I did find other but the delivery story was always very similar ($30-40)

The last one is made of plastic and that wouldn’t really work with diesel. I also wanted all my hatches to be accessible using the same key (key alike). So I started to look for alternative hatches and Bunning came to the rescue…

I threw away the box they came in but as I said it is a Bunning product and they only sell few different size. This is 200 x 200 mm made of metal and with a blade lock that can be replaced with a proper lock.

They also are listed in white on the Bunning website, but once you get there, you can see that they are beige and not white..

Bunning also sale the standard 19mm lock for these hatches but don’t provide locks with same key. I actually had to buy my locks from a locksmith (they were the same price as Bunning anyway)..

The lowest prices are just the beginning my $%#!!!

So in the end, after two coats of white and the new locks installed, this was the end result..

Two white metal hatches with same lockable key left and right hand (they are reversible obviously) for less than $100 dollars… I couldn’t beat that online, since the cost of the delivery can be easily more than double the cost of the hatch..

Another thing that I really like about these hatches, compare to the rest, is that they don’t have screws hole in the frame and that allows me to maintain the same look as the rest of the vehicle…

But the cherry of the cake was to find out that by adding another fuel hatch on the passenger side, I have also gain access to the visual fuel gauge that unknowingly has always been there but hidden behind the panel. Another happy surprise from Gigi.. Not bad…   (Full Pictorial HERE)