These modifications are specifically for Skipper owners.
The first, Remove the first cupboard door turn it upside down and reattach hinges as shown.
The second, Fit small handles to cupboard door as shown, this avoids having to use the key to open and shut doors.
The third mod (Sorry no pictures ). Fit magnetic door holders to all doors. These are standard kitchen cupboard fittings, available from all good hardware stores. If anyone needs a photo I will take one.
Does anyone ells have simple modifications to Skipper which will make towing, setting up and camping a more pleasant experience for Skipper campers.
Well done Hennie. Magnetic door holders is a good idea.
Good idea on the door --- its not handy to have it opening in the standard way.
When you are outside - its hard to get into it.
Im going to fit tubes across the nose cone to take my tent poles - just use plastic plumbers tube and make brackets to secure them to the A-Frame.
That will make setting up / taking down the tent much simpler.
I also mostly use the overnight awning - great product - and very easy to set up
Oh - almost forgot - i took the fridge out of my unit- and bought a normal camping fridge which i place on the outside of the skipper.
Makes space for the wifes pota potty --- and gives way more available space inside the van
Its also a pain to have to go into van every time you need something out of the fridge ( which it too small to be useful anyway) ...much easier to have the fridge on the outside , where you are cooking.
Took my skipper to the Kalahari park this year, and no problems with fridge rattling loose or getting damaged
Greetings guys, I am glad you find the mods useful. Kyle, which Skipper do have ?
Kyle, before attaching a tube for tent poles, make sure that it will contain all the poles required.
This idea has come up before on the forum and most comments were that one could not fit enough poles into the 110mm waste pipe and even the 150mm.
.I have the Oyster LT
Intend fitting two tubes - with max diameter possible , one for main tent poles , and one for the rally canopy poles.
Thanks for the heads up on the amount of poles -- i will have to check if they will all fit.
Hello Kyle, I have looked carefully at fitting tubes either onto the chassis or the "A" frame to store Tent Poles and concluded that in both cases they would create more problems than they were worth.
On the Model "T" it would appear from the photo below that it could work fitting 3 x pole holders under the chassis, if you have 14 inch Wheels. I am still not sure that fitting them at the back will not interfere with the suspension, and I doubt whether there is enough between the spring shackles and the end of the "A" frame to mount more than 1 tube.
I would personally stick with using the storage provided in the front of the Oyster, which works pretty well.
Hi Hennie. Just a quick caution, the magnetic door holders will only work when the van is parked, the door should still be locked for traveling. Good luck
Hierdie is beskikbaar by builders. Ek het die aan my karavaan yskas gesit en werk honderd persent sonder deur slot.
Brian the pipes under the model T- How are they fixed to the underneath. With U clamps and screwed into the floor boards?
Hello Paul, I am sorry now that I did not get under the van to have good look, but I would think that sturdy U Bracket arrangement fitted to the under side of the floor with a good diameter screw well sealed against water ingress would do the trick. I am not at all sure about any rust problem if you secured the U bracket to the steel work.
There were 4 Model T's that had this arrangement that I saw, perhaps one of them will read this forum and come back with the answer. I will investigate further to see if I can find the answer.
By the by You suggested Mountain Splender.........GREAT!!!
Thanks Brian. Glad you liked Mt Splendour. Did you go to the Raptor show?
We have just come back from Cobham outside Himeville 15km, from Sunday till friday. Was very hot.
Hi Paul, Trust Paddy's knee has healed. We loved Mountain Splendor and did go to the Raptor show, best R200 I have spent in a long time, will go again. Still a lot more to see in the area, we will visit again. re pole storage, " a are you on face book, If so are you a member of " Camping with Skipper Owners "? If not Join, I am sure it's the best place to get the answers.
Let me know
By the way, for owners of the Skipper "Oyster" there is a great mod by Fred on "camping tips" 4 th item dealing with problems picked up with the front corner stays. I've just done the mod and it works very well.
Brian what is wrong with the front corner stays that i am not aware of?
As far as I know there is no problem on the Model T. The problem develops with the Front corner stays in the front storage compartment where the stays pass through the PVC guides. After Packing several times and bumping the Guides, they tend to get a little loose and are pushed to one ore other side when loading making it difficult to push the stays all the way into the housing.
Fred has gone into the solution in detail, and it works.