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  1. Thread: Second Battery

    by Danie S
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    Re: Second Battery

    I went over many years and build my own battery box.
    Using a NL solenoid under the bonnet.
    Currently on version #3 for the last 6/7 years.

    Used standard solar controller with a permanently...
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    Re: Testing 2nd hand deep cycle battery

    Suggest you put some rubber between the battery and floor of the BL.
    I have approx 12mm of soft rubber under it and 3 mm under the strap.

    On my Echo 4 I lost a battery that was directly on the...
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    Re: Long range tank "issues"

    The solution is bit of of a pain.
    The second tank (long range with own filler point) must not feed the main tank.
    What we did is have a pump to fill the main tank from the second tank with a switch...
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    Re: goodyear wrangler duratrac

    I have front Wrangler (6 months old) and rear Coopers (on their way out) to be replaced before going on a long trip.

    The Coopers have side wall damage a plenty, reason for going back to Wranglers....
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    Re: PLEASE advise - How to save old Pics???

    I have plenty still to scan or snap.
    Prior to 2005 and going back to 1953.
    Make photo books now and keeping a digital copy on laptop as well as 2 x hard disks.
    My hard disk on the laptop crashed...
  6. Thread: Jockey Wheels

    by Danie S
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    Re: Jockey Wheels

    The weight on my BL-Kewer is 120 kg and it still bites into soft sand.
    Got a solid wheel with bearings that is slightly round on the surface and 16 mm wider - no sharp square edges - and it seems to...
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    Re: Value for money

    Probleem, ons het daarmee gesit en op die ou end maar paar aanpassings gedoen.
    Ons is net twee persone, weet nie hoeveel julle is nie.

    Ons het vir baie jare 'n Echo 4 gesleep en orals met hom...
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    Re: Tyre age vs condition

    Hi Wylie,
    Sounds like you look after your tyres well.
    We towed a Echo 4 all over the place and now a BL- Kewer.
    Been all over, Richterveld and so on, had 2 punctures on the Wranglers in about 400...
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    Re: Tyre age vs condition

    I would have it checked in side.
    Is the rubber hard on the "spare" or still soft.
    Will keep a close eye on it.
    My tyres work hard so they do not last past 70-80k km.

    The spare on my Ranger is...
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    Re: Test a battery ?

    My sentiments as well, keep water away.

    The problem I had and the reason to buy a splash proof charger.
    Second battery stay permanently in the load bin, asked the chap to sweep out the load bin...
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    Re: Tyre age vs condition

    I had a tyre that was 5 years old on my 2010 Ranger and a puncture that required the inside to be looked at.
    Had fine cracks on the inside and the tyre and is mate on the same axle was there and...
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    Re: Test a battery ?

    I have been using two of the IP65 12/15 for quite a few years, been keeping my batteries healthy.
    They are on the batteries permanently - go into storage mode when the battery is fully charged...
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    Defender Re: Don't know if mechanics are being honest here

    I have not read all the notes/comments.
    And I do not know the gearbox on the vehicle

    Had similar problem many years ago, the blue smoke slowly increased over a year.

    Then visited a friend of...
  14. Re: Dodged a huge bullet on a dual battery solar setup.

    Interesting read.
    Makes me wonder what actually went wrong - I have no idea.
    What dangers do I have with my setup.

    My setup is a NL Solenoid that connects my 100 A DC battery in the load bin of...
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    Re: Lithium Battery Review

    I made a decision to go as simple as possible - KISS.

    Victron MPPT and Victron IP65 and 2 x 100 Amp batteries.

    It works with 2 x 100 Watt panels on the roof of our offroad caravan.

    Later on...
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    Re: Trickle charge via cigarette lighter plug?

    I just went crazy and got a Victron IP65 that keeps the additional battery in the back charged and topped up.
    Once we get home connect the 220 to the vehicle to run the fridge and top up die...
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    Re: How old is your mobile fridge?

    We got a 70L Electrolux in 84/85 secondhand from a friend 12/220/gas.
    Sold it to a friend for 6 beers in 2000, his daughter still use it to day as a drink fridge at home (no issues).

    Bought a 70...
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    Re: 3.2 ford engine failures imminent?

    Our Ranger stood for about 3 months.
    Maintenance battery charger on and tyres up 2.5.

