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    Re: I purchased an old caravan

    Leave the tent home. There is some kg for drinks. :D

    Not a lot if the true weight is 970 kg.

    If you camp 2/3 nights in one place very quickly you will be hopping mad if it is 2 people and you...
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    Re: Trailer Coupling Height Increase

    I have seen some comments about the load carrying capacity of the "original" tow hooks. I know one forum member who reinforced his.

    I found out also that there are two custom made types for Jeep:...
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    Re: I purchased an old caravan

    My bet is that your front was too light. After loading lift the stabilizer legs and try to lift from the hitch. If you can do that easily either muscle man or too light front. I tried to tow a road...
  4. Re: Second Engine Replacement Required for Ford Ranger less than 3 years?

    Worth to read this study:
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    Re: I purchased an old caravan

    We never connected the 12 V in the road van. Had to put some towels or similar to catch the melting ice but that was all what we did. No need for ice cubes or ice cold beer. For the first night we...
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    Re: Jurgens Xplorer Fan Club

    Comments on the two previous posts:

    - I looked at using those cavities in the front to carry wood (mainly). I have seen also gas bottles like above. What ever is there is sand blasted so I would...
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    Re: Jurgens Xplorer Fan Club

    I will get 2 valves from a gas place. I will also ask for a cap. Extra safety if the valve is accidently turned.

    Thanks for all the comments.
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    Re: Jurgens Xplorer Fan Club

    I have 2 gas bottles connected to one common pipe. When I would like to use one of the bottles for something else I cannot use stove as gas runs out. I asked today at a caravan place fitting to close...
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    Re: I purchased an old caravan

    Looks good. Those vans had a good name. Full tent and add a room. We had both. When only us travelling we never had them with us. Only ralley.

    There is one thing that kills these older vans....
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    Re: I purchased an old caravan

    I bought a kit for my Xplorer August last year R12 100.00 delivered. We did the installation on our own. Installers ask few grand to do the job. If the van is double axle it will cost more. Jockey...
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    Re: Driving an automatic. Any general advice?

    Driven well over 30 years auto. Will never buy a car with a clutch pedal. Current cars:
    - Smart has 5 gear sequential box with auto clutch
    - Suzuki has 5 gear traditional gearbox with electric...
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    Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    Our average on our 6 week trip was under R200 per night for two. Out of season, pensioner's discounts, Covid specials, no costly kids... All good places and included 2 national parks with Green card...
  13. Thread: Do I really????

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    Re: Do I really????

    I have 7 A intelligent but I needed an other. I took that 15A Victron. In a hurry it charges that 105 A battery (same as mine) quickly (Had this case already one time when we had to leave van to PE)....
  14. Thread: Caravan security

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    Re: Caravan security

    Early warning. Nobody should get to the caravan without tripping an alarm. Armed response which has quicker average response time than it takes to remove hitch lock and hook up the van.

    Edit:...
  15. Thread: XCape or XPlore?

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    Re: XCape or XPlore?

    As mentioned make a list what you need/want.

    Never buy anything in these price ranges before you have had couple trips by borrowing or renting. I have seen too many one trip caravans of all types...
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    Re: Ewiks caravan mover

    I installed movers together with my step son to Xplorer. Apparently the difficult type of Xplorer. I would do it again and not ask an outside company. I wrote a paper on that specific installation.
  17. Thread: Camping in snow

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    Re: Camping in snow

    How can person be sure that there is snow and not slosh or nothing? Go to northern Sweden or Finland around February. Minus 20 is better than minus 2. When in snow area shoes and clothing must stay...
  18. Re: Carport/Paving/Building Contractor Recommendation West Rand

    For paving: Try Tarlton Paving. We have used them several times over the 20 years. Good result and price. However we have not used them for few years. If you check them ask if the people are the same...
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    Re: Planes take strange routes ?

    Too young to remember SAA flights to Europe >:D SAA had special permits from Boeing to go over the normal engine power on take off. At the same time totally white transport planes did fly about...
  20. Thread: Jockey Wheels

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    Re: Jockey Wheels

    Additional wheel Paul#25 used are readily available at caravan shops. Not expensive. That higher tensile bolt could be 10.9. Bolt shop should have those. The grades are 8.8, 9.8, 10.9 and 12.9. I...
  21. Re: Recommended Campsites With Playgrounds Within 3 Hours of JHB

    We removed the playground as there was no use. Depending on the weekend we have quite a few kids who enjoy what the place offers. Within the budget given. Cheap and the clothes are optional for kids....
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    Re: Warning - Hyena inside Lower Sabie camp

    When in a game park or in our cottage next to Dinokeng I assume:
    - scorpions
    - snakes
    - baboons
    - monkies
    - meercats
    - 2 legged stealers
    - ...

    Hyena can be added to the list. You just have...
  23. Thread: it's a write off

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    Re: it's a write off

    I am not going to read all.

    I was told by couple assessors that you can make a WRITTEN offer on the goods. Salvage value is something like 10%. I am not sure about vehicles. In many cases it is...
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    Re: Motohome - a bike as a camper

    The best trailer that I know of was built for a 50 cc "motorbike" . Fully usable sauna :D Maybe local design would be for a braai

    Trailers to transport small kids pulled by a bicycle are quite...
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    Re: WRND DC to DC Charger

    I bought mine from 4x4 Direct. When I bought sales lady said that there was one lot that was problematic. I think she said software issue but that was past and the one I bought is trouble free...
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    Re: WRND DC to DC Charger

    I really did not know it is local product at least to some extend. I cannot see from their site where the units are actually made.

    If mine breaks I gladly buy an other. My wires were shorted in a...
  27. Re: Ideal Size (Watts) Solar Panel for Bush Lapa Ratel

    I do not have the trailer OP has. I have had on trailer and van with 80l fridge. 2 x 80 W with Looong thin cables with charge while driving and movable panels has been enough - even on shady days. If...
  28. Re: Camper trailer/Offroader Advice, Price and Options

    Duster is a good vehicle. We travelled together with somebody who had Duster and 3 people. There is not a lot of packing space if the back seats are required. We actually carried most of the stuff...
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    Re: Any offroad camping trailers for sale?

    Slightly modifying somebody's words: My new trailer made me a millionaire. Before buying and kitting it up I was a billionaire. :D
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    Re: Hire or Load Jerry Cans

    When in Bots we saw local "petrol station" owner coming with some form of a vehicle to a real petrol station. Seats removed. Filled plastic containers 200 liters plus in total.

    Inside the car...
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    Re: The Inglorious Tshwane Metro Police Department

    There are models that are designed so that they can be turned towards the side window - specially due to police. My 2nd one is like that. I just do not have the sound recording on. Should learn to...
  32. Thread: Duster vs Rav4

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    Re: Duster vs Rav4

    Friend of ours has Duster - 2 wheel drive, petrol. It is high rise vehicle and will go to places many will not get.
  33. Re: Is it possible to buy a usable 4x4 with a R40k budget?

    "Cheaply" if there is time and person is mechanically oriented. SWAMBO has close family members in Kimberley. They build vehicles out of scrap. Especially older "no computer" types are for "home...
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    Re: Hire or Load Jerry Cans

    I have 4 - green/petrol. Near you. If you still need PM.
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    Re: We need to define what exactly “camping” is.

    I thought looking what is commonly acceptable definition. No agreement on that. One give:
    "the activity of spending a holiday living in a tent."

    If you pitch up your tent on you backyard fulfills...
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