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  1. Re: Kgalagadi pictures thread, NO cat pics allowed!

    Nossop Eco trail - Augustus 2018
    Will post more from prior years in the near future
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    Re: Have trailer manufacturers lost the plot?

    You can add the basic Echo 4 to the list.
    We had one and build it up over 3-4 years.
    Ended with solar panel, 2 x batteries, power panel, drawers, kitchen, extra awnings, the whole works.
    Total...
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    Re: Fridge Confusion

    We had a 70 L SnoMaster dual, it was abused, dropped, banged you name it (the outside looked bad, had dents and a hole in it) .
    Travel 44 000 km on real bad roads before it started acting up. Big...
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    Re: Broken bushwing arm

    Alu welding is a pain at it best, done a few myself and got the T-shirt.
    Had the experience that Henk describes a few times, learned the hard way.
    Would have done it differently
    Cut the sides at a...
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    Re: Brad Harrison/Anderson etc plugs/connectors

    Green I have seen some time ago, last 15 years not seen any more.

    I use the above colour coding.

    My personal experience;
    Used Grey BH and it cost me a battery, plugged into the wrong place and...
  6. Thread: Bush Lapa mods

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    Re: Bush Lapa mods

    Ons yskas staan los maar ek het twee plekke om hom mee vas te maak op die laai.
    Ek het twee kassies gemaak, een agter die 40L yskas vir skinkborde en "platdruk" bakke.
    Ander langs die yskas waar in...
  7. Thread: Bush Lapa mods

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    Re: Bush Lapa mods

    Wat ek op my Echo 4 gedoen het en die Kewer sal ook daar uitkom oor 4 jaar dan koop ek 17" swart 0 offset rims vir hom ook.

    Selfde rim grootte en band grootte gebruik.
    Dit laat my toe om die...
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    Re: Using a trailer or not

    We did a few years/km with a Echo 4 and found it very comfortable, till some medical issue started cropping up.
    Then early 2017 we made a final decision to go caravan type thing, today after approx...
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    Re: Using a trailer or not

    All the reasons why we upgraded 17 months ago to a off road caravan - Bush Lapa Kewer. ;D;D
  10. Re: Fooling Around with a Middle Aged Gypsy.......with Pics

    Our experience in some of the better camps is that 12V comes in handy when 220V just runs off to no where.
    It happens due to load shedding, problems in the camp or some guy who uses two outlets as...
  11. Re: Fooling Around with a Middle Aged Gypsy.......with Pics

    Nice, put the corner you cut off on the bed frame and secure.
    Really start to look good, cant wait for the finished product
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    Re: Help Needed with Municipal Account

    eThekweni has a few solutions other municipalities don't have, have worked there for 22 years on the COINS and RMS systems.

    Not all have the same thing.
    Shop around, ask your insurer and get...
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    Re: Help Needed with Municipal Account

    Air passing the meter does make it spin 20x faster than water.
    We have the experience in Nylstroom.
    You install a air valve before the meter (cost for valve and installation approx R500) and this...
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    Re: Help Needed with Municipal Account

    Hi Peter,
    eThekweni are not allowed to totally cut the water, they must allow 200L per day for consumption.
    Problem is if you so not have water insurance with them you pay the bill, no excuse.
    ...
  15. Re: Fooling Around with a Middle Aged Gypsy.......with Pics

    Hi Petri,
    This is what we did on the BL-Kewer.
    First had it at the back and it did not work, moved the strip to the front but not all the way.
    Used 3 mm LED's, the 5 mm were to bright, found that...
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    Re: 12 volt for Caravan from Scratch.........???

    Hi Petri,
    See pic of what I have in my Bush Lapa Kewer.

    Basic we have 2 x 100 batteries, a 220V Victron IP65 15 Amp charger and Victron 100/15 Solar controller with 2 x 100Watt panels

    Have a...
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    Re: What do you use your Hella plug point for?

    Hella for LED ligts and a lead light, no other use.