    No issues on our return, this happend a few times over the last 3-4 years.

    Since we are on pension it...
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    Re: So who is going camping this weekend?

    Peter does the "lady of the House" agree with your suggestion ? ;D;D;D;D
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    Re: Suspension Lock(down)

    Have a look at the jack used by Bush Lapa on its Goggas at the rear.
    Mount them on the high liftjack point on the aftermarket bumper.
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    Re: Road closure Jozini Kozi Bay

    Seems we require 2 or 3 front end loaders to clean the road plus about 5 Ratels with troops from the border war to clean up the place.

    Very crude way to do it unfortunately :(

    Our trip to...
  22. Re: Ongeluk, en versekering weier om skade te herstel

    Pyne, my vraag is hoekom moet mens baklei.
    Staan maar stewig, hulle moet dit reg maak.

    'n Ander voertuig het agter in my Fiesta vasgery, op sy cell foon gesit insteede dat hy kyk wat voor hom...
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    Re: Would you help someone in distress? My story….

    Not a good way to express your passion for people.

    I help always, did sort of got me in a difficult situation once.
    Still it cost nothing to assist, nowadays just a bit more careful.

    Few...
  24. Thread: Cheapies !!!

    by Danie S
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    Re: Cheapies !!!

    Just put two Wranglers on yesterday, shopped around a bit and TyreHouse came in at R1900 each excl.
    Cost for two fitted came in at a total of R4370 all inclusive.
    That is an acceptable price....
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    Re: Which 12v fridge to choose from?!

    All three are good.

    We had a SnoMaster 70L dual and it lasted a long time, got dropped a few times very hard and after quite a few years gave up on us.
    They could repair it but said no warranty...
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    Re: why do drum brakes still exist?

    Would be nice to have disc brakes on a caravan or 4 x 4 trailer.
    Just how do you operate the hydraulics, or how do you fix them out in the veld if something goes wrong (if the caliper is stuck)
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    Re: Sleep-ready caravans for going almost anywhere

    I had a look at the Mobi Lodge that a friend use.
    He took it into the bush and gave it a hard time, no issues.

    Basic what you need with minimum effort.

    We tow a Bush Lapa Kewer with the...
  28. Thread: Nossob flowing

    by Danie S
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    Re: Nossob flowing

    We will be in Nossop on 23 - 28 March 2020

    A Bush Lapa Ratel 6 and BL Kewer (RUS WA GP reg #).

    Last saw water in the Nossop in 2018
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    Re: Kerkenberg Camping

    There was/used to be a camp area at the historical site.
    Quite nice and well kept.
    Nice place to visit
    Look for Kerkenberg staanplek
    There is a place Dumbe lodge close by, see if you can get more...
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    Re: New NL Battery Box - The All in One Solution??

    If you shop around you can find a 15 Amp Victron IP65 7 stage smart charger between R2000-2500 - with Bluetooth
    Seen some people selling them for R3500
    A Benton goes a bit cheaper and does the same...
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    Re: 12v Sparks flying!!

    Disconnect Disconnect always.

    I have worked on serious big UPS systems 200 kVA and bigger, we talk of 33 x 12V 100 Amp batteries in a string and there are 2 to 3 strings.
    All tools were shrink...
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    Re: New NL Battery Box - The All in One Solution??

    You can add the Victron products and maybe the Benton as well
    I found the Ctek a bit sensitive to heat and it blew.
    The Victron charger mounted same place and already exceeded the Ctek lifespan...
  33. Thread: Cheapies !!!

    by Danie S
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    Re: Cheapies !!!

    I have been using Wranglers for many years and never had a issue, they worked hard as we towed a Echo 4 all over the country.
    In 3-4 decades we had about 5 or 6 punctures on the Wranglers

    For...
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    Re: Gas versus Eksdom.Lets put this one to bed.

    Plenty places stock them, some are branded geyser timers at a price - basic a standard battery back up timer with a rating of 16-25 Amps.

    We have one installed, you must just get the timer...
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    Re: New NL Battery Box - The All in One Solution??

    I went and build my own, originally started as a bet and cost of the NL box was just to much.
    (had to get something to keep things cold in the fridge in something like 3 days)
    Over many years it...
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