Billing: first camping with as a six-wheeler

I got Marmalade just ready enough to drive to Billing on Friday a week ago. I fitted the side steps, put the winch into place (but it needs more work, including fitting the drive shaft and the fairleads), and just about got the rewiring done, but it didn’t quite all work (I had to remember to move the indicator stalk the opposite way) but I got there alright, and set up the tent as easily as before.

Here are the side steps, in their lowered and raised positions:

The side steps, in their lowered (working) position

The side steps, in their lowered (working) position

Side steps, in their raised position

Side steps, in their raised position

The steps will eventually have a motor to push them into the raised position, where they trap the doors shut, for a bit more security when the vehicle is parked (as well as making a bit more room alongside).

The winch didn’t quite fit the bolt-holes in the bumper, as the bumper has been galvanized and so is slightly thicker (I’ve since filed the holes to make them match.) Therefore, the fairleads aren’t in place in this picture.

The winch, re-fitted but lacking drive shaft and fairleads

The winch, re-fitted but lacking drive shaft and fairleads

The tent and cover worked fine, although the cover is due for replacement soon. Marmalade drew quite a bit of attention — probably the longest Land Rover there.

Camping at Billing

Camping at Billing

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