    Grey BH for load e.g. Fridge, pump etc.
    Red BH for Alternator input
    Blue BH for solar to the van and power pack.
    Solar panels are mounted on...
  18. Re: Fooling Around with a Middle Aged Gypsy.......with Pics

    Hi Petri,
    I would stick to 12V system, with the issues today in the 220V range and camping at places where no power is available.
    Would suggest using the Victron equipment with Bluetooth option, it...
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    Re: Have trailer manufacturers lost the plot?

    Hi Heinz,
    I have access to a workshop and can source steel/Alu at decent prices.
    Thus my cost are basic the material, labour and equipment are sort off free.

    That is why my statement is if you...
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    Re: Have trailer manufacturers lost the plot?

    These trailers are very well made.
    I went to the factory when we shopped around in 2008/2009.
    They were on our short list - we had Buzzard, Echo and Afrispoor lined up.
    The tent setup did not fit...
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    Re: Please help pick my solar panels..

    Shop around a bit.
    Panels go for approx R5 a Watt excl VAT for well known brands if you can get them directly from importers/suppliers.
    Some of the larger panels 300 Watt plus go for as little as...
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    Re: Have trailer manufacturers lost the plot?

    Prices have gone sky high in the last few years.

    We bought a Echo 4 with TTT in 2011 and cost R80k
    Added some R10k to it for Batteries, Power pack, Solar and some odds and ends.

    Sold it with...
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    Re: UPS for laptop - loadshedding

    These Volt/Amp meters normally only read Amps in one direction => no neg readings.
    This is with the shunt on the NEG line.
    To fix it you need to do some trickery with a 3 way switch - I used a...
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    Re: What causes this strange wear pattern?

    When using Wranglers I balanced, did alignment and rotated every 15 000 km and newer had a problem on my 2.5 Ranger.
    Got between 60-70k on a set.
    Now running Coopers on my 3.2 and do the same, but...
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    Re: Loadshed problem advice please

    I use a Victron IP65 15 Amp charger with 2 x 100 Amp Batteries and Victron MPPT 100/15 with 2 x 100 Watt panels.

    Both controller and charger are connected at the same time.
    The batteries are 18...
  26. Re: Bushlapa Tow Coupler Replacement - Any Suggestions ?

    Gaan meet daai bal baie mooi.
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    Re: UPS for laptop - loadshedding

    I have acquired a 2.2kVA secondhand full double conversion UPS for next to nothing from a UPS company.
    Ask around at the guys who install the big UPS, they all so sell equipment and quit often...
  28. Re: Bushlapa Tow Coupler Replacement - Any Suggestions ?

    Simple solution for the wire that hangs so low.
    Just run it over the hitch from the right hand side on the trailer to the left side on the vehicle behind the handle - got the "suggestion" from my...
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    Re: 3.2 Blows up @ 60 000Kms

    That is why I prefer the older type gauge that indicated the actual temperature and not the thing we get now a days.
    You can see the actual temp going up or down.
    So if below normal you would know...
  30. Re: Bushlapa Tow Coupler Replacement - Any Suggestions ?

    Some interesting reading.

    We have been towing since the 70s and I have always used small amount of Vaseline on the tow ball.
    Moved the Tando with the tow ball from vehicle to vehicle.
    Then this...
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    Re: 3.2 Blows up @ 60 000Kms

    I just die the 135 000 service at Nylstroom Ford and was called in to the workshop by Mark the manager.
    He showed me 4 pipes that was chafed and suggested it should be replaced on the 3.2.
    Take the...
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    Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Brilliant B&W, like the contrast!!!
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    Re: keeping the lights on economically.

    Have a look at 4x4Direct.co.za, it is not on their list currently but ask them if they would get some in.
    Else try SetSolar.co.za, they had but sold out.
    Also ACDC and Current Automation
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    Re: Portable power Pack Options

    Suggest you guys do your homework properly.
    First define clearly what your requirements is before you start.
    I could not find a commercial supplied box that fit our requirement at an acceptable...
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    Re: Deep Cycle Battery Pricing

    We used 1150K for UPS application and DC31 for Solar.

    I have used 1150K for solar application and it lasted 5 year, when back at home it was on a Ctek maintenance charger

    My DC31 are...
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