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ID:135621 - 3 Way Fridge Replacement

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:15:00 GMT

I was curious to know the experiences any members may have had when upgrading their fridge from a 3-way (absorption) fridge to a 12v/240v compressor fridge, principally in their caravan or camper.

Obviously, there will need to be an increase in battery capacity, and I am interested in how they coped with periods "off the grid".

I am keen to understand what battery size they upgraded to and what size solar panel(s) are used to ensure sufficient capacity to get through the night, and possibly the next day (if it turns out to be cloudy and/or raining) vs the draw of the fridge. The battery capacity of my van is sufficient at the moment, using the 3 way fridge, but I need to get an understanding of what additional capacity I will need to look at.


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ID:135620 - Sydney to Kimberley

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:59:00 GMT


We are toying with the idea to do the Gibb next year the most we could push for would be 6wks, I know its like asking how long is a piece of string but can it be done comfortably seeing most things along the way? Or are we better off to wait (possibly a few more years) and go for longer?

We have done the centre so no need to sight see around there it would all be new country after leaving Alice and going up the Tanami.

Normally our trips are 4wks in which we have done Cape York, Centre and Simpson desert and Outback QLD.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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ID:135619 - Friday funnies

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:57:00 GMT

An elderly man, looking about 100 years old, and on a Moped, pulls up next to a doctor at a street light.

The old man looks over at the sleek shiny car and asks, 'What kind of car ya got there, sonny?'
The doctor replies, 'A Ferrari GTO. It cost half a million dollars'

'That's a lot of money,' says the old man. 'Why does it cost so much?
'Because this car can do up to 320 miles an hour!' states the doctor proudly.
The Moped driver asks, 'Mind if I take a look inside?'
'No problem,' replies the doctor.

So the old man pokes his head in the window and looks around. Then, sitting
back on his Moped, the old man says, 'That's a pretty nice car, all right.. But I'll stick with my Moped!'

Just then the light changes, so the doctor decides to show the old man just
what his car can do. He floors it, and within 30 seconds the speedometer
reads 160 kph. Suddenly, he notices a dot in his rear view mirror. It seems
to be getting closer.He slows down to see what it could be and suddenly
WHOOOOSSSHHH Something whips by him going much faster!

'What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari?' the doctor asks himself.
He presses harder on the accelerator and takes the Ferrari up to 250 kph.
Then, up ahead of him, he sees that it's the old man on the Moped! Amazed
that the Moped could pass his Ferrari, he gives it more gas and passes the
Moped at 275 kph. He's feeling pretty good until he looks in his mirror and
sees the old man gaining on him AGAIN! Astounded by the speed of this old
guy, he floors the gas pedal and takes the Ferrari all the way up to 320
kph. Not ten seconds later, he sees the Moped bearing down on him again! The
Ferrari is flat out, and there's nothing he can do!

Suddenly, the Moped plows into the back of his Ferrari, demolishing the rear
end. The doctor stops and jumps out and, unbelievably, the old man is still alive.
He runs up to the banged-up old guy and says, 'I'm a doctor.... Is there
anything I can do for you?'

The old man whispers, 'Unhook my f*!king braces from your side mirror'


Perfection With Hand And Feet - Anne Klinge - Britain's Got Talent 2016



Stay safe out there!
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ID:135617 - Swan outback extended drawbar

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:18:00 GMT

We are thinking of buying a swan outback but we were wondering if an extended drawbar is useful if doing an overnight stop whilst still hitched to the car . Can the beds be pulled out all the way on a standard outback drawbar without hitting the rear door or would I need an extended drawbar. Has anyone done this on their swan ?
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ID:135616 - Inverter question

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:48:00 GMT


Further to my previous questions around batteries and solar panels.

I have now 2 x 100 ah deep cycle gel batteries.
150w fixed panel, 180w portable panels through the 30 amp controller.

I am in the process of buying a 2000w pure sign wave inverter, (that size to run the English Rose,s hair drier, [don,t go there]).

So the question, finally, is, does a large output inverter running low powered equipment use more power to run then a smaller inverter running the same low power load.

I hope that makes sense.

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ID:135614 - IPad, Memory Map and many straight line tracks!

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:46:00 GMT

Dear All

I have been using an Ipad4 (64mb with 40Mb free), Memory Map and EOTopo200k map as my primary navigation system ( paper backups in place). The IPad is used almost solely for off-road travel and there are no other apps running when using MM. In general the system works well however when logging tracks the system appears to lose satellite lock which results in numerous straight lines embedded in the track. That is a pain.

I have also found that each time I turn off the ignition MM stops logging (it's plugged into rear 12v socket all of the time). However I know this now and start a new track after every start up. That's also a pain.

The IPad is mounted on a custom made platform that sits on top of the transmission tunnel in the Prado, between the drivers and passenger seats but in the second seat row. Easily accessible to reach behind and retrieve by the Navigator. It is put on the Navigators lap when needed.

My suspicion is that the IPad location causes the satellite obscurities. However I also have some doubts about the robustness of the Memory Map software. Reason is that each time the Navigator has taken possession of the IPad our current location has been displayed on MM. Unfortunately I have never cross referenced Navigator possession vs track straight lines.

So I am looking for some advice. I have read many of the posts in this forum on GPS and Memory Map but can't find any solutions to this problem. There are a few potential options to solving the problem, provided the problem relates to the satellites in view. The problem being the logging of tracks.

1 Move the IPad to a better location. Where? The front cabin is already crowded.

2 Buy a GPS signal enhancing antenna. They are widely advertised but they look like a " snake oil" solution to me.

3 Buy a small GPS data logger that can be installed in a good location ( top LHS of windscreen) and then download the gpx data to Memory Map. More kit and more phaffing around!

All recommendations are most welcome. Anyone having similar experiences and finding a solution will be very welcome.

And finally the problem could be the MM software alone but I haven't thought through how to troubleshoot that yet.


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ID:135602 - Caravan towing mirrors

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:46:00 GMT

We have a hilux with clearview mirrors on it which we love but.....we have just bought a izuzu d max and want to add towing mirrors to it the cost now for clearview mirrors is nearly $800 dollars we have been looking at adventure towing mirrors on eBay clearview lookalikes at $345 which look great has anyone bought this cheaper version to give us some insight on these mirrors many thanks
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ID:135601 - GVM upgrade (prior to reg) and increasing tyre diameter?

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:23:00 GMT

I've been looking at the options for GVM upgrades (probably for a Ford Ranger).
Firstly, does anyone have an opinion on the various suppliers (Lovells, OME, etc.)?

Second, If fitted prior to registration (under the "Secondary Manufacturer system) the statement is made that the vehicle is registered with the new upgrades as standard. As a GVM upgrade entails (around) a 50mm lift, does anyone know if this means the vehicle can subsequently be lifted to 50mm above this (though I believe the regs state "above OEM standards")?

I'd like to be able to fit 33"'s on.


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