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    Re: Want to seal my canopy?

    Some manufacturers sell dust kits, if you search load bin dust proofing you will find past threads here on the forums where guys used these dust kits and also DIY with foam / rubber around the tail...
  2. Re: Struggling Solar panels - Pretoria/Gauteng

    If you don't need alarms or the relay output then you can go for the Victron Smart Shunt as well, basically a BMV712 smart without a display so you can only monitor via your phone, but it will save...
  3. Re: Elon Musk - Tesla Battery Day - what to watch for

    Interesting that the Tesla share price dropped after the event, apparently the first time this happened, usually it rises.

    This might suggest that share holders are tired of these hype events and...
  4. Re: Tires on your trailer / caravan - Best before date?

    As for insurance should something happen I don't know.
    I do know a lot of tire manufacturers recommended changing them after 5 years last I did a bit of research on the topic. But who knows these...
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    Re: Liberty Caravans

    In the last while more and more of these huge vans have been coming on to the local scene, so there must clearly be a market.
    Your traditional caravanner who now wants a van which can go off road...
  6. Thread: Tsendze Camp

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    Re: Tsendze Camp

    Thanks, I also spotted that according to SANParks from 3 May 2021 falls out of season, so safe to assume that May should be good.
  7. Re: Tire pressure for overlanding, AfricanBackbone trailer

    For tar and normal weekend camping in other words not crazy heavy, I believe in trailer wheels the same as vehicle wheels, 2 bar.
    If vehicle gets loaded and trailer has extra water, extra fuel etc....
  8. Re: Advice on DIY lithium configurations for Jimny!

    For Victron pricing, try your local Current Automation as well.
    No problem with your thinking to go with the 30A Orion smart, yes charging from 0% SOC where you anyway don't want to go, to 100% SOC...
  9. Re: Advice on DIY lithium configurations for Jimny!

    Rather than the WRND DC-DC, I'd put in a separate DC-DC charger and MPPT solar controller also Victron. Nice thing about this is that they can communicate as per TTT's post and you don't have to buy...
  10. Re: Elon Musk - Tesla Battery Day - what to watch for

    I think they will start manufacturing their own cells and also get more supplier partners, he practically confirmed this in a Tweet around 11 hours ago, basically said if they don't take action...
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    Re: How many and big pots

    A Flat bottom cast iron pot goes with, used for mince, sometimes even eggs, potato or vedge in the evenings. Inside this pot another much smaller cast iron flat bottom pot goes, good for sauces and...
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    Re: Lithium vs Lead Acid

    True, every manufacturer have their own way so best to find out about the specific model. The Blue Nova Classic range for example can be paralleled, you connect the batteries to each other via the...
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    Re: Aluminium Fabrication for trailer

    Contact Blinkgat Products, Sarel F or Witklipbank on the forum.
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    Re: Solar system for off grid camping

    Someone else on the forum posted that WRND told them their DC-DC charger is lithium compatible, maybe just contact them directly and double check, I don't know the product.
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    Re: Solar system for off grid camping

    Hi
    There are others in SA who sell second life cells, but as far as I know these are the best price, others are more expensive.
    In terms of your Smartsolar 75/15 working, yes it will work...
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    Re: Land Cruiser 300 - 3.3L V6 diesel

    Something giving 10 Km/l will never be a Cruiser :D
    The days of V8 motors are numbered, so it will be interesting to see what Toyota comes up with in the 300.
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    Re: Silent generator/inverter or solar panel

    Second life cells start their life as let's say 200 Ah cells when new. These are then used in electric vehicles, medical equipment or whatever for a fixed period like a year before it gets replaced...
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    Re: Silent generator/inverter or solar panel

    Sounds like a lot of effort and packing space, have you thought of mounting a bigger panel on the roof 300W, 400W or so and then just carrying a single 100W or 2 hinged 100W's portable?
    On the...
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    Re: Silent generator/inverter or solar panel

    Changing to lithium is the ultimate, but it will be expensive to do all at once. Rather start at a point and over time improve your system, just be sure that all chargers you put in now is already...
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    Re: Silent generator/inverter or solar panel

    Your DC-DC is in your Cruiser, so it will be better charging the Commander batteries directly from the alternator, what charging system do you have in the Commander to charge the batteries while...
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    Re: Silent generator/inverter or solar panel

    That's why you go slightly bigger on the panels when permanently mounting 20, 30% or so bigger, so that you don't have to be in the sun all day or track the sun. In my opinion the 20, 30% bigger...
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    Re: Silent generator/inverter or solar panel

    If you want to be the unpopular hated by most oak in the camp site, then get a generator, the only silent generator is a switched off generator.

    In my opinion solar is the only way to go.
    I...
  23. Thread: Tsendze Camp

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    Re: Tsendze Camp

    Thanks, will even look at May and yes on second thought, will avoid school holidays. Now the big question, what will next years school calendar look like?
  24. Thread: Tsendze Camp

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    Re: Tsendze Camp

    How is the temperatures in KNP March April, is it still mid summer super hot or is it a bit cooler already?
    Is it necessary to avoid school holidays even when going to Tsendze or isn't it that busy?
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    Re: Lithium vs Lead Acid

    * Yes, Victron MPPT 100/30 is perfect, I would recommend Smartsolar with bluetooth over the Bluesolar. In a 12V system the 100/30 can utilize a max of 440W of solar, you'll still be able to plug in...
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    Re: Gas bottle monitor

    This is a ongoing thing for me as well. We do carry a spare bottle but once the trailer is set up, it is a real female dog to change the regulator over from the one bottle to the other. I actually...
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    Re: 200ah Battery

    I see on the Blue Nova site there are dealers in Swakop, see what they can offer you, if I remember the Blue Nova 108 Ah lithium costs around R12k here in SA.
    Also just be sure to select lithium...
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    Re: 200ah Battery

    My dad's lithium weighs 42 kg, that's for 310 Ah, the same capacity lead acid will weigh upwards of 100 kg and then it's not even 310 Ah of usable capacity.
    Lithium is stupid light, picking up a 100...
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    Re: Hilux Trade and Retail values

    Just also remember when it comes to trade in time, extras doesn't matter, a dealer won't give you anything for it. Of course the total opposite when he sells that vehicle again.
    This is what grinds...
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    Re: Fortune Vs Hilux for Overlanding

    You also didn't say if you want petrol or diesel.

    As already said in terms of relyability both are the same, there is probably a slight difference between technical ability because the Fortuner...
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    Re: 200ah Battery

    What lithium options do you guys have available in Nam?
    The problem with the 200 Ah lead acid batteries is weight, especially in a camper. Ok you didn't say what camper, I guess if it's a truck it...
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    Re: Tesla Powerwall officially launches in SA

    Yes I know it is not a direct comparison, but Easysolar was the closest I could think of. In my opinion the Powerwall strength lies in electricity tariffs being much cheaper at certain times of day...
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    Tesla Powerwall officially launches in SA

    I know the Tesla Powerwall was already available in SA, but not directly threw Tesla.

    I always had the idea in the back of my head that the Powerwall was very expensive, but doing a quick...
  34. Re: I need advice on 2nd battery and maintenance there off in Toyota Hilux

    If your CTEK and battery was in the canopy and the CTEK temperature probe correctly positioned on the battery, then I don't understand why your batteries keep failing, unless there is a problem with...
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    Re: High mileage prado. To buy or not

    Take your time, there are some deals out there. At that mileage I'd only look at petrol, try up your budget a bit to R150k, then you have plenty options by looking at this one search, both Prado and...
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