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CO/CO2 Sensor

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Bofypoo CO2センサー 二酸化炭素濃度計

コロナの第七波に完全突入。先週の新規感染者は世界で最多となったらしい。
感染対策を行っている飲食店では二酸化炭素(CO2)センサーを設置して換気をモニタリングしている店舗が多くなってきた。宅内の換気レベルに興味があり、安いC02センサーを購入してみた。測定値の正確性はわからないが、相対的な指標と意識づけの効果に期待。

センサー購入の目的はもうひとつ。
CO2の測定とともに一酸化炭素(CO)も測定できるセンサーを探して入手した。車中泊の際に調理の為に火器を室内で使うことがある為、一酸化炭素中毒による事故を防止すべくCOセンサーが欲しかったのだ。

COもCO2も測れる安価なセンサーなど都合のいいものはないだろうとダメ元で探したところ、幸い辿り着いたのが上記のものだ。

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とりあえずそこそこ換気できている模様。

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Radio controlled (R/C) cars has been my hobby for a while, and I've been building ones, running them, then trashing them. The latest one is a Formula 1 six wheeler I built more than 5 years ago, but it's been sitting in the "garage" for a while now.
The issue with road going R/C cars is that there are few places to run them. With low ground height and short suspension stroke, it's difficult to enjoy the ride unless you run them on a really flat and clean paved area. Since there are so few of them around, the cars end up stashed in the closet.
So, off road crawlers. They're made to run off road, up hills, rocks and even muddy areas making full use of the suspension. A different way to enjoy than road cars, and no need to look for flat pavement. A lot of tune up parts add on to the enjoyment.

The model I chose for my first crawler was a 1/18 scale Toyota Land Cruiser 80 scale crawler from a manufacturer called FMS. As rumored, it's degree of perfection is quite high and well built, and a good moving suspension with four wheel drive.

RocHobby 1/18 スケール カタナ トヨタ ランドクルーザー RC ロッククローラー モデルカー

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Running it in rough terrain showed it's potential with long legs and sufficient torque, but I also learned it challenging to make it climb up and down tricky areas avoiding a rollover. Yes, challenging, and fun.

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Shopping List '2022 梅雨

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物欲の梅雨。(ボーナスの使い道?)

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All play and no pay makes Jack a a tax evader...gotta fulfill my obligations first. :-)


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故障(Nike Airのエア抜け)しているジョギングシューズの新調。Nike一択。(中学3年で履いたアシックスを最後にスポーツシューズはNikeしか履いていない。)パッと見地味な色しかなさそうにみえるのは歳をとって派手好きになったせいか??


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REGZA レグザ ブルーレイディスクレコーダー 1TB 3チューナー 3番組同時録画 DBR-T1010 ブラック

10年以上使ったHDD DVDレコーダーが不調なのでそろそろ入れ替えか。テレビが依然東芝REGZAなので、レコーダーも引き続きREGZAで。レコーダー間のコンテンツ引越しができなさそうなのが残念。地味なメール録画予約機能に期待高。


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LEATHERMAN(レザーマン) マルチツール CURL
LEATHERMAN(レザーマン) マルチツール WINGMAN
LEATHERMAN(レザーマン) マルチツール WAVE PLUS


車中泊用にマルチツールが便利そう。VictorinoxよりはLEATHERMAN希望。ハサミは必要。
WingmanかCurlで悩み中。背伸びしてWave Plusか。



RocHobby 1/18 スケール カタナ トヨタ ランドクルーザー RC ロッククローラー モデルカー
FMS 1/12 リアリスティックRC 完成モデル スズキ ジムニー(JB74型)

こちらはホントのオモチャ...といってもかなり本格的なオフロードR/Cらしい。完成モデルではあるので組み立ての楽しみはないが、F1マシンより走らせる場所を問わなさそうなので面白いかも。ランクル、乗ってみたかったしね。
新型ジムニーのR/Cも実車の再現性が素晴らしいようで魅力的だが、走破性(足の伸び)がそれほどでもないようなので今のところは次点。(走らせようと思い描いている場所が結構ラフテレーンなので)

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Roof Deck (overlander style)

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Thinking about a overlander styled roof deck for my NV200 Camper while keeping the car height low. The ones by Rhinorack and YAKIMA look really cool, but are way too expensive by my standards. Looking for other options, I came across a nice looking one by CarMate INNO.

