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ID:135632 - Waltzing Matilda-Opening and Update

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 01:29:00 GMT



The original Centre had timber trusses and these are what caused the spread of the fire throughout the roof cavity. The new steel roof structure should reduce any future fire risk.


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ID:135631 - Which poptops have shorter travel height?

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 03:08:00 GMT

We're after a shorter than average poptop van that we can garage.
There's only the 2 of us so we only want up to a 14 footer.
Our plan was the Jayco offroad because we liked the extra height (our AVan Cruiseliner used to bottom-out on the slight rise of our driveway!).
But the Outback is too tall for your standard garage!
We've been house-hunting for over a year, specifically to find somewhere with a garage to house a van.
Well, we've looked outside the square in so many ways with the house that the squares have been all but erased! Things that were once an issue are now firmly in the "couldn't give a hoot" category!!
Maybe it's now time to look outside the square with the van.
A tall van means we can't look at houses with drive through garages and we can't look at houses with a carport in front of the garage, and we have to be wary of gutter height when it comes to access down the side of the house...
Those of you with 12-14' poptops, does yours have a slightly lower travel height that allows parking in a garage?
We currently have a Kia Sorrento 3.6 to tow it. We don't even want to consider canvas options so don't go there. That's not a side of the square we're prepared to erase!! :)
I've checked out the Kimberley Karavan but oo-ee, a bit over our budget, and hubby isn't keen on the TVan (I think it's ok!). I think we could do to about $40, or older models...
What else is out there in poptop land, 12-14', short but with reasonable ride height that we don't scrape going into driveways?
Or do we keep house hunting for another year *sigh*


I'll just go back to my real estate websites in the meantime...
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ID:135628 - Common Rail Diesels, !

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 03:30:00 GMT

After having old school diesels for years with utes, earthmoving gear, trucks etc, i have been amazed at what difference common rail makes in regard to power.
My old workhorse landrover defender 130 has finally gone into hospital with a chronic complaint! Thinking I might have to change to a more Hwy cruising vehicle to take the pressure off the old landy ,as things have changed work wise, a late model 4x2Mitsubishi Triton all dressed up with 16'alloys Arb bar, driving lights, got my attention. Apart from a rough as guts ride this thing has amazed me at what power can be extracted from a 2.5L engine. I have been like others and have wailed How long will it last?, and the list of mates ,uncles and all the Jo Blows that have blown up is seemingly endless . At a cruising speed of 110ks this motor sits on about 2100 rpms and has taken every hill I have thrown at it with ease, so my opinion has changed somewhat as to how the longlivety of these smaller motors go. I think with the right servicing and control with the right boot Theres no reason why they should not give a run. Just a little plug for the Mitsibishi, making the ground clearance the same on the 4x2 as the 4x4 was a smart idea makes a big difference over rough ground.

Cheers Axle.
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ID:135626 - Any idea if we can camp here? (Oodnadatta Track- -29.06679 136.52073)

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:58:00 GMT

A blog on bird watching mentions this site. They stayed the night. I have looked at the position (a dam about 40kms ESE of William Creek). It looks like a good place to spot birds, BUT... they mention going through a gate and camping.

I'd like to find out if this is okay and, if necessary, who to contact to find out. Thought I'd ask here first.


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ID:135624 - Oziexplorer - copying all name list locations

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:25:00 GMT

A few years ago I asked on ExploreOz how to copy all the locations in the name list of Oziexplorer to a map as way points. I had helpful answers from Equinox and others.

I can't find this information any more. Can somebody help me out with the thread number or give me advice how to proceed.

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ID:135621 - 3 Way Fridge Replacement

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:13:00 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

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:56:00 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:135618 - Barrigun Pub - Qld/NSW Border

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:55:00 GMT

After hearing that the pub was up for sale, the cook and I decided to go and visit Mary once more, as it was about 5years since we last called in and as we were going in that direction. An early morning breakfast at the old roadhouse across the road, it was 9.30am and Mary was sitting out the front having a cup of tea. We walked across and had a good chat to her, as the heavy vechiles going past were blowing their air horns and waving to her. She was actually amazed at all the attention that she has received from the general public, and stated that she was 93yrs old not 103yrs old as some stories came out with. Her future was to live with one of the kids in may be Dubbo or Bourke, as she now needs help with the basic things of life. eg cooking and showering. She does have help with the running of the pub. By 10am we decided to say goodbye to her, as the onslaught of travelling visitors were beginning to roll up. There was about 6 vechiles pull over and started to walk across the road to greet her. It will be sad to see another piece of history disappear, as she was a character in her own rights. Currently Mary is the oldest Publican in Australia
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ID:135617 - Swan outback extended drawbar

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 01:17:00 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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