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  1. Thread: Is this it?

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    Re: Is this it?

    I know many like those white steel rims. To me they spoil the vehicle - make it look cheap. Colour coded they would be a lot better.
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    Re: Essential overlanding mods

    I was also young once ;D

    Quoting someone else "Any idiot can camp uncomfortably".

    Essential is a relative term. And it depends where you are going, eg do you need extra fuel. I would start...
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    Re: Gauteng Electricity problems

    Looks like this "culture" is spreading. Here in the farming community we are also getting affected more and more by outages due to overloading by illegal connections in rapidly expanding...
  4. Thread: Is this it?

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    Re: Is this it?

    Does it not have full diff lock? Or are they simple testing it's traction control?
  5. Thread: Cole hersee

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    Re: Cole hersee

    When recharging (your words - jumpstarting) the main battery from your aux batteries, the current will be less than 85A. Starter current is a couple of 100Aa, so the solenoid is not up for that. ...
  6. Thread: Wire tying tool

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    Re: Wire tying tool

    Tx. I never checked pressures of these sprayers - never too old to learn!
  7. Thread: Wire tying tool

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    Re: Wire tying tool

    The tool I used was nearly identical to this one. Can attest that the wire clamps lasted longer than the galvanised pipe clamps.

    True about the galavanised screws in SS clamps - have some which...
  8. Re: Best solution for car battery maintenance during this time

    Looks like your battery is shot. How long did you take it for a drive? 12V is basically half full.

    Connecting intelligent chargers is ok, but these to can cook a battery, if the battery is U/S. ...
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    Re: Water purification

    Yip!
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    Re: Water purification

    This.

    I considered various options as well, like filtration followed by UV light. I even considered plumbing one of the Katadyn filters I bought some years back. I ended up with a simple...
  11. Re: 3 lost souls and a 4x4 - First ever Trip to Botswana 2013

    We progressed from borrowed tents and verandah furniture to own gear to RTT to camper. Like the saying goes, you do not need to be a brain surgeon to camp uncomfortably.

    But, some of our best...
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    Re: Tyre air compressor

    Another thing about the ARb twin is that it has a built in pressure switch. If I remember correctly, it switches off at about 10b. I added a lower pressure switch to my tank for safety - I do not...
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    Re: PLEASE advise - How to save old Pics???

    I should have been clearer with my question. I'm looking for typical resolution of photos. Some of my matt photos look like 150dpi resolution, maybe even 240. It's pointless scanning these in...
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    Re: PLEASE advise - How to save old Pics???

    Not a bad price to make life easy(ier).

    Looking at the resolution of my old prints, it's pointless to scan in high resolution, as all you do is record the noise on the photo in higher...
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    Re: PLEASE advise - How to save old Pics???

    I need to do something similar. Your method above will be a lot quicker than scanning, even on fast modern scanners. The only problem I foresee is that many of the paper photos are curved, and not...
  16. Thread: Wire tying tool

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    Re: Wire tying tool

    Beautiful tool!

    I would not bother making them for R300, unless for charity. It's worth a lot more than that.

    I used a similar one for thicker wire for LDPE piping, instead of using pipe...
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    Re: Tyre air compressor

    All the 160l/min compressors seem to come out the same factory, with different coloured bits and names. Physically they all look the same. I would go for the best deal. 4x4 Direct is a reputable...
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    Re: Tyre air compressor

    All true. The only problem is that a compressor is an essential item. If it packs up, and you have no backup, you could end up on a long slow trip back with deflated tyres. On solo trips I have a...
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    Re: Shading results of panels in series

    Interesting, thanks. I connected my camping panels in series to raise the voltage, to ensure that the lower voltage due to shade is still higher than the minimum voltage required for charging. This...
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    Re: Tyre air compressor

    I have the twin for the bigger tyres of the camper. But what you say is true. The bigger the faster. But do we need it. I used a Thomas pump for over a decade with my landy. It was dependable,...
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    Re: Tyre air compressor

    I have the ARB twin, 1st on your list, and a T-Max as a backup.

    The ARB twin is a high quality compressor, worth every cent. It's rated output at pressure is true, and out performs the T-Max. ...
  22. Re: Indeflate - Inflate, or deflate two tyres simultaneously!

    An inline pressure gauge while deflating is not accurate anyway as it is an open system during deflation. If you had two valves per tyre, then you could add a pressure gauge to the second valve for...
  23. Re: How often are camping environment batteries thrown away prematurely?

    Many of the old fixed voltage regulated alternators charge at 14.2V, and some even higher. This is normally not a problem on short trips. It speeds up charging the main battery after starting, but...
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    Re: MIG and TIG welding Machine?

    Have a look at pulsed MIG machines - not sure what they cost now. I have a multi-mode one and on pulsed MIG aluminium welding is really good. I even managed to weld thin checker plate (0.9mm?) with...
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    Re: How do I make Bananas last longer?

    Thanks to the water tips, like the one above. Our local Spar only caters for those who like bananas super ripe. Thursday last week, I managed to find a few which were fully ripe, but still firm. I...
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    Re: Disco 1 300tdi mileage

    Can't remember my D1 mileage when I sold it - it was not that high, probably 250-300k km. The head had been done when I bought it.

    The 300tdi in my defender had about 500k km on it, maybe more,...
  27. Re: How often are camping environment batteries thrown away prematurely?

    As an aside, I'm also working on a solutuion, similar to the battery revival methods, to revive bad lockdown bank balances. The only stumbling block so far is how much to charge for the fool proof...
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    Re: Battery 12v Parallel Connections

    When I mentioned an inverter, I did so assuming a high load, such as 1000W, vs the current of a fridge. This makes a big difference re volt drop of the cables, which is why the different...
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    Re: Battery 12v Parallel Connections

    Post 3 covers most popular methods accurately.

    But, does it really matter if there is hardly any volt drop along any cable until you reach the common cable?

    I don't think so. Especially when...
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    Re: Camping prices in Botswana is ridiculous

    That's what we will be doing. With the purchase of our camper, Bots is out with the daily P1000 vehicle fee for a vehicle which is about 25% heavier than the fully laden 4x4 one tonner.
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    Re: Which Landy is the best on sand?

    My answer to the topic would be "A Landy with 4 wheels". But looking at your posting, I would be wrong :)
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    Re: Guys, PLEASE!!! ALWAYS 4x4 on gravel

    Yip. Traction Control is also a two edged sword. It gives inexperienced drivers more false confidence. But once they push it outside the TC envelope, they are doomed as they have no clue what...
  33. Re: Single Cab "poor man's" camper idea (canvas canopy?)

    The canvas will work, but this will be a costly exercise in the long run, because you will eventually switch to an aluminium or steel setup. If you can weld, then the frame will not be too...
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    RangeRover Re: Exhaust smells of sulphur/rotten eggs

    That was my first thought, but that smell would normally take longer to develop than a short 1km run. I won't hurt to check the battery and charge voltage though
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    Re: Jerrycan waterpipe

    Buy a filler spout, and attach a pipe with tap to this. No drilling needed.
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