MonthMarch 2015

Camper Update 28.03.2014

 

At the moment the mighty Voyager is at the mechanics for a final technical check at Saffets Shop (Prestige Cars in Etrichgasse), but as a first feedback he told me that the car is in good shape alltogether. Monday I get him back … It might sound akward but I truely miss him  as he was out of house for some days now. So this week I drove Andreas Polo, and had a good time with the small one. The little guy really produces a lot of fun out of its 55hp and the sun roof is a plus for sure.

Last week the big one was at a metalworking shop because he now gets a customized roof rack which, in the meanwhile, is finished and now off to get galvanized. I want to recommend the metalworking shop Schlosserei Peschetz in Innsbruck, they are amazing. Supernice, great price, and very fast. We had a good time chatting about our trip, after we planned the roof rack together with the owner. Good old craftsmanship at its finest.

Meanwhile I got our WLAN Antenna with 24db and our Alfa Networks Tube UN. This system should get any WLAN within a range of several hundret meters, up to one kilometer or more. The plan is to fetch a burger at McDonalds, or drink a coffee at a bar and get the WLAN Password so that we can use this internet in the car even if we move the car away for a bit.

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The last days

 

The last 10 days and the upcoming 6 are like a race. The whole flat is covered in dust as the windows have been changed by our landloard, boxes are everywhere and I work the last 2 days in my job. We have like 100 appointments and things to do. Whilst I’m typing this on my computer one of Andreas High Heels is next to me on my desk :). Poor Andrea goes through thousands of our posessions, packing things up, throwing stuff away, selling other or giving it away for free. My job after my day job is to move things to the cellar where they are stored till we come back.

But I think it is a good thing that we have that much to do, as it basically leaves not to much time for beeing sad about leaving. Don’t get me wrong I really look forward to the trip, but the process of leaving in itself is not always easy.

In the last minute I decided to go for a propper roof rack on the car, as the roof tent and the roof storage, together with the roof mounted lamps otherwise won’t fit on the car. Luckily i got a contact from friend with a Landrover Defender (thanks Requiem) of a metalworking company, (Schlosserei Peschetz in Innsbruck). The owner is a great guy and I had good time explaining what our roof rack should be able to handle and together we made up a plan. He not only accepted the job last Friday promising that it will be done by the end of this week, he had the rack ready today and now fits it to the standard roof rack of the Voyager, as it is rather long and wide. Till next Wednesday, the day we are leaving, he even galvanizes the rack so that it can’t rust easily. Good old craftsman at its finest.

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Camper Update 14.03.2015

 

So what has happened since the end of February?

There have been quite some proceedings, once of the major ones beeing that our car finally has 220 Volt power on board. While beeing at the my mums birthday in carinthia I met a friend who is electrician. He helped ( or did the major work to be honest) to install the power converter which does the magic of converting the 12 Volt DC power our two batteries deliver to a nice 220 Volt sine wave.

I was proud like a god when our 220 Volt car heater finally worked and there was hot air coming out of it. I was even prouder when I connected our capsule espresso-machine, because I read somewhere that it is a good test for a power-converter if it can power a  capsule espresso machine. Those machines seem to need a good sine-wave and they either draw a lot of power (I tested with a 1600 W machine, the converter is rated with 2000w/4000W). After 3 hot and steaming coffees i was satisfied, an important part of our breakfast on the road being save. I was especially happy  because our power converter is the cheapest 2kw chinese sine wave converter I could find and since i bought it back in october it got two bad ratings on amazon for not producing a sine wave (maybee I was lucky or my mobile phone will die soon, as it is the next device to be plugged into the converter)

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This is it

my last working day finished at 10 pm today. Wow what a day. My emotions have been on a roller coaster ride the whole day.
My colleagues surprised me with a very nice bunch of flowers and a filled piggy bank for our trip – thanks once again for that.
Some other colleagues sent me emails that nearly made me cry my eyes out. It’s strange when you leave a company, where you really love your job to do something else that is highly risky and maybe stupid, but on the other hand absolutely adventurous and something you always dreamed about.
So I leave with a smile on one hand and a very heavy heart on the other – but I hope it will be worth it and maybe the company will still have some place for me when I come back.

Until then I will now concentrate on packing all our stuff and trying to get the flat empty until the end of March – believe me I already thought about burning the whole stuff. 🙂
In the meantime enjoy the song with which I started the day (btw. not the first “last working day” I started with this song)

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