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Would someone be able to take a picture of the spare wheel well for me, with no spare wheel or lpg tank present?

Currently I still have a tank in mine that needs to go, and I was originally just going to stick a spare in... But now I have other plans for the space, but could do with some inspiration in the form of knowing what the actual surface underneath is like before I get around to digging the tank out.

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As it is today, this is after having the rear carpets out and temporarily covering the whole well in Dinitrol.

Normally looks like that without the marmite coating, basically. Mine's always been a mess, the water ingress and/or condensation buildup is less than it was but persists. Need a dry weekend or two to look at it again. Carpets out again in the summer as the soundproofing just holds water.

The left side of the spare wheel's bit would have the polystyrene kit holder - that's in the shed with the spare atm.

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That's perfect - thank you!

Yeah I have had similar issues with water getting under the rear carpets. Mostly caused by my tailgate seal - which drips in when its raining :( Its on the list... hopefully the carpets haven't soaked too much up again, I did mostly sort it last time.

That gives me something to go on now. Its a lot of space to make use of. Thinking of relocating my second/leisure battery and inverter onto a frame under there, which will also support the boot floor. The cans of tyre goop etc can then also live in there.

I'll start a thread when I get going with it :)

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You'll get a lot more in there that that. I've got the main bit full of LPG tank but in the space next to it where the polystyrene thing would have gone originally I've got some lengths of assorted sizes of heater hose, a set of spark plugs, a bag of assorted sized nuts and bolts, a set of ignition coils with leads, a bag containing the EAS emergency kit (Schrader valves, pipe joiners and lengths of pipe), a bag of assorted size jubilee clips, a spare serpentine belt, a starter motor, an alternator, a brake accumulator, my warning triangle, two tow ropes and a pair of heavy duty gloves.

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There is probably a lot more I can find to go in there - but I only really want stuff under there that is rarely used or needed in a proper 'oh shit' moment. First things that come to mind are the tyre goop cans :) But yeah, some spares will probably end up under there too. Its a big space to make use of.

My compressor is handy to have easy access to, as are my jump leads and tow rope, so they just sort of float about in the back. The tow rope actually could end up under there. With my removable sub and the Waeco fridge normally in the back, actually getting under the floor regularly is a pain for more useful things.

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My cover has been cut into three pieces (not by me, it was like that when I got it). Once lengthways (front to back of the car) down the centre, so the right side stays put, then the left side has been cut in half crossways so I have a quarter size hatch that I can lift out to get to the stuff that is under there. There's a length of timber screwed to the underside of the right hand half for the two left hand halves to sit on so it is all flush when closed up.

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Mostly caused by my tailgate seal

I thought I'd sorted mine, along with the leak that was on the rear vents by the wiper mechanism, but it looks like it's coming in on the nearside at the 'corner' of the wheel well now. There's a line of water along and down, and of course it soaks nicely into the sponge underlay. Spring/summer for that one probably - or I might just take out the rear carpet for a bit as it's hardly in fluffy new condition.

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That's an interesting thought with the sectioned floor panel... given I was looking to build a frame in there, I could design it to accommodate that.

I'd have a similar division I think - a large section that covers where the battery and inverter sit, with the fridge on top, and then at least one smaller section towards the tailgate that could be opened without removing either fridge or subwoofer, for access to the useful stuff.

It can be an arse to find where the water is getting in unfortunately. On mine... its fairly evident as its literally running over the seal, which just isn't making good contact with the upper tailgate anymore :(

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Gilbertd wrote:

You'll get a lot more in there that that. I've got the main bit full of LPG tank but in the space next to it where the polystyrene thing would have gone originally I've got some lengths of assorted sizes of heater hose, a set of spark plugs, a bag of assorted sized nuts and bolts, a set of ignition coils with leads, a bag containing the EAS emergency kit (Schrader valves, pipe joiners and lengths of pipe), a bag of assorted size jubilee clips, a spare serpentine belt, a starter motor, an alternator, a brake accumulator, my warning triangle, two tow ropes and a pair of heavy duty gloves.

And they say these cars aren’t reliable! Tosh!!

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Marshall8hp wrote:

Gilbertd wrote:

You'll get a lot more in there that that. I've got the main bit full of LPG tank but in the space next to it where the polystyrene thing would have gone originally I've got some lengths of assorted sizes of heater hose, a set of spark plugs, a bag of assorted sized nuts and bolts, a set of ignition coils with leads, a bag containing the EAS emergency kit (Schrader valves, pipe joiners and lengths of pipe), a bag of assorted size jubilee clips, a spare serpentine belt, a starter motor, an alternator, a brake accumulator, my warning triangle, two tow ropes and a pair of heavy duty gloves.

And they say these cars aren’t reliable! Tosh!!

Richard does lots of long journeys with a trailer in tow,,

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I've got international breakdown cover, although I've never had to use it, but the last thing I want is to be sitting at the side of a motorway 1,000+ miles from home with a car that won't go for the lack of something I could easily carry with me. The starter because you can't tow or push start an auto so everything can be fine but if the starter has died, you ain't going anywhere. Same with the alternator, a lack of electrics and again, you are stuck. Coils fail without warning (as do crank position sensors and there's one of those in there too but I forgot to mention it). If I can't fix it at the side of the road a breakdown man wouldn't be able to either, but he would take me to a garage where I'd probably be waiting days for parts to be found and got to me.

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I had a lot of water gathering in this wheel well area and solved it by drilling several holes in the lowest points around in a circle. I put rust preventer at each drill hole. No water anymore....

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JMCLuimni wrote:

drilling several holes in the lowest points around in a circle.

Actually that's not a bad idea. The well itself is thin walled and prone to condensation from any air moisture content (depending on climate) and it can build up just from sitting. Like an unheated spare room in a single skin brick house. Unless it's kept warm/in a heated garage there will be dampness collecting behind/under the spare tyre etc as long as there is moisture in the air. The weird little plugs in there look as though they ought to come out, although not at the low points oddly.