New owner - tale of woe!

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New owner - tale of woe!

Post by Shirty on Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:46 pm

HI,

I joined the group a few days ago as my wife & I recently bought a Hijet camper, & joined up to share the experience!

However, it turns out that, unfortunately, not only have we bought the dreaded diesel motor, but it has just gone pop  Sad  & having had a quick trawl around the internet there doesn't seem to be much hope in easily restoring it to running order again.

Long story short, my wife was driving it home after a couple of days away, when she noticed the temperature gauge had shot up, & moments later the engine conked out. Clearly having overheated.
We've been running around for a couple of months, including some longish trips without any indication of an overheating problem, so this has come as a bit of a blow.

So instead of a happy intro, I'm writing to see what options might be available, are these engines readily fixable by the home mechanic? is it possible to convert to a petrol engine? is it worth getting a recon diesel if they are available? or do we simply take the hit affraid

I apologise for my introduction to the group is somewhat gloomy. I hadn't intended it to be this way!

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Re: New owner - tale of woe!

Post by Raggy on Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:01 pm

Woody is your man but as far as I know:
1) No the diesel cannot be swapped easily or at all for the petrol
2) Restoring the engine...hmmm..is it worth it? Maybe, maybe not, Woody will be better to advise on that.
3) Is it a Romahome type camper (box on back) or a van/converted camper?
4) Few details on year, photos etc would be handy
5) When you say it 'conked out' more details are needed I.e did you stop as it overheated or did it stop itself, does it still turn or start etc.
PS Welcome to the world of hijet and madhouse...errrrf I mean forum!
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Re: New owner - tale of woe!

Post by Shirty on Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:31 pm

Hi Raggy,

Thanks for the welcome  Surprised

Its a 1996 camper with the pop up roof, not the Romahome type.
Done around 62000 miles, it came with loads of paperwork, which, gave the impression it had been fairly well maintained over its life.
My wife said it stopped of it's own accord as she pulled over at the side of the road.
It still turns over without making any horrible noises, but won't start. It looks like oil has puked out somewhere while its been going along, as there are drips coming off a number of places.
Will try & post some photos tomorrow evening.

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Re: New owner - tale of woe!

Post by Woodie on Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:37 pm

Hello and Welcome as David Frost used to say. Bit of bad luck by the sounds of things.
But I have got a good low mileage diesel engine (78,000) with low emissions.
You can email me your mobile number on thehijetmaniow@gmail.com
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Re: New owner - tale of woe!

Post by Raggy on Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:45 pm

A diesel with a pop up roof! Don't think I have ever seem an actual hijet camper with a pop top and a diesel option. Love to see the photos when you get the chance, oh an location, location, location! Fill it in on your profile, you never know who may be nearby to help. Surprised you got away with that and Woody not noticing!
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Re: New owner - tale of woe!

Post by Shirty on Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:46 pm

Woodie wrote:Hello and Welcome as David Frost used to say. Bit of bad luck by the sounds of things.
But I have got a good low mileage diesel engine (78,000) with low emissions.
You can email me your mobile number  on thehijetmaniow@gmail.com

Wow! thanks. I've sent you an email, so look forward to talking later.

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Re: New owner - tale of woe!

Post by andy pyke on Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:56 pm

Good karma all around
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Re: New owner - tale of woe!

Post by scotia on Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:28 pm

welcome Smile
good luck with the problems
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Re: New owner - tale of woe!

Post by Shirty on Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:48 pm

So thanks again to Woodie, looks like he's come to the rescue!! Very Happy

How easy are these engines to swap? Are any special tools required? I'm relatively handy, I work mainly on motorcycles, but not really used to this kind of job!

And for Raggy - here's a quick piccy, she's not the most glamorous!


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Re: New owner - tale of woe!

Post by Raggy on Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:31 pm

Thats a Devon conversion and will clean up fine. Mines is the same type of conversion. Its their Hijetta version. They are smashing little vans, keep us updated on your progress and of course...more pics!
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