Disclaimer: "In no way is the Royal Society for the Preservation of Bondwood Caravans responsible for this arbor attack on your bauxite box." ;D
The tree acted on its own behalf. Although i did drive passed the other day and seen 2 possums wearing harnesses and hard hats clutching a 038 Stihl chainsaw in thier hands.
4 others where at the base of the tree holding a protest banner . I couldn't get a real good look at the words but i think it said "No Tin vans on Possum Hwy" ;D
Moral of the story... Dont mess with Uppity Militant Ringtailed Marsupials. You are lucky it wasnt thier elite "Red berret Bushytailed squad".. They are trained in explosives and could have turned the old gummys into sky rockets ... I shudder to thing the damage the 250 year old projectiles would cause as they rain back to "Aluminium Central"
As for the roof. Reddotel international offer the following: If the hole is directly over the stove why not install a chimney, exhaust fan or skydome.
Hope the repairs are straight forward. You are lucky a bigger branch didnt come down. Perhaps the new tarp can be installed on 4 poles and suspended a couple of feet above the van al la "trampoline" style. Any falling branches would be slowed /stopped before they actually reach the roof of the Ritz.
Post by Geoff & Jude on Jun 24, 2009 16:58:36 GMT 10
someone once sang "history - never repeats"
well, we're here to say that it does.
during the silence of a very peaceful grays point afternoon, sitting inside in front of the wood fire, a more than excited cockatoo who was foraging for grubs was putting downward force on a dead branch high in one of our big trees (all this is assumed of course, based on normal cockatoo behaviour).
moments later a loud thud was heard as the said branch sailed through the roof of the ritz.
this hole is about 3 feet in front of the hole made this time last year.
i gave it a quick patch before the rain gets in.
i guess that it's just another job to do.
pity though, we're going away in it this weekend, so for the moment it will be a patch up job just to make it waterproof.
;D Yeah , yeah ... sure , sure... ya blamed the possums last time... And the RSPCA fined you for hurting thier feelings ... So...... This time around ya gunna blame a harmless , toothless Cocky for chainsawing through a branch...
You pair are gunna end up getting sued by Green Peace for false accusations.
Its not the FAUNA thats is messin' ya van up its the bloody FLORA doing what it does naturally.... That is........ Bomb the crap out of anything that ain't made of .. WOOD. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
The fact that it uses a natural material ( branches) as its weapons of mass destruction is justice in its purest form.
Suck eggs....... Nature Rools ... OK ;D ;D ;D ;D
Hellllloooo.. Geoff.... hellllooo... Jude ......... you still talkin to me...
Have posted off a couple of Palm leaves to thatch the roof.
Reddo.. President of the Royal Society for Preservation of Bondwood Caravans - Australian Branch .
Post by Geoff & Jude on Feb 11, 2016 14:00:47 GMT 10
just for your future information i thought i'd mention what i did today.
the glass on the front opening window on the roadie has been broken for about four years so i decided to replace it today.
when we did the van up back in 2006, all the windows were removed and we sealed the frames with butyl mastic when they were replaced.
none of them ever leaked around the mastic and i thought it might be a bit difficult to get the frame back out of the cavity, but to my surprise, it came out quite easily.
the original mastic was fairly firm but it hadn't set hard and the old stuff came of the frame and the cavity very easily, it was actually still soft enough to bend the thicker scrapings without them breaking.
i was going to shoot up the street and buy another tube of the mastic to reseal the frame when i put it back in, but thought i might just try the stuff left over from 2006.
surprise, surprise, after pumping out the first couple of mm from the tube, which was slightly set but still softish, nice fresh mastic appeared, so i went ahead with it and sealed the frame back in.
not bad for sealer that has sat on the shelf for about 10 years, plus i saved another $15 and there's still some left in the tube for 2026.
needless to say, i reckon you can forget all the fancy sealers that are on the market these days and just use good old butyl mastic.
Hi All I agree with above comments. I have always strongly recommended the use of Butyl mastic or modified butyl, you will never have a leak, and you can remove the window with ease at any time.The other side of it this stuff is cheap, and lasts a long time. Cheers boblor
Post by Geoff & Jude on Dec 20, 2017 17:03:40 GMT 10
well, we've just had a couple of very nice, hot days relaxing around the pool and enjoying the fabulous weather, when an afternoon southerly hit today blowing all the good weather away.
unfortunately, along with the warm weather, went a sizable branch from one of our "historic" angophra trees, landing on top of the ritz and putting a(nother) nice big hole in the roof.
i say the tree is "historic" not only because it's assessed as being well over 200 years old, but also because this is the third time (june 2008 and june 2009) it's had branches spend time lying through the roof of the van.
here's a pic of the damage from the outside,
and the inside,
and the culprit.
we're heading of on jan 4 for our annual getaway so i guess i'd better get into some repairs.
Gee that is sad news, such a beautiful tree & such a beautiful van. As Di said after the second attack these things come in threes so you should be right after this one. With the experience you've got I'm sure you'll do a first class job on the repairs 👍
Really saddened to hear of another 'remodelling' of the Ritz. Are you sure where you live is part of this so-called "Lucky Country"?? Remind me not to go halves with you in any lottery tickets, hey?!
I notice in the latest Aldi catalogue released today, they will have Hail Protective Covers for cars on sale Sat 30 Dec for $100. "Storm Protection - Protection Against Hail and Falling Debris" it says. Might be able to adapt these covers to fit some of our vans??
Sorry to hear that sad news. But by now you're pretty experienced at fixing all thing roofing, so you should have it all done and dusted before Christmas Day!!! You might have to consider finding some roofed shedding for this lady, or at very worst parking her at somebody's place where there are no trees! Camden's close to you isn't it?
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