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カーメイト inno イノー 【 ルーフデッキ 100 】オーバーランダースタイル 【 エアロ/スクエアベース 対応モデル 】 INA510 黒
カーメイト inno イノー 【 ルーフデッキ 120 】オーバーランダースタイル 【 エアロ/スクエアベース 対応モデル 】 INA515 黒

Photo simultion, and it looks like the 110cm rack looks better balanced.

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THULE was my only choice for the base carrier. Using the fix points on the roof to attach the base carrier was also the choice, having bad experiences in the past clamping the base attachments to the door sill. THULE is the only manufacturer that has a fix point adapter for the NV200. I chose the Wingbar EVO with an aerodynamic cross section looked cool, and will help with wind noise reduction.
I plan to set up the roof rack towards the rear end of the roof, so I used the two fix points of the rear side out of the three. The typical choice would be to use the front two so the carrier would sit on the middle of the roof, but I'm going for something different.


THULE(スーリー) NV200 バネット(バン・ワゴン H21/5~ M20)ベースキャリアセット フット753+ウイングバー EVO7113B+キット3085


2022/06/05:
First things first, the base carrier system attached.

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Sticker Tuning

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Adding a Hawaii sticker in addition to the map of Japan sticker I already have...both favorite places.


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Looking to also tune up my van with outdoor gear stickers, starting off with brands I'm actually using.

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Happened to find a overseas site that makes custom sized brand logo stickers
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2022/06/08:
The arrived stickers in place.

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IH

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せっかく1200W級の携帯電源があるのだから、バーナーを使った車内での湯沸かしから一歩前進したいところ。
バーナーとセットで使えるクッキングヒーターと調理器具を探してみる。

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Weekend Vanlife - by the Sea

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On a free weekend, I wander seeking relaxation and end up watching the ocean.

One day :

#sunday #morning #coffee by the #beach
#海 を見ながら #日曜日 の#朝 #コーヒー

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Another day :

Overlooking the #coast on a #Saturday
#湾を見ながら #土曜日
#surugabay
視線の先には #駿河湾
#冨久家
#冨久家のイタリアンロール

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#campervan
#nv200
#nv200van
#nissannv200
#nissanevalia
#nv200camper
#focsluz
#campingcar
#travelvan
#vanweekend
#vanweekend_original
#vanlife
#traveljapan
#japancamping
#旅ぐるま
#旅ぐるまライフ
#キャンピングカー
#バンコン
#車中泊
#cleavewheels

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収納を考える

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車中泊で懸案となった収納を色々考える。

マルチバーを設置して天井収納を考えてみるが、まともなものを設けると頭上が圧迫される。ワゴンタイプのNV200では内装内張がネジ穴を隠してしまっている上に、アシストグリップもないので固定が難しい。窓に固定するマルチバー用吸盤も存在するが、その場合設置位置が低くなり頭上が圧迫されてよろしくない。

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そこで頭上のの圧迫感を軽減しつつ天井内張りがあることを活かしてマジックテープ付のラゲッジネットを貼ることを考える。
天井から吊り下げる為に幅方向にマジックテープの補強を行ったうえで取り付け強度を増してみたところ、案外いい感じに収まった。

左右の家具に配置する物入れとしてスパイスラックを探してみる。ウッディなものを探してみたがイマイチしっくりこない。

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白基調な金属製のものに範囲を広げてみたがピンとくるものがない。ところが別件で立ち寄ったニトリに程よいモノが見つかったので試してみることにした。リアル買い物の威力凄し。

ゆっくり時間を過ごせる空間が出来上がると雑誌や本を持ち込むことも増えてきた。マガジンラック的なものが欲しいところであるが、雑誌を収める空間が見つからない。

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リアシェルフにハンギングボックスというのはどうだろう?とりあえず展示会でもらった布製のバッグをリアゲートに貼り付けて、簡易的な雑誌入れを設置してみた。

そしてにシートバックにかけているブランケットの滑り止めにテーブルクロス止めはどうだろう?

