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Internal Changes to Penta Caravan

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29 Oct 2018 @ 11:42:37 am
Wetkit
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Hi,

So I have decided to remove the old 3 way fridge, as it was just too heavy on the gas.
I looked for normal fridges, but I could not find one I liked, so I have now decided to go with a camping fridge.
For me the decision was easy as it can be moved when required or need a service. Also low power usage on battery without the need for invertor too.

The idea is to remove the old paneling for the large fridge and install a "table top" for the camping fridge to stand on.

The problem is that were the old paneling is removed, the walls is looking very tired and full of holes.
Now all the local suppliers tell me due to Jurgens factory closing, they unable to get the correct panneling to match my interior.
I would hate to mix and match.

Any suggestions? Where else in CPT can I try?

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29 Oct 2018 @ 20:05:11 pm
Grumpy Louis
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Hallo wetkit. 

For some or other reason am I always busy fixing old stuff like caravans, boats and the od car. My suggestion is to break away from the present colour of wood in your van and make your change clearly visible but with an upgraded look , for instance a stone effect or whatever mama suggests. You can then follow this through on any future changes in your van.

That is what I normally do because it is impossible to find similar colours, textures etc,

Hope this helps.

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29 Oct 2018 @ 20:27:20 pm
Danie-SLK
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Ed the colours used for panels are only in use for a few years. It is thus not related to the problems at Jurgens. Even a 2002 model you will be very lucky if you can find the correct colour. Even to get the same patern could be a challenge and has been for the last few years.

I would thus share the experience of Louis above.

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29 Oct 2018 @ 20:35:22 pm
Wetkit
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Eish. Not reaaly what I was hoping for, but something to think about....

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30 Oct 2018 @ 05:55:50 am
Leon
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At the time when the 3way fridge in my Penta decided it was the end, I replaced it with a normal fridge that was then installed in caravans.

I had the same problem.  I had to make a whole new front panel to cover the open areas around the fridge and cater for the little storage compartment below the fridge.

I bought a large piece of superwood 10mm thick if I remember correctly.  Measured and cut the surrounds out as needed. In the end I had a solid piece of superwood with large cut outs that fitted neatly around the fridge and also made provision for the little storage below.

I then took the piece to "Quickfit Cupboards" here in Pretoria. They have the facilities to cover the superwood with the vinal as for the various colours you would find in a kitchen.  I picked a colour that matched the inside of the caravan the best and they covered it for me.

I sold the caravan like that and if I did not point it out to the buyers they never would have notice the little difference in the texture of the panel around the fridge.

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15 Nov 2018 @ 22:44:58 pm
Wetkit
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Ok, so I ran out of time for the changes and had to jump in myself.

Removed the fridge and related panneling. This gave me a good look at the contruction method, so it was not too difficult to copy.
For the sides I used 6mm plywood with 9mm pine strips. The top is 22mm plywood. All metal parts came from the original fridge so I am very happy with the work.

Electrics.
Only 2kw pure sine invertor I could find in short supply was a 24V unit.
Luckly I have 2 batteries already, so it was easy to convert to a 24V system. Replaced the old solar charger with a new MPPT unit able to run my 300W panel.
Also installed a 24V to 12V DC-DC convertor to run all the normal 12V equipment.
Now I can run the coffee maker, microwave and smoothi maker and everybody is happy :D

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