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    Re: Jurgens Xplorer Fan Club

    Happy travels.

    In some models there is quite a good place where the geyser is. In mine it is in the bottom of a cupboard. "Shelve" over the space comes off by lifting using a bent wire. We did...
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    Finnish company developed special hydraulic motor. One per wheel including what is towed. It was designed for army trucks. Tow 130/150 mm cannon and blokes switched off the motors on the truck. Still...
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    Re: Looking to buy older 4x4 vehicle. Need advice.

    Those who buy new or nearly new cars because of "free" maintenance plans should check the real cost of those plans - and remember to include the financing cost of the services. I could not buy my...
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    The best estimates say that the electric vehicles will be same cost as ICE cars in 2 to 3 years. Car companies have to close a lot of factories, open new and totally new subcontractors. When the...
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    Re: Looking to buy older 4x4 vehicle. Need advice.

    We drive only 2nd hand. Combined purchase value for 3 vehicles is a bit over the cost of OP's Polo. Jeep is the oldest. Two other were year old when bought. If one breaks we have spare. I have used...
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    Re: Will I enjoy it/is it worth it

    The first thing to decide is sand road yes or no. If yes then forget road caravans. They do not last on sand.

    Buying. I will not buy new. I buy 2nd hand that has not been modified too much. There...
  7. Thread: Will this charge

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    Re: Will this charge

    I bought the same from 4x4 directs and got discount :cool: We collected our van from PE where it was standing due to car issues. Totally flat battery. Age is unknown. I put the charger on recovery....
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    Re: Jurgens Xplorer Fan Club

    We have 2009 one door double bed model. Bed is not square. SWAMBO bought eggshell left over mattress, cut it to shape and glued the off cut to get the length (She did not use enough the special glue....
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    Some comments:
    - I was building world largest nuclear P.S. in Finland. It is again delayed.
    - There is one Russian unit coming to Finland after Ruskies get the design finalized (they are late)
    -...
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    There is some talk on this idea. Cars would have to have standard types. Not happening in a hurry. Here is one car that is designed for it:...
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    Town car at least in my case would work. To get some idea of power demands on fast stations:...
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    Toyota is betting a lot on fuel cell technology. New Mirai has been "released" and more will follow:
    https://www.caranddriver.com/toyota/mirai...
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    Audi is stopping making combustion engines. Exact time table is open/under discussion. Provisionally 10 to 15 years. They will have over 20 full electric types by 2025 on all main market areas....
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    We have 3 cars. If Merc will sell the all new Smart on a right price I will change the petrol one to electric. No more petrol or diesel types. Distances and kilometers are such that home charging is...
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    Electric cars sold were over 50% of the new cars in Norway. Driving ranges are increasing all the time. For a farmer electric type could be really viable option. Change over to electric seems to...
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    Re: Kids! And the wife...

    Here is somebody who knows cars. Petri is right.

    We have had big cars. Useless in town, difficult to park, garages are inconveniently small for them, fuel economy is bad...

    We have small cars....
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    Re: Jurgens Xplorer Fan Club

    I did get Jeep back today. I had asked that the tow bar is put to the boot as to get the tank down tow bar has to be taken also. Tow bar has more damage (cracks) than seen before. Completely new will...
  18. Re: Charging battery and running fridge at the same time

    Maybe your home test did not simulate the camp conditions properly :D Beer in beer out. Opening and closing and putting warm beers are increasing power demand.

    4x4Direct in Boksburg sells 15A...
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    Re: Intelligent charger for off road caravan

    I did get Victron 15A from 4x4Direct. They do give discount if you ask.

    Rubber mounts as shown in post #3 and very many other interesting rubber related items are available from Pro Auto Rubber....
  20. Re: Camp meal menu for extended trips - how do you plan it?

    The best plan is no plan.

    Over the years we have learned to look at driving times. We have very limited long daily trips but if it is planned for the first day then it is ready meal plus salad -...
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    Re: Jurgens Xplorer Fan Club

    Looks like Ranger is OK. Toyota lifted max towing mass of their DC mass some years back because couple of the heavier vans including Xplorer and I think Exclusive were over the limit. I have seen...
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    Re: Completely and utterly out of space!

    Rule 1 for packing: Pack what you want
    Rule 2 for packing: Take out every 2nd item

    Train at the same time to live minimalistic. >:D
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    Re: Jurgens Xplorer Fan Club

    Selecting towing vehicle for Xplorer the first check is if it is legal, then is the manufacturer allowing such heavy load and then if you can get a tow bar, which will handle at least 160 kg plus...
  24. Re: When were the best build quality caravans built?

    Old caravans were definitely better. They did not have microwave, ice maker, satellite dish, TV, TV games, aircon, electric fence... :D
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    Re: Intelligent charger for off road caravan

    Why the charger failed is a problem. It worked at home out of the box. It was fixed to the van. Both ends of the cables were not connected. I could not use it for charging before Herkules 20 charging...
  26. Re: When were the best build quality caravans built?

    I would say those old were a bit heavy for their size. I do not think there were pop ups. Also the first pop ups had some height issues by the door and also inside. They are built solid. We still...
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    Re: Intelligent charger for off road caravan

    I cannot figure out if the first one is traditional trickle charger or a bit more clever. Ventilation can be an issue.

    Bushpower site is down but I found that 15A Victron charger from Takealot and...
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    Intelligent charger for off road caravan

    I bought 7A intelligent charger for Xplorer but it broke before it was used. According to a repair place due to power spike. According to me due to vibration and shock loading or what ever. I want to...
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    Re: Benton BX2 Charger

    Ask him for which of the two BX2 models there are spares :-X Very rarely spares are required but...
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    Re: Aircon in caravan

    I have never ever found any use for an aircon in a van (in over 20 years). Heater for sure. Xplorer I bought had all in one heat pump. It looks like those old through the wall, much smaller but it is...
  31. Re: Hercules 20 power pack jurgens xt 140 etc camping trailers

    I have Herkules 20 in my Explorer. I wanted to disable the charge system and use intelligence charger instead. So:

    - To disable the charger: Remove Herkules 20. Drill pop rivets out. About 8. (One...
  32. Re: When were the best build quality caravans built?

    I do not think this can be answered easily. Old caravans were small, having easy to break window glass, reasonably heavy. If you consider light weight important then "nearly" old. New are heavier,...
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    Re: Battery box from wood?

    Not the lightest wood but plywood made out of it strong. They used to build airplanes out of it. Plenty furniture and truck load bases. I still have one half sheet. Totally different stuff what...
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    Re: Weber Q gas braai

    I had mishap with the gas pipe and there was fire damage to my Weber. It was fixed by Weber. They have parts.

    Rachel Graham

    Warehouse Assistant

    Weber Stephen Products South Africa, Pty Ltd
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  35. Re: Connecting Solar panel to your DCDC charger of Solar controller..

    There are no stupid questions. Only stupid answers.

    I assume that the setup is not a permanent installation in a trailer/caravan/vehicle. Would it not be better to build all in one box with a...
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