さらに、殺風景なリアハッチに装飾を考えてみる。

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東名富士川SA・道の駅富士川楽座

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Just DIY work and setting up equipment (portable sink, bed board/shelf) is like like putting the cart before the horse, so I decided to go out auto camping with the NV200. I wanted to check out the added stuff in real usage to see if it works. I departed Tokyo late afternoon and headed south towards Mt. Fuji without a specific destination in mind. I ended up heading towards Fujikawa Service Area (SA) on the Tomei Expressway which I read as having a nice view of Mt.Fuji and nice facilities. I ended up arriving in the dark at night unable to check whether my read was correct, but I decided to trust it.

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Before arriving at my destination, I exited the expressway at Fuji interchange and headed to a public bath place for a dip. As the name Fuji-city says, Mt Fuji can be seen from just about anywhere in the city.

After getting dinner and dessert, I headed to Shimizu interchange to get on the expressway and headed towards Fujikawa SA.I later learned that I could have accessed this SA via local roads. Lesson learned.

Arriving at the SA, there were very few cars around, and the (annoying) trucks which keep their engines running all night were parked in their spots a distance away. A few camping cars ready to spend the night here were already parked. In the darkness not knowing which direction and where Mt.Fuji can be seen, I randomly picked a parking place away seeking silence from other cars. Though I ended up having to move the car to a different place early morning in order to enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji from the window, the initial place was also good since I was unexpectedly able to shoot a nice night view.

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As I spent the night eating bento dinner in the car watching TV (no cooking, just boiling water for my instant miso soup and tea) and having dessert while checking my emails, I quickly became sleepy. (I guess that tennis in the afternoon followed by a hot relaxing bath did it.)
Using the sink unit which I filled water with before departure to wash my face and brush my teeth (fulfilled it's role perfectly) , I converted the space to bedroom mode by changing the rear shelf to the bed board. The switch was very easy being able to leave the sink as is. The legs attached to the bed board is a bit weak resulting in the board moving when I turned over, but that's nothing compared to the extended bed width achieved. It was still a chilly night but the FF heater made the van warm and comfortable to sleep in.

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Getting out of the van midnight for restroom business, I was welcomed by a beautiful night view looking down at the lights of Fuji-city. Was able to catch a nice Instagram pic.

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However on my second wake up as the sky was beginning to brighten, I discovered that the view of Mt. Fuji was blocked by a building and unseen from where I was parked. No wonder no one was parked around the area. After thinking about the burden of moving the car to another lot, I decided to do it out of strong desire to wake up to a view of Mt.Fuji though the van window. I went back to sleep for another couple of hours, and happily woke up to see what I had wanted to see.

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Dripped coffee, roll sandwich and yogurt from the portable refrigerator powered throughout the night by the EFDELTA power brick (another equipment check item) was breakfast. Spent some lazy time in the van slowly packing up and tearing down my sleeping quarters until realizing that all the SA facilities and shops had been already open for a while, and visitors were already coming in waves. I went window shopping teasing the gift shops, enjoyed the full view of Mt.Fuji from the observation deck, and casually strolled around the area till the clock was telling me it was about lunch time. After purchasing a small cactus as my new traveling buddy at a local market booth, it was time to start the engine and leave the SA searching for lunch.

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I ended up visiting a local seafood bowl eatery called "Sunzoku" near Tagonoura fishing port. The raw fish bowl included maguro tuna, raw and boiled whitebait, and sakura shrimp. Eating the bowl as recommended, I discovered that sesame oil (with a sprinkle of salt) goes well with whitebait.

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I stopped by the river side of Fuji River for an after-meal cup of coffee, before heading home.

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#富士㐂中目黒店
#ひれかつ
#とんかつ
#やわらかい
#tonkatsu
#porkcutlet
#japanesefood
#yummy

Filet cutlets have become very tender these days...is it age that is making me like them more than loin cutlets ? lol


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The "L" mode sidew bench layout has been something that has been on my mind since I got this camper, or maybe even at the point of choosing this model. The portable sink galley was actually designed with this layout in mind. In actually setting up this layout, it's much more spacious than the standard dinette mode. I like it so much that it's been the fixed layout this couple of weeks, and looks like it's going to stay that way as the standard setting, especially for solo traveling.

The down side with this layout is that though it's comfy spending the day, it's not an one-touch conversion to the standard sleeping layout. Dismantling the galley is especially something that needs avoiding. The width of just the side bench seat is also too narrow to act as a bed.

