VW Type 2 Devon Camper Van Devon conversion specific Technical Items
Rebuild Devon sink unitRebuild the sink unit - the covers to the sink and the water
container were hanging on by a couple of screws, victims of damp and
old age. To get at the hinges, I had to take the sink out.
built up a coffer dam of masking tape around the edge of the cover
where the screws went and soaked it in epoxy resin. This both
reinforces the chipboard which has a thick melamine coating on both
sides, and also stops any more water soaking in in future.
filled the old screw holes with plugs of softwood and when the epoxy
had cured, I refitted the hinges with new screws. While I was there, I
had a look behind the sink unit which is held in with two screws and
gravity. I found the end of a wire and realised this was the missing
power for the sink water pump which had just a couple of hanging wires.
I rewired the pump after checking its DC resistance was less than
infinity and more than a short circuit - in other words probably
Power to sink water pump
I decided to resolve the problem that no power came out
of the wire to the sink unit . I traced it by colour back to behind the
fuse box behind the dashboard and checked it for continuity - it was
good. I then found it went off to a core of a two core cable which
ended up behind a switch on the dashboard with a spade connector with
nothing connected to it. I realised then that the fact that the screen
wash switch had a picture of a tap on it was a clue -it was a retro-fit
electric conversion and they had borrowed the domestic water pump
switch for the electric screen wash pump. Confusion resolved.
now , I have wired the power to the pump so it is always live via a
little push switch on the back side of the sink unit. Not too good. I
think I will convert the little water valve in the windscreen wiper
switch to a microswitch with a pin poking in where the actuating pin on
the valve went, to power the screen wash, and revert the switch
on the dash to being a pump supply on/off switch.
So we now have electric pumped water.
Pop Top leaks
Apart from the usual holes in the old concertina fabric, I noticed the
pop-top didnt stay down. The catches kept popping and the rain would
tend to get back under the edges of the lid. I decided to fix it