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Forum: General Chat 05-02-2021, 09:39 PM
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Posted By Jack Walter
Land Rover Defender 90 and 1995 Eriba Puck

Land Rover Defender 90 and 1995 Eriba Puck
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 04-16-2021, 11:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 814
Posted By Jack Walter
https://https://solaros1.smugmug.com/My-Cars/Traile...

https://https://solaros1.smugmug.com/My-Cars/Trailers-and-Campers/i-zXCvgqJ/AU-Haul used to sell an aluminum housing that replaced the tail light assembly. The housing accepted a 4" diameter LED light...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-03-2021, 12:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,847
Posted By Jack Walter
I have had a couple of awnings similar to the...

I have had a couple of awnings similar to the moon shade that I got at Bus Depot, a site for stuff for VW camper vans. Around $150.
Forum: Hi, I am.... 02-07-2021, 11:01 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 7,367
Posted By Jack Walter
You might want to look at the overlanding market...

You might want to look at the overlanding market as well - I've been using Engel fridge/freezers for years without a single issue and carrying it around in the back of a Land Rover. ARB and...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 02-06-2021, 02:07 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 7,367
Posted By Jack Walter
Paul - welcome to the Fiberglass RV website - I...

Paul - welcome to the Fiberglass RV website - I looked over your website and am pretty pleased with what I'm seeing so far. Good luck with your project. As you can tell from some of the other...
Forum: General Chat 01-02-2021, 03:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,098
Posted By Jack Walter
If you are new to towing and want to try out...

If you are new to towing and want to try out traveling with a trailer my advice is to start small. My first enclosed travel trailer was an old 13' Boler that weighed around 1000 lbs. I bought it off...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 09-20-2020, 09:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,285
Posted By Jack Walter
Check out the awnings from Bus Depot (VW Bus...

Check out the awnings from Bus Depot (VW Bus stuff) - they are relatively inexpensive (under $150) come in two sizes and have sidewalls available. They have two outer legs and you just have to find a...
Forum: General Chat 09-14-2020, 08:26 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,423
Posted By Jack Walter
The Nest seemed very heavy with a lot of tongue...

The Nest seemed very heavy with a lot of tongue weight (around 400 lbs) when I looked them over at the RV shows - plus very expensive. I like the finishes but wasn't crazy about the layout. The Lil...
Forum: General Chat 09-06-2020, 02:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 593
Posted By Jack Walter
My little sister has joined the Casita owners group

After seeing a parade of small fiberglass trailers pass through my hands my little sister has jumped in. She had an Aliner and then a big Winnebago trailer before and needed something smaller for the...
Forum: General Chat 07-25-2020, 09:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,224
Posted By Jack Walter
The biggest difference in the earlier versus...

The biggest difference in the earlier versus later Pucks is wheel size and windows with a little difference in the onboard appliances. Early Pucks had 10" diameter wheels, then they went up to 12"...
Forum: General Chat 07-20-2020, 09:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,681
Posted By Jack Walter
When I sold one of my trailers we both had...

When I sold one of my trailers we both had accounts at Wells Fargo so we met at the bank, he looked it over and then we went into the branch and did a direct transfer of funds into my account. It...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 07-08-2020, 08:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 995
Posted By Jack Walter
Trailer storage covers?

So which trailer covers are durable? I've heard the white top of the PolyPro covers breaks down pretty quickly and they typically only last a year or two. I want a small universal cover for my 12'...
Forum: General Chat 07-02-2020, 10:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,245
Posted By Jack Walter
Got the new wheels and tires on it this week - it...

Got the new wheels and tires on it this week - it took a while to find a source for the wheels that was willing to ship to the USA. Its ready for its first camping trip - which may be delayed until...
Forum: General Chat 06-30-2020, 09:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,628
Posted By Jack Walter
I imported a 1995 Eriba Puck from England in...

I imported a 1995 Eriba Puck from England in March - it weighs around 900 lbs empty and is my third Eriba travel trailer. I had to rewire it for the 110V system and do a few other upgrades but I...
Forum: Fulltiming in a Molded Fiberglass Trailer 05-30-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,947
Posted By Jack Walter
I think camp axes are responsible for more...

I think camp axes are responsible for more injuries than any other single piece of camping equipment. I usually carry a machete but they are potentially even worse in the hands of someone who hasn't...
Forum: General Chat 05-21-2020, 10:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,224
Posted By Jack Walter
I didn't install a water heater, just a five...

I didn't install a water heater, just a five gallon water tank plumbed to the sink. I used a military five gallon water can in a little nook at the front corner of the closet with a submersible 12V...
Forum: General Chat 05-20-2020, 09:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,224
Posted By Jack Walter
Pucks are extremely well built and can easily...