Being a lazy person, I needed to find a way to configure this layout into a sleeping setting without a drastic change. After a while of staring at the interior, the idea of an additional bed board came to mind. Placing a bed board next to the side bench will add width to the seating surface and turn it into at least a single bed. The galley will keep it's place since the bed board will be designed to fit right in between the bench and galley.

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I measured the length of the bed board to be 120cm, which is achievable by pushing forward the second seat. This 120cm becomes key, which will be explained later. The gap between the bench seat and the galley is about 35cm, and I decided the board width to be 30cm to keep allowance. I chose a set of folding table legs that would give the board a height of 33cm when in use. the height would be just about the same height as the bench seat.

I found a stock table board of 120cm x 30cm size on Amazon, and I picked up a no-brand one over the Iris Ohyama one which was said to be lighter but had quality and packaging issues by the reviews.

Now, an issue that had to be solved was where to store a 120cm board in the daytime when not in use as a bed. Once choice was to look for a place to hide it, but it would be better to make use of it rather than put it away. As I was searching, I found out that other owners of the same model camper were adding rear shelves that span across the width of the car, and can be used as a table in addition to the storage shelf.
Guess what...the length (width) of the shelve/table that's bingo for the NV200 happens to be....120cm !
The 120cm that was just the right size for the bed board is also the just fit size for the rear shelf, making it possible to kill two birds with one stone, a bed board and rear shelf.

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The table board that came is sturdy and looks strong enough to hold my body weight as a bed board, but needing a bit of strength moving it around.. Looks nice too being a melanin board with a gloss surface. After pre-fitting the board in the car, the table legs were screwed on. It turns out folding table legs are flexible to weight, but luckily wasn't a show stopper. I added rubber edge guards that act as stoppers to keep the rear shelf fixed while the car is moving, and also to gain a little height to avoid the seat back of the bench seat.
With the DIY finished, the bed board/rear shelf is complete.

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Since I had pre-fitted the board, the completed bed board went in with a snug fit as planned, with the board legs avoiding the dining table stem base as calculated. The height is slightly lower tan the bench seat which will be compensated by the thickness of the blanket laid down as a mat.

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The board as the rear shelf is also a perfect fit, and the just right width of 120cm feels so good. The height gain to avoid the seat back of the bench seat needs tuning, but hoping to keep it minimal.

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My living quarter for the solo auto camp is about complete. Eager to head out adventuring.

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2022 February 24 : Covid-19 Vaccine #3

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Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine 3rd shot:
No relevant fever, dull pain on the upper arm and slight fatigue and sleepiness the day of vaccination.
Muscle (arm) and joint pain throughout the night.
Fatigue, fever-ish symptoms (slight dizziness and higher body temperature) but no fever (36.8degC) the next day.
Side effects heavier than the first two times.

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The completed portable water sink & table galley is ready for fitting in the car.

First, the lower frame. The portable galley was made so the upper and lower frames can be detached, and the backside of the lower frame kept open. The purpose of this design is to utilize the lower frame on it's side as a storage box when the galley is not in use. The reason for keeping the depth of the galley to 29cm was to fit the lower frame underneath the bed. To make this happen, I was lucky to find a sink with a width of 28cm. The felt on the front side makes it easy to slide like a drawer on the floor.

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I intended this galley to be used in a sideways seat configuration. This seat layout mode was not one that was lectured when I got the car, so I assume it's not a layout intended by the manufacturer. However, the width of the bed floor board (which is designed to fit in the width direction of the car) happens to be the same dimension as the length between the second seat to the rear hatch door...what a coincidence ! This makes the "L" type seating configuration possible. I personally like this configuration since it feels more relaxing than the face to face "dinette" position. The galley was made with this layout in mind, and it can be used sitting on the side seat.

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It was relieving to confirm that the galley size was just right, not interfering with the side door even with the table in place.

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The galley is tied down using a belt and tie down suction cups. The test drive proved that it was firmly fixed tight without any moving around, more than expected. The part added to the rear of the galley to press the galley to the interior wall seems to be doing it's job well. Let's hope the strength of the suction cups last.

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The "living room", from a different angle.

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A water sink and cooking table... a galley was something I wanted to equip my camping car with.
Some camper models equipped with a galley were candidates in my search, but were filtered out due to not only budget reasons but lack of sleeping space due to the permanent galley unit. I actually consulted my dealer about adding a simple water sink in my NV200 Camper FOCS Luz but gave up on it since it just didn't work.
As result, I decided I'd DIY a portable water sink system that can be carried on and off the car.
Starting off with collection of parts and materials.
The wood parts of choice was 1x4 and 2x4 lumber so I can make adjustments to height as the frame built up. One piece boards may have looked prettier, but 1x's and 2x's have it's tastes too. The sink, supply and waste water tanks, and a USB charged electrical water pump were other parts that were collected.

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The design sketch. (Click to enlarge)It ended up close, but not exactly since some tweaking was done as the build was in progress.

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Putting together the upper and lower frame independently. Making the upper frame detachable is for efficient use of the lower frame for other purposes, as well as for easy access to the water tanks.

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The main frame structure completed. The front side is covered whereas the rear side is left open not only for easy maintenance but for another purpose.

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Test fitting the sink and water tank went well as designed.
A cardboard mock up was made beforehand to get an idea of the size, but it's role ends at this point.

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After securing the sink to the frame, an extra feature added on while waiting for the USB charged water pump.
A foldable table is added on to the side using leftover material. The table size was designed to keep the unit easy to carry, but luckily resulted in enough size to place a cassette burner.

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The water pump arrived dead on arrival, and needed a disassembly to get it working.
Once it was sucking up water, the water system was checked for leaks and to see if the pump had enough power.
It succeeded, and the unit is complete.

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The whole picture of the portable galley (water sink). The size was designed to fit my Nissan NV200 camper which is a rather small camping car, as well as with the mind for easy loading/unloading. On the other hand, the size of the sink needed to be practical at the same time. Water capacity is 10L each for supply and waste which is a bit over spec. I might get a smaller supply tank of 5L instead.
Time for fitting the unit in to the NV200 after adding few parts to help a snug fit with the interior.
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continued to PART2...

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初・車中泊(と気づき)

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NV200で初めての車中泊を試すべく南房総に向かい、三密を避けつつ道の駅とみうら枇杷倶楽部https://www.biwakurabu.jp/)で一泊した。千葉県の道の駅は数、内容共に充実していて廃校になった小学校をそのまま再利用している道の駅・保田小学校をはじめ、工夫を凝らした各所は訪問の価値がある。ちなみに道の駅とみうら枇杷倶楽部は「全国道の駅グランプリ2000」で最優秀賞を受賞した道の駅である。

車内での就寝は概ね(いや予想以上に)快適であったが、いくつか改善すべき気づきもあった。

  • 湿気(結露)対策
      冬場の車中泊は窓を閉め切って車内で暖を取るため結露が発生する。今回は何も対策をしなかったため翌朝には窓がびっしょりと濡れてしまった。換気扇の装着など対策は色々あるようだが、調べてみると、結露防止パックや無電源タイプの除湿機なるものが存在するようだ。面白そう。

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  • 荷物の固定
      冷蔵庫やポータブル電源などそれなりに重量がある積載物を固定する手段が必要と感じた。作成中のギャレーも車内で固定させる手段が必要だ。まずは荷物をバンドで固定するためのアンカー設置を思案中。新車の内装を加工するのはまだ気が引ける為、まずは吸盤が機能を果たすかどうか試してみたいところ。

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  • 車両の傾斜防止
      一見平坦に見える駐車場も微妙に傾斜していることが多々あり、車内で横になるとそれを敏感に感じてしまい就寝時の不快感につながることを実感した。立ったり座ったりしている分には気にならなくてもいざ横になってみると体は思いの外傾斜に敏感になるようで、今回最初に停めた場所では就寝前に傾斜が我慢できず、より平らな場所に移動した次第。レベラーを用意するか停車場所に気を使う必要があることを認識した。

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I can easily imagine that knowing the outside temperature when staying overnight in a camping car would be useful in determining heating/cooling options.
I found out about an inexpensive monitoring unit Inkbird IBS-TH1 that can monitor temperature and humidity and send the data via Bluetooth to your smartphone app. The dedicated app can display the current values as well as log and graph the monitored data. The unit comes with an external sensor probe that can be placed away from the main unit where the measurement is desired.