Pucks are extremely well built and can easily last for many years with good care. Mine is 25 years old and still looks like new. I imported this one from England and had to rewire the electrical...
Forum: General Chat 05-17-2020, 09:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,224
Posted By Jack Walter
There is a European facebook page for Eriba Pucks...

There is a European facebook page for Eriba Pucks that has pictures of Pucks being towed by Mini-coopers, Citroen 2CV's and Triumph sports cars. They really are designed to be towed by almost...
Forum: Camp Cooking, Food & Recipes 04-29-2020, 10:11 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,109
Posted By Jack Walter
We've used the four sided camp stove top toaster...

We've used the four sided camp stove top toaster for years - not only is it good for making toast but it also works well for heating hard taco shells for Taco Night.

...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 04-24-2020, 09:37 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,515
Posted By Jack Walter
I have a had a couple of Bus Depot awnings as...

I have a had a couple of Bus Depot awnings as well. They are a fantastic addition to a trailer that have stood up to some pretty good wind gusts. I attach mine to the gutter of the trailer with some...
Forum: General Chat 04-22-2020, 06:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,245
Posted By Jack Walter
The Puck is all back together and my refrigerator...

The Puck is all back together and my refrigerator mod seems to be working. All I had to do is replace the 240V heating element with a similar sized 120V one and it cooled off when plugged into shore...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 04-16-2020, 06:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,274
Posted By Jack Walter
I think the Hunter would make an excellent choice...

I think the Hunter would make an excellent choice for what you are planning to do and it's much roomier than a Puck. I pretty much use my Puck to sleep in and keep my clothes and gear dry. The light...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 04-14-2020, 08:06 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,274
Posted By Jack Walter
Towing an Eriba Puck around North Africa ...

Towing an Eriba Puck around North Africa


https://youtu.be/IWOQCgnM1Us
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 04-14-2020, 07:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,274
Posted By Jack Walter
The Pucks frame would have to be beefed up to do...

The Pucks frame would have to be beefed up to do what you want but there are a couple of examples that I've found on the web to give you some ideas. The links show a dark green Puck that has been...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 04-08-2020, 03:11 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,132
Posted By Jack Walter
I've cleaned up the wiring in the battery box...

I've cleaned up the wiring in the battery box area and wired in the isolator that keeps the trailer battery from drawing down the battery in the tow vehicle. I'm still waiting on the external fuse...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 04-07-2020, 09:23 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,735
Posted By Jack Walter
Tractor Supply usually has six volt batteries -...

Tractor Supply usually has six volt batteries - fairly inexpensive as well.Make sure you check the manufacturing date on any six volt battery you buy. Some of them have been sitting on the shelf for...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 04-04-2020, 01:19 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,132
Posted By Jack Walter
They were originally marketed to the VW camper...

They were originally marketed to the VW camper bus crowd. They have to be assembled from a bag - the bag with the poles and awning is about 24" long and seven inches in diameter for the small awning...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 04-04-2020, 11:57 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,132
Posted By Jack Walter
I'm not done wiring the battery area yet, waiting...

I'm not done wiring the battery area yet, waiting for a couple of other pieces to show up. That was just a temporary setup to test all of the circuits. There is only about four feet between the...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 04-03-2020, 09:59 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,132
Posted By Jack Walter
No - I'm a retired engineer/gearhead with four...

No - I'm a retired engineer/gearhead with four tool boxes and a basement full of tools. This trailer is kids play compared to restoring old Porsches and Land Rovers.
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 04-03-2020, 09:35 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,132
Posted By Jack Walter
I've made really good progress over the last week...

I've made really good progress over the last week - the electrical system swap is almost complete. I'm waiting on a battery isolator to arrive to keep the trailer from drawing down the tow vehicles...
Forum: General Chat 03-19-2020, 06:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,245
Posted By Jack Walter
When the roof is popped up and one or more of the...

When the roof is popped up and one or more of the triangular shaped windows in the canvas is unzipped, you get a nice chimney effect draft to keep the trailer ventilated. There is screen behind the...
Forum: General Chat 03-19-2020, 05:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,245
Posted By Jack Walter
With the separation due to the virus I've been...

With the separation due to the virus I've been able to make some real progress on the Puck to bring it into compliance with US electrical standards. I've been able to tear out the 240V system and...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 03-11-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,132
Posted By Jack Walter
OK, I spent the day disassembling my new Eriba...