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I placed the main unit in the back engine room wall and extended the probe cable up to the front of the car just outside the upper front grill, just beneath the hood. Getting it to communicate with the smartphone app took a few resets to succeed coping with the whimsy nature of cheap Chinese products, but succeeded to display measurements on the app once it got going. (I had to open up a sticky battery cover to take out the battery each time to power cycle. Troublesome Chinese gadget should all have reset buttons. lol)
All went well though I was wondering if the placement of the probe was sufficient to get accurate external temperatures.
A search on the internet (and asking for advice) revealed that the sensor is typically placed near the license plate where there is minimum effect from the engine heat. Next day, rewiring is done and I change the probe location to the lower grill near the license plate.

The day happens to be a cold one with a cold front setting in, and I couldn't help smiling to myself watching the app display showing 4-6 degC in the coziness of 26 degC air conditioning.

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By the way, there is a version with a display on the main unit, that can be used for internal temperature monitoring. The app can be used to log and display both sensor units and play around with. Geeky.

Thanks to @wakuwakuturtle for introducing this to me.


p.s. Something to get rid of the "commercial van" look. Still haven't decided.

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Van Weekender 2 - Nissan NV200 FOCS Luz

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January 15th, I became an owner of a camping van trading in my Mercedes Benz SLK.

I started my search (and study) back in the latter half of 2020, filtered the search down to several candidates around June 2021 and was asking for information and quotes from the manufacturers. I boiled my choice down to one and placed my order around the beginning of fall. With camping currently being a big trend in Japan, delivery typically takes 1-2 years. However with luck and fortune on my side, delivery came earlier than expected.

The solar panel, the portable power unit...a lot of stuff I bought at Black Friday last year was for the camping van I was waiting for.

Considering the in road and parking situation in Japan, I had my thoughts on a van type from the beginning instead of the truck/bus type "motor home" that can accommodate 4-5 people which people would typically imagine as a "camping car".

I did have the desire to get one with many built-in features though, and my search was initially focused on a larger van, the Toyota HiAce with a variety of standard equipment. However, the HiAce was rather large in size to casually use not just for traveling but for daily use. In addition, I learned from research that fixtures such as refrigerators, sinks, and microwave ovens take up sleeping space and not worth the burden in contrast to their low usage. I also found out that many people DIY them afterwards (and find it fun too.) Change of mind.

I ended up choosing a model called the FOCS Luz based on the smaller Nissan NV200, not the HiAce. The camper is equipped with only the basic features such as the sub power supply and FF heater (both necessary when spending time in the car with the engine shut down), and obviously the bed unit. It accommodates only 2 people, fine with me. The minimalist camper. My mind is already thinking about where to put stuff inside like the portable refrigerator, and even have a few sketches already for my DIY sink unit.

The NV200 base car is a commercial van. The 1600cc engine has no positive specs to note, and the interior full of plastic is by no means luxurious. It's not the most exciting car to drive, but I have no issues with it. I do have some worries about how it'll run on the highway since it is low geared and the engine being not so powerful. I opted for off-road looking wheels and tires since the standard ones which are very small and narrow added to the "commercial van look" which I wanted to avoid. The macho looks of the mud tires are nice, but but the massive road noise has me thinking I made a wrong choice.

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Two weeks have past, and I've only started playing with it.
Added blankets and pillows to make the interior "American" looking, making coffee and eating inside, relaxing with my MacBook (and napping), and trying out my solar panel charging of the sub battery. Even paid a visit to a nearby roadside station for a "park and nap"
Can't wait to take it traveling.

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とんかつとんき

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#とんかつとんき
#とんかつとんき目黒店
#とんき
#ひれかつ
#とんかつ
#とんかつ定食
#あっさり
#yummy
#目黒はとんかつ
#tonkatsu
#japanesefood

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Van Weekender

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Childhood memories living in the US.

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The scenes of camping cars gracefully and happily coasting along US highways.

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The Tonka Winnebago parents bought for my brother, and I was secretly jealous of.

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My buddy Nissan Terrano (Pathfinder) which was my second car and traced (the majority of) the whole coastline of Japan together camping in the car.

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The LEGO VW Camper Bus I instantly bought and built just ten years ago.


My longing for camping cars and car camping has been in my blood since my youth, initially sinking in without me noticing, but coming out and taking shape once in a while. The fact that I've owned three station wagons and one SUV (utility cars) despite my love of sports cars is probably a sign too.

Then, my detailed daydream (comparison )about my dream traveler last summer.