OK, I spent the day disassembling my new Eriba Puck and the heating element in the 3 way fridge is a 230V 105W # 139506 3330-00/4. It looks like a simple swap. There doesn't appear to be a circuit...
Forum: General Chat 03-10-2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,245
Posted By Jack Walter
The new (1995) Eriba Puck is successfully home...

The new (1995) Eriba Puck is successfully home and is in even better condition than I thought it was. I'm very pleased with it and have already ordered some stuff from Etrailer to start the...
Forum: General Chat 03-10-2020, 03:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,389
Posted By Jack Walter
That is a very cool looking trailer - never seen...

That is a very cool looking trailer - never seen one before.
Forum: General Chat 02-21-2020, 11:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,631
Posted By Jack Walter
I was going through some old pictures and found...

I was going through some old pictures and found this shot of the prototype Nomad taken at Lake Lanier during its first field test at Longhollow Campground.
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 02-21-2020, 11:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,131
Posted By Jack Walter
I really like their new Backpack model and...

I really like their new Backpack model and haven't heard anything but good reviews on them. If I was buying a new trailer that would probably be #1 on my list.
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-20-2020, 04:44 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,132
Posted By Jack Walter
And that's exactly why I'll be rewiring the...

And that's exactly why I'll be rewiring the trailer. There is an existing 240V Power Control box in the trailer that I plan to replace with something like this:

...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-19-2020, 05:04 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,132
Posted By Jack Walter
Thanks guys - I have to wait for the Puck to get...

Thanks guys - I have to wait for the Puck to get here until I can take the thing apart and figure out what will work best. From my research it looks like a replacement element can be purchased for...
Forum: General Chat 02-19-2020, 03:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,631
Posted By Jack Walter
I was cleaning up my dad's old filing cabinet in...

I was cleaning up my dad's old filing cabinet in the basement today and found a brochure for the Nomad camping trailer. The prototype was built around 1960 in a shop my dad and his friends had at the...
Forum: General Chat 02-12-2020, 10:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,245
Posted By Jack Walter
There are a couple of vendors in Great Britain...

There are a couple of vendors in Great Britain that specialize in Eriba caravans. I found this on one of my periodic looks at their inventory.


https://www.eribacaravansales.co.uk/


...
Forum: General Chat 02-12-2020, 03:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,245
Posted By Jack Walter
I've seen a Meerkat, not nearly as well built as...

I've seen a Meerkat, not nearly as well built as a Puck. It's a copy of a sixties Puck, the later Pucks are very much improved. Supposed the Pucks from 1990-2000 are really good trailers. I found a...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-12-2020, 01:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,132
Posted By Jack Walter
Yes but I've read that these fridges don't work...

Yes but I've read that these fridges don't work nearly as well on 12V as they do on 120V or propane.
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-12-2020, 01:27 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,132
Posted By Jack Walter
Thanks, the fridge is hardwired but I will be...

Thanks, the fridge is hardwired but I will be getting into the wiring harness to increase the gauge of the wires and changing the interior sockets and mains plug to US standards. As one of the other...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-12-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,132
Posted By Jack Walter
The fridge is a three way so it will run off the...

The fridge is a three way so it will run off the propane tank or 12V. What I want to be able to do is run it off a 120V live circuit if I'm staying in a campground and plugged into shore power. I've...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-11-2020, 08:35 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,132
Posted By Jack Walter
Converting 3 way fridge from 240V

I'm importing another Eriba Puck from Great Britain and it has an Electrolux 4200 three way fridge in it that is set up to run on European standard 240V, 12V and propane. I've read that the...
Forum: General Chat 02-11-2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,631
Posted By Jack Walter
That's a Nomad all right, I was around nine years...

That's a Nomad all right, I was around nine years old when they built the prototype, guess who learned how to work with fiberglass at a very early age.... I was light enough to climb into the plaster...
Forum: General Chat 02-10-2020, 07:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,631
Posted By Jack Walter
My sister has a Porta Bote she's trying to sell. ...

My sister has a Porta Bote she's trying to sell.

Back in the early 1960's our father and some friends designed a fiberglass tent camper with a removable upper half that was a small 8' fiberglass...
Forum: General Chat 02-06-2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,245
Posted By Jack Walter
But that would be the fun part! One of my wife's...

But that would be the fun part! One of my wife's best friends lives in Washington state just a couple of hundred miles due south of the Armadillo manufacturing facility. We could drive there, leave...
Forum: General Chat 02-05-2020, 08:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,245
Posted By Jack Walter
I took a good look at those Canadian built Hymers...

I took a good look at those Canadian built Hymers and was severely disappointed in the quality and manufacturing shortcuts that were evident in their construction. Nothing at all like the two German...
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