Traveling around Japan in my own camper.
Another one of my to-do's in life which I've decided to put to action. The events that occurred this past couple of years has made me decide that now is the right timing to make it real at last. While I can.

Van Weekender....Gonna spend my weekends and vacations traveling all over Japan with my new partner, a NV200.
(and there's a sticker for it !)

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TOSHIBA VARIDA DBR-W2009 HDD Recorder

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The Toshiba HDD recorder I've been using for 11 years is slowly breaking down.
DVD-R formatting isn't working, so I can't get it to copy recorded contents to DVD.
The DVD drive seems to be reaching it's life.
About time for a replacement ?

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SLK R170 - Final Thoughts

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SLK
Among all the cars I have owned in the past, I'm having the most difficult time parting with the SLK. I am even still partially regretting the decision to let go of it though there is no going back now.

I love(ed) all my cars. I am confident that every car I bought was the best and reasonable choice (including the compromises) for the everyday/weekend drive at each moment of life. Some added performance and added luxury at times, but all were practical choices.
My partner.

In contrast, the SLK was an inspiration. I had searched and looked for this near-20 year old specific model because I was in love with it. The pleasure of ownership. The pleasure of looking at it for hours. The pleasure of going out with no destination in mind. It gave me the experience of owning a near classic sports for pure hobby and self satisfaction, something that was on my To Do list in life.
My lover, and the reason why letting go of this machine is so emotional.

Some say that the R170 represents the start of quality decline with the merger between Mercedes Benz and Chrysler. The R170 has been mentioned as the secretary's car due to the lackluster performance. From my point of view, I see it as a well balanced and (maybe the last of ? dunno) no-compromise (heavy steel door) Mercedes Benz. Most important, fun to own and drive.

Life is short. Time for other ambitions.
However, life also doesn't always give you everything in your way.
I desperately wish I was able to keep the SLK (forever) while seeking my other long-treasured desire, but it turns out I just don't have the capacity to do so. Owning 3 cars is just too much. Tough choice to make, but I've decided to part with the SLK and move on.
Only 4 years. It's half-assed, and I accept the criticism.
I respect everyone who is doing it.

Saying bye to your lover while you are still in love.
That is also life.
As of now, I'm not sure if I can get over it.

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Schwalbe Tube 16" x 1 1/4 SV4

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普段使いの16インチ車用チューブはすぐストック切れに。

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Blog, GarigariKun, Motorlog Updates

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BlogGariGaiKunAudi A4, SLK 燃費情報を随時更新中。

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Recap, 2022 New Year

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Looks like I had a very fulfilling 2021-2022 new year holiday though it was a quiet one without any party plans in particular.
Blessed to be able to welcome the new year in peace.
The breakdown, below.

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#mt Fuji shivering from cold
#year end tennis
#Win11 unapplicable(what ???)@GPD Pocket
#year end soba - chili oil sesame soba@Ishihara
#enjoy, be bright, be cheerful
#hotcake@Repol Sugi
#car washed x2
#wiperblade logo
#year end Chinese food with family
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#happy new year
#festive flowers
#safety drive in the year of the tiger
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#wish for good health
#osechi new year dishes 2022
#zouni soup dish with rice cakes 2022
#router failure (not now...ugh)
#new year Fuji
#Tokyo strolling on Wheels
#scenes with the SLK, 1
#Pavlov Patisserie
#Farewell Drive
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#Open Air Ginza
#Open Top Seating
#Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Odaiba
#homemade roast beef
#Garigari-Kun ice bar
#Scenes with the SLK, 2
#Big Mouth No Guts
#curry udon with eggs and yam@KonpiraChaya
#homemade pancake with potatos@Denny's

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2022 HAPPY NEW YEAR

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2022年が皆さまにとって健康で平和な一年となりますように
本年もどうぞよろしくお願いいたします

流されるのは程々に、今年は自分を生きたいと思っています


Happy New Year

Hoping to
Wishing everyone health, peace and happiness

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2021

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This year has passed coping with unexpected issues of my own.
Dealing the pain of the body and soul.
Appreciating the relief of mind.


Put effort,
but accept the fact that life doesn't go as planned
Don't worry, but look forward to the future.
Be happy day by day.


Keep your mind,
Live the way you believe is best.


The year ends with a silent determination.
A turning point in life.

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Merry Christmas !

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Noodles, 2021/12

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  • 世田谷中華そば・祖師谷7丁目食堂
      看板メニューの世田谷中華そば。
      黄金色の細麺、煮干しと醤油ベースの出汁、直前に七輪で焼かれる肉厚の炙りチャーシュー、そして青菜とメンマ。究極のシンプル・イズ・ベストな一品。少しでも凝った麺が高額で提供される今日この頃、このクオリティのものがワンコイン+ちょっとで頂けるのは素晴らしい。

      2021/12/28追記:
      後日、塩(白)のワンタン麺と豚焼丼も食す。塩と魚介が効いた出汁の味が豚焼の脂によって少しずつ肉っ気ある味に味変。ワンタンとミディアムレアな豚丼を合わせるとかなりのボリューム。個人的にはシンプルな黒の中華そばに軍配(好み)。


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  • 和利道(わりと)
      ザ・濃厚つけ麺。
      鶏ガラ+魚介だしの味噌タレベースでまろやか濃厚でトロみがある美味しいスープに並・中・大盛りと量を選べるストレート中太麺の組み合わせ。スープが冷めてくると焼き石を入れて温め直してくれる。この焼き石がスープを少し焦がすのか、味変効果もあってナイス。卓上の揚げ玉ねぎを加えると違ったとろみも味わえる。最後は余ったスープに卓上のポットに入っている割りスープをセルフで注ぎ楽しむ。美味しい。とても美味しい。が、少々塩分摂り過ぎが気になるか。(苦笑)


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  • 獅門酒楼
      酸辣湯麺。
      元上司に紹介してもらった絶品の酸辣湯麺。以来、何度食べたことか。酸味、辛味、胡椒味のバランスがいい正統派の酸辣湯麺。白ネギとシイタケのアクセントが効いている。同じ味で麺がない酸辣湯もナイス。


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おまけ:
  • ZENB Noodles
      テレビで紹介されていた100%豆でできたヌードル。
      食物繊維やタンパク質に恵まれる一方、糖質は控えめと健康にいいらしい。パスタの代わりとして試してみると、えんどう豆の味が全面に出たもっちり食感である。豆でできた麺として食す分には美味しいが、いわゆるパスタとは別の食べ物だと思った方がいい。確かにwebpageには「新」主食と書いてある。

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Spicy Curry Weekend(s)

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少しずつ日常を取り戻しつつ。
二週連続でスパイスカレーを求めて散策。

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インディアンカレーとアチャール(漬物)を提供する「スパイスダイニング ハバチャル」
ビルの2階にある10席ほどの小さいお店。
選んだのはエビと春菊カレーとチキンカレーの二種盛りランチセット。
辛さ程々でスパイス効きを味わえて美味。
リーズナブルな値段で凝ったカレーが食べられて満足感大。

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鹿児島の鶏を使ったスープカレーを提供する「かみきた茶屋」
5-6人が座れる良くも悪しくも雑然とした店舗。色々といわくつきの店らしいが詳しいことは知らないし、美味しければいい。
とり野菜スープカリー(いろどり)は揚げ野菜たっぷりな丸鶏を使った美味しいスパイシースープカレー。辛さ指定なしは食べ始め少し物足りなさを感じるが、主人に勧められた唐辛子を入れると辛みがガツンと増すと共にスパイスの味がより感じられるようになる。
サラダと飲み物が付くとはいえ、少し値付けが高めかな。

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IRIS OHYAMA CERAMIC FAN HEATER

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The cold season has come when your feet beneath the table becomes pretty cold while you work from home.
I decided to get a small factor fan heater to put under the desk hoping to keep the head cool and the feet warm.
With the thought of using it in power outages and outdoors with the portable power unit as well as regularly under the desk, my search lead me to choosing the IRIS OHYAMA JCH-M082T 800W ceramic heater, which was small and fairly low powered. The motion detector as well as a 800W/400W heat mode switch enables powering the heater economically under limited power source.

It is in fact quite powerful and heats up a small room in short time, and of course warms up your feet instantly. Using it with a fully charged ECOFLOW EFDELTA portable power supply will give you about 3 hours of heat at 400W mode when solely powered. In practical use outdoors using several devices with the power supply, one can use it about an hour before going to sleep to warm up your bedside.

IRIS OHYAMA Ceramic Heater (400W/800W)
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Heater powered by a portable power supply pulling 